New Steel Structure & Theming Added to DVC Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

    Following up on our earlier reporting and a look at the construction of a new pool for the Disney Vacation Club tower being built at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, we have a larger overview of the current state of construction. In this article, we’ll take a water taxi from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort over to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for a look at the construction from the water and from the grounds of the Poly!

    We’ll start with our view from the water as we ride from north to south past the construction site. In this first photo, we compress the image a bit with a zoom lens, making the Grand Floridian wedding chapel look a bit bigger than it really is when compared to the total height of the DVC tower.

    As we start to zoom out and pass by the tower, we can see the wedding chapel “shrinking” to a more accurate size when compared to the 10-story hotel. The scale still isn’t correct yet because the water taxi we’re on is closer to the wedding chapel than the hotel. More on that in a bit.

    Switching buildings for comparison, here’s a nearly true-to-scale look at the tower and the Tuvalu building in the foreground and the Aotearoa building behind it.

    We’ll shift our attention back to the tower for a few photos. We haven’t provided an update since late November when we took a detailed look at the first bit of paint to be applied to the building. That article is worth a read if you haven’t already as we take a close look at how the concrete is already pre-fabricated with faux wood grain. Since then, more paint has been applied to the building, although it’s very clearly not the final coat.

    At the very top of the structure, a themed eave has been added over the penthouse suites.

    It’s a bit of an obstructed view due to the high-reach cranes, but we can see that the lobby will likely be a very open scheme with what looks to be a two-story height.

    Now that we’re done with our boat ride, we wanted to take a walk over to the Tuvalu building for a closer look at the work.

    First, here are a couple of photos that try to offer some sort of context of what the new DVC tower will do to the Polynesian Village Resort skyline. Here’s a view from the dock for the water taxi over to Magic Kingdom.

    In this super-wide shot, we can see from the Tuvalu building to the DVC building at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Going back to the wedding pavilion, we can barely even see it from this view as it only reaches a couple stories in height.

    Now over at an outdoor staircase overlook from the Tuvalu building, we get a great view of the new tower. We won’t focus on it in this article because we already have a dedicated article, but the pool construction is just to the left out of the frame of the photo below.

    In addition to the new steel at the top of the building, there is a new structure taking shape at the bottom of the building too.

    We’ll take one last look at some of the painting taking place at the northern wing of the resort.

    Finally, here’s a look at concept art for the building compared to the construction site as it sits today.

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