Though it wasn't a big surprise, last week the walls and curtains around the lobby at Disney's Polynesian Villiage Resort finally came down to reveal a brand-new, refreshed area. This new area might not have much in common with the Polynesian Resort lobby of old, but we can say that it does have a very simple charm to it.

Though the decision to remove the iconic waterfall from the Polynesian Villiage Resort was fairly controversial, you can peruse these photos and decide for yourself whether the changes are an improvement or a step in the wrong direction. 

New lighting fixtures and small water feature

One of the most striking features that will imediately draw guests' eyes is the new, colorful lighting fixture suspended from the ceiling. 

Though this little waterfall certainly isn't as majestic as the former water feature, it is a nice little throwback to the Polynesian Villiage Resort's erstwhile icon. 

The backside of the feature features a beautiful arrangement of flowers. 



No excuses, come on this pile of rocks anywhere else would be scornful. There is no defense for it.

what a huge disappointment! I've always loved this hotel and my husband proposed to me at this hotel! Now it doesn't even resemble what used to be. So cheap, tacky, and quite frankly lame! Walking into that hotel used to be an experience that transported you to a tropical island, now it won't be the same :(

I have to say that I really hate the new lobby. It looks tacky, cheap, and is really an insult to those who have always loved the Poly's lobby...as it was. Gone now are the charm and character that the previous water feature always provided the place.

The new lobby is an insult to those who've always loved the Poly...like myself. It looks tacky, cheap, and has completely taken away the charm and beauty of the lobby. Some ridiculous red seats and colored orbs hanging overhead are no replacement for what was.

Very disappointed. Disney has ruined this resort.

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