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6 Gems We Love About Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

With over twenty different Disney Resorts scattered throughout Walt Disney World, many guests have one in particular that is their favorite. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a favorite Disney Resort of many guests thanks to its tropical theme that transports them to the serenity of the South Seas. Guests who spend time at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can enjoy white sand beaches, unique architecture, beautiful views of Seven Seas Lagoon and nearby Magic Kingdom, delicious meals at ‘Ohana, Kona Café, and Capt. Cook’s, and unique concoctions at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and the Tambu Lounge In addition to all of those amazing experiences, guests can enjoy recreation, pools, amenities, complimentary Disney transportation, and much more while staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Let’s see if you know these six gems about Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

6. Dole Whips

One of the most popular snacks in all of Walt Disney World is the Dole Whip which is a delectable combination of pineapple and soft serve ice cream that is sure to leave every guest feeling refreshed and satisfied. The popular can be found in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, but guests can now also enjoy it while spending time at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Located just outside a ground floor entrance of the Great Ceremonial House is a counter service location called Pineapple Lanai which offers a variety of pineapple flavored treats including the legendary Dole Whip.

5. Quiet Waves

When Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort first opened in 1971 with the Walt Disney World Resort, Imagineers wanted to make each detail as authentic as possible to make guests truly believe that they were in the South Seas. The white sand beaches of the Disney Resort reside alongside the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon which used to feature a unique contraption that brought the beach to life. When Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort first opened, Imagineers installed a wave machine at the bottom of Seven Seas Lagoon to create gentle waves that would lap up against the shore and make guests feel as though they were at a real beach. Unfortunately, the wave machine soon caused unwanted erosion on the beaches and was powered down for good.

4. Hidden Mickey

There are plenty of Hidden Mickeys found throughout Walt Disney World including at the Disney Resorts. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to several Hidden Mickeys including one which can be found on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House near the store BouTiki. Just outside the main entrance to the store is a smiling tiki posed with several drums. In addition to being a great photo opportunity, this tiki also features a classic Hidden Mickey made out of swirling lines on his back.

3. ‘Ohana Bread Pudding

Found on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House near the entrances to ‘Ohana and Kona Café is a small lounge which serves up delicious small plates and drinks. The Tambu Lounge is tucked in a cozy corner of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and offers up great views of the hustle and bustle nearby as well as quiet walkways outside. Guests who cozy up the bar can enjoy ordering a delicious dessert which is normally offered with dinner at ‘Ohana. The ‘Ohana Bread Pudding combines sticky and delicious bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and banana-caramel sauce for a dessert that is truly decadent.

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2. A Unique View of Happily Ever After

One of the most popular nighttime experiences in Walt Disney World is Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom. The show combines fireworks high over Cinderella Castle with Disney music for an unforgettable experience. While some of the best viewing locations are along Main Street, guests who visit Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can enjoy a unique view of the show that they will never forget. Since the Disney Resort is located directly across from the Magic Kingdom on Seven Seas Lagoon, there is the perfect view of Happily Ever After. Please obey all posted signs and stay away from the waterline!

1. Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

In addition to the amazing dining locations found in the Great Ceremonial House in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, there is another experience which many guests might not know about. Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show happens several times each week and is hosted by Auntie Wini who showcases unique Polynesian traditions like hula dancing and drumming. In addition to the entertainment, guests can also dine on an all you can eat meal featuring island classic like pulled pork, ribs, and pineapple-coconut bread.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.