One of the original two hotels at the Walt Disney
World Resort (The Contemporary is the second), The Polynesian
Resort was opened on the 1st October 1971 to coincide with the
official opening of The Magic Kingdom.
The Polynesian Beach Resort is decorated like the
south sea islands of the Pacific ocean. The A-frame shaped central
ceremonial house, which encloses the resort offices, shops, and
most of it's restaurant options, is filled with lush tropical
vegetation, a waterfall, and a feeling that you're really in the
Each building in the resort shares the same A-frame
construction and the rooms are nicely decorated with the same
south seas flair, without being overbearing.
Outside, there is a themed pool, a lovely stretch
of white sand beach, a marina, and "luau cove" where Disney's
nightly luau extravaganza is held. At night the real magic of
the Polynesian Resort comes to life as the many pedestrian walkways
are lit by flaming torches and the soft sounds of island music
wafts through the air.
The hotel rooms are in several long-houses named
after Pacific Islands such as Samoa, Oahu, Bali Hai, and Tonga.
It maybe because of the South Sea Islands theme, but for some
reason the Polynesian is one of the most relaxing hotels at the
Walt Disney World resort, and is many people's favourite.
Food and Drink
Restaurants at the Polynesian include Ohana, where
polynesian all-you-can-eat feasts are served. Cinnamon's Cafe
is a pretty standard coffee shop. Finally, the Tangaroa Terrace
serves both ala carte and buffet style dinner as well as one of
WDW's most popular character breakfasts.
Swimming in the pools (one of which is themed as
a southseas lava pool) and boating out of the Polynesian's extensive
marina highlight the activities here. This resort also has several
shops for the trinket hunter and the serious shopper.
Luau Cove, located at the Western end of the resort
property, is the site of nightly luau dinner shows. Mickey's Tropical
Revue and the Polynesian Luau are fun ways to spend a couple hours
in the evening.
The Polynesian Beach Resort is one of the few "Monorail
Hotels". That means that the transportation to the Magic Kingdom
and EPCOT are via that mode of transportation. Buses provide service
to the Disney / MGM Studios and the other WDW attractions. Water
taxis can be taken to the Magic Kingdom.