Coral Isle Café
This patio was located just outside where the arcade is now and the soon to be kids wet play area.
"For guests desirous for a dark rendezvous and the strains of a haunting guitar, Captain Cooks Hideaway provides both, as well as an outside patio romantically bathed in soft candlelight." - Walt Disney World Vacationland, Spring 1973
Captain Cook’s Island Ice Cream Company
The wave machine was in operation off and on until about 1972. Later in 1985 it was tested again and eventually shut down for good and removed (not sunk) from Beachcomber Isle.
These four passenger, round boats with striped canopied bobbed around the Seven Seas Lagoon for a very brief period of time after Walt Disney World opened in 1971.
Enjoy cocktails in authentic Oriental atmosphere — aboard Walt Disney World’s Eastern Winds junk.
When the new pool was built in 2001 the bar was incorporated into the side of the Volcano that houses the slide. It later bacame the location for things like hair wraps, daytime games and a Premium Cabana. There is a possibility that the future will move the marina rentals over into this area with some changes to the pool in 2014.
Back before bacteria, boat traffic and alligators, you were allowed to swim in a designated area of the lake and there was a swim platform you could swim out to. (photo thanks to Jeff Lange)
News from Civilization then called News From Polynesia
Robinson Crusoe Esq.(Crusoe and Son)
Village Drugs and Sundries
Trader Jack’s Grog Shop
The Pretty Wahine Beauty Shop
The Alii Nui Barber Shop
The lounge use to be located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House where BouTiki is before it moved to Hawaii longhouse from 1986 - 1994.
The concierge was an option you could add when booking a lagoon view room. Later once the lounge was build onto the end of Hawaii longhouse, you could no longer get concierge outside of that longhouse and the suites longhouse (Tonga). The concierge is not called King Kamehameha Club and is still located inside Hawaii longhouse.
Back before Luau cove was built the dinner show was done on the beach in about the same location as Luau Cove is now. This started with the first dinner show that was the opening ceremony for the resort on October 24, 1971. This date is the official birthday of the resort even though it opened on October 1, 1971. Luau Cove (the name of the building not the actual cove) was built in 1972 and had a portable kitchen they would bring from the Great Ceremonial House. Luau Cove was first built to seat 550 people and it evolved every year for the first few years. They added heating, wind screens and eventually a full kitchen. Photo from http://passport2dreams.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-it-was-done-part-four.html
The arcade use to be located over in the building next to Tangaroa Terrace. This got smaller as the kids club moved from the Great Ceremonial House and into this building in 1988 but it did not move over into the Great Ceremonial House until 2006. It was removed in April 2014 and there will no longer be an arcade at the resort
The bus stop use to be out in front of the Great Ceremonial house until the built the current one in 2003
'Ohana is now located here. This was where they served breakfast, lunch and dinner with the Polynesian Review putting on a show each night.
Church Services at Luau Cove
The ticket booth on the monorail platform
The Mouseketeer Club (original baby sitting service)
The Polynesian has changed over the years and new things come as old things go. I added a photo album of past and current construction photos so we can see what things looked like as they change.