The Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World is one of the original resorts constructed at the Walt Disney World property and one that many have memories of staying at when they were children. It quickly climbed the list of Disney resorts I wanted to try, as it does with many who visit this amazing resort property. Staying at the Polynesian is the cherry on top of any Walt Disney World vacation with it’s smaller size, close proximity to the Magic Kingdom, and sweet spot on the monorail loop and within walking distance to the ticket and transportation center. There are five things you can do to take that sundae of a Walt Disney World trip to the next level while you’re staying at the Polynesian Resort.
These tips are based off a trip to Disney’s Polynesian Resort in May 2016
Treat yo self to a Dole Whip at the Polynesian
Right around the corner from Trader Sam’s Terrace, a step out of the lobby, over looking the main pool is the Pineapple Lanai. This is one of the few places outside of the parks that you can get a Dole Whip. The hours at the Pineapple Lanai are worth noting, since they do change. It will open anytime between 11 am and 1 pm and closes sometime in the hour after Wishes.
Watch Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian
Speaking of Wishes, there are few things as relaxing as watching the fireworks show with the music pumped in, with your toes in the sand, sitting in a beach chair. There are few things as awesome as being in the parks for the fireworks show, especially if you have a nice spot front and center on Main Street, but it’s nice to see it from a different angle every once in a while. Sitting on the beach afford you the full view of the fireworks that go off from behind the castle that fill the sky when you’re in the park. After Wishes, hang out for the Electrical Water Pageant.
Rent a shade patio at the oasis pool at the Polynesian
While these were previously free to use and first come first serve, renting these isn’t a bad use of money. You can get them for $25 for a half day or $40 for a full day. It’s a great place to park in the shade while playing at the pool.
Try a studio at the Polynesian
The Polynesian has a variety of room types ranging from your standard view with 2 queens and a day bed to amazing suites with club level services. Since converting some of the long houses into DVC studios, there are even more options. These studios are fantastic since they provide you with 3 total sinks as well as a shower tub combo and a rainfall shower. The space is great in the studios as well. Booking direct they’re also a little less expensive than a standard room as well. If you need to sleep 5, then there’s no question that you need a standard room, but if you’re looking for an option that sleeps 4 and want the two showers definitely think about getting a studio! Check out the tours comparing the two rooms below.
Head over the the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian
What started back when the resort originally opened and was renamed in 2003, The Spirit of Aloha dinner show has become a Walt Disney World staple. This is definitely dinner and a show and is best experienced when you can walk back to your resort room after stuffing your face from the family style platters. The entertainment is top notch. While not the most historical representation of a luau, it’s a great show and represents what is typically accepted as a luau. Attending the dinner show adds so much to the experience of staying at the Polynesian resort.