Did you know that there’s an exclusive club you can join that gives you special access to certain hotels and rooms at Disney resorts?
If you’re a Disney fan, you’ve probably heard of what we’re talking about — it’s the Disney Vacation Club! DVC members get all sorts of special perks, including access to certain Disney hotels and specific hotel rooms at special rates. Right now, new DVC villas are being completed over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, but we just found out that EVEN MORE new DVC villas are coming to another Disney World hotel!
Disney Vacation Club just announced that new villas will be coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! They are projected to open in late 2024 and are “inspired by the early concepts for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort,” according to Disney.
These new villas will sit on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon. In addition to more rooms, there will also be new recreation offerings and dining options. Right now, the Polynesian has 380 Disney Vacation Club villas, including the Bora Bora Bungalows.
Disney said that more details will be shared at a later date, so stay tuned to DFB for more news and details about this upcoming project!
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What do you think about these new villas at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? Tell us in the comments!
When will WDW expand or add another park to handle the guests who will be filling the ever-growing number of hotel and DVC rooms?
We are DVC owners at the Poly and I the concept art for the expansion does not fit the look and feel of the resort. I’m really disappointed that they are choosing this route, I would much rather see them continue the existing design elements in the expanded building(s).
This came out at the same time that the Aloha Dinner Show cancellation was announced. I’m guessing that this is going to be built at the Dinner Shows’s previous location (between the existing Poly and the GF)… that is a long walk to the ceremonial house and TTC in comparison to the existing DVC villas. Not a bit fan, I hope Disney proves me wrong.
I’m very disappointed with this one. While they made the mistake of only having studios at Poly (excluding the bungalows because the point cost is unrealistic for most), being a VGF owner I really hate the congestion this is going to create in that area. Disney used to do a great job with transitioning environments. The path between the Grand and Poly is a peaceful place with a graceful transition in themes. Now this new building is going to butt right up against the Wedding Pavilion.
Disney is trying to tie into existing rather than developing new properties because of the infrastructure expense, from utilities to not needing to add bus routes and thus labor. Riviera touching Caribbean Beach is another example of themes not complimenting each other and being too close. The new building will also add monorail passengers on a system that is already worn out and Disney won’t invest in to replace. Disney is probably thrilled to eliminate the nightly luau entertainment and labor cost. First the orchestra at the Grand and then the luau at the Poly. Disney leadership is failing to see that a lot of those touches are what puts the magic in WDW.
As for the design. It basically is Reflections, which most people hated. While nobody was heart-broken when Reflections was halted, I’d rather have this built back at that spot than at the Poly. I wasn’t thrilled with the aesthetic to Seven Seas Lagoon when the bungalows were built, but this one will have the saddest impact to sight lines around the lagoon since 1971 because it closes an existing gap between properties.
Goodbye Spirit of Aloha show and hello high, generic tower that (IMO) will ruin the Seven Seas Lagoon skyline. I hope they’re considering building a fifth gate to spread out the already overcrowded theme parks. I also wonder if the DVC market will support such a large venture.
I wasn’t a fan of Eisner, but he did make good decisions for Disney. He built five highly themed hotels between Epcot and HS, which added to the beauty of that area and connected the two parks. Wasn’t a big fan of Iger, but he brought in Pixar, Marvel, Pandora and the rest, which kept Disney relevant, and of course made money. But Chapek – not a fan at all. I don’t think his decisions are sound. I don’t like how he’s gouging Disney guests with ever increasing prices. I especially don’t like Genie+ or LL, which not only significantly increases the cost of your vacation, but also makes it feel more like work than work (not to mention, separates the haves from the have nots). And there you have my two cents.
Sounds great, if you can afford to even go to Disney these days. Just returned from a 6 day stay at the GF and found the O’hana Breakfast Buffett far superior to the G.F. Cafe in price, quality of food and staff service. The Tonga Toast is awesome there too.
Whelp, guess this means the Luau is never coming back…
Sad to lose the luau for a building that doesn’t even look Polynesian from the concept drawing.
This is so sad! I was really hoping the luau was going to open back up. I remember going there when I was younger and really wanted to bring my kids there. It was the best part of staying at the Polynesian as a kid. We always got rooms near the luau area. You could hear the drums going and it would lull you to sleep. The area is going to look so built up. Makes me less likely to ever stay there again. I miss the view of the castle from the beach, but they already ruined that with those bungalows. 🙁
If Disney is going to build “towers” at the Poly as Indicated in tbe picture, that would pretty much ruin the look of the resort ..and make it look ” commerical”
Guessing they will be more Disney bargain rooms for 700.00 a night.
