Disney's Polynesian Resort
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's Polynesian Resort Orlando
A Magical Trip
We stayed at the Polynesian March 14-18,2003. It was the most relaxing resort I have ever stayed at. The service could not be beat! I have two pre-teen girls, they could not get enough of the volcano pool. It is so easy to get to any Disney park from the Poly. I will definetly return..
Very Good for Families with young children
Just returned from the Polynesian on March 4, 2003. Traveled with 4 boys, one 8 year old, two 5 year olds and one two year old. They all had a great time. With children this age, the location on the monorail is a definate plus. (Hint: for the quickest roundtrip to the Magic Kindom, take the monorail there and the boat back to Polynesian.) The Poly's amenities are also super for kids in this range. All the kids loved the Volcano Pool with its water slide and walk-in zero-entry and also the white sand beach. Breakfast with the characters at O'Hana was well run and the food was good as well. We stayed in the Fiji building in two Garden View 1st floor connecting rooms. Rooms were fine, not great, but all we needed and we had a patio, lawn, and view of the beach, lagoon and the Floridian from our rooms. (Hint: Definately research and request a specific building when making reservation, it makes a difference here.) Our only complaints were the largely indifferent staff and the loud beating of drums from the Luau in the evening. The kids were too tired to notice, so it did,'t really matter. The new Luau is a nice show that could stand to lose about 15 minutes. Overall, the kids had a great time and I believe that the Poly's amenities contributed to that. And on trips like this that is all that really matters (Hint: For families travelling together who don't want to spring for a suite, the Polynesian has connecting rooms.)
The Best Disney Hotel
I love to stay at the Polynesion hotel in Orlando.. This is the best hotel in Disney.. They have a great pool, awesome hawaiian feeling and atmosphere and the food is wonderful..Kid's have the chance to play in the arcade or swim in a special kid pool.. Adults can spend time on the beach in hammocks or lay by the pool.. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and everyone planning to go to Disney!
Always at the Poly
My family and I have gone to Disney every year since I was six. I am now 22, and we still all go every year. Though we have visted near every hotel on the grounds, we always opt to stay at the Poly. The proximity to the TTC and the MK monorail service in the lobby makes a Disney vacation so much easier. The staff is always overly friendly, and their restaurants always have such an exotic flare....O'Hana and the Kona Cafe are both a culinary experience. The new pool with the volcano and a large waterslide is fabulous for both kids and young lovers. Sitting out on their private beaches and watching the electric water parade has always been one of my favorite past times, and I always try to grab a hammock for the show. After dark, the torches get lit, the beaches quiet down and it is the perfect place for walking or romancing. Great views for the MK fireworks are a definate. My family and I always stay in their concierge building, and the service there is amazing. The snack service in the concierge never fails with gourmet apetizers are desserts. The rooms are stylish and comfy and you always feel part of the family. I don't know if I ever could stay anywhere else in Disney, but the Polynesian.
Beautiful resort with great service
Every trip I've made to the Polynesian has been fabulous. The rooms are of a generous size with a relaxing decor (great for after a long day in the parks!) and the landscaping makes a walk from the room to the ceremonial house enjoyable. Do request a balcony though as not all second floor rooms have them - it's fabulous to sit out on and enjoy the Florida evenings.
There are a number of food selections at the Polynesian, from the sometimes-great, the Luau, Capt. Cook's (try the pulled pork sandwich with a bit of barbecue sauce), to one of our favorite Disney dining locations, the Kona Cafe. If you want snacks, do check both Capt. Cook's and the little store upstairs, as sometimes the same item is priced differently at each.
The concierge level at the Polynesian is my favorite of all the Disney resorts, so if it is financially feasible - or discounts are available - give it a try. Bottled water and Cokes are available all day and there are several snacking selections throughout the day (Danishes, bagels, rolls in the morning; fruit and cookies, sometimes sandwiches, midday; light hors d'oeuvres with wine in the evening) and a great dessert spread each evening. The rooms are the same as most of the other Polynesian rooms, but there is an empty minibar in the room (we usually stock ours with waters and Cokes from the lounge).
Don't go to the Luau
Our stay at the polynesian Resort was very nice and transportation to Magic Kingdom and Epcot were convenient. My only advise is don't go to the luau at this resort. We paid $100.00 for 2 people. We were seated in the very back of the room by the bathrooms and could not see the stage. The food was terrible (large hunks of chicken and ribs that were fat on bones)I do understand that not everyone can sit in the front but they definietly need to change the seating arrangements so that everyone can see. We were very disappointed.
Hawaiian Paradise Away from Home
Disney's Polynesian Resort is a fantastic resort. Overall it has some of the best room accommodations, shopping, dinning, and recreational facilities in all of Walt Disney World.
During the past few months heavy renovations have been going from the Great Ceremonial House to the longhouses. I just got from experiencing one of my best Disney vacations.
The first thing I noticed was a new atrium with a whole new waterfall. It is smaller is size and allows more light to peak through the lobby. New signs have been placed throughout the resort shopping district along with new potted plant structures in the Tambu Lounge. These have brightened up the lobby and allows the tropical landscaping to add beauty.
