http://c1.tacdn.com/cds/media/photo-s/05/60/c5/47/disney-s-polynesian-resort.jpghttp://c1.tacdn.com/cds/media/photo-s/05/60/c5/4d/disney-s-polynesian-resort.jpghttp://c1.tacdn.com/cds/media/photo-s/05/c1/6a/87/disney-s-polynesian-resort.jpghttp://c1.tacdn.com/cds/media/photo-s/05/bc/74/bb/disney-s-polynesian-resort.jpghttp://c1.tacdn.com/cds/media/photo-s/05/bc/74/b0/disney-s-polynesian-resort.jpghttp://c1.tacdn.com/cds/media/photo-s/05/bc/74/a6/disney-s-polynesian-resort.jpghttp://c1.tacdn.com/cds/media/photo-s/05/b4/8f/9e/disney-s-polynesian-resort.jpghttp://c1.tacdn.com/cds/media/photo-s/05/b4/8f/97/disney-s-polynesian-resort.jpghttp://c1.tacdn.com/cds/media/photo-s/05/aa/93/73/the-drinks-ohana-in-the.jpg
79%
families recommend
 
 
  1140 family reviews

Families will love:

  • Take beautiful wooden boat, or the monorail, directly to Magic Kingdom
  • Views of Cinderella's Castle and Magic Kingdom's Wishes fireworks
  • The Never Land kids' club
Enter dates for best prices


About Disney's Polynesian Resort

"Mahalo," Tom, the resort's gate attendant, says as we drive up to the entrance. He checks the guest register then adds: "Welcome cousins." By the time we've turned over our bags to the bell staff, checked in, and made our way past the colorful orchids and coconut palms on the way to our room, we've heard "mahalo" and "cousin" enough times that my 6-year-old son thinks we have relatives here. I explain that these are the things cast members (Disney's term for staff) do to make people feel at home in this Polynesian themed place. And by the end of our stay, he is saying "mahalo" to people as well.

The 847-room Polynesian Resort was one of Walt Disney World's firsts, opening in October 1971 (along with the Contemporary Resort), to coincide with the debut of Disney's first Florida theme park: Magic Kingdom. The Grand Floridian followed in 1988, Wilderness Lodge in 1994. Now all four make up what is considered the Magic Kingdom area resorts. While all are in close proximity to Disney's flagship park, each has it's own distinct vibe.

The Polynesian is earth-tone casual to the crisp white (and slightly formal) elegance of Grand Floridian; warm to the Contemporary's cool; and spread out across 11 longhouse buildings instead of off one central soaring lobby as is the case at Wilderness Lodge. And speaking of spreading out, at 409 square feet, the Polynesian's standard guest rooms are the largest of all the Disney resorts (Wilderness Lodge standard rooms, for example, are 340 square ft.). While parents will appreciate the resort for its spaciousness, kids love the Polynesian for its volcano pool, meandering pathways and streams, (where you frequently spot lizards, rabbits, and ducklings), and sizable soft-sand beach.

Written by Christine Koubek

Disney's Polynesian Resort Reviews

The "Poly" Always Pleases! by LauraS
My sister, nieces and I just got back from a short, four-night, five day stay at The Poly, as it is called in Disney fan circles. I've stayed here twice in the past and enjoyed this stay as much as the other two. We choose this resort as my teen nice loves it, and she was celebrating a special birthday. The location and theming of the Poly is the biggest ... read more

Best for:

  • Tots (0-2)
  • Kids (3-6)
  • Kids (7-9)
  • Tweens (10-12)
  • Teens (13+)

Family Interests

  • Beach
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool



Family Ratings:
 
 
Editor's Rating:
   
Accommodations:
Dining:
Kid Activities:
Kids Play Area:
Money Value:
Pool & Water Fun:
Staff:

Related Links:
 

  •  
    FREE Family Travel Newsletter
  • Family Travel Tips   (8 New)

    Family Planning and Tips

    • Carnival Miracle Travel Tips
      OverviewCabinsDiningActivitiesTravel Tips All About the Extras Sail & Sign Card Carnival ships feature Sail & Sign cards, which make life so much easier. All you do is link a debit card or credit card to your Sail & Sign Card at Guest Relations or a kiosk on the ship. You'll then use your Sai...
    • Carnival Miracle Dining
      OverviewCabinsDiningActivitiesTravel Tips During the cruise, I quickly learned that cruise food is every bit as big of a deal as the cruise itself. And when it comes to dining, the Carnival Miracle does not disappoint. Bacchus Restaurant Thousands of purple, bubble-like lights embellish Bacc...
    • Carnival Miracle
      OverviewCabinsDiningActivitiesTravel Tips One of four Spirit class ships, Carnival Miracle made its magical debut in 2004. While it's certainly not Carnival's grandest ship, it's definitely something of a "miracle" for families, who find an ample amount of amenities and activities on board. Amid ...
    • 10 Best Orlando Resorts for Families
      So many hotels and resorts to choose from! Which ones really are the best for families in terms of theme-park access, amenities, and accommodations? Here are our favorites in the Orlando area! 1. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creak Maybe it is the Hilton's water park with two zero-entry pools, a 3-acre ...
    • 10 Best Disney World Resorts for Families
      When it comes to Disney, they certainly know how to cater to families, and families who want to visit Disney's Orlando theme parks will find a large selection of resorts and hotels to accommodate families of all sizes. But which ones are the best? Take a look at these 10 favorites of our editors and...
    • Skip This: Do That!
      Deciding where to go for your next family vacation? Often it's the most popular destinations -- from mega theme parks to world-famous beach towns -- that come to mind first. It's tempting to pick a familiar place and just go with what you know, but do this and you could be missing out on some fantas...
    • Disney Wonder Alaskan Cruise
      Join us onboard Disney Wonder's first exploration into Alaskan waters and ports as Family Vacation Critic Editor Lissa Poirot and her two tots take you on a tour. Be the first to see a sample of Disney's Alaskan Port Adventures, as well as glimpse the Disney Wonder's onboard fun, in our first-ever d...
    • Family Volunteer Vacations
      Away from the hectic pace of our everyday lives, any vacation is a chance for families to reconnect. There's no soccer game, no piano recital, no working late, so finally you have that precious day together. Yet, if you really want a meaningful break from your usual schedule, one that might change t...
  • Twitter
  • Facebook