Concept Art Revealed for Polynesian Enhancements

Disney has released a rendering of the updated port cochere at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, along with some details on the modifications planned. 

Polynesian Refurb Port Cochere

Disney Imagineers are using the COVID-19 tourism slow down to enhance one of Walt Disney World's orignal resorts for its 50th anniversary. The concept art above showcases changes to the port cochere. Disney describes the changes in this manner:

This new entry features a high-pitched, open-truss roof covered in a thatch style. There’s also a bold façade that features pops of color complementing the Longhouses found throughout the resort. Along the Monorail station, bold new wooden screens will be covered with geometric patterns in bright, tropical colors that complete an exciting new composition that will greet you when you arrive.

Enhancements will also be made to the lush gardens and fountains that have welcomed guests to the resort since opening day. 

The open and airy design of the entryway will feature dramatic lighting elements, including beautiful chandeliers inspired by glass floats, fishing nets and oversized bamboo elements. The new chandeliers will match the existing grand chandelier in the resort lobby, artfully bridging interior and exterior spaces.  

Work begins on the Great Ceremonial House interior September 28, with the 2nd floor monorail station set to close November 2. Restaurants and shopping will remain available in the main building, with access provided via the rear entry points. 

The resort's hotel rooms will also be refurbished with a theme that reflects the Walt Disney Animation Studios film 'Moana.' 

Work will continue into the summer of 2021. Disney Vacation Club villas remain available to guests throughout the refurbishment. 

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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