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Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Ranked #89 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
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Iowa
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“Can't beat the location”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Our first family trip to Disney we decided to splurge and stay at the Polynesian. Not a single regret. The location on the monorail can't be beat. It truly made our overall trip so much more enjoyable. The staff is, in Disney style, top notch. The kids (12, 9) loved the pool, the movies on the beach, the view of magic kingdom and the lagoon light show every night. Definitely plan a day just at the hotel. you won't regret it and it's a perfect way to recharge. Rooms were clean but slightly dated. We did not have a balcony or patio and we really didn't miss it. we were hardly in the room. It can get a little loud in the hallways but that's to be expected with kids everywhere. Go for it. You won't regret it.

Room Tip: We stayed in Rarotonga. Great location next to Monorail and Main building. Overlooked the small pool...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed here on the latest trip to Disney World to try something different than the All-Star resorts. Appreciated how close the rooms were to bus/boat/monorail transportation. Transportation was prompt and frequent. Room was clean and enough room for 4. Rooms had a handy twin size extra bed/seating area. Rooms had refrigerators but they were in a cabinet and would stop working if cabinet was closed. Poor design especially since the staff kept closing the doors. Staff was friendly and helpful. Resort is undergoing construction but this did not impact our visit.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

My husband and I stayed in a theme park view room for one week in January of 2014. Everything was perfect - the room was fantastic, the view outstanding, the service of all employees top notch, etc. There's not a negative thing I can say. It's certainly a splurge, but we thought it was worth it.

Tip - rent a pontoon boat. Such a great time!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Although Polynesian is one of the costlier resorts, my kids and I love it and have stayed here 6 times. Love the setting, the pool, the view of the magic kingdom, the ease of getting everywhere due to monorail. Would not stay anywhere else although once stayed at beach resort due to work conference at the swan

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

Our first Disney experience as a family. Our children are 10 and 5. The Polynesian is situated opposite the Magic Kingdom which allows for amazing views of the incredible nightly fireworks display.

We stayed in the Tokelau lodge in a family room that easily accommodated 4 of us. Room was of a high standard with a good bathroom, ceiling fans and A/C.

The Poly resort is fab, 2 nice pools one quiet and one livelier Volcano Pool; our 5 yr old son adored both!

Being on the monorail circuit puts the Magic Kingdom minutes away - very handy.

It's not cheap, but there were enough touches and conveniences that made a difference. We're not your typical Disney bods but I would say if you're going and you can afford it, you may as well go all in.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

I was fortunate enough to visit this property recently. The short story is we had a great time. The rooms were clean, the location was great on the monorail. Access to other parks by bus took some time, and food options were limited. Overall, I would love to stay again.

The long story with detail for those of you whom are interested follows. After arriving at the airport we used the Magical express service. It is located at the extreme far end of the terminal on the bottom floor. Prepare for a walk. After that, the bus drivers will wait for a full bus to depart. This typically takes up-to 20 minutes. You will be on a combined bus with passengers for the Poly, Contemporary and Grand Floridian. After you arrive at the hotel, you will be greeted and checked in by friendly staff and given leis. It took around 3 hours for our checked luggage to arrive in our room. We would recommend packing pool gear in your carry-on baggage so you have something fun to do once you arrive.

Our room was one of the newly renovated ones. It was very nice, and had two sinks, a fridge, two closets, an iron, and a safe. It was a third floor room in the Fiji building and had a partial view of the Lagoon. It was very quiet except when neighbors were extremely loud, or when the Luau was going on each night. We had a balcony which we could listen to the Luau from. Very nice overall.

Getting to MK and Epcot were a breeze. The monorail is awesome. It is what makes the Poly worth the price. Within 5 minutes the train comes and whisks you away. The only time we had problems was at peak times like the period after the MK fireworks or the Epcot show. Transportation to the other parks left something to be desired. Long waits for extremely cramped buses was not fun. I wish Disney would consider extending the monorail to other parks, because bus transit is not ideal or very functional. Alternatively, the buses are shared today. Which meant that they were always full and there was always a line. They need to make the premium resorts like the Poly direct connections.

The magic band system was great. However, there were a couple misses we were able to observe. First, don't plan on being able to ditch your wallet. Disney hasn't integrated your age into the magic band so you will still need to carry your ID everywhere you want to drink. Also we discovered that the shop in the Poly sells wine, but does not sell openers. This is a big miss. The shop had a communal opener that they allowed us to use. Don't forget or you will be in for a long walk to unkork.

The pools at the poly are great, one smaller "adult" pool which was quieter and full of kids. The other one is the Volcano pool. The beach near the edge is a fantastic place to watch the MK fireworks at night.

And then there is the food. Unfortunately, due to the introduction of the reservation system, spontaneity is not allowed at Disney any more. It becomes very difficult to get a non-quick-service meal within the hotel. Breakfast is a little easier at Kona cafe, but good luck getting lunch or Dinner. Poly and Disney need to reconsider this, as it is a huge loss. As a hotel guest, I expect that I can get a sit down meal within the hotel at any time. That is not the case. Also consider the meal plan, it is a great option for those whom aren't planning on eating much quick service.

One last note, we encountered a talking Mickey! He is inside the Town Hall building immediately on the right hand side of Main Street USA when you enter the Magic Kingdom. Definitely worth seeing!

Overall, the staff was great. The location was great. The rooms were great. The food was great. I can't wait for my next Disney vacation.

Room Tip: Call the Disney reservations number 2 weeks prior to trip to request a King bed if necessary. The nu...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

The location and easy access to the Magic Kingdom are by far the best things about the Polynesian. The rooms are clean and spacious with two king size beds as standard, but the rooms are not well lit. There is a fridge and coffee maker, useful for breakfast time esp. if you have children. Considering the room can take 4 people there is insufficient storage - my hubby had to live out of his case! The whole Disney experience is very slick...until it goes wrong. It took about 40 minutes to check in, we had several problems with the new wristband system (so you can charge things to your room/get in to disney parks etc). There is a lot of work being carried out at the Polynesian, we were assured that it wouldn't affect us at all but inevitably it did - noise from building works, the kids club was closed and the casual dining was in a temporary smaller room with no windows! The disney dining plan is a v good idea - we didn't book it as it wasn't explained to use very well, but I wish we had as it is more economical than buying as you go. All in all a mixed review - Disney is always a happy place to be but I wouldn't stay at the Polynesian again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Property: Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Address: 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8423
Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#21 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#33 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#105 Family Hotel in Orlando
#121 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Disney's Polynesian Village Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 847
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this oasis of tropical palms, lush vegetation, koi ponds and white-sand beaches. Conveniently located on complementary Resort Monorail, enjoy moonlit nights on our torch-lined waterfront to the exotic tastes of our world-class restaurants, discover the signature tropical ambience that's made Disney's Polynesian Village Resort a favorite Disney destination since 1971. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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