Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort Refurbishment and New Plans

From time to time Disney needs to update or as they say “refurbish or reimagineer” things around Walt Disney World and well, the Polynesian has reached it’s turn again. As one of the oldest resorts on the Disney property built in 1971 – the Polynesian has had two major expansions, the first one was in 1978 and the second one took place in 1985. Aside from the expansions, the resort updated their guests rooms just recently in 2013 and well the time has come for the resort to get yet another little facelift. 😉

The iconic resort aside from a facelift, is also getting a New name, more like it’s original name back. The resort will be named Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Upon arrival guests will notice that there is work being done throughout the resort,  including the Great Ceremonial Hall which will no longer have it’s picturesque water fountain feature, Sunset Pointe, The Never Land Club, Capt. Cook’s, portions of the beach, and they’ll be adding a new dining experience called Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – based off the one located at the Disneyland Hotel, it will have a highly-themed lounge area featuring tiki cocktails and Polynesia-themed small plates.

Capt. Cook’s as of April 9th temporarily relocated, and the newly refurbished location is expected to reopen this summer. However, in the mean time, guests will be able to visit Capt. Cook’s as a temporary quick-service dining location in the Great Ceremonial House at which they will have temporary operating hours of 6:30AM till 4:00PM

While the refurbishments are going on, guests will be sent a letter prior to their arrival advising them of the renovations.

Are you bothered by all these renovations or do you feel it just enhances your magical experience?


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