PHOTOS: Crews Working on Foundation for Third Structure of Disney Vacation Club Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Shannen Ace

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PHOTOS: Crews Working on Foundation for Third Structure of Disney Vacation Club Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

A new Disney Vacation Club tower is under construction at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, with an expected 2024 opening. Let’s take a look at the latest progress.

Disney Vacation Club Tower Construction

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There are currently two concrete structures at the site at the edge of Seven Seas Lagoon.

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The main structure is ten stories tall, although the top two stories don’t take up the full length of the building.

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Crews have been installing thin walls and floors of concrete around the window openings, creating balconies.

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The smaller structure is seven stories at its tallest point.

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Two large cranes are being used to place new walls on the structures.

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To the side of the construction site is a large pile of dirt, where more foundation for the building and its pool is being carved out.

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From the Monorail, we can get a better look at the foundation currently under construction.

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Concrete has been laid in blocks in the ground, and large concrete tubes are staged to the side.

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This foundation is presumably for another wing of the tower.

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The large openings at the bottom of the central section of tower will be main entrance doors.

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The near floor-to-ceiling window openings are between elevator shafts.

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The two structures will be connected to each other by the time construction is complete. Openings in the walls facing each are for corridors instead of windows.

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Concept art (below) makes the final tower look like it’s composed of five connected blocks.

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

The concept art shows dark brown accents on a lightly colored building with plants hanging in the space between wings and palm trees on the ground around the tower.

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The above image shows the approximate layout of the new tower and how it fits in with the rest of the resort, as revealed by permits filed last year.

Designs are always subject to change.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village 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.

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 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 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).

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is 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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  • Shannen Michaelsen

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