Foundation Expands for New Disney Vacation Club Wing at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort


Now that the foundation is laid for the new Disney Vacation Club suite at Disney’s Polynesian Village resort, clearer construction work is underway and building materials have moved to the site.

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There are still many excavators on the construction site to move dirt, as well as long pile vehicles.

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There are now stacks of blue and green tubes.

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Concrete mixing trolleys are located near the two pile trolleys.

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We saw several crew members working around the outrigger vehicles during our recent monorail trip.

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Pelates are often used for foundations, especially in areas where the water table is high. Florida’s water table is particularly high, so this is common practice in construction here.

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Near the archway where vehicles enter the site is a square of temporary concrete barriers.

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Around the barriers, metal tires and sticks were laid out in several heaps on a dark patch of dirt.

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In the image above, we can see some short pieces of metal with red markings marking a few areas of the Earth.

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The foundation section has been widened as we saw concrete pumping less than a week ago.

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The concrete is covered with cross steel beams and planks.

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Nearby, a workbench is set up for cutting planks of wood.

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It appears that rows of rebar connect the sections of the foundation already laid.

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A maze-like structure was built above the ground.

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We also saw crew members working in this area.

Concept art of the Disney Vacation Club suite at Disney's Polynesia Village Resort

“It’s no secret that our members and guests love Walt Disney World’s monorail resorts,” Bill Dirksen, senior vice president and general manager of the Disney Vacation Club, said of the new building. “Expanding Disney Vacation Club offerings in the Polynesian would give members and guests another great option for staying close to the magic while making vacation memories that will last a lifetime.”

The original art of Polynesia Village Resort

The new building is inspired by early concepts for Disney’s Polynesian Village resort, which was reminiscent of the luxury hotels on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. The proposed vacation property is expected to open in late 2024 and will complement the existing resort and evoke the spirit of the Pacific Islands. See the official concept art for the new building below.

The Disney Vacation Club Suite takes over the location for the Spirit of Aloha dinner show, which closed in March 2020 along with the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While most operations returned to normal, Supply was among those that never returned.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort recently underwent a complete renovation. While the standard rooms received a “Moana” design, the Disney Vacation Club Studios got “soft goods” renovations, meaning that the upholstery, art, etc. were updated.

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The hotel received a new monorail station and Port-Cochére. The entrance to the resort has also been redesigned to accommodate the new structures. Kona Café recently reopened after an extensive renovation, with all new seating, decor, and more.

The Kiki Tikis Splash play area has also been repainted and updated. Currently, Lava Pool is closed for renovation.

For more Disney Vacation Club accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Village resort, check out the Bora Bora Bungalows video tour.

Along with the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Polynesia Village Resort turns 50 in 2021. The resort opened on October 1, 2023 with a contemporary Disney Resort (Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds also celebrated its 50th anniversary, but didn’t open until November 1971).

It’s also home to the fan-favorite tiki bar, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Guests do not need to book at the hotel to visit the on-site bars and restaurants.

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