BIG Changes Announced for Disney’s Polynesian Resort

disney polynesian village resort

This week Walt Disney World gathered members of the press to reveal exciting changes coming to the Disney Parks, Resorts and Cruise Line.  As somewhat of a Disney purist, I cringe when I hear the word change being thrown around by executives. Additions I am all for, change, not so much. RIP Dreamfinder, Horizons, World of Motion and Kitchen Kabaret.

The announcement that got my tail wagging the most was the announcement that big changes are coming to Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  Changes huh? Well what history are we going to be losing now? What’s that you say? You’re going to do a Polynesian throwback? The Polynesian is going to go back to it’s original name. The one it was coined with when it opened back in the early 1970’s. Could we possibly be coming full circle? Well folks, it’s a step in the right direction. When the DVC expansion at the Polynesian Resort is complete it will be returning to the original Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Another rumor that had been swirling for some time spurred on even further by the bar tenders at the Tambu Lounge dolling out Lapu Lapus was the addition of Trader Sams. If you’ve not had a chance to make it out to Disneyland Resort, well, you’ve missed out on one of the most kitschy lounges in the Disney arsenal. Trader Sams is a hidden gem at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim offering guests tropical cocktails and shrinking stools. And now Walt Disney World guests will be able to sip cocktails amongst the Tiki Gods when we get our very own east coast version of the iconic Trader Sams bar.

disney polynesian village resort trader sams

To make room for more guests the two story water feature will be removed from the resort lobby. Boo.

disney polynesian village resort lobby

And perhaps the most exciting addition will be the over-water bungalows already being constructed over the Seven Seas Lagoon. How long will the wait list be for these bad boys?

disney polynesian village resort bungalows

So what do you think of the new changes and which ones are you looking forward to the most?

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