Experience Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Themed after the South Pacific, Disney’s Polynesian Resort is located right across the lagoon from the Magic Kingdom. It is accessible via monorail, boat, or walkway. See EXQUISITE views of Cinderella Castle and catch Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show, as well as the Electric Water Pageant. It is classified as a Deluxe Resort and also offers DVC Villas and Bungalows.
Last summer when the Polynesian reopened, Disney unveiled their new Moana-themed rooms!! And they are SO cute! The details are subtle and tasteful, which fits into the Deluxe theme of the resort. These rooms sleep 5, featuring 2 queen beds and 1 pull-out daybed. You can reserve a Standard room (which just means you’re not particular and, for a discounted rate, you might just end up with a theme park view room by luck of the draw!), Theme Park view, lagoon view, or pool or marina view room.
You can also book Club-Level rooms, that include a Club Lounge. The King Kamehameha Club offers food and drinks and a private concierge staff to provide a higher-level of service for a much higher price.
There are 2 table service restaurants available at Disney’s Polynesian Resort: ‘Ohana and Kona Cafe. They are both located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House.
Capt Cooks is a quick service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can also get some grab and go items here. And an additional bonus, mobile ordering is available via the My Disney Experience app.
Pop up to Kona Island, near the monorail, for coffee and pastries in the morning and a selection of sushi and mini desserts throughout the rest of the day.
If you’re after a Dole Whip (with or without rum), then you need to head down to Pineapple Lanai! The Poly also has 5 bars/lounges, and they’re all unique and spectacular!
The Poly also has 5 bars/lounges, and they’re all unique and spectacular! If you are up for the Monorail Bar Crawl, you cannot fail by choosing any single one of these bars! Read more about the bar crawl here!
- Barefoot Pool Bar
- Oasis Bar and Grill
- Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace
- Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
- Tambu Lounge
There are two pools available to guests of the Polynesian. The Oasis Pool is just that: a quiet pool that is an Oasis. And then there is the Lava Pool.
The Lava Pool has a volcano, a waterfall, zero-depth entry, and a 142-foot long waterslide. There is also a play area for kids under 48″. Oasis Patios are available for rent, first come first served.
Close by, you’ll find the beach. While you can no longer swim in the lagoon, you can sit on the beach, even in a hammock, if that’s your style, and the beach is a GREAT place to watch the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom and catch the Electrical Water Pageant. You can also watch Movies Under the Stars, which is usually found at every resort, and can be a fun way for kids and kids-at-heart to unwind and relax after a long day in the parks.
Boat rentals and fishing are available from the nearby Marina, as well as volleyball and a jogging trail.
BouTiki is one of my favorite shops in all of Walt Disney World. If Hawaiian Shirts are your thing, this is the place for you! Or head up to the Moana Mercantile on the second floor, where you’ll find toys, games, clothes, and snacks and drinks (including alcohol).
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And there you have the Polynesian, in a puca shell. This is such a fabulous resort and I am absolutely LOVING the Moana rooms! Have you stayed at the Poly? Contact me today to get started on your vacation!
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