Stay at a tropical South Pacific Resort complete with white sand beaches, palm trees, koi ponds, volcanic rocks and lush vegetation. Disney's Polynesian Village Resort opened in 1971 and was one of the original Walt Disney World resorts. During the grand opening, guests such as Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Fred MacMurray, the governor of Florida, and the Disney family stayed at the Polynesian. In the 1980s, the Village portion was dropped from the name, leaving the hotel as Disney's Polynesian Resort.
Situated on 39 acres of land, this 853 room resort is located on the Shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Magic Kingdom is directly north of the resort and is only two short monorail stops away. This paradise is complete with waterfalls, tropical landscaping, tiki torches and white sand beaches. The Polynesian consists of eleven two and three storey buildings also known as longhouses, all situated around the four storey Great Ceremonial House where the lobby, restaurants and shops are found.
The Tuvalu, Fiji, Aotearoa (ow-TAY-a-row-ai), Tonga, Samoa, Niue (knee-UW-ay) and Rarotonga longhouses are closest to the Great Ceremonial House and approximately a five minute walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center where there is access to the monorail station, ferryboat landing and the parking lot. Views of the rooms in these buildings consist of Cinderella Castle, lush gardens, Seven Seas Lagoon, Grand Floridian Resort, Monorail, the volcano, pools and marina or beach.
The Hawaii, Tokelau (to-KAY-louw), Tahiti and Rapa Nui longhouses are the closest to the Transportation and Ticket Center where there is access to the monorail station, ferryboat landing and the parking lot. The Great Ceremonial House, where restaurants and shops are, is about a five minute walk away. Views of the rooms in these buildings include Seven Seas Lagoon, Cinderella Castle, lush gardens, quiet pool, Grand Floridian Resort, Space Mountain, Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary Resort, Transportation and Ticket Center and parking lot.
A typical standard room is 415 square feet and can accommodate up to five guests and one child under the age of three in a crib. Rooms include two queen size beds, a day bed, armoire, and table with two chairs. All of the standard rooms come with a small wall safe, TV, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, data port for a laptop computer and a small refrigerator. Most rooms have balconies.
One Bedroom Suite is a two room suite which faces the garden. The bedroom offers two queen size beds and a parlor featuring a sitting area, day bed, small kitchen area and refrigerator. The vanity and dressing area is separate from the actual bathroom.
Princess Suite has two bedrooms and a parlor room which all overlook the marina. Each bedroom has two queen size beds and one also has a master bathroom with the vanity and dressing area separate from the bathroom. The parlor features a sitting area, day bed, small kitchen and refrigerator.
Ambassador Suite is a two bedroom suite with a parlor and has views of the gardens. The master bedroom has a king size bed and a master bathroom. Two queen size beds and full bathroom are found in the second bedroom. The parlor features a very large sitting area, queen size Murphy bed, a small kitchen, refrigerator and microwave and a third full bathroom.
King Kamehameha Suite is the largest at the Polynesian Resort and is two stories high and overlooks the marina. The first floor houses a bar, kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, and parlor with an open ceiling to the second floor. There is a small bathroom off of the sitting area. Two bedrooms can be found on the second floor. The master bedroom has a king size bed and large master bathroom with a whirlpool tub. The second bedroom has two queen size beds and a full bathroom.
Concierge Suites face the marina and include two queen size beds as well as all the other standard room features. Concierge-level guests will receive comfy robes in the room. Staff is available prior to and during the visit for reservations and vacation planning. Guests have access to the King Kamehameha Club Concierge Lounge featuring continental breakfast, snacks and evening wine and cheese receptions. Guests also have the chance to participate in the Wildlife Discovery Excursion, which is a guided tour of the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom. It is offered to limited number Concierge-level guests for an additional fee.
