Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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Everything Disney’s Polynesian Resort Has to Offer

Today, let’s take a look at one of the two original Walt Disney World Resort hotels: Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Themed after the South Pacific, the Poly 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 Resorts and also offers DVC Villas and Bungalows.

NEW! Moana-Themed Rooms

With the re-opening of the resort on July 19, 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 that offers food and drinks and a private concierge staff to provide a higher-level of service for a much higher price.

Dining Options

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. I have already written about both restaurants so read about them here:

Disney's Polynesian Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Capt Cooks

Capt Cooks is a quick service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can also get some grab and go items here, and mobile ordering is available.

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.

Disney's Polynesian Resort

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!

  1. Barefoot Pool Bar
  2. Oasis Bar and Grill
  3. Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace
  4. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
  5. Tambu Lounge

Finally, the Polynesian is home to the Spirit of Aloha Luau dinner show, but that is unfortunately still unavailable. If and when it comes back, I highly recommend it! It is great fun and definitely not something you see every day!

Recreation

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.

Disney's Polynesian Resort

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″. There are also Oasis Patios 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.

Shopping

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).

And there you have the Polynesian, in a nutshell. This is such a fabulous resorts 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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Best Mocktails of Disney World

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The best Non-Alcoholic Drinks at Walt Disney World and Where to Find Them!

I love to drink around the World, but there are some who, for whatever reason (you do you! Live your life!), cannot, will not, do not want to drink. Not only that, but Florida is very hot. Sometimes you just want something cold to drink that tastes amazing and cools you down. So, for these people, and everyone else, too, here are the best mocktails of Disney World!

Mocktails at Disney Lounges

Best Mocktails of Disney World
pina colava

This first one is a classic, and SO good. It also comes with rum, if you want the virgin for the kids while you imbibe the real thing! This tropical twist on the classic colada invites a thick raspberry puree into the mix. Personally, raspberries make all tropical flavors that much better, so I prefer this to the real Colada!  Sip this down at various locations around Walt Disney World, including the Polynesian. Because this is the perfect drink to end the day on the beach while watching Enchantment!

Best Mocktails at Monorail Resorts

Best Mocktails of Disney World - Schweitzer Falls
schweitzer falls – trader sam’s grog grotto, the polynesian

Yes, Trader Sam’s has great cocktails. And they also have great No-Booze Brews, too! So while you’re having the Uh-Oa or the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, the kids or your sober companion can also enjoy a tropical beverage, like the Schweitzer Falls! Of course, this amazing mocktail is named after the great explorer good ‘ol Albert…..Falls! This is Sam’s Gorilla Grog and tropical juices topped with Sprite. So refreshing!

Mocktails in the Magic Kingdom

While you won’t find that many cocktails, the Magic Kingdom actually has a lot of the best mocktails of Disney World! Adventureland? Main St? I’m sure there’s something! Let’s check it out!

Lefou’s Brew- Gaston’s Tavern, Fantasyland
Best Mocktails - LeFou's Brew

Don’t sleep on LeFou’s Brew! This vegan-friendly no-sugar-added frozen apple slush presents a hint of marshmallow flavoring and is topped with a passionfruit-mango foam. Surprisingly delicious. Amazingly refreshing. This is definitely a delicious mocktail to enjoy! Wash down your GIGANTIC cinnamon roll with LeFou’s Brew!

frozen mint julep lemonade – casey’s corner, Main St USA
Best Mocktails - Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade

Hang on, Disneylanders, we know you have the Mint Julep game under control over there in CA, but this version is a refreshing, frozen, slushified mix of mint julep perfection! Frozen Minute Maid Lemonade, topped with fresh mint leaves, cherry, and lemon. A timely reminder in the best mocktails competition that sometimes, less is more!

dole whip float – aloha isle, Adventureland

A contender that needs no introduction, it’s THE DOLE WHIP FLOAT. The classic Dole Whip, pineapple, vanilla, or swirl, topped with pineapple juice. JUST what the doctor ordered on a hot, August day in Central Florida! For the non-mocktail version, head to Pineapple Lanai or Tamu Tamu and get yours with rum!

i lava you float – sunshine tree terrace, Adventureland

That brings us to my personal favorite snack in all of Walt Disney World (I said what I said) , the I Lava You Float at Sunshine Tree Terrace. Now, hear me out: Fanta strawberry soda, passion fruit flavor served with DOLE Whip Orange, and topped with Popping Candy. TASTE BUD HEAVEN. Seriously, who would have ever thought strawberry Fanta was SO GOOD?!?!?

