PHOTOS: Disney Vacation Club Tower Reaches Nine Floors Tall at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: Disney Vacation Club Tower Reaches Nine Floors Tall at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

We took a look across Seven Seas Lagoon at the construction progress of the new Disney Vacation Club tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Disney Vacation Club Tower Construction

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Right now, there are two separate structures under construction, although they will eventually be connected if concept art is to be believed.

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Vertical construction began with the elevator shafts at the center of the tower and has now reached approximately nine stories. It looks like this is as tall as the tower will get.

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With the basic framework of this structure complete or near completion, crew members have started adding details like the short walls sticking out next to windows. These will create balconies.

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The smaller structure is now about six stories tall. Crews are still installing concrete walls around the sixth floor.

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From another angle, we can get a better look at the top floor of the small structure, where a single concrete column sticks out of the center. Crew members were working on the top floor.

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While the openings facing the lagoon are of course windows of guest rooms, the openings facing the larger structure are possibly for corridors leading from one block of rooms to the next.

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Cherry-picker vehicles are being used to lift crew members up to the tallest sections of the main structure. From this side angle, we can better see the balcony walls on the first few floors, and concrete columns at the top right.

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A square has been carved out in the dirt nearby, possibly to begin work on another section of foundation.

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This could be for a continuation of the building, or maybe the pool seen in concept art.

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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 the concept art for the Disney Vacation Club tower, although 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

    Shannen has been a Disney Parks fan and lover of dogs since childhood, despite Pluto's attempt to eat Shannen's Minnie Mouse doll the first time they met. They've made up now. You can email Shannen at shannen@wdwnt.com.