Imagineer Shares Additional Details On ‘Moana’ Resort Rooms

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Disney is constantly evolving whether it be updating attractions, creating new lands, or giving their immersive Resorts a new feel!

The Walt Disney World Resort has over 25 hotels for Guests to enjoy, all with a variety of prices, and now it seems that some resorts are moving to IP-based theming. 

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As we have previously reported, Disney’s Polynesian Resort is currently reimagining their rooms to the tune of the popular Disney film, Moana. Most recently, Disney released the “Pacific Ocean-inspired color palette” renderings and a first look at the brand-new renovated rooms coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!

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And now, Walt Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley (@thezachriddley) has taken to Instagram to not only share the Disney Parks Blog photos but some additional details surrounding the new rooms. He writes:

I love to see the work our @WaltDisneyImagineering Resort Studio brings to all of our properties around the world. From room enhancements to completely new resort hotels, this team stays busy designing ways to immerse guests in the Disney magic for every moment of their visit. Each fantastic setting they design is inspired by worlds both real and imagined, giving guests a bevy of options for stories they want to explore and create for themselves, especially amongst the extensive variety here within the Disney Resort Collection @WaltDisneyWorld.

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Riddley continued to discuss the mid-century modern design that is a call back to the time when the Resort was actually created as well as how the tiles are meant to look like a sandy ocean floor. He also went into detail surrounding the carvings in the room cater as well as the South-pacific aesthetic:

One of my favorite Disney Resort hotels is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort because of the nostalgia I feel for this original 1971 offering and it’s mid-century modern design infused with fantasies of the South Pacific. Previously I shared lots about the new details coming to the resort’s arrival experience with all of you last fall, and today I’m excited to share these first looks from the Disney Parks Blog inside our newly designed guest rooms, which feature a new color palette inspired by the Pacific Ocean and its many islands. Plus, throughout these rooms you can discover patterns and design details inspired by Disney’s Moana – look closely and you might even spot some characters from the story or the heart of Te Fiti!

Our design team took inspiration from the sandy ocean floor for the tiles and carved details in the vanity and the colorful patterns found throughout the room bring a whole new energy to the space, evoking undulating ocean waves and tropical flowers. Visit the @DisneyParksBlog (link in bio) for more on the Disney Resort Collection and the changes coming to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort when it reopens this summer in time for #DisneyWorld50 celebration.

You can check out his full Instagram post here:

It is one thing to see the photos of the new Moana-inspired room at the Polynesian Resort, but to hear an Imagineer talk about the details of the room unlocks a variety of details that future Guests may not have noticed upon first glance.  It truly is all of these small, and sometimes, unnoticeable details, that create such an immersive and transporting experience for Guests staying in any Disney Resort.

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Related: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Pool Gets Update Amid ‘Moana’ Remodel

For Guests who love the new Moana-themed rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, you are in luck because the renovations do not stop there. The Lava Pool, as well as the Disney Resort hotel’s main lobby (Great Ceremonial House) are being refurbished as well. And now that we have seen how lovely the rooms turned out, it seems Disney is on track to make the rest of the Resort a Disney oasis.

How do you feel about the new Moana-themed rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? 

If you want to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and look at Cinderella Castle from your hotel room, you need to book your Orlando vacation! You can visit Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT to celebrate with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in Orlando. Disney Park Pass reservations are selling fast, so click here to get started! 

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