Episode #35: Unlocking Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Episode #35

Unlocking Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Aloha!! Today we discuss Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This resort has rich history and remains a special destination for us. We find the overall feel of this resort to be the most cozy resorts available. It is a deluxe category resort that comes with a high price tag but we find that it helps to visit during “off season” to help minimize the cost.

The Polynesian is one of the original two hotels that were on site when Walt Disney World opened along with the Contemporary Resort. What makes this resort even more special to us is that Walt Disney was part of the concept of this resort. He loved traveling to Hawaii and wanted to bring this experience to the “vacation kingdom.”

On October 1, 1971, the resort opened its doors to guests. Paint was literally still drying on the walls as they scrambled to meet the opening day deadline. 


“An Oasis of tropical palms, lush vegetation, koi ponds and white-sand beaches. From moonlit nights on our torch-lined waterfront to the exotic tastes of our world-class restaurants, discover the signature tropical ambience that’s made Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort a favorite Disney destination since 1971.The restaurants from quick service to sit down here are outstanding”. – Source DisneyWorld.Com

Some unknown facts about the resort..

  • The original building was suppose to be a 12 story hotel. It would have looked drastically different.
  • There used to be a wave machine. In order to create crashing waves like in Hawaii, a wave machine was in operation until about 1972. Later in 1985, it was tried again and eventually was removed from Beachcomber Isle.
  • Disney originally planned to outsource the hotels along seven seas lagoon but then quickly decided to keep in house. -Smart move!

The Polynesian has undergone many changes since it’s original days. From bright blue tiles in the lobby to the newer earth tone stones, it has been slowly transforming.

Hard to believe but back in the day plastic furniture was super trendy and made it’s way into the resort. The newest refurbishment, the resort now has a different feel in the lobby and some pleasant additions were added to the pool area (an infinity hot tub!!) 

The Great Ceremonial House (main lobby) is a high traffic area but as you roam along the lighted tiki torch lined pathways outside by the longhouses, the atmosphere changes and I feel the most relaxed. 


Kona Cafe Excellent sushi and menu offerings- The Kona Cafe being one of the most under rated places to eat.

Ohana – the name means “family” Outstanding all you can eat family style dinner. Highly accommodating to any vegetarians in your group

The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show All you can eat family style with amazing show performance. Two different times available.

The Quick service Captain Cooks- has out of this world stuffed french toast called Tonga Toast. Honestly, it is worth the ride over even if you are not staying at the resort.

A few of our favorite things to do at this hotel:

  • Polynesian Marina
  • Watch Wishes firework show from the beach
  • The electrical parade
  • The Lighting Ceremony

Lastly, another cool thing about this resort is that it is located within walking distance from the ticket and transportation center so if you are not renting a car (gulp lol) it is easy to hop on your resort bus to visit the grounds.  Don’t be shy to check it out. 

Thanks For Listening!

Hope you enjoyed this episode! We really love doing these shows. It’s so much fun for us and we hope you like them too :) . If you could subscribe in Itunes and give us an honest review that would be awesome. 

Email us your question or suggestions for future episodes: Info@unlockingthemagic.com

Also come talk to us on Twitter & Facebook and see the photos from our recent trips on Instagram. That’s it for now! Until next time, have a great (and of course magical) day.