Disney’s Polynesian Resort

I see Disney’s Polynesian Resort as a relaxed alternative to the Grand Floridan Resort and Spa. With a similar location, the same benefits and a multitude of dining and recreational options, I think this is aimed at a slightly different type of visitor to the World; one who wants to experience luxury but in a more relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Location

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is located across the Seven Seas Lagoon from the Magic Kingdom and is adjacent the the Grand Floridian. There’s a nice walking path between the two resorts, taking you past Disney’s Wedding Pavillion. This means that from some of the rooms and from various locations around the resort, you can have that Magical View! The location is the true benefit to this resort, with the Magic Kingdom and Epcot just a monorail ride way.

Theme

The South Pacific and tropical paradise is the theme to the Polynesian (Polynesia is a group of Islands in the South Pacific for those who didn’t know.) The buildings are longhouses and these are set within tropical landscaping, with a beach, water falls and tiki lamps.

Rooms

  • All of the rooms are located within 11 different longhouse buildings, which are 2 or 3 stories high.
  • Like a traditional hotel, you access the rooms through interior corridors.
  • Sleep up to 5 (plus one child under age of three).
  • Only some rooms have balconies
  • Feature 2 queen beds, and a day bed
  • Also have an armoire and table with 2 chairs
  • Vanity area with two sinks, plus bath and shower in adjoining bathroom.
  • High speed Internet access is available at a daily fee.
  • Refrigerator, iron, ironing board, hairdryer and coffee maker.
  • You also get robes for use during your stay (with a note reminding you not to take them with you when you leave :) )

As with all Disney hotels, you get a choice of views, the better the view, the more you pay. For standard rooms the following options are available:

  • Garden view – looking over the hotel’s landscape or pool.
  • Lagoon view – will have a view of the Seven Seas Lagoon. This is unlikely to include a view of the Magic Kingdom, but you may be able to view it at an angle – but equally you could easily be facing the other direction.
  • Magic Kingdom view – the view of dreams – you can see Cinderella castle from your room.

You can also select to upgrade to Club Level. The King Kamehameha Club offers concierge service with front desk and guest services exclusive to Club guests and an evening turndown service, In addition the Club lounge in the Hawaii building provides morning breakfast and snacks and drinks at midday and in the evening. Once booked, Guests can also use the pre-arrival Itinerary Planning Services – i.e. they’ll take your requests and make your dining and show reservations for you (although personally, I think that’s part of the fun of preparing for the holiday, but that’s just me!). All the rooms are located in the Hawaii building (which has a great central location for accessing the pools, main building and transport). With the Club rooms you have the option of Garden view or Lagoon view, with most of the lagoon view rooms having views of the Magic Kingdom.

Long Houses

There are eleven different long-houses, which hold the 847 rooms. Unless you have booked at Club Level, you wont know which long house you’ll be in before your stay. If you have a strong preference, you can request it a few days before you go and while Disney won’t guarantee it, they will try their best to grant your request:

  • Aotearoa
    • Close to the Great Ceremonial House
    • Transportation & Ticket Center a distance away
    • Views are of the Lagoon (Cinderella Castle or Grand Floridian) or gardens and monorail or road.
    • No balconies on the second floor
  • Fiji
    • Close to the Great Ceremonial House
    • Transportation & Ticket Center a distance away
    • Views are of the marina, volcano, gardens or beach
    • No balconies on the second floor
  • Niue
    • Close to the Great Ceremonial House, between the two pools
    • Transportation & Ticket Center a distance away
    • Views are of the pool or gardens
    • No balconies on the second floor
  • Rapa Nui
    • Closest to Transportation & Ticket Center, but a distance from Great Ceremonial House and main pool
    • Views are of the gardens or parking lots
    • Balconies on all floors
  • Rarotonga
    • Next door to Great Ceremonial House, a few minutes from Transportation & Ticket Center
    • Close to both pools
    • Views of gardens, quiet pool and parking lots
    • No balconies on the second floor
  • Samoa
    • Close to the Great Ceremonial House, between the two pools
    • Transportation & Ticket Center a distance away
    • Views are of the marina, volcano, gardens or beach
    • No balconies on the second floor
  • Tahiti
    • Next door to Transportation & Ticket Center, but a distance from Great Ceremonial House and main pool
    • Views of lagoon, including Magic Kingdom, but mainly of other resorts and T&TC.
    • Balconies on all floors
  • Tuvalu
    • Close to the Great Ceremonial House
    • Transportation & Ticket Center few minutes away
    • Views are of the Volcano pool or gardens
    • No balconies on the second floor
  • Tonga
    • Houses the suites.
    • Right next door to Great Ceremonial House.
    • Views are of the Lagoon (including Cinderella Castle) or gardens.
    • Balconies on all floors.
  • Hawaii
    • Club level lodge, accessed by Key
    • Central to Great Ceremonial House, Transportation and Ticket centre and the pools.
    • Views are of the Lagoon (including Cinderella Castle) or gardens.
    • No balconies on the second floor

Food and Drink

Counter Service and snacks

  • Captain Cooks – food court style
  • Kona Island – for snacks and drinks
  • Tambu Lounge
  • Barefoot bar – poolside bar serving drinks and snacks

Table Service Restaurant

  • Kona Cafe – mixes an Asian twist with American meals, serves at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you go for brekkie, make sure you try their famous tonga toast – fried french toast stuffed with bananas and topped with sugar and cinnamon.
  • ‘Ohana – meaning ‘family’ in Hawaiin. offering Family Style meals – i.e. they put a big platter of everything on your table and you all help yourself and if you run out of anything, just ask and they’ll bring you more of it. They are open for a regualr dinner in this styule, or for a character breakfast with Lilo and Stitch.

Dinner Show

  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show – a fmaily style meal offering admist a luau with hula dancing and fire eating, located in Luau Cove. Thids is a pretty noisy show nand you might hear it in the evenings if you’re in a nearby longhouse.

Recreation

  • 2 pools – the main pool is the Nanea Volcano pool, featuring a water slide as ‘molten water’ erupts down it, with Cinderalla Castle in view in the distance.
  • 3 beaches with hammocks, and for playing on
  • Free access to the Grand Floridian Resort’s health club and spa – just a walk or monorail ride away.
  • Bike and surrey bike rental
  • Watercraft rentals including sea raycers, pontoon boats and canoes
  • Nerverland Kid’s club
  • Arcade
  • Fishing
  • View the Magic Kingdom firekworks from the beach
  • Electrical Water Pageant – see the lit up floats in the evening
  • Plus lots of little extaras such as story-telling each night, a torch lighting ceremony, Hula dancing lessons, arts and crafts and water games.
  • And you have access to many of the activities offerred at the Grand Floridian, including movie nights and campfires.

Transport

  • The monorail is a huge benefit to this resort and will take you right from your hotel to the dopors of the Magic Kingdom.
  • You can also take a boat acorss the Seven Seas LAgoon to get to the Magic Kingdom
  • The monrial will also take you to the Grand Floridian and Contempory if you hare dining at these hotels – which is fab – no other Disney tranpsort goes between resorts so directly.
  • To get to Epcot you need to transferto a different monorial at the Transportation and Ticket Centre. This is either a short wlak away from the Poilynesian, or you can hop opn the monoirail to get you there.
  • Disney buses will take you from the front of your hotel to all of the other parks, water parks and Downtown Disney.

If you’d like more ionformation por pictures about the Disney’s Polynesian Resort, check out the Tikiman Pages – an unofficial fan site which does a great job of telling you all you need to know about the hotel. Please be sure to come back to BritMick though!