View Full Version : Have you ever stayed at the Polynesian Resort??

02-16-2008, 09:06 AM
If so, then I'd love to hear about your experience. What I'd like to do is ask everyone who has ever stayed at the Polynesian resort to write up a quick review of the room they stayed in, and list the pros and cons to the location, what the room and building was close to, what was further away, and what their own personal opinions of the room and room location are.

Then I'll make a listing of each longhouse on Page 1 of the "New Polynesian Resort FAQ" thread, with links to the reviews. Pictures of rooms and room views would be great, too :thumbsup2

If you would follow this format, it'll make it easier for me to link your review to the correct longhouse:

Title: Name of Longhouse you stayed in

Body of post: Please tell about your experience, listing what you loved about the room and location and view, and also if you didn't love it. (hey, that's possible! lol)

Add in any pictures that you have. :3dglasses

PLEASE POST YOUR REVIEW OVER IN THE Polynsian FAQ thread (not here in this thread); here's a link to it: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1708173

The more reviews we get, the better it'll be for those people who are planning their first stay at the Polynesian, but also good for those of us who've been there before because we'll get to hear the pros and cons of the longhouses we haven't stayed in yet. :sunny:

Remember, don't post your review here (although if you do by accident, I will still link to it), please post it in the Polynesian FAQ thread :)

Thanks in advance from every Polynesian Resort fan!!!!! :yay:

02-16-2008, 03:41 PM
*bump* :sunny:

02-16-2008, 03:45 PM
Poly is by far my favorite. I think anyone who goes there will enjoy their stay. There is a certain magic there that there isn't anywhere else. My family stayed there repeatedly when I was a child. What great memories!:wizard:

Stitch's Greatest Fa
02-16-2008, 03:54 PM
We stayed at Poly in 2004 for our honeymoon. LOVE LOVE LOVED it. Tokelau - not too far from the GCH but far enough away not to have people trailing past all the time. It was near the quiet pool which meant we did not have the noise of the vocano pool. Kona cafe is great for breakfast lunch or dinner. Ohana is good too and now they have refurbed captain cooks we like it there. Great little selection of shops including the Bou-Tiki and of course on the monorail loop - 2 stops from MK. I would stay there every time if I coudl afford it.

02-16-2008, 05:22 PM
I'm a Poly "virgin" so I will definitely write up a short review for you on my return in April!

Can't wait ... I've already started packing and literally dream about it!


02-17-2008, 11:00 AM
*bump* :sunny:

02-17-2008, 11:07 AM
DH has always wanted to stay here so we did a split stay in Oct 07. We stayed at YC first so we were really spoiled with the quiet and the privacy that the YC offered. Poly was a nuthouse compared to that, people everywhere, noisy like you cannot believe. The pools were super loud (at the YC we had the quiet pool to ourselves). The 2nd floor of the main house was always loud and busy.

The room was nice but the bathroom was too small for DH, tiny bath/shower, only one sink and mirror. We booked a garden view and was placed in the Fiji building, second floor with a marina view. Very close to the main house.

If we go for a quick weekend we would stay there again but only if the price is right. For a week I would like a quieter location because then we would use the pool more.











02-17-2008, 11:57 AM
We stayed in the Tahiti longhouse, mk view, 1st floor.

My kids loved, loved, loved this room! It was huge! We could walk right outside our room and relax in the hammock, kids could play in the sand, feed the ducks. It was so quiet. Its probably the furthest from the GCH (we were at the end closest to the TTC) but having stayed at the mods it wasnt that far by comparison and the landscaping is beautiful. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.:love:

02-17-2008, 12:12 PM
Our family has stayed at Polynesian twice. Once in 2006 and once in October of 2007. Both of our rooms were in the Samoa building. Our room in 2006 was 3610 on the third floor facing the volcano pool. It was on the very end of the building and we could see EWP every night from our balcony. Housekeeping was good and we loved our view in 2006. Here is a picture of it.

