Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is undergoing a re-imagining of the front entrance that is scheduled to be complete next summer. Crossbeams had been removed in recent weeks and are now being added – these photos are from yesterday. I took them from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and the ferry boat back to the TTC in the morning.
From the ferryboat on the way back to the TTC, the sky was a little better for photographing toward them.
Imagineer Zach Riddley had said about the reimagined entryway (that is scheduled to be open in time for the Walt Disney World 50th Annniversary):
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.
It was a bit cloudy earlier from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
Remember that the monorail is not currently running at the resort and the front entrance is under construction. We stayed there a few weeks back and did not find the construction to be an issue. Guests can use the monorail at the TTC, take a resort launch, or walk to the Magic Kingdom via the new Grand Floridian Walkway.