From the shores of Disney’s Polynesian Resort rise the Disney Vacation Club Villas that are a part of the gargantuan overhaul currently underway. Keeping this resort that originally opened its doors in 1971 up to par with the latest amenities and offerings guests have come to expect in the modern day is no small feat as the endless sight of construction walls portend. The resort which will revert back to its original name, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, hopes not only to capture some nostalgia but present guests with new offerings that they would only usually find in destinations far more exotic than Orlando, Florida. This is where the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Villas find the apex of their role as they will offer Disney guests an experience unlike anywhere else on property and beyond. So while we have more to share in the coming days about the demise of the traditional Polynesian Resort lobby Disney fans have adored for ages, amongst other developments, for now our focus turns to the construction site that will in 2015 be a new oasis for the lucky few who will be able to experience them.
The construction site has seen plenty of progress since our last visit, with new villas beginning to take shape on the easternmost sections of the build. But what excited us the most is the sight of the first couple of villas on the opposite side that are now displaying their siding and shingled roofing as their exterior’s completion approaches steadily. At first glance I was a bit disappointed with the overall color scheme and materials used that seem to blend in with the Polynesian rather than present a more modern take on the theme but it is far too early to draw any substantial conclusions from a new section of the resort that is approximately a year away from opening. What is clear is that this will be an unparalleled experience for guests as they enter their villas with glass windows bringing in the view of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom into the home away from home. The scale of the villas does seem to fit in quite nicely with the overall aesthetic of what will be the new Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort but where it does literally take away from the feel is at the beach head where now these villas stand instead of the vistas that once were. For Disney its a small cost to pay for modernity and it won’t be long before guests can see for themselves if they agree.