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Prior to staying at this deluxe Disney hotel, my family and I placed the Polynesian Resort at the top of our bucket list for places to stay at WDW.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort seemed to have it all- Hawaiian theming, an elaborate pool, and a premium location near Magic Kingdom. Since we have two young kids, the Polynesian’s easy access to the monorail and ferry boats scored even more bonus points.
In this post, I will review the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World. The pictures you see and opinions you read in this article are based on my family’s most recent stay at this hotel.
I will wrap up the review with our HONEST thoughts on whether or not we found Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to be worth the expensive price tag!
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- Rooms at the Polynesian
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort Cost
- Is the Polynesian Resort Worth it?
Rooms at the Polynesian
Since I went into an in depth review of the rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Resort in a separate post, I won’t spend a ton of time discussing it below. If you are looking for a review of the rooms at the Polynesian, you can check out this post:
In short, TWO different hotels are located at the Polynesian.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is classified as one of the deluxe resort hotels at WDW. This resort offers several different room options for visitors.
Regular Hotel Rooms
The regular hotel rooms at the Polynesian Village Resort offer either two queen beds or one king bed. Some of these rooms also include a daybed, which can allow for up to 5 guests in the room.
You have several different options for room views in these regular hotel rooms.
- Garden View/Oasis Pool
- Standard View/parking lot
- Theme Park View
- Marina View/Lava Pool
These regular hotel rooms have recently been renovated with Moana themed design.
The Polynesian Village Resort now offers suites for guests to reserve.
- 1 Bedroom Suite
- Ambassador Vice Presidential Suite
- King Kamehameha Suite
These suites offer views of the marina, gardens, or Cinderella’s Castle.
Depending on the suite you choose to reserve, your room can sleep between 5-8 guests.
Club Level Rooms
The Club Level rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort provide views of the marine, theme park, or lagoon. These rooms include Disney’s Club Level Service, which allows you to access a private lounge for snacks and drinks among other special amenities.
Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
The second resort on property is Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows. Disney classifies this property as deluxe VILLAS rather than as a deluxe hotel.
The Polynesian Villas and Bungalows offers two different styles of rooms.
You can reserve a deluxe studio with either a standard view or a lake view. These rooms sleep up to 5 adults and include a queen bed, queen pull-out, and a daybed. The deluxe studios include two bathrooms.
The bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows are super popular. If you have looked up pictures of the Polynesian, you have probably seen lots of photos of these over water bungalows.
These two bedroom bungalows each feature a kitchen, a deck with private pool, and sleeping for up to 8 adults.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort Cost
If you are considering booking a room at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, you have probably checked out the prices. I’m sure you quickly realized that the Polynesian is one of the most expensive resort hotels at Walt Disney World.
You will notice that the cost of a room is rarely under $650 per night. Even though the prices for rooms at the Polynesian tend to be on the high side, there are ways to work around the costs to make them more budget friendly.
My family and I like to rent timeshare points from owners in the Disney Vacation Club. We use David’s Vacation Club Rentals when to rent these points for cheaper rates on a stay at a deluxe hotel at Disney World.
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You may be wondering:
Why is the Polynesian so expensive?
Disney’s Polynesian Resort sits in a prime spot near the Magic Kingdom Theme Park. The high cost of your room reflects the convenience of this ideal location.
You can easily hop on a ferry boat or onto the monorail right at the resort to arrive at the Magic Kingdom within just a few minutes. You can also travel to Epcot quickly via the monorail access at the Transportation and Ticket Center, which is a super short walk from the Polynesian.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offers several different dining venues that follow the South Pacific theme of the hotel. Some of the restaurants you will find on property include:
Capt. Cook’s is the quickservice restaurant located at the Polynesian Resort. This dining venue offers food and beverage options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The convenient location near the Marina and Lava Pool provides both indoor and outdoor seating.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace are also located near the Marina and Lava Pool.
This dining option provides bar service and a selection of food items. You can often find live music at Trader Sam’s too!
O’Hana is a sit down restaurant at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. It offers a character breakfast and a Polynesian themed dinner. The noodles at O’Hana are world famous and a must have if you are dining here!
Kona Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Polynesian Resort. The food offered here includes sushi and other Asian style options.
The Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World features a pool bar at each of its swimming pools. Barefoot Pool Bar is located at the Lava Pool while Oasis Pool Bar sits near the Oasis Pool.
Both of these dining venues offer food and drinks, so you don’t have to leave the swimming area at meal or snack times.
If you’re looking for a refreshing snack while visiting the Polynesian, you can head over to Pineapple Lanai for a Dole Whip. These frozen treats are super popular and a great snack option on a hot day!
Spirit of Aloha
The Polynesian is also home to the dining event known as the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.
Guests can attend this luau to enjoy an all you can eat meal with fiery dancers.
You can find all sorts of fun things to do at the Polynesian Resort, including enjoying the swimming pools. Disney’s Polynesian provides two separate pool areas for families to enjoy.
The Oasis Pool is often referred to as the quiet pool since it tends to be less crowded. While this pool doesn’t offer elaborate water slides, the Oasis Pool provides plenty of space for swimming.
It also features a zero entry zone with small splash fountains that are perfect for babies and toddlers.
The Lava Pool is the main pool at the Polynesian. It provides a large water slide and plenty of swimming space for families.
Like the Oasis Pool, the Lava Pool offers a zero entry zone.
Toddlers and babies can enjoy the splash pad area next to the Lava Pool as it has multiple SMALL water slides and fountains for little ones.
Is the Polynesian Resort Worth it?
I began this review by explaining that the Polynesian Resort has always been my dream place to stay at Walt Disney World.
So, did it measure up to my expectations?
The short answer is sadly no, it did not. While we absolutely loved the location of the resort since it provided easy access to Magic Kingdom, I don’t think we would choose to stay there again.
The Polynesian Resort didn’t really have a deluxe feel for us, and that was difficult to overlook with the hefty cost of staying there. You can tell that the longhouses that hold the hotel rooms and suites were built quite a while ago. The hallways are really narrow and the elevators are TINY.
Although these cons aren’t necessarily deal breakers, the small spaces and dark decor made the resort feel dated and dreary.
**Note that we have stayed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is also quite dark. The difference is that the Animal Kingdom Lodge provides much larger hallways, elevators, and community areas with more natural lighting.
The layout of the Polynesian was probably our biggest complaint. It is laid out much like a moderate hotel at Disney World. In other words the lobby, gift shop, and quick service restaurant are in one building. Then the rooms are spread out throughout the remaining buildings.
If you are in your hotel room and need to get food, grab something from the gift shop, or visit guest services, you have to walk across the property to the building where they are located. This is especially unpleasant when it is raining at Disney World.
The hike isn’t a big deal if you are staying at a moderate resort since you know you are saving money. We love Disney’s Port Orleans hotels, which have a similar property layout. However, the Port Orleans Resorts don’t cost $650 a night. For that high price, you kind of expect a deluxe feeling.
We were really happy that we had booked a split stay for our visit to the Polynesian Resort. After spending a few nights at the Polynesian, we moved to our FAVORITE resort area at Walt Disney World: Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts.
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