Disney Vacation Club (DVC) has finally made its last stop on the monorail loop much to the elation of long-awaiting DVC Members and potential owners of this timeshare model. Debuting today, the first phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows will open at Disney’s Polynesian Village with two longhouses and the bungalows ready for occupancy. The last and final longhouse is expected to open in July.
The two longhouses opening today will host the first of 360 deluxe studios, and they are impressive. Designed tastefully with an energetic color palette but balanced with soft touches throughout, these studios carry out the long-cherished theme of the iconic resort while adding a sense of whimsy.
Each deluxe studio is able to sleep up to five people with the components of a queen bed, a queen-sized sleeper sofa and a hidden bed that can be pulled out of a wall unit underneath a large, flat-screen TV. With 447 square feet, these studios can boast as the largest studios within the Disney Vacation Club.
The villas portion presents a few “firsts” for Disney Vacation Club. Among them is the addition of a bathroom. Along with the standard living room/sitting area, kitchenette and bathroom component, a second bathroom expands the layout. It is now possible for a couple of studio occupants to shower and prepare for a day in the parks or a night “downtown” at the same time.
The absence of DVC’s traditional one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas will also be noticed at the resort. To compensate, many of the studios have the ability to connect to adjacent villas. Through connecting doors, one deluxe studio unit can become a “two-bedroom” unit with four bathrooms that sleeps up to 10 people.
Special touches, inspired by Mary Blair’s creative talent, can be found throughout the studios from the artwork that hangs on the walls to the accents adorning the bedding, furniture and bathroom décor. These design elements feature tropical flora and fauna as opposed to that of a more broad and global persuasion, but the same stylistic technique found in “it’s a small world” is unmistakable. And as a finishing touch, a very soothing mural of Lilo and Stitch beckons little ones to slumber in the covers of the Murphy bed.
Clearly the buzz surrounding DVC’s presence at the Polynesian Village swarms around the impressive bungalows. Totaling twenty in number, the bunglows line a sizable portion of the resort’s beach and encircle Sunset Pointe, a grassy knoll previously sought out for its impeccable view of the Magic Kingdom and nightly fireworks. The luxury of location will be the primary selling point for the bungalows, and it is anticipated that the demand for them will justify the incredible cost.
Each bungalow can accommodate up to eight people with a king bed, a queen bed, a queen-sized sleeper sofa and two twin-sized Murphy beds. A sense of luxury extends throughout in the openness of the layout, the size of the rooms, the appeal of design and thoughtful amenities common in all DVC grand villas. There are other features, however, which make these bungalows distinct within the DVC inventory.
As mentioned before, location plays a significant part in the Bora Bora Bungalows’ fame. Not only are they a part of a “monorail resort,” they occupy lakefront property that overlooks the Magic Kingdom directly. And when we say lakefront property, we mean that the bungalows extend out over the Seven Seas Lagoon and sit atop pillars that support it above the water. It is difficult to argue that any other DVC units provide better views of the park and its watercraft as well as the Electrical Water Pageant and Wishes fireworks show.
The second attribute of the Bora Bora Bungalows that set it apart is its wrap-around deck along the backside. There are a few entrances that lead out to its comfort. One is off of the master bedroom where an area furnished with two hanging chairs can be accessed. The other is through a sliding door in the dining area that opens to a section with two lounge chairs and a “plunge pool.” The plunge pool is of minimal size and does not provide heated water; however, imagine soaking in your own private, liquid estate while overlooking the beauty of a lagoon, passing ferry boats and awe-inspiring pyrotechnics. And while we are on the subject of fireworks, it bears mentioning that the soundtrack (which is synchronized with the firework show) is piped into each bungalow at the exact same time it is played in the Magic Kingdom, so bungalow guests can have the full experience and romance of Wishes within the context of privacy.
Combined with a resort that has long been touted as a headliner among Disney hotels, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows are expected to be a destination in their own right. The Polynesian Village, the mother resort to the DVC addition, has undergone an extensive rehab that is near completion. Impressive updates to traditional amenities (such as the pool area, the shopping venues and the lobby) will be alongside the creation of new options in dining (like the recently opened Pineapple Lanai and Trader Sam’s). In light of this as well as the legacy that Disney’s Polynesian Village holds as one of two accommodations hosting guests on Walt Disney World’s opening day, a position of popularity and success is secured for DVC’s newest addition.
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