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Disney's Polynesian Resort, Orlando, FL (hotel)
LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2014-05-30 7:29 pm   Permalink

thanks for all the pictures, Ace! I really enjoyed them. After the renovation I'd love to stay there.
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2014-06-03 01:04 am   Permalink

AceExplorer: Mahalo for all the great photos! I'm glad someone is documenting the transition. It will be interesting to see how they blend the new features in with the old. I think you're correct in assuming that everything that's become old and tired looking will be falling by the wayside.

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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2014-06-03 06:58 am   Permalink

My pleasure, sir! I think Disney is firmly connected to what a world-class resort entails, so I expect, and look forward, to a huge across-the-board upgrade here. As stated elsewhere, there will be some downsides in the form of less access to currently open areas like the beaches and the pools, but that's fair to those paying resort guests who expect some privacy and control in a high-end resort. And with higher average occupancy due to Disney Vacation Club offerings, the resort will need to work hard to avoid congestion and maintain a peaceful and relaxed ambiance.

There really are many nice textures, patterns, and architectural features in the current incarnation of the resort. I tried to capture some of that in my photos, and I may post more images later.

One thing resort guests will have a hard time dealing with is the new and more congested look of the Seven Seas Lagoon waterfront. The bungalows over the water, especially, intrude into what was once, to me, a much more open and aesthetically pleasing vista. I went to the Grand Floridian to take pictures across the lagoon and it was amazing to note how much more busy the Polynesian waterfront will look when they are finished. There was a certain elegance in the simplicity of the old waterfront which I will miss.
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Posted: 2014-06-03 5:49 pm   Permalink

New art! From a wall by Ohana. Looks like new decor for Captain Cook's, and A-Frame entrances for the DVC wings.







Dig that floater lamp, too.

All images from Twitter user @Schmoofy

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Posted: 2014-06-03 6:03 pm   Permalink

Aaand there are a few more images on Schmoofy's page, but they aren't art. Just general construction, if you are interested.

 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2014-06-03 6:10 pm   Permalink

Yer link to the page didn't come across... Really, yer gonna make me Google? heh...

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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2014-06-03 6:12 pm   Permalink

Nevermind, I see you went back and fixed that post. I was reading messages in my email and not on the TC web site... Doh!

Pulling my head out of my (cocktail) glass...
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Posted: 2014-06-07 9:51 pm   Permalink

Cool stuff, thanks for posting. I would expect more renderings to be going up in the lobby to give people something to look forward to. And perhaps lessen the impact of all the construction walls.

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EPCOTExplorer
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Posted: 2014-06-08 07:29 am   Permalink

My pleasure. Happy to contribute.

And yeah- the walls are quite bleak. As I mentioned in the other thread, I'll be up there next weekend…. I'll get a few more pics. Maybe of some of the less hectic spots of the resort. See what's still calm and original.
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Posted: 2014-06-11 11:50 pm   Permalink

More photos! More information!

MICEAGE: Big changes and construction at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort



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Posted: 2014-06-12 5:05 pm   Permalink

I'll be there tomorrow night, for dinner.


Sooooo depressing. But some good stuff to look forward to.
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Posted: 27 days ago; 05:58 am   Permalink

The following was reported by Deb Wills' team in the current AllEars® Weekly Newsletter.

AllEars® Weekly Newsletter
Walt Disney World News and Information
June 24, 2014 Issue #770


Great Ceremonial House Lobby: Now - December 2014. The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House.

Capt. Cook's is undergoing a refurbishment with a grand reopening set for summer 2014. A temporary quick service location, located in the Great Ceremonial House, offers a similar menu to Capt. Cook's, but there are no self-serve Dole Whips. The temporary location is open 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. daily (that's 22 hours a day).

The Nanea Volcano Pool is scheduled to close July 26, 2014, and will not reopen until sometime in 2015. Several enhancements are scheduled, including a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a new hot tub, and a larger deck with more guest seating. As an alternative, resort guests are being notified that they will receive free, single-day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. Transportation will be provided to the water park, where a dedicated Polynesian guest check-in will be available, at which you can receive your complimentary tickets and towels. The Polynesian's leisure pool will remain open during the Nanea pool refurbishment.

The previously announced Trader Sam's Grog Grotto will not open until 2015. However, a new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai kiosk, which will offer the popular Dole Whip, will open near the feature pool area at the Polynesian later this year.

(Edited to correct the bolding of certain type.)

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EPCOTExplorer
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Posted: 25 days ago; 08:59 am   Permalink

Sounds like they are moving some dates around. Happy that the lobby will be done soon. It's a punch in the gut to walk in there and just see a blank wall.
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