Like most of you, whenever someone disagrees with me on the Internet, I shake my fist in the air and let out a steady stream of profanity. Such was the case with my holiday overview, where I rated the Polynesian’s Christmas decorations above several of the other Deluxe resorts. As usual, I was wrong. I seem to recall a much better, larger Christmas display. But my brain is easily confused, which is probably why this website remains in the bottom 1,000 of blogs about Walt Disney World. Well, there are other reasons too, probably. While I think we can agree that the Polynesian Resort is worth visiting anyway, it’s not exactly the Christmas tour de force that was implied in my ranking. We’ll take a look at the Christmas decoration(s) and then take a jaunt around the resort.
And that concludes our Christmas tour of the Polynesian. Just kidding. Sort of. This is right inside the monorail entrance. We’ve got a few of these small-ish Christmas trees around the resort and some garlands hanging around.
A look at the entrance/exit to the monorail from the opposite side.
I’m a sucker for poinsettias. If you are too, you’ll be pleased with Walt Disney World around Christmas. They’re everywhere.
On the ground floor now, watch your head around these garland-things.
It’s about 100 feet shorter than most of the others.
The Grand Ceremonial House doesn’t have the height of the lobbies at the Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, or Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is what fits. “Literally,” as they say.
Did you remember you need gifts for people?
About what you would expect from the check-in area. Obviously, those lights above the desk are begging for garlands.
Watch your head out in front of the resort too.
A dark picture of the wreaths and garlands out at the Magical Express bus stop in front of the resort.
Like many of the resort stores, the Polynesian’s is appropriately decked out.
I imagine the conversation went something like this:
Cast Member 1: I bet we can get a wreath around this guy’s head.
Cast Member 2: Score!
Missed one in ‘Ohana it looks like. A paparazzi-style capture. Nothing gets past me.
A zoomed out shot of the ground floor area near the exit out to the pool and beach.
With little room in the lobby for a display like the ones at the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and BoardWalk, I suppose we have to give Disney a “pass” for not installing a gingerbread creation of some variety here too. The Polynesian is pleasant enough that it doesn’t really need a holiday hook to pull in visitors, but it would be nice to see something a little more interesting on the second floor or somewhere else around the resort. They have a ton of room in the waiting area for ‘Ohana that would be a suitable location for a display. Maybe next year.
Arriving via monorail from Magic Kingdom, the Ticket/Transportation Center, or one of the other Monorail Deluxes is easy. You’ll enter on the second floor with Kona Cafe on your left and ‘Ohana to your right.
Aloha. Signs point you in the appropriate direction and notify you when the resort monorail will cease operation.
One of my favorite resort lobbies. Word around the internet is that the Polynesian is smelly, old, and falling apart. I assure you this is not the case. Well, it is sort of old.
Samoa Snacks for your snacking needs. Considering the size of some of those Samoans, it’s probably a good choice.
Similar to most resort stores in terms of merchandise choices.
Lush theming out in front of the Polynesian. This is a hotel in Florida.
While my dream Disney job is Drizella, I would consider being this tiki guy should the job become available.
The opposite side – equally gorgeous.
Like most of the other resorts, there’s an area for kids to sit and relax in the main lobby while the parents complete check-in or consult the concierge. Or for adults to watch Disney cartoons. I don’t judge.
The Polynesian has a Wyland Gallery similar to the one we saw over at the BoardWalk Inn.
Just chillin’ bro. Is it just me, or is this the look of basically every child after they’ve done something bad?
Over to the arcade.
A while ago now, there was a question as to whether the Tron pinball machines had invaded Walt Disney World. The answer is yes, as pictured here. Sorry it took so long and hopefully you saw my “tweet” about it back in November!
And Pirates of the Caribbean.
And more games.
And more games.
Walking out towards the pool and beach.
These cabanas are like $7,000 an hour or something.
The Volcano Pool from a safe distance. It’s much too small.
I think I’m going to have to send a “media request” to Disney to ask for some less creepy photos of the various pools. Or should I say, creepy photos taken by someone that isn’t me.
Not too crowded on a rainy afternoon in November.
Not a bad way to live.
Barefoot Pool Bar.
