Disney’s Polynesian Village DVC Tower Details

Disney Vacation Club announced a new DVC tower would be built at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort back in 2022. The building is located in between the Polynesian and Grand Floridian on the Seven Seas Lagoon. The Polynesian DVC tower is “Island Tower.” This ten story tall addition expands capacity by adding many rooms to the resort in a variety of villa styles. Construction is all the way vertical and progress continues. The Island Tower opens December 17th, 2024.

The Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows opens December of 2024. Photo from @DisneyParks on Instagram.

Polynesian DVC Tower Announcement Press Release

Disney Vacation Club shared the following in a press release about the Polynesian DVC tower addition:

“It’s no secret that our Members and Guests love the monorail resorts at Walt Disney World,” said 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.”

Inspired by the early concepts for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the Imagineers of today are honoring the past while furthering the resort story with this innovative addition. Projected to open in late 2024, the proposed vacation ownership property would complement the existing resort and evoke the spirit of the Pacific Islands.

Situated on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, the proposed property would join the rest of the resort in offering stunning views of the Magic Kingdom. Proposed plans would offer additional rooms, new recreation offerings and dining options. More information and project details will be shared at a later date.

Since 2015, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows has been a favorite resort destination, offering an island paradise in the middle of the magic. Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows currently has 380 Disney Vacation Club villas, including the largest Deluxe Studios at any Disney Vacation Club resort at Walt Disney World and unique two-bedroom Bora Bora Bungalows, located over the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon – the first of their kind at Disney. 

What kind of rooms are in the DVC Polynesian Island Tower?

Members who call Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows home will now have a wide variety of room styles at their home resort. The Island Tower Polynesian DVC rooms sleep from two to nine guests. Before this addition, the Polynesian DVC options were Deluxe Studios that sleep up to five and the Two Bedroom Bungalows that sleep up to eight. Given the height and location we can expect lots of firework views! This is true even if firework views aren’t a category on the point chart for this resort. Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows has:

  • duo studios
  • deluxe studios
  • one bedroom villas
  • two bedroom villas
  • two bedroom penthouse villas
Lobby at Island Tower at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
The lobby at Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Photo via Disney.

The Polynesian DVC Tower is an Expansion of the Original Home Resort

We were wondering if this addition would be a new home resort or an expansion of the current DVC offering at the Polynesian. We now know that the Polynesian DVC tower is an expansion of the original home resort. That’s Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. This means if you buy resale DVC points at this resort, you can use them to stay in the new Island Tower. It also means more room options at the Polynesian for DVC Members who call it home now.

When Copper Creek was added to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, it debuted as a separate DVC offering even though Boulder Ridge was already present at the resort. If a similar scenario would have played out at the Polynesian, we can assume those who bought resale would not be able to use their points to stay in the new tower. With this announcement, it seems anyone who buys resale at one of the original 14 DVC resorts can use their points to book any of the Polynesian DVC rooms, including the Island Tower, based on availability.

We have always known there was a chance this tower addition could be part of the existing Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. As it stands now, there are only Deluxe Studios or the Bungalows at the Polynesian. While they are both lovely, this resort could use more room options for DVC Members wanting to stay at this property. The one bedroom and two bedroom options in the tower will add a nice variety.

A rendering of the Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Photo via Disney.

Why does it matter that the Polynesian expansion is the same home resort?

If the tower was part of a new DVC property, it would have DVC resale restrictions similar to Disney’s Riviera Resort. With resale DVC, Riviera can only be booked if it’s your Home Resort and if it is your Home Resort, you can’t book anywhere else with those points. Because the Polynesian DVC tower is part of the Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows home resort, it should fall under the same, flexible set of rules that apply to the first 14 resorts.

When can you book the Polynesian tower?

Upon opening, the Island Tower is only available for rentals. Disney Vacation Club members will be able to make reservations with points at a later date.

June 4 | Disney Vacation Club members can make rental reservations through Member Services at (800) 800-9800.

June 5 | Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can book rental reservations by contacting (407) 934-7639. 

June 6 | All guests can make reservations.

DVC Resale Experts Can Help

With this confirmation, it’s a great time to buy Polynesian resale DVC points. Check back here on the DVC Resale Experts blog for more Disney Vacation Club news and updates. See our current resale DVC listings to add on points or become a Member.

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Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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