We decided to return to the Poly in October 2007 because we absolutely loved it. This time our room was 3611 across the hall from last year. We faced the quiet pool and had a view of the back of Hawaii longhouse. We couldn't see the quiet pool though has a huge bush blocked our entire view. So we didn't use the balcony. Also housekeeping was lousy and never got any better even when we complained on arrival day to the front desk. Lots of dust on the surfaces of the desk and Armoire and night stands. The bathroom could use a a scrubbing and the fridge was sticky and grose. Needless to say I was dissapointed, especially since we couldn't wait to come back again this year. We still had a good time and watched wishes from the beach and enjoyed time in the Volcano pool. Also we loved the newly remodeled Captain Cook's. 'Ohana and Kona Cafe are 2 of our favorite restaurants too. Samoa is right beside the Volcano Pool and the quiet pool is behind it. It is a 2 minute walk to the GCH with kids. Here are some pics from our trip. Our Room and view..

My kids just loving the Poly!

Samoa Building and pool pics.

02-17-2008, 12:26 PM
Just added my reviews to your FAQ page, Terry. Consider this a bump!:jumping3:

02-17-2008, 01:20 PM
I've stayed at the Poly only once, but I hope that that won't be the only time! I had put in a request for 3rd floor Raratonga, and was placed on 1st floor Tokelau. It ended up being a nice location. Very close to Captain Cooks, and not too far from anything. The patio overlooked the quiet pool, and was very peaceful. Plus we ended up just walking to the TTC when we wanted to go to the Magic Kingdom, we were so close to the path there. I wouldn't hesitate to request the Tokelau longhouse.

02-18-2008, 10:53 AM
I haven't but i am sure it very pretty and nice. :)

02-18-2008, 11:51 AM
Tahiti, Magic Kingdom View Room

Stayed here numerous time over the past 25 years or so. Most recent times were the past 5 years. We always requested Tahiti Lagoon View and received rooms here on the first floor. The first floor is enjoyable for us because you can sit outside, stretch your legs and easily walk to the beach. It is fun to watch the ducks too. Sometimes the neighbors of your room are inconsiderate by making a lot of noise after 11 or midnight, but that will happen anywhere. The refridgerator is a bonus for beer, soda, juice, milk and cold snacks.

The newly decorated rooms are darker in contrast to the older rooms. Dark wood furniture and fixtures make the Tahiti Lagoon view rooms a bit dark during the day because the sun does not hit these rooms. They are beautiful otherwise, huge flatpanel tvs, and most rooms in this building have two sinks to make getting ready in the morning quicker for us. There are 6 drawers for clothing and two closets on either side of the fridge area. We put our pop up hamper in the one and clothes in the other. The rooms here a nice and large so the suitcases do not crowd you either.

We like how it is a short 5 minute walk to the TTC for quick access to Epcot. The GCH and Volcano pool are only about 5 minutes away as well. The laundry is a short walk near the bus stop, located in the Tangaroa Terrace & Neverland Club building. The entrance is near the bus stop side. There is a television in the laundry room to keep you occupied and the quiet pool is just 50 yards away if you want to lounge outside while you do laundry.

Captain Cook's is nice for a breakfast on the run, but we prefer ts at Kona. CC is also a good lunch place while swimming at the pool. The food and service are great at Kona. We do not go to O'hana's, so I cannot comment on the place.

We have never had a bad experience with the room or service at the Poly with housekeeping or room conditions. The rooms were always clean and well kept. If you have any more questions about the Tahiti building, just ask. Sorry I did not have pictures.

02-18-2008, 02:06 PM
We stayed in room 3733 in the Tahiti building - 3rd floor, I beleive. This is a Magic Kingdom/Castle View room and it was perfect. There is a beach in front of the Tahiti building that is generally deserted. We bought a bottle of champagne in the gift shop and snuggled together in the hammock on the beach, drinking champagne and watching Wishes. It is also super close to the TTC so we walked there to take the monorail or boat over to the MK. Even though it is right next to the TTC, it is still very quiet. If we every stay at the Poly again (I would stay there all the time but the expense makes that impossible for us) I will definately request this room again.

