Disney’s Polynesian Resort Review and Video

by All Things Mouse Staff on November 5, 2011
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Potential Disney guests looking for a more tropical feel when they stay at one of the many Walt Disney World Resort Hotels may want to consider booking at Disney’s Polynesian Resort which is described in this short review with video. The Polynesian is considered a Deluxe Level Resort and offers guests a unique atmosphere along with a close location to Magic Kingdom Park along with monorail access to that park as well as Epcot.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort originally opened as Polynesian Village on October 1, 1971 as one of the two on-site hotels of Walt Disney World when it first opened. Designed with a South Seas motif, the resort has expanded over the years to currently include a total of 847 rooms.

Guests can easily spend a lot of time at the resort without even having to think about the parks nearby. Perhaps one of the easiest way to while away the hours is at the Nanea Volcano Pool which features a 40-foot high volcano along with a waterfall and waterslide.

Of course, the Polynesian Resort offers guests many other activities like boating, fishing, water skiing and para-sailing on nearby Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Speaking of the nearby bodies of water, the Polynesian also has some of the nicest beaches of the entire resort area.

From the beaches, guests can see the Electrical Water Pageant as it floats by each night (weather permitting). The beaches also provide a great view of the fireworks shot off at the Magic Kingdom with some of the areas even offering the soundtrack of the fireworks piped in.

Guests looking for a bite to eat at the Polynesian Resort have a few excellent options including Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show in Luau Cove. The show offers a taste of Polynesian entertainment along with a feast.

‘Ohana is a family restaurant offering great food, as does Kona Cafe which is an à la carte restaurant located nearby. Guests can also find food and drink at Captain Cook’s Snack Company, Tambu Lounge and Barefoot Pool Bar. The Polynesian also offers some excellent shopping opportunities with BouTiki, Trader Jack’s and Samoa Snacks and the Wyland Gallery.

And, of course, all of those options for entertainment don’t even include what can be found in the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort area like the four theme parks, the two water parks, the numerous other resort hotel complexes and Downtown Disney. Truly, for those looking for a Deluxe level hotel, the Polynesian is well worth considering.


Resort Name
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Resort Area
Magic Kingdom
Resort Category
Resort Address
1600 Seven Seas Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Number of Rooms
Standard Room Size
starting at 415 sq. ft
2 Queen, plus a daybed
Food Court
Table Service Restaurant
Hair Dryer
Laundry Facilities
Some units
Maximum 5 per room
Hot Tub
Disney Transportation
Bus, Boat & Monorail

Disney’s Polynesian Resort Map

Disney's Polynesian Resort Map

Thanks to brytyme who provided the video shown above.

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Disney's Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is located in Lake Buena Vista’s Walt Disney World neighborhood, close to Palm Golf Course, Walt Disney World, and Richard Petty Driving Experience. Nearby points of interest also include Magic Kingdom and Osprey Ridge Golf Course. Resort Features. This Lake Buena Vista property has a private beach. Dining options at Disney’s Polynesian Resort include a restaurant and a coffee shop/caf?. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children’s pool, and a spa tub. The property has an airport shuttle, which is complimentary. Concierge services, limo/town car service, and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include valet parking, an arcade/game room, and multilingual staff. Guestrooms. There are 853 guestrooms at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wired high speed Internet access is available for a surcharge. In addition to in room safes, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail. Air conditioned rooms also include sofa beds, ceiling fans, irons/ironing boards, and clock radios. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake up calls. Cribs (infant beds) are available on request. Guestrooms are all non smoking. Notifications and Fees:There are no room charges for children 17 years old and younger who occupy the same room as their parents or guardians, using existing bedding. The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out. Valet parking: US$ 10 per day The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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