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Check out the Complete Guide for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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Check out the Complete Guide for Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
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Disney’s Polynesian Resort evokes feelings of being on a South Pacific island. Read here for complete details on this wonderful resort.

From the first moment we entered the resort, we realized we were staying somewhere special! Everything from the lush tropical landscaping to the friendly Cast Members made us instantly feel welcome.

Polynesian Resort

Isn’t this waterfall beautiful at the entrance of the resort?

The Polynesian Resort is made up of several guest buildings, called Longhouses. Outside, guests are engulfed in a tropical paradise of greenery. Check out the resort map when booking reservations. Some rooms, such as DVC buildings, are further away from the Great Ceremonial House.

Complete Guide to Polynesian Resort

The Great Ceremonial House is the resort’s main building. Guests are first greeted by Cast Members with an enthusiastic “Aloha!” Upon arrival, Cast Members ask immediately what they can do for each guest.

Refurbishments are taking place now at the Great Ceremonial House and the monorail station. Also, check out concept art for the completed project HERE.

Outside, the tropical paradise feeling continues with white sand beaches, torch-lit walkways, and waterfalls scattered throughout the resort. Guests have a prime viewing spot for nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom and Electric Water Pageant. Currently, fireworks are not happening at Magic Kingdom.

Complete Guide to Polynesian Resort

Sanitizer, enhanced cleaning, and social distancing measures are present in every area.

Original Disney Resort

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort boasts being one of only two original Disney World locations that opened in 1971. Certainly, the resort has seen its share of changes and expansions since then.

However, one thing hasn’t changed over time. Polynesian Resort remains one of the most popular Disney World Resorts! It is rated as a AAA 4-Diamond Resort.  

Disney Vacation Club Deluxe Studios

Relax in the stylish comfort in the largest Deluxe Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

Designed to sleep up to 5 Guests, Deluxe Studios feature a queen-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa and single pull-down bed.

Due to its size, the pull-down bed is more suited for children.

Disney’s Polynesian Village DVC Suites contain a unique setup for a studio. They actually contain one-and-a-half bathrooms. The first bathroom contains a traditional bath/shower combo, sink and toilet. This shower offers the most amazing rainfall water.

Complete Guide to Polynesian Resort
Love this shower!


Then, the second bathroom has a luxurious shower and sink. Although there’s no toilet in the second bathroom, this additional space is invaluable for getting reading in the morning.

In addition, deluxe resorts carry the small body and bath containers. These are so much easier and more sanitary than the larger soap dispensers found in other Disney Resort rooms.

Complete Guide to Polynesian Resort

Deluxe Studios are equipped with a kitchenette. It includes a mini-fridge, sink, microwave, and coffee maker. In addition, guests find coffee pods and everything you need to make coffee as well as individually wrapped disposable utensils, dishes, and glasses.

Check out our recent complete review, including a picture tour, of the Polynesian DVC Deluxe Suite here.

Disney Vacation Club Bungalows

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For the ultimate vacation experience, stay magical in a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom luxurious overwater Bungalow that can sleep up to 8 Guests.

This unique accommodation features a full kitchen, living area and dining area. Not only that, but a private back deck with a plunge pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon comes with each bungalow. View the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the back deck, while you listen to piped in show music! That’s the life! Please note that Magic Kingdom is not currently having fireworks.

Deluxe Studio

Disney’s Polynesian Village offers one room deluxe resorts. Guests find 2 queen beds and 1 day bed in these rooms. Also, three different views are available for booking: standard, lagoon, and theme-park.

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These rooms have a Moana makeover theme which looks amazing! Check out photos and details on this transformation here.

Other Suites

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Guests can select a one-bedroom suite that contains 2 queen beds and 1 day bed. In addition, Disney’s Polynesian Village has 2 specialty suites: the Ambassador Vice Presidential Suite, and the King Kamehameha Suite.

Before reopening, Polynesian Village offered Club Level accommodations. Check for updates as things reopen.

Please note: Per Disney’s website, the non DVC rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will remain closed until summer 2021.

Check out what we know so far about additional room booking availability here.

Complete Guide to Polynesian Resort
2nd floor seating – Great Ceremonial House

The delayed reopening is due to major refurbishments taking place at the resort. The monorail station will be closed as well as the Great Ceremonial House and guest rooms. While closed, Disney is refurbishing non-DVC rooms to include Moana theming.

Transportation

This Resort is minutes from Magic Kingdom park via an easy water taxi or monorail ride. It’s also a bus ride away from other Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Disney Springs.

