Staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Pros and Cons

by | Feb 22, 2024 | Walt Disney World News, Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

Wondering if you should book a stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? We’re sharing the best and worst aspects of the rooms, amenities, and more at this popular Walt Disney World hotel.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, a Deluxe Resort, has been a fan-favorite ever since opening as one of Walt Disney World Resort’s first two on-site hotels on October 1, 1971. But don’t worry, just because it opened 50 years ago doesn’t mean it hasn’t been renovated over the years. Specifically, it became a DVC property in 2015 and received an additional Moana-themed upgrade in 2021. Plus, it has a DVC tower still to come in the summer of 2024.

Nevertheless, is being an original property enough reason to stay here? Let’s take a deeper look!

Pros of Staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

There are plenty of perks to staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Let’s take a look at a few of the major pros that come with a stay at this tropical-themed hotel.

Location

This property is a stone’s throw away from Magic Kingdom. Is there anything more enchanting than falling asleep and waking up to the sight of Cinderella Castle? If not from your room, you can watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks and Electrical Water Pageant from the comfort of your resort. 

Transportation

Piggybacking off of the picturesque location is the unbeatable transportation selection. Thanks to the Poly’s monorail stop, you can easily get to Magic Kingdom, the Transportation and Ticket Center (to get to EPCOT), the Grand Floridian, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Alternatively, you can take a water taxi to the Grand Floridian or Magic Kingdom. Lastly, the Disney bus will take you to any parks, hotels, or Disney Springs. 

Food

Buckle up because this food list is a doozy! Choose between Barefoot Pool Bar, Capt. Cook’s, Pineapple Lanai, Kona Café, Tambu Lounge, ‘Ohana, Oasis Bar & Grill, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace, and Kona Island. Whether you crave a sweet treat, bountiful character breakfast, or island-inspired entrees, there will undoubtedly be something for everyone.

In fact, the Poly is home to what our readers voted the best restaurant on the property.

Cons of Staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

So, what are the reasons you may not want to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? We’re sharing the main cons to consider when it comes to choosing your Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Price

Deluxe Resort, unfortunately, means a deluxe price tag. Without any kind of discount, this stay can burn a hole in your wallet. While some may be able to justify the amount by the pros listed above, it’s definitely worth considering when planning what’s usually an already costly vacation.

It is worth noting that you could always stay on your save by renting DVC points, using an option like David’s Vacation Club Rentals. This could potentially cut the cost of a Polynesian Resort villa down by a substantial percentage. Click here to check out the rates for David’s.

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Recreation

While the Polynesian Resort has a small share of resort-specific activities, there are, disappointingly, very few options that differentiate it from any other Disney resort. The more unique ones, such as the boat excursions, come at an extra cost, which can be tough given the already steep cost of the stay.

The Breakup

This one may come as a surprise, so apologies if it’s the first you are hearing about it. But it must be known. Legend has it that John Lennon signed the paperwork that officially broke up The Beatles at The Polynesian Resort on December 29, 1974. Some may never be able to get past this; some will let it be. 

Should You Stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort?

Now that we’ve weighed the pros and cons of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, is a stay right for you? If your Disney priorities include proximity to Magic Kingdom, plenty of food options, and a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere, then this is your resort! However, if the price is a major factor in your planning, consider Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort for an alternative island-inspired but slightly more cost-effective stay.

Not sure if you’re going? You can just get more information about a potential Disney vacation.

 

Posts by Amy Berger

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Amy Lynne Berger is a New York-based actor, writer, and comedian, with a Disney World-based soul. Select credits include performing/writing for Disney+, Disney Food Blog, Hulu, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. She’s always in the mood for Mickey-shaped food and can often be found hiking her favorite mountains: Big Thunder, Expedition Everest, and Space Mountain. For more about Amy, you can check out her website or follow her on Instagram and Twitter!
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Amy Berger

Amy Lynne Berger is a New York-based actor, writer, and comedian, with a Disney World-based soul. Select credits include performing/writing for Disney+, Disney Food Blog, Hulu, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. She’s always in the mood for Mickey-shaped food and can often be found hiking her favorite mountains: Big Thunder, Expedition Everest, and Space Mountain. For more about Amy, you can check out her website or follow her on Instagram and Twitter!
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