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Demolition Begins on Iconic Disney Experience

It hasn’t been all rainbow and sunshine for Walt Disney World fans lately. With Disney still working through its phased reopening, we’ve seen some experiences either remain frozen as “temporarily unavailable” or permanently close altogether. Now, we’re seeing demolition begin on an iconic Disney experience.

It wasn’t too long ago that Walt Disney World Resort announced Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort would soon be welcoming new Disney Vacation Club Villas. Much like the new Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, we didn’t expect the DVC Villa addition to be so impactful.

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Art Rendering of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Tower (Credit: Disney)

Disney announced the opposite of what everyone expected however and revealed a massive expansion coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort with a new tower holding an estimated 200-250 new rooms. The announcement was a shock to many as the design doesn’t seem to match the overall Hawaiian island feel and Polynesian culture Disney fans love so much about the Magic Kingdom Resort hotel.

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Location of New Tower (Credit: Scott Gustin)

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Making matters worse, Disney revealed the location of the tower would cause the closure of the iconic dinner show experience, Spirit of Aloha. The dinner show has been around for almost 50 years. The hardest part is when Spirit of Aloha closed with everything else at Disney due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, little did we know it would be gone for good.

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Spirit of Aloha (Credit: Disney)

While we’re thrilled Disney announced the return of its second dinner show Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, we can’t help but be disappointed to see the Spirit of Aloha show go.

Now, @bioreconstruct has shared photos via social media of the demolition starting at Spirit of Aloha:

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The fencing will likely soon be draped with plastic so Guests can’t see behind the construction wall on the walking path that follows the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Construction lighting has been installed as Disney begins to push forward with its new DVC tower plans.

Ready to take a walk with us down memory lane to the Polynesian luau? Disney’s former description of Spirit of Aloha dinner show included:

Hula Dancing, Fire Dancing and More: Celebrate the spirit of aloha with spellbinding dancers, drummers and a show-stopping fire-knife performer. Auntie Wini is hosting a fun-filled luau to say goodbye to one of the local girls who’s headed to the “mainland” for college—and you’re invited! In the open-air theater in Luau Cove, delight in enthralling traditions from Polynesia, including dances from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand and Hawaii.

Settle in for platters of authentic Aloha pulled pork, Polynesian ribs, roasted chicken and seasonal vegetables. Savor fresh-cut fruit and a salad with ginger-lime dressing—and then polish your meal off by indulging in Pineapple Guava Cake and Chocolate Cake! Children’s favorites like Chicken Breast Nuggets with Tater Bites, cheese pizza, and either grilled chicken or fish of the day with rice and green beans are also available upon request on the limited kids menu.

In addition to soft drinks, lemonade, coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages, Guests 21 years of age and up can enjoy beer and wine with their meals. For an added charge, indulge in a fruity cocktail—like the Pau Hana Punch served in a hand-carved coconut keepsake.

The incredible Cast Members, the atmosphere, the food… all will be greatly missed as we say goodbye to the iconic Spirit of Aloha.

About Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.