Join us as we take a step-by-step look at the unusual construction of the Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World.
The Polynesian was originally named the Polynesian Village Resort Hotel but was renamed Disney's Polynesian Resort sometime in 1985. Here we start with the foundations of the resort as well as the lake dock and some Monorail beams.
From further north we see the progress. At this point we are already in the year 1971. Let's hope we are ready for October. What's that rectangle of land in the foreground?? That's the site of the never-built Asian Resort!! This is a rare look at the land that eventually housed Disney's Grand Floridian.
The Great Ceremonial House begins to take shape.
Meanwhile at a facility on the east end of Walt Disney World property, U.S. Steel workers assembled hundreds of rooms.
Today the building still stands at 1500 Live Oak Lane, Orlando, FL 32830. If you've ever driven "the back way" to Magic Kingdom via Highway 535, you've seen the softball field. The facility was just south of that.
That's right, these modular guest rooms were assembled, finished, and furnished on an assembly line of sorts before being trucked over to the Poly construction site. A very similar process took place with the Contemporary Resort rooms.
A scale model shared by a couple of US Steel executives.
The rooms then get stacked into place. This was slightly different than the modular Contemporary Resort Hotel rooms which were "slid" into the various slots of the large a-frame structure.
Roof framing begins to take place.
The Monorail station also comes about.
The roofs are completed along with the rest of the guest buildings. Landscaping comes next.
WDW Before Opening Day 1971
Polynesian Village Resort- 1985
Polynesian "Nanea Volcano Pool"- 1985
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