Kona Café and Ohana are two of the eateries in walt Disney World. Kona Café features the best coffee in all of the Kingdom with it's Kona Blend coffee. The desserts are to die for as well, so save room. in some cases it's a good idea to come back latter on in the day for coffee and dessert. The service is always friendly and professional. Ohana is a the best place for family fun. Here food is brought out family-style featuring all-you-can-eat pork, beef, turky, and shrimp on skewers that are brought to your table by your server. Also features are bowls of fried rice, vegetables, chicken wings, wontons, salad, bread. And for dessert fresh pineapple with caramel sauce to dip your pineapple into. Remember to request a window table to see the nightly fireworks overlooking Cinderella Castle. The resort also features Captian Cook's, a 24 hour cafeteria style dining where poolside food and beverages can be purchased. This definately comes in handy if one gets a craving for food at 2am.
The Tambu Lounge is located just ouside Ohana in the Great ceremonial House. It features fresh tropical drinks and great appitizers to munch on in front of teh big-screen tv. Try the Lapu Lapu, it's a must!
The grounds around the pool were updated in 2001 including the new pool, marina, and stream from the pool to teh Great Ceremonial House. The Volcano Pool is a great eye catcher. Not only does it erupt, but it features a great waterslide for kids of all ages. The pool features a zero-entry zone and has plenty of tables and chairs to enjoy the Florida sunshine. It looks like a tropical Hawaiian paradise away from home.
Everywhere you look there are flowers and exotic plants. The array of landscaping has improved to a new level. The fresh smeels and aromas think you are in Hawaii instead of Walt Disney World.
Accommodations have even been updated. I requested to stay in the Aotearoa longhouse because it had just finished an extensive renovation both inside and out. The cast member at the front desk was very friendly and knew a lot about the resort. The building now features wonderful brown, red, and orange colored tiles as you approached the longhouse. These tiles also are located just as you open the front doors and to the elevators. The ceiling has been replaced with white tiles to brighten up the hallway. a whole new air conditioning system was installed and every room now features digital control settings. The other major difference were the hallways. The interior hallways now feature painted stuccko walls with a stripe of bamboo through the middle of it. The carpet has been replaced with the same patteren and the same pictures still hang on the walls. Inside my room were the same decorations and color scheems. All the furnature was either replaced or refurbished, new carpeting was laid down above a newly poured cement floor. The bathroom remained the same with beautiful colored tile with nice fixtures and great water pressure. Each day the maid up the beds very nicely and left towel animals for our amusment. Our room on the first floor featured two brand new chairs with a nice glass table to enjoy the grounds and theming. The rooms at the Polynesian have never been better.
Disney's Polynesian Resort is the oldest resort on property. Over the years the quality has been sliding downhill. Not so anymore. The Polynesian is going in a foward direction. Construction will continue in the longhouses untill the summer of 2003. They will repair one or two longhouses at a time, leaving little to notice taht construction is even going on.
For those who have had a poor experience and would never stay again; please give the Polynesian another chance. The quality is right where is should be. This resort has the most potential of being the resort on property, and it just might happen with the true beauty of teh Polynesian being discovered.
I just wanted to say that my stay at the Polynesian Resort was wonderful. I stayed July 26-29th 2002. The room had a wonderful view of the Magic Kingdom. Every night we saw the Fire works from the park. The room was very neat and clean everyday. All the workers always said "Aloha" everytime they saw you walking through the Resort.
The monorail and Ferry Boat were right at your fingertips to get back and forth to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. I won my trip from a Radio Station WLTJ-92.9 (Lite FM)in Pittsburgh. This was a dream come true. Thank you for making my stay a memorable one.
Good time had at the Polynesian
Stayed with my wife at the Polynesian from May 17 - 20. We both thouth it was a very pretty hotel. As if the enchanted Tiki Room was turned into a hotel. Room was very clean with and excelleny view of the beach. Bathroom was small and valet serice was not very friendly. Overall it was a very enjoyable stay.
Maid service found lacking
Though the theme was both good for romantics and families alike, the maid service was poor. The mirror on the back of the bathroom door was dirty when we checked in, and we left two notes for the maid to clean it (which were completely ignored). The room was given a cursory cleaning at best each day.
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12th June: It took us about 4 hours to drive to Disney World and when we got there it was very hot! Our hotel was called the Polynesian Resort. We were greeted by Hawaiian Flowered necklaces and shown to our rooms. There was a waterfall inside the hotel and another one outside flowing into the swimming pool!
In the evening we went to the top …
We had anticipated lots and lots of rain and storms today, the weather report actually said 1-2 inches. So we decided to explore some resorts.
The bus system does not travel resort to resort so we took the bus to the Magic Kingdom and hopped on the monorail.
We hadn't had breakfast yet and while talking to some other …
... the house. Not as late as the first night at Disney, which was just as well as we were flying to Miami the next day.
We'd done our best to fit in as much as possible within one day, and I'd say mission accomplished. Unfortunately, it meant missing out a few of the rides, such as Escape from Gringotts, Men In Black, The Mummy, Transformers and others too. Never mind though, this was a place that I absolutely loved, and will definitely come back one day.
... in Asia, was the 'Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain' ride. It was a roller coaster that we'd watched a few times and heard a lot of people screaming. Somehow (I still don't know how), I convinced Anna to come on it with me! We picked it as our final FastPass and off we went. Only 5 minutes in a queue that would have taken over an hour and we were strapped in. What a ride! My favourite ride throughout all the Disney parks (although I didn't go on the big ones ...
... a seafood restaurant (Lombards Seafood Grille) and decided to stop there - and boy were we glad we did. The food was of really high quality and the shrimp were the biggest I have ever seen.
The afternoon was spent going on even more rides, a quick stop at Moe’s Tavern for a Flaming Moe and a wander around the resort and shops. We stayed for the firework and water show show at the end of the evening which was very enjoyable and I thought ...