Great Ceremonial House
A journey to the Great Ceremonial House at the Disney Polynesian Hotel is full of magic and wonder. Right after you pass the Transportation and Ticket Center your eyes will be drawn to the most beautiful place on earth ...
When you walk through the doors (a real Hawaiian Hotel would be open air, but this is Florida and it gets real hot) you are transported off to the islands. You can almost feel the air wafting off the ocean. (It's the air conditioning and it works real well.)
The Great Ceremonial House, the centerpiece of the best hotel in the world. Even if you aren't staying at the Polynesian Resort, stop by sometime and check it out.
Heartbeat of the Polynesian Resort
Even before you walk into the Disney Polynesian Hotel, the romantic beauty of the resort jumps out. Lush, tropical foliage is everywhere. Green is the dominate color even in winter. Look for the Koi (fish) in the stream by the entrance. Check out the waterfall. It's beautiful.
The Great Ceremonial House has two floors. There are shops and eating areas on both floors.
Here's what's inside ...
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- 'Ohana - The day at 'Ohana starts with the the Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch. For dinner, skewers of steak, pork, turkey and shrimp are served at your table along with several side dishes and a fabulous dessert.
- Kona Cafe - is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this coffee shop serves authentic Kona coffee and some really good food, but it is known for it's Tonga Toast. Yum Yum.
- Captain Cook's - Quick service and individually packaged items (milk, cokes and snacks) are available 24 hours a day.
There's also a dining experience in the back of the Polynesian Resort. It's called the Spirit of Aloha. It's a great show.
There is a whole lot of shopping available here in the Great Ceremonial House. From Disney souvenirs to works of art, it's all available and waiting just for you.
- BouTIKI - Tropical gift items, many with Polynesian Resort logos.
- Wyland Gallery - a world renown art gallery chain.
- Trader Jacks - Disney merchandise and other items. A pin trading cart is located in this area.
- Samoa Snacks - snacks for that in between meals hunger.
All Disney hotels have an arcade full of games for kids of all ages. Games do cost extra. (Moms you can send Dad with the kids and he won't even complain.)
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There are two Magic Kingdom Monorail that run through the Polynesian Resort. The Resort Monorail makes a stop at the Great Ceremonial House. It's the first stop after the Transportation and Ticket Center.
The Express monorail doesn't stop, it goes directly to the Magic Kingdom.
When you pull up to the resort, if your driving yourself, you have a choice... The first of many... You can choose to act rich... Or, you can choose to act poor... Most of us normal people take a left turn and park our cars ourselves, unload our bags and start walking to the check-in counter.
Or... pull up under the huge overhang throw the keys at the valet, tell the bellman to grab the bags, (luggage, not human) and stroll snootily up to the check in counter and announce your presence.
Yes, there is valet parking for Polynesian guests and bell services (valet parking costs $10.00 per day, tips for parking and luggage service are expec ... appreciated)
Bell services will greet you as you arrive at the hotel. They are located outside right under the big overhang that welcomes you to the Polynesian. There are luggage carts here that you can use or just hand it over to one of the bellmen and let them take care of it. After all, you are a luxury hotel guest, why not act like one.
Bell Services and valet parking are all part of the first class services available at Disney's Deluxe Resorts. Disney knows how to take care of their friends.
The Front Desk
Every hotel has a front desk. It's where you go to ask silly questions. Where you check in and sometimes out of the hotel. It's even where you can get one of those cool leis. The front desk in the Great Ceremonial House is huge and it's right inside the front door. You can't miss it. Service here is usually outstanding.
Plan your vacation
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Other things at the Polynesian Resort
Dad's Bottom Line
The Great Ceremonial House is where the fun begins. 'Ohana is a great place to eat. The lobby is absolutely beautiful. It's fun just to sit in the lounge area and enjoy the scenery.
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