Disney's Polynesian Resort is in the middle of a long remodeling project, set to be finished sometime in 2015. The name has been changed to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, the name that it held at opening in 1971. A complete remodel of the lobby has been finished, with the large waterfall removed and all new decor added. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, a version of the popular interactive lounge at the Disneyland Hotel, is now in soft opening. A new food and beverage location, Pineapple Lanai, serves Dole Whips and opened in August 2014.
See More Polynesian Village Resort Concept Art The Nanea Volcano pool had been expanded to add a new aquatic playground with children's slides, a hot tub and larger deck with additional seating. The Lilo's Playhouse activity center replaced the Never Land Club and is the perfect place for little vacationers to have fun while their parents enjoy a night out. Kids age 3-12 can play dress-up, read stories and make crafts in the club, surrounded by decor inspired by Disney Little Golden Books like "Alice in Wonderland," "Pinocchio," and "Lady and The Tramp."
Disney’s Polynesian Village is one of two original hotels that opened with the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971 (the other was Disney’s Contemporary Resort). While the resort has certainly seen changes and expansion since then, its tropical theme and South Pacific flair have proven their timeless appeal – making this one of the most popular resorts at Walt Disney World for more than 40 years.
Learn more about the history of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Themed to reflect the style and culture of the South Pacific, the resort is divided into several ‘longhouses’ as well as the Great Ceremonial House, which serves as the resort's main reception area. With a 3-story high atrium, a rich tropical color palette and a warm sense of hospitality, the Great Ceremonial House introduces guests to the Polynesian adventure that awaits them. The theming continues throughout the grounds of the resort with white sand beaches, torch-lit walkways, lush landscaping, and waterfalls throughout. The resort's position on the shores of the Seven Seas lagoon gives it a prime location from which to view the nightly fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, as well as the Electrical Water Pageant.
When dealing with 'themed' resorts, one measurement of success can be how well it carries its overall theme into its rooms – and on this scale the Polynesian is virtually unmatched. A soothing color scheme of sage and tan combine with textures of wood and stone to create a relaxing Polynesian ambience.
Handicap Accessible Rooms: Garden View: 26, Lagoon View: 2, Theme Park View: 3 Note: Handicap-specific room locations differ according to the disability being accommodated
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Maximum # people: 5 people
Square Footage: 404 sq. ft.
Standard rooms at the Polynesian have several options in terms of the view: Garden view, lagoon view and theme park view. Rooms with a lagoon or theme park view have two queen beds and one day bed (sleeping 5). Rooms with a Garden view have two queen beds only (sleeping 4). All rooms come with an alarm clock with mp3 player, mini fridge, ceiling fan, coffee maker with tea and coffee setup, evening turndown service, hair dryer, ice bucket, safe, iron and ironing board, pool towels, table and chairs, telephone, and television. Rooms located on the third floor have balconies, while rooms on the first floor have patios. 2nd floor rooms have no outside access. Note: Bed boards/rails, Pack N Play cribs, microwave, international electrical adapter and rollaway bed available upon request
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Maximum # people: Garden View, Lagoon View, Theme Park View and 1 Bedroom Suite: 5 people, Honeymoon Room: 2 people, Princess Suite, Ambassador VP Suite and King Kamehameha Suite: 8 people
# Handicap Accessible: Garden View: 4, Lagoon View: 3, Theme Park View: 2, Princess Suite: 1
Note: Handicap-specific room locations differ according to the disability being accommodated
At Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, the Concierge Service is found in the Hawaii and Tonga longhouses. The main Concierge lounge is called the King Kamehameha Club and is located in the Hawaii building. There is also a club lounge for suite guests in the Tonga longhouse. The lounge is open from 7am-10pm daily. Coffee is available starting at 6:30am, with morning service (pastries, cereal, etc) from 7am-10:30am. Afternoon service is from 12:00pm to 4:00pm and includes a selection of snacks and soft drinks. Evening service is from 5pm to 7pm and includes hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, cheese, veggies, as well as a limited selection of wine and beer (available by request). The late evening service is from 8pm to 10pm and includes a selection of desserts and cordials (Amaretto, Franjelico, etc).
