The Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World: A Free Disney Day

The Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World: A Free Disney Day

The best things in life are (almost) free. At the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World everything feels carefree, laid back and simple. With music in the background, smells of pineapple and coffee and a beach just waiting for you, there really isn’t any place we’d rather be. But, never fear! You don’t need to fork over the 500 dollar a night required to stay there.

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Walt Disney World Coconut Souvenir

The shopping at The Polynesian is some of the best mainly because it allows us to drown in the merch of Hawaii, or rather what we think of when we think of Hawaii… coconut cookies, little plants, Hawaiian shirts, swimwear. They are also one of only two locations on property that carry the infamous Walt Disney World Coconut Souvenir that you can mail home to your family for 20 dollars flat. Just address it, and await the surprise from your loved ones back home. One, we really like this souvenir because it’s hand painted, unique and with a heavy duty coat of deck lacquer could make a nice tropical ornament to the landscaping. Two, you don’t have to try and fit it in your suitcase! Three, if you’re lucky enough to be at Disney your family probably already has all the things people need- like clothes, and jewelry and other things you’ll find in the gift shops. Why not grab something unique.

Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai

Okay so usually you have to venture into Magic Kingdom to grab a dole whip, but that’s not the case at The Polynesian’s Pineapple Lanai. You can grab a dole whip whenever you like… yes it’s dangerous to have continuous access to dole whip, but we kinda like it!


The Beach at the Polynesian Villas

We go crazy about beaches! And the beach at the Polynesian is perfect. It’s usually pretty quiet, has a view of the castle and you can hear the music from the pool. Our favorite day is one where we grab a coffee from the Kona Café service counter and head out to the beach. It becomes even more magical around 8:30pm, because then you can sit back and watch the electrical parade or fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle.

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Ohana, Kona and the Tambu Lounge Oh My

While these restaurants aren’t free, you do have to eat and these are some of the best restaurants on WDW property, so why not arrange to be nearby the Polynesian for your next meal.

We love Ohana for the family style character breakfast with Lilo and Stitch, the Tambu Lounge for the Lapu Lapu, and Kona for mimosa flights, cappuccino, and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. And we just can’t get enough of the family style dinner meal and dessert ( bread pudding with carmel sauce) at Ohana. No matter which restaurant you choose you won’t be disappointed!

Ohana Polynesian Dinner sweet bread #ohana #disneyrestaurants

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Transportation Options at The Polynesian

You can venture over to the Polynesian via the monorail, connecting Magic Kingdom, Epcot, the Transportation Center, The Grand Floridian, The Contemporary and Bay Lake Towers, and the TTC.

The Polynesian has boat access so you can meander back to the Magic Kingdom after you’re done lounging about.

You can also find a walking trail that connects The Polynesian and The Grand Floridian. While you may not want to add any extra walking into your day this walk is calm and easy. It edges the Seven Seas Lagoon area and winds you through some nice beach lined areas on your way to the next resort. We love hidden walking paths and are always excited to find ways to make any Disney trip a little less chaotic.

We also really love all the Hidden Mickeys at this resort. See which ones you can find while you’re lounging about on your next vacation:) And let us know what you love about your favorite resorts!


All our favorite things at the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World. What you can enjoy without staying there! and why we visit this resort every trip. #waltdisneyworld #thepolynesianresort #disneyresorts #doelwhipatdisney

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