Construction at Disney World Closes Down Walkways

Polynesian Resort
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Planning a trip to Disney World can be a lot of work, and the last thing you hope for is any disruptions. Disney World has four theme Parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios, along with countless Resorts. There are plenty of things to do inside and outside of the Parks, making every trip an unforgettable and new experience.

When staying at a Disney Resort, there are many perks Guests receive for staying on property. Some Resorts offer early Park admission prior to other Guests entering who may not be staying on property. Also, free transportation to and from the Parks from your Resort is probably the biggest perk. After a long day at the Parks, the last thing anyone wants to do is drive or sit in traffic heading back to their hotel. The Disney shuttles make it easy and efficient to jump on and off and enjoy the air-conditioned ride back to your room.

Polynesian Village Resort

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But, like anything, there can be hiccups in a Guest’s stay. With Disney World constantly developing new experiences, construction is inevitable. After the Destination D23 fan event, we learned about just some of the many new experiences coming to Disney World. While many were park-related, like the reimagination of DinoLand U.S.A., one of Disney’s Resorts is undergoing some changes, too.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one of the original Resorts of Walt Disney World. The Resort is now going through some changes, which surely Guests will love once they are completed. But in the meantime, they may not love the construction. Disney released a statement on the website of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort stating, “As we prepare for the proposed expansion at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, you will see and hear construction at certain times of the day. To minimize disruptions during your stay, activities that may create noise will not start earlier than 9:00 a.m..”

Disney's Polynesian VIllage Resort Lobby

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Other than potential noise disruptions after 9:00 a.m., what does this mean for Guests staying at the Resort? According to Inside the Magic, “The walking path that links Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is now closed.” The construction is specific to the new Polynesian Vacation Club tower.

For many Guests, walking to the Parks is an easy route and a great alternative to shuttles, monorails, or driving. While the new rooms that are under construction are expected to open in 2024, there is no set date on which it will be completed and the walking paths will reopen. In the meantime, Guests staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort should be aware and look for alternative transportation routes, like taking the shuttle over walking, when planning out their trip.

Polynesian Village Resort

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As new information or dates are released, Disney Tips will be sure to update you on what’s to come!

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.