2023 Construction at Disney’s Polynesian Resort (DVC Tower Updates)

This timeline shares construction updates on the new Disney Vacation Club Tower being built at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort recently underwent an extensive refurbishment that included many updates. With those updates, we saw new rooms debut featuring design elements from the popular Disney film Moana.

Additionally, the Polynesian Resort’s entrance saw significant changes, with a new facade installed over the monorail station. Furthermore, the resort’s lower-level entrance received freshly-stamped concrete and new landscaping.

This timeline was last updated March 22, 2023.

However, in March of 2022, when it seemed that the construction dust had settled, a new Disney Vacation Club tower hotel was announced for the resort. Within weeks, we began to see physical signs that preparations were being made to go through with the construction immediately.

Here is one of Disney’s renderings for the new hotel.

Image Credit: Disney Parks Blog

As with most new builds, something must be lost to accommodate the gains. Unfortunately, the scenic and peaceful walkway between the Grand Floridian and Polynesian closed.

In addition, Luau Cove, the location of the former Spirit of Aloha dinner show, was leveled to make way for the new Disney Vacation Club Tower.

So if you’re staying at either resort, a construction walkway between the Polynesian and Grand Floridian is your only method for walking between the hotels. We’ve taken the walkway a few times now.

Overall, it’s pretty rough because you have to cross the main road twice. Plus, traffic can be fairly busy.

Of course, you can take the monorail from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian. And for the quickest return route, you can take the boat from the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian.

However, at this time, you’ll likely have to walk through more construction at the Grand Floridian to get to the boat dock. (Construction at the Grand Floridian is another article. We’ll try to get to that later this week.)

Here are a few photos showing different perspectives of the construction from the shorelines of Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Guests staying in the bungalows closest to the beach will have a side view of the construction work.

This photo is from January 2023.

Polynesian Beach Late January 2023

Below is a photo of the view of construction from the beach in mid-February.

Polynesian Beach February 20, 2023

Here’s a closer look as construction continues.

Polynesian Resort Construction early March 2023

We see significant changes as we approach the end of March.

Polynesian Resort construction photo taken March 21, 2023.

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Below we see Tuvalu, the lagoon-facing building that’s near the construction.

Fuji, which sits directly behind Tuvalu (perpendicular), has rooms facing the marina. However, rooms on the opposite side of this building directly face the new construction.

Lastly, the end of Aotearoa juts up against the tarp that sits along the construction walkway. So this end of the building is closest to the new tower’s construction.

Here are a few more angles taken in late February 2023.

Then back to this latest update toward the end of March.

Lastly, I hopped on the monorail to take a video to provide perhaps the best perspective we can see now.

Moving forward, we’ll update the timeline when we see significant changes. As far as the main resort goes, most of the construction has been completed.

We recently saw new rugs installed in the Polynesian’s lobby.

Here’s a closer look.

Since the photo above was taken, the resort’s furniture coverings have been refreshed.

Additionally, Kona Cafe reopened last Fall with a refreshed look.

As to what might impact your upcoming stay at the Polynesian, here are the items we noted:

  • Staying in any building facing the construction will result in construction views and possible construction noise during the day. From the Polynesian Resort’s beach and boat dock, I heard noise from the construction work over the speakers that provide tropical background music.
  • If you enjoy walking between the Polynesian and Grand Floridian, the construction walkway is unpleasant. Additionally, you have to deal with crossing a reasonably busy road twice.

We’ll check back in at the Polynesian in the next month or so to compare a few before and during construction photos. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see progress for the new tower hotel. Hopefully, it will bring much-needed recreation and fresh dining options to the popular resort.

For more information about the resort, we have a guide that lists all of our articles:

For other construction and refurbishments at the Walt Disney World Resorts, you might enjoy the following:

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