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First Have a look at Visitor Rooms & Opening Date for Island Tower at Polynesian Resort

Walt Disney World shared a sneak peek on the totally different visitor rooms sorts and introduced the opening date of the Island Tower on the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. This shares a glance inside the varied villas and different particulars in regards to the upcoming addition to the Poly–which can open virtually precisely 5 years after DVC’s final WDW resort!

Situated on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom monorail line, the Island Tower on the Poly replaces the Spirit of Aloha luau. The brand new Disney Trip Membership tower is principally between the present Polynesian Village Resort and Wedding ceremony Pavilion, which itself is adjoining to the Grand Floridian.

This high-profile Magic Kingdom resort space has already turn out to be overcrowded lately with the addition of the Villas on the Grand Floridian. A brand new tower will solely exacerbate that, and will find yourself placing undue pressure on infrastructure such because the monorail. It’ll be fascinating to see how the monorail handles the elevated site visitors (or doesn’t) and whether or not Walt Disney World must put extra resort restrictions in place. However that’s one other matter for one more day.

In line with Disney, the brand new 10-story Island Tower’s structure pulls inspiration from early idea artwork of the long-lasting property by Walt Disney Imagineering, additionally based on Disney. There might be a ceiling artwork set up within the tower’s foyer impressed by the South Pacific Islands and showcasing a wide range of native wildlife.

Different artwork will exist within the foyer, from sculptures crafted from recycled fishing nets to chandeliers constructed of dwelling moss crops. Walt Disney Imagineering has partnered with numerous artists to create artwork influenced by the heritage of Polynesia and the spirit of conservation, together with Disney references.

The Island Tower will characteristic a wide range of room sorts that may sleep from two to 9 company, reminiscent of duo studios, spacious one and two-bedroom villas, and brand-new two-bedroom penthouse villas. The tower may also embrace deluxe studio rooms, including to the deluxe studio rooms already accessible on the Poly Villas.

The Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is projected to open on December 17, 2024, which is 5 years after Disney’s Riviera Resort opened on December 16, 2019. The brand new Poly tower will supply villas brimming with authentic art work impressed by the Polynesian Islands, wayfinding and the pure components: earth, water, wind and sky. Every visitor room may also characteristic customized items impressed by Walt Disney Animation Studios movie, “Moana.”

Above is a take a look at the duo studios, which is a polarizing room sort that debuted at Disney’s Riviera Resort and continued with the Villas at Disneyland Lodge. We have been huge followers of this as a pair, and it labored effectively for us when visiting with a new child. Jury’s nonetheless out–for us at the least–on the way it works out with a child throughout an extended keep. Guess we’ll discover out!

In line with Disney: With inspiration from the celebs and the sky that the wayfinders used for celestial navigation, the intense and ethereal duo studios will supply the proper retreat for 2.

Celebrating the luxurious natural world of the islands, the deluxe studios will sleep as much as 4 and embrace a first-of-its-kind characteristic for Disney Trip Membership deluxe studios: a dishwasher! The deluxe studios within the Island Tower may have a brand new structure, together with a comfy seating space throughout from the kitchenette.

I’m actually intrigued by this new structure. The brand new seating space strikes me as an excellent factor, however the desk there seems to be relatively small and impractical. Positively will withhold judgment on this, although. Particularly since–if I’m being trustworthy–I don’t fairly know what our wants seem like with regard to seating, storage, and ground area. I used to be stunned at simply how a lot the additional sq. footage on the Modern got here in useful throughout our first journey with a child.

I’m positive different DVC members may have some very sturdy opinions in regards to the modifications. Off the highest of my head, I assume I do have one–I want the dishwasher have been a washer and dryer (for garments) as an alternative. Zero need or have to do dishes–particularly with solely a kitchenette and paper merchandise stocked–however would love the flexibility to do laundry in-room. Guessing there’s not fairly sufficient area for that, although. And it’s most likely additionally a distinguishing issue they wish to keep for the 1-BR and bigger villas!

Talking of which, your loved ones and pals will have the ability to unfold out in a one- or two-bedroom villa, sleeping as much as 5 and 9, respectively. By means of distinctive art work, every villa will showcase a voyager’s journey each on land and underneath the ocean. Embracing the great thing about water or earth, these areas will characteristic a kitchen with full-size home equipment, a eating space, a washer and dryer, and an out of doors patio space.

It’s tough to get an excellent learn on these rooms primarily based on the primary look photos shared by Disney Trip Membership, however the view is definitely spectacular! I don’t doubt for a second that the rooms might be well-received by DVC members. Disney has been doing an important job with the brand new and reimagined rooms on the villas for the final 5 years. There’s no cause to consider that’ll change with the Island Tower on the Poly.

I’m not a fan of the Island Tower, however expectations in regards to the visitor rooms should not a part of that criticism. Past the dishwasher vs. laundry machines quibble above, my solely concern at this level is that the rooms like overly beige and ‘earthy.’ Given its mid-century and Polynesian roots, I hoped for lots extra coloration. These are a bit on the tasteless facet, which is smart at Saratoga, however much less so on the Poly.

(I actually don’t wish to beat a useless horse since I’ve already yammered on in regards to the constructing’s exterior at size within the commentary to our fundamental put up in regards to the Poly Tower…and it’s actually not related right here, anyway, since this can be a put up providing a primary look inside.)

Disney Trip Membership will introduce a brand-new sort of lodging in Island Tower: two-bedroom penthouse villas. Themed after the calming stability between water and the islands, the beautiful villas will sleep as much as eight and boast a spacious lounge, and spectacular views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom from an expansive patio balcony.

Identical story right here. I hate how the tower seems to be from the skin, however identical to Riviera and Gran Destino earlier than it, the ugly and undercooked tower must be nice when you’re inside and having fun with views from it relatively than of it. Besides on this case, the Island Tower will supply huge views of Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon, so it’ll be even higher.

I’m a realist. It’s an eyesore and a blight on the monorail loop ‘skyline,’ however individuals are going to like the Island Tower. I’ve little question about that. It combines two issues that rating very well with company–towers and the brand new kinds of rooms. (These two issues might not price extremely with you personally, however they do with company as a complete.)

Right here’s a full room tour that Walt Disney World has launched:

In line with Disney, a number of options inside visitor rooms contribute to the Island Tower’s sustainable design, according to Disney’s 2030 environmental targets. For instance, along with the comfort that comes with the first-ever dishwashers within the tower’s studios, in addition they contribute to the purpose of minimizing waste by decreasing the necessity for plastic utensils and single-use dishware.

You may also be stunned to know the plush rugs and carpets inside visitor rooms are produced from principally recycled plastic bottles woven into positive yarn that seems like silk.

Find out how to Guide Your Keep on the Island Tower

  • June 4, 2024: Starting at present, Disney Trip Membership members could make rental reservations by contacting Member Providers at (800) 800-9800. Notice that that is for bookings with money, which means that members pays the common rack price for the Deluxe Villas, which can undoubtedly be astronomical. Disney Trip Membership members will have the ability to make points-based reservations at a later date.
  • June 5, 2024: Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can begin reserving rental reservations by contacting (407) 934-7639.
  • June 6, 2024: All company could make reservations on-line or by contacting (407) 934-7639

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What do you consider the varied villas within the Island Tower? Do you want or dislike these room kinds? Will you be reserving the Island Tower by way of a money price or will you look ahead to availability with factors? Are you optimistic or pessimistic in regards to the Island Tower being added to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? Do you agree or disagree with our evaluation? Any questions we can assist you reply? Listening to your suggestions–even while you disagree with us–is each fascinating to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas under within the feedback!

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