Services & Amenities:
- Room Service
- Concierge desk
- Health Club
- Babysitting and child services
- Pak-n-play crib available
- Room and facilities for guest with disabilities
- Self parking
- Valet parking available for a nominal fee
- Laundry facilities and services
Check-In & Check-Out:
Check-in is at 3 pm. It is possible your room may be available prior to that time, but it is not guaranteed. If it is not ready, you can leave your luggage with the Bell Services where it will be stored and then delivered when you are in the room. If you decide to wait around until your room is available, you are welcome to take a dip or relax by the main pool area. There are lockers, changing areas and public restrooms for you to use. You can also head out to a theme park and start enjoying the Disney World magic while your room is being prepared.
Check-out is at 11 am. When paying with a credit card, you will not have to go to the desk to check out. An itemized bill will be hung on your door by 8:30 am on your departure day. If the bill looks fine, you’re all set to depart. Your electronic room key will be deactivated at 11 am. Don’t forget to use Bell Services to help you with your luggage, filled with souvenirs, to your car. If you are taking a bus or taxi to the airport, or leaving later in the day, Bell services will keep your luggage until your transportation arrives.
Ohana is a popular family-oriented restaurant at the Resort. This is an all-you-can-eat feast and served family-style at your table. This is not a buffet. The restaurant overlooks the Seven Seas Lagoon and is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Food is cooked over an open fire bit and is also the site of a Character breakfast with Mickey, Goofy and friends.
Kona Cafe serves creative fresh dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features a special Kona Coffee. It is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Unique desserts are a specialty of the house. There is also a coffee bar found outside of the restaurant near the entrance to the monorail. Remember to try the Tonga toast as it is one of the most famous breakfast meals at Disney World.
Caption Cook's Snack Company is located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House and is a 24 hour snack bar, featuring fast food, snacks, and desserts.
The Tambu Lounge is connected to Ohana on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House, and offers cocktails, juices, coffees, and appetizers. The Barefoot Pool Bar is next to the Volcano pool on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Show is an all-you-can-eat buffet inspired by the flavors of the South Seas. In this open-air dining theatre you will enjoy great food and authentic music and dance from the South Seas.
Polynesian In-Room Dining service is available until midnight. Menus can be found in each room.
The best beverage deal at the resorts are the refillable mugs. Available for approximately $13, these sturdy plastic mugs can be purchased through any food court vendors and pizza delivery. The mugs are refillable for the length of your resort stay at any self-serve beverage island found in the food court area. Beverages include soft drinks, coffee, tea, iced tea and coffee and hot chocolate. Milk, fruit juice and alcoholic beverages are not included. The mugs are not refillable at any of the theme parks. This is a very economical deal if you are an avid pop or coffee drinker.
There are two pools at the resort. The Nanea Volcano Pool features a 40 foot volcano with waterfall and waterslide. It has underwater seating where hot water jets feed into that part of the pool. A stream begins outside the Great Ceremonial House and continues down to the Volcano Pool. A pool bar and slide can be found inside the volcano. The quieter and larger pool is centrally located to all the longhouses. Both pools are heated and feature music piped into the pool itself for your underwater listening pleasure.
Soak up the sun on a Polynesian’s white sand beach. When the Resort opened, an artificial wave making machine was used to create waves which gave the beach the true South Seas feel. It was discovered that the waved caused rapid beach erosion and was quickly stopped. The machine can still be found under the waters off the beach.
Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club
The Health Club offers free weights, and exercise equipment. For relaxation book a rejuvenating full-service spa experience.
Never Land Club
This is a supervised child care experience for children ages 4 to 12. The facility is themed after Peter Pan and includes the Darling nursery, Skull Rock, a pirate ship and clouds of London. The program features full-sized arcade games, Nintendo, computers, dress-up, arts & crafts and of course Disney movies. A buffet dinner is served, which includes pizza, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, French fries, hot dogs, corn on the cob, fruit, and dessert. A pudding dessert is served at 8 pm and a juice and cookie snack at 10 pm.
Play a variety of pinball and video games at Moana Mickey's Arcade, located next to the Never Land Club.
Pedal boats, watermice, kayaks, canopy boats, pontoon boats or Sea Raycers can be rented to spend some time on the river with. Bicycles and surrey bikes are also available for rent. There may be a 30 minute time limit for each individual use depending on availability, but there is no limit to the number of times you can use the equipment.