Not sure where to stay? Take a closer look at Walt Disney World Resorts!

Best Mocktail – Hollywood Studios

sunset boulevard – hollywood brown derby lounge
Best Mocktails of Disney World - Sunset Boulevard

Checking in with another “less is more” offering in the best mocktails competition, the Sunset Boulevard at the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. SO SIMPLE. It is tangerine and sprite, served with a glow cube. It is delicious and refreshing.

Best Mocktail in Animal Kingdom

Best Mocktails of Disney World - Night Blossom
night blossom – pongu pongu

Described as, “layers of Apple and Desert Pear Limeade topped with Passion Fruit Boba Balls,” the Night Blossom is the perfect pick-me-up in the middle of a hot day at Animal Kingdom aka the hottest of the hot theme parks! Additionally, I don’t think too many people would argue if I said this is the BEST MOCKTAIL in all of Walt Disney World!

EPCOT – Best Mocktail

The american dream – fife and drum tavern

“You look like the Fourth of July! Makes me want a hot dog REAL bad!” This patriotic non-alcoholic refreshment is perfect for washing down that hot dog, turkey leg, or Mickey pretzel! Frozen Fanta strawberry, vanilla ice cream, and frozen Fanta blue raspberry slushy! It is as good as it sounds!

So there you have it! If you are not a drinker, you are not doomed to a week of water or milk. Disney has plenty of non-alcoholic options available that are delicious, whimsical, and quite refreshing! Which one are you most excited to try?!

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‘Ohana Returns JULY 9!!!

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That’s right, after a very long wait, ‘Ohana is getting ready to once again welcome diners!! Beginning July 9, Walt Disney World guests can once again enjoy all-you-care-to-enjoy deliciousness at this Polynesian Resort restaurant! The Polynesian will not reopen to guests until July 19, with REIMAGINED MOANA ROOMS!!! But this is Tasty Thursday, and we’re just here to discuss FOOD.

Sadly, Lilo, Stitch, and pals won’t immediately be returning for breakfast, but there will be a traveling musician in the dining room for dinner. That is not going to stop you from eating the excellent food, starting with BREAKFAST!!

Once again, you’ll be starting out with that delicious pineapple-coconut bread that my family wrestles each other to eat. And, of course, STITCH JUICE!!! I can’t get enough of the stuff! I have tried to make it at home but it’s just NOT the same!! Beverages also will include coffee, tea, fruit juices, water, coffee, and tea.

The non-alcoholic specialties will include smoothies and a specialty character drink and Coke products.

Now for those grown-up drinks (DISCLAIMER: I’m not in any way, shape, or form a grown-up, but my driver’s license claims I’m at least old enough to imbibe)! You’ll be able to enjoy a Mimosa your way (GIMME THAT STITCH JUICE!!), Wasabi Bloody Mary, and more!!

Food will continue to be served family-style, again all-you-care-to-enjoy. You will have your choice between the traditional (includes ham, eggs, potatoes, sausage, waffles) or plant-based skillets. All my vegan and vegetarian pals LOVE dining at ‘Ohana because of their plant-based menu!! And if you are dining with food allergies, you will need to see a chef, and they will prepare (and refill as you desire!) your own personal skillet! I usually receive not only my own celiac-perfect skillet, but also a collection of pastries just for me!

And for dinner? YES, THE NOODLES ARE COMING BACK!! So are the chicken wings and pork dumplings! They will also offer, again family-style all-you-care-to-enjoy, beef, chicken, shrimp, kielbasa, and NOODLES. (Did I mention the noodles?) Dessert will once again be the famous bread pudding!

Have you dined at ‘Ohana before? Will you be returning?! Plan on going for your first time? Let me know! Also, if you would like a free, no obligation quote for your vacation, contact me today!

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Top Spots to Get Ice Cream at Walt Disney World

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There is nothing better on a hot day in Central Florida, and Disney World has many places to go to get that perfect ice cream treat. Here, I present some of my favorite picks for ice cream spots.

10. Aloha Isle. I know I’m going a different direction than most Disney fans, but while I LOVE me some Dole Whip, it is not my favorite ice cream spot. For starters, if you want anything other than Dole Whip or vanilla, you’re not getting it here. Secondly, Dole Whip is not something inherently unique to Disney. Still, it is a must-do for me each and every trip!

