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News Refurbishment coming soon to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort - Moana details to be included

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
Ya know what would've been cool. If they had to stick with the concrete pillars so badly - why not integrate fiber optics tiki designs like this INTO the concrete and then light it up at night. Like they had on the walkways at Epcot before they ripped it out...
Those lighted slabs (which were the kinda thing that makes the Bobs just look obtuse) probably cost them $1.67 of electricity (solar generated) per year and could not be tolerated by accounting. No ROI
 

MisterPenguin

President of Animal Kingdom
Premium Member

I believe this is for College Program yearbook pictures...

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Disney Analyst

Well-Known Member
Now this is one for the books: contrary to all the other lobby refurbs, they seem to be trying to make the Polynesian lobby look more like the 1990s!



Maybe it's just me, but whoever Disney is employing to refurbish their hotels these days has very bad taste.


Love how that looks! Very mid century modern, without the tacky 90s Disney design styling.

Totally my vibe. Love love love.
 

castlecake2.0

Well-Known Member
Now this is one for the books: contrary to all the other lobby refurbs, they seem to be trying to make the Polynesian lobby look more like the 1990s!



Maybe it's just me, but whoever Disney is employing to refurbish their hotels these days has very bad taste.

All the fans complained all the lobby’s were being turned into 50 shades of beige. They’re listening!
 

Sir_Cliff

Well-Known Member
Love how that looks! Very mid century modern, without the tacky 90s Disney design styling.

Totally my vibe. Love love love.
I love mid-century modern, but this doesn't read to me as a mid-century tiki aesthetic.

I actually like the clean, bright colours like the orange and blues elsewhere in the lobby. This gives me more old-Kona Cafe vibes than new-Kona Cafe (which I like!) vibes. This may come down to personal tastes, though.

More generally, I think they really need to get someone who knows the tiki aesthetic to go through and get rid of things like the crazy-painted tikis in the store. I feel like it's the sort of thing they would get spot-on at Disneyland, but for some reason in Florida can't seem to quite land.
 

Disney Analyst

Well-Known Member
I love mid-century modern, but this doesn't read to me as a mid-century tiki aesthetic.

I actually like the clean, bright colours like the orange and blues elsewhere in the lobby. This gives me more old-Kona Cafe vibes than new-Kona Cafe (which I like!) vibes. This may come down to personal tastes, though.

More generally, I think they really need to get someone who knows the tiki aesthetic to go through and get rid of things like the crazy-painted tikis in the store. I feel like it's the sort of thing they would get spot-on at Disneyland, but for some reason in Florida can't seem to quite land.

Maybe you’re right. Not quite mid-century modern, but it feels in the same vein, with tiki styling thrown in.
 

CaptainAmerica

Premium Member
I love mid-century modern, but this doesn't read to me as a mid-century tiki aesthetic.

I actually like the clean, bright colours like the orange and blues elsewhere in the lobby. This gives me more old-Kona Cafe vibes than new-Kona Cafe (which I like!) vibes. This may come down to personal tastes, though.

More generally, I think they really need to get someone who knows the tiki aesthetic to go through and get rid of things like the crazy-painted tikis in the store. I feel like it's the sort of thing they would get spot-on at Disneyland, but for some reason in Florida can't seem to quite land.
Completely agree.

That upholstery might fit in the Contemporary, but there's nothing "Polynesian" about it.
 

James Alucobond

Well-Known Member
I'll give it credit for at least not looking like it's from the West Elm catalogue like many other things lately, but I'm especially confused by this in light of the recent changes to the carpet. The latter is an oversized distressed floral print with beachy colors, whereas this is a compact repeating abstract pattern in earth tones. They don't seem to have much to do with one another.
 

Epcot82Guy

Well-Known Member
That does seem pretty bad. The carpet has a definite perspective that works. This looks like reality vs. approval via the tiny swatch on the design board viewed over Zoom.
 

CaptainAmerica

Premium Member
I'll give it credit for at least not looking like it's from the West Elm catalogue like many other things lately, but I'm especially confused by this in light of the recent changes to the carpet. The latter is an oversized distressed floral print with beachy colors, whereas this is a compact repeating abstract pattern in earth tones. They don't seem to have much to do with one another.
Bingo. Poly shouldn't be abstract or geometric, it should be organic.

See, y’all complain when they produce banal designs, but y’all also complain when they produce flamboyant designs.
I liked the banal designs. They were classy, this is gauche.
 

James Alucobond

Well-Known Member
See, y’all complain when they produce banal designs, but y’all also complain when they produce flamboyant designs.
It's that they're picking two things in the same re-design that seem completely incongruous. I honestly just struggle to understand why it's so difficult for them to source a cohesive set of furnishings, finishes, and fixtures that fit within a specific style, especially given the resources likely at their disposal.
 

Sir_Cliff

Well-Known Member
I'll give it credit for at least not looking like it's from the West Elm catalogue like many other things lately, but I'm especially confused by this in light of the recent changes to the carpet. The latter is an oversized distressed floral print with beachy colors, whereas this is a compact repeating abstract pattern in earth tones. They don't seem to have much to do with one another.
This is where I am curious why they can't get better interior designers. Neither the bland West Elm-catalogue interiors nor this mismatch of styles suggest that they're working with particularly top-level designers.

While this isn't one of the most egregious examples, with contemporary Disney you get such wild swings of quality that you never know whether a new project is going to be more or less spot on (e.g. the new Kona Cafe) or embarrassingly bad (e.g. the new Polynesian porte cochere). Isn't Imagineering supposed to be overseeing all of this in order to ensure consistency?
 

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