Concierge guests can check in here and have refreshments upon arrival. Concierge service includes making your dining reservations, arranging for FastPass+, planning outings, ticket purchases, transportation arrangements, filling requests for special dining or accommodation needs, daily newspapers and use of the lounge. The concierge has even been known to secure an autographed picture or two of your favorite characters!
TIP: The show cancels on evenings when the temperature falls below 50 degrees.
Full room service is available from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. From 11:30 a.m. to midnight, salads, hot sandwiches, appetizers and hamburgers are offered. For dinner, from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., appetizers, barbecued ribs, sweet and sour chicken dishes, shrimp and pasta, pork tenderloin, filet mignon, steak and desserts are offered.
TIP: For breakfast, fill out the card found in your room and hang on your doorknob before retiring for the night.
An additional quiet pool area is entirely separate from the Nanea Volcano Pool area. It is nestled behind the Rarotonga and Niue longhouses. Pool towels are available in both locations.
A number of poolside activities are scheduled each afternoon. Ranging from hula hoop games to arts and crafts, there is a broad spectrum of games and challenges for families to participate in while they enjoy the water area.
Jogging Trail: Seven Seas Lagoon (1 mile)
Volleyball Courts: Located between the Hawaii and Tahiti buildings. Complimentary volleyballs may be checked out from Mikala Canoe Club Marina with your MagicBand or card.
Outdoor Campfire and Movie: Each night there is a complimentary showing of a Disney film. Located at the beach, the feature film changes daily (consult recreation calendar given upon guest check-in for time, location and particular movie).
Guided Fishing Excursions: For a fee, an expert guide will host your group during a catch-and-release fishing trip in some of the lakes on Disney property. Available times are 7am, 10am, and 1:30pm. Reservations required (407) WDW-BASS or visit the Concierge desk.
Mikala Canoe Club Marina: Rent Sea Raycers, Boston Whaler Montauks, SunTracker pontoon boats and Surrey bikes. Reservations can also be made for a Specialty Fireworks Cruise for parties up to 10. (407) WDW-PLAY
Celebrate Polynesian Culture: Free hula dance lessons are given in the resort lobby on designated days.
Electrical Water Pageant: Viewing area located on the beach.
Bou Tiki: Open 8am-11pm (Polynesian-themed apparel, resort logo souvenirs, luggage, jewelry, MagicBand accessories, Disney character home decor)
Moana Mercantile: Open 8am-11pm (children’s souvenirs, autograph books and pens, snacks and beverages)
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is on the Monorail route and the station is located on the second floor of the great Ceremonial House. The Resort monorail stops at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Contemporary Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center as well.
Magic Kingdom: Monorail; Walk/Monorail (walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center, board the Magic Kingdom monorail); Boat (available 30 minutes prior to park opening on standard days and one hour on Extra Magic Hour mornings until 45 minutes after park closing)
Epcot: Monorail (take the resort monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center, transfer to the Epcot monorail); Walk/Monorail (walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center, board the Epcot monorail)
Hollywood Studios: Bus (available 45 minutes before park opening until 2 hours after park closing);
Animal Kingdom: Bus (available 45 minutes before park opening until 2 hours after park closing)
Water Parks: Bus (available 30 minutes before park opening until 1 hour after park closing)
Disney Springs: Bus (available from 9am-2am) Transportation and Ticket Center: Monorail
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Monorail; Boat (available 30 minutes before park opening on standard days and one hour on Extra Magic Hour mornings until 45 minutes after park closing)
Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Monorail
Note: The bus stop is located outside of the Great Ceremonial House with buses departing approximately every 20 minutes. The boat dock is near the beach with boats departing approximately every 20 minutes. The monorail station is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House.
Lilo’s Playhouse: Parents can enjoy time to themselves while their young ones play with their peers in a facility designed to entertain them for hours. The storybook-themed play area's decor is inspired by the Disney Little Golden books. Under adult supervision provided by the Polynesian’s childcare staff, kids will enjoy movies, toys, video games, dress up, storytelling, arts and crafts, coloring, LEGOs and imaginative play.