The Resort Monorail makes the following stops:

  • Magic Kingdom park
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)

Due to refurbishment work at the Great Ceremonial House, monorail service to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is temporarily suspended.

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Follow this sign from TTC center to the Polynesian.

However, when staying at DVC Polynesian rooms, the Transportation and Ticket Center is a short walk away. From there, Polynesian guests can catch the monorail to the Magic Kingdom.

Best Friends ‘Ohana Breakfast

Lilo and Stitch, along with other friends, join guest for an American breakfast influenced by Polynesian flavors. Check out our breakfast review here.

Enjoy delicious family-style breakfast as Disney characters pose for photos. Breakfast selections include scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages and Hawaiian-style ham topped with pineapple compote. Lastly, a variety of fresh fruits and assorted breads are served at breakfast.

*Currently unavailable.

’Ohana Dinner

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We dined at ‘Ohana for dinner last fall. We immediately understood why it has a cult-like following. It’s really that good! Check out my review here.

Your servers, called cousins, serve dinner with Hawaiian Hospitality. ‘Ohana offers an evening of Hawaiian-flavored specialties, music and fun.

Dinner is served family style, and is all-you-can-eat. This Polynesian-style restaurant features skewers of sweet and sour chicken, oak-grilled shrimp and steak. During your meal, children play games using brooms to sweep coconuts across the floors.

*Currently unavailable.

Spirit of Aloha Show

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Celebrate dinner with spellbinding dancers, drummers and a real life fire-knife performer!  In this open-air theater, guest enjoy a delicious meal and entertainment.

Guests are first served fresh-cut fruit and a salad with ginger-lime dressing. Then, guests enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat Tropical Feast including pulled pork, Polynesian ribs, roasted chicken and seasonal vegetables. Lastly, finish off the meal with a delicious pineapple guava cake or chocolate cake.

*Currently unavailable.

Kona Café

Located in the Great Ceremonial House, this casual café serves such breakfast dishes such our favorite Tonga Toast! We’ve written a review of breakfast at Kona Cafe. Yum!

Tonga Toast is our favorite!

For lunch and dinner, diners choose from sushi rolls, poke bowls and chef-recommended dishes like the Kona-braised short rib.

Tambu Lounge

Pull up a stool to find tropical drinks and Hawaiian-inspired appetizers. In addition, the large seating area adjacent to the lounge served drinks and appetizers.

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2nd floor seating – Great Ceremonial House outside Tambu Lounge

Additionally, this location offered servers providing snacks and drinks, making a wonderful place to relax after a busy park day.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

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Guests enjoy this quirky hideaway based on the famous Trader Sam, found in the Jungle Cruise attraction. Next, this lounge is filled with ancient artifacts and exotic treasures.

Or, guests can choose the open-air Tiki Terrace for drinks and appetizers. This outdoor location provides live Hawaiian-themed musical entertainment.

Capt. Cook’s

Explore your options each morning as you start the day with a Mickey Waffle or banana-stuffed Tonga Toast. For lunch or dinner, discover an adventurous assortment of sandwiches, salads and more. I really enjoyed the pork sandwich here.

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Also, this location provides a quiet quick service location with excellent food choices. Check out our Capt. Cook’s Dining Review here.

Kona Island

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Guests can order coffee and pastries in the morning and a variety of grab-and-go sushi, sandwiches and salads for lunch. Also, try one of the tropical desserts, such as key lime pie or banana-rum trifle.

*Currently unavailable.

Barefoot Pool Bar

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Kick off your shoes and enjoy the white sandy beach, sipping on Tiki drinks. Guests also relax here, taking in amazing views of the Magic Kingdom.

*Currently unavailable.

Pineapple Lanai

Guests enjoy traditional as well as daily changing Dole Whip flavors at Pineapple Lanai. Choose between traditional soft serve swirls and floats. Look for this walk-up window outside the first-floor of the great Ceremonial House.

Room Service

Enjoy made-to-order meals in the privacy of your Disney Resort hotel room. Additionally, with the Polynesian Rooms spread out, this will be a nice treat when it returns. Please note, there is an additional fee and tip automatically charged to room service orders.

*Temporarily unavailable

Daily Resort Activities

Check out the fun daily resort activities below.

  • Hula Dance Lessons
  • Games
  • Sandcastle Competition
  • Chalk Drawing
  • Sand volleyball
  • Interactive treasure hunt
  • Torch Lighting Ceremony
  • Samoan fire-knife dance

Please note: These may not be currently available due to COVID-19.

