The Polynesian Resort has been a a favorite since it opened with Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971. The lush tropical grounds, low-slung buildings and meandering walkways create one of the most inviting resorts at Walt Disney World.
About the Polynesian:
- 847 Rooms in 11 Longhouses.
- Each room has two queen-size beds or one king-size with a day bed (and can sleep up to 5 per room).
- The King Kamehameha Club level offers concierge with personal service, continental breakfast, snacks, evening wine, hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
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The restrooms are well appointed with a dark gray-green marble sink and a shower/tub combination. The toilet is located in an alcove behind the sink and offers a little privacy.
The buildings and rooms offer different types of views. Some overlook Seven Seas Lagoon and the Castle while others feature courtyard views. One side of the Fiji building offers a marina view with a standard view price. Not every room has a balcony; some rooms offer a French balcony.
I'm Bringing Nerdy Back!The Polynesian Resort was built and manufactured by US Steel using a rather unique and forward thinking method of modular construction, but it just never took off. The 1500 guest rooms of the Contemporary and Polynesian were built in a plant three miles from the hotels and trucked to the hotel site. They were then lifted by crane and slid into their spot. Wall paper, bath fixtures, lights and mirrors were all installed at the assembly plant and were ready to go when the room was slid into place. http://www.imaginerding.com/2011/02/celebrating-40-years-of-walt-disney.html
|Moving the rooms from the US Steel assembly site to the hotels. © Disney.|
Services and Amenities
The Grand Ceremonial House has most of the hotel services: guest check-in, eateries, shops and access to the monorail. It is a very welcoming space with a large garden and mini-waterfall in the center of the two-story lobby. The lower level, also known as the Sea Level Lobby has the check-in desk, Captain Cook's Snack Company, Bou-tiki, Wyland Gallery and Moana Mickey's Arcade.
Captain Cook's Snack Company is the resort's quick-service eatery and is known for being the place to get a Dole Whip when you can't make it to the Magic Kingdom. Standard fare, like burgers, breakfast items and flatbread, is offered with a lot of self-serve options (cereal, cold sandwiches, fruit, soda) that you can take back to your room. In 2006, Captain Cook's was the first eatery to offer the touch screen ordering system.
Captain Cook's is very small with limited inside seating. There are several tables outside with umbrellas that offer a more exotic dining opportunity (by exotic I mean near palm trees and giant rocks). It also gets very busy when the Magic Kingdom closes--especially after Wishes.
The second floor of the Grand Ceremonial House has the monorail station, Trader Jacks, Samoa Snacks and the table service dining options.
- 'Ohana-the resort's signature dining experience.
A family-style, all you-can-eat character breakfast called 'Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast Featuring Lilo and Stitch is offered every morning. The characters lead the kids in parades and coconut races. The food is brought to the table in large bowls and pans and refilled throughout the meal. Usual offerings include eggs, pork, fried potatoes, bread and fruit.
In the evenings, 'Ohana still offers a great family dining experience with salad, beef, chicken and seafood served. Check out Chris' review of 'Ohana.
- Kona Cafe-a more intimate dining experience that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is much more subdued than 'Ohana and offers the delectable Tonga Toast for breakfast. Check out Bob's review of breakfast at Kona Cafe. For lunch, you can expect burgers, chicken, noodles and a few signature dishes based on pork. Dinner offers chicken, shrimp, tuna, steak and pork entrees. You can expect to pay $20 to $30 per entree at dinner.
- Kona Island-Coffee, tea and pastries in the morning. It is a great place to get something to wake you up on your way to the monorail. In the evening, Kona Island serves sushi, sashimi,cocktails, wine and saki.
- Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show-Located in Luau Cove (between the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian), this all-you-car-to-eat feast offers enchanting music, authentic dances and costumes. There are two seatings offered and it is usually presented Tuesday through Saturday, weather permitting.
Bou-Tiki is located on the first floor and offers Polyneisan Resort-themed merchandise and other items that you could find in the Emporium. It is also the large character and merchandise shop. Make sure to ask a cast member about the Tikis that are playing hide and seek inside (and outside) the store!
Trader Jacks and Samoa Snacks are located on the second floor across the GCH from Kona Cafe. Trader Jacks is more of a quick-service shopping location with smaller trinkets, shirts and collectibles. Samoa Snacks is the place to pick up soda, milk, bread, sundries and alcohol.
The Polynesian Resort offers supervised child care (even for non-resort guests) every evening from 4 p.m. until midnight. Dinner is available for an additional fee. The Club is for kids 4-12 and costs $11.25 an hour per child
One of the more compelling reasons for staying at the Polynesian is that it is a monorail resort and you can quickly get to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot (with a transfer) by the monorail. The Polynesian also offers water launches to the Magic Kingdom (the route goes from the Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian to the Magic Kingdom). Early morning water launches could be full of Grand Floridian guests before it reaches the Poly.
Bus Service to the Disney Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Downtown Disney and Typhoon Lagoon are offered throughout the day based on operating hours of the destination.
You can walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center and take the ferry to the Magic Kingdom (especially if you are staying in Tahiti).Recreation
The Polynesian pool was renovated in 2001 and a new volcano was added. It is called the Nanea Volcano Pool and is located between the GCH and Seven Seas Lagoon. The pool is zero-entry and the volcano features a slide and bar.
A quiet pool, even though it is larger, is located in the area bounded by the Hawaii, Samoa, Niue, Rarotonga and Tokelau longhouses. Both pols are heated and offer underwater music!Marina
The Marina is located on the pier adjacent to the main pool. You can rent various types of craft, including: the zippy Water Mouse, pontoons, sailboats and aquafins.
The Polynesian Resort is well known for its grounds and romantic walkways. There are hidden Tikis scattered throughout the grounds and Tiki torches that are lit every evening at dusk.
If you head towards Luau Cove, there is a walking path that winds along the white, sandy beaches of the Seven Seas Lagoon. It is a five-minute walk that takes you past the Wedding Pavilion and to the Grand Floridian. It is a short and romantic walk if you are visiting Narcoose's or doing a little resort hopping.
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