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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Opening Pushed Back to Summer 2021

Hi everyone –

Walt Disney World is continuing to modify some resort opening dates, with Disney’s Polynesian Resort being the latest one. It was originally scheduled to reopen August 12th, 2020 and then October 4th, 2020. Now it’s been pushed to next summer (2021) with a refurbishment scheduled that includes a Moana inspired room update. The Disney Vacation Club Villas and Bungalows remain open.

From our partner MEI Travel & Mouse Fan Travel, which received this information today:

Due to the refurb, the monorail station will be closing in October. Guests staying at the Polynesian Villas can take bus or water transportation.

Disney also sent this statement to them: “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.”

The Tambu Lounge recently reopened and Captain Cook’s and Pineapple Lanai have been open since the resort reopened, as has Kona Cafe. ‘Ohana and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto are currently closed. You can find more about what is open and closed at the Walt Disney World site.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort was the first Disney resort I ever stayed at, in 1977 (and many more times since). I look forward to when it is fully open again, including Trader Sam’s.

Here are the current dates for resorts reopening.

September 21, 2020 Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
October 14, 2020 Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
November 1, 2020 Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Summer 2021 Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn are closed indefinitely after originally having reopening dates (although each has Disney Vacation Club villas open). And there are many resorts still closed with no reopening date, including Disney’s All Star Resorts and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter Resorts.

Flexibility is needed now more than ever. On the Walt Disney World website, it says, “Due to the constantly evolving environment, the reopening timeline for Disney Resort hotels is flexible and subject to change. If the reopening date of your Disney Resort hotel changes, you will be contacted with the option to either modify the reservation to another Disney Resort hotel at no additional cost or to cancel.”.