Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a vacation paradise of relaxation, tropical landscaping, recreation and South Seas charm. At $300 a night and up, it’s also extremely expensive. It is worth the cost? Here’s three great reasons you would love to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
1. Location, location, location! Straight up, you are paying for convenience in terms of getting around Walt Disney World. You’re located in the middle of everything Magic Kingdom-y. There’s a monorail that zips right by the Great Ceremonial House lobby. You are a 5-10 minute walk to the Magic Kingdom ferry, depending on your room location, along beautiful landscaped pathways that make you feel like you are touring a South Sea island. I’ve walked these paths for exercise - the view is absolutely beautiful and completely tropical. This same short walk puts you on a monorail to Epcot, and of course there’s bus transportation to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney, and the water parks. You are also a short walk away from the Grand Floridian and a monorail away from the Contemporary Resort, both of which offer full service restaurants and beautiful scenery.
2. The Volcano pool! (and other amenities.) The main Polynesian Resort pool was redesigned in 2001 and now sports a water slide tucked into a volcano. How totally South Seas! Kids love this amazing pool and beg to swim, but I’ve noticed things can get crowded at mid-day, so late afternoon may be a better time for a swim following a morning of theme park rides. There’s a marina with boat rentals, beach volleyball, and plenty of beach chairs for a clear nightly view of the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom .
3. Your room. The Polynesian Resort was one of the two original resorts built at the same time as the Magic Kingdom. While it’s one of the oldest resorts, consistent with Disney’s high standards, it was refurbished in fine style in 2007. The Polynesian offers 847 guest rooms, many of which have lagoon views and balconies. Room size ranges from 415 to 476 square feet. At the top end, that’s some of the most spacious rooms on Disney property. The Polynesian is one of the top-themed resorts of all the Disney lodgings, with authentic touches like tiki-torches, bamboo, tropical plants and a waterfall in the Great Ceremonial House lobby.
Drawbacks? Well, (big gulp) the cost, because rooms will start about $330 a night, depending on the time of year you stay. That cuts a lot of us on a budget out right from the start. The resort is spread out, and the walkways are not covered. These are just standard hotel rooms without kitchens, but the Disney standard is certainly high. You definitely won’t starve with the excellent dining opportunities all around you. If you can handle $300 a night for a hotel room, eating out won’t phase you.
At the Polynesian Resort, relaxing by the pool, watching fireworks from the sandy beach, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto an island in the South Seas. Bring your sun screen, your Mickey hat, and of course at these prices, you’ll need your Disney Visa Card as well.
So what do you think? Is Disney’s Polynesian Resort your next home away from home on vacation, or will two nights at an All Star Resort be just as good? Leave us some comments and let us know what you think.
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