Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is a deluxe hotel within the Magic Kingdom resort area. This is one of three WDW hotels on the Disney monorail loop. This hotel has a great "Golden Age of Hawaiian Vacations" feel and even offers a luau (extra charge). The rooms are in various free standing buildings called "Longhouses". The monorail and close proximity to Magic Kingdom make this a popular choice with young families but this is a wonderful hotel for all ages. In 2015, villa accommodations were opened at this resort that include studio units and 2-bedroom over-the-water villas.
Disney considers the Grand Floridian its flagship resort, but the Polynesian has been the most popular Disney resort since Disney World's opening day in 1971.
Polynesian Resort Pro & Con
Advantages - Disney's Polynesian Village is very comfortable in a lush setting with a neat pool and beautiful landscaping. This isn't just a hotel, it is definitely a resort with its own recreation, activities, entertainment and special features. You can enjoy an entire vacation without setting foot off of the property. You can watch the Electric Water Pageant and Wishes Fireworks from the resort beach. The monorail makes it easy to get to the Magic Kingdom. Proximity to the Grand Floridian & Contemporary resorts greatly expands your dining options. You can also get one of our favorite treats - Dole Whips (pineapple soft-serve ice cream) Auntie Kau'i has been at the Polynesian since it opened and is one of the resort's most unique features. She tells stories, teaches crafts and also teaches hula dancing.
Disadvantages - This resort is expensive, especially the theme park view rooms. At times, the lobby will have a lot of non-resort guest who come for the restaurants or just to check out the resort. Although each of the long houses have internal hallways, guests have to walk outside to get to the Great Ceremonial House or any of the services or transportation, exposing guests to the elements more than many of the other deluxe resorts.
Disney's Polynesian Resort Amenities
- Outdoor movies are available each evening near the Volcano Pool
- The Volcano Pool has a 120' water slide
- The East Pool is the "quiet pool"
- Pop Jets add extra water fun for kids
- Boat rentals available at the onsite marina
- Surrey Bike Rentals Available
- Rooms with 2 queen beds and a Day Bed can accommodate up to 5 guests.
- Rooms come with mini-refrigerator
- On-site Restaurants
- On-Site shopping
- Free transportation to the Disney Parks
- Free Parking for registered resort guests.
- Artificial Beach area
- Nightly Electric Water Pageant (floating parade)
- View of the Magic Kingdom fireworks
- Special resort activities
- Coin Laundry available
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Dining
- Barefoot Pool Bar - Specialty drinks, beer, sodas, etc.
- Captain Cook's Snack Company - a cafeteria style, quick service restaurant.
- Kona Cafe - quiet sit-down restaurant with good food serves breakfast, lunch, & Dinner.
- Kona Island Coffee Bar - 6:30AM - 8:00PM. Kona coffee, Espresso, Latte, etc. and pastries.
- Kona Island Sushi Bar - 5:00PM -10:00PM. Disney is testing this right now - may not be permanent. Sushi & cocktails.
- 'Ohana Character Breakfast - Enjoy breakfast with Lilo & Stitch, Mickey Mouse, and Pluto. Reservations highly recommended.
- 'Ohana Dinner - Family style fixed menu with flame grilled meats served from skewers. Reservations highly recommended.
- Polynesian In-Room Dining - traditional "room service"
- Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau (dinner show) - This almost always fills to capacity so advance reservations are highly recommended. We recommend skipping this if you think you'll ever visit Hawaii.
- Tambu Lounge - drinks & appetizers
- Trader Sam's Grog Grotto - Tiki bar, appetizers, and live music. After 8:00PM, guests age 21 & older only. Fun location, definitely worth a visit. Trivia: Trader Sam is the name of the shrunken head salesman on the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom. .
Disney's Polynesian Resort Shopping
- Boutiki - Gift shop and resort clothing items.
- Trader Jacks - Gifts, souvenirs, and Disney merchandise. Pin trading cart.
- Samoa Snacks - Snacks, liquor, etc.
- Wyland Gallery - art and sculptures
- Groceries: You can save time and money by having more extensive grocery needs, snacks, and bottled water delivered directly to the resort by Garden Grocer - Click HERE for more information. Regular hotels rooms do have mini-refrigerators but do not have full kitchens. Studio-style units have mini-refrigerators and microwaves. Two-bedroom villas come equipped with a full kitchen.
Disney's Polynesian Resort Transportation
Guests may use Disney's Magical Express - a shuttle bus service included in your reservation - between the Orlando International Airport and Disney's Polynesian Resort. The monorail travels to the other Monorail loop hotels (Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort), to the Magic Kingdom theme park, and to the Ticket and Transportation Center where you can catch another monorail over to Epcot. Guests also have a water launch/boat option for travel to the Magic Kingdom. Disney buses are available to take Polynesian resort guests to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom theme parks, Typhoon Lagoon & Blizzard Beach Water Parks, and Downtown Disney.
Disney's Polynesian Resort Room View Options
Disney's Polynesian Village Hotel Accommodations:
- Garden View - the most economical choice.
- Garden View Club Level - snacks & extra concierge type amenities.
- Lagoon View - offers a view of the Seven Seas Lagoon.
- Lagoon View Club Level - snacks & extra concierge type amenities.
- Theme Park View - most expensive option with views of the Magic Kingdom & castle.
- Honeymoon room / Club Level
- 1 Bedroom Suite / Club Level
- Princess Suite / Club level
- Ambassador VP Suite / Club level
- King Kamehameha Suite / Club Level (over $2000 per night)
Disney's Polynesian Village Villas & Bungalow:
- Deluxe Studio Units (Standard & Lake View) - Sleep up to 5 guests.
- 2-Bedroom Overwater Bungalows - These unique bungalows have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, private back deck, plunge pool and sleep up to 8 Guests.
- These units were built as part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) program. They can be rented by the general public, subject to availability, but DVC members have priority and available inventory is typically not released at the same time as the hotel rooms.
Our Opinion of Disney's Polynesian Resort
We love this resort with its "Brady Bunch goes to Hawaii" vibe. Just staying here is an experience in and of itself. Disney's Polynesian Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort are probably the most creative accommodations Disney offers. It is "fun" deluxe, rather than "elegant" or "fancy" deluxe. If you can't afford to spend your whole vacation here, consider adding a night or two at either the beginning or end of your vacation but don't go into the parks - just relax and enjoy all this resort has to offer.
Comments from Guests
"I love the Poly. I love everything about it: the location, the grounds, the buildings, the restaurants, being on the monorail, easy access to boats and busses etc. I have been going to the Poly every time the budget allows since the year it opened.
I am 77 years old and still work four days a week just to pay for my WDW trips. Walking up the entrance way to the Great Ceremonial House always brings mini-tears to my eyes. I love the exotic beauty and the aromas, etc.
The longhouse rooms are so large and comfortable. The views are so relaxing and enjoyable. I have never had a problem with mousekeeping issues. The rooms are always clean and neat.
Of course the kids all love the volcano pool and some of us prefer the quiet pool. Seeing the grounds lighted by the Tiki torches at night is totally awesome.
We love to dine at Ohana, relax in the Tambu Lounge and eat at the Kona Café. We also make good use of Capt. Cooks, especially the Dole Whip machine.
We enjoy the launch that goes from the Poly to the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom as a change from riding the monorail.
I can never sing the Poly’s praises enough to express how I feel about it. I hope everyone has the opportunity to stay there."
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Disney's Polynesian Resort Address & Phone Number
Disney's Polynesian Resort
1600 Seven Seas Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830