Welcome to Disney’s Polynesian Resort


Picture a world full of palm tree lined paths, fragrant tropical flowers, a sandy beach with hammocks and cabanas, tiki torches, a peaceful lagoon and Hawaiian music playing softly in the background at every turn.  No, it’s not the pacific islands ~ you’ll find this tropical paradise just a stones throw (and quick monorail ride) from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  Welcome to Disney’s Polynesian Resort!

My love affair with the Polynesian happened during my first visit to Walt Disney World in 1974 when I was just 6 years old.  They had me at Aloha.  After trying various resorts all over the Disney property over the years and finding reasons to love each one I still find myself pulled back to the Polynesian time after time.  There’s a reason it’s one of the most beloved resorts with the highest percentage of returning guests.  To many of us it’s become our home away from home at Walt Disney World.


One of Disney’s “Deluxe” category resorts, the Polynesian sits on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom.  You can see Cinderella’s castle from the pool and the beach and if you listen closely you may even be able to hear the train whistle from Main Street USA.

The central hub of the resort is the Great Ceremonial House where you’ll find a beautiful indoor tropical forest, the check in desk, guest services, several shops and the monorail stop. Also located in the Great Ceremonial House are the Polynesian’s two table service restaurants.  Kona Café offers a laid back atmosphere with seafood, beef and vegetarian offerings for lunch and dinner but is probably best known for it’s mouth watering “Tonga Toast” which has been served at breakfast since 1971.  This banana stuffed, cinnamon sugar coated, fried French toast bundle of wonderfulness is a must try for any first time visitor.  ‘Ohana is the other table service restaurant located here and serves up an all you care to eat Polynesian meal featuring meats cooked in an open fire pit. ‘Ohana is also home to a character breakfast hosted by Lilo and Stitch.  For a quick meal or snack check out Captain Cook’s located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House.  The Polynesian’s location on the monorail line also makes dining at the restaurants at the Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts quick and easy.


The 847 guest rooms are located in 11 “longhouses”.  These longhouses are 2 and 3 story buildings scattered around the grounds of the resort.  Several room views are available at the Polynesian which include Garden, Lagoon and Magic Kingdom views.  Club Level (concierge) rooms are offered and have access to a special concierge lounge serving light food and beverages throughout the day. There are also several suites available at the resort. Non-suite rooms sleep up to 5 with two queen beds and a day bed.

The Polynesian is loaded with water fun for kids of all ages.  There are two pools including the “Volcano Pool” – a zero entry pool area with a 40 foot high volcano complete with a slide.  For a quieter day of relaxation check out the quiet pool or the lovely beach complete with hammocks and cabanas.  Guests may also rent various watercraft from the Polynesian’s own marina.

A special offering of the Polynesian Resort is the Spirit of Aloha Dinner show featuring authentic hula dancing and a Polynesian feast.  There are also children’s activities offered each day along with the Never Land Club, a nightly kids club service so that parents might enjoy a special night out.

Guests may also enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant from the beach of the Polynesian each night (weather permitting) and can get a glimpse of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach as well.

The Polynesian is a quick and easy trip to the four Disney theme parks.  The Magic Kingdom is minutes away via the monorail or boat.  Epcot is also a monorail ride away with a quick change at the Ticket and Transportation Center or guests can make the beautiful, easy walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center and catch a direct monorail to Epcot.  Buses service Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney and the water parks.


When you are within the relaxing grounds of the Polynesian Resort you’ll find it hard to believe you are in the center of one of the busiest vacation destinations in the world but with easy monorail, boat and bus services available to guests of the Polynesian you’ll find yourself in the heart of the action whenever you’re ready to play!  Aloha!

I would love to help you plan a magical vacation to the Polynesian or one of the other fabulous Walt Disney World resorts ~ there’s something for every budget and my personal concierge services are always FREE!  You can contact me at SusanH@travelwiththemagic.com or 1-800-670-4312 ext. 131.  Also follow me on  for shttp://www.facebook.com/susanheidenrichtravelwiththemagicpecials, tips and tricks!

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