While capacities are reduced at its theme parks, the Walt Disney World Resort is taking the opportunity to give one of its original hotels a fresh new look.
We told you earlier that Disney was postponing the reopening of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort for a substantial refurbishment. Now Disney is sharing a first look at what the entrance to the hotel will look like when the Polynesian returns next summer.
The new porte cochere will feature a "high-pitched open-truss roof covered in a thatch style," said Imagineering's Walt Disney World Site Portfolio Executive Zach Riddley, who also said that the design team was inspired by "the iconic mid-20th century architecture that the Polynesian is famous for."
"The monorail station will be transformed with bold new wooden screens covered with geometric patterns in bright, tropical colors," he added.
Compare the concept art with a recent view of the Polynesian's entrance from Google Street View. (I didn't have a photo because... well, this isn't exactly a view that inspires you to get out the camera, is it?)
The Polynesian's Great Ceremonial House and select dining and retail locations within it will remain open during the renovation of the resort, which is scheduled to be complete by next summer.
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