After the news broke Tuesday of the New Polynesian DVC Tower, I took a few minutes to gather some quick thoughts and initial reactions. We don’t have a lot of information to go on thus far, but its always fun to speculate!
1) This Idea is a HomeRun
There is absolutely no doubt in mind whatsoever that this new Polynesian DVC Tower will perform amazingly well and be a perfect addition to the resort! All of Disney Vacation Club’s most recent projects of a similar nature that have added DVC to an existing resort have been extremely successful (Ex. – Grand Floridian, Copper Creek, etc.).
2) Reflections 2.0?
I can’t help but think they flipped the Reflections idea a bit and moved it here. Officially, Disney appears to be saying that inspiration is from the original Polynesian concept art from 1969, however, I kinda like to think they showed a designer Reflections and the old Polynesian art and said, “Can you kinda make this look a little like this?” I’ve included photos below for comparison and am curious to hear your thoughts.
3) Derek DeBoer has New Lamps to Steal!
Our resident lamp expert from DVC Resale Market is super excited by this new addition to the Polynesian because it means new lamps! He was recently spotted eyeing up some rather large chandeliers at Grand Floridian.
4) We Will Be Scoping the Site Out Soon!
As you are reading this, Amy and I will likely be headed to Disney to see the model room for the new Grand Floridian Villas. We also plan to take some videos and walk the area where this tower will be located. The tower will occupy space where the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show once resided, which was announced to be permanently closed. Be on the lookout for more information soon!
5) How Many Villas and What Type of Villas?
Using my very scientific measuring method (counting in the picture), I’m estimating around 200-300 new villas total as part of this new addition to the Polynesian. Since they are building something entirely new, I expect them to squeeze as many rooms as possible into this space which is why I’m thinking it will be on the higher end of this range. In Disney’s announcement, they all but confirmed that this tower will include Deluxe Studio, 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom, and Grand Villas. I also wouldn’t rule out some Tower Studio villas (look in the corner of the concept art), since these have been included in both Riviera and the New Disneyland DVC Tower.
6) Will This Tower Be Part of the Existing Condo Association?
Your guess is as good as mine, but my current answer is no. This is where Disney will either double down on their plans for DVC 2.0 and resale-restrictions or kick the idea to the curb. Since we are talking about a lot of infrastructure for this addition to the Polynesian including new pools, restaurants, etc. (more on that later), my gut reaction is that we will see this be a separate association similar to Copper Creek and Boulder Ridge. Only time will tell!
7) What Will Be the Price Per Point?
Expect it to open aggressively with incentives. Grand Floridian taught us that while Disney likes money, you’ve got to get people to purchase it to make that money and thus price things at a reasonable rate. I would expect by the time the resort goes on sale in early 2024 we will be in the range of $225-$230pp for direct pricing if not higher.
8) Fireworks Views
In my opinion, the Polynesian is one of the best spots on Seven Seas Lagoon to watch the fireworks from Magic Kingdom. While Top of the World Lounge is a close second, Poly has a pretty straight-on view of the castle, so the view from this tower should rival that or at least be on par with TOTWL.
9) New Pools, Dining, and MORE!
Speaking of TOTWL, I’m hoping for a signature dining experience at the top and/or a bar or lounge similar to that or California Grill. The concept art provided shows multiple things that could indicate new restaurants or lounges so I expect at least two. We also appear to be getting a brand new pool!
10) I’ll Probably Be Buying Points
My wife can use this as evidence against me in two years, but I’m sold and would purchase an add-on contract here. While many are calling this “The Marriott at Disney’s Polynesian Resort“, I have always felt that the Poly has needed a bit of a new modern vibe to the resort and am super excited to see this concept develop! I better start saving… #AddOnItis #PointsAreFun
I’d love to hear your quick takes on this exciting new Disney Vacation Club announcement. Share your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned to DVCFan for more information on the New Polynesian DVC Tower as it becomes available!