This timeline shares construction updates for the new Disney Vacation Club Tower being built at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort recently underwent an extensive refurbishment that included many updates. With those updates, we saw the debut of new rooms featuring design elements from the popular Disney film Moana.
During that time, the resort’s entrance saw significant changes. For instance, a new facade was installed over the monorail station, and the resort’s entrance received freshly-stamped concrete and entirely new landscaping.
Then, just when it seemed the construction dust had settled, a new Disney Vacation Club tower hotel was announced. This announcement was made in March of 2022. Within weeks, we saw physical signs that construction would begin almost immediately.
This timeline was last updated on January 24, 2024. It was recently announced that the new tower will join the existing condo association, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows.
Here is one of Disney’s renderings for the new hotel.
Like most new builds, something must be lost to accommodate the gains. Unfortunately, the scenic walkway between the Grand Floridian and Polynesian closed.
Luau Cove, the former Spirit of Aloha dinner show, was also leveled to make way for the new Disney Vacation Club Tower. The area between the Polynesian and Grand Floridian is now a construction site. We’ve updated the photo below to show the construction status as of mid-January 2024.
Like most of our visits, we can tell that significant changes were made over the last 30 days.
On our last few visits, we noticed a sign saying the walkway to the Grand Floridan was closed. Given the progress of the construction, it would be understandable if the walkway remained closed for some time. The original walkway will likely be restored between the resorts after construction.
In the meantime, you can take the monorail from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian. Then, take a boat from the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian for the quickest return route.
We also noticed the villages were undergoing some refurbishment during our visit. Disney recently announced that work would take place on the exterior of the buildings throughout the Polynesian. Guest room balconies might be affected. You might also see and hear painting work during regular hours, usually from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Here are a few photos.
Below, we have more photos showing different perspectives of the construction over the last year.
Next, we’ll look at a timeline of construction photos showing the progression of the new build. We’ll start with when the cranes first arrived.
We saw significant changes toward the end of March as the first portion of the tower was erected.
By mid-May, the towers facing the lagoon were connected.
Framework appeared to be near completion by mid-June. Based on the rendering, we should see an additional section of the building added to the far left side. It will be at an angle looking back to the Polynesian.
Here is that new section toward the first of September.
Metal studs have been added, and windows are going in on the opposite side. Our next update will likely look quite different.
It’s been some time since we last updated with new construction photos. As of December, we see that windows and sliding doors have been installed. It’s hard to tell from this angle, but a portion of the center has been painted brown, perhaps as a test run. Since then, the far right side of the building has been painted white, which I assume is a primer.
Here is a view of the tower from the monorail.
Progress continues with an architectural element added to the roof in this 2024 update.
We also see a coat of brown paint and what appears to be framework for a covered area toward the back of the resort.
Views of the DVC Tower from the Polynesian
Since starting this timeline, I’ve taken a few photos of the DVC Tower from the Polynesian. It’s important to note that when you’re inside the Polynesian grounds (i.e., the marina, Great Ceremonial House, Lava Pool), you’re almost oblivious to the construction next door.
For example, this next photo was taken on the walkway between the marina and the lobby. We could only see a minimal amount of construction from this area.
Here is a view from the opposite side of the Lava Pool.
You might wonder what villages are closest to the construction site at the Polynesian. Below, we see Tuvalu, a lagoon-facing building 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 of the construction over the past year.
Moving forward, we’ll update the timeline when we see significant changes. Here are a few photos of last year’s lobby updates, including new furniture and rugs.
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.
- If you enjoy walking between the Polynesian and Grand Floridian, the construction walkway is unpleasant, or it may not be available.
We’ll check back in at the Polynesian in the next month to see the next wave of progress. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to stay at 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:
- Disney World Resort Refurbishment Schedule
- Disney’s Boardwalk Construction Updates
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Renovation and Refurbishment
In the Comments
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