New name for Polynesian?

Physical evidence recently appeared suggesting a name change for Disney's Polynesian Resort.  

In addition to the now confirmed rumors of a Disney Vacation Club addition to the Polynesian Resort, other reports had suggested the resort name may be tweaked following a wave of resort-wide renovations.  Blogger Steve "tikiman" Seifert dropped hints of a rebranding on his website and Facebook page.  That change is now seemingly confirmed.

Recently installed running trail maps--sponsored by New Balance--identify the property as "Disney's Polynesian Village Resort."  

Running Map

The resort was originally known as Polynesian Village from its opening in 1971 until 1985 when it was redubbed Disney's Polynesian Resort.  

Curiously, the newly-installed map--which also features the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa--does not display the new Disney Vacation Club villa wing.  The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort has been under construction since 2011 and is scheduled to open on October 23, 2013.  

Disney recently confirmed plans to add villas to the Polynesian Resort.  Expected opening of the villas is 2015.  


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