First Look: Polynesian Tower Rooms

First Look: Polynesian Tower Rooms

Starting today, DVC owners can book a room at the new Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. To entice guests to make those reservations, Disney has shared photos and details of the rooms. My first impressions are very positive. You’ll hear plenty of negative reviews calling for more theming, but I’m a fan of subtle design. And I think Disney Imagineers nailed it with the Poly Tower.

June 6 update: Disney released several more Tower photos today. I’ve added those pics at the bottom of this article.

I’m struck by the geometry found throughout the rooms, both natural and human-made. The palette is muted but with pops of bold colors. The mural artwork on the Murphy beds provides a lot of visual interest. And I love the recessed lighting along the edges of the room.

Related: see Disney’s Polynesian Tower concept art and our construction photos

Imagineers focused on sustainable design. The rugs and carpets in these rooms are made from “recycled plastic bottles woven into fine yarn that feels like silk.” For the first time, DVC studios come equipped with dishwashers. I won’t have to eat my cereal in flimsy paper bowls with tiny plastic forks anymore!

Polynesian Tower Rooms

Current Polynesian DVC accommodations are limited to deluxe studio villas and bungalows. The Tower will offer duo studios, studios, one-bedroom villas, two-bedroom villas, and two-bedroom penthouse villas.

Polynesian Tower duo studio. Copyright Disney.
Copyright Disney

The duo studio was first introduced at Disney’s Riviera Resort and has become very popular. It only sleeps two, making it the perfect room for couples.

Polynesian Tower studio. Copyright Disney.
Copyright Disney

Deluxe studios have a new layout compared to those found in existing Disney World DVC resorts. The kitchenette has been moved from the hallway to the room itself. This allows for a small seating area on the opposite wall. It’s “cozy” but a huge upgrade. The studio’s layout bridges the gap to the one-bedroom, and I’m here for it.

Polynesian Tower villa kitchen. Copyright Disney.
Copyright Disney
Polynesian Tower villa bedroom. Copyright Disney.
Copyright Disney

The one- and two-bedroom villas sleep five and nine, respectively. Each unit will have a smaller pull-down bed for younger guests as well as a full kitchen, a dining area, a washer and dryer, and an outdoor patio.

Polynesian Tower villa penthouse 2-bedroom. Copyright Disney.
Copyright Disney

The Poly Tower also offers a brand-new DVC room type, the two-bedroom penthouse villa. This unit offers the best Magic Kingdom views from its large patio balcony. And while it has a more spacious living room, the penthouse villa only sleeps eight.

Additional photos

Deluxe Studio and Duo Studio

Polynesian Tower studio. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower studio. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower duo studio. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower Murphy Bed. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower bathroom. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower Murphy bed. Copyright Disney.

1- and 2-Bedroom Villas

Polynesian Tower villa kitchen. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower living room. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower bench seat. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower bathroom. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower bathtub. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower bathroom. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower bedroom. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower king size bed. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower king size bed. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower manta ray artwork. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower villa small pull-down bed. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower villa washer and dryer. Copyright Disney.
Polynesian Tower studio artwork. Copyright Disney.

Booking a room

Starting today, DVC owners can make rental reservations by contacting member services at (800) 800-9800. Disney has not said when members will be able to make points-based reservations. Annual Passholders can book a room on June 5 by calling (407) 934-7639. Finally, all other guests may book rooms on June 6, again by calling (407) 934-7639.

The Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows opens on December 17.