What we know as Disney World's Polynesian Resort has been at WDW since the beginning in 1971. But in the beginning, it was known as Disney World's Polynesian Village.
The original logo for the resort, at left, was recovered from a matchbox and posted online.
But for some reason, the name was altered a bit. Parkeology reports that in the 1980s, "village" was dropped from the title.
Aside from the zapping of the word "village," many other things have changed at the Poly.
Many dining locations have changed. What we now know as Kona Cafe was once the Coral Island Cafe. 'Ohana was once the Papeete Bay Verandah. And Tangaroa Terrace closed in 1996, and is only used for group functions today. If you once hit the buffet at the South Seas Dining Room, well, no luck doing that today. It was remodeled into the BouTiki store in 2005.
Luaus have existed at the Poly from the beginning. What's known now as the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show has existed over the years as the Polynesian Revue, Kaui-Pono Polynesian Revue, South Seas Luau and Polynesian Luau. Disney characters were featured in Mickey's Tropical Revue, which ran from the mid-1980's until June 1999.
If you went to any of these shows in the 70s, 80s or early 90s, odds are you saw fire knife dancer Homer "Homa" P. Leapai. See more about Homer and the changes at the Poly over the years at Walt Dated World.
Do you have a favorite Polynesian memory? Did you visit the Polynesian Village Resort Hotel in the 70s or 80s? Leave a comment below!