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Disney's Polynesian Resort

Resort Type: Deluxe Disney Resorts

Rooms: 853 Part of DVC: No
Avg. Room Size: 409 Sq Ft.
Max. Guests /Room: 4 (plus a child under 3 in a crib)
Address:

1600 Seven Seas Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney's Polynesian Resort is one of the few hotels that opened with Walt Disney World in 1971. It's themed as a relaxing tropical paradise, with lush vegetation, thatched roofs, koi ponds and white-sand lake-beaches. It's a warm family friendly resort with a charming South Pacific theme. The lobby (aka "The Grand Ceremonial House") has a fantastic dark wood theme with a large volcanic rock based water feature in the middle, which is overlooked by the upstairs balcony.  Bamboo and greenery are used to compliment the theme to make it look like an authentic Polynesian retreat. 

The resort has a monorail station built into it, and you're only 1 stop away from the Magic Kingdom. You can also transfer to the Epcot line at the Ticket & Transportation Center.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Amenities

  • Babysitting and Childcare Services
  • The Never Land Club (open from 4pm - midnight)
  • Coin-based Laundry facilities
  • Refillable Mugs (available at Captain Cook's quick-service restaurant)
  • Concierge Services
  • High Speed Internet Access (daily fee)
  • Valet Service Cleaning
  • Valet Parking
  • Express Check-out
  • Luggage Service (hourly)
  • Poolside bar
  • Voice Mail
  • Maid Service (Daily)
  • ATM Machine
  • Bou-tiki gift and clothing shop
  • Samoa Snacks convenience shop
  • Trader Jack's souvenir shop
  • Wyland Galleries of Florida - sea themed art by Robert Wyland
  • Bell Service
  • Arcade

Disney's Polynesian Resort Rooms

A typical room at the Polynesian resort has two queen-sized bed with a day bed, or a single king-sized bed is offered in the two-bedroom and presidential suites. Most rooms on the upper floor have private balconies, however some of the older buildings at the resort do not have balconies at all. 

Standard room amenities include:

  • Satellite/Cable HD Television
  • DVD Player  or DVD/VCR Combo Player (club-level rooms or can be requested at the front desk)
  • Turn-down Service
  • Bathrobes
  • Refrigerator
  • Table with two chairs
  • Telephone
  • Closet
  • Vanity Area
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffeemaker
  • Wall Safe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Newspaper Delivery
  • High Speed Internet Access (daily fee)

There are also a number of suites offered in the Tonga lighthouse building. Most of these suites have their own kitchen and sitting area. They have either two queen-sized beds or a single king-sized bed. Some also include 2 Sico beds which pull down from the wall.

The main service difference with the suites is a nightly turndown service, bathrobes, an iron/ironing board, speaker phones, polynesian stationary and higher quality toiletries. 

There are a number of different suite types:

Presidential Suite - 1863 square foot and has two bedrooms. This is a two story suite with a living area and mini kitchen. Optionally it can be connected to standard rooms to make it a five bedroom suite.

Ambassador Suite - 1513 square foot, three bathrooms, a mini-kitchen ad a living area. There are only two of these suites in the resort.

Princess Suite - 1212 square foot, a two bedroom suite, each with queen-sized beds along with a day bed. Includes a wet bar and refrigerator.

Small Princess Suite - A 760 square foot, 1 bedroom suite with two queen-sized beds and a day bed.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Recreation

The resort's main pool is the Nanea Volcano Pool, featuring a 40-foot high volcano as well as a waterfall and a 142-foot tubular water-slide. A small children's wet-play area is also located here. The pool has a zero-entry area for water wheelchairs (available on request). There is also the Poly East Pool which offers a quiet place to have a swim and relax.

Other recreational activities at the resort include:

Bike Rentals - You can rent Surrey bikes to seat 2 or 4 people from the marina.

Moana Mickey's Arcade - A fun arcade with state of the art video games. It is located next to the Never Land Club and is open 24-hours a day and uses a token system to use the arcade attractions. Guests can purchase tokens in the arcade. Some arcade games provide rewards in the form of tickets which can be redeemed for prizes.

Jogging Trail - Guests can take a walk or a jog around the mile-long path between the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian Resort, or try the whole 1.5 mile track around the Seven Seas Lagoon!

