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This is the weekly news, rumors and refurbishments update for Walt Disney World for the week of November 30, 2014.

Here are the three biggest updates from around the resort for the past seven days…

1. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort may soon reveal its new lobby

Rumors are flowing that the walls around the lobby of the Polynesian’s Great Ceremonial House may soon be coming down. Actually, the walls on the second level of the lobby have already been replaced with more accessible curtains. 

Image below is of the former Polynesian Lobby. The new lobby will feature a smaller water feature and more open space.

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The time frame for the big reveal is sometime late this month into early January. After seeing several backstage pictures, I can confirm that the fountain that was once there has been removed. In its place is more walking space and a smaller fountain with a tiki statue atop. Greenery is going to be implemented around the columns to give a lush tropical feel and new lighting fixtures will fill the space.

The completion of the main lobby does not mean the refurbishment of the resort is complete. The main pool and the bungalows are still under construction and will remain under construction through spring 2015. Still to be completed is the refurbishment of the entrance in front of the Great Ceremonial House and the refurbishment of the quiet pool has yet to begin. Expect all of the resort upgrades to be completed by the end of 2015. 

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