• Samantha Pauley

Resort Overview: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Updated: Sep 20

Think warm, tropical, sandy beaches with the most incredible view — Cinderella’s Castle.


Backstory

The Polynesian opened on October 1, 1971, the same day as Walt Disney World. This deluxe resort (most expensive tier) is themed like a tropical oasis on the South Pacific and is considered one of the four Magic Kingdom resorts. It is also a Disney Vacation Club resort, but not exclusively a DVC resort (meaning you do not have to be a member to stay). Located along the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, guests enjoy the white sand beaches, palm trees, and a gorgeous view of Magic Kingdom. The resort has undergone significant renovations over the years — the most recent in 2021 included reimagining Moana-inspired designs.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Credit: Disney

Rooms

The Polynesian offers: Rooms & Suites, Rooms & Suites with Club Level Service, Deluxe Studios, and Bungalows. Under each category, there are also options for views — Lagoon View, Theme Park View, Pool or Marina View, Standard View, and Garden View.


Most rooms have two queen beds and one day bed to sleep up to five adults. They also include a small fridge, coffee and tea station, and a patio or balcony.


Based on Mouse Savers (a useful tool for finding discounts and low prices during the year), the cheapest room at the Polynesian goes for $600+ per night during the slower seasons. Rooms with a theme park view and club level, range from $900-$1,500 per night. Suites range from $1,500-$2,500 per night.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Credit: Disney

Location and Transportation

The resort is located at 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista FL 32836. It is 2 miles from Magic Kingdom, 5 miles from Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and 9 miles from Animal Kingdom. Cinderella’s Castle can be seen from the shore (aka you can see the fireworks).


The Polynesian has its own monorail station, bus station, and boat station and is within walking distance to the Grand Floridian and Transportation and Ticket Center.

inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Dining

One of the highlights of this resort is the DELICIOUS foods they have to offer.

  • Capt. Cooks

  • Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night (typically open 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.)

  • $14.99 and under per adult

  • American, Seafood, Polynesian Favorites

  • Home of the Famous Tonga Toast

  • Kona Cafe

  • Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • $15 to $34.99 per adult

  • Not currently open due to renovations as of September 2022

  • Offers favorites from Capt. Cooks and more

  • Fruity island cocktails and beer

  • Onstage Sushi Kitchen

  • Kona Island

  • Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner (typically open 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

  • $14.99 and under per adult

  • Coffee and pastries in the morning

  • Grab-and-go sushi later in the day

  • ‘Ohana

  • Offers breakfast and dinner served family-style

  • Character dining returning September 27, 2022

  • Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | $12 to $34.99 per adult

  • Dinner 3:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | $35 to $59.99 per adult

  • Stitch waffles

  • Hawaiian-flavored specialties

  • Pineapple Lanai

  • Offers ~the best~ snack — Pineapple Dole Whip

  • Quick service window

  • $14.99 and under per adult

  • Tambu Lounge - Grand Ceremonial House

  • Offers late night and bar

  • Full bar menu with themed specialty drinks

  • Appetizers

  • $14.99 and under per adult

  • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

  • Tiki Bar and Lounge

  • Under 21 welcome until 8:00 p.m.

  • $14.99 and under per adult

  • Immersive bar with specialty drinks

  • MUST VISIT


Amenities and Recreation

Let’s not forget the basics. The resort offers:

  • Overnight Parking - $25/night

  • Online Check-In

  • ATM and Banking

  • Designated Smoking Areas

  • Mousekeeping

  • Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Mail Services

  • Merchandise Delivery and Pickup

This resort truly has everything. Including but not limited to: pools, campfire activities, motorized boat rentals, fishing, volleyball, jogging trail, and spa and fitness. Our personal favorite here at Wishes and Wayfinding is an opening Disney Vacation night tradition. Start by asking the front desk for a Hawaiian Lei, purchase a Pineapple Dole Whip, then watch a movie under the stars projected onto a screen outdoors. After, walk along the white sand beaches to find the perfect spot for the Electrical Water Pageant to pass by, and finish the evening by watching Magic Kingdom’s Nighttime Show while the Polynesian plays the sounds. It is truly magical.



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