9. Pineapple Lanai. This is basically Aloha Isle, with 2 distinct differences: since it is located in the Polynesian, you don’t need a park ticket to get a Dole Whip, and second, you can get the Dole Whip with rum. Also much like Aloha Isle, Pineapple Lanai offers some seasonal variations on the Dole Whip. I highly recommend getting yourself a Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai and eating it while walking to the Magic Kingdom.

8. The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. This place would literally be nothing special except for the fact that you can eat your ice cream while staring at Cinderella’s Castle. Plaza Ice Cream has still not reopened since being closed due to Covid, so check for availability.

7. Hollywood Scoops. This spot is a perfect stop for guests of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. But seriously…while there is nothing absolutely spectacular about Scoops, Hollywood Studios is an incredibly hot park, and ice cream is the perfect snack.

6. Storybook Treats. I’m bucking the trend here, because most people disregard this location, but I happen to love it. First of all, the Peter Pan float, which is lime Dole Whip with Sprite and a chocolate feather, is perfectly refreshing. If lime isn’t your thing, you can make a float with chocolate, vanilla, or swirl ice cream and fountain drink of your choice (COKE FLOAT!).

Photo via Disney Food Blog

5. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain. Located at Disney Springs, this popular spot is full of delicious goodies. If you make the journey to Disney Springs, I highly recommend it. I would rate it higher, but it is out at Disney Springs and I would rather go somewhere in the parks than to take a trip all the way out there just for ice cream.

Photo via Disney

4. Anandapur Ice Cream Truck. Let me tell you exactly why I love this place: pineapple Fanta float. Pineapple Fanta sounded, quite honestly, really gross until I had it in a float with delicious vanilla (highly underrated ice cream flavor) soft serve. So take a ride on Everest and then grab a snack and sit and rest.

3. Sunshine Tree Terrace. Sorry, Dole Whip lovers, but the Citrus Swirl is the superior treat, and that is why Sunshine Tree is ranked so much higher than Aloha. That and the better variety and, of course, pot stickers. Now, with the new mobile ordering, I might not even have a Dole Whip anymore. There. I said it. (Just kidding, I’ll totally still get one)

2. Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. I know it has the same Edy’s ice cream as the Plaza but HOLY MOLY what a different experience. First of all, there’s food. Secondly, Mickey and Minnie Souvenir Sinks. Third, cookie fries, Fourth, THE KITCHEN SINK.

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  1. L’Artisan Des Glaces. Located in the France Pavilion, just trust me. Go there. Macaron “ice cream sandwich” or ice cream served with warm brioche. Ice Cream Martini. Just delicious and amazing.

So where is your ice cream go to? Planning a Disney trip? Contact me today!!

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Kona Cafe Breakfast

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I don’t know if that’s true, but I know that it’s my favorite meal of the day. Sweet, savory, and COFFEE collide to make everything better. One of the most excellent places to have breakfast is the Polynesian Resort. Unfortunately, Ohana is currently still closed, but you can get your noms on at Kona Cafe! Kona Cafe is known for it’s Tonga Toast.

My husband requests it every time he comes to Disney World with us. He says it’s the most amazing breakfast food on earth. For those of you with allergies, it is listed on the allergy menu as safe for fish/shellfish and peanut/tree nut allergies. That means my celiac self has never had it, but I’ve heard rumblings in the allergy community that you can request it directly from a chef, and they will make it for you. Same thing with making gluten-free macadamia nut pancakes. I will try it on my next trip and report back!

For my allergy meal, I had the eggs any style, with ham and potatoes, and I may have said “and can I please get some Mickey waffles, too?” and batted my eyes at them. I will not confirm or deny. I have also ordered the fruit plate, which was absolutely perfect on a hot summer day in Central Florida. I do recommend you attempt to eat a pineapple here. It really fits in with the Hawaiian theming. And pineapple is delicious!!

My daughter had pancakes that she said were delicious but not as good as mine because they didn’t have chocolate chips. She was able to order off of the kids menu even though she is technically older than “kid” by Disney standards. Which brings into question: if there’s nothing I like on the menu can I order off the kid’s menu? The answer is yes, but in certain scenarios, they may charge you an adult price and/or bring you an adult portion. Always ask your server.

Kona Cafe accepts advanced dining reservations, and they are strongly recommended. If you can’t get a reservation right away, keep checking! People cancel reservations and change reservations constantly. If you still can’t find a recommendation, check the My Disney Experience app and see if there is space available to join the walk up list. I promise, you won’t forget it!

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