The menu should look familiar:
I bring my own.
So close you could grab it.
So this is probably the funniest picture I’ve ever taken. Fitting, right?
Kona beer is a nice touch, but they have a pretty wide distribution network. It’s $7-$8 for a six-pack in most Florida grocery stores, including the Publix down the street from where I live.
A smaller “water fun area” for kids than we saw at the Contemporary. Less daunting for kids to chase the water here, perhaps.
Another job I might be interested in.
The quiet pool is usually quiet.
It’s so pretty, pictures are almost impossible to screw up.
Full balconies on every room would be nice. I’m moving across the freeway next week and I’m pretty stoked to have a balcony again.
Ahhhhh (Awwwwwww), the beach, with the boat launch in the background. Not quite as good for wind sprints as the boat dock at the Contemporary, but beggars can’t be choosers.
It would do. In a pinch or not in a pinch.
A lot more beach.
If it weren’t for women, food, alcohol, sleep, and women, I would just sit here forever.
Good luck. I always get lost around here. Full size: https://www.easywdw.com/reports2/polymapbig.jpg
Back inside – a look across the second floor at Kona Cafe.
And down at the scenery below from the monorail stop.
A second look.
I’ll take it.
“‘Ohana” is one restaurant that Disney doesn’t quite seem to be able to figure out. Check out how it’s spelled underneath “Tambu Lounge” above. The name should just be ‘Ohana. Ohana’s makes about as much sense as saying you’re going to Old Country Buffet’s, Burger King’s, or Chotchkie’s’s. For a while, the header for the ‘Ohana restaurant at DisneyWorld.com also stated that it was called O’hanas, which really puts some people in a tizzy. Anyway, the Kona Cafe Coffee Bar is located just inside the entrance/exit to the monorail next to Kona Cafe.
In the evening, it functions as a sushi bar. I’ve been told the sushi is excellent, but I have never been over here to try it.
The current lunch menu at Kona Cafe:
Kona makes the list of “favorite unsung restaurants” by just about everyone. At some point, it has to become “sung,” right? Anyway, this is indeed one of the best choices for a lunch outside of the theme parks. Where else on property are you going to get a grilled steak with two excellent sides for $15? Add Tables in Wonderland and you have an entree cheaper than a lot of quick service choices. And if you don’t have a Tables in Wonderland card, you can just invite me and I’ll bring mine ^_^
Kona Cafe proper. It is a bit noisy and not at all private. As you can see, any bro can just walk up and take a picture of you.
The ‘Ohana’s waiting area has taken over the Tambu Lounge.
This is the current Tambu Lounge in the corner here. There were a couple babes sitting there. I wanted to wine and dine them, but creepy pictures of the pool come first.
Oha’na gets mixed reviews these days, especially for dinner. I have always enjoyed my meals there, but you’ll hear just as many people complaining about cold food, poor service, and lengthy waits to be seated. It’s probably all true.
Spirit of Aloha:
You had me at “Complimentary Beer.” It’s a fun show, albeit a bit expensive. The food isn’t great and the show itself doesn’t get real exciting until the end, but it’s not a bad choice whatsoever on a third or fourth (or fifth, sixth, etc. trip. For your first or second trip, you’ll probably have enough to keep you occupied that an expensive dinner-show isn’t necessary. With a limited budget, it’s most likely skippable.
Captain Cook’s is the Polynesian’s main quick service. It’s located a bit out of the way – down a hallway from the lobby.
Like the Contemporary, the Flatbreads are good here too. The Stir-Fried Noodles with Chicken sounds appealing too.
Also like the Contemporary, you order food from similar machine-things. It’s not quite as confusing though.
One of the two main indoor seating sections. There are outdoor tables through that door as well.
Like most resort quick services, it’s mobbed in the morning from 8:30am – 9:45am, but the rest of the day is less busy.
The same beverage, sushi, salad, and fruit options as the other resorts.
A case of treats.
Cheap cupcakes apparently.
Oh my. Is it worth the $365/night to have a self-serve Dole Whip station within spitting distance? Maybe. I ask again, what would cause you to stop pulling the lever?
The Polynesian Resort.