Most Scaffolding Removed, Balcony Railings & Pool Tiles Installed on DVC Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Shannen Ace

A close-up view of a modern multi-story building under construction, showing several balconies and rows of windows, with protective coverings and construction materials visible.

Most Scaffolding Removed, Balcony Railings & Pool Tiles Installed on DVC Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Most scaffolding has been removed from Disney Vacation Club’s new Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows since our last construction update.

Island Tower Monorail Side

Construction site with machinery and materials, adjacent to a partially built modern building and a red-roofed, multi-story structure. Clear sky with few clouds in the background.

From the Walt Disney World Monorail, we saw work on a foundation in the ground next to the Aotearoa building. Crews have carved a rectangular ditch out of the ground. Steel frames are in concrete squares, with rebar sticking up out of the ground and long pieces of wood across the top.

A multi-story building under construction with a tan exterior. Construction materials and equipment are visible around the site. The sky is clear with some clouds.

The foundation is several yards from the actual building, where a stone wall is under construction. There used to be scaffolding surrounding the southern wing of the building, but now there is only scaffolding along the stone wall, which juts out of the wing and then runs parallel to it.

Image showing an active construction site with unfinished buildings, construction materials, equipment, and workers. Background features trees and a concrete overpass.

From Aotearoa, we got another view of the wall, which is made of sandy concrete bricks. It’s next to an opening in the building big enough for construction vehicles. Inside, wood railings run along a concrete platform.

A newly constructed multi-story building with balconies is shown. The surrounding area features construction equipment and materials, indicating ongoing construction work. The sky is partly cloudy.

Though scaffolding is gone from this wing, construction work isn’t complete on the exterior. One vertical wall still hasn’t been painted and there are no railings on the balconies. This work may be completed without scaffolding or scaffolding may go back up at a later time.

A multi-story building under construction with workers, scaffolding, and construction vehicles on site. The building features numerous windows and an unfinished exterior. Blue sky with some clouds in the background.

The center of the tower has been painted the same beige base color as most of the tower. The paint was relatively fresh during our visit as there were still tarps covering the sliding glass doors of the balconies.

A construction site with two partially completed multi-story buildings. Workers are seen near one building, and construction materials and equipment are scattered around the site.

The Monorail side of the north wing has yet to be completely painted. There was previously scaffolding covering this side but it’s gone for now.

A multi-story building under construction with workers and machinery at the site. The facade features rows of windows and balconies. Construction materials are scattered on the ground level.

The roof overhang is a pale red color. The ceilings of the first floor alcoves are brown.

A group of construction workers stands near the base of a multi-story building under construction, with scaffolding and machinery visible around the site.

The end of the building, including the roof overhang, has been painted.

Island Tower Lagoon Side

A large building under construction by a waterfront, with cranes and construction equipment visible, set against a partly cloudy sky.

Scaffolding is also gone from the side of the building facing the Seven Seas Lagoon. Again, exterior work isn’t complete — the north wing still has white primer exposed and there are unpainted walls on the south wing.

Two workers are on a boom lift, performing maintenance or construction on the upper levels of a multi-story building under a partly cloudy sky.

We saw two crew members in a lift working on the overhang of the north end. They had installed weather-proof sheathing on the overhang facing the lagoon.

A six-story building under construction near a body of water on a clear day. A crane is in use adjacent to the building.

The rest of the overhang on the north wing is now covered in sheathing and red paint. The overhangs on the center of the building is still just steel and fascia.

A multi-story building under construction with cranes and construction equipment in front. The structure is situated by a body of water, under a partly cloudy sky.

Two lare white debris chutes run from the roof down to the ground.

A multi-story building under construction with numerous balconies and large windows, partially covered with scaffolding against a blue sky with scattered clouds.

The most notable recent additions to the tower are the permanent balcony railings. Until now, only temporary wooden railings have been used while crew members worked, and some of those temporary railings remain.

A close-up view of a modern multi-story building under construction, showing several balconies and rows of windows, with protective coverings and construction materials visible.

But three balconies next to each other now have metal railings. They’re covered in plastic to keep them protected but seem to have designs made up of diagonal lines. These railings may be tested before more are installed on the building.

A multi-story building under construction with workers on suspended platforms. A large rectangular opening is prominent on the upper floors, and construction equipment is in use at various levels.

The outside of the square opening in the building has mostly been painted yellow. It was white with primer when we last visited. But work isn’t done as some sheathing is exposed on the right side.

