Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
The Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World is Dad's favorite hotel in the world.
The Polynesian Village Resort is in the middle of a big upgrade. For the next year or so things might be a little messed up. It's still Dad's favorite.
The Polynesian Village Resort at Sunset
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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.
BouTiki in the Great Ceremonial House
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The Great Ceremonial House
The Great Ceremonial House is the heartbeat of the Polynesian Village 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.
The new look interior of the Great Ceremonial House
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Inside The Great Ceremonial House you'll find the front desk, shops, restaurants and of course more gardens. There is a nice open seating area with a tropical water feature centerpiece. (There used to be several birds that called the lobby home, but after some unfortunate incidents, Disney decided to relocate them to a more secluded area.)
Don’t forget to locate the wonderfully hidden Mickey amongst the floor tiles. (You may need to search from above to find it!)
Meat Cooking at 'Ohana
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In the Great Ceremonial House there are 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 Village 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 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.
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TThe 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 offers something special. Check out Dad's list of longhouses and information about guest rooms.
Bungalows and Villas
The Disney Vacation Club has come to the Polynesian Village Resort in a big way. In 2015 Disney added the Polynesian Bungalows and Villas to the Polynesian. They are impressive to say the least. Dad really wants to stay here.
The New Volcano Pool
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Pools, Beach Marina and Activities
The Polynesian Village Resort used to have the best beach at Disney World. That's Dad's story and he's sticking to it. However, since the addition of the Bungalows, what was once the largest and most beautiful beach at any Disney Resort has been reduced to about ¼ of its original size. The remaining ¾ of the beach still exists; however, it is occupied by the Bora Bora Bungalows.
The area is still beautiful and there are still white sand beaches, a great view of the Magic Kingdom, and 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 a nice beach, the Polynesian has a great pool and it's brand new. The pool surrounds a volcano that has a water slide running through it. This pool usually is pretty busy. There is a quieter East Pool, but it’s closed through early 2016 for enhancements.
There is also a marina where you can rent all kinds of watercraft to zip around Seven Seas Lagoon.
The Monorail at the Polynesian
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 Disney Springs 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.
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Address and Phone
Polynesian Village Resort
1600 7 Seas Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney Vacation Club
The Disney Vacation Club has arrived at the Polynesian Village Resort. Beginning in April 2015, the Bungalows and Villas became available. Here’s your chance to won 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 Destinations to Travel a shout and let them get your reservation started today.
Dad's Bottom Line
Dad loves the Polynesian Village Resort. It's his favorite place in the whole world. If Dad could, he'd live there. Maybe some day.