Hi, I am taking my family to Disney in February 2011. I am planning on staying at the Polynesian. I am having difficulty deciding on which Polynesian Resort Longhouse to request. There will be 8 adults and 4 children. We do want 4 rooms so that in the evenings we can close our door and rest. I thought that maybe Samoa would be nice if we could request ground level by the pool. What are your thoughts on this. Can you recommend any other? I would like to be somewhere that isn’t too far from the monorail because of the children.
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Congratulations. I can’t think of a better place to have a family get together. The question of which Polynesian Resort Longhouse to Request is one I’ve put a lot of time into. For our first trip, we made a last minute decision to stay at the Polynesian. (Read about Dad’s Polynesian Resort surprise.) We ended up in the Rapa Nui Longhouse (at that time it was called the Pago Pago longhouse).
Actually, I had nothing to do with the choice of longhouses, the nice lady at the front desk just put us in the Pago Pago. It turned out to be just about perfect. The Pago Pago, or Rapa Nui is the closest to the Transportation and Ticket Center. It’s just a 2 minute walk. It was great. We’d get back on the monorail from Epcot in the evenings or go to the monorail in the mornings and it was just a short, and comfortable walk.
Our trip with the whole family, I requested the Rapa Nui, but when we got there, they stuck us in the Rarotonga. I was bummed, but it turned out really well. In fact it may be my favorite location of all the longhouses. Rarotonga is the longhouse closest to the Great Ceremonial House, but it’s also almost as close to the TTC as the Rapa Nui. The bus stop is right in front of the Rarotonga, so all the ground transportation options are right there.
If we had to do it again, we’d probably go back to either one. If I had to pick, I’d probably pick the Rarotonga.