What are the pros and cons of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort? Check here before you book your next trip to Walt Disney World.
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.
Nevertheless, is being an original property enough reason to stay here? Let’s take a deeper look!
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Polynesian Village Resort Pros
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.
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.
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, Kona Island, and Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. 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 as the best restaurant on property.
Polynesian Village Resort Cons
Deluxe Resort, unfortunately, means 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.
While the Polynesian Resort does have its small share of resort-specific activities, there are, disappointingly, very few options that really 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.
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.
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