8 Secrets Most People Don’t Know About Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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The Polynesian Village Resort is hands down my absolute favorite resort. It is my favorite theme, my favorite location within the property and even the home to one of my favorite dining locations, too. It just has it all. This resort has been around since 1971, so it has a lot of history. Here are 8 secrets that most people don’t know about Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort:


8. You can take Hula lessons

In the activities information that you receive when you check in, you will notice on the recreation that you can partake in hula lessons right there at the resort. This can be a great thing to do with your family that members of all ages can enjoy and learn more about the amazing and beautiful Hawaiian culture and the way in which they share stories.

7. The main pool is one of the most desired on property

If you haven’t seen the pool at the Polynesian, then you need to make sure to explore the resort the next time you are resort hopping. This pool is amazing, and it is easy to see why it is the most popular. You have an amazing view of Cinderella Castle directly across the lagoon, amazing views of the beach area and a zero-entry pool designed to make you feel like you are walking right into the ocean from the beach. The pool also has an amazing kids’ play area that will keep the youngsters busy for hours!

6. You can get the fan-favorite Dole Whip (non-alcoholic and alcoholic)

Many believe that you have to go to Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom to get the delicious Dole Whip, but these little beauties are also available at Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian very close to the pool and the back entry into the lobby. You can also get the alcoholic version of the Dole Whip, which isn’t sold in at Magic Kingdom since there is no alcohol, so just another new way to experience a delicious favorite!

5. Amazing dining options

Captain Cook’s is a delicious quick-service location with unique options to perfectly fit the Polynesian theme. There is also Ohana and Kona Café as table-service restaurant options, and both are delicious. You can also get sushi from the sushi bar or enjoy food over drinks at Trader Sam’s. You definitely won’t go hungry at this resort and the food is underrated compared to the options at The Contemporary and Grand Floridian that seem to get more hype and press. Don’t forget that there is also the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show which is another amazing luau dinner with great entertainment. A dinner show is something that The Contemporary and Grand Floridian don’t have to offer!

4. One of the original Walt Disney Resorts

The Polynesian was one of the original resorts that was built for the opening of Disney World. There were famous guests present like Bob Hope and Lucille Ball for the grand opening party that was held on the beach. This resort has become a fan favorite over the years with a huge following of guests that appreciate the theme and perfect design of the resort.


3. Once in a lifetime bungalow stay

Last year bungalows were added at the resort. These have quickly become among the most expensive and most desired stays in all of the Walt Disney World resort. The bungalows are on the beach directly across the water from the Magic Kingdom, so they get amazing view of the fireworks and the Electrical Water Parade. They also come equipped with amazing amenities, like a mirror TV in the bathroom, a private plunge pool on the deck and beds that have the Electrical Water Parade on the headboard. They are the epitome of class and indulgence, so it’s easy to see why they have been added to the bucket list of every Disney fan.

2. You can walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC)

If you haven’t paid attention, you may not realize just how close the Polynesian is to the TTC. From the TTC you can take a monorail to Epcot, which can save you a lot of time and make your journey much more scenic and enjoyable to take the monorail instead of a bus to Epcot. On busy monorail days, it can also be easier to take the TTC monorail from Magic Kingdom and then just walk from TTC to the Polynesian instead of waiting for the Resort Monorail. So pay attention to wait times and use this to your advantage since it is just a few minute walk to get from the TTC, and there is a walking path.

1. The Beatles became no more

The Polynesian just happens to be the location where John Lennon actually signed off on the document that would serve to officially break up The Beatles. This isn’t necessarily a happy thing for many fans and the history of the beloved group, but still really neat that it actually took place at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!