Disney's Polynesian Village Resort will not reopen until summer 2021.

By Elizabeth Rhodes
Updated August 31, 2020
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Even though most Disney World hotels reopened at the same time that the theme parks welcomed visitors back after closing in March, one beloved resort will not reopen until 2021.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort will not reopen until summer 2021, according to the latest update on the Disney World website. A Disney spokesperson confirmed to Travel+ Leisure that the resort will undergo refurbishments while it's closed.

The ceremonial house and guest rooms will be refreshed, and room design will be influenced by Disney film "Moana," with a color palette inspired by the Pacific Ocean and islands and details, patterns, and textures inspired by "Moana." The Polynesian Villas and Bungalows will remain open during the refurbishment.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn will remain closed until further notice, and reopening dates for other hotels were previously pushed back. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort did not open on Aug. 12 as originally planned — its reopening date has been pushed Nov. 1.

On June 22, select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground reopened. Properties that opened in June include; Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

On July 10, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas — Jambo House, Disney's Pop Century Resort, and Disney's Contemporary Resort reopened to guests.

On July 29, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort reopened, and on Aug. 24, Disney's Yacht Club Resort reopened. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is next to reopen on Sept. 21, and Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is set to follow on Oct. 14.

New Health and Safety Procedures at Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney World unveiled further details regarding the reopening of these properties on their website, listing new health and safety procedures, and temporarily paused benefits.

To visit a Walt Disney World resort hotel, guests must have either a confirmed room reservation or a confirmed dining reservation, as well as a face covering for visitors ages two and up (you can even buy your own Disney face mask online). Any guests who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, must not enter the resort.

The resort hotels are implementing a number of new and enhanced sanitation procedures, including increased cleaning in high-traffic areas and thorough housekeeping, among other protocols.

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Select Resort Amenities and Services Are Temporarily Paused

Although Disney’s Magical Express, the complimentary airport transportation from Orlando International Airport, and complimentary resort transportation will still be operating, and a number of popular guest benefits, including FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours, are temporarily suspended until further notice. Club-level service, in-room celebrations, shipping services, and other resort amenities are also temporarily unavailable.

Additionally, arcades, campfires, character experiences, dog parks, the Electrical Water Pageant, marina rentals, playgrounds, spas, salons, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and other special events and programs are temporarily unavailable. Pools have reduced capacity and may have reduced hours, with the exception of Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, which will remain closed for now. Perhaps most importantly, staying at a Disney resort hotel does not guarantee access to the parks — park admission will require reservations via the new Disney Park Pass System.

Character dining experiences will not be available at the resorts upon reopening either, with the exception of a modified experience at Topolino’s Terrace at the Riviera Resort. You can find the full reopening details for each resort, including restaurants and recreational facilities that will be available, on the Disney World website. New reservations can now be made for select Disney World hotels.

Elizabeth Rhodes is an associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure who covers all things theme parks. Follow her adventures on Instagram @elizabetheverywhere.