Reserved pool seating and a monorail reopening target date are just two of the recent updates as Disney's Polynesian Village Resort prepares to welcome back hotel guests.
The Polynesian will officially reopen its hotel rooms on Monday, July 19 after nearly 16 months of downtime during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotel rooms will sport a new look featuring some elements from the Disney/Pixar film "Moana." But a variety of other changes have occurred around the property.
- According to Tikiman's Unoffcial Polynesian Pages, there is now one reserved seating area at the Lava Pool which can be rented for $75 per day (see photo above).
- Also per Tikiman, the resort's concierge lounges are not expected to reopen until the end of 2021.
- Per our previous report, work will soon begin on the soft goods refurbishment of Polynesian Disney Vacation Club villas. Some incoming guests have been asked to relocate to newly-renovated hotel rooms to free up villas for the renovations.
- The walking path connecting Polynesian to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has reopened. Some--but not all--of the Walk Around the World bricks have been replaced with pavement
- 'Ohana has reopened for breakfast and dinner service featuring family style dining and no character appearances.
- Trader Sam's Grog Grotto and Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show remain unavailable.
- Along with its announcement that monorail service to EPCOT would soon resume, Disney noted that buses would continue to run to the Polynesian until mid-August. This likely signals a mid-August return-to-service date for the Polynesian monorail station.
- WDWMagic.com has published some recent photos of the porte cochere as the new thatched roof is installed.
At this time, work continues on the resort main entrance and grounds. With those amenities scheduled to come back on-line in just a few days, hopefully most visible signs of construction will soon disappear.