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New permits suggest Poly work imminent

Written by Tim Krasniewski on . Posted in Polynesian News


Amidst rumors of a Disney Vacation Club addition to Disney's Polynesian Resort, permit applications for the site have been filed with the South Florida Water Management District.  

With the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa set to open in less than 90 days, attention has turned to Disney's next timeshare project.  Most rumors have pointed toward a DVC addition at the Polynesian.  Based upon the recently-filed permit applications, it appears Disney has some plans for development at that site.  

Among the documents filed with the SFWMD are a report detailing the construction suitability of land around the Seven Seas Lagoon.  Given the nature of this man-made body of water and high Florida water table, care must be taken before embarking on large-scale construction projects in many areas of the Walt Disney World Resort.  

Engineering firm PSI was contracted to test three areas near the Polynesian Resort to determine construction suitability.  Areas tested include:

  • In the Lagoon around the lookout point to the Magic Kingdom
  • On land along the south edge of the Lagoon (back of the beach) and within the knoll that forms the point
  • In the predominantly parking areas in the southeast of the Polynesian Resort

Polynesian Test Sites

Polynesian construction test sites

While necessary construction methods will vary from one site to the next, the report concludes that "the subsoil conditions are considered favorable for development from a geotechnical engineering perspective."

The accompanying permit application lists the following purpose for the proposed project:

The work to be conducted on this site includes new parking, vehicular circulation, pedestrian pathways, utilities, and fire access. It also includes the installation of pilings along the neighboring lagoon that will support future structures, redesigned landscaping, and new amenity areas to serve the building expansions for this resort hotel. The proposed improvements are all located within the grounds of Disney's Polynesian Resort on 1600 W Seven Seas Drive in Bay Lake, FL.

In recent months, multiple rumors have pointed toward a multi-tiered Disney Vacation Club addition including conversion of existing Polynesian guest rooms, construction of new stand-alone buildings and a series of waterside cabanas.  More recent reports from website Tikimanpages.com suggest that the project has been scaled back to just the converted rooms and cabanas.  

Reader Comments
New permits suggest Poly work imminent -- tsmiii
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 14:32
Amidst rumors of a Disney Vacation Club addition to Disney's Polynesian Resort, permit applications for the site have been filed with the South Florida Water Management District.

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Re: New permits suggest Poly work imminent -- cbnsoul
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 16:08
This makes me more excited than I can say! We have been sheedding other DVC resorts just to be able to buy at the Poly. I was contemplating buy VGF but our heart just isn't in it and it's just too much money to spend for something we may not be happy with.

I've been reading Tikiman's updates. I was much more enthusiastic about the rumors of a larger DVC addition. Initially there was some talk of a new building by Luau Cove but, based on the samples they took, it looks like that's out which is in line with the new rumors of converting one of the buildings and adding bungalos on the TTC side of the resort.
Re: New permits suggest Poly work imminent -- denlo
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 16:18
I merged the two threads on the same Poly filings with the South Florida Water District. TSMiii's thread posted first so it went above DVC News article. Hopefully there won't be too much confusion.
Exciting News re the Poly -- denlo
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 16:45
Here's comes the Poly DVC! I think. :goodvibes: It will be interesting to see when a Poly DVC is formally announced.

However, it looks like a lot of these plans are in connection to the rehab of the 40 year old Poly including the remodel of the Grand Ceremonial House.
Re: New permits suggest Poly work imminent -- mwehttam
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:02
denlo wrote:
However, it looks like a lot of these plans are in connection to the rehab of the 40 year old Poly including the remodel of the Grand Ceremonial House.

I agree. After listening to Tikiman Steve on the WDWToday podcast (I listened to it many times to try to catch everything) it seems like one giant puzzle and it can only be put together one way.

On a side note, I wonder if the possible scaling back that Steve posted last week has anything to do with the sales at VGF. Are the sales there slower then DVD expected?

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