Construction at Disney’s Polynesian to Begin Soon- How Will it Effect Your Stay

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Originally scheduled to reopen on October 4th, it was announced a few weeks ago that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will not reopen until Summer 2021. After the announcement of the delayed reopening, Disney also announced that several areas of the resort will go under construction and receive necessary updates.

In a letter to guests, Disney wrote: “As we continue to reopen additional Disney Resort hotels to Guests, we are modifying the reopening date for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort which will reopen next summer. This schedule adjustment also allows us to complete some refurbishment work at the Resort hotel, including enhancements to the Great Ceremonial House and Guest rooms. We expect work to begin in early October and look forward to sharing more about these changes in the future. The Villas and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will remain open during this refurbishment.”

In a separate article, we reported that changes to the rooms will include a move to a Pacific Ocean-inspired color palette as well as details, patterns and textures from Disney’s “Moana,” an animated film that takes place on the Polynesian island of Motunui.

Today, we can confirm that construction in select areas will begin shortly, likely next week.

The Great Ceremonial House

Resort cast members are sharing any information they have regarding the updates, and many are saying that beginning on Sept. 28th, the front desk will no longe be located in the Great Ceremonial House. Beginning on September 28th, the front desk at the Polynesian is moving to its temporarily location in the resort’s Pago Pago building.

As you can see on the map, the Pago Pago building is to the right of the Great Ceremonial House. It’s located directly next to the Transportation and Ticket Center.

Also echoing the same date of Sept. 28th, resort cast members stated that on that date, guests will no longer be able to enter the main entrance into the Great Ceremonial House. Rather, guests will have access into the building, via side and back entrances.

Although September 28th is the date when these changes go into effect, cast members are saying that they were told October 4th is the official start date for construction.


As per Disney’s website, monorail service to this resort will be temporarily suspended beginning in early October 2020. There is no official date, however, we can assume if work begins on October 4th, it will be around the same time frame for the monorail.

The bright side to the new check-in area being in Pago Pago is that it’s directly next to the Transportation and Ticket Center. Guests of the Polynesian can catch the monorail into the Magic Kingdom from the TTC.

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Kristi is the Media and PR Director for The Kingdom Insider. She's a lifelong Disney fan and grew up spending her family vacations at the Happiest Place on Earth. She resides in Florida with her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 6.