According to the Orlando Sentinel, construction on the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) project for the Polynesian began this month and has an estimated completion of 2015. In addition to the DVC project, other guest areas at Disney's Polynesian will be refurbished. Disney did not release details concerning these projects, saying information will be provided at a "later date."
Disney's Polynesian Resort is located on Seven Seas Lagoon near Magic Kingdom Park. When the Polynesian Project is completed, all three monorail resorts – the other two being Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – will offer DVC accommodations. The Villas, as DVC accommodations are called, at Grand Floridian are scheduled to open Oct. 23.
Disney's Polynesian Resort will make the 14th DVC timeshare property. There will be nine others at Walt Disney World Resort, including Grand Floridian, and one each at Disneyland Resort in California, Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii, Vero Beach and Hilton Head.
The official announcement surprised few avid Disney fans, except perhaps by its lack of details. Although its tagline bills Disney Vacation Club as "the best kept Disney secret," the addition of Disney's Polynesian Resort to the DVC list of properties has been anything but a secret. Unofficial Disney sites, notably DVC News and Tikiman's The Unofficial Polynesian Resort Pages, have been keeping track of Polynesian rumors and construction developments.
Thanks to the work of such sites, speculation about DVC at the Polynesian has been circulating for almost a year, reaching the status of "solid prediction" by May 2013. By August, many Disney fan sites regarded a DVC announcement on the Polynesian Resort as inevitable.