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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.


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 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!