Inside The Magic: Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Resort is situated on the southern shore of the man-made Seven Seas Lagoon, south of the Magic Kingdom and adjacent to other Walt Disney World complexes, with the Transportation and Ticket Center to the east and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the west. The resort is on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop, providing transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot (via transfer), and is part of the route for Disney’s Magic Kingdom Resorts Water Launch service. Other Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and attractions are served by Disney Transport buses.
- Opening Date: October 1, 1971
- Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
- Resort Category: Deluxe
- Address: 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-1000
- Phone: (407) 824-2000
- Fax: (407) 824-3174
The Great Ceremonial House features a large “tropical rainforest” in its atrium with waterfalls. The resort is organized around a central building named the Great Ceremonial House, itself designed after a Tahitian royal assembly lodge. The Great Ceremonial House houses guest services and most of the resort’s dining and merchandise locations. The Great Ceremonial House also features a large tropical rain forest in its atrium, with over 75 species of plant life and several waterfalls. No rooms are contained in this building, instead several lodges, longhouses, house all guest rooms and are spread out amongst resort property.
As of 2008, Disney’s Polynesian Resort is certified green lodging property with the state of Florida
Ohana ‘Ohana is a large family-style restaurant located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House, which serves breakfast and dinner. For breakfast, the location operates as ‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch, a meal service with Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch visiting tables while food is served family-style in calabash platters. During dinner, the location serves its ‘Ohana Feast, a family style meal featuring several varieties of grilled skewered meats cooked on an oak-burning fire pit along with family-friendly live entertainment.
Kona Cafe Kona Cafe is a mid-sized à la carte restaurant located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Asian influences. Kona Cafe is noted for its signature breakfast dish Tonga Toast, consisting of French toast stuffed with deep-fried bananas and covered with sugar and cinnamon, created by the resort’s cultural advisor, Auntie Kaui. Kona Cafe also serves 100% Kona coffee, prepared in a French press. An additional kiosk bar is located adjacent to the restaurant, which serves coffee and pastries during the morning hours and sushi during the evening hours.
Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show A musical dinner show named the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is performed Tuesday through Saturday nights at Luau Cove, an outdoor pavilion on the western edge of the resort’s property. The location cuisine and entertainment is inspired by a traditional Polynesian-revue, including family style food and several authentic dances and performances intertwined with a back-story.
Captain Cook’s Snack Company Captain Cook’s Snack Company, commonly referred to as Captain Crook’s, is a quick service restaurant on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Open 24 hours a day, the location features food with an island-style flair. Captain Cook’s menu was recently expanded to additionally offer Tonga Toast and Dole Whips, two exclusive items from other Walt Disney World Resort food and beverage locations.
Tambu Lounge Tambu Lounge is a bar with an attached lounge area, adjacent to ‘Ohana on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House, operating in the evening hours. In addition to a full menu of beverage offerings and appetizers, several resort specialties are available from Tambu Lounge, including the Lapu Lapu, an alcoholic mixed beverage served in a hollowed-out pineapple. Tambu Lounge offers live, Hawaiian style lounge music several nights a week.
Barefoot Pool Bar Barefoot Pool Bar is a poolside bar offering a full selection of beverages from the early-afternoon to mid/late-evening hours. A limited amount of pre-packaged food items are available at this location.
Nanea Volcano Pool and the East Pool The resort’s Nanea Volcano Theme Pool was constructed in 2001 replacing the resort’s original pool. The theme pool features a large, volcano-type structure with waterfalls and a water slide that feeds into the main pool. The theme pool offers a zero-entry sloping entrance, as opposed to traditional stairs or step ladder. The resort’s East Pool is a “quiet” pool for the resort, offering deeper depths and a freeform design somewhat more appropriate for swimming laps.
Mikala Canoe Club Marina The resort’s lakeside Mikala Canoe Club Marina, or just marina, offers a variety of watercraft available for rent and offers private cruises and excursions on the Seven Seas Lagoon. The marina also offers surrey bike rentals for use around the resort.
The Never Land Club The Never Land Club is a supervised children’s activity center offering activities for children, including themed entertainment, crafts and meals. It is open from 4:00 p.m. until midnight, and accepts toilet-trained children, ages four through twelve. It draws inspiration from the Disney movie Peter Pan, including a fiberglass re-creation of the nursery in the foyer. The Never Land Club is located to the direct east of the Great Ceremonial House.
Moana Mickey’s Fun Hut Arcade The resort has an arcade with a small collection of video games and physical skill games.
White Sand Beaches of the Seven Seas Lagoon There is a large expanse of beach fronting the Seven Seas Lagoon, with lounge chairs, hammocks, and cabanas placed throughout the area. For a short period following the resort’s opening, swimming was permitted in the Seven Seas Lagoon, with wave machines and other features built to increase the authenticity of the location. Due to land erosion concerns, the wave machines were not used beyond their initial testing period. With other operational considerations in mind, swimming/wading is not currently permitted in the Seven Seas lagoon.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of the stops for the Walt Disney World Monorail System making this an ideal location for quick access to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Other transportation options include water taxis, and buses provide access to other Walt Disney World areas and attractions. It is also walking distance to the TTC (Transportation and Ticket Center).