Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: What to Really Expect

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Aloha, Disney Guests! The “Poly” as many visitors call it, is a South Seas-themed Hotel Resort on Walt Disney World Resort property, adjacent to Magic Kingdom. Located on the Seven Seas Lagoon, the sprawling Resort offers a chance to relax in a tropical paradise as your home away from home. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has themed outbuildings centering around a Great Ceremonial House — and is home to several restaurants, lounges, pools, and even a luau celebration.

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Features

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Dining

Craving the cool classic Dole Whip? If you’re outside Magic Kingdom, they can be harder to come by, but stepping outside to the back of the Great Ceremonial House (main lobby) you can find Pineapple Lanai. Dedicated to our favorite pineapple soft serve, you can “Savor a taste of island sunshine with the legendary frozen treat known as DOLE Whip®. Enjoy traditional soft serve swirls and floats, which are also available in souvenir Tiki Sippers or Bowls.

Look for seasonal treats here spinning off the original pineapple swirl, like the raspberry topped Hei Hei or the lime version.

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Three restaurants are situated at the Poly for your convenience. The quick-service restaurant is Captain Cook’s, serving three meals daily as well as grab’n’go breakfasts, drinks, and snacks. Upstairs in the second-floor lobby, you will find two table-service restaurants. Table-service Kona Café is best known for its Tonga Toast dish, craved by Polynesian lovers everywhere. Crowds gather here for breakfast before riding the monorail to Magic Kingdom.

Adjacent to Kona Café and next to Tambu Lounge is O’hana restaurant. Traditionally serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an all-you-care-to-enjoy environment (Lilo, Stitch, Minnie, Mickey, and Pluto characters are only present at breakfast), the O’hana meal is celebrated by many. Served family-style, the dishes are sweet and sour chicken, beef skewers, and teriyaki noodles with stir-fry vegetables. Order the large meal as a room service meal under the moniker “Twilight Feast” and share the meal… it’s enough for two!

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Lounges and Cocktails

Dip into one of several lounges at Disney’s Polynesian. The interior Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is an intimate, magical place to have a tiki-inspired cocktail or small plate. The Skippers turned bartenders have puns all night long, and you can purchase collectible mugs for your home-side bar. If the bar is full (as it often is) try sitting outside on the terrace, where there’s a waterfall, live music often, and the same drinks you’ll enjoy inside.

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Upstairs in the second-floor lobby, near O’hana restaurant, you can discover the Tambu Lounge. Belly up to the bar, or set aside the large windows while you enjoy the classic Lapu Lapu cocktail, served in a hollowed pineapple! When you “pull up a stool at this enchanting watering hole where you’ll find tropical drinks and Hawaiian-inspired appetizers to Tiki your fancy—from exotic flat breads and flavorful barbecue pork ribs to island-themed specialty cocktails and a full bar menu.”

Activities at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The Poly is not short on things to do! In fact, Resort hoppers will often visit this hotel for South Seas-inspired living and cuisine. Guests of the hotel can swim in one of two spacious pools as well as a large volcanic waterslide and tiki tot-splash pad. The beach area does not allow for swimming any longer, but you can put your toes in the sand and relax along the Seven Seas Lagoon in several available hammocks.

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For many years, Lilo’s Playhouse was a child-care destination for parents at Disney. Accepting potty-trained children from ages 5 and up, Lilo’s would entertain children for the evening and even offer dinner from Captain Cook’s. Pixar Play Zone took over child care, but subsequently closed within just two years, leaving Disney World without a formal childcare program.  Kids Nite Out is the sanctioned babysitting service of Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Guests at this hotel can also rent boats or paddle boats from the dock alongside the Lagoon, or charter a fishing trip in the lake. The Electrical Water Pageant passes by in the Seven Seas Lagoon each night, typically between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m..

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Transportation To and From Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Ready to hit the Parks? Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has no fewer than three ways to travel! The classic Disney Monorail line leaves from the front upper lobby of the Resort every 20 minutes during regular day’s operation. Walk to the east of the village to the nearby Ticket and Transportation Center Monorail station, where you can take another monorail line to EPCOT. This short walking trip will avoid you having to ride the Monorail all the way around in a nearly full circle before transferring lines.

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The bus stops at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort gather right outside the Great Ceremonial House, with buses to each park leaving often.  You can also sail to Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on a water taxi that is much quicker than any other form of transportation to Magic Kingdom. The boats fill up quickly, so be sure to line up early and set sail!

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RideShare vehicles courtesy of Lyft are available at any time from your smartphone app. While the Minnie Vans are a treasured part of the Disney transportation team, please check availability before you head down to the lobby. Traditional Taxis are available should you desire this form of Park Hopping or Resort hopping. See the concierge or bell services for assistance.

Standard overnight self-parking is available to registered Guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel folio upon check-out. Self Parking fees are $25 per night, while Valet parking is $33 per night. Complimentary standard self-parking is available while you enjoy select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences (approximately 3 hours).

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort rooms

While Disney’s Polynesian isn’t among the cheapest Disney Resorts (it’s categorized as a Disney Deluxe Resort) it will undoubtedly give you enhanced and themed magic each time you set foot on the property. From the salty sea air to the hibiscus flower-scented lobby, the culture presented at Walt Disney World’s original hotel location becomes a must-stay destination.

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New Moana Themed Rooms

The newly refurbished Moana-themed rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are a sight to behold. The Disney Parks Blog describes the rooms in great detail, including the inspiration Imagineers took from tropical flowers to bring life to the rooms:

You’ll also see all-new furnishings and fixtures. In the bathrooms, for instance, Disney Imagineers took inspiration from the sandy ocean floor for the tiles and carved details in the vanity. The colorful patterns found throughout the room bring a whole new energy to the space, evoking undulating ocean waves and tropical flowers.

This popular locale joins the other Disney Resort hotels of Walt Disney World in creating the Disney Resorts Collection, where the magic you find in the theme parks extends to every moment of your vacation. Disney Resort hotels offer you a wide selection of fantastic settings to choose from, inspired by worlds both real and imagined. You’re fully immersed in our legendary storytelling and guest service that extend beyond our theme parks to every moment of your stay, whether you’re visiting an African savanna, strolling a seaside boardwalk, see a favorite Disney character or so much more – there’s magic seemingly around every corner.

Sadly, neither Moana nor Maui has a meet and greet at this Disney Resort, but we’re hoping they might have one soon! Instead, visit Lilo and Stitch at breakfast at O’hana.

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Each Disney room at the Polynesian has a Keurig coffee maker, a television, dressers, closet, iron and board, ice bucket and glasses, plentiful towels, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and occasionally aloe gel for Florida sunburns. A mini-fridge is available for cooling waters or storing leftovers. A landline telephone, desk, couch, and armchair round out each room.

DVC Village

If you are a Disney Vacation Club member, you’ll find some amazing villas and studios at this resort. Visit the Lagoon-side bungalows that face Magic Kingdom, or stretch out in the five-person DVC studio rooms on property. You can snag these rooms for anywhere from 15-20 points per night, or splurge with 115 points for the multi-room bungalows that sleep 8 guests. Some stock of DVC rooms is also held for non-DVC guests, but book early for your best availability.

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Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
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Sipping a rummy Dole Whip is among our favorite outdoor activities at Walt Disney World.  If you’re ready to take a trip to the South Seas, contact the professionals at Academy Travel. The Diamond-Earmarked and authorized Disney vacation planner can paddle you towards success and make sure your vacation doesn’t end up as Uh-oa’s sacrifice. Call them at 609-978-0740 or by clicking here!

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