Last month we got our first look at room layouts for the new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. But interior construction on the new villas has only just begun and the exterior still has a long way to go before the projected opening next year.
Disney announced the project back in March 2022, with senior VP and general manager of DVC Bill Diercksen saying, “It’s no secret that our Members and Guests love the monorail resorts at Walt Disney World. 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.”
The tower is inspired by early concepts for Disney’s Polynesian Village resort and is designed to “complement the existing resort and evoke the spirit of the Pacific Islands.”
DVC Tower Construction
Construction is clearly visible from the Walt Disney World Monorail, which we rode several times this week. A large pile of dirt is at the edge of the construction site, next to a small excavated area surrounded by red tape.
The basic structure of the tower appears complete or very near completion. There’s a large opening on the bottom floor at this end, making it easy for crew members and construction materials to move in and out.
There are now sliding glass doors on almost all the window openings on the sides of the buildings.
Plywood covers some openings.
The scaffolding and tower outside the building are for a work elevator. There’s also a metal chute leading from the top floor to the ground.
Concrete has been poured on the bottom floor and crews are working on interior walls.
The openings that have yet to receive glass doors or windows have planks of wood across them as temporary railings.
We sometimes saw the elevator in action, taking crew members and materials to the upper floors.
There are also a couple of windows covered in blue tarps on this side of the building.
Two pairs of plywood doors are on the bottom floor.
We saw crew members working on the upper floors. Through the windows, you can see the steel supports for future walls.
At this end of the building, more sliding glass doors are just barely visible.
Construction on the other side of the building is visible from the Tuvalu Longhouse across the lagoon.
It looked like crew members were working on more sliding glass doors and frames.
Some of the doors still have temporary railings behind them.
Concept art suggests the excavation on this side of the resort is for a new pool.
There’s no elevator on this side of the building, so crews are using lift vehicles.
The crew members on the unfinished balconies have safety harnesses.
We could see more construction materials on the ground floor, including materials wrapped in plastic.
Work lights hang across the ceilings.
Blue plastic is around one support column. Red tape is wrapped around a few columns.
Many pieces of rebar are stacked on the ground outside. There are large black tubes and more materials covered in blue tarps.
A large opening across the third and fourth floors is covered in pieces of plywood.
While most of the pillars on the upper floors are encased in concrete, four at the center of the building remain as exposed steel.
Are you excited to stay at the new DVC tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort?