Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Review

Polynesian Resort Review and Information

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one of the two first hotels to open on Disney property, debuting back in 1971. However you wouldn’t be able to tell that this hotel has been around for over thirty years as it is BEAUTIFUL and modern. The Polynesian Village sits inside the Seven Seas Lagoon just south of Magic Kingdom. In fact you can see Cinderella Castle, Space Mountain, and the Train Station from the property; just a few of  many factors making this a great place to stay!

I recently stayed at Polynesian Village and absolutely LOVED it! The convenience, food, decor, pools, beaches, and views are just the start of what makes this resort so wonderful! However, before I get into resort specifics (price, amenities, etc.) I will share my experience at Polynesian Village Resort.

My husband and I  arrived at the resort around 8am, but check in wasn’t until 4pm, but we decided to see if a room was ready anyway (after driving 13 hours through the night we wanted a bed). Upon arrival we were greeted by smiling faces, a huge hidden Mickey (pictured below), a beautiful tiki man, Christmas tree, and so much more. We strolled over to the check-in desk and the gentleman who helped us was very accommodating when we told him our situation. He politely informed us that they did indeed have a room ready, however if we could wait until later the room they had us scheduled for would have a better view. We decided to trust the cast member (they often know what they are talking about) and ended up getting a room with a Cinderella Castle view. Well worth the wait! Once he got all our information we received leis to officially welcome us to Polynesian Village.

The Hidden Mickey can be seen at the bottom center of the photo. It is a classic Mickey head made out of the stone in the floor.

Since we had a few hours to spare we went down to Captain Cook’s which is one of Polynesian Village’s quick service restaurants and grabbed a few Mickey Waffles to get our Disney Vacation started! After breakfast we headed to the pool and enjoyed December in Florida, 80 degrees and nothing but sun. Around 1 or 2 o’clock we got the call that our room was ready and headed to check it out. I forgot to mention through all of this the staff was WONDERFUL! We did not have our Magic Bands (they were arriving with my family in a few hours), so the cast members equipped us with cards that gave us access to the pool and eventually our room.

The room we stayed in was one of the Disney Vacation Club rooms in the Tokelau section of the hotel . Our room was equipped with a queen size bed, a pullout couch, a bed that pulled out from the wall, a balcony, 2 bathrooms (only one toilet, but one of the showers was a rain shower so does it even matter?), a closet, and a mini fridge. Like I mentioned before we could see the castle from our hotel, so when it came time for Holiday Wishes that night we headed up to the top of the outside stairs and watched it in our pjs. It was not necessary to have the room we had to see the show, other resort guests could head down to the beach and see the fireworks from the comfort of a swinging chair.

As you can tell we had a FANTASTIC experience at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, buttons let’s get into the specifics.

 

PRICE:  $$$

Average Room Price: $461 per night

Polynesian Village is one of Disney’s deluxe resorts, which means it comes at a lofty price to stay there. However keep in mind its close proximity to Magic Kingdom, the monorail access, firework view, and the many other amenities offered. Discounts are often made available as well, so be sure to check Disney’s Special Offers page to stay up to date.

 

TRANSPORTATION:

This is one of the many reason this resort is so great. There is a plethora of transportation options which cuts down travel time to parks.

  • Monorail- Disney’s Monorail runs directly through Polynesian Village which makes access to Magic Kingdom and Epcot particularly easy. Magic Kingdom is just two stops away, while you will have to stop at the transportation center and hop on a different monorail to get to Epcot.
  • Water Taxi- A water taxi is available to take you to Magic Kingdom or to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

    Water Taxi waiting area

 

If you are trying to get somewhere besides Magic Kingdom, take the water taxi to Magic Kingdom and head over to their bus transportation area. They often have more buses coming through which means less waiting to get to your next destination.

  • Buses: Every Disney resort and park has bus transportation. This is the most popular mode of transportation and can sometimes be a little slow. Polynesian Village only has one bus stop which is convenient because all buses run through this one stop, but again sometimes it can take a while for your bus to arrive.
  • Walking: If you are up for a little exercise Disney’s Transportation Center is within walking distance of the Polynesian. This is often your best option if you are trying to get to Epcot. Instead of waiting for the monorail to go to the transportation center, unload, walk down the ramp and back up the other ramp, you can take about a 5 – 7 minute walk and walk right up to the Epcot monorail and be on your way.

This is how I personally recommend getting to each park:

  • Magic Kingdom: Monorail or Water Taxi
  • Epcot: Walk to Transportation Center (DTC) and hop on the Monorail or just take the Monorail from Polynesian to DTC and hop on the Epcot Monorail
  • Animal Kingdom: Water Taxi to Magic Kingdom’s bus transportation area.
  • Hollywood Studios: Resort Bus or Water Taxi to Magic Kingdom and then bus to Hollywood Studios (this is a popular park, so there are usually more buses running for it)
  • Disney Springs: Resort Bus Transportation
  • Water Parks: Resort Bus Transportation

 

ROOM AMENITIES:

Disney Vacation Club Studio Room at Polynesian Village
  • Free in room wifi
  • Balcony- very relaxing on your off day. Some rooms may not have a balcony, check before you book.
  • Bathtub and shower combo
  • Rain Shower: be advised this may only be in the Disney Vacation Club rooms- I cannot guarantee that your room will have one. However you can book DVC rooms if you are not a member.
  • Two queen beds
  • Couch that converts to daybed
  • 2 closets
  • Mini fridge
  • Coffee make

 

RESORT AMENITIES:

Lava Pool
  • 2 Pools: The main Lava pool includes a hot tub, water slide and kids play area. The smaller Oasis pool includes a bar and grill as well as a hot tub- I consider this more of the adult pool (very relaxing).
  • Beach: Enjoy beach chairs, swings, and a long stretch of sand to play or relax on. At night this is a perfect place to watch fireworks. You cannot access the water form the beaches.
  • Valet parking
  • Free self parking
  • Lilo’s Playhouse: Childcare- let Disney take care of the littles for a bit while you enjoy a night of grown-up fun!
  • Laundry service
  • Mail service
  • Shopping
Bungalows at Polynesian Village
Ceiling decorations when you walk into the resort.
Lava Pool water fall

 

Signs around the waterfront.

DINING:

  • Ohana’s:
    • Character breakfast- During breakfast enjoy a meal with Lilo, Stitch, and other friends.
    • Breakfast average price- $15- $35
    • Dinner- Enjoy Hawaiian flavored foods brought around on skewers as well as other side dishes to share. Although Ohana is not a character experience for dinner, you can enjoy coconut races, hula hoops, and dancing.
    • Dinner average price- $35 – $60 per person
    • The Disney Dining Plan is accepted for both breakfast and dinner.
  • Spirit of Aloha Show: Classic luau including a family style dinner.
  • Kona Café: Asian themed restaurant
  • Captain Cook’s: Quick service meals and refillable mug station.
  • Kona Island: Sushi bar
  • Barefoot Pool Bar
  • Oasis Bar & Grill: Located at the Oasis pool.
  • Pineapple Lanai: DOLE WHIPS
  • Tambu Lounge: Bar located outside Ohana’s
  • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto: Tiki bar
  • Room Service

 

Overall I highly recommend staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The convenience, amenities, and food are amazing and worth the money to stay here. Have you ever stayed at Polynesian Village? Tell us about your experience in the comment section and be sure to share!

 

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