Everyone is chomping at the bit to know: Will the new Polynesian tower be part of the existing Polynesian Villas & Bungalows condo association, or will it have its own separate condo association? The answer remains unknown, but as we are speculating, let’s break down what the implications are for either scenario.
One of the biggest things that the condo association will determine is the presence (or absence) of resale restrictions. If the new tower joins the existing condo association, the tower won’t have any resale restrictions. (This would be a very similar situation to the addition of the Big Pine Key building to the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian.) Resale contract points at the Polynesian could be used to book stays at any of the original 14 DVC resorts at the 7-month mark or after, but not at Riviera, the Villas at Disneyland Hotel, or any future DVC resorts.
If the tower has a separate condo association, then it will have resale restrictions like Riviera and the Villas at Disneyland Hotel. That would mean that any resale points for the tower could only be used for stays at the Polynesian tower.
Note that whether the tower joins the existing condo association or has a separate one, points purchased directly through Disney would be good for any DVC resort at the 7-month mark or after.
Contract Expiration Date
DVC contracts at the current Polynesian Villas & Bungalows expire in 2066. Should the tower join the same condo association, new contracts would share this same expiration date of 2066. If the tower has its own association, we can perhaps expect an expiration date of 2074 (50 years after the new tower opens, assuming it opens on schedule). This would give owners at the tower a longer time to enjoy their points.
If there are two separate condo associations, owners at the original Polynesian Villas & Bungalows would still only be able to book the original Deluxe Studios and Bora Bora Bungalows at the 11-month mark. They wouldn’t be able to book any of the new villas in the tower until the 7-month mark and vice versa.
If there is just one condo association, this would give owners at the Polynesian a lot more flexibility for their points. This would be similar to how owners at Animal Kingdom Lodge can choose between villas at Jambo House or Kidani Village. Not only would there be a choice of which building owners could book, but most importantly, there would finally be One Bedroom Villas, Two Bedroom Villas, and maybe even Three Bedroom Grand Villas in the mix. DVC has yet to confirm which room types will be available at the tower but hinted that there would be additional rooms.
Bungalow Point Problem
Speaking of different room types, should the tower become part of the original Polynesian condo association, it would greatly help balance out the point distribution at the Polynesian. With only Deluxe Studios and then the very point-heavy Bora Bora Bungalows, the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows has quite the point imbalance. Most owners only book the Deluxe Studios since the Bungalows are well over 100 points per night.
Last but not least, having a separate condo association would impact dues. Clearly, if the new tower becomes part of the original Polynesian condo association, the annual dues will be the same for both. However, should they be different associations, they could have different rates. While this may seem odd, this would be very similar to what we see with Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek. Both DVC resorts are part of Wilderness Lodge, but each has its own annual dues rate. In 2023, the annual dues for Boulder Ridge were $8.5110 per point whereas at Copper Creek, they were $7.9203 per point.
However this all pans out, stay tuned to DVC Fan for all the updates on the Polynesian!