Just returned from four days at the Polynesian-Feb.4-8. There is a lot of construction going on there right now, but we were not bothered by it. It's exciting to know that some changes are ahead! The Polynesian is old, that's a fact, and a lot of the buildings are showing some serious wear and tear. For me, that really doesn't detract from the wonderful character of this place. It's a soothing, relaxing and fun place to be. The lobby is always such a welcoming place to come back to. If you take the time to slow down and really enjoy the amazing plants, and listen to the waterfall, it just erases stress. There is always a lot of chaos going on all around the Disney property, but it's easy to find quiet spots at the Poly.
I must say, I hate the dining plan at Disney. It has really put a damper on dining around Disney, in my opinion it has lowered the quality of the service and food, as restaurants are constantly in a mad frenzy to serve a never ending barrage of people. Why do I bring that up?
The dining plan has a constant stream of LOUD, large parties lining up in the upstairs area of the lobby, waiting to dine at 'Ohana. I think that it is unfortunate that there are not seats left open for resort guests, on a walk-up basis. Isn't part of the fun and convenience of staying at a hotel with a restaurant, being able to not have to leave property to dine?? The dining plan has forced you to have to make reservations in order to eat at any table service restaurant. I am not a reservations lover, I like to fly by the seat of my pants, and this just annoys me.
I strayed, so let me just say this: I can understand how people paying 350 a night or more to stay here would have high expectations. But you are not paying for the usual high end hotel perks. You're paying to stay on the monorail line, which is crazy convenient, and to stay in the middle of all the action. You can view fireworks from the beach, walk to TTC to hop on monorail to Epcot, ride monorail to Contemporary or Grand FL. for shopping/eating/etc.
Staying at the Polynesian is just fun. It's kitschy and silly, and all the things Disney should be. I love it. If you like to be in the middle of the action, buildings around the volcano pool are for you, like Niue. For those who like more privacy, and a quieter area, Aotearoa is a nice building. The south rooms of Aotearoa have a view of the monorail, which is fun for kids....the north faces a very quiet beach on the lake. It is a short walk to Grand FL from this building, but a long walk to TTC.
The people at the Polynesian are wonderful. Ruth at the front is so sweet, and our housekeeper, Judith was awesome. My daughter looked for her every day, and when we left, gave her a big hug.
The Poly rooms may have a little wear here and there, but we have found ours to be very clean, and comfortable.
We would have a difficult time choosing to stay anywhere else.
- 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:
- Polynesian Resort Disney
- Disney Polynesian Hotel
- Polynesian Disney
- Polynesian Hotel Disney
- Orlando Polynesian Resort
- Polynesian Hotel Orlando Fl
- Disneys Polynesian Hotel
- Polynesian Resort Orlando
- Disney Polynesian Resort World
- Disneys Polynesian Resort