7 Disney Pro Tips For Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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Guests who visit Walt Disney World love to stay on property at a Disney Resort in order to be close to the magic at all times. One of the most popular Disney Resorts is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort which can be found on the banks of Seven Seas Lagoon across from the Magic Kingdom and between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Transportation and Ticket Center. The Disney Resort brings guests to the serenity of the South Seas through beautiful tropical details like tikis, flame torches, swaying palm trees, and a large lobby which welcomes guests with the spirit of the islands. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is an amazing place that many guests love to either visit or stay at, but it is also home to some experiences which might be overlooked. Guests who stay at or visit the Disney Resort simply must follow these Disney pro tips in order to make the most of their time there. Here are the top seven Disney pro tips for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!


7. Enjoy Tonga Toast —

One of the best breakfast foods that guests can enjoy in all of Walt Disney World is found exclusively at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Tonga Toast features sour dough bread that is stuffed with bananas, fried, and smothered in cinnamon sugar. Combining both savory and sweet, Tonga Toast is not to be missed on any Walt Disney World vacation. Guests who visit Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can enjoy the meal from the quick service location Capt. Cook’s or from the full service Kona Café where it is served with a strawberry compote and bacon, ham, or sausage.

6. Sip A Lapu Lapu —

Another exclusive goody to try at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort comes in the form of a tropical cocktail. The Lapu Lapu features rum and tropical fruit juices topped with Bicardi 151 Rum served in a festive pineapple. Both fruity and indulgent, the Lapu Lapu is a favorite of many guests as it truly captures the spirit of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Guests who want to enjoy the cocktail can order it at Kona Café, ‘Ohana, or the Tambu Lounge.

5. Stop At Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto —

An amazing place to enjoy time at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. The location is a small bar like room that is decked out with tropical tiki touches. While the atmosphere might seem normal, guests are amazed when certain special effects are triggered by others who order specialty drinks. Guests who enjoy time at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto can order up small bites like Hawaiian Poke, Pan-Fried Dumplings, Kalua Pork Tacos, and Corn-Battered Portuguese Sausages with Curry Ketchup. In addition to the delicious eats, guests can enjoy unique cocktails like the Polynesian Pearl, Mosquito Mojito, HippopotoMai-Tai, Rosita’s Margarita, Uh-Oa!, and Krakatoa Punch.

4. Enjoy A Meal At ‘Ohana —

One of the most popular full service restaurants in Walt Disney World can be found in the Great Ceremonial House that acts as the lobby for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. ‘Ohana is open daily for breakfast and dinner and is extremely popular with guests who have to book Advanced Dining Reservations far in advance for the location. Breakfast is a character meal as guests can meet Lilo and Stitch while dining on an all you can eat meal including Mickey Waffles, Fried Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs and Pork. Dinner at ‘Ohana also includes an all you can eat meal that is served family style including dishes like Honey Coriander Chicken Wings, Spicy Grilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, and Szechuan Sirloin Steak. Guests should also be sure to leave room for the decadent ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la mode with Bananas-Caramel Sauce.


3. Eat At Kona Café —

In addition to ‘Ohana, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is also home to a second full service restaurant that is also found in the Great Ceremonial House. Kona Café is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and combines Asian flavors with traditional American cuisine. Guests who dine at Kona Café can enjoy meals like Tonga Toast, Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes, Island Chicken Sandwich, Barbecue Pork Taco, Grilled Steak Salad, Grilled Curry-Crusted Lamb Chops, Kona Coffee-Rubbed Pork Chop, and Grilled New York Strip.

2. Splash Around In The Lava Pool —

The main pool at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is found right near the beach and Seven Seas Lagoon and can’t be missed! The Lava Pool features a massive volcano, zero depth entry, slippery waterslide, beautiful waterfall, and nearby Barefoot Pool Bar making it the ideal place to relax and splash around on any day at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

1. Enjoy A Luau —

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is also home to the wonderful Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show which is hosted by Auntie Wini and features hula dancing, drummers, fire dancers, and plenty of entertainment. While enjoying the show guests can chow down on an all you can eat meal including options like Aloha pulled pork, Polynesian ribs, roasted chicken, vegetable medley, salad with mixed greens and ginger-lime dressing, and of course the amazing desserts – the pineapple-coconut guava cake with chocolate crunch!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.