I have wanted to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort ever since I was a teenager and went there for the Spirit of Aloha luau. That was quite a number of years ago, and many visits have come and gone since then. Each time I have ridden the monorail past this resort I have thought to myself, someday I want to stay there. Well, last weekend my long awaited dream finally came to fruition when I was able to stay at the Poly for the first time. Having waited for so long, you might figure that my expectations were high.
This trip was the first ever with no children, just my husband and myself on a weekend getaway to a beautiful resort in our favorite place on earth. We arrived by Disney’s Magical Express and as soon as we got there we were greeted by a nice young lady who walked us inside and took us to the registration desk. We were checked in swiftly and the desk clerk gave my husband and myself our welcome leis. Already a souvenir from the trip, bonus!
Upon arriving at our room, I was very happy to find out that my room request had been honored. I had reserved a standard view room but, at the Poly, some standard view rooms are actually pool view. I had requested the Samoa building between 2601 and 2610 or somewhere in the general vicinity. Luckily, we were in room 2603 which was easy enough, right next to our street number at home so we couldn’t forget.
We entered the room and we were pleasantly surprised. There is plenty of room, two queen beds and a sofa which can pull out into a bed if need be (enough room to sleep 5 adults very comfortably).
The bathroom was large as well and was equipped with a shower/tub, an alcove for the toilet and a large sink area. There is ample room for storage with 6 drawers and 2 closets.
Looking out the window, I saw that we were across from the pool which is one of my favorite things about the Poly. The view was great. The only drawback is that there is no balcony, only a floor to ceiling window. We were not going to spend much time in the room anyway so that was fine, but I would like my clients to have a balcony if they so choose so this will be a noted point.
|View when looking straight out the window.
|View when looking toward the left.
|The décor was as you would expect, a tropical feel. The lighting is low which is part of the theme.
The Nanea Volcano Pool, one of two heated pools, features a 40-foot high volcano as well as a waterfall and a 142-foot tubular waterslide. Nearby is a children’s wet-play area. The beach end of the pool requires no steps to enter or exit, and a specialized water wheelchair is available, allowing access directly into the pool. The pool is only 4 ½ feet deep.
The Poly East Pool, also called the “quiet pool,” offers deeper depths.
We dropped our bags and headed straight to get our refillable mugs, fill them up and head to the monorail. In a matter of minutes, we were on Main Street USA..
The room was clean and was kept up well by Mousekeeping during our stay. The lighting in the room is a little dark, as per the theme, but we absolutely love the Animal Kingdom Lodge which is the same so we are used to making it work.
The grounds at the Poly are beautiful.
The tropical landscape is so beautiful and serene. Strolling through the path with my honey, with the music playing all throughout the resort, was all I had dreamed of. It felt like paradise, the only thing missing was our children.
There is great signage all throughout the resort, which is very important to directionally-challenged people like me.
Aside from the pool, the beach, the great restaurants, shopping and relaxing on a breathtaking property, there are a great number of other activities to partake in at Disney’s Polynesian Resort as well. There are bicycle surreys, sea raycers, and pontoon boats for rent.
I also especially like the dining options and the 24-hour mug refill station. Most resorts don’t have 24-hour refills. The Kona Café was wonderful for breakfast. ‘Ohana being one of our favorite dinner locations was great as usual. We did not attend the Spirit of Aloha luau on this trip but have been several times before and it is a definite must-do for a first time guest, if possible. Even the burgers we had from Capt. Cooks while flying out to catch the Magical Express back to the airport were delicious.
For anyone interested, theme park view rooms are available for a higher price. From your room, you may view the Wishes fireworks show each night. This view also affords you a great view of the Electric Water Pageant (water parade). The outdoor movies are also shown on screen on the beach, which is on the lagoon.
I am really thankful that a lifetime dream came true for me at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The resort has been part of Walt Disney World since its opening. Yes, in some areas you can notice that but it is certainly not because it is neglected. You can, at any time, see the staff totally attentive to the needs of the grounds, the rooms, and the guests. Each with a friendly “Aloha” as you pass by. The staff was one of the best parts of our stay, no doubt! I would stay here again in a heartbeat. For magic, convenience and a wonderful Disney experience it can’t be beat!
I want to thank my Big Kahuna for making this trip happen for us. It was a magical, fantastic, and fun couples getaway!