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Top Reason’s to Stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of the original Resorts at Walt Disney World.  This iconic Disney Resort celebrates the tropical south with lush landscaping and beautiful scenery.  For many Guests, it is on their Disney bucket list (doesn’t everyone have one) to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

In a recent post, I compared Disney’s Polynesian Resort to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and when comparing the two my family would prefer Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  With that said, there are some big reasons why your family might want to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort during their Disney vacation.  Let’s take a look at those reasons!

Disney's Polynesian Resort View
Credit: Jennifer Retzlaff

All About the Location

When planning your Walt Disney World vacation you find yourself focusing on Magic Kingdom and EPCOT then Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a fantastic option for your Walt Disney World Resort.

Located on the monorail, the Polynesian is only a stop away from Magic Kingdom.  Guests can easily go through security at Disney’s Polynesian Resort before getting on the monorail making their arrival and Magic Kingdom quick and easy.

Because of the Polynesian location, Guests staying there also have quick access to Disney’s Ticket and Transportation Center.  Guests of the Polynesian are able to walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center where they can easily get on the monorail to both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

This makes it easy to access two of Disney’s Theme Parks and if you are planning on focusing on Magic Kingdom and EPCOT staying at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a fantastic option.

Two Monorails

Transportation Fun

We have already talked about the monorail access at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  Not only is the Disney monorail an iconic transportation system at Walt Disney World, but it is also a quick option.  Because the monorail is (normally) constantly running, Guests don’t typically have to wait very long for it, therefore, getting them to their destination quickly.

The other fun transportation option that Guests have at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is the boats.  Guests are able to take a boat from Disney’s Polynesian Resort to Magic Kingdom.  The boat takes Guests across the Seven Seas Lagoon and allows them to see Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa as well as Disney’s Contemporary Resort all from the water.

After a long day in Magic Kingdom, a nice, relaxing boat ride back to the Polynesian is a great option for Guests.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Ohana
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Delicious Food

One of the biggest draws for Disney’s Polynesian Resort is the variety of food choices throughout the Resort.

It is at Disney’s Polynesian Resort that Guests can enjoy one of the most popular dining options in Walt Disney World- Ohana.  Ohana is an extremely popular dining location where Guests can enjoy both breakfast and supper in a family-style experience.

For breakfast, Guests can have their favorite Mickey-shaped waffles as well as other breakfast items such as eggs, sausage, potatoes, and more.

Dinner is a family-style meal where Guests can enjoy the famous Ohana noodles as well as grilled teriyaki beef, spicy peel-n-eat shrimp, and grilled chicken.  Don’t forget about the bread pudding to wrap up the meal.

Enjoy some famous tonga toast at Kona Cafe or at Captain Cook’s every morning you are at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  These two dining locations provide a great variety of food options that embrace the tropical theme of the Resort with their flavors.

Guests can also enjoy one of the most popular Disney snacks while at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  Dole Whips can be found at Pineapple Lanai where there is the classic Dole Whip as well as unique flavors.

For some fun, Guests can experience Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto or Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace.  No matter which one you choose, you will enjoy some magical experiences and entertainment.

There are a lot of dining options throughout Disney’s Polynesian Resort for Guests to choose from during their visit.  From amazing sit-down dining to quick, grab and go options, there is something delicious for everyone.

New Rooms

The rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Resort just went through a refurbishment adding slight touches from the beloved movie Moana.  These subtle touches are a great addition to the Resort and we love the update to the rooms.

It is nice that the standard rooms sleep five giving Guests more room to spread out as well as options for larger families.  We love the villa studios, as well as there, are two bathrooms!  This is a fantastic option for those needing more room to get ready in the morning.

This fresh look was needed and we love how it kept the original feel of Disney’s Polynesian Resort while adding some new touches.

Disney's Polynesian Resort View 2
Credit: Jennifer Retzlaff


If your kids like to swim, Disney’s Polynesian Resort offers two great pools.  The Lava Pool is the main feature pool that has a volcano, slide, and amazing views of Magic Kingdom.  The quieter pool is the Oasis pool which isn’t anything exciting but is often less busy and is deeper than the Lava Pool.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Entrance2
Credit; Jennifer Retzlaff


Finally, if you are looking for magical views for your Disney vacation, Disney’s Polynesian Resort offers just that.  This beautiful resort not only offers great views around the Resort itself, but it also provides beautiful views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom in the distance.

For those wanting something, a little extra special for their Disney vacation Disney’s Polynesian Resort is the spot to be.

From dining to location, there are our top reasons to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort during your Walt Disney World vacation.  We hope that this will help you determine if you too want to stay at this iconic Disney Resort.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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