PROS and CONS: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

by | Dec 25, 2021 | WDW Blog, WDW News, WDW Resorts

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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.

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A look inside a Moana-themed room. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

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

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A look inside the Polynesian Village Resort lobby. Photo by Brett Svenson

Location

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It’s like an island getaway, yet a stone’s throw from Magic Kingdom. Photo by Brett Svenson

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

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The monorail at the Poly. Photo by Rich Ramos

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

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Inside Trader Sam’s. Photo by Andy Sanchez

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

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Views like this come at a cost. Photo by Laurie Sapp

Price

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A beautiful, laidback stay awaits you … if you’re comfortable paying Deluxe prices. Photo by Laurie Sapp

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. 

Recreation

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It’ll cost extra to take to the water at the Polynesian. Photo by Brett Svenson

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. 

The Breakup

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Photo courtesy of Disney

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?

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Is the Poly right for you? Photo by Rich Ramos

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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Written 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!
Amy Berger

Written by 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!