Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Debuts Redesigned Lobby

The renovation of the lobby at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is complete and the new space gives the resort a fresh, new, and modern vibe while staying true to the original vision of the hotel. The waterfall feature (and its very distinct smell) might be gone but what is in its place is rather stunning.

All-new lobby debuts at Disney's Polynesian Village ResortAll-new lobby debuts at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

The new lobby is open and spacious and features a lot of new seating areas for guests with new couches and chairs. And unlike the original lobby, you can actually see all the way to the back of the lobby now that the waterfall has been removed.

This new lobby has a lot more beautiful natural light than the original, and it gives guests a sense of being in a tropical paradise.

Seating area in the redesigned Polynesian lobbySeating area in the redesigned Polynesian lobby

Speaking of lighting make sure to look up when you're in the lobby. The new light fixture hanging above the lobby is pretty incredible. The glass globes look like oversize glass fishing floats, while the other fixtures look like lanterns.

Lights in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort lobbyLights in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort lobby

As lovely as the lights are when you look up from the first floor, we suggest heading up to the second floor and getting a closer look at the lights. They really are a perfect centerpiece for this redesigned lobby.

View of lights from the second floorView of lights from the second floor

And of course you can't forget about the Hidden Mickeys when you're at Walt Disney World. Make sure you look down while you're walking through the lobby.

Hidden Mickey at Disney's Polynesian Village ResortHidden Mickey at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

This is just the start of new things at Disney's Polynesian Village! What do you think of the redesigned lobby? Do you miss the waterfall or are you happy to see it go?

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 01/01/2015 - 14:25:

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I can't wait to see this in person! It's so lovely and the colors are beautiful. I will miss the large water feature but this is tropical and classy, plus I lurve the tall cane chairs outside of the lounge.

More pictures (including the ones of those fabulous chairs) are up over on the Disney Food Blog!


JanJ wrote on Thu, 01/01/2015 - 14:42:

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Me too Kristen! So looking forward to seeing the new lobby in a few weeks.

Melissa W wrote on Thu, 01/01/2015 - 16:15:

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How gorgeous! I need to start planning my trip now!

Jan L. wrote on Thu, 01/01/2015 - 18:17:

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Can't wait to see this in person in June. It looks wonderful.

Mindi wrote on Thu, 01/01/2015 - 23:36:

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I miss the waterfall and feel this design is a let down. The original was unique and this looks like every other hotel now. Very disappointed!

Judy wrote on Fri, 01/02/2015 - 16:54:

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I was just there, and can't really comment on the overall look of the hotel since it is still a work in progress with the front area all torn up, and the pool area completely leveled. But, the lack of any kind of water feature at all in the lobby area is a big disappointment. I agree with Mindi that it now looks like every other hotel. Hoping that when everything is finished up it has more flare.

Kim Johnson wrote on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 00:15:

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So - I was just there in Disney - and went there for breakfast - which was very good..

I fell in love with the high back chairs - and have been going crazy trying to find where I can get them......If anyone knows - can you please let me know??

My sister is a vacation club member - and is going in November....what I saw of the place was very unique and beautiful.....the sushi was amazing as well...if you like sushi - try the crab Rangoon rolls....yummie!!!

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