Thursday, May 10, 2012

Spotted: sight-line balloon over Polynesian Resort


I'd heard a rumor (OK, an inside source) about a year ago telling me to document Frontierland and the Polynesian resort. Both might be up for renewal or even complete re-do.

Nothing has happened (yet) with Frontierland (one idea said a raft ride!), but the Poly thing might actually be happening. Reportedly, this week a sight-line balloon has been spotted. Historically, this is the first physical sign of something actually happening, so it should be treated as significant.

I'd heard that the main Poly structure (Great Ceremonial House) was beyond fixing. One report said asbestos was the reason -- it's everywhere!!

Whatever the reason, we may see no Poly in the future. Or a completely redone one. Could it be a tower instead to hold more people? Sure it could. The Alauni resort in Hawaii uses a tower.

Could it be a DVC resort instead of a day-tripper hotel? Sure it could. Certainly, Disney likes the DVC model and has been pushing it aggressively for more than a decade. More on this as it develops!

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.