Have a great game of volleyball on the court.
Hook a fun-filled fishing trip for the entire family. Catch and release only.
A jogging path circles around the Polynesian longhouses, past Luau Cove, and stretches to the Shades of Green Resort and back. You can obtain a map of the jogging path at Guest Services.
Trader Jack's sells toys, videos, clothes and various Disney World souvenirs.
Samoa Snacks is where you will find a small selection of food and drinks, candy, baby items and other necessities.
News from Polynesia sells Polynesian merchandise. In this store you will find grass skirts, Polynesian music, and other gifts from the islands. It is also the place to find film, books, magazines, batteries, and suntan products.
Robin Crusoe's is the men's shop. You will find sportswear, swimsuits, and a wide selection of Aloha shirts that can be bought here.
Polynesian Princess is the women's shop. You will find sportswear, swimsuits, jewelry, and accessories that can be bought here.
Maui Mickey's is the store to find children's clothing and other Disney merchandise.
Wyland Galleries of Florida also has a location at the Polynesian. It features nautical themed original works of art, prints, sculpture and jewelry.
To get to any Disney Resort or theme park you can drive yourself, take a taxi or use the wonderful Disney Transportation System. Disney Transportation includes buses, boats, the monorail and the Magical Express Service.
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Disney Resorts and the Downtown Disney area are accessible by the bus system. Buses travel on routes throughout the Resorts but do not provide direct service between all destinations and require transfer from one bus to another.
Bus service to the Theme Parks begins approximately two hours before opening. Generally buses will run every 20 minutes throughout the day and continue to operate until two hours after park closing. During peak times, buses can get a little crowded, but there is usually another bus that arrives quickly after so guests are not waiting long periods of time. Magic Kingdom is not accessible by bus from the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Polynesian Resort. These Resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.
The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center, which is adjacent to the parking lot. Entering the park by ferryboat gives guests a chance to float by some of the Deluxe Resorts. This is also the best way to get the first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. If guests are staying at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground or Wilderness Lodge, the Magic Kingdom is accessible by boat at their own water launches.
Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are accessible by boat from BoardWalk Inn and Villas Resort, the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels.
Downtown Disney is accessible by ferryboat from Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Old Key West Resort.
There are three loops to the monorail system. Loop A runs counterclockwise connecting Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop B runs clockwise along side Loop A and stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort and back to the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop C runs from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot including a quick tour inside the park around Spaceship Earth. Service generally starts an hour and a half before opening and ends two hours after closing.
If you bring or rent a car, there is plenty of free parking at the Resorts and parks. Depending on your room location, you may or may not be able to park close to your room. Ask when room selection is made.
Things to Know:
The Island Guide desk is a separate desk located at the entrance of the main lobby and is part of the Concierge services. After checking in, the Island Guides greet you with traditional Polynesian leis. They are also the hub of children's activities at the resort, holding daily lei and bracelet making, and arts and crafts activities.
Guests in the concierge level are given exclusive access to a private lounge on the second floor of Hawaii which offers fantastic views of Cinderella Castle and the Wishes fireworks at Magic Kingdom. The music is even played on speakers in the lounge.
Most lagoon view rooms feature great views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Otherwise, any place on the Polynesian beaches or boat dock offer good places to watch.
The Polynesian is the first stop of the Electrical Water Pageant each night. If you go out to where the boats are docked at the marina you can watch the floats being towed out to the Lagoon and prepared for the show.
The Torch Lighting Ceremony is a short program of the Polynesian welcoming the night. It features an authentic Polynesian dancer who does a traditional fire-knife dance, and then lights the torches leading into the Great Ceremonial House. A Polynesian entertainer is also on hand to perform chants and authentic drumming.
The Great Ceremonial House features a replica of a tropical rain forest. The atrium holds the largest indoor collection of tropic and subtropic plant life in Florida. It features more then 75 different species among its flowers and waterfalls.