Disney World Resort Hotel Offering Exceeds $3,000 per Night for Guests, Leading to Severe Backlash

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Walt Disney World Resort is receiving immense backlash over its newest Resort hotel offering, which will cost some guests over $6,000 per night. This will remind guests of why Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser failed in the first place.

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Disney World Resort Hotel Offering Exceeds $6,000 per Night for Guests, Leading to Severe Backlash

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows will celebrate the grand opening of its new Island Tower on December 17, 2024. Reservations for the highly anticipated addition are now available. Starting from December 18, 2024, the opening week will range from $826 per night for a Duo Studio with a Standard View to $5,016 for the 2-bedroom Penthouse with a theme park View.

Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Florida Residents may be eligible for discounts. The new Resort hotel location will give you amazing views of the Disney parks and Disney Springs and amplify your Disney experience (for the right price, of course).

The new Island Tower offers various accommodation options. The Duo Studios feature a queen-size pull-down bed, a full bathroom, a kitchenette with a microwave and small refrigerator, and a porch or balcony, accommodating up to two adults. Prices for the Duo Studios start at $826 per night for a Standard View, $915 per night for a Preferred View, and $1,031 per night for a theme park View.

Deluxe Studios, which accommodate up to four adults, include a queen bed and a queen-size pull-down bed, a full bathroom, a kitchenette, and a porch or balcony. Rates begin at $1,101 per night for a Standard View, $1,338 per night for a Preferred View, and $1,507 per night for a theme park View.

For those seeking more space, the 1 Bedroom Villas can accommodate up to five adults with a king bed, a queen-size pull-down bed, and a single pull-down bed.

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These villas feature two full bathrooms, a kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and a private deck. Prices are $1,596 per night for a Standard View, $1,769 per night for a Preferred View, and $1,993 per night for a theme park View. The 2 Bedroom Villas, priced at $2,750 per night for a theme park View, can accommodate up to nine adults.

They include a king bed, two queen beds, a queen-size pull-down bed, and a single pull-down bed, as well as three full bathrooms, a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and a large private deck.

The pinnacle of luxury at the Island Tower is the Penthouse with a theme park View, priced at $5,016 per night. This accommodation includes three full bathrooms, a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and an extra-large private deck that can accommodate up to eight adults.

But that’s not all; some rooms at the new DVC tower will cost upwards of north of $6,000. Some guests are unhappy about this latest offering being so out of range for many who want to vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. The price tags remind guests of the now-failed Disney World Hollywood Studios Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars hotel, Galactic Starcruiser.

I called DVC for Poly Tower rates for a 2-night fictional trip in January. Duo: $855.56 (standard) Studio: $1141.60 (standard), $1444.52 (preferred), $1627.61 (theme park) 1BR: $2065.50 (theme park – promotional rate) 2BR Penthouse: $5878.13 (preferred), $6601.51 (theme park) – @diservations

A user on X could contact the soon-to-open Disney World Polynesian Resort hotel DVC Tower with some hypothetical dates in January 2025. As seen above, the highest amount guests would pay would be $6,6-1.51 if they wanted to stay in the 2-bedroom Penthouse with a view of the Disney World theme parks. Guests and fans were unhappy about the steep price tag for a few nights at this new Disney location.

Wow! Paying that much to stay at Disney World during level 10 days is a double kick in the groin. – @diservations

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The announcement of the new Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, set to open on December 17, 2024, has sparked a mixed response among Disney World guests. While the luxurious accommodations and prime location promise a unique and upscale experience, the high price tags associated with these offerings have been criticized by many visitors. For most guests, the significant cost of staying at the Island Tower makes it an unattainable option.

Nightly rates start at $826 for a Duo Studio with a Standard View and soar to $5,016 for the 2-bedroom Penthouse with a theme park View, so the new tower is priced well beyond the average family’s reach.

This has led to concerns that Disney World is increasingly catering to a more affluent clientele, alienating the broader base of guests who have long considered the resort a family-friendly vacation destination. Many visitors express frustration that Disney’s magic is becoming less accessible due to these escalating costs.

They feel that introducing such high-priced accommodations highlights a growing disparity between different tiers of visitors, potentially creating an exclusive atmosphere that diminishes the inclusive spirit for which Disney is known.

This sentiment is powerful among Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Florida Residents, who may feel their loyalty is overshadowed by the resort’s focus on premium offerings. Overall, while the Island Tower promises a luxurious stay for those who can afford it, the hefty price tags are seen by many as a negative development that underscores the increasing commercialization and exclusivity of the Disney World experience.

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