Which Longhouse Has the Best View?
HI Dad, We are going to be staying at the Poly in May for our first trip as a family. My husband is a disabled vet and won’t be spending all day in the parks so we upgraded to a theme park view room. Looking at the map it looks like Tuvalu is our only option, besides upgrading again to a club level room in the Hawaii building, which I really don't want to do. What are your thoughts on which building will give us the best view? Thank you!!!
What a great view - Photo by WDW Shutterbug
Dad’s Perfect View Answer
Aloha! You probably already know that Dad’s favorite hotel anytime, anywhere is the Polynesian Village Resort. You might think I’m biased when I say there’s not a bad room in the place, but it’s true. It’s just the best hotel on earth. But you have some special considerations, so let’s take a closer look.Dad’s Polynesian Village Resort Page
You actually have 3 longhouse options without upgrading to club level (which is not at all necessary). The best option is Tuvalu – you’ll have the closest room possible to the water’s edge and will not only have a great theme park view but also the chance to watch all the activity in the marina.
But it’s not the only option to get that perfect view! Tonga also provides theme park views and you’ll be able to see a bit of the waterfront too. But the big bonus here is the proximity to the Great Ceremonial House – it’s right next door! That means that your husband will have quick and easy access to all the amenities, restaurants, and shops located there. It’s also a great spot for people watching. And if pool time is on your mind – it’s the nearest to the resort’s main pool.
Finally, Aotearoa also offers theme park views. It’s set the furthest back which also makes it the quietest option – something to consider if your family wants to have some uninterrupted down time.
There are lots of themepark view rooms at the Polynesian Village - Photo by Disney Photo Snapper
While you can make a longhouse request, Disney will not guarantee a specific longhouse or a specific room prior to check in. Make sure you do the on-line check in and call in a week or so before you arrive to make a request with the front desk manager to increase your changes of getting the longhouse you want – although again, there is no guarantee your request will be met.
Also, but sure to indicate on your reservation and at check in that you require a handicapped accessible room – all three longhouses have them but if you don’t ask you may be assigned to a regular room.
Dad's Bottom Line
Remember, no matter which longhouse you stay in, you’ll have a great view at the best resort on the planet. And even more importantly, you’ll have the chance to have fun and make memories with the most important people in your life – that’s the true magic of WDW!