In July, Disney World reopened its doors to visitors after having been closed for nearly three months. The majority of Disney resorts immediately followed the theme park’s lead; however, four have still yet to open.
According to the Walt Disney World website, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will all reopen before the end of 2020. That leaves one resort left—Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort— which will not reopen until summer 2021.
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The delay in reopening is due to far more than just putting necessary safety protocols into place. A Disney spokesperson confirmed to Travel+ Leisure that the resort will actually undergo a special renovation project while closed. What type of renovation project, exactly? Well, if you’re a big Moana fan, you may want to look into booking a Disney vacation next summer.
The spokesperson told the outlet that the resort will receive a Moana-style upgrade. While details are limited, the rooms will be refreshed to incorporate patterns, colors, and textures that nod to the Pacific Ocean and its islands. It was not disclosed whether all rooms will receive this treatment, or just a select few. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
For now, the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows will remain open as the resort undergoes this facelift. As for the other Disney resorts, the reopening dates are as follows:
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will reopen on September 21, 2020.
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will reopen on October 14, 2020.
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will reopen on November 1, 2020.
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