Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: An In-Depth Review

If you’ve ever wanted to escape to the South Pacific and live the Island life, you’ll love staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Made to put you in a Hawaiian vacation vibe. It offers all the amenities of a South Pacific vacation with Disney perks galore!

Welcome to our second stop in our six-part series we’re calling the “Resort-Hopper Tour.” In case you missed our first stop, be sure to check out our in-depth review of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

At each stop in our six-part series, we’re doing a deep dive into some of Disney World’s most popular resort destinations. Along our journey, we’ll share important aspects about each resort, including, theme, room types, amenities, restaurants, transportation, and more.

It’s our mission to help you make an informed decision for your next Disney getaway, and we won’t stop until you’re satisfied.

So, without further ado, let’s travel to our next magical stop on our Resort-Hopper Tour — Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

An Overview of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Tucked between Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon, is one of Disney’s first resorts, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Built in 1971, this resort has seen many changes since its first opening. However, one thing has never changed, and that’s the theme. Guests will enjoy the experience of a South Pacific getaway right on the Disney campus.

Guests will enjoy moonlit walks along torch-lit walkways, white sand beaches, waterfalls, and beautiful landscapes. It’s no wonder it’s still one of the most popular resorts on Disney campus.

Divided into Longhouses, this resort brings the look, appeal, and experience of an overseas vacation. 

What Type of Rooms Does Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Have?

Guests will enjoy the wide array of room types available at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. When you plan your stay, you have your choice between four popular room options:

  • Rooms & Suites that sleep up to 5 adults
  • Rooms & Suites with Club-Level Service that sleep up to 5 adults
  • Deluxe Studios which sleeps up to 5 adults
  • Bungalows that can sleep up to 8 adults

Deluxe studios offer a kitchenette and sleeper sofa, a queen-sized bed, and one pull-down bed for at-home comfort.

Meanwhile, Bungalows feature a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living room and dining room areas, separate bedrooms, and a washer and dryer. Each Bungalow also comes with a private deck and plunge pool to relax after a long day at the parks.

No matter what room type you choose, you’ll still enjoy the same great amenities and Disney theme.

What Amenities Does Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Offer?

No matter what room you choose, your family will love all of the amenities that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has to offer.

Each guest at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort enjoys complimentary WI-FI access, air-conditioned rooms, and the following amenities:

Lava Pools, Waterslides, and Hot Tubs, Oh My! 

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers several swim destinations for all ages. Your children will love swimming beside waterfalls and a towering volcano at the Lava Pool. After splashing around, they can explore their adventurous side as they swoosh down the 142-foot water slide with gentle slopes for easy insta-worthy shots.

Your littles will enjoy splashing around in the Kiki Tikis Splash Area while you take a dip in the infinity hot tub.

The Oasis Pool promises chilled-out vibes beside a beautiful, lush garden. It’s the perfect spot for a tranquil swim session. If you need more relaxation

Create your own private poolside getaway with Oasis Patio rentals. Reserve your outdoor lounge area by the hour or by the day.

You can place food orders from the Oasis Bar & Grill and enjoy:

  • Fish Tacos
  • Kalua Pork Sliders
  • Polynesian-Themed Burgers

Thirsty for more? They also offer:

  • Wine
  • Tropical Cocktails
  • Hawaiian Beer & Assorted Beverages

It’s an excellent way to spend the day while enjoying the South Pacific vibe. However, the fun doesn’t stop there. Along with amazing pools, and relaxing poolside bars, they also offer a wide array of recreational activities. 

Recreational Activities Galore

The Polynesian Village Resort offers a TON of amenities for your family to enjoy time away from the parks.

They created a list of fun activities that are sure to meet the needs of any family. As a guest at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, you’ll enjoy recreational activities like:

  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Boat Rentals
  • Jogging Trails
  • Fishing Excursions
  • Spa & Fitness Center

Whether you’re taking a family day to enjoy some activities together or having a spa day with the ladies, you’ll love all the amenities that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has to offer.

Make Memories With Family-Friendly Activities

It’s easy to make memories that will last a lifetime when you stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Here’s a list of family-friendly activities you can enjoy:

  • Specialty Cruises
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Electrical Water Pageant
  • Polynesian Village Resort Campfire

So whether your family chooses the specialty fireworks cruise, s’mores around the campfire, taking in the sights and sounds of the water pageant, or movies under the stars, you’re sure to create share-worthy memories. 

What Types of Restaurants Does Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Have Available?

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers a variety of restaurants to meet any family’s needs. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat on the way out to the parks, a sit-down meal made for kids, or sophisticated dining, they have everything you need.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the dining options available at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort:

Casual, Family-Friendly Dining Choices

For family-friendly dining choices that won’t break the budget, Disney’s Polynesian Resort offers a wide array of choices for fun dining experiences.

Here is a list of our favorite family-friendly dining experiences:

Kona Island

Enjoy fresh coffee and pastries in the morning and grab-and-go sushi in the afternoon. It’s the perfect pit stop before you hit the parks and a tasty treat after you get back. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’ll find something to satisfy your taste buds.

‘Ohana

Whether you’re looking for a big sit-down breakfast or a relaxing Polynesian-themed dinner, you’re sure to love ‘Ohana’s family-style meals.

Enjoy all-you-care-to-eat meals in a casual environment.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

For a sit-down meal with American and Polynesian flare you can’t go wrong with this South Pacific-themed restaurant.

Quick Hits for Noshing and Fast Food

If you’re in a hurry, or just looking for something fast, we recommend trying out some of these Polynesian Village Resort choices:

  • Capt Cook’s – this is a great fast-service restaurant when you want to fill up and enjoy the parks. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’ll find classic American favorites.
  • Oasis Bar & Grill – if you’re over by the pool and get the munchies, stop in at this quick-service restaurant for American fare and drinks. It’s sure to fuel you up for the next swim session.
  • Barefoot Bar – Got a hankering for hot dogs and hamburgers while you’re out by the pool? It’s the perfect pit stop between swimming sessions. It also has a great view of Magic Kingdom!

Bar & Lounge

Who says the kids have to have all the fun? If you’re enjoying adult company, you’ll love Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s variety of bars and lounges.

You have your choice of a few options:

  • Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace– American and Polynesian menu and drinks
  • Tambu Lounge – flatbreads, Hawaiian appetizers, and drinks

Did You Say Hawaiian Dessert?

Of course, we couldn’t move on from our favorite spots to eat without mentioning our favorite place to get snacks, Pineapple Lanai!

Enjoy Dole Whip, soft serve, and other treats as you soak up the sun. It’s the perfect compliment to a Disney day.

What are the Transportation Options at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort?

As one of the first resorts built on the Disney campus, the Polynesian Village Resort has many options when it comes to transportation. Here’s a list of options for transportation to and from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Monorail

From the Polynesian Village Resort, you can take the monorail over to Magic Kingdom. You can also ride to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) to go to EPCOT.

Buses

From the Polynesian Resort, you can travel using Disney World resort buses to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, or the Transportation and Ticket Center. Buses run regularly, so your wait time is only a few minutes.

Boats

If you want to spend the day in the great outdoors, there’s no better way than to hop on the Blue Line to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

You can spend the day riding bikes, hiking, or riding in canoes.

Conclusion

As one of the first Disney resorts, the Polynesian still impresses. With tons of amenities, plenty of transportation options, loads of dining options, and beautiful views, it’s a great Disney World Destination spot.

If you’re sold on Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, we congratulate you and hope you have a magical time!

If not, stay tuned for the next stop on our tour when we visit Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

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