A couple of weeks ago I visited Walt Disney World and stayed at Disney’s Polynesian resort for the first time. I was excited about this since I not only want to stay at every resort at Disney World as part of my Disney Bucket List, but I’ve always wanted to stay at the original Disney World resorts (which are Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort, with Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground opening a month later). I’m breaking up my thoughts on the Polynesian into this post about “The Good” that I experienced here, and then the next post will cover “The Bad,” which will be the things that I found fault with at the resort.
Good Thing #1– The Size of the Resort
I have only been at the Polynesian one other time when my kids were little and we had a character breakfast at ‘Ohana. I really only remember the lobby area and since we didn’t go look around the resort and just went to the restaurant, I didn’t know how big or small the entire resort was.
I stayed in a Deluxe Studio (the regular rooms aren’t open yet due to the pandemic) and I found that Tokelau, the building my studio was located in, was a very short walk to every place that I went around the resort. If you read my post about being overweight at Disney, you probably can understand why this is a big positive for me. When I was tired and going back to my room, I didn’t feel like it was quite as long a walk as I’ve had at some of the other resorts (I’m looking at you, Coronado Springs).
Good Thing #2– The Proximity to Magic Kingdom and The Ticket and Transportation Center
I’ve always known that the Polynesian was close to Magic Kingdom. For some reason I hadn’t thought about how close it is to the Ticket and Transportation Center. I found that it was super easy and fast to walk from my room to the Ticket and Transportation center to catch the Ferry or Monorail to Magic Kingdom.
There’s also a dock at the resort where you can take a launch boat to Magic Kingdom (or to the Grand Floridian if you want to go check out that resort). You can even walk from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian and then on to Magic Kingdom if you enjoy a longer walk.
If you don’t want to use the one bus stop at the Polynesian to get to the other parks (and you might not want to if you are depending on the bus transportation- but more on that in the next post), you can walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center and take a bus to a different park. The EPCOT monorail is not currently running, so a bus is the only option offered if you’re taking Disney Transportation. It was nice having all of these options!
Good Thing #3– The Views
One of the first things I did after I got settled in my room at the Polynesian was take a walk around part of the resort. The resort is beautiful and I love the look of the trees and how the grounds are themed.
Near the bungalows and the beach areas, there are awesome views of Magic Kingdom across Seven Seas Lagoon as well as beautiful views of the Grand Floridian. The Electrical Water Pageant is performed nightly (it was always 45 minutes after the scheduled closing time of Magic Kingdom while I was there the last week of January 2021) and you can get a great view of it from the beach area and area near the bungalows.
I loved the views at this resort all around! Even though I had a standard or garden view studio, it was still nice to see since the resort grounds are so pretty!
I didn’t visit any of the open eating places while I was at the Polynesian so I can’t comment on those but I really enjoyed my time staying at the Polynesian! °O°