10 Fun Facts About Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Polynesian Resort

3. The Grand Opening

In conjunction with the legendary grand opening of Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, both the Polynesian and the Contemporary resorts commenced operations on Oct. 1, 1971. But it was on Oct. 24 of that year when the “Poly” celebrated its own official grand opening. Opening ceremonies took place on the beach in what was the resort’s first official luau and dinner show. The grand occasion brought in such guests as Bob Hope, Fred MacMurray, Lucille Ball, Reubin Askew (Florida’s Governor at the time), and of course the Disney family. To this day, Oct. 24 is recognized as the Polynesian Village Resort’s official birthday. If you happen to be here on this day you will no doubt notice the nods to this grand milestone.  Photo credit Disney



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