Polynesian Disney World Resort

Polynesian Disney World Resortotel-02The Polynesian Disney World resort is one of the icons of Walt Disney World in Orlando.  It’s one of the first of the Disney resorts, and it’s still one of the most wonderful.

It’s also been renovated in the recent past, so it feels like it’s one of the newer resorts.  And it’s not only the rooms, but also the lobby areas received the face lifts.  Also, this is one of the Disney World deluxe resorts.

Polynesian Hotel Lobby

Let’s take a look at the Polynesian.

Location, Location, Location!

One thing about this Walt Disney World resort is the location.  It’s near the Magic Kingdom, and it’s on the monorail line.  And that means it’s not only a breeze to get to the Magic Kingdom, but also to EPCOT and two other resorts — Grand Floridian and the Contemporary.  You can also take a water taxi to (once again) the Magic Kingdom, with a stop at the Grand Floridian.

What about the other parks and hotels?  Not to worry — a free bus service is available that runs between the Polynesian and the rest of Disney World.

What are the Rooms Like?

Polynesian Resort RoomThe rooms are definitely spacious, as well as comfortable.  Most rooms come with two double beds, but like other resorts around Disney, there are a few rooms with a king-size bed.   (Note:  you can’t reserve a king bed room, but you can ask if there is one available when you check in.)

At the Polynesian Disney World resort, there are several buildings that house the rooms, as opposed to a single building.  But what fun — the buildings look from the outside like South Seas tikis!   This does mean that you have a bit of a walk between the lobby area (where the monorail is located) and the tiki buildings.  As a result, there are lots of covered walkways.

Although the furnishings have a South Seas look and feel, you still have modern amenities, like big screen TVs, hairdryers and the like.

Around the Polynesian Disney World Resort

Polynesian Resort Beach AreaAlong with the covered walkways between the buildings, there are other un-covered walkways that allow you to explore the grounds, with its tropical landscaping.

There’s a small beach at the Polynesian, as well as a very interesting theme pool, with a slide that looks like a volcano!

Out by the beach is the dock where you can catch the water taxi that goes to the Magic Kingdom.  But here’s a hint — you can also watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the dock, and it’s a nice view!

There is a show that is put on at the resort called the Spirit of Aloha.  It is reservation only, so if you’re interested in seeing it, either make the reservations at the time you book your room, or make a reservation when you check in.  The show is a lot of fun!

And for the little ones (and not so little ones as well), in the main lobby there is a character breakfast each morning with Lilo and Stitch.  While you might be able to walk up and get a seat, don’t count on it — better to make reservations ahead of time.

I did mention that this was one of the Disney deluxe resorts — one that has the most amenities, and also falls into the highest average rates.  However, if you can find better rates off-season, so if you have your heart set on the Polynesian Disney World resort, then why not treat yourself?  After all, it’s the Walt Disney World magic at its best!

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