As we come to the end of the summer season we start to see more work being done at the Poly. The Poly being one of the original hotels of the Walt Disney World property is going through a 2+ year refurbishment of updating the lobby area and adding DVC to the property.
But first lets take a look at the walk up to the Great Ceremonial House from the parking lot.
Most of the work close to the main doors is for a small tractor path for the removal of Poly falls.
Once inside the walls are still up everywhere on the lower floor.
One bright spot in all of this is Capt. Cook’s reopened with a expanded seating area but same great menu, minus the Dole Whip which is said to be coming back in a separate area.
One of the things that really gives me lots of hope for the future of the Poly is how close to the concept art the expanded seating area came.
Of course as I said the menu is still the same with some new additions such as the Chicken and Waffles.
My favorite part of the expansion has to be the travel posters, which I hope they sell as postcards at some point.
As we say goodbye to Capt. Cook’s we head out to the beautiful grounds of the Poly….well they were and I am sure will be again. As you can see the backdoor is blocked off for reworking of the walk ways and preparation for the removal of the volcano pool.
With all the work going on they have added not only a new walking map but temporary signs that can be relocated with any change.
The DVC bungalows are moving along very quickly with all being up and finishing touches being put on the first few.
You can also see some of the old rooms are being gutted and rebuilt for DVC uses.
Finally we wrap up our tour with a trip up to the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House to take a look at more walls, including the now closed off Kona Island coffee area.
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