With the expansion of Disney Vacation Rooms at the Polynesian Resort would that have anything to do with The Spirit of Aloha permanent closing?
Donald Purney says
Welcome to your typical, generic high rise hotel. Nothing polynesian about it. Just another big box to stuff people into.
I agree with all of these comments. This building has nothing to do with the theme of the Polynesian. The “skyline” of that area will no longer be as tranquil or tropical. It appears it will look like any hotel plopped in that space. Unfortunately these money grabbing changes will continue as long as the crowds spend money for less magic and Chapek is in charge. Remember less food higher prices will benefit our waistline- these decisions benefit their bottom line.
@Doug, the only place that a building of that size would fit at the Poly is where the Spirit of Aloha “theater” is located. It would not fit between the Poly and the TTC, nor between the Poly and the road. There isn’t any confirmation from Disney, but the announcements were very close together and it looks like the only place that tower would fit would replace the show’s venue 🙁
Just another spot at WDW that is getting Chapeked. Every time I read about degrading WDW from it’s former Magic, the more I wonder if we’ll ever go back.
Joan Jordano says
So upset that the Luau is permanently closed!!! Have been going for about almost 40 years or so! My children loved it and still loved it grown up.
The new management of Disney is going the “wrong way” – and charging more, etc.
This is not the way that Walt Disney meant it to be. Disney needs to stop this type of development.
Greg Mitchell says
Was at Contemporary year it opened. Honeymooned at Polynesian. Been our family’s dream vacation forever. But current Disney management is about money only and catering to the rich. Middle and upper middle class are being priced out of everything except ultra “budget” options. So I guess it’s time for Disney to start losing their loyal base. I don’t think there’s enough rich people to keep them in business, and as we transition away from Disney trips to more affordable premium vacation options, I guess we’ll see.
As I said previously – am so upset about the permanent cancellation of the Luau at Disney World!!!
The present head of Disney is just money hungry.
He is changing the real essence of Disney World.
My family was raised going to Disney World 🌎 !
The last time we went right before Covid – we went to the Luau.
My young grandson has asked if we could go to the Luau again on our trip this fall.
He is in First grade!
Am disgusted with what the new head of Disney is doing!!!
It is sad to hear all of the negative feedback from guests that is fully warranted. A high rise is wrong for the Poly, just like it was wrong for the Contempo. The DVC tower at the Contempo destroyed the iconic look of the Contempo, a one of a kind building way ahead of it time in form and function. Now Disney is out to destroy the look of the Poly…. Bad show CEO Bob Cheapo…. I too would not trade the Spirit of Aloha for a high rise.
Sad to say I’m glad we sold our Boardwalk DVC points. So many changes for the worse . We started going from the very beginning when the Magic Kingdom opened . 3-4 times a year, every year. Went to Hawaii this year for much less $$$. Bob has to go.
Sad. They have done away with the cool “themed “ resorts that were Disney!!! Now they are starting to live k like every other Hotel!! Blah, the magic is definitely gone. Horrible crowds, cost is sky high, geni+, lot of perks gone, no more spontaneous trips. Hours on hold. I miss the Disney of yesterday. Glad I got to experience it then. Not sure I would have fallen in love with it they way it is now.
What a nightmare… note “NO NEW MONORAIL STOPS OR BUS STOPS ARE PLANNED”! This means the stop at the ceremonial house will be packed along with the bus stop at the Poly…. So what does that mean? Studios at the old Poly will be in GREAT demand. Why? 1. Long walk for 10 story to Ceremonial House for monorail. 2. Even longer for 10 story walk to bus stop. 3. Who wants a 10 story elevator when you can hop down a flight or 2 at a long house? 4. At the studios, you can walk to the T&T! 5. Old Poly’s better views, less traffic and can see MK directly. If this is all one DVC site, everyone will be vying for the old studios.
He is destroying the Polynesian resort and also the Luau show which we attended every time we went to Disney World over the past 40 years or more that I have gone to Disney World every 2 to 3 years taking my children and grandchildren..
Extremely sad to see the beauty and tranquility of this resort stripped away and replaced with a commercialized design that doesn’t even fit in with the resort theme. I can’t imagine how overcrowded the entire resort will become; with little thought given to the congestion created on the walkways, at monorail stations, boats etc.
With all of the negative changes being made, Disney clearly no longer caters to families and is well beyond wiping away Walt’s vision of Disney World. It’s become obvious over the last decade or so that what Disney values first and foremost is their bottom line.
From someone who has been to Disney World multiple times over the last 5 decades and who stayed at the original Polynesian Resort annually my entire childhood, I really miss the Old Disney values …I’m all for progress, but this new Disney is a bad one 🙁