Walkway Connecting Shades of Green to Disney's Polynesian Village to Close on May 1

Yesterday afternoon, the Shades of Green Resort (located near the Magic Kingdom Resort area at Walt Disney World) announced that the walkway connecting the hotel to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort will close permanently on May 1, 2023. Here you are additional information (posted on the resort's official Facebook page) about this closure:

We’ve read your feedback and understand that change is difficult. We were happy to offer this benefit to our guests for many years and we are also disappointed to learn it will no longer be an option. Here are the answers to some of your questions:

1.  Will the walkway closure be temporary during the road construction or permanent?
No, the walkway closure will be permanent.  At its conclusion the World Drive expansion will be a four lane highway with no crosswalk.

2.  How long will the construction project take? 
It’s projected to be completed in 2027.

3.  Can’t we just walk alongside the road to access the Polynesian?
No, the sidewalk will be removed from the Polynesian side as well.  For safety reasons, security will not permit guests to exit or enter property on foot through the driveways.

4.  I want to visit the Polynesian, how can I get there now? 
If you have a dining reservation: 
     • You can drive and park for free at the Polynesian 
     • Take SOG bus to TTC and walk to the Polynesian
     • Take SOG bus to TTC and take the resort monorail to the  Polynesian
     • Use a rideshare service (Lyft, Uber, or MinnieVan)

If you do not have a dining reservation: 
     • Take SOG bus to TTC and walk to the Polynesian
     • Take SOG bus to TTC and take the resort monorail to the Polynesian
     • Use a rideshare service (Lyft, Uber, or MinnieVan)

5. Can I still use transportation at the Polynesian to get around Disney?
Yes, you can take our bus to the TTC and access the various transportation options that the Polynesian offers (buses, resort monorail, boats, etc.)
STEP 1: SOG bus to the TTC – approx. 7 min travel time
STEP 2: 
     • Resort Monorail TTC stop: join the line – approx. 2 min walk
     • For Disney Parks Bus Access: Walk from TTC to Polynesian Bus Stop – approx. 5 min walk
     • For Boats to Magic Kingdom or Resort Monorail Polynesian stop: walk from TTC to Polynesian Great Ceremonial House – approx. 8 min walk

6. With the sidewalk closure I’d prefer to stay elsewhere, but I’m stuck because I’m within 30 days of arrival.
We hope it’s not the case, however any guests who had confirmed reservations prior to this announcement (April 4, 2023) and wish to cancel will not be assessed a cancellation fee.

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