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Three things I love about the Polynesian Village Resort

by Dad
(The Office)

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The three things I love about Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, that’s the name now. The Polynesian Village Resort. That’s probably one I should have put down. That wasn’t on my list, but one of the things, they went back to the original name of The Polynesian. The Polynesian Village Resort. I love that they did that, because I used to love that name.

Dad’s Polynesian Village Resort page

The Island Feel

The Tiki God in the lobby brings the island feel to the Polynesian Village Resort

The first thing you see is a Tiki – Photo by Cliff Wang

And that’s part of the first thing I love about the Polynesian Resort, and that’s the island feel. The village feel, the tiki totems, the tiki torches, really lit tiki torches that you can actually smell the kerosene burning in the tiki torches.

I was able to go over to Hawaii, and I spent a night in one of the hotels that really felt like the Polynesian. It wasn’t one of the fancy new Hawaiian hotels, but it’s one of the original old hotels. The open air lobby which didn’t have air conditioning. And it kind of felt and looked like the Polynesian.

I know, the Polynesian is in Florida and you’ve got to put air conditioning in. But that hotel in Hawaii reminded me of the Polynesian. The feel of the beach, the feel of the wind wafting through off the water. I mean it just has that island feel, that relaxed, the laid back island feel. That’s the first thing that I love about the the Polynesian Village Resort.

Transportation Options

The monorail going through the Polynesian

The monorail is so cool – Photo by Laurie Sapp

The second thing is the ease of transportation, especially to the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. Those are the parks where we spend the our time. Most trips we go for two days to the Magic Kingdom, two days to EPCOT, one day to each of the other parks. So being able to walk right up and get on the monorail, walk out and get on the boat and go to the Magic Kingdom. Being able to either take the monorail around or walk right over to transportation and ticket center and hop on a boat, hop on the monorail and get to EPCOT. I just love the fact that the transportation is so easy. And even the buses.

Now the buses aren’t great because they’re sometimes shared with The Contemporary and The Grand Floridian. But, the buses are real easy. You don’t have to stand, usually. They not full typically. And The Polynesian being the middle stop is great.

The buses are pretty easy to use to the other non-monorail parks. So the ease of transportation is the second reason I love The Polynesian Village Resort.

The Beach

The Beach at the Polynesian Village is cool even during the day

The beach is pretty cool even during the day – Photo by Andy Sanchez

The third reason is the beach. I love the beach! I’m not really a beach guy, but I like going out on the beach, sitting down on one of those lawn chairs and watching the fireworks at night. Watching the fireworks over Cinderella Castle, watching the shows, seeing the Electrical Water Pageant go by. Just a nice evening.

And even when I’m not staying at the Polynesian, I hit the beach. A few years ago when I was working down in Orlando, I grabbed a couple of friends, we went out the the beach, and we just sat out on the beach and watched Wishes and the Electrical Water Pageant. Just a great, great evening. I just love doing that.

Dole Whips

A Dole Whip from Pineapple Lanai

I could use one of these right now – Photo by Wayne Wood

Oooh, oooh. One more thing… Dole Whips! You can get Dole Whips at The Polynesian at Pineapple Lanai. Go grab yeah a Dole Whip, go out on the beach, sit there and eat your Dole Whip and watch the shows at night. It’s just one of my favorite things in the world to do.


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Those are the three reasons I love the Polynesian Village Resort.

What do you think? Do you like the Polynesian Village Resort? What are your favorite things? Add them to the comments below.


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Comments for

Jan 08, 2018 Is the Poly always the best?
by: Shellie

I would love to hear which of the resorts are best for physically disabled adults. I would love for my dad to go with us on one of our Disney vacations now that he has retired. I am wondering which resort would be best for someone who needs to use a wheelchair or scooter.

Jan 05, 2018 Poly is relaxing & perfect.
by: Anonymous

The Poly is relaxing. I usually get a garden view room in DVC villas since the water view is actually a view of the bungalows. Now what I want to look at. The ease of transportation, both pools and pool bars are great. Shopping is wonderful, food choices very good. You posted an old pic of the beach though since they put up those horrible, but necessary, fences. Still the view is perfect. The hot tub at the main pool is an infinity hot tub so just perfect. Yes, the Poly can be crowded due to it’s popularity. I walk directly to the monorail to get to EPCOT. Perfect again.

Jan 05, 2018 Poly
by: Linda

I have been here at Poly since 12/27 and leave on 1/7….had a day that was nice and have been freezing ever since! I can deal with crowds but this cold weather has been brutal…Love everything about the Poly though!

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