Disney has announced a new expansion for popular Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort that will bring more Disney Vacation Club Villas to the popular resort. The new villas coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will be located at the edge of the man-made waterway, Seven Seas Lagoon, and will be among fan-favorite monorail resorts. This is the same area where Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa are located.
“It’s no secret that our members and guests love the monorail resorts at Walt Disney World,” said Bill Diercksen, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club, in a statement. “Expanding our Disney Vacation Club offerings to the Polynesian would provide our members and guests with another incredible option to stay close to the magic while creating vacation memories that last a lifetime.”
Disney Vacation Club is a timeshare program run by Disney where people sign up for a fixed term and receive an allocation of points to use each year. The main difference between Disney Vacation Club and traditional timeshare is that Disney offers a flexible system based on vacation points rather than the traditional fixed-week timeshare model. Everyone who buys at Disney Vacation Club has a “home resort” at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, or Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa.
This isn’t the first time Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been part of the timeshare program. In 2015, the first phase of the Disney Vacation Club expansion began at the resort with 360 luxury studios and 20 overwater bungalows.
The resort expansion will be located between the existing footprint of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Wedding Pavilion and is scheduled to open in late 2024. Disney fans will notice that this was the location of the Spirit of Aloha dinner show, which is now permanently closed to make way for the new building. The building will offer new leisure and dining options for those who choose to stay there.
The announcement of more Disney Vacation Club rooms coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village follows the start of sales for new villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which includes 200 studio resorts on offer, a Disney Vacation Club room type unique to this hotel. The new rooms are currently available for reservation through the Disney Vacation Club for stays beginning in late June.
Disney Vacation Club has continued to expand its portfolio of options over the years. When the timeshare program first went on sale in September 1991, there wasn’t even a Disney Vacation Club resort to actively look at when visiting Walt Disney World. Then, in December 1991, what is now known as Disney’s Old Key West Resort officially opened as “Disney Vacation Club Resort”. Since then, Disney has opened more than 16 resorts with varying themes, room sizes, and point values. It is estimated that there are more than 250,000 Disney Vacation Club member families.