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 dollars a night required to stay there, to experience this resort.
Walt Disney World Coconut Souvenir
The shopping at The Polynesian Resort 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 the property that carries the infamous Walt Disney World Coconut Souvenir. This is a big deal because you can mail this gift 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 that 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, 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. And yes, it’s dangerous to have continuous access to dole whip, but we kinda like it! You can also grab floats here, and take a break under the lanai.
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 8:30 pm because then you can sit back and watch the water pageant electrical parade or fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle.
Ohana, Kona Cafe and the Tambu Lounge, Oh My
While the restaurants at the Polynesian Resort aren’t free, at one point you will have to eat. So, why not make it at one of the best Disney restaurants on property. We love Ohana for the family-style character breakfast with Lilo and Stitch and dinner complete with Ohana’s bread pudding. And if you’re up for a Disney Lounge experience, head to Tambu Lounge for the Lapu Lapu- the classic drink in a pineapple with an umbrella, so you can feel like you’re in the islands. Another great restaurant at the Polynesian Resort is the Kona Cafe. Offering up mimosa flights and Tonga Toast, Kona Cafe for Breakfast is a Disney Must-Do. And if you’re looking for a budget-friendly dinner, Kona Cafe has a great menu and fabulous food! No matter which restaurant you choose you won’t be disappointed!
Transportation Options at The Polynesian
The Polynesian resort at Walt Disney World can be reached by Disney Bus, from any park. By monorail from the Magic Kingdom. And by Walking Path from Magic Kingdom. 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. The Polynesian has boat access so you can meander back to the Magic Kingdom after you’re done lounging about.
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!