Polynesian DVC Villas Will Oust Spirit of Aloha Show, Expand Room and Dining Options

by | Mar 22, 2022 | DVC Destinations, DVC Membership, DVC Points, Walt Disney World News, Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

Earlier this month, Disney announced plans for new Polynesian DVC Villas. While these will add new rooms, recreation activities, Magic Kingdom views, and dining options, some fans are disappointed that it means an official end to the Spirit of Aloha dinner show.

Disney Vacation Club members will have some new options to choose from at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort come 2024. This will come nearly a decade after the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows transformation of this opening-day resort back in 2015.

“It’s no secret that our Members and Guests love the monorail resorts at Walt Disney World,” remarked Bill Diercksen, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club. “Expanding our Disney Vacation Club offerings at the Polynesian would give our Members and Guests yet another incredible option for staying close to the magic while making vacation memories that last a lifetime.”

Polynesian DVC Villas: What to Expect

Disney has not released too many details about the expanded Disney Vacation Club offerings at the Polynesian Village Resort quite yet, but they do promise that the expansion is inspired by the early concepts of the resort. In that way, “the Imagineers of today are honoring the past while furthering the resort story with this innovative addition.”

The tower will sit on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and provide a significant increase in the DVC rooms available. Currently, the Poly offers 380 Disney Vacation Club Villas; that includes the bungalows.

In addition to new rooms, the Polynesian Disney Vacation Club Villa expansion also means new dining and recreation experiences.

Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show Permanently Closed

Unfortunately, this DVC expansion means that Disney will officially not be bringing back the fan-favorite Spirit of Aloha dinner show. Spirit of Aloha replaced the Polynesian Revue back in 2003 and remained a beloved staple of the Polynesian until its closure in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

Tap here to learn more about the history of the Polynesian Review and Spirit of Aloha.

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