Construction worker on a cherry picker wearing a safety vest and helmet, working on the exterior of an unfinished multi-story building with large windows.

A crew member was in a lift nearby with several steel beams.

A construction site featuring a multi-story building under development near a body of water. Construction materials and equipment are scattered around, with several workers on site.

We looked at the construction of the Island Tower’s pool and restaurant from the Fiji and Tuvalu buildings next door. The tower’s private pool is located next to the south wing on the lagoon side.

Construction site near water with building structures, construction vehicles, and materials, including large blue pipes, on a dirt area. A large building is visible in the background under a partly cloudy sky.

Large plastic tubes are on the ground near the pool for future construction.

Construction site with several unfinished swimming pools, construction equipment, and workers. A few buildings and trees are visible in the background under a partly cloudy sky.

The pool’s concrete foundation has been done for a while but only recently did crews start painting the edge blue. Now tiles have been installed over the blue stripes.

Construction site with workers building a concrete foundation, pipes, and equipment. Scattered materials, including pipes and machinery, are situated around the area. Vehicles and buildings are seen in the background.

There are two aqua blue stripes around the pool’s rim, made up of small tiles. Larger white tiles in various spots also mark the pool’s depth.

Partially constructed swimming pool with blue tile accents. Various pipes and construction materials are scattered around the site.

Darker blue tiles line what looks like three shelves — possibly the future location of pool stairs.

A partially constructed pool with exposed concrete and visible pipes extending from the ground. Steps leading into the pool show no water, and surrounding areas are barren with construction materials.

There are also dark blue stripes along the tops of the three concrete steps.

Construction site with workers operating machinery and handling materials. Partially built concrete structures and building materials are visible. Background includes a building and a large tree.

Several crew members were working on a foundation near the pool. It looks like a large square, with wood planks around the edges.

Construction site with workers in safety gear, machinery, and building materials. Pipes and gravel are scattered around as workers operate equipment and carry out tasks.

It’s deep in the ground a few yards from the pool, perhaps for a future structure like a pool bar.

Construction site outside a building with large glass windows. Scattered materials, tools, and equipment, including an orange lift, are visible.

A large opening in the tower’s wall near the pool has been filled with glass windows and a doorway. This is likely going to be an entrance to the pool deck.

A large multi-story building is under construction with workers and equipment on-site. The sky is partly cloudy, and the foreground features various construction materials and machinery.

The seam between the south wing and center of the building has yet to be painted. We also noticed a grid of dots near the top of the seam.

A multistory building under construction with exposed concrete walls and unfinished sections, against a backdrop of partially cloudy blue sky.

This is where more steel beams for the overhang will be installed.

A multi-story building under construction with completed sections showing windows and balconies. The frame structure is visible, and scaffolding is present. The sky is partly cloudy.

Dots also line the opposite wall, where steel beams connect to the already painted overhang of the south wing.

Construction workers are building a multi-story structure with scaffolding and heavy machinery at a worksite. The building appears to be in mid-construction with various construction materials around.

A restaurant with a bar is under construction on the first floor of Island Tower. The bar area has a circular gazebo-like shape. The first roof of that gazebo has been covered with paneling.

A construction site featuring workers in safety vests assembling the framework and scaffolding of a building and operating heavy machinery.

A curved wood wall now surrounds the circular space. There is already a concrete wall behind this wood.

Construction workers using cranes and various equipment at a building site near a body of water. Buildings in the background have numerous windows and balconies.

Crew members were working inside and on the roof of the bar, including one crew member in a lift. More vertical beams have been added all the way around the bar’s tower.

Construction site featuring a partially built multi-story building with workers and equipment. Scaffolding, wooden boards, and tools are scattered around the area.

White tarps cover the windows behind the roof, protecting them from construction debris.

Construction workers are building the ground level of a structure, with some installing metal framework and others working with various tools and materials. Wooden supports are visible around the site.

A steel frame has been added to some of the columns. Small squares of steel line the edge of the roof. Inside, the actual bar is outlined with a circle of steel beams.

Construction workers operate heavy machinery at a building site near a waterfront, with a partially completed building in the background. Several workers and various construction materials are visible.

More paneling covers part of the restaurant’s roof. Steel frames encase the columns on that side, giving them triangular shapes.

Construction site near a waterfront with two parked vans and a large building in the background.

Lastly, we noticed the beginnings of another new foundation right next to the Fiji building. A rectangle is outlined in wood. A rebar grid fills the rectangle.

The Island Tower is projected to open on December 17. Check out a first look at guest rooms.

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