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10 Amazing Things About Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

10. Great Transportation

This resort is on the famous Disney Monorail with direct connections to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Grand Floridian and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There is a connecting Monorail to Epcot. Guests may choose to take one of the boat launches directly to the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Grand Floridian resort. The resort is next door and in walking distance to the Disney Ferry boat at the Transportation Ticket Center that takes thousands of visitors to the Magic Kingdom each day. Disney bus transportation will take guests to all the other Parks, Water Parks, and Disney Springs.

9. Sports Options

For sports enthusiasts they can on rent motorized pontoon boats for the family to get out on the water together, or the faster Sea Raycers that will hold up to two people them. Maybe a canoe or a sailboat is what you had in mind? Just visit the Seven Seas Marina to rent the watercraft of your choice. Fishing excursions can be enjoyed all year round here at Walt Disney World. Schedule your outing for either a 2- or 4-hour outing. Call (407) 939-BASS. Do you have a large group? Consider using the Sand Volleyball court on the beach. The resort also has a New Balance Jogging Trail to help keep you in shape even on vacation.

8. Landscaping and Lighting

At night this place becomes absolutely magical with Tiki torch lights lighting your path through the lush tropical landscaping and along the beach by the lagoon. Birds of Paradise, Banyan Trees, Tropical Palms, Hawaiian flowers, lava rocks,

7. Great Shopping

BouTiki is located in the Great Ceremonial House and is the resorts largest gift shop. It is located on the first floor. They carry tropical dresses, shirts, and other apparel, Disney apparel and home goods, Polynesian Village resort items, and other souvenirs. If you want a true Hawaiian style shirt, you’ve got to stop in here. Pick up dishes, glasses, and kitchen items based on Adventureland attractions. Moana Mercantile sells bottles of alcohol, candy, books, magazines, snacks, groceries, children’s apparel, Disney plush, sundries, beer and wine. You will find grab and go food and drinks at Capt. Cook’s.

6. The Well-Themed Swimming Pool

The Lava Pool features a large volcano which has a waterslide inside of it that kids young and old love. The 142-foot long slide twists through the volcano before dumping riders into the mail pool area. It boasts a zero-entry on one end making it easy for guests to enjoy walking through the water. Nearby is an outdoor pool bar that will provide beverages for the whole family. Go ahead! Get one of those drinks with the umbrella, you’re on vacation! There is another pool located on the eastern side of the property that gives a more tranquil swimming area.

5. Location, Location, Location

The best beach for fireworks watching and viewing of the Electrical Water Pageant. Due to the proximity to Magic Kingdom, as well as the other Magic Kingdom area resorts, we think Disney’s Polynesian Village is hard to beat. The Ticket & Transportation Center is located just steps away from the resort. Guests have great views of everything going on in the Seven Seas Lagoon and the Happily Ever After fireworks show at Magic Kingdom nightly.

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4. Nice Large Rooms

The décor is very South Seas with ceiling fans, woven headboards, luxurious bedding, muted shades of green and tan with dark wood accents and a bamboo chair rail and accents. The bathrooms have brown and white sea turtle image tiles, double sinks, and luxury toiletries. Each room has two queen beds or a king bed, armoire, a hair dryer, coffee maker, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, free Wi-fi, Pack and Play Crib, large comfortable day bed/sofa, small refrigerator, ice bucket, desk, floor lamp, chair with ottoman, flat screen television, nightstand, table and chair, and on the patio or balcony a small table and two chairs. Those securing Club Level rooms enjoy evening turndown service, access to the Club Level Lounge where they can get bottles of water, snacks and beverages, daily newspapers from 7AM to 10PM each day, pre-arrival trip planning, Health Club and Concierge access to King Kamehameha Club. The views are Theme Park, Lagoon, Garden or Standard. There are 847 rooms in the resort. The resort covers 39-acres. The rooms/suites are located in longhouses that go by different names. For instance the Tonga longhouse has all the suite rooms and is located right next to the Great Ceremonial House.

