As Disney Vacation Club launches its latest venture, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and begins transitioning Disney’s ‘best kept secret’ to ‘vacations you never outgrow,’ a recent permit application to the South Florida Water Management District appears to outline some pretty large plans for one of Walt Disney World’s original resorts, the Polynesian. In short, permit application ‘130729-2’ seeks to include ‘new parking, vehicular circulation, pedestrian pathways, utilities, and fire access. It also includes the installation of pilings along the neighboring lagoon that will support future structures, redesigned landscaping, and new amenity areas to serve the building expansions for this resort hotel,’ with the final portion of the request pretty much saying it all.
Tim Krasniewski of DVCNews.com has already done a bang up job poring over the plans which he finds to suggest the potential of upwards of twenty additional buildings, likely to include over-water bungalows in the Sunset Pointe area of the resort. You can read his findings in both his original report as well as his follow-up which contains a detailed analysis of the proposed plans.
Last week, Disney also filed for modifications to its Osprey Ridge Golf Course (application 130725-16) which calls for improvements ‘which include the construction of a new hole, the raising of two fairways, and miscellaneous excavation to provide usable fill. The course’s stormwater management system will continue to function as existing and the required treatment volume for the new impervious area (cart path) will be accounted for in an existing wet detention pond. A portion of the existing clubhouse parking lot will also be demolished and modified to stay within applicant owned property.’