Piling continues and concrete pumping has begun at the construction site of the new Disney Vacation Club wing at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which replaces the demolished Spirit of Aloha building.
The tall construction vehicles are pile drivers, used for foundational piling. Pilings are often used for foundations, especially in areas where the water table is high. Florida’s water table is particularly high, so this is a common practice in construction here.
There are still plenty of digger vehicles at the construction site for moving dirt around, plus two concrete mixer trucks.
These archways are where vehicles enter and exit the construction site.
There has been a lot of progress since our last construction update. There is now a large rectangle of concrete in the ground, where several crew members were working.
There are small pieces of rebar in the ground a few yards from the concrete section.
Immediately adjacent to the concrete are wood planks outlining another section of the foundation.
This vehicle is pumping concrete into the area for more of the foundation.
Closer to the Seven Seas Lagoon is a larger outline of wood planks and plywood sheets. This section of the beach is of course closed during construction.
While most crew members were gathered around the concrete pumping truck, a few crew members were also working in this maze of plywood.
“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 about the new building. “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.”
The new building is inspired by the early concepts for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which was reminiscent of the luxury hotels on Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach. Projected to open in late 2024, the proposed vacation ownership property would complement the existing resort and evoke the spirit of the Pacific Islands. See the official concept art of the new building below.
The Spirit of Aloha dinner show closed in March 2020 alongside the rest of Walt Disney World Resort during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While most operations have returned to normal, the show was among those that never returned.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort underwent an extensive refurbishment recently. While the standard rooms received “Moana” theming, the Vacation Club Studios got “soft goods” refurbishments, meaning just the upholstery, art, and such were updated.
The hotel received a new Monorail station and port-cochére. The entrance to the resort was redone as well to match the new structures. Kona Café recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment, with all new seating, decór, and more.
For more Disney Vacation Club accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, check out our video tour of the Bora Bora Bungalows.
Alongside the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort turned 50 in 2021. The resort opened on October 1, 1971 with Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds also celebrated its 50th anniversary, but it didn’t open until November 1971).
It’s also home to the fan-favorite tiki bar, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Guests don’t need a reservation at the hotel to visit the on-site bars and restaurants.