If looking for an unforgettable family trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, your best bet is to stay within the resort itself and make the most of your time here – making Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort an excellent choice.
Perhaps the best perk of all is that you are given early access to the theme parks every day, so can maximise the fun before the crowds arrive.
The hotel itself is designed in a Pacific Ocean style, echoing the tropical idylls of Hawaii and French Polynesia as seen in Disney movies Lilo & Stitch and Moana. It is sprawled on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, where you can enjoy boat rides and look out towards the skyline of Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. The tropical trees, tiki-style buildings and exotic imagery all recall the blissful islands of the Pacific Ocean, making this a truly exciting place to stay in Walt Disney World, Orlando.
As well as all the many dining outlets, theme parks, swimming pools, activities and games that await across Disneyland, the Polynesian Village Resort itself has fantastic facilities right at your fingertips. At breakfast, the kids can meet some of their favourite Disney characters at ‘Ohana restaurant, then come back for a dinner filled with entertainment and storytelling. Next up is a splash about at the Lava Pool, which has a thrilling waterslide and play area, or the whole family can relax at the Oasis Pool, both of which are onsite at the Disney Polynesian Village Resort.
There are then light shows, outdoor screenings of Disney films, campfires at dusk, Polynesian feasts with music and dancing, plus in-room gifts can be arranged to get the kids even more excited about their time in the one and only Walt Disney World.
Matching the Polynesian theme of the hotel, accommodation options at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are decorated in a typical Pacific style, with floral patterns and wood finishes. All rooms and suites come with the same amenities: coffee machines, mini fridges, bathtubs, flat-screen TVs and floor-to-ceiling windows, which open out to patios or balconies. What’s more, you also have the chance to upgrade to Club Level, which bestows you with personalised concierge services, access to the Club Lounge, evening turndown service and complimentary health club entry too.
Kids will love sitting down to breakfast with Lilo, Stitch and other Disney characters at the teak-clad ‘Ohana restaurant. Then, for dinner, expect to be dazzled by music, games and storytelling as you tuck into Hawaiian dishes like sweet and sour chicken, grilled shrimp and dumplings.
Make for this poolside bar to devour salads, tacos and burgers, complemented with a refreshing beer or glass of wine. You could even stay here for dinner, as the Oasis Bar & Grill is open until 8pm.
Stop by Pineapple Lanai for a sweet treat: the DOLE Whip, Disney’s take on an ice cream dessert. The stand is open from 10am to 10pm.
Activities and Entertainment
This is Walt Disney World, so entertainment is the name of the game. Staying at the Polynesian Village Resort means you are granted early access to a theme park per day, relishing the rides and attractions before other visitors arrive. Aside from the theme parks, you can also enjoy boat rides on the Seven Seas Lagoon; the Spirit of Aloha dinner and show; fishing activities; volleyball games; campfire get-togethers at dusk, roasting marshmallows; an evening light show, the Electrical Water Pageant; and evening screenings of Disney movies on the Great Ceremonial House Lawn. Additionally, the resort offers a kids club, Lilo’s Playhouse, to children aged 3 to 12, with Disney themed activities that little ones will just love.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Orlando is kitted out with a volleyball court, kids club, gym, boutiques and a jogging trail, plus boats to hire on the Seven Seas Lagoon. Best of all, there are two fantastic swimming pools to choose from: the fun-filled Lava Pool centred around a volcano, waterslide and play area, and the Oasis Pool which is more about peaceful dips. What’s more, you can access the wider Disney resort via the monorail, whisking you to the many theme parks, sports facilities, restaurants, playgrounds and arcades found elsewhere in Walt Disney World.
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