The massive overhaul of Disney’s Polynesian Resort, now officially known as Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, continues.

Recently, Dole Whips relocated to the Pineapple Lanai, and Captain Cook’s quick service restaurant re-opened after an extensive refurbishment.  It looks better than ever.

We have now reached another major milestone: many interior construction walls have come down and the new, open lobby is open for business. The project to remodel the lobby, which started in March, 2014, is now mostly complete although it seems a few finishing touches may still be on the way.

Gone is the much beloved but space-hogging water fountain and in its place we have plenty of modern south-seas-inspired seating as well as plants and open spaces.

Let’s take a look:

The new check in desks have a modern design which allows the Cast Member a way to easily come out from behind the podium.

The new check in desks have a modern design which allows the Cast Member a way to easily come out from behind the podium.

The lobby is very open.

The lobby is very open.

I've seen some photos of these rocks as a fountain with running water.  There was no water the day I visited.

I’ve seen some photos of these rocks as a fountain with running water. There was no water the day I visited.

I love the tropical and nautical look of these lights!

I love the tropical and nautical look of these lights!

The lighting is really a work of art.

The lighting is really a work of art.

I wonder if I can get some of these lights for my house?

I wonder if I can get some of these lights for my house?

The new lobby has plenty of new places to sit.

The new lobby has plenty of new places to sit.

The furniture has a south-seas flair.

The furniture has a south-seas flair.

I could hang out here for a while.

I could hang out here for a while.

The lobby includes some new artwork.  This piece is very interesting.

The lobby includes some new artwork. This piece is very interesting.

More To Come

The overall work on the Polynesian isn’t done yet. You can continue to see progress on the over-water bungalows that will be part of the Disney Vacation Club, and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is expected to open in February, 2015.

Do you like the new look of the lobby in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort?