PHOTOS: Building Extended During Disney Vacation Club Tower Construction at Polynesian Village Resort

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: Building Extended During Disney Vacation Club Tower Construction at Polynesian Village Resort

Another wing is being added to the new Disney Vacation Club tower under construction at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The tower is projected to open in late 2024.

Disney Vacation Club Tower Construction

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The newest wing being constructed is the section on the left in the above concept art. It’s on the right in our construction photos below.

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The Disney Vacation Club tower replaces the building that housed the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, which permanently closed with the onset of COVID-19 (although the closure wasn’t announced until two years later). The building was demolished in 2022.

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At this corner of the construction site is a tall crane on a flat section of land. There are also a few lifts around the new wing.

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The wing is not yet at its full height but is about 5-6 stories. The crane is being used to lift concrete walls into place. Some diagonal poles keep the walls supported until construction on the building is complete.

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Some balcony dividers and floors have already been installed around window openings on the new wing.

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Balcony dividers frame nearly every set of windows/doors on the rest of the tower.

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Blue tarps no longer hang in front of some of the windows, although plywood is set up over a row of windows in the center section.

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A chute runs down the row of plywood to a dumpster on the ground. Nearby, a tall lift is supported by scaffolding.

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What appear to be crates sit on some of the balconies next to this lift.

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Construction began with the elevator shafts in the middle of the building, next to the future lobby.

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Support poles and some walls are now visible inside, although the building is still mostly a shell with no theming.

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Crew members were working inside and out.

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The tower sits right on the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon, next to the Walt Disney World Monorail track.

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There are concrete columns at the top of the building in some spots.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been around since Walt Disney World opened in 1971 and recently underwent an extensive refurbishment. While the standard rooms received “Moana” theming, the Disney Vacation Club Studios received “soft goods” refurbishments, meaning only the upholstery, art, and related accompaniments were updated.

The resort also received a new Monorail station and port-cochére. The entrance to the resort was re-themed to match the new structures. 

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Kona Café reopened after an extensive refurbishment, with all new seating, décor, and more. The Kiki Tikis Splash Play Area and Lava Pool slide were also refurbished this year. The rugs and most upholstery in the lobby of the Great Ceremonial House were replaced, too.

Interested in learning about more Disney Vacation Club accommodations at this resort? Check out our video tour of a Bora Bora Bungalow room below.

Are you looking forward to a stay in the new Disney Vacation Club tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? Let us know in the comments.

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