Foundation Expands for New Disney Vacation Club Wing at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Now that foundation pouring is underway for the new Disney Vacation Club wing at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, more visible construction is taking place and construction materials have moved into the site.

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There are still multiple diggers at the construction site to move dirt around, in addition to the tall piling vehicles.

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There are now stacks of blue and green pipes.

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A concrete mixer vehicles is near the two piling vehicles.

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We saw several crew members working around the piling vehicles during our recent Monorail trip.

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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.

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Near an archway where vehicles enter the site is a square of temporary concrete barriers.

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Around the barriers, metal frames and sticks have been laid out in several piles on a darker patch of dirt.

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In the above photo, we can see some short pieces of metal with red markings outlining a few areas of the ground.

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The section of foundation where we saw concrete pumping less than a week ago has expanded.

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The concrete is covered in criss-crossing steel beams and wood planks.

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Nearby, a workbench has been set up for cutting the planks of wood.

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Rows of rebar seem to connect the sections of foundation already laid.

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A maze-like structure has been constructed above ground.

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We also saw crew members working on this area.

Concept art for Disney Vacation Club wing 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 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.”

Polynesian Village Resort original concept art

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.

The Disney Vacation Club wing takes over the location of the Spirit of Aloha dinner show, which 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 Disney Vacation Club Studios got “soft goods” refurbishments, meaning just the upholstery, art, and such were updated.

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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.

The Kiki Tikis Splash Play Area was also repainted and refreshed. Currently, the Lava Pool slide is closed for refurbishment.

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.

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