In my 8 years of planning Disney vacations, one of the most common questions I get is, “What is your favorite resort on Disney property?” I don’t even hesitate with my answer, "Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort." “The Poly”, as it is often referred to as, is one of the three deluxe resorts on the monorail loop. The Polynesian is one of the original resorts that opened along with Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971. The theme of this resort is a Pacific Island paradise.

Upon arrival, you will notice lush greenery and colorful flowers that leave you feeling like you have just been planted into the tropics. With a short walk through the beautiful greenery, you enter The Great Ceremonial House which is the lobby of the resort where you will be welcomed with a warm Aloha.

Dining at the Polynesian resort is a must-do in my opinion even if you are not staying at the resort. I make it a point on every personal Disney trip to stop at the Polynesian Village for the famous Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai. I also enjoy dining at O'hana with their family-style servings of Polynesian style cuisine. There is a resounding vote from many that have dined here that the bread pudding is not to be skipped.

Quick Service Dining

*Captain Cook’s
*Pineapple Lanai
*Oasis Bar and Grill

Table Service Dining

*Kona Cafe
*Kona Island
*Trader Sam’s


*Barefoot Pool Bar
*Tambu Lounge
*Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

The Polynesian Village resort has two pools including my favorite pool on Disney property, The Lava Pool. The Lava Pool is a zero-depth entry pool and features a large volcano in the middle of it, a water-fall, and a 142-foot water slide! The second pool on-site is the Oasis Pool and is the picture of tranquility. At the Oasis pool, private cabanas are available by making a reservation with Concierge. The beach shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon has been my personal relaxation go-to location! There, you can find lounge chairs, hammocks, and swings. Along with my Dole Whip, I go and find a nice spot to relax with my feet in the sand, enjoy my treat, and take in the view!

Getting around Disney property while staying at The Polynesian Village is quite convenient. The Monorail is a tram that can take you to both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks. It also has stops at the Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts. Another option you may enjoy is a scenic boat ride across the Lagoon to arrive at Magic Kingdom. Opening later this year, Disney will have a walking path that will go all the way to the Magic Kingdom from the resort. To get to Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, or Disney Springs, you would take the Disney bus shuttle.

The resort in recent years has updated all the guest rooms. This new look encompasses the theme beautifully and gives you a sense of relaxation, peace, and elegance. It's a perfect place to retreat back to after a busy day at the theme parks. The guest rooms are offered in many varieties but the newest on my "to stay at" list is the Disney Vacation Club overwater bungalows. These Bora-Bora style water bungalows are located over the water of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

For more information on including a stay at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort on your next stay contact your Me and The Mouse Disney Travel Specialist.