Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers an ambiance is meant to transport you to the South Pacific, with incredible views of the Magic Kingdom, of course. Disney’s Polynesian Village is a Deluxe Resort, while the Villas and Bungalows are Disney Vacation Club properties. The Magic Kingdom is a quick monorail ride away, but the resort is so astounding that you might not want to leave the property. There are fun pools, beaches, a marina, jogging trails, and more. Here are eight pro tips for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
8. Visit During the Holidays
The Deluxe Resorts are all worth a visit during the holidays, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is no exception. Some of the Deluxe Resorts have an over-the-top feel during the holidays, while the decorations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are more refined. While there during the Christmas season, make sure you hop on the monorail and check out the decorations at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
7. Watch Fireworks and the Electrical Water Pageant
Want to escape the end of the night crowd at the Magic Kingdom but still desire to see Happily Ever After? There’s a simple solution, watch from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! There are several great places where you can see the show from the beach, and the soundtrack is piped in so you can follow the story. Check to see what time the Electrical Water Pageant will be heading by and watch that from the beach as well. This whimsical traveling water parade lasts about 15 minutes, and it’s something that many Walt Disney World guests do not know takes place.
6. Take the Kids to Lilo’s Playhouse
Need a few hours of adult time, but aren’t sure what to do with the kids? Lilo’s Playhouse could be the perfect solution. Kids ages 3-12 can play games, watch movies, enjoy snacks, and make friends. They will have a great time, and you can sneak off for a quiet dinner for two at Narcoossee’s. The activities for the kids at Lilo’s Playhouse may include Lava Flow, So You Want to Be a Pirate, and Ratatouille Cooking School. Your kids will have a blast, and you will know that they are being well cared for.
5. Reserve a Dinner Show
What is a visit to the South Pacific without attending a luau? That is what you’ll find at Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. There’s drumming, hula dancing, and fire-knife juggling. The food is all you can eat, and includes pulled pork, BBQ ribs, and pineapple-coconut bread. Dessert is pineapple bread pudding with caramel sauce. Non-alcoholic drinks are included in the price, as are beer and wine for those of age. Your price depends on your seats, and reservations are highly recommended. This popular show does not run nightly, so check ahead of time if you plan to attend.
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4. Two Words: Tonga Toast
What some fans consider to be the best breakfast at all of Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Make a breakfast reservation for Kona Cafe, and order the Tonga Toast. Picture this; sourdough french toast stuffed with bananas. After it’s been cooked to perfection, it’s rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with strawberry compote. If you can’t get a breakfast reservation, you can also order Tonga Toast at nearby Capt. Cook’s, but somehow it’s more special at Kona Cafe.
3. Make a Reservation at ‘Ohana
Fans of Lilo & Stitch know that “Ohana means family”, and that is what you will be treated like at this popular restaurant. The staff refers to you and your party as members of the family, and food is served family style. Start your day at the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch. Mickey might be there as well. There are no characters at dinner, but the menu is phenomenal. The main course is skewers of meat, and you can enjoy all that you want. A vegetarian option is available. The highlight of dinner, though, could be the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la mode with Bananas-Caramel Sauce. It is arguably the best dessert served at Walt Disney World.
2. Relax at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
A fun place to relax and unwind after a long day in the theme parks! Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is based on the “salesman” from the Jungle Cruise. You can munch on an appetizer as you sip an exotic drink in a souvenir cup. Enjoy the atmosphere, or head outside and listen to live music on Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto opens most days at 4:00pm to everyone, but once the clock strikes 8:00 it’s strictly for the 21 and up crowd.
1. Book a Bungalow
Looking for the ultimate vacation experience? Book a bungalow! These are more than just hotel rooms, they are amazing. There are 20 bungalows that are out over the water, for a vacation that you can’t find elsewhere in Central Florida. These beautiful suites sleep up to eight adults. They have full kitchens, washers and dryers, and private decks with plunge pools. They are Disney Vacation Club properties, but they are also available to the general public. The only downside to the bungalows is that they run a couple thousand dollars a night, even during the slow seasons. If you want the ultimate Walt Disney World vacation, the price might be worth it.