By: Adam F Manfredo
Fresh in my mind, I figured the next resort in my resort overview series should be Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This resort comes with a price, but it is a beautiful resort that will having you come back for years.
The resort opened on October 1, 1971, along with Contemporary, which is the day that the Magic Kingdom first opened its doors to guests. There have been a few expansions and refurbishments over the years, and I can say that this is a beautifully built resort. The resort is made up of a series of Tahiti Longhouses along the Seven Seas Lagoon. The design of the resort from the tiki torches to the plant life make you feel fully immersed in the island experience.
There is a lot of choices when it comes to room types at this resort. Your decision will come down to a few factors, which include your party size, view preference, and your wallet. All rooms sleep up to 5 adults except the Bungalows, which sleep up to 8 adults comfortably. The options when it comes to vies are standard view, lagoon view, theme park view, and pool or marina view. All views are nice, but some standard view room could have you looking at the parking area. Each room has the ability to add Club Level access for a price. These rooms have extra amenities which include:
- Access to concierge service at King Kamehameha Club
- Complimentary fax assistance
- Complimentary health club access
- Complimentary Newspapers in Club Level lounge
- Evening turndown
- Personalized front desk and guest services
- Secure key access to the Club Level lounge, serving refreshments 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily
You have to decide if these extra amenities are worth the extra cost or not, but it is another option when it comes to room choice.
This resort has several options when it comes to dining, which include a mixture of cafes, bars and longues, table service, and quick service.
- Barefoot Pool Bar serves a mixture of adult and non-adult beverages. It is nice for a quick drink by the pool including specialty made drinks.
- Capt. Cook’s is a quick service location that offers a mixture American and seafood cuisine with a Polynesian flair. A good place to get any meal of the day, drink or snacks. One major plus is that it is open 24 hours, so you can always get what you need.
- Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is family-style table service dinner. You can celebrate the spirit of aloha with hula dancing, fire dancing, and more. The menu consists of pulled pork, Polynesian ribs, roasted chicken, and a vegetable medley. Wrap up dinner with a delicious pineapple-coconut guava cake with chocolate crunch. There is a kids menu so fear not little ones (and adults haha), that are picky; you will have something as well.
- Kona Cafe is a casual dining experience that features an Asian flare added to traditional American meals. Available for all meals of the the day, there is sure to be something for everyone at this dining option.
- Kona Island is quick service dining experience that will allow you to get something quick or something more filling. The Kona Island features american cuisine and sushi.
- Oasis Bar and Grill will allow you take a break from the sun, and grab some tropical cocktails, as well as, some tasty food. The food features some Polynesian themed American cuisine including fish tacos, kalua pork sliders, and burgers.
- ‘Ohana is very popular buffet and character dining experience that serves breakfast and dinner. Stitch and friends will be there to take pictures and sign autographs as you enjoy plate after plate of American and Polynesian cuisine. This restaurant is very popular with Disney guests from all resorts, so you are going to want to get your reservations as early as possible for this.
- Pineapple Lanai is the only other place on Disney property, outside of Magic Kingdom, that you can get a Disney famous DOLE WHIP. Take advantage!
- Tambu Lounge is casual dining experience. Grab a stool enjoy some delicious food and specialty drinks from lunch to late night dining.
- Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a lounge where you get specialty drinks and appetizers in a casual tropical tiki bar setting.
- Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is an outside lounge area where you can find live music and enjoy exotic cocktail from the Jungle Cruise “head” salesman, Trader Same himself. Also, you can enjoy the same great food from Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
There are two pool areas at the Polynesian Village Resort. The main pool is called the Lava Pool, which features a towering volcano, a waterfall, and a 142 foot-long water-slide. The Lava Pool features a zero entry point, a kids area with water-slides and jungle-gym area, and whirlpool. The Oasis Pool is the second pool area the consists of a pool and whirlpool located among a large garden area. The Oasis Pool is good for those of you looking to avoid the craziness of the Lava Pool, and enjoy a nice relaxing swim. Both pool areas feature a bar area were you can get specialty drinks and delicious food.
Other recreational activities include Lilo’s Playhouse, movies under the stars, boat rentals, campfire activities, fishing, volleyball, and a jogging trail.
Transportation around the Walt Disney World Resort is part of the fun of staying on property. Bus transportation will take you to Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Disney Springs, Hollywood Studios, and Typhoon Lagoon. To get to EPCOT, you can board the monorail on the second level of the Great Ceremonial House, but that will take you around the entire monorail track (25 minutes total) and drop you off at the Ticket and Transportation Center, where you will transfer to another monorail to take you to EPCOT. The best way to get to EPCOT is to take the short walk (5 to 7 minutes) to the Ticket and Transportation Center, and board a Monorail to EPCOT. Trust me this is the quickest and easiest way to go. For the Magic Kingdom, you have two options, which include taking the monorail on the second level of the Great Ceremonial House, or take a boat ride across Seven Seas Lagoon. Also, now available is Disney’s Minnie Vans, which is an extra paid service that is operated through the Lyft app that will take you directly between a resort or theme park for a fee. This hotel has very easy transportation when comes to getting around Walt Disney World property.
Polynesian village Resort is an amazing resort, and one that I will definitely be staying at again. I hope this resort overview helps you get an idea of what to expect from the Polynesian, and I can promise you that you will love staying here. Aloha!