02-18-2008, 03:55 PM
Thanks everyone! :thumbsup2 I've linked all of the reviews from this thread, up to this point. You can find the Longhouse Index over in Post #1 of the Polynesian FAQ. :sunny:

02-18-2008, 04:23 PM
We loved the exceptionally convenient location of Rarotonga. We were there with seniors with mobility issues who don't use assistive devices, so we were particularly making an effort to minimize walking distances as much as possible. We requested connecting rooms on 1st floor Rarotonga, and that's what we got, 1806 and 1807. We were facing the quiet pool, but couldn't actually see it unless we walked outside and looked toward the right. The patio of 1806 was wide open to the grass, while 1807 was partially obstructed by shrubs (you could step over the lower-lying shrubs toward the left side of the patio if you really had to.)

In the photo below, 1806 is in the center, 1807 is to the left.


View from the end of the bed closest to the patio:


View ouside looking slightly to the left, Niue, Samoa, Hawaii:


You can see that the views were lovely, nothing spectacular. But we got exactly what we wanted, which was perfect location. We walked out the hallway to the right and were steps away from GCH. To the left, steps from the bus stop!

02-18-2008, 04:53 PM
We loved the exceptionally convenient location of Rarotonga.

Thanks, I've added this review to the Polynesian FAQ :cool2:

Native NYer
02-19-2008, 06:31 AM
I'll write my review today :thumbsup2

02-19-2008, 07:52 AM
Hi all;We returned from our6th visit this past december. We really love this resort it has a really calming effect after leaving parks. The only thing I could comment on would be music,you can only hear it near concierge building. I walked over there to hear it play. I personally love to hear the music when we visit.:cool1:

Native NYer
02-19-2008, 06:11 PM

03-01-2008, 03:06 PM
Bumping back to Page 1. If anyone has room view pictures and/or room/longhouse reviews, I'd love to add them to the Polynesian FAQ thread. Thanks! :sunny:

03-02-2008, 11:29 AM
I stayed in the Aotearoa longhouse in November. The location was great..very close to The GCH. One side of Aotearoa was a monorail/gardenview over looking a golf course, the other side is an obstructed MK view... It is a quiet area but yet close to everything. My room was "stinky" we had some issues with our room from previous guests smoking in it...other then that the grounds and restaurants were great. The elevators and hallways in Aotearoa need to be upgraded. The elevators are sooo small and the hallways are so dark and dingy. The pool was great..beautiful..my boys loved the slide. Capt'n cooks was so convenient and the location to the parks was great! My overall perception of the hotel was positive. ;)

03-02-2008, 01:25 PM
Hi we just returned February 2nd and had requested Tahiti Magic kingdom view but instead we were upgraded to Hawia longhouse which is concierge. We were so excited and our whole family is now spoiled from staying concierge. Like one of the posters mentioned you can hear the music playing all day and night so peaceful. We were in room 1507 with a perfect view of the castle and right in front of two hammocks which our kids loved. It will be hard to go back to a regular room after this. I might just have to work some extra hours for next time.

03-02-2008, 03:40 PM
We have stayed many times and love it. Tokealu is our favorite building. We always request first floor lagoon end. We love the Poly and everything about it!:cool1:

03-02-2008, 03:58 PM
I have great childhood memories of the Polynesian! As a kid I loved the pool, the beach by bay, I was amazed by the center of the lobby. The luau is a great time and should not be missed. I have a definite bias when I visit Disney World, I love all the resorts on the Monorail line. The ease of getting to and from the parks on the monorail is awesome!!!! There are many things that make me feel like a kid again at Disney and riding the monorail is one (it even smells the same as it did in the 70's!!!!). The purple monorail rules!!!

