The Polynesian Resort
is located on the
southern shore of the
Seven Seas Lagoon, south of the
Magic Kingdom and just west of the Transportation and Ticket
Center. The resort is on the Magic Kingdom
monorail loop. Transportation to the Magic Kingdom is also
available via boat, and all other Walt Disney World resort
locations are reached via bus. There is also a lighted walkway
connecting the Polynesian Resort to the Ticket and
The resort has 847 guest rooms, located in a
number of two and three storey buildings located on site. None
of the guest room buildings, called longhouses, are physically
connected, though sidewalks and paths link all of the buildings
together. The Great Ceremonial House is the central nexus
of the resort, and contains several restaurants, gift shops, and
resort check-in. The monorail is accessed on the second floor of
the Great Ceremonial House.
Guest services sells tickets to all theme
parks and attractions. Theme park tickets can be integrated with
your room key, along with a credit card number for charging
privileges at Walt Disney World. Valet parking is available,
along with self-serve parking.
The Polynesian Resort has
restaurants and a snack bar. The largest
restaurant, ’Ohana, is a popular family-oriented
destination at the resort, serving a variety of open-flame
grilled meats and desserts. The food is served family-style at
the table, and is all-you-can-eat. ’Ohana is located on
the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House. It is also the
site of a "Character Breakfast", where Disney characters in
costume will interact with you right at your table.
Also located on the second floor of the Great
Ceremonial House is Kona Cafè, featuring lighter entrees
for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Kona Cafè is well-known for
its Tonga Toast, a deep-fried banana-stuffed French toast, a
popular breakfast item.
Captain Cook's Snack Bar
On the first floor of the Great Ceremonial
House, one will find Captain Cook's Snack Company, a
late night snack bar.
As of June 2006 Captain Cook's Snack
Company has been temporarily moved to the Tangaroa Terrace
while its permanent location is being renovated. Expected
completed is December 2006. Samoa Snacks is available on
the second floor and offers simple snacks.
A musical performance called the Spirit of
Aloha Dinner Show is performed nightly at the Polynesian.
The food is all-you-can-eat, and is served family style.
Authentic Polynesian dancing is featured, and reservations are
While not located at the resort itself, a
number of other restaurants are located at
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and
Disney's Contemporary Resort, which are quickly accessible
via the Resort-loop
There are two main shopping areas located at
the resort. On the first floor, the "BouTiki" shop (new for
2006) has Polynesian themed gifts, clothing, and sundries.
Wyland Galleries, in a new location, has collectibles. The
second floor houses "Trader Jack's" (up-scale souvenirs and
sundries), and is conncected to "Samoa Snacks," a quick-service
The Polynesian Resort features two swimming
pools; the extensively themed Nanae pool with its
Volcano waterslide and "lava"
waterfall, and the unthemed "quiet" pool. The resort's Nanae
pool area was completely redone and re-opened in March 2001.
Both pools are heated, and Nanea even features Polynesian music
played through underwater speakers. The Nanea pool can be
accessed with a wheelchair due to the pool sloping down like a
beach on the on side. Adjacent to Nanae, a children's water
playground with in ground water jets attracts kids of all ages.
There is a
marina where guests can rent a variety of personal
watercraft for use on the
Seven Seas Lagoon. There are no health club facilities
located on site, but the
Grand Floridian health club is a short walk away, and free
to guests of the Polynesian.
There is a large expanse of beach fronting the
Seven Seas Lagoon, though swimming is not permitted in the
water. A video game arcade is also available for children.
Volleyball courts are available, and guests may rent fishing
gear for catch-and-release fishing only. Boats can be rented for
a fee or if you have the premium package plan it is included.
The resort design and layout consists of 11
room buildings, called longhouses, spread throughout the
property. The resort originally opened with 8 longhouses,
Bali Hai, Bora Bora, Fiji, Hawaii, Maui, Samoa, Tahiti and
Tonga. In 1978, the Oahu longhouse was added and the Maui
longhouse became the Maori longhouse. The Moorea and Pago Pago
longhouses were added in 1985. In 1999, 10 of the 11 longhouses,
excluding Fiji, were renamed: Bali Hai became Tonga; Bora Bora
became Niue; Hawaii became Samoa; Maori became Rarotonga; Moorea
became Tahiti; Oahu became Tokelau; Pago Pago became Rapa Nui;
Samoa became Tuvalu; Tahiti became Aotearoa and Tonga became
Theme: South Pacific
Location: Magic Kingdom Resort Area
Opened: October 1, 1971
Areas: Rarotonga, Niue, Samoa,
Hawaii, Tuvalu, Fiji, Aotearoa, Tonga, Tokelau, Tahiti, and