Along the southern shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is an incredible escape to the South Pacific. Torches line the waterfront and tropical palm trees sway creating a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful views of the water and Cinderella Castle in the distance. If you’re looking for a unique and immersive resort experience, we have put together a list of the 7 reasons you will love staying at the Polynesian.
7. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
Named after the famous head-salesman from the Jungle Cruise, Trader Sam’s is a tropical Tiki bar with deliciously themed drinks and cocktails as well as savory appetizers to keep your taste buds happy. Non-alcoholic drinks abound as well! The menu is killer too making for a delicious and immersive experience at this island getaway. Trader Sam’s is a fun place to kick back and relax for a while.
For quick and easy access to the Magic Kingdom, having the monorail stop at your resort is a huge perk to staying at this deluxe resort. With only a stop at the Grand Floridian between you and the park, it feels like you’re right next door to the most magical place on Earth. The monorail will also take you to the Transportation and Ticket Center where you can grab another monorail and head straight to Epcot.
5. Kona Café
For guests looking for an Asian twist with American cuisine, Kona Café is a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Starting your day off with breakfast, Kona Café has a signature dish that is second only to the Mickey waffles. Tonga Toast is an incredible take on French toast, using banana-stuffed sourdough, rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a strawberry compote. It is a delicious and indulgent way to start your morning with a smile on your face. Into the evening, the menu offers a wide variety of Polynesian inspired dishes! Regardless of when you dine, you won’t be disappointed with anything on the menu.
The Lava Pool at the Polynesian is a perennial favorite for guests of all ages with a large volcano, a waterfall and a 142 foot-long waterslide, all while surrounded by a large deck. There are also motorized boat rentals available for guests who wish to head out on the Seven Seas Lagoon to explore with their group.
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One of the highlights of staying at the Polynesian resort is the fact that it plays host to Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. This tropical luau features incredibly talented hula dancers, drummers and a magnificent fire-knife performer. Dinner is an open buffet of authentic dishes like Island Pulled Pork, BBQ Ribs, Roasted Chicken and refreshing salads with mango-poppy seed dressing or a honey-lime slaw. The cost for a ticket varies depending on where you’d like to sit, but since it includes dinner, taxes and gratuity, plus an incredible view of the performers, it’s well worth the additional cost.
With the relaxed feel of the Polynesian Village Resort, it’s easily one of the best places to lounge around and rest as the view is incredible no matter where you look. In addition to being a great daytime view, the beach also offers a prime location to watch Happily Ever After as it takes place over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Guests enjoy a less crowded area and a relaxing atmosphere as they take in the brilliant fireworks from the comfort of the resort. Please take heed of all signage and barriers as they are in place for your family’s safety!
‘Ohana is the flagship restaurant at the Polynesian and has a wonderfully Hawaiian theme. Tiki statues are placed throughout the space and are surrounded by lush tropical plants. Everything in the restaurant feels cozy and inviting, making it a great place to relax and enjoy your meal. Breakfast offers a chance to meet Lilo and Stitch as guests dine family-style on Hua Paka (scrambled eggs), Pua’a (pork) and Uala Kahiki (fried potatoes). For dinner, starters offered include the famous ‘Ohana Pineapple-Coconut Bread and a Mixed Greens Salad with a Lilikoi Dressing. Appetizers offer a choice of Pork Dumplings and Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings with Peanut and Sweet-n-Sour sauces. Entrées are grilled on skewers and offer a selection of Sweet-n-Sour Chicken, Szechuan Sirloin Steak and Spicy Grilled Shrimp. With whatever combination you choose, you won’t be disappointed as the great food and wonderful atmosphere combine to make an incredible dining experience with fun activities for a whole family.
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