If you’re planning a Disney vacation, you’ve probably come to realize that there’s a LOT of decisions that go into it but one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is where to stay. I won’t even debate with you if you should stay on or off Disney property (On! Always on!) but I will give you 25 reasons why you should pick Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
1.It’s close to the Magic Kingdom. It’s actually on the monorail loop which means best access to the Magic Kingdom. Period. There’s only 3 resorts that can brag about that and the Poly is one of them.
2.Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. This is one of the hottest tickets in Walt Disney World right now and if you’re staying at the Poly, it’s right in your hotel lobby. So when they give you a pager and tell you it’s an hour and a half wait, it suddenly doesn’t seem to bad.
3.Fireworks on the beach. This is a big one. If you’ve ever battled the crowds and watched fireworks from inside one of the Disney parks, you’ll understand how appealing this is. You’ve got a perfect view of the castle plus they pipe the Wishes music in so you’ll get the full experience, minus Tinkerbell’s Flight and an hour plus wait on a bus or monorail back.
4.Close proximity to Dole Whip. Trust me, this is big for some people. No need to go to Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom when you have the Pineapple Lanai right at your resort.
5.Great room views. Yes, you can pay big bucks for a view of Cinderella Castle, but you can also get some pretty sweet views from the standard or “garden view” rooms. Our room in Aotearoa had a view of the monorail. Check out Touring Plans for views of every room on Disney property.
6.You get a lei at check in. Yep, you do. And you won’t get that anywhere else on Disney property.
7.The volcano pool. Yes, the pool has a giant volcano with a water slide running through it. Plus a view of the castle. Plus a second “quiet pool” if you don’t like crowds. Or noise. Or kids. Or fun.
8.Tonga Toast at Captain Cook’s. One of the resort’s signature dishes, Kona Café’s Tonga Toast is available every morning for breakfast at the resort’s counter service location.
9.Very popular dining options. One of Walt Disney World’s most popular restaurants, Ohana, is right in the hotel lobby, along with Kona Café and the Tambu Lounge, the place you go when you can’t get into Ohana but still want to be really close and eat some of the same food. Which brings me to…
10.Ohana room service. If you’re staying at the Poly but can’t stag a reservation (it books up 180 days out people!), they’ll bring the whole meal to your room. AND you only have to pay for the number of meals you want and not how many people are eating (this is significant if you know about the portion sizes here. We ordered two meals for four of us). Best. Thing. Ever.
11.It’s an original. The Polynesian village is one of the original resorts that opened in 1971 with the Magic Kingdom. That’s some history folks.
12.The rooms are huge. I didn’t get my tape measure out or anything but it seemed substantially bigger than our room at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and the bathroom was super big too. Definitely plenty of room for four adults. The room actually had two queen sized beds and a sleeper sofa.
13.Breakfast with Mickey. If this is a must do for you, if doesn’t get any more convenient than doing it at your resort. Plus, Lilo and Stitch are there and it’s the only character meal you’ll find them at. Also, it’s not a buffet but served family style, which is a bonus for some.
14.There are plenty of activities. There’s always something going on around the lobby from lei making to hula lessons.
15.Great kid’s center. Lilo’s Playhouse is a super popular childcare center if you’re in need of such things. Kids go in and they don’t want to come out. Or so parents say.
16.Movies on the beach. Like many of the Disney resorts, the Poly offers nightly movies on the beach. They play…you guessed it…popular Disney movies.
17.You’ll feel like you’re in Hawaii. Seriously. Swaying palms, scented hibiscus, and ukulele music. It’s a nice break from the bustling theme parks.
18.Access to the Grand Floridian Health Club. The Poly doesn’t have a gym or fitness center of its own but you’ll have access to one of the best on property, which means…
19.You can walk to the Grand Floridian. I don’t know about you but I love being able to walk from place to place and the pathway from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian is so lovely. It’s right on the water and even passes Disney’s Wedding Pavilion.
20.Walk to the TCC and Monorail to Epcot. This is one of my favorite things about staying at the Poly. To get the monorail to Epcot, you have to transfer from the resort monorail (that makes stops at the Poly, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary) and hop on another monorail at the TCC. But the TCC is right next to the Polynesian so you can just stroll on over and only take one monorail ride instead of two!
21.You can go luxe. The Polynesian has some of the poshest accommodations on property. The Bora Bora Bungalows are right on the Seven Seas Lagoon with epic views of the Magic Kingdom and each one has its own private plunge pool. They also cost about $2500 a night. For a big splurge (but not as big as the bungalows), you can stay club level in the Hawaii building (access to a lounge with food and drinks 24/7) or upgrade to a theme park view room.
22.They finally added a hot tub. Until the recent renovation, the Poly didn’t have a hot tub and you had to schlep it on over to the Grand Floridian to use theirs. That situation has now been remedied.
23.Super cool gift shop. Boutiki has all the classic Disney souvenirs but also stocks quite a range of Hawaiian inspired goods. They also have quite a bit of Polynesian Village Resort specific merchandise. Hallelujah.
24.You can see the Electrical Water Pageant. This nightly parade of featuring barges lit up like sea creatures and a snappy musical score floats past the Poly nightly.
25.Easy access to other Magic Kingdom resorts for dining. If dining is your thing, you’ll have plenty of options if you’re staying at the Poly. Not only do you have Ohana and Kona Café right in the lobby, but you can jump on the monorail and be at the Grand Floridian or Contemporary resort in minutes. So add 1900 Park Fare, Citricos, Narcoosee’s, California Grill, and Chef Mickey’s to your dining line up.
So, as if you needed a reason to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, there you go. Have you stayed at the Poly and loved it? If not, what’s your favorite Disney resort?