Monday, January 11, 2016

Inside Look: Newly Renovated Polynesian Resort Expansion

I know there are some Polynesian Resort fans among us and maybe you've never even been to mouseland and are just interested in seeing the inside of each hotel. Well you are in for a treat no matter which side of the fence you fall on. Each week I'm going to be delving into a different resort on Disney property and giving you the inside look at the resort. In this new series, we will talk about all the rooms available, restaurants on-site, fun things to do on the resort, and much more! We will focus in on the Walt Disney World resorts first and then make our way to Disneyland. 

For our 2nd week we are looking at the newly renovated Disney's Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World. In fact, some renovations are still currently going on, but should be finished by early 2016. Read on below to find out more!

Disney's Polynesian Resort was one of the two very first resorts on Disney World property. The resort opened with Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971 and has been a fan favorite ever since. As you can imagine from the name the theme is tropical with Southern Pacific flair. The resort has undergone many renovations and changes since it first opened and that still rings true today. 

Nighttime view of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort seen from a nearby beach

The resort is situated on Seven Seas Lagoons and features 218 Villas and the newly added 20 Bungalows. The bungalows are situated right on the lake giving guests an experience unlike anything else on Walt Disney World property. There are also several "longhouses" that feature standard rooms, club level rooms, and suites. The main building on the property is call The Great Ceremonial House and is very colorful and tropical looking. It is three stories and greets guests when they arrive for check-in. Let's look at the rooms shall we? 

Standard Rooms:
Sleeps 5 Adults
331 Garden View Rooms
19 Lagoon View Rooms
26 Magic Kingdom View Rooms

Club Level Rooms: 
Most rooms sleep 5 adults except the Honeymoon suite which is 2
57 Garden View 
20 Lagoon View
25 Theme Park View 
1 Honeymoon Room
1 1 Bedroom Suite
1 Princess Suite 

Waterside Bungalows:
Sleeps up to 8 Guests
20 Waterside Bungalows

Dining at Polynesian Village Resort

Some of the most delicious restaurants are here at the Polynesian. When the renovation took place some new restaurants were added and they have seen an outpouring of guests lined up at opening just to get a seat inside. 

Character Dining
O'Hana's Best Friends Breakfast - Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch

Dining room in a South Seas decor surrounded by tiki statues

Dinner Show: 
Disney's Spirit of Aloha Show - a nightly family feast style buffet with fire and hula dancing. 
Performers on stage at Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

Unique Dining:
Kona Cafe - A relaxed cafe with American fare but also featuring an onstage sushi kitchen. 
Banquette booths, tables and chairs in dining room at Kona Café

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto - This new restaurant is all the rage right now. It opens daily at 4 and people start lining up at 2 just to get a seat inside. Take a look at the video below for an inside look. 

What are your thoughts about this amazing resort? Would you like to stay here? Or maybe just visit? 

If you are ready to book your Disney World vacation contact me today for your free quote! As always, my services are 100% free to utilize and you will receive excellent Disney service and all the benefits of having a personal concierge with you from booking to your trip. 

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