Opening Date: April 1, 2015
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2066
2021 Annual Dues per Point: $7.06 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (Jan 2021): $250 / point
Average Resale Cost (2020): $135 - 150 / point
Next Expected Refurb date: 2021 soft goods refurb
Before any new DVC resort is announced, the rumors start, and in this case rumors about the Polynesian started in early 2013, and by the summer there were permits being filed. The official announcement didn't come much later - as September 17, 2013 the official announcement was made as construction started in earnest. The name of the resort itself was changed to Disney's Polynesian Village, and the DVC component named Polynesian Villas and Bungalows resort as the 13th DVC resort to open.
Construction continued into 2015 and sales of the resort started on January 13, 2015 to existing members. and April 1, 2015 the resort opens. Very early on it was obvious this resort was going to be different. The resort was building Bungalows on the lake. In addition, because of the original construction design of the resort, as they converted the room in three buildings to DVC rooms - they could not reshape the room structures, so they decided to leave all of the rooms as studios. So though the resort has 380 rooms, there are 360 studios and 20 of the bunglaows. The 20 Bungalows account of about 20% of the total points at the resort. The buildings that were converted to DVC studios are as follows:
Of the three buildings, half of Moorea is a higher point rate considered Lake View versus all the others being Standard View. Each studio connects to a second studio, but Disney does not allow to book or to guarantee adjoining rooms, but it is possible to request this. The bungalows are not the same as a grand villa even though they cost more points. They have two bedrooms and sleep a total of 8 people. The toal number of points for the resort is 4,032,720 points which puts it in the middle in terms of size. The initial sales price for the resort was $160 for members, and $165 for non-members. The contract end date is January 31st, 2066.
Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (PVB)
All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. The bungalows have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. The bungalows also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility which is located on the first floor of Moorea.
Room Number 3914 and 3915 are great because you can get a Lake/Magic Kingdom view for Standard Points.
The Polynesian villas share the same amenities with the Polynesian Resort.
There is one laundry location at PVB - it is on the first floor of Moorea in the middle of the building and contains 5 washers and 7 dryers. Washers and Dryers can be monitored by using the website Laundryview.com (or their app).
You have a number of options to get to the Magic Kingdom - a boat that travels from here to Magic Kingdom and back with a stop at the Grand Floridian. The resort monorail is two stops away from the Magic Kigdom as well.
For Epcot you can take the monorail around to the TTC and switch to the Epcot line, or from the DVC units which are the closest to the TTC it is about a 5 minute walk to get to the Epcot monorail at the TTC. The rest of the parks are served by buses with approximate travel times listed below.