Never Land Club Birthday Party - A supervised kids activity center open daily from 4:30pm to midnight, and allows parents to go off for a night out on their own while the kids are entertained with arts, crafts, computer games and Disney movies. Dinner and snacks are also provided. Reservations are required. For children aged 3 to 12.

Mikala Canoe Club Marina - Located at the marina, the Mikala Canoe Club offers watercraft rentals, including canoes, Sun Tracker pontoon boats, 14-foot Dual Hull sailboats, a 17-foot Boston Whaler Montauk Boat and Sea Raycers by Sea Ray. Speciality Cruises can also be reserved.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Transport

Transport from the Polynesian Resort couldn't be easier. You've got a choice of Boat, Bus or Monorail. The Disney Bus Service will take you to any Disney location on-site and depart regularly.

The boat service goes around each resort (The Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian and Grand Floridian) and then on to the Magic Kingdom. This is a nice boat trip, but depending on which way it's running can take a while if it stops at all resort. During peak periods additional boat services run and usually take you directly to the Magic Kingdom.

The monorail is the other option. It goes in a clockwise direction. This means that from the Polynesian it will first go to the Grand Floridian, then on to the Magic Kingdom. On the return journey you'll pass through the Contemporary Resort and the Ticket & Transportation Center before arriving at the Polynesian Resort so can take a little longer to get back.

Take a look below for our guide on the quickest way to get to each park:

Magic Kingdom - Take the monorail and it'll get you to the park in around 10 minutes. You can also walk, which will only take 5-10 minutes. The boat is another option but that can be really slow and they only come every 20 or so minutes.

Epcot - Take the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center then transfer to the Epcot monorail line. An alternative option is the Disney Bus Service.

Disney's Hollywood Studios - Use the Disney Bus Service.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Use the Disney Bus Service.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon - Use the Disney Bus Service. Before 4pm you'll need to get the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center and then a bus from there.

Disney's Blizzard Beach - Use the Disney Bus Service, the bus will be marked 'Animal Kingdom Theme Park / Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park'.

Downtown Disney - Use the Disney Bus Service. Before 4pm you must take a bus from the Ticket & Transportation Center. After 4pm a bus goes directly from the resort.

You will be provided with a complete transportation map when you check in  which gives you instructions on how to get to all the different areas on Disney property. To get to the different areas you'll just need to make sure you board the right bus. They display their destination clearly on top, however if you are unsure you can always ask the driver or a cast member. 

The Disney bus transportation system is one of the easiest ways of getting around. Busses depart from the resort to all the parks regularly and are completely free to use at any time. The bus services generally stop running once the parks close, and tend to run for an hour either side of the park hours. During extra magic hours they will run slightly longer.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Dining

The Polynesian Resort features six great dining locations:

  • Kona Cafe - A casual table-service restaurant located on the upper floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Offering traditional Polynesian themed dishes, such as Coconut-Almond Chicken, Kona Coffee-rubbed Pork Chop and Ginger-crusted Rib Eye. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
  • Ohana - A tropical themed family-style restaurant. Guests sit at tables and are brought a selection of Polynesian influenced dishes. Servers roam the restaurant with a selection of oak-fired meats. This is a table-service location open for dinner. 
  • Captain Cook's - A quick-service restaurant offering a selection of burgers, salads, pizzas, fresh fruit, cakes and ice creams. The restaurant also serves miniature Dole Whip's as served at Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom.
  • Kona Island - A small restaurant that serves coffee, tea, pastries and fruit during the morning, then transforms into a sushi bar  for dinner, serving items such as Tuna Poke, Sashimi and Volcano Roll in addition to cocktails, wines and sake.
  • Disney's Spirit of Aloha Show - An all yo care to eat family-style buffet, while you watch a South-Pacific inspired live show in a large open-air theater. The show features hula dancers and a fire-knife performer. Menu items include barbecued pork ribs, fresh pineapple, salad with mango poppy seed dressing and seasonal vegetables. The restaurant's speciality desert, the Volcano is a great way to round off the evening.
  • Tambu Lounge - Located in the Great Ceremonial House, this comfortable lounge area serves wine, beer, espresso, speciality cappuccino's and a range of appetizers. Cocktails are also offered.

To view full menus and extended details on any of the 4 restaurant(s) at Disney's Polynesian Resort, please select an individual restaurant from below.

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