I absolutely love staying at the resorts at Walt Disney World. While they may be on the more expensive side compared to staying off-site, the benefits you get from staying on property completely outweigh the potential money savings. During my trip to Disney World in January, I stayed at the Polynesian Village Resort for the first time. It’s been a dream of mine to stay at every single Deluxe Resort on Disney property, and I have been waiting for the day I would stay at the Poly. There’s always just been something about it, something so purely Disney – it’s one of the original WDW Resorts – that it piqued my interests.
I also heard a rumor that apparently John Lennon signed the document that ended The Beatles at the Polynesian, so it not only had Disney history, it was a part of pop culture history. Two of my favorite things…
The Grand Ceremonial House is kind of the center of everything. Inside is the Front Desk where you’ll check in, the concierge, restaurants, gift shops and lounges. It’s a very open and spacious area, great for just sitting and taking in the atmosphere (or people watching). When you check-in you’ll be given a lei which is, let’s be honest, a small token considering how much you’re probably spending to stay here, but it’s a nice way to start your trip off, and no they aren’t real flowers. The Cast Members at the Polynesian are very kind and helpful, however, when we first arrived we did not have a great experience, which was a bummer, but throughout our stay the cast members we met totally made up for it. Overall, the ambiance of the resort is incredible thanks to the little details that Disney put into it and the theme is a favorite for many Disney fans.
Another thing I want to note is that in the regular rooms you can get 2 queen beds and a pull out couch, as well as a spacious bathroom. So while the actual square footage of the room may be smaller than the studio, I think you’ll have more living space in a regular room – especially with a family of 5.
Kona Cafe is another favorite of frequent Disney goers. Most of what I’ve heard about Kona is that it has more unique food options than any other restaurant at the resort, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The one thing that I’ve seen people rave about the most is the Tonga Toast – deep fried thick-cut Sourdough bread stuffed with ripe bananas rolled in cinnamon sugar *drool*.
We ate at ‘Ohana the last night of our trip and it was truly an experience I will never forget! This was our first time eating here out of all the times we’ve been to WDW, so I was very, very excited. It’s one of those restaurants that everyone recommends and raves about – and honestly, it did not disappoint. The food was so delicious, but there is a lot of it!
Next came the Honey Coriander Wings and Pork Dumplings – both were soo tasty. For the main course they brought out Noodles and Stir Fried Veggies, followed by skewers of freshly grilled chicken, shrimp and steak. It is essentially an all you can eat restaurant, so when I say don’t fill up too quickly, I mean it! Every course was incredible and if we had the room for it, we would’ve kept eating. But I knew we couldn’t leave without trying the dessert – the Bread Pudding. Oh. My. God. I have thought about this dessert every day of my life since. Not to be dramatic, but it’s life changing.
One of my favorite things about staying here was getting to sit on the beach with a Dole Whip and watch the firework show. The views are amazing and the atmosphere is so relaxing. You pretty much feel like you’re on a beach vacation.