Disney's Polynesian Resort
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We spent a week in a Polynesian studio from 2/5/17 - 2/11/17. This was our first time in a DVC room. We purchased the room via WDW's website. The 6 nights, with 7 day park-hopper, and the deluxe dining plan came to about $4500 for two adults. We are two adult males in our 30s.Checking-In: The check in process was painless, but I did not care for the woman who checked us in. I had called and requested the Tokelau longhouse, but was given Pago Pago. I should have said something then and there, but I didn't want to have to wait any longer than necessary for our room, so we took it. Thankfully we had a garden view and not the parking lot. Additionally we were given an accessible room, so our balcony was bigger. Lastly, the woman who checked us in incorrectly told us that they would not clean our room daily.The Room: The room was very nice. The layout was good. We appreciated the 1.5 bathrooms. Someone could use the toilet while the another person showered. We loved the large rain shower, and didn't use the traditional shower at all. The decor was sunny and pleasant. Sadly, there were some finish issues, such as a loose bathroom and kitchen faucets. They worked fine, they just wobbled a lot in their openings.Just a note: we had family staying in the Hawaii building while we were down there and I much preferred the decor and bathroom set-up of the DVC rooms to the standard rooms. The standard rooms also don't have tray ceilings and felt more boxed in.Location: The Pago Pago building was very close to the TTC and we did take advantage of that daily. Unfortunately the Magic Kingdom monorails were running very sporadically while we were down there, negating some of the benefit of being on the monorail loop. Thankfully the ferry ran regularly. Unfortunately, Pago Pago is on the outskirts of the resort making us feel like a stepchild to the rest of the resort, and like we were missing out on the "action". I would request a different building if assigned there again.Grounds & Pool: The look and feel of the Polynesian was wonderful. The torches at night were a delight, and the lobby was always clean and welcoming. I actually prefer the updated lobby without the large fountain. The main pool was great. There was plenty of seating, the slide was long and fun, and we went there often.The Cast: Except for the check-in woman, the staff was a delight.Weather and Crowds: This was our first time going in February and it has quickly become our favorite time to go. The weather was sunny and beautiful everyday, with highs in the 70s and 80s. At night it got a bit cooler, but a light jacket took care of that. From Sunday through Thursday crowds were very low and we had no issues riding everything we wanted to. Friday and Saturday we noticed an uptick in school groups, but it still wasn't overly crowded. One issue with this time of the year, however, is that the parks close relatively early. We had dinner reservations for around 7 PM every night and by the time we finished dinner there wasn't much open. That was our mistake. In the future we will plan for an earlier dinner. One risk involved for this time of the year is that we are flying down from NYC, so if the weather is bad we might have to miss a day or two of our trip.All in all... it was an amazing trip and we will be going back next February, but will not be staying at the Polynesian again. I have always wanted to stay there but felt that there are better choices for us. The issues with the monorail, being in the longhouse that was far removed, and the fact that you don't have to go through the lobby to get to our room, just made the resort feel less special to us. Previously we have stayed at The Contemporary (main tower with a theme park view), The Wilderness Lodge, The Beach Club (club level), and The Grand Floridian (theme park view).Our favorite resort so far is The Contemporary. We loved the room, the view, and the amazingly convenient ability to walk to the Magic Kingdom.
This was our second time staying at this property. We visited for my husband's birthday over the long President's Day weekend. We are Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members so we stayed in one of the efficiencies reserved for DVC members. It was overlooking the lake and next to the main transportation center. It was a fantastic stay with one drawback. But let's start with the positives, shall we?1. The room was very clean and beautifully decorated in a tropical -- but not tacky -- way. 2. The grounds of the resort are absolutely gorgeous. Especially at night when all the tiki torches are lit. 3. The rooms overlooking the lake have a perfect view of Cinderella's castle and Space Mountain, as well as the Disney fireworks each night. So cool. Request a high floor for the best view. 4. The pools are great. So much fun for kids and adults. And theMai Tais are phenomenal as is the food from the poolside bar. If the main pool is too crowded, try the smaller pool. It's just as nice. 5. The monorail transportation to Disney World and Epcot are fantastic and so convenient. Because this resort is right next to the main Disney transportation area, you have incredibly easy access. 6. Trader Sam's -- the adult-only tiki bar on property that is hidden in the main building -- is very unique and worth a visit. It's near Captain Cook's. The only drawback was the location of our room. Because we were right next to the transportation center, the ferry boat horns were really, really loud. From early in the morning until midnight. Got a little annoying and the horns woke up my husband every day pretty early. He couldn't sleep in on his vacation. My daughter and I are deep sleepers so we weren't as bothered. Other than that, this property is very cool. Keep in mind that we used our DVC points for the room. I'm not sure I'd love it as much for $300+ a night. But that's just me.
