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Island Tower opening date, condo association, room categories, and more details confirmed!

In this week's episode, Shannon and Peter share all the news of the new Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, including the official opening date, room categories, and cash rates. They also discuss the temporary move of the EPCOT Member lounge this summer and DVC and Annual Passholder previews for Tiana's Bayou Adventure. N141

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Island Tower rooms officially added to existing Polynesian condo association

On May 24th, Disney Vacation Club filed an amendment to the existing timeshare license of Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows to add the equivalent of 222 timeshare units. Other sources have indicated that the new building would have 268 rooms, but the discrepancy between the two is probably due to two bedroom lockoffs. If 46 of the rooms would be two-bedroom lock-offs, then both numbers can be correct. 

DVC has not announced when sales will begin, but this filing signals that this may be close. It also confirms that the new rooms will be part of the existing condo association, and owners of this resort will have 11-month priority across the entire resort. 

Source: DVC News

Polynesian Island Tower opening date and cash rates 

Disney Parks Blog shared an official opening date of December 17, 2024, along with photos and a video of the room designs for the Island Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. The deluxe studios will include a small dishwasher, the first for DVC studios. 

Cash rates are now available, and room categories of standard, preferred, and theme park are listed for Duo studios, Deluxe studios, and one-bedrooms. Two bedroom villas only list theme park views, and the two bedroom penthouses list preferred and theme park views.

Room typeOpening NightMid-January
Duo studios$826$490 – $612
Deluxe studios$1,100 – $1,500$654 – $927
One bedroom villa$1,600 – $2,000$948 – $1,144
Two bedroom villa$2,750$1,600
Two bedroom penthouseUnavailable$2,400
Examples of Cash Rates at Island Tower at Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows

The deluxe studio rates for the Island Tower were comparable to the regular Polynesian resort room categories of standard, water, and theme park views.  

Source: Disney Parks Blog, Walt Disney World website

EPCOT DVC lounge moves to temporary location this summer

The EPCOT Disney Vacation Club Member lounge in the Imagination Pavilion will be closing for six weeks from June 2nd through July 14th. During that time, a temporary lounge will be open in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, which is typically used during the EPCOT Food and Wine Festivals. Disney has not indicated what, if any, updates will be made to lounge during the closure, but the limited time indicates no major changes. 

Source: DVC News

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Previews scheduled

While we announced the official opening date of Tiana's Bayou Adventure on June 28th in our last episode, previews dates had not yet been announced. While the registration period has passed, Disney Vacation Club Member previews are taking place on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, from 1 pm to 4 pm and Wednesday, June 19, 2024, from 9 am to noon.

Annual Passholders can still get onto the ride with virtual queues beginning at 7 am and 1 pm on June 13,14,16,17,18 and 20.

Source: Disney Parks Blog, DVC News

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