Note: Throughout 2014 (and possibly into 2015), the Polynesian Resort is getting an extensive refurbishment. Many areas throughout the resort will be under construction, including the Volcano Pool, Great Ceremonial House, The NeverLand Club and along the beach. This can cause loud construction noises during the day, as well as affect transportation, restaurants, recreation, etc. Keep this in mind if you are considering a stay at the Polynesian in 2014.
Dreaming of the islands of the South Pacific? Then the Polynesian Resort is for you!
Nestled along the Seven Seas Lagoon, the Polynesian Resort is in the Magic Kingdom area. This deluxe resort includes views of Cinderella Castle, as well as the Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts. Located along the monorail line, the Magic Kingdom is never far away. The Polynesian is also offers a quick walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center which provides easy access to the Epcot monorail.
The layout of this resort includes various longhouses. The rooms have been recently renovated, bringing a lighter decor. These rooms are among the largest on property, all offering two queen beds. Room options include standard view, lagoon view and theme park views. For those wanting the added benefits of the concierge lounge and service, those rooms include the above views as well as 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom suite options. (Concierge level includes access to the King Kamehameha Club lounge for food and beverages throughout the day, as well as personalized services throughout your stay.)
When it comes to recreation, there are a lot of options at the Polynesian! Boat rentals, bike rentals, fishing, pool cabanas, jogging trails, volleyball, arcade, movies under the starts – you will never run out of things to do! There are also two great pool areas. The Nanea Volcano Pool includes a water slide and is full of action. For a quieter experience, head to the East Pool. Want a night away without the kids? The Neverland Club is a great option for kids ages 3-12.
The restaurants at the Polynesian have become fan favorites. For a quick meal, head to Captain Cook’s. When it comes to table service restaurants, Kona Cafe is a hidden gem. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the options have a south seas flair. ‘Ohana is a character meal with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto for breakfast. Dinner does not include characters, but with an all-you-can-eat experience – it does not disappoint! Enjoy wood-fired meats, great sides and an amazing dessert. (Reservations for dinner go quickly!)
Want a true South Pacific experience? The Spirit of Aloha Luau is fun for the whole family! Hula dancing, fire dancing, a tropical feast – the smiles will stay for awhile!
When it comes to race weekends, the Polynesian offers a great spectating location! For the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World Marathon and Princess Half Marathon events, the race course takes you along the road behind the Polynesian. Walk through the parking lot and you’ll have a great location to spot your runner! The Polynesian also offers quick transportation to Epcot for the runners early in the morning.
If you are looking for a relaxing resort with easy access to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, the Polynesian is a great option!