Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto coming to Disney’s Polynesian, along with a new name and remodel for the resort

New Excitement at Disney's Polynesian

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is getting a new look, a new name and a Disney fan favorite.

We previously told you about the Disney Vacation Club villas coming to Disney’s Polynesian Resort. But Disney has much more planned for the original Walt Disney World iconic hotel.

The Polynesian is getting a new name, actually its original name. It was first called Polynesian Village Resort Hotel. Now it is Disney’s Polynesian Resort. But starting next year, it will be known as Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

DVC bungalows polynesian construction

In addition to the DVC bungalows being built out on the lake, above, the lobby will be getting a makeover. Here’s a look at an artist rendering:

disney polynesian lobby redering art wdw

The “Poly” also plans to add Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a highly-themed lounge featuring tiki cocktails and Polynesia-themed small plates. There’s also a very popular Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel in California. Here’s two pieces of concept art for Disney World’s version, opening in 2015:

Trader Sam's art with octopus at wdw

Trader Sam's concept art wdw

If you’re not familiar with Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland, here’s a look:

Here’s Disney’s full announcement about the changes coming to the Polynesian:

Trader Sam's and other changes coming to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

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  1. I was just watching the short video about the changes to Disney’s Polynesian Hotel. Well there is a mistake, Walt Disney didn’t dedicate the Walt Disney Resort, he had already passed away. His brother dedicated it and added the name Walt in Walt’s memory.
    Sad that a Disney employee doesn’t know the details of the dedication, lol. Actually it’s not test funny,