Disney's Polynesian Resort
The Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World is Dad's favorite hotel in the world.
What's not to love about this romantic location... Beautiful white sand beaches... Great pools... Large, clean, well appointed rooms... Luau's... Great views of the Magic Kingdom... One of the best restaurants at Disney World... it's all right here at this beautiful island resort.
The Polynesian was built in 1971. It's part of the original plot that Uncle Walt himself designed.
The Tuvalu Longhouse at the Polynesian Resort
Picture by Express Monorail
The Great Ceremonial House
The Great Ceremonial House is the heartbeat of the Polynesian Resort. When you arrive at the resort, you walk through tropical gardens complete with streams stocked with Koi (Japanese fishies). You'll usually hear a welcoming Aloha.
Inside The Great Ceremonial House you'll find the front desk, shops, restaurants and of course more gardens including a waterfall. (There used to be several birds that called the lobby home, but after some unfortunate incidents, Disney decided to relocated them to a more secluded area.)
In the Great Ceremonial House there several options for getting some good grub. Dad's favorite Disney World restaurant is 'Ohana where you can get piles of good food.
The Kona Cafe is a very good place to sit down for really good food in an old time diner atmosphere. The addition of the Kona Cafe Sushi Bar gives you the option to grab some good sushi and other appetizers in a relaxed atmosphere.
Captain Cooks is the fast food venue for the Polynesian Resort. You can get quick meals and even some packaged foods to take back to the room for late nite, or early morning snacks.
Also in the resort there is also an almost nightly dinner show called the Spirit of Aloha. The show is very similar to the shows you'd see at a luau in Waikiki. The food is not a bit different than you would see at a luau.
Check out Dad's Polynesian Restaurant pages -
The Polynesian has some of the largest standard rooms at Walt Disney World. A standard room ranges from 415 to 476 square feet. Some of the rooms have 2 sinks, one inside the tub area and one outside. Most rooms have 2 queen size beds and a day bed and sleep 5.
Rooms are grouped into "longhouses". Each longhouse has a name corresponding to an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. Each Longhouse offes something special. Check out Dad's list of longhouses and information about guest rooms.
Pools, Beach Marina and Activities
The Polynesian Resort has the best beach at Disney World. That's Dad's story and he's sticking to it.
Not only is there miles of white sand beaches, you have a great view of the Magic Kingdom, great places to put down a beach chair and feel like you've been transported to on of the islands in the Pacific.
It's almost perfect.
Along with the best beach, the Polynesian has a great pool called Nanea. The pools surrounds a smoking volcano that has a water slide running through it.
There is also a large marina where you can rent all kinds of water craft to zip around Seven Seas Lagoon.
The Polynesian hotel has better transportation options that any other resort at Disney World. Monorails to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, the launch and ferry to the Magic Kingdom, buses to all the other parks and Downtown Disney will get you where you want to go and usually pretty fast.
The resort is located between the Transportation and Ticket Center and the Grand Floridian. It's just across Seven Seas Lagoon from the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom monorail runs right through it, and it's a short walk to the Epcot monorail.
Address and Phone
1600 7 Seas Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney Vacation Club
The Disney Vacation Club is coming to the Polynesian Resort. Sometime in 2015 (or so) the Bungalow's at the Polynesian Resort (or some name like that) will become reality. Own a piece of the Poly ... Count me in!
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to go back to my favorite place in the whole world. It's really easy. Just give my friends at Dreams Come True Vacations a shout and let them get your reservation started today.
Dad's Bottom Line
Dad loves the Polynesian Resort. It's his favorite place in the whole world. If Dad could he'd live there. Maybe some day.