it is on the lake and you can watch the water light show and fire works, they have cool Hawaiian stuff there and sand beaches also next to 2 golf courses, the kids would love it, also people get married there
This was our first visit to Disney World and the Polynesian Resort was perfect for my wife, six year-old daughter and me. Honestly, I think my daughter would have been just as happy hanging out at the hotel as opposed to visiting the parks. We got in late and they arranged for us to go straight to or room, so we weren't delayed by a check-in process. The staff are all very friendly. Our room was great, perfectly comfortable and clean. We loved hearing Polynesian music when we opened our slider door in the morning. The room didn't have a clock. Maybe there is a reason for that. Beds were super comfortable. The water in the shower was a little smelly, but maybe that is an issue in Orlando. "Mousekeeping" was flawless. Sometimes, we were still resting when they'd come to clean up. At other hotels, it seems like we miss the boat if we don't let housekeeping in first thing, but not so at the Polynesian. At 9:30 at night, Nick in bell services noticed my key wasn't working. Within 20 minutes, a repair man was there. Another time, we needed blankets and they were there in no time. The people in the store were really nice too, especially an employee by the name of Anna who was very sweet to my daughter. We loved the pools and hot tubs. We attended the luau, which was very entertaining and we also did the character breakfast which was tasty and very exciting for my daughter. The coffee at the Kona Cafe is delicious. The location is ideal - a very short monorail trip or bus ride to everything. We loved the fireworks and watching a movie outside too. The pineapple ice cream was delicious, as well.
I did a lot of reading on line before booking the Polynesian, it is one of the older resorts (and more expensive) so has its fair share of detractors, however we have just returned from a wonderful Disney-tastic week and could not fault it! The swimming pools and lakeside beaches are perfect. From the Pineapple Dole Whipp server to the wonderful concierge at the Hawaii longhouse the cast members at the Poly were smiley and helpful. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable, a short walk to either pool was an added bonus after busy days spent in the park. The location - on the monorail, as short walk from The Grand Floridian or the Disney Transport Centre (for monorail to Epcot), view of the nightly Wishes Firework Display at Magic Kingdom - was exceptional. Food options on site were super - Ohana is delicious and we had a table watching the fireworks, the Captain Cook self service cafeteria was perfect for tired kids (and adults) needing refuelling after a long day. Highly recommend this resort.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 847 Rooms
- 1 Quick Service restaurant
- 2 Full Service restaurants: Kona Cafe Ohana (character dining)
- 1 Disney Dinner Show-Disney's Spirit of Aloha
- Pool bar
- Room Service 6:30am-midnight
- 2 Pools, including zero depth-entry with sand bottom, water slide volcano-themed
- Children's wet play area
- Marina/boat rental
- Water cruises
- Beach area
- Jogging trail
- Electrical Water Pageant view
- Ceiling fan
- 2 queen beds and 1 day bed
- Full bathroom
- TV with Disney Channels
- In-room safe
- Balcony or terrace
- Maximum occupancy 5 persons
For the Kids - Children's playground, pool and arcade.
Free Magical Express transfers: If you choose the package with transfers, Disney's Magical Express Service is complimentary and exclusively available when you stay at a Disney Resort Hotel. Motor coaches pick you up at Orlando International Airport and take you to your Disney Resort Hotel, while your bags are picked up and taken to your room. And when your vacation's over, you and your bags are taken back to Orlando International Airport.
Car Rental included - If you choose the Transat package with car rental, it is included for the length of stay and is based on your type of accommodation: Hotel room - 4-Door Midsize, 2 Bedroom Condo/Home or larger - Mini-Van, when 4 or more adults share. The rental includes Unlimited mileage, Air-conditioning, Automatic transmission, AM/FM stereo, State map, 24-hour Roadside Assistance. Applicable local taxes and surcharges are not included. Please inquire for full details.
Extra Magic Hours! Disney Resort Guests can enjoy the Extra Magic Hours Benefit. Each day one of the Theme Parks opens an hour early or stays open up to three hours after regular Park closing, so you can experience some of the most popular attractions. Valid Theme Park admission and Walt Disney World Resort ID are required.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Resort Location Map
Disney's Polynesian ResortOrlando,United States
- Hotel Contacts
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1600 Seven Seas Drive Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8423
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