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Planning Your Resort Day at Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is home to over two dozen Disney Resorts, each featuring their own unique theme, details, accommodations, recreation, dining, shopping, and more. One of the most beloved of the Disney Resorts is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort which is situated on the white sand beaches of Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom. The Disney Resort brings the serenity and charm of the South Seas to guests with saying palm trees, tropical music and décor, and plenty of experiences to enjoy. While many guests love to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, they might not realize that there are enough experiences at the location to spend an entire day enjoying! From dining and entertainment to relaxing and shopping, there is much to do at the popular Disney Resort. Here are the best plans to fill any day at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World!

1. Breakfast at Kona Café

The Great Ceremonial House serves as the lobby at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and it is home to Guest Services, shopping, dining, and more. Guests should begin their day at the Disney Resort with breakfast at Kona Café, situated on the second floor of the area. The full service restaurant serves up traditional American meals infused with Asian flavors and features an open air environment that guests are sure to love. Popular breakfast menu options include Macadamia Nut Pancakes, Tonga Toast, Loco Moco, French Toast, Polynesian Egg Platter, Ham and Cheese Omelet, and Seven Seas Samoan all of which pair perfectly with fresh Kona coffee or delicious Liliko’I Juice.

2. Shop at BouTiki

After enjoying a filling breakfast, guests can head down to the main level of the Great Ceremonial House to indulge in a little shopping in a wonderful and fairly large location. BouTiki features a wide array of merchandise that guests can browse including clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, Disney Resort specific items, and more. With items that cannot be found anywhere else on property, BouTiki is a wonderful location to spend some time simply browsing and shopping for many wonderful and unique items.

3. Enjoy the Grounds

After some shopping, guests should take the time to head out and explore the grounds of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The Disney Resort is beautifully laid out to include gently curved pathways and quiet areas that truly make guests feel as though they are in the South Seas. From lush vegetation and quiet areas to the marina with sweeping views across Seven Seas Lagoon, a leisurely stroll to take in all of the sights of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a must do when spending a day at the location.

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4. Lunch at Capt. Cook’s

After working up more of an appetite shopping and exploring the grounds, guests should head back to the main level of the Great Ceremonial House to enjoy a quick service lunch infused with the flavors of the islands. Capt. Cook’s is conveniently set up with multiple ordering counters where guests can choose from menu options before finding a seat either indoors or outside on the patio and waiting to have their meals delivered to them. With a wide array of options to choose from, some of the most popular menu options at Capt. Cook’s include Thai Coconut Meatballs, Pulled Pork Nachos, Aloha Pork Sandwich, Turkey Club Melt, Chicken Wings, Hawaiian Flatbread, Tuna Salad, Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup, and more.

5. Relax at the Lava Pool

The absolute best way to enjoy the afternoon at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is by lounging poolside and cooling off at the Lava Pool. This signature pool of the Disney Resort features a massive volcano complete with waterfall, waterslide, zero-depth entry, views of Seven Seas Lagoon, swaying palm trees, and more. Guests can alternate between relaxing and soaking in the sun and breeze and cooling off in the warm, but refreshing, water at the calming and charming Lava Pool.

6. Drink from Barefoot Pool Bar

Soaking up the sun for a few hours might leave guests feeling parched and luckily there is a wonderful location right next to the Lava Pool where they can order up some amazing cocktails and beverages. The Barefoot Pool Bar is constructed right into the side of the volcano itself and offers up several quick service food options in addition to delicious cocktails such as the Pago Pago Painkiller, Cucumber & Mint Vojito, Lava Flow, Captain’s Mai Tai, Rose Gold Sunset Margarita, Big Island Iced Tea, and more.

7. Dinner at ‘Ohana

As the afternoon ends and the evening begins at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, guests can head back to the upper level of the Great Ceremonial House to enjoy a full service dinner option that is one of the most popular in all of Walt Disney World. ‘Ohana is an all you can eat meal served family style that offers guests indulgent options straight from the grilled and bursting with flavor. While listening to live singing and ukulele playing, guests can dine on options such as Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings, Szechuan Sirloin Steak, Spicy Grilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Teriyaki Noodles, and the beloved ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la Mode.

8. Drinks at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

After dinner at ‘Ohana, guests should then head back downstairs to a popular location that perfectly combines cocktails with live interactions and entertainment. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a small lounge area that features fun reactions and occurrences from the Cast Members and the room itself every time a specialty cocktail is ordered. Guests are sure to love sipping on beverage options such as the HippopotoMai-Tai, Nautilus, Shrunken Zombie Head, Spikey Pineapple, Rosita’s Margarita, and the Mosquito Mojito while playing along with the antics and entertainment.

9. Happily Ever After from the Beach

After a busy day at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the prefect way to bring it to a close it to head down to the beach and find a spot to settle in and watch Happily Ever After. The Magic Kingdom fireworks are perfectly viewed from the Disney Resort’s beach and the music and narration is even piped in making it feel as though guests are watching true Disney entertainment from the middle of the South Seas. This unique vantage of Happily Ever After is the perfect way to end a relaxing day spent enjoyed at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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.