Around Walt Disney World - June 2015

One of the few constants at Walt Disney World is change.  Let's take a look at some of the recent changes around the Florida theme park complex as well as Disney's Vero Beach Resort.  

Around WDW - June 2015

Construction walls recently came down around the Tokelau longhouse at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.  Villas in this building are expected to be available to members later in the year.

Around WDW - June 2015

Around WDW - June 2015

Scaffloding surrounds guest rooms at Disney's Wilderness Lodge for exterior refurbishment work.

Around WDW - June 2015

Around WDW - June 2015

Construction walls appeared on the 4th floor observation deck of Disney's Contemporary Resort for some unspecified project.  The viewing deck is still accessible and Magic Kingdom fireworks can be seen, but the interior view is obstructed (see top image.)

Around WDW - June 2015

A large show building is rising at Disney's Animal Kingdom as part of the Pandora (Avatar) expansion.

Around WDW - June 2015

Throughout the summer, Disney's Vero Beach Resort offers a pirate-themed character buffet starring Donald Duck and Goofy.   

Around WDW - June 2015

Sunset over Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort.   

 

Reader Comments
Re: Around Walt Disney World - June 2015 -- worldfanatic
2015 Jun 17 02:03:04 PM
Love these little updates.
Thanks Tim.
Re: Around Walt Disney World - June 2015 -- denlo
2015 Jun 17 10:39:12 PM
We stopped by the Poly this morning and saw a beehive of activity, lots of CMs bringing small appliances, bedding, chairs for the patio and cleaning like crazy. We spoke to a CM that was inspecting the perimeter of Tokelau and found out that:
  • Tokelau is on schedule to be open 7/1/15.
  • There is no laundry room in Tokelau.
  • And there are less handicapped villas in Tokelau. The CM we spoke to thought there was only one in the whole building and it was on the first floor. It was the only villa at Tokelau that there was a swinging balcony door for a HA villa versus the sliding balcony door of a standard villa.
Re: Around Walt Disney World - June 2015 -- tikiman
2015 Jun 18 02:34:09 PM
denlo wrote:
We stopped by the Poly this morning and saw a beehive of activity, lots of CMs bringing small appliances, bedding, chairs for the patio and cleaning like crazy. We spoke to a CM that was inspecting the perimeter of Tokelau and found out that:
  • Tokelau is on schedule to be open 7/1/15.
  • There is no laundry room in Tokelau.
  • And there are less handicapped villas in Tokelau. The CM we spoke to thought there was only one in the whole building and it was on the first floor. It was the only villa at Tokelau that there was a swinging balcony door for a HA villa versus the sliding balcony door of a standard villa.

In Tokelau there are now 5 Hearing accessible rooms, one roll in shower accessible room and one with hand rails.

Moorea has 9 hearing accessible, 1 roll in shower and 5 tub rails rooms
Pago Pago has 6 hearing, 1 roll in shower and 2 tub rails
Bora Bora has 1 hearing and 1 roll in shower room
Re: Around Walt Disney World - June 2015 -- denlo
2015 Jun 18 03:36:07 PM
Thanks Steve for the breakout on the HA DVC villas at the Polynesian. Is that an unusual division of handicapped accessible rooms between Longhouses?

Plus I was really hoping they would place a laundry room in that building. But the CM said they made the room that was in comparable location as the one in Moorea, into a storage room in Tokelau. I think a large number of DVC members stay longer than a week even though they are in studio (DH and I fall into that group), so there are many of us that need access to a laundry room. I am not looking forward to competing for the four washing machines with the other 359 studios during our stay at the Poly in November. The website, Laundry View was pretty accurate for our current trip to SSR. Although it does show machines as idle when their doors or just closed.
Re: Around Walt Disney World - June 2015 -- tikiman
2015 Jun 18 03:57:00 PM
denlo wrote:
Thanks Steve for the breakout on the HA DVC villas at the Polynesian. Is that an unusual division of handicapped accessible rooms between Longhouses?

Plus I was really hoping they would place a laundry room in that building. But the CM said they made the room that was in comparable location as the one in Moorea, into a storage room in Tokelau. I think a large number of DVC members stay longer than a week even though they are in studio (DH and I fall into that group), so there are many of us that need access to a laundry room. I am not looking forward to competing for the four washing machines with the other 359 studios during our stay at the Poly in November. The website, Laundry View was pretty accurate for our current trip to SSR. Although it does show machines as idle when their doors or just closed.


The Polynesian always had an odd arrangement of HA rooms. It is one of those things that seems like whoever was in charge was completely clueless.

The Polynesian use to only have HA rooms in Rapa Nui. Then they converted one of the suites and added a few sporadic across the property. Even now there is a strange amount.

Tokelau had 1 hearing, 2 roll in showers and 3 tub rail rooms
Pago Pago had 2 hearing, 4 roll in shower, 10 tub rail
Moorea had 2 hearing, 2 roll in shower

The balconies for the HA rooms with the door to the balcony were going to be larger balconies also but that did not seem to happen. I did post some photos of the new roll in shower in Moorea and a bungalow as well as the door to the balcony. I will be adding it to my Accessibility page soon.

Moorea’s first room 1001 (was always a storage room so they took another room from Moorea and made the laundry room (1002) so Moorea has one less room than Tahiti had. Tokelau has a large storage area already. Are you sure they took another room in Tokelau? That would mean Tokelau is down another room where it always had 144. I can’t see why they would need more storage, The whole east side middle is a huge storage area.

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