I will be at the Polynesian November 4 through 9 it will be my frist time staying there in over 30 years, I can't wait!!!!


03-05-2008, 04:20 PM
Its been a little while since I stayed at the Polynesian, so I can't remember the room number etc but I can tell you it was in the concierge building. the view of the magic kingdom was amazing and at night it was a fantastic place to watch the fireworks. The cast members, food, transport, pool and everything made this resort my very favourite. I just wish I could afford to go back next time!

03-05-2008, 05:50 PM
[QUOTE=MickeyNicki;23254639]DH has always wanted to stay here so we did a split stay in Oct 07. We stayed at YC first so we were really spoiled with the quiet and the privacy that the YC offered. Poly was a nuthouse compared to that, people everywhere, noisy like you cannot believe. The pools were super loud (at the YC we had the quiet pool to ourselves). The 2nd floor of the main house was always loud and busy.

The room was nice but the bathroom was too small for DH, tiny bath/shower, only one sink and mirror. We booked a garden view and was placed in the Fiji building, second floor with a marina view. Very close to the main house.

If we go for a quick weekend we would stay there again but only if the price is right. For a week I would like a quieter location because then we would use the pool more.

Great pictures. I love "the man with the remote" pictures, so typical for our family...

03-05-2008, 06:45 PM
We [mom, dad, sister (22), and I (26)] stayed many times at the Poly. Our first trip was in 1985, when I was four years old. We stayed many times through the 90's and loved it everytime we stayed!

Then prices started to rise and we couldn't justify the price as it would only be considered a deluxe by Disney standards. So we started to stay moderates and fell in love with CBR.

In 2005, I had some extra cash and decided to take my mom for a Christmas trip, and stay at the Poly, as it had been years since we've stayed (and they were just finishing the remodel!!) Here are some pics from that trip!














We fell in love all over again!! The remodel was great! This year (after recieving a code:woohoo: ) we decided to book the Poly for 4 days during our 10 day trip.

We visit the Poly during our trips to re-live the memories or just get the Poly smell (you do know there is a special 'smell' at the Poly, right?!?!). We will always love it, but probably on book there when codes are available, which is okay because CBR is a pretty good replacement!

One thing I wish I could change at the Poly, is Captain Cook's...I love the different amounts of quick service meals available at the moderates!

03-05-2008, 06:59 PM
Thanks to everyone who has posted in the last couple of days!! I will be adding your posts to the Polynesian FAQ thread when I get a chance. Thanks again! :thumbsup2

03-05-2008, 09:08 PM
Stayed in Rarotonga facing the quiet pool, not the monorail. Would stay there again in a heartbeat. Just steps to GCH and short walks to bus stop and volcano pool. With small kids it was nice to walk out our building right to the GCH. Hope this helps.:goodvibes

03-05-2008, 09:20 PM
Tahiti, Room 1028

We loved the Polynesian Resort! My favorite things about the resort were:
~Room Size
~Dining Options
~Nicely Themed Pools

What I didn't like:
~Crowded Pools!!!


03-05-2008, 10:38 PM
I've been lurking around here for awhile now, yet found this the best thread to have my first post! :cool1:

My fiancee and I stayed at the Poly in December 07 and fell in love all over again. It just felt so romantic and magical. We stayed in the Tahiti longhouse with a MK view. room....3023 I believe (3rd floor). We watched the fireworks and the electric light parade from our deck. The walk to the TTC was so convenient it made traveling a tad quicker to us. The volcano pool was delightful, especially seeing the castle while swimming. Also...nothing beats a Lamu Lamu!!! :woohoo:

The only negative about the hotel was.......the nescafe!!! Why disney?!?! Why make us pay so much money for a hotel room to give us THAT for our breakfast!!! That is unless you go to Kona's. Order the press pot, it is a MUST!!

Hope this helps a bit....I guess I can't post pics because my post count is too low...sorry :sad2: