Polynesian Village Resort is a Walt Disney World Resort located by the Magic Kingdom. It is themed as a South Seas resort complete with a Tahitian royal assembly lodge. Features an expansive tropical waterfall in the atrium with over 75 psecies of plant life. It is also located on the Monorail Loop.
Price: $508 to $1,852
Room size: 409 sq feet
Sleeps: 5 adults + an infant under 3 ($25 fee per each adult; first 2 are free!)
Room count: 847
Room features: 2 queen size beds or a king size bed, a day bed, small table with 2 chairs, coffee maker, safe, small refrigerator and hair dryer.
Room views include Lagoon view, Theme Park view or Garden view.
There are also rooms available at the Club level and 5 different suites.
The Polynesian Village Resort went through a huge renovation and added Disney Vacation Club properties. You can now choose from the following:
Deluxe Studios – Sleep up to 5. Includes 1 queen size bed, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa, 1 pull-down bunk bed, a kitchenette with a wet bar, small refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee maker, one “split” bathroom with a shower and sink in one area an and a tub with shower, sink and toilet in the other.
The most exciting addition are the Bungalows that are located along Bay Lake.
The bungalows sleep up to 8 people. It has a master bedroom with a king size bed, a second bedroom with a queen size bed and a pull down bunk bed, a pull down bunk bed in the living room, a full kitchen, a whirpool tub in the master bathroom, “split” bathroom with a shower and sink in one area an and a tub with shower, sink and toilet in the other, a view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks and a private plunge pool.
Food options: There is 1 Quick Service restaurant, 2 Table Service restaurants, a pool bar and a snack stand. There is also room service available. There is a $3 delivery charge and 18% service charge on all orders. It is available from 6:30 am to midnight.
Captain Cook’s Snack Company – located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial house, this Quick Service restaurant is open 24 hours and serves a variety of delicious Hawaiian inspired dishes.
‘Ohanas – located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial house, this Table Service restaurant offers a character meal for breakfast and a delicious family style dinner. You can even watch Wishes from the restaurant if you are dining there.
Kona Cafe – also located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial house, this Table Service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s specialties are Kona Coffee and Tonga Toast. They also have amazing steak dinners.
Pineapple Lanai – Serves Dole Whips and is located outside near the path from the lobby to the pool.
Trader Sam’s Lounge – Located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Open from 4 pm – 12 am and serves cocktails and appetizers.
Tambu Lounge – Located next to ‘Ohanas, it is open from 1 pm – 12 am and serves mixed beverages.
Barefoot Pool Bar located next to Nanea Volcano Pool. It is open 1 pm – 8 pm.
Spirt of Aloha Dinner Show – Presented every Tuesday through Saturday at Luau Cove at 5:15 and 8 pm. The show features authentic Polynesian dancing and food.
Pools: There are 2 pools. The Nanea Volcano Pool that features a waterfall and water slide. There is also a water play area for kids.
The quiet pool is the East Pool and it is currently closed until 2016.
Activities: Movie on the beach (check the schedule for nights); Daily Pool Party at 2 pm; Poolside activities from 1-4 pm; Hulu Dance Lessons; Fishing Excursion ($); Electrical Water Pageant; parasailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, family tubing and personal watercraft rentals
You can also view Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian. They even play the music over the speakers.
The Electrical Water Pageant comes by every night at 9 pm. Sit on the beach in one of their swings and watch the fireworks and the pageant for a perfect, magical evening.
24-hour front desk
check-in and guest service
covered bus stops
designated smoking area
handicap accessible rooms
kiddie waiting area in lobby
merchandise delivery and pickup
outdoor smoking areas
resort airline check-in
wake- up call service
Additional Amenities: Lilo’s Playhouse for children ages 4-12
BouTiki is located on the first floor of the Polynesian lobby. Here you will find Polynesian inspired merchandise, Hawaiian shirts, surf wear and a number of Disney souvenirs.
Moana Mercantile is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Here you will find popular Disney souvenirs, pins, sundries, health and beauty items, snacks and much more.
Samoa Snacks is located near the entrance to the Monorail. Here you can grab a quick snack or souvenir.
Transportation: You can either take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot, take a boat to the Grand Floridian or the Magic Kingdom or take a bus to the other parks.
Screening and bag check has been update when taking the monorail to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, guests will now be screened prior to boarding the monorail. This is in an effort to distribute screening at Magic Kingdom for quicker entrance.
Distance from parks by bus:
- Animal Kingdom – 9 miles
- Hollywood Studios – 5 miles
- Epcot – 6 miles
- Magic Kingdom – 2 miles
Address: 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone Number: 407-824-2000
From my reader Michelle…
1) Why did you choose this resort? We chose this resort because it is close to the Transportation & Ticket Center (TTC) so we would have access to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot via the monorail. It’s very family-friendly! It has a zero depth pool which was great for my family. Also, it had a 3rd bed (daybed) and it was big enough for a playpen. My family consists of myself, husband, daughter (5 yrs), son (3 yrs), and daughter (1 yr).
2) What were the resort rooms like? Were they big enough for your family? Did you find them to be acceptable? We loved the rooms! They were very spacious! They are some of the biggest on Disney property, next to the Grand Floridian. We stayed in Tahiti building and were on the 2nd floor, so we had a balcony. The Tahiti building also has double sinks in the bathroom (which came in handy with our large family). We also had a double stroller and we could park it inside the room without collapsing it.
3) What were the amenities of the resort like? What was your favorite one? The beaches on the 7 seas lagoon were our favorite amenity. We watched WISHES from the beaches a couple of different times. The zero-depth pool was great, with an awesome water slide. The Spirit of Aloha Dinner & Show (Luau) is also held at the Polynesian Resort and is wonderful entertainment. O’hana has fabulous character breakfast with Lilo & Stitch, Mickey, & Pluto and great food. O’hana Dinner is fun and very delicious as well, eventhough there are no characters. My husband had a fun time at the “meat-fest” (O’hana dinner). Kona is also found here and has the one of the best steaks on property.
4) What was the food court like? Any favorite foods? The only counter service is Captain Cooks, which has lots of good options. Including self serve DOLE WHIP!
5) How were the resort buses? What was your walk to the bus stop like? How were the resorts bus stops at the parks? How far was the walk to the gates? How crowded were the buses at any given time? We didn’t take the buses on this trip, as we rented a mini-van. (We found a great parking lot close to Tahiti that seemed almost private!) We rode the monorail all the time to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We actually walked (only approx. 1 block) to the TTC and hopped on the monorail (or Ferry) to get to the Magic Kingdom which was much faster than taking the resort monorail which has to stop other places before arriving at the Magic Kingdom.
6) Would you stay at this resort again? If not, please provide a reason. YES! YES! YES! Location is key for our family of 5! The theming is great for kids as they thought they were in Hawaii the whole time.
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