Monday, August 31, 2015

DVC at the Polynesian: First Impressions

Close your eyes and picture palm trees...


...we're taking a stroll around the Polynesian Village Resort today!

I was excited to check out the new Disney Vacation Club areas at the Poly on our trip.  The Tahiti and Rapa Nui longhouses have been renamed Moorea and Pago Pago and spruced up with new designs for the new DVC villas inside.  There are room tours out there of the inside of the villas; today we're focusing on the public DVC areas.

A new map of the Polynesian - the buildings are all in the same places, but those Bora Bora Bungalows stretching out into the Seven Seas Lagoon are all new!

In between Moorea and Pago Pago you'll find some grills and picnic tables for DVC guests.

I love the new entrance to Moorea with the blue glass chandelier - just like the new funky chandeliers in the Great Ceremonial House.

Shall we go inside?

There's a lava wall and some very retro furniture.  Photos I've seen of the rooms seem a little plain - I wish every villa had a volcanic rock wall and not just the lobbies.  I do love the bright colors they've brought in - oranges and yellows and reds and teals that just pop.

Turtles overhead!

These awesome chairs remind me of dinosaur eggs.  I feel like a baby T-Rex might emerge from one at any moment!

The art in the lobbies is specific to each building, with maps of the islands and some posters that will look familiar from Captain Cook's...


Posters for Pago Pago and Moorea.

Looking down the hallways you'll find more of the vivid red and retro styling in the carpet.

The Bora Bora Bungalows stretch out all along the beach.  If you're used to the old beachscape with an unimpeded view of the Seven Seas Lagoon and the castle, they'll seem a little bit like a blot on the landscape.  But then if you've read my blog for any length of time, you'll know I'm a Polynesian snob!

I think I'm going to get used to them...I'm just not used to them yet. :)

You can only access the boardwalks leading to the bungalows if you're staying in a bungalow, but you do get a pretty good view of them from the water.

Every villa gets it's own hot tub - say wha!  Also is that a tropical wind chime I see?

If I had been on the Imagineering team for Polynesian's bungalows, I would've give each deck its own hammock.  But they do have hanging basket chairs!

What do you think of the new Disney Vacation Club pixie dust at the Polynesian?  Weigh in in the comments. :)


  1. Hi Emma,
    Thank you for your wonderful photos & insights about the Polynesian - Poly. It brought back memories of staying there in the 70s. Keep up the great work!
    Conrad Froehlich

  2. Did you notice that the turtle lights in the lobby are actually a Hidden Mickey?! :) We noticed that on our last trip!