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

by | Mar 22, 2022 | DVC Destinations, WDW Blog, WDW News, WDW Resorts

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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.

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The Bora Bora Bungalows were part of the 2015 DVC expansion at the Poly nearly a decade ago. Photo by Laurie Sapp

“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.”

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Concept art of the Polynesian DVC Villas. Photo courtesy of Disney

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.

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The Spirit of Aloha replaced the Polynesian Revue. Photo courtesy of Disney

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

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Written by Timothy Moore

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Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as a WDW Magazine contributor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).
Timothy Moore

Written by Timothy Moore

Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as a WDW Magazine contributor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).