The next few months are going to be an exciting time on the Disney World monorail loop!
This refurb will include new Moana-inspired elements in locations like the Great Ceremonial House and the Guest rooms. Now, Disney Imagineers have shared even MORE details about this refurbishment — including concept art!
According to Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley, the “arrival experience is about to take on a whole new look with an enhanced entryway” at the Polynesian. When you arrive at the resort, you’ll be greeted by a new porte cochere that’s designed in the existing style of the Polynesian Resort.
Imagineers drew on inspiration from the Longhouses at the Polynesian as well as colors, patterns, and textures from elsewhere in the resort. The result is the high-pitched, open-truss roof, and bold facade that you can see in the concept art! Plus, expect to see geometric and bright wooden screens along the monorail station.
But the central structure won’t be the only aspect of the entrance to receive an upgrade. The gardens and fountains surrounding the entrance will receive enhancements too, and the structure will be accented by dramatic lighting elements. Expect to see new chandeliers that look like the existing chandelier in the resort lobby!
This work will be underway for the coming months but Imagineers note that guests can still enjoy access to the Great Ceremonial House and its open dining and shopping spots. Thank goodness!
As a reminder, the resort is set to reopen in summer 2021 with newly refurbished guest rooms and other enhancements — like the entrance! The new porte cochere will debut just in time for the resort’s 50th anniversary on October 1st, 2021.
As always, stay tuned for the latest updates about the refurbishment at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!
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