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Planning Your Resort Day at Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one of our favorite resorts at Walt Disney World.  There are so many great amenities and things to do, so you will definitely want to plan a resort day so that you can relax and check it all out.  Here are 10 great tips when planning your resort day at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort:

10. Enjoy a delicious table service breakfast.

If you will be spending the day at the resort, you will want to fuel up to enjoy your day.  My favorite breakfast option at the resort is the character breakfast at ‘Ohana.  The breakfast is served family style, so everything is brought to your table but is all you care to enjoy.  The characters typically include Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch.  It is a lot of fun for the whole family, in a relaxing, tropical atmosphere.  If character breakfasts aren’t your thing you can also check out Kona Café.  The Tonga Toast there is a popular favorite!

9. Shop for souvenirs and treats.

If you like to shop, then you will definitely want to check out the merchandise locations at the resort.  There is BouTiki, which is the home to a variety of great souvenir items, food and more.  You can also check out Moana Mercantile which has a lot of great apparel items, plus toys, collectibles and more.  There are items at the shops that are unique to The Poly, too!

8. Enjoy the fan favorite, Dole Whip!

The Dole Whip is one of the most popular treats at Walt Disney World.  It used to only be found at Magic Kingdom Park, but has been added to a few other locations.  Guests visiting Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are lucky since the offering is there, so guests can cool off with this favorite while enjoying the resort.

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7. Check out the beautiful pool and fun pool activities.

The pool at The Polynesian is amazing.  It is set next to a volcano water slide, complete with a fun splash pad for the kiddos to enjoy.  From the pool you have views of Cinderella Castle and the other resorts found along the lagoon.  There are also a variety of activities that take place at the pool throughout the day like pool challenges, the Lava Pool Party and more.  The list of events and times are given to resort guests at check-in.

6. Have a drink and relax at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

If you are looking for a cocktail and a fun atmosphere, then you definitely have to visit Trader Sam’s.  The theme for the lounge is based on Trader Sam, who was a “head” salesman at the end of the Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom Park.  There are a variety of great themed drinks in fun cups, plus you can snack on delicious small plates, too.  We love the vibe of Trader Sam’s and it is definitely one of the favorite lounge spots in all of Walt Disney World.

5. Get in your exercise.

If you like to get in a little bit of extra exercise while on vacation, you are in luck.  You can swim, check out some of the walking trails, explore and more.  During certain times of the year on select days, there may be a yoga class offered, too!  If you prefer a traditional gym, the fitness center is only a short walk (or monorail ride) away at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

4. Watch fireworks from the beach area.

If you prefer to enjoy the fireworks in a more relaxing setting, then you can watch them right from the resort.  The music is piped in at the beach area and you can watch from there with fewer crowds and without the mad rush to get out of the park when they are over!

3. Check out the amazing evening entertainment.

There is a ton of great entertainment offered throughout the day at the resort, but the evening entertainment is some of our favorite.  Be sure to check out the activities guide so that you have the details on what days and times that events are offered.  There are activities like movies under the stars, campfires, Aloha After Dark, corn hole games, lawn games and more.  These are great options to enjoy during a resort day and still have fun activity time with the family.

2. Check out other monorail resorts.

While enjoying a day at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, guests can also enjoy time at the other monorail resorts, too.  Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as well as Disney’s Contemporary Resort are only a quick monorail ride away.  Depending on the time of year there may be displays or other great sites to see in the lobbies of the resorts.  Just monorail hop and check out the treats, shopping and sites at those resorts, too.

1. Have a luau dinner.

If you want a fun luau, dinner and themed entertainment, then you will want to check out the Spirit of Aloha dinner show in the evening.  There are different time options to help better fit it into your schedule and dining preferences.  The experience includes an all you care to enjoy dinner, including select alcoholic beverages.  Guests also get to enjoy the stage show and other fun, too!  It is a unique experience at Walt Disney World and one that the entire family will enjoy.

About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!