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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to See Updated Look In Time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

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Are you ready for a brand new look at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? To tie into the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort, which is coming up in just a little over a year (October 1, 2021), Disney is going to be refurbishing one of the original resorts to make it shine.

We previously shared about this refurbishment work a few weeks ago, when it was announced that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort wouldn’t be reopening when it was originally announced. At that time, details came out about the fact that the refurbishment was happening, but they were definitely sparse. Now, we know a bit more about what Disney is going to be doing to update the resort.

First things first, Guests who visit the resort when the refurbishment work is over is that a brand new porte cochere will be updated with the iconic mid-20th century architecture the Polynesian is famous for. Things won’t change too much, as the same colors, patterns, and textures that can currently be found in the resort will still be utilized. This new entry will include a high-pitched, open-truss roof covered in a thatch style. There will also be updates to the façade which will feature pops of color complementing the Longhouses found throughout the resort.

And yes, a brand new monorail station will be built, with bold new wooden screens that will be covered with geometric patterns in bright, tropical colors.

There will also be enhancements made to the gardens and fountains that can be found at the front of the resort.

Updates will also be made to the entryway too which will feature dramatic lighting elements, including beautiful chandeliers inspired by glass floats, fishing nets and oversized bamboo elements. The new chandeliers will match the existing chandelier that can already be found in the resort lobby.

Don’t fear though. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Villas & Bungalows will remain open and in addition, those who will be staying at the resort will still be able to access the Great Ceremonial House, including the shops and restaurants, but hours may be adjusted. And of course, you may see some of the construction work taking place.

It was also announced that the Guests rooms would also be seeing some updates, with inspiration that comes from the film Moana.

Work on the resort will begin at the end of this month, starting on September 28, with work ramping up in the Great Ceremonial House on October 4. The monorail station is slated to close on November 2.

For those looking to stay at this resort once again, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort reopens in the summer of 2021.

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