Guests at Disney Hotel Near Magic Kingdom Are in For an Unavoidable, Unmagical Surprise

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Guests staying at one of Disney World’s Resort Hotels near Magic Kingdom are in for an unavoidable and very unmagical surprise, according to a warning on the official Disney World website.

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Magic Kingdom Resort Area Hotels

Guests of the Walt Disney World Resort who wish to stay on Disney’s property during their visit enjoy a wide variety of Resort Hotels from which to choose. Disney World boasts more than two dozen hotels that vary in theming, pricing, dining options, location, and amenities, and all Guests have to do is choose one. But with all there is to see and experience at each Resort Hotel, sometimes choosing just one can be a difficult task.

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort & Gran Destino Tower | Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs & Gran Destino Tower/Credit: Disney World

Disney World tries to make it a bit easier to decide by categorizing the hotels in different ways. When it comes to pricing, Disney divides its Resort Hotels into four categories: Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, Deluxe Resorts, and Deluxe Villas, with the villas boasting the highest cost per night. But Disney also categorizes its hotels by the theme park to which they are located closest, so Guests can choose from Magic Kingdom area Resorts, EPCOT area Resorts, which are also fairly close to Disney’s Hollywood Studios area Resorts, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom area Resorts.

The list of Disney World Resort Hotels from which to choose is extensive and includes Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, the Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Fort Wilderness and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Yacht Club, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Coronado Springs, Saratoga Springs, Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts, and more.

While all of Disney World’s Resort Hotels are magical, the first ones to be constructed were located in the Magic Kingdom Resort area. Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort were the first hotels built on Disney’s property in Central Florida. Maybe that’s why both of them remain so popular among Guests even today.

Disney's Contemporary Resort | Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Contemporary Resort/Credit: Disney Parks

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has a relaxing South Pacific feel. Nestled amongst tropical palms and lush green vegetation, the hotel is the perfect getaway for individuals, couples, and families. Inside the hotel, Guests will find world-class restaurants like Kona Cafe and ‘Ohana, as well as decor and elements that make them feel as if they are on a tropical island. Every square foot of the resort is magical.

Ohana | Walt Disney World Resort

‘Ohana Restaurant/Credit: Disney World

But Guests with reservations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort this spring are sure to experience something very unmagical–unavoidable, but unmagical indeed. Per a warning on Disney World’s official website, Guests will want to be awake and out of bed by 9:00 a.m. each day. That’s because the hotel is undergoing an expansion, and construction is taking place while the hotel remains open to Guests. The warning reads as follows:

As we prepare for the proposed expansion at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, you will see and hear construction at certain times of day. To minimize disruptions during your stay, activities that may create noise will not start earlier than 9:00 a.m. Through late spring 2023, the walkway between Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom Park will be closed for refurbishment. During this time, monorail transportation and boat service will still be available for your enjoyment.

How Long is the Walk Between the Magic Kingdom, the Grand Floridian Resort and the Polynesian Resort? - Notes from Neverland

Credit: Notes From Neverland

Guests staying at the Polynesian will likely experience the nuisance of noise from the construction taking place, but out of respect for Guests, Disney has promised no construction before 9:00 a.m., meaning that Guests who usually like to sleep in may have a very different experience during their stay this spring. Transportation could also be an issue, especially for Guests who enjoy the walk from the Resort Hotel to the gates at Magic Kingdom.

As with all construction at Disney World, it won’t last forever, but Guests with reservations this spring should take note and make plans accordingly.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!