BREAKING: New Multi-Level Disney Vacation Club Wing with Modern Aesthetic Announced for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney Vacation Club has announced plans to develop new villas at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, scheduled to open in late 2024. This announcement comes after the news that Spirit of Aloha was permanently closed, likely to make room for the new wing. The design, as seen in the concept art below, is reminiscent of the canceled Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge project. However, most modern Disney resort hotel projects are exhibiting this current, muted aesthetic.

Disney Vacation Club is about to open new resort studios just steps away at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort this summer.

Read the press release about the new wing at Disney’s Polynesian Village resort below.

Today, Disney Vacation Club announced proposed plans to develop new Disney Vacation Club villas at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

“It’s no secret that our Members and Guests love the monorail resorts at Walt Disney World,” said Bill Diercksen, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “Expanding our Disney Vacation Club offerings at the Polynesian would give our Members and Guests yet another incredible option for staying close to the magic while making vacation memories that last a lifetime.”

Inspired by the early concepts for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the Imagineers of today are honoring the past while furthering the resort story with this innovative addition. Projected to open in late 2024, the proposed vacation ownership property would complement the existing resort and evoke the spirit of the Pacific Islands.

Situated on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, the proposed property would join the rest of the resort in offering stunning views of the Magic Kingdom. Proposed plans would offer additional rooms, new recreation offerings and dining options. More information and project details will be shared at a later date.

Since 2015, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows has been a favorite resort destination, offering an island paradise in the middle of the magic. Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows currently has 380 Disney Vacation Club villas, including the largest Deluxe Studios at any Disney Vacation Club resort at Walt Disney World and unique two-bedroom Bora Bora Bungalows, located over the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon – the first of their kind at Disney.

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    1. Sorry but this does not evoke the spirit of the South Seas…more like southern California and with all the charm of a Ramada Inn..and to be in full view of both the Poly and Grand Floridian is hideous. Disney resorts used to be unique and themed and wonderful. Tacky and shameful.

  1. I knew this was coming. They had the site balloons up there back in 2013 when they were working on VGF.

    Anyway, I kinda hope the move Ohana to the new building and double its size!

  2. I swear if they build this thing up and ruin the view for the “poors” at an already expensive resort, this may be the nail in the coffin for me. If they can tuck it somehow like the Bay Lake Towers at Contemporary that’s fine.

  3. According to Mom the show was never truly popular due to it not being year around.

  4. The Polynesian Resort deserves so much better. That rendering is beyond basic with zero creative inspiration. The magic is gone.

  5. I wish Disney would stop overloading these resorts with extra rooms. There are common facilities that are already strained to capacity now. Adding more rooms just reduced the value of staying at this lovely, but expensive, resort. For club members it is worse, sure you may have a chance at a room but if you were a Polynesian club member the value of that membership just dropped long term.

  6. I am a current DVC member and must say the advantages of being a DVC member have gone down significantly in recent years. Annual passes are no longer offered to DVC members which increases cost significantly for each trip. Fast passes have been eliminated and have been replaced with Genie which incurs extra cost for visitors wishing to skip lines. Disney has become more focused on profit than on families.

  7. Do we know if this will be added on / an expanded offering as part of Polynesian Villas and bungalows like the Grand Floridian expansion or will it be a Boulder ridge/ Copper Creek type thing?

  8. Everything looks exactly the same now. Who is telling them that this “muted aesthetic” is what everyone wants?

  9. Hopefully they don’t make it so big and sprawling that it takes 20 minutes just to get anywhere.

  10. If you saw this image out of context, you would have no idea this was part of the polynesian resort. This looks like all of the new “minimal” designs we see all over WDW.

    I presume the “minimal” designs are the cheapest to build and maintain. Bobby C. loves that.

  11. Just what the Poly did NOT need: a big box condo from name-your-favorite urban area.

    Keep it up, Chapek. Victory in your war on Disney tradition and culture is within reach.

  12. I wish it had more “Aulani” style to it. I love the themed hotels, and it seems they are just getting cookie cutter makeovers. Poly is already taxed with so much extra traffic. I haven’t been able to get a ressie at for a long time at either restaurant. Last visit the average security/monorail wait was three monorail cycles. It will be interesting if this becomes like the Riviera with direct purchase points and grandfathered points only. So many unknowns….

  13. One word…gross. I am glad our family’s memories were made from mid ’90’s to mid 2000’s. Nothing memorable at WDW anymore.

  14. Hopefully this will contain the 1, 2, and grand villas the rest of DVC property has, that was lacking at Poly

  15. I can’t make sense of this decision from a business standpoint. They killed undoubtedly one of THE most popular dinner shows at WDW, in which they know Guests will continue to pay whatever exorbitant prices Disney dictates. Only to replace it with DVC, whose membership value has only DECREASED over the last few years and given the current economic climate, consumer spending is trending downward. Plus, the renderings look like a housing project in a redeveloped part of a city – no class, no taste, no character. Gone is the Disney theming and the further alienation of long time Disney fans (and their money!) Long term success of this company is in real jeopardy. Sad, just sad.

  16. Looks just like a couple of apartment towers in Houston. This is a very sad thing to do to my Polynesian oasis.

  17. I guess this is what we get when an architect is leading Imagineering. I’m glad I stayed at the Poly before this generic building was built.

  18. My God what an ugly building. It doesn’t fit with the Polynesian aesthetic of the resort at all. What is wrong with management these days?

  19. Well this certainly cheapens our favorite resort, and as a dvc member this is NOT where I would want to stay if at the Poly! More of that Chapek magic… magically making Disney unrecognizable.

  20. Thanks for Ruining Polynesian!!! Leave it be!! Anything for the elite right???? Meanwhile you are stomping on the culture that the Polynesian resort has! So sad!!! Remove Chapek!!! Remove Chapek!!

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