Disney World Files NEW Permit for All-New Main Entrance to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

    As part of the ongoing work to expand World Drive from the Magic Kingdom parking lot area north of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, a new permit filed by Disney World reveals plans to create an all-new entrance to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. We’ve previously covered a permit that was our first look at the entrance relocation. A permit filed today expands upon that previous coverage.

    According to the permit, the current entrance to the resort appears to be shifting to a bus-only lane, while the main entrance to the resort will be at the end of a new dead-end for Seven Seas Drive. Here is a composite image of the relevant parts of the permit. If you’re approaching Disney’s Polynesian Resort from World Drive (north or south), you’ll utilize the roundabout to take the new connector road to Seven Seas Drive.

    In this second composite image below, we’ve labeled some of the relevant changes. The new entrance/guard gate will be near the current intersection of Seven Seas Drive and World Drive. A new road will be constructed to take Seven Seas Drive to the south, through the current Magic Kingdom Cast Member parking lot, and to a new roundabout south of the current intersection. There will be no changes to the port cochere structure at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

    Zooming in a bit, we get a closer look at the planned changes via the composite image that we put together below, overlaying the permit on top of a Google Maps satellite view.

    In this labeled version, we can see that while the bus pick-up/drop-off area won’t relocate, there will be a new u-turn for buses to keep porte cochere traffic separate from bus traffic.

    In total, the changes should allow for less traffic on Seven Seas Drive (both directions) to be impacted by Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The new bus-only entrance should separate bus and vehicle traffic within the resort. Finally, the new guard gate/main entrance will make for a much nicer approach to the refreshed porte cochere. It looks like there will be fewer parking spots as a result, but Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort parking lot very rarely fills up.

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    1. Gives them the opportunity to update the main entrance sign. The resort obviously has to be renamed. There are no skyscrapers in a “village”, so that’s going to have to be dropped from the name.


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