Having already written my top five reasons why I love Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, I couldn’t leave out our third Disney Vacation Club home resort, Disneys Polynesian Villas and Bungalows. Polynesian is my Little Peter Pan’s favourite Walt Disney World Resort to stay at, and he has loved it ever since our first ever stay there. Its very family orientated, with so many things to see and lots of activities to take part in.
Located right in the heart of the Monorail Loop, Polynesian Village certainly has the best location in the whole of Walt Disney World if you ask me. Overlooking the Magic Kingdom, it boasts the most spectacular views across Seven Seas Lagoon and the front of the park, as well as Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain. Disney transportation is at its very best at the Polynesian, with the Monorail taking you directly to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot. The Transportation and Ticket Center is just a few minutes walk from the Disney Vacation Club side of the resort, enabling you to access the Monorail directly to Epcot or the Ferry over to the Magic Kingdom. Water Taxis run throughout the day and night across the Lagoon and a bus service to the parks is also available.
2 The Beach
The Polynesian beach is just wonderful! A quiet, little haven by day where you can sit on a swing and watch the (Disney) world go by, and come night the perfect viewing area to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks light up the sky. Quinn loves spending time playing in the sand, building sandcastles and even making friends with the resident ducks! Roasting marshmallows on the campfire is a family favourite of ours and its a great opportunity to meet other guests and their families, and to talk with Cast Members.
3 Recreation and Amenities
Polynesian Village has two large pools on property, the Oasis and Lava Pools, and the most wonderful Tiki themed kids water play area. It’s no surprise as to why this is Quinn’s favourite resort for the amount of fun on offer here for families. As well as the play area, the Lava Pool also boasts a volcano with a waterslide and waterfall and Quinn has enjoyed many afternoons participating in the poolside activities. Kevin and Quinn love to hire a Pontoon boat and sail the Seven Seas Lagoon looking for Captain Hook! I prefer to keep my feet on land, but it’s very relaxing watching them from the beach.
Our favourite restaurant is Ohana and we could eat dinner here literally every evening! The family style food is to die for, the cousins (Cast Members) make us feel so welcome and if you are lucky, you may even get to experience the Magic Kingdom fireworks or the Electrical Water Pageant from your table. Whats even more wonderful is that you can have the feast sent to your room as private dining! Capt. Cooks, or Hook’s as Quinn calls it, is the perfect quick service location and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace is right next door serving unique drinks and snacks. We also love Kona Cafe for the best breakfast pancakes and Tonga Toast of course!
I love the beautiful Polynesian theming of the Resort and its amazing smell! The Tiki Statue in the Great Ceremonial House is well known, and the theming continues through to the villas and bungalows decor. The studios are beautiful and roomy, I love the extra bathroom and Quinn loves the pull down bed featuring his good friend Stitch. Kevin loves the views from the balcony, which can be anything from a Theme Park View, to a standard view featuring views of the gardens, pool and the Monorail. On two of our stays we have been lucky enough to have a view of the fireworks from our balcony!
The worst part about having three separate home resorts, is choosing which ones to visit each trip! We will have to wait until October for our next Polynesian stay, but it is well worth the wait!