We went to Trader Sam’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort on Sunday night and I took some photos of the front entrance construction while we were there.
Torches were already lit along the path.
Here is a look first at the concept art for the porte-cochère/front entrance.
The front entrance looks very similar to the concept art and it sounded like work was being done when we were there.
Imagineer Zach Riddley said of this entrance last year, “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.”
Each time we stop by, it seems there is at least another panel up.
Riddley also said, ” 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.”
Guests have been able to drive up, but currently the entry is through the side door.
Here is a closer look at a couple of the panels.
Last time we were here, there was roof work going on and that looks mostly finished.
The monorail station has been closed since last fall as it receives a major refurbishment as well.
Monorail Orange passes overhead.
Here is a look at the walkway between the Great Ceremonial House and the monorail station.
Here are a few more photos.
We look forward to not only the finished entrance, but to being able to stop at the resort while riding the monorail again soon.