We just returned from staying three nights at the Polynesian. If you're looking for a comfortable, convenient place to stay with all the Disney amenities, then you should consider this resort to be an option. The amenities, dining facilities and rooms are all good (don't expect quality to be like Four Seasons though). I knew they had undergone a large update to their rooms. Our family of 5 stayed in a double room and it was plenty big enough. The couch folds out into a twin bed and we were concerned that it compromised on space. However, the bed does not invade the space and when it was out as a twin, the room was still spacious enough for 5 people to maneuver around. Also, we ended up using the chair and ottoman where the cushions remain attached, as a bed for our 5 year old, certainly comfortable enough for one small child to sleep on. My only caution; the walls seemed thin and we heard the neighbor's screaming kids (and the parents screaming at their kids) late at night. But then again, Disney = screaming, overstimulated and tired kids.
As another reviewer also noted, there is construction currently going on, and from what I understand will be vacation time shares on the lake (like Bora Bora but over murky water) and a few buildings. This was not bothersome to us (our room had a view of the construction site), as we spent most of the day at the theme parks. We did find a pleasant surprise in a 5 minute walk from the resort to the Transportation Center, where getting to Epcot was easy without having to switch monorails (which is what we would have to do if we took the monorail directly from the resort). Suggestions to experience at this hotel include pool time (the one with the water slide) and the entertainment and music for the kids, the hair wrapping station next to the pool and the character breakfast or dinner at the Ohana.
All in all, we would definitely stay at the Polynesian again. Also, a shout out to Mears Transportation. We used their services for a private car to pick us up from/to the airport and it was a great experience. We would also use them again.
- 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
- Polynesian Hotel Orlando Fl
- Orlando Polynesian Resort
- Disneys Polynesian Hotel
- Polynesian Resort Orlando
- Disney Polynesian Resort World
- Disneys Polynesian Resort