PHOTOS: New Disney Vacation Club Tower Takes Shape at Polynesian Village Resort

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: New Disney Vacation Club Tower Takes Shape at Polynesian Village Resort

The new Disney Vacation Club tower is coming together at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, with the structure starting to look like an actual building.

New Disney Vacation Club Tower

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There are now eight distinct floors visible on the right side of the structure, when viewing it from across the water.

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There are about six floors on the left side. Construction began with the elevator bank near the center and has spread from there. Right now, the elevator shafts go a few floors higher than the rest of the concrete structure.

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There are dozens of square windows where guest rooms will be. Wood plank railings are in the square openings.

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Through the openings, we could see platforms and temporary safety railings inside. One crew member was in a cherry picker for today’s construction work, while others were atop the building.

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One end has wide openings. Judging by the concept art, this seems to be where another wing of the building will extend at a different angle from the rest.

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This construction site is found at the former site of the Spirit of Aloha dinner show building which was demolished last year in order to make room for the new Disney Vacation Club tower. Disney announced Spirit of Aloha was permanently closed last year after it initially shut down in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Projected to open in late 2024, the proposed vacation ownership property would complement the existing resort and evoke the spirit of the Pacific Islands.

Concept art for Disney Vacation Club wing at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Above is concept art for the new tower.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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. The Kiki Tikis Splash Play Area and Lava Pool slide were also recently refurbished.

The rugs and most upholstery in the lobby of the Great Ceremonial House were recently replaced.

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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