Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Children’s Activity Center Being Renamed

Polynesian Resort

The name current name of the children’s activity center at the Polynesian apparently never caught on with Disney guests.  The ‘Club Disney’ children’s activity center at Disney’s Polynesian Resort will be renamed to ‘Lilo’s Playhouse’ on November 26.

The activity center was originally known as ‘The Never Land Club,’ and was renamed to ‘Club Disney’ when it was refurbished and reopened in June 2014.

The activity center is inspired by classic Disney Little Golden Books where children are able to take part in crafts, dress-up and story time.

Kona Island at Disney’s Polynesian Resort Closing During Lobby Refurbishment

Kona Island

Kona Island at Disney’s Polynesian Resort will be closed from August 8 to September 30, 2014, with an expected reopening date of October 1 2014.

Kona Island serves morning coffee and pastries, along with sushi during the evenings. This closing joins the Nanea Volcano Pool, Barefoot Bay Pool Bar, the original Capt’ Cook’s, and Trader Jack’s as being closed during the Disney Vacation Club redevelopment of the resort.

Walt Disney World Monorail to Operate on Restricted Schedule This Summer

WDW Monorail Red

The Walt Disney World Monorail system is scheduled to run on a new, restricted timetable this summer to accommodate work taking place on the automation upgrades.

Starting June 22 2014, the monorail system will operate on a fixed schedule as follows:

  • Magic Kingdom Resort beam – 8:30am to midnight
  • Magic Kingdom Express beam – 9:30am to 11:30pm
  • Epcot beam – 9am to 11pm

The monorail system now operates on a varying schedule according to park hours. This will change to the fixed schedule listed above.

Additional buses and watercraft will be made available to handle the additional load during the periods when the monorail is not in operation.

When complete, the new automated monorail system will provide a more efficient service with enhanced safety. Expect to see more frequent dispatch of the trains, faster switching times, and monorail arrival information.

There is no timeframe on the completion, but expect to see the new operating schedule be in place throughout the summer of 2014.

Disney Announces Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Name Change for Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Earlier today, Walt Disney World Resort President George A. Kalogridis announced some news about one of our most iconic resort hotels – Disney’s Polynesian Resort. As part of a complete re-imagining, Disney’s Polynesian Resort is returning to its original, 1971 opening day name: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

The sweeping renovation, happening now, also includes a new food and beverage experience opening for guests next year, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto — based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. There’s going to be lots more updates on this beachside family favorite, so stay tuned.

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