Disney’s Polynesian Resort will be closed until Summer 2021 as refurbishments are made to the resort’s entryway and rooms. Today, Disney revealed the first piece of concept art for the redesigned main entrance.
The concept art depicts what appears to be a significant change to the entryway.
The initial details on the redesigned entrance can be found below:
One of the biggest changes will greet you right up front – a new porte cochere will showcase the iconic mid-20th century architecture the Polynesian is famous for. Our team from Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney World have crafted a design inspired by colors, patterns and textures found throughout the resort. 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.
Disney notes that the gardens and fountains at the entrance will also receive some love. They’ll also alter the lighting to connect the gap between the arrival space and the main lobby. The good news is guests will still be able to access the Great Ceremonial House and its dining/retail during the refurbishment period.
Currently, Disney hasn’t revealed what the refurbished rooms at the resort will look like. They’ve said they plan to add colors and textures from the film Moana to the rooms, but specifics haven’t been released.