3. Outstanding Lounges

Tambu Lounge on the second level of the Great Ceremonial House overlooks the Lava Pool and is adjacent to ‘Ohana. This full bar serves us tropical cocktails as well as a light snack menu that includes mini Pork Sliders, Chicken wings, Breads and Dips, Beef Satay, Pulled Pork Nachos, and the over the top delicious ‘Ohana Bread Pudding. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is an interactive experience. Children are welcome prior to 8PM when a 21-year old mandatory age is in effect. It serves unusual and refreshing Disney-themed cocktails, has a full bar and serves light fare.

2. Bungalows, on the Water!

Disney Vacation Club Villas & Bungalows are very unique and have an outstanding view of the Happily Ever After fireworks show nightly at the Magic Kingdom. Disney has kept that mid-century/Polynesia style that Walt Disney had imagined for the Polynesian Village Resort back in the early 70’s when the main resort first opened. In 2015 DVC opened 20 Bungalows built over the water of Seven Seas Lagoon. The Deluxe Studios are fairly large and sport themed décor like surfboard coffee tables. Look for the hidden Mickey’s in the carpet. Volcanic rock may not be used as a counter anywhere other than Disney. These Deluxe Studios sleep up to five. The Bungalows come in 2-bed, 2-bath designs that sleep up to 8 guests. Get this-while watching Wishes from your private deck you can hear the music because it is piped in to your bungalow! Each bungalow has living, full kitchen and dining rooms and exposed wood ceiling beams. Guests even have their own private plunge pool, hanging chairs, and laundry area at each bungalow. For guests of the DVC property they have access to a covered structure with picnic tables and a Barbecue Grill area. There are two large gas grills for guests to use to make their own food if they like. They can even order groceries to be delivered to their bungalow.

1. Best Restaurants

This resort has some of the very best restaurants and when you put them all together, I don’t know if any other Walt Disney World has more to offer in Dining. You have character dining at ‘Ohana’s Mickey & Friend’s Breakfast, a Dinner Show nightly at the Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Show, themed dining at Kona Café and ‘Ohana, quick-serve dining at Capt. Cook’s, Kona Island, Pineapple Lanai, and the Barefoot Pool Bar. There is room service available from 7AM to Midnight. The Tambu Lounge and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Where else can you find this wide array of great dining? Add to that all the Magic Kingdom resort and the park dining just a Monorail ride away and you just can’t go wrong here. Keep this resort in mind the next time you are planning a Magic Kingdom day and consider taking the Monorail here for a different meal than the standard park fare. ‘Ohana dinner promises an engaging and delicious evening. There you will find food inspired by the Hawaiian Islands accompanied by stories and games. They have this incredible meat on a stick. Not those little bamboo-skewered kind, but large hunks of meat on sturdy skewers that the meat roasts on before being brought to your table. Chicken, shrimp, and steak and side dishes adorn your table. While the kids are playing coconut races, adults can enjoy tropical drinks with an alcoholic punch to them or wine. The full-service Tambu Lounge serves the diners at ‘Ohana. Next door at the Kona Café you will immediately see a sushi kitchen in full view of diners. This is a casual restaurant serving island inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the place famous for Tonga Toast which is now also served at the quick service Capt. Cook’s. Just reading the menu for Kona Café will have your mouth watering. A rather unique idea is Kona Island which resort guests will see on their way to the Monorail in the morning and when they return later in the day after visiting Magic Kingdom. To meet the needs of these guests Kona Island serves coffee and breakfast items in the morning and then sushi and sashimi in the evening. The newest addition is Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto that has both inside and outside tables. Trader Sam’s brings a unique island-themed menu and atmosphere to the resort. It is extremely popular with guests and locals. Live music can be enjoyed on the Tiki Terrace. Until 8PM each evening children are welcome to enjoy Trader Sam’s but after 8PM you must be at least 21 years old to enter. They have a long list of Disney only cocktails with humorous names and a delicious collection of light fare. Last, but not lease, the Pineapple Lanai is the only place on Walt Disney World property that you can buy a Dole Whip without having to enter Magic Kingdom.

About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.