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For those that collect pressed pennies, look for Lilo and Stitch themed-pennies on the second story just outside of Moana Mercantile.

Picnic Area

I just love this spacious picnic area. Check out the grills below to prepare your own tropical feast. One of the best features of the Polynesian Resort is the abundance of outdoor areas and activities to enjoy. Unfortunately, at this time, neither of these are available.


Recreation

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For an additional fee, guests can enjoy even more outdoor festivities. Equipment and boats are available for rental. Also, boats require reservations as they go quickly. Check with guest services to see which are available on your visit.

  • fishing
  • campfire activities
  • sand volleyball
  • motorized boat activities

Electrical Water Pageant

electric water pageant
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Recently, the Electrical Water Pageant resumed operations! These amazing barges float through the waters of Seven Seas Lagoon. The Pageant consists of 7 barges, each carrying a 25-foot-tall screen of lights featuring creatures from under the sea set to Disney music.

The best viewing spots are from the beach and bungalows.

Amenities

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Disney Deluxe Resorts, including the Polynesian Village Resort offer many amenities. Check out the list below:

  • banking and ATM
  • laundry services
  • childcare
  • designated smoking areas
  • mail services
  • merchandise delivery and pick up
  • resort concierge
  • drink and ice machines
  • spa and fitness (access to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort’s Senses Spa)

*Please check with front desk or resort concierge to see which of these are currently available.

Furthermore, the Resort’s lakeside marina offers a variety of watercraft available for rent. Captain a Montauk, or rent a family pontoon boat. In addition, private cruises and excursions on the Seven Seas Lagoon are available by reservation.

Movies Under the Stars

Watch favorite Disney films on the Polynesian’s lawn! Guests can bring a towel and snack and enjoy their favorite Disney film. What a perfect way to end the day! Check out the daily Resort Guide to see what’s showing.

Pools

Splash down at the Lava Pool or lounge the day away at the leisure pool. Experience island life in the waters around this active “volcano”. This amazing 120,000 gallon heated pool “erupts” throughout the day. In addition, guests enjoy a fun 142-foot tubular waterslide that curves around the volcano here.

 

Meanwhile, children can participate in fun pool games. They can dive for toys, engage in a hula-hoop contest and play musical stars.

The pool area features lush surroundings, a larger deck area and a whirlpool spa. Plus, guests enjoy in-pool seating and underwater music.

A zero-depth entry pool design features gradual beach-style slope into the water. Nestled in a garden, the leisure pool offers a quieter location to swim.

Lastly, guests can rent private, shaded pool side cabanas for a half-day, full day or evening for an additional fee.

The Kiki Tiki Splash area is a splashpad/water playground area complete with 2 water slides, bridges, and plenty of nooks to explore.

BouTiki Shop

BouTiki is the resort’s largest gift shop, located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Here, guests browse unique tropical themed clothing and accessories as well as other Tiki statue souvenirs.

It’s so fun to shop for tropical trinkets, Hawaiian shirts, hotel logo and surf wear, ukuleles and Disney merchandise. Unique Tiki Room merchandise is sold here too.

Moana Mercantile Shop

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Moana Mercantile is located on the 2nd floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Here, guests can shop for snacks, sundries, and groceries.

Guests shop for gifts, children’s fashions, toys and Disney merchandise here also. As the name suggests, there’s a heavy emphasis on Moana merchandise. Here, guests also will get their Stitch merchandise fix too!

Final Thoughts

Complete Guide to Polynesian Resort

One of my favorite aspects of staying at Disney’s Deluxe accommodations are the abundance of seating alcoves. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers seating areas throughout the Great Ceremonial House.

Complete Guide to Polynesian Resort

Also, we loved how each Longhouse provides private seating areas on each floor. Although we didn’t take advantage of these on our visit, walking off the elevator to such an inviting space adds to the welcoming vibe of this delightful, tropical resort.

Complete Guide to Polynesian Resort

While we enjoyed our stay here, some of the Longhouses are farther away from the Great Ceremonial House than we’re used to, especially when it rains. We encountered torrential rain and were soaked when we arrived at our room.

Also, the dark woods and overall dark room accents were a bit dated. We did appreciate the storage drawers under the bed and in the bathroom.

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Can you spot the Hidden Mickey in the Great Ceremonial House stairway? I love the Disney Resort details.

This guide will continually be updated as things reopen and refurbishments are completed.

Have you ever stayed at Polynesian Village Resort? What did you think? If you haven’t, does this review help you in your planning? Let us know on Facebook or on the KtP Crew!




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