Christmas at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is usually worth stopping in to take a look around the resort. You might even like to try a tropical treat while you’re there. However, this year may not be the best time for a visit due to construction.
It was my idea to visit all of the deluxe Disney resorts that were open this year to share Christmas photos. That way, you’ll have an idea of what you might want to see if visiting between now and the end of the year. Or what to expect looking forward to a future Christmas visit.
This review shares what Christmas was like at the Polynesian in 2020. When we approach the new holiday season I’ll update this review to provide more holiday photos.
And of course, some will want to browse photos of their favorite places at Christmas.
You might remember from our Polynesian Resort Review that the resort is closed until the summer of 2021 for a refurbishment. The other important thing to know is that the monorail is not running at the Polynesian resort during this time. You will have to get off at either the Transportation and Ticket Center or Grand Floridian and walk over to access the resort.
Related: Disney’s Polynesian Restaurant Guide
There are a few places open like Kona Cafe, Capt. Cook’s, and the resort stores. Additionally, the Disney Vacation Club portion of the resort is open for reservations. But it’s a fairly quiet place at this time.
The Polynesian Christmas tree is up in the Great Ceremonial House.
It’s a pretty tree covered in florals and pretty golden lights.
Here is a little different angle.
A few strands of garland also decorate the lobby.
It’s all very tropical.
I found a wreath or two hanging in the hallways.
But that’s pretty much it for this year since the resort isn’t fully operational.
Except for the stark darkness where the main upper and lower doors are closed off due to construction.
On our way over to check out the Grand Floridian Christmas decorations, we’ll take a look at a few more construction photos.
The weather had finally made a turn for the better as I was leaving the resort. It had been a rainy morning.
But the sun was shining, the temperature comfortable, and there was a palm tree in the distance.
And then I began to notice scaffolding. We have gone from a Polynesian Christmas to an after-the-holiday rehab in a matter of minutes. Kind of like when that family holiday turns sour.
I began to feel like I had changed from a happy holidays reporter to an investigative journalist. It felt like I had entered some construction zone where I wasn’t allowed, and I was out there all on my own. Maybe I’m getting a little carried away.
The only other person I saw was a security guard circling the area. How could I explain that I was only there for Christmas and Duffy (I bought a shirt) with a camera loaded full of construction photos?
Thankfully, I didn’t have to as I continued on my way over to the Grand Floridian.
It was all rather shocking though to see the resort so vacant and all of this work taking place.
I’m sure it will all turn out nicely in the long run. There are supposed to be some Moana elements added to the rooms.
The whole refurbishment doesn’t make a lot of sense to me personally. But I guess with Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary coming up next year, maybe they wanted to do something special to spruce up the original 1971 resort.
Speaking of the 50th anniversary, you can now reserve vacations throughout the remainder of 2021. Make sure to check with our friends at Firefly Travels. You can fill out their contact form here to get a quote for your next trip.
Since I originally wrote this review, we’ve seen a lot of updates at the Polynesian in 2021. Hopefully, this Christmas will be a bit more festive than the last!
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