One of our site’s more ambitious features is Hotel Room Views, where we try to show the view you’ll get at every Disney World hotel room. We’ve collected more than 31,000 photos over the past couple of years, from our own staff photographers and fabulous Lines community.
With major construction done for the Polynesian’s bungalows, and the landscaping having a chance to take root, we sent over our staff photographers to re-do the room views from the Hawaii and Moorea buildings, since those are affected by the new bungalows. Here’s the before and after photos from those, all taken from first floor rooms:
Here’s Hawaii Room 1504 Before the bungalows. It’s a lot of natural beach, with a (very) distant view of Space Mountain:
Here’s the same room view after construction. You know, now that I look at these in more detail, I’m a little surprised that they didn’t put more space between the bungalows. That might have helped with the view from these older rooms.
Here’s Moorea Room 1017 before construction. Lots of green grass, some palm trees, and a distant view of the Contemporary:
Here’s after construction. See what I mean about the space between the bungalows? If they had left one bungalow’s worth of space between each new building, you’d be able to see a lot more water. I think that would make these new 2-bedroom villas seem a lot less intrusive.
Finally, here’s Moorea 1032 before construction. I liked this view because it’s got trees in the foreground, an island in the medium-length view, and Space Mountain way in the background. Lots of stuff to look at. It was also fairly quiet, with a lot of room to run around in the grass:
Here’s the same room after construction. Besides the terrible view, the new TTC ferry dock is very close, and the ferry’s horns and engines are causing a number of guest complaints. It’s hard to say these rooms’ views are worth $530 to above $800 (rack rate) per night in 2016.
With this in mind, it’ll be interesting to see how Disney approaches building similar bungalows at the Wilderness Lodge and Villas.
If you’ve stayed in the Hawaii or Moorea buildings since construction was finished, please let me know what you thought of the new view from your room. You’ll help make recommendations for other families headed to the Polynesian next year. Thanks very much!