Guests who visit Walt Disney World have the amazing option of staying on property at a Disney Resort and constantly being surrounded by the magic throughout their entire vacation. While there are over two dozen Disney Resorts that are each unique and feature different price points, one of the most popular options can be found on Seven Seas Lagoon. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort opened with the Walt Disney World Resort in October 1971 and has been welcoming guests ever since with its South Seas atmosphere, tropical details, dining, shopping, entertainment, and more. While the Disney Resort is so popular, there are plenty of pros, and even some cons, of enjoying a stay there on any Walt Disney World vacation that will make it either the right choice or wrong choice for guests. Here are the top pros and cons for staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort on any Walt Disney World vacation.
1. Pro – Monorail Access
One of the biggest perks of staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the ease of accessibility that guests have in their traveling. In particular, the Disney Resort is situated on the monorail line so that guests can go through security right there and then enjoy a quick ride to the Magic Kingdom’s main gates. With only one stop between them and the park, this is by far the easiest way to travel to the Magic Kingdom. In addition, the monorail stops at the Transportation and Ticket Center which offers a quick transfer to get to Epcot.
2. Pro – Lava Pool
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to several pools, but the main option can be found just outside the Great Ceremonial House and main lobby. The Lava Pool is home to a splash and play area for children, massive hot tub, relaxing lounge chairs, waterfall features, larger than life volcano, and thrilling waterslide that rushes down the volcano itself. With plenty of ways to both splash around and relax paired with amazing views of the beach and Seven Seas Lagoon, the Lava Pool is the perfect place to spend time.
3. Pro – ‘Ohana
Guests who stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort have some amazing dining options to enjoy including a popular full service location that is open daily for breakfast and dinner. ‘Ohana’s breakfast is an all you can eat family style meal that serves up pork, scrambled eggs, Mickey Waffles, and more that can be enjoyed while meeting favorite characters from Lilo and Stitch. Dinner is also an all you can eat meal that focuses more on the traditional flavors of the islands. Guests can indulge in teriyaki noodles, Szechuan sirloin steak, honey-coriander chicken wings, pork dumplings, and more in an unforgettable feast with live music, dancing, and more.
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4. Pro – Kona Café
Another popular full service dining option can be found at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort just around the corner from ‘Ohana. Kona Café is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves up indulgent meals paired with traditional island flavors and ingredients. The open air restaurant is the perfect relaxing atmosphere to enjoy wonderful options including Tonga Toast, Loco Moco, Turkey Banh Mi, Duck Fried Rice with Leg Confit, Perfect Porterhouse Steak, Char Siu Duck Ramen, fresh sushi, and more.
5. Pro – Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
The lower level of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to an amazing lounge that combines entertainment and antics with delicious drinks and atmosphere. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is open each evening and invites guests to sip on tropical concoctions that each are accompanied by special effects and reactions from the location itself and the Cast Members who work there. Guests might find themselves suddenly underwater or in the middle of a erupting volcano while enjoying the fun and beverages at this wonderful location.
6. Pro – Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Aloha Cove is situated on the edge of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and is open several nights a week to host an amazing show that guests absolutely love. Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show invites guests to relax and enjoy entertainment and fun hosted by Auntie Winnie. While enjoying live music, hula dancing, and more, guests can chow down on an all you can eat buffet of island favorites. This show might be costly, but it is one of a kind and can only be found at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!
7. Pro – View of Magic Kingdom
One of the biggest pros of staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the atmosphere itself. With lots of tropical details and a relaxing atmosphere, guests are sure to love every moment spent there. While the details are wonderful, the biggest perk that makes the Disney Resort so special is the unbeatable view of the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle rising up from the other side of Seven Seas Lagoon. Those who listen closely might even hear the whistle of the Walt Disney World Railroad in the distance!
8. Pro – Boat Transportation
In addition to being on the monorail line, guests who stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can also enjoy the ease of boat transportation from the Disney Resort. A dock that juts out into Seven Seas Lagoon is open daily and invites guests to hop aboard small water vessels that make one quick stop at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa before arriving at the Magic Kingdom. This serene ride across Seven Seas Lagoon offers up unbeatable views and is a convenient way to enjoy getting around the area.
9. Con – Price
While Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is so popular with many guests, one of its biggest cons is the price that comes with staying there. Considered to be a Deluxe Disney Resort, the location comes with a steep cost per night that is significantly higher than other Disney Resort scattered throughout Walt Disney World. While there are plenty of pros to help justify the cost, the high price per night of staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a definite con for many guests.
10. Con – Foot Traffic
Another con of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the amount of foot traffic that it experiences from guests who are not staying there, but rather visiting to enjoy dining, shopping, entertainment, and more. At any given time, the Disney Resort might feel a little crowded thanks to guests who are simply stopping by, however it is worth noting that guests who are not staying at the Disney Resort do not have access to certain areas such as the Lava Pool. While there are plenty of areas to relax and enjoy the atmosphere, a con for some guests is the high volume of foot traffic that this popular Disney Resort experiences on a given day.