Disney's Polynesian Resort

Bar, Hotel/Motel, Restaurant, Themed Attraction & Floor Show
Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida, United States
Ph: (407) WDW-MAGIC - Website
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Opened in 1971
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
The Enchanted Tiki Room, Orlando 0.9 mi
1.4 km
Waitiki, Orlando 15.7 mi
25.3 km
Wakulla Suites, Cocoa Beach 59.6 mi
95.8 km
Mai Tiki Gallery, Cocoa Beach 59.6 mi
95.9 km
Green Turtle Restaurant, Daytona Beach 65.3 mi
105.1 km
Hotel buildings near the pool at Disney's Polynesian Resort in Orlando
March 2004, photo by Humuhumu
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Disney's Polynesian Resort, originally Disney's Polynesian Village Resort ("Village" was dropped from the name in 1985), is one of the high-end places to stay on property at Walt Disney World, just outside of Orlando. The resort is near the Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World's analogue of Disneyland), and is situated on the Seven Seas Lagoon. It opened on October 1, 1971, the same day Walt Disney World opened.

The hotel is a sprawling complex, with 11 "longhouse" buildings named for Polynesian islands such as Rarotonga, Tahiti, Hawaii and Rapa Nui. Each building is two or three stories tall, and houses dozens of guest rooms; in all, the resort has 847 rooms. The heart of the hotel is the Great Ceremonial House, a massive two-level building that holds the hotel's reception desk, several stores and cafes, and 'Ohana restaurant.

'Ohana restaurant, and its adjacent Tambu Lounge, are on the upper level of the Great Ceremonial House. The restaurant is an all-you-can-eat affair, with great spears of meats brought around to your table for you to choose from regularly, and a pu-pu platter brought to your table to kick things off. There are activities for children, and it can get pretty loud. Tropical drinks are available, including one served in a pineapple, and a Tropical Itch, which comes with a backscratcher.

The hotel's pool area is small, but a looming volcano with built-in water slide gives it some oomph. The grounds are landscaped with tropical plants and many tikis, giving it a very lush feel. Many tikis are copies of those found at the Enchanted Tiki Room's pre-show lanai in Anaheim, including Pele, Ngendi, Rongo, and even Uti. (Orlando's Enchanted Tiki Room has a few of these tikis around, but they are not part of the pre-show). There is a dinner-show luau performed regularly at the resort, called the Spirit of Aloha Show.

The monorail to the Magic Kingdom stops at the Polynesian Resort.

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May 31, 2009, 10:32 AM
The Polynesian Resort is possibly the reason I would grow up to be a person obssessed with Tiki! As a visitor to The Polynesian as a child (visiting from chilly, foggy London), there was a magic about the place that captured my imagination like no other!

I recently returned to The Polynesian resort and braced myself for the worst...but I'm happy to report that it STILL has the magic that it did in the '70s. Sure, things have changed...but overall, it is still a wonderful place to hang out, drink, and enjoy the tropical ambiance.

TOP TIP: If you're not staying at the resort itself (indeed, if you're not staying at any Disney resort) but want to use the pool and facilities at The Polynesian, just drive up to the gates, and when the security guard stops you and asks if you're a guest, just say that you're hoping to check in and/or that you're just stopping for breakfast and/or that you're meeting friends there.
Then...just park the car and enjoy the resort!
Amanda International is a regular at Disney's Polynesian Resort, and is usually there Every couple of months.

June 4, 2009, 2:17 AM
Pull up a beach chair and enjoy the evening fireworks. The Polynesian offers a great view of the Magic Kingdom plus a free boat shuttle. And be sure to patronize the sushi bar. Some of the best sushi we've ever had. The Back Scratcher and Lapu Lapu are the signature drinks at the Tambu Lounge and well worth sampling.
Hurricane Hayward is a semi-regular at Disney's Polynesian Resort.

August 10, 2010, 11:10 AM
I visited The Polynesian as a child and returned a couple of years ago. It's still a great place and worth the visit even if you aren't there for Disney.

May 25, 2011, 9:34 AM
I stopped by 'Ohana, the main restaurant inside the Disney Resort, and I was pleasantly suprised. There is no menu, they just keep sending out food and it was all you can eat. Lots of shrimp, steak, and chicken. The food was pretty good, drinks o.k., and the decor was pretty cool. Lots of Tikis, I would suggest making dinner reservations months in advance--otherwise you might not get a table. To avoid the kids, plan your dinner around 9 p.m.

The resort itself was very pretty, but you can gain access to it by telling security you have dinner reservations. We walked on the man-made beach and you can see the Disney castle in the distance--best place in Disney to see the fireworks!
Hekele Tiki has visited Disney's Polynesian Resort.

July 16, 2014, 10:01 AM
Construction has recently started to renovate the Polynesian Resort. Among that changes will be the re-introduction of the word Village to the resort's title, the removal of the beautiful lobby fountain in favor of a more open Lobby aesthetic, and (my favorite part) a new interactive tiki bar called "Trader Sam's Grog Grotto".
Peniamina has visited Disney's Polynesian Resort.

August 21, 2014, 10:22 PM
The Polynesian is where my obsession with Hawaiian music and Tiki began. Although I've never stayed as a guest, I've been regularly visiting since I was a small child and the excitement hasn't worn off yet. The music, the smell (if you've been you know what I'm talking about), the decor were fantastic up until recently. For the last few months the hotel has been undergoing some construction. There is a huge plywood box enveloping most of the lobby interior. Sadly the waterfall in the lobby won't be making it out alive this time (Disney has a long history of killing popular things all over the resort). I suspect it will look and feel totally different in there when it's done. Whether that will be a good, bad or neutral thing is yet to be seen. On the up side, Trader Sam's is coming! If the finished product is anything like the artist renderings, we're all in for a treat! Whatever becomes of the Polynesian, I'll love it just the same.
Whaia-Muri is a regular at Disney's Polynesian Resort.

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