ALOHA! The Poly FAQ: Winter 2011 Edition
Winter 2011 Edition
Aloha and welcome to the Winter 2011 edition of the Polynesian Resort FAQ Thread! The goal of this thread is to answer any questions that you may have about Disney's Polynesian Resort. If you have a question that is not answered here in the first few posts of this thread, please feel free to come on in and ask away. One of our many Polynesian fanatics will be sure to have an answer for you or point you in the proper direction to get the information you need!
Upon arrival at the resort you will be greeted outdoors by bell services who will tend to your luggage, and either point you through the doors towards the check in desk in the Great Ceremonial House, or for Club Level guests, whisk you away to check in at the Concierge desk in the Hawaii building (More information on club level can be found here in post #8).
At check in, you will receive your Key to the World card (a "credit card" that contains your room key, dining credits, park tickets, and if applicable, room charging privileges).
You will also receive:
A welcome packet which includes a resort map...
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A directory of services...
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A parks & events times guide...
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A recreation guide:
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...and other information about your stay at Walt Disney World and the Polynesian Resort.
The Great Ceremonial House
Standing tall over the Polynesian Resort grounds, the Great Ceremonial House functions as the resort's lobby and is centrally located. The GCH contains the check in counter, the resort concierge, a beautiful three story waterfall, the resort's monorail station, a photopass booth, and most of the dining and shopping options that the Polynesian Resort has to offer.
Longhouses & Resort Grounds
The Polynesian Resort's guest rooms are located in 11 longhouses that are arranged throughout the lush landscape of the resort grounds. All of the longhouses are accessible from the torch-lit and music filled pathways that wind through the property.
The longhouse names are as follows:
Here is an overview of the resort grounds and longhouses:
There are three available view categories for rooms. They are Garden View (GV), Theme Park View (TPV), and Lagoon View (LV).
Theme Park view rooms will feature a view of Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park and the Seven Seas Lagoon. These views are reported to be the most magical on Disney property! Theme Park View rooms can be found in Aotearoa, Hawaii (Club Level), Tahiti and Tuvalu. Theme Park view rooms are categorized by their unobstructed view of Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
Lagoon View rooms offer a view of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Some rooms may offer an obstructed view of the castle or Space Mountain. Lagoon View rooms can be found in Aotearoa, Hawaii (Club Level), Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.
A Garden view features a view of parking area, garden, pool, marina or monorail. Don’t let the parking lot in the description scare you; the Polynesian has such lush and beautiful foliage that there are no bad views. Garden View rooms can be found in all longhouses.
The Polynesian also offers Club Level Rooms. The majority of the rooms are located in the Hawaii Longhouse and include all three categories of views. More information on the Poly Club Level can be found in post number 10.
All guest rooms feature:
Restaurants & Bars
The Polynesian Resort has plenty of options for a great meal, a quick snack or an icy adult beverage. From Sushi to Cereal to the ethereal Dole Whip, you'll be sure to find something to cure your cravings. The following text is mostly taken directly from the official "Directory of Services" that you recieve when you check-in to the resort.
A 24-hour, walk-up counter cafe on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Features include egg sandwiches, bakery bar, hamburgers, pizza, hot and cold sandwiches, salads and snacks, and grab and go drinks including beer. Capt. Cooks is also home to the dis-board favorite Dole Whip.
Grill Hours: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Serving the "perfect cup," this family restaurant features American Cuisine with subtle Asian flavors. Breakfast features our famous Tonga Toast. For lunch, try our pot stickers and Pan Asian pasta. Dinner features fresh fish selections. In addition you can enjoy the fabulous desserts that are featured in our on-stage dessert bar. A Children's Menu is available. The Kona Cafe is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House.
Breakfast: 7:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Lunch: 12:00 Noon - 2:45 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Located just steps away from the monorail at Disney's Polynesian Resort, enjoy coffee, tea, pastries, and fruit in the morning. For dinner, the menu morphs to sushi each evening. Volcano Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Sashimi, Tuna Poke, and Nigiri. Cocktails, wine, and sake also available. (From the Official Disney web site).
Coffee Bar: 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Sushi Bar: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Imagine the warmth of an orange and blue sunset, the glow of the burning embers and the smell of oak from the grill. 'Ohana will transport you to an island far, far away.
'Ohana means family in the Hawaiian language, and everything is served family style in an all-you-care-to-eat setting. The centerpiece of 'Ohana is an 18-foot semi-circular fire pit where you can watch your food being grilled.
Our family-style restaurant features a character breakfast and appetizers, vegetables, delightful salads adn freshly grilled meats served on skewers for dinner.
A spectacular view of thej Seven Seas Lagoon welcomes you to enjoy the spirit of 'Ohana where we celebrate all of your special occasions. Children's options are available.
Breakfast is 'Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast Featuring Lilo and Stitch, along with Mickey and Pluto.
'Ohana is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House.
Breakfast: 7:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Be a castaway at this cool, tropical bar with a true island "Hang Loose" attitude featuring wild libation combinations. The Tambu Lounge is located adjacent to 'Ohana on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House.
Hours: 1:00 PM - 12:00 Midnight
Appetizers Available: 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tropical libations and snacks served poolside at the Nanea Volcano Pool.
Hours: 12:00 Noon until Dusk (weather permitting)
Luau & Recreation
Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is an all-you-can-eat, family-style luau featuring hula, fire and knife dancers in an open air, covered dining theater located in Luau Cove on the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Dinner features BBQ Pork Ribs, Roast Chicken, Fresh Pineapple, Polynesian Style Rice and Seasonal Vegetables. A Chocolate Mousse Volcano is served for dessert. Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks are included in the price.
The Mikala Canoe Club in the marina is the place to rent Seay Racers, Patoon Boats or even a surrey bike to explore the beautiful Poly property! You can also borrow Coast Guard approved life jackets for your little ones at no charge! Operating hours vary throughout the year. Moana Mickey’s Arcade, next to Captain Cook’s offers video and skill games.
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The Poly also offers hair wrapping. Located by the pool. The stand is open from 12 noon to about 5pm daily. They take cash only and the charge is $2.00 per inch PLUS the cost of beads which range from $.50 to $4.00. You can pick up to 4 colors. A typical hair wrap will cost you about $20-$35 depending on the length of hair.
On various evenings, you can catch the torch lighting ceremony in front of the GCH.
You can also catch a movie on the beach between the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian. The movies vary by month and are shown on different nights of the week. Be sure to check your resort activity flyer upon check-in.
Guests of the Polynesian Resort are able to use the Health Club at the Grand Floridian Resort at no charge.
In the evening, the beach becomes the perfect place to watch fireworks on a lounge chair after a long day at the parks. You can also watch the Electric Water Pageant as it passes by the resort every evening at 9:00 PM. (Wishes Photo: sarahnaut, flicker. EWP Photo: gbrunett, flickr)
The Polynesian's main pool is the Nanea Volcano Pool, which is located adjacent to the beach. This location is said to offer one of the most spectacular view on Disney Property! Tucked into the 40 foot tall volcano is a waterfall and 142 foot tubular water slide that winds through the volcano and feeds into the pool. The Nanea Volcano Pool also features a zero depth entry on the beach side, allowing for a smooth ramp entry without steps. The inside of the volcano houses restrooms, lockers and showers. During the day, various activities are offered poolside such as bingo and hula hoop contests. Information about this can be found on the activity flyer you receive upon admission.
There is a child's play area situated next to the Nanea Pool.
The Nanea Volcano Pool has private cabanas which can be rented for a full or half day. The cabana rentals are for Polynesian guests only and can be reserved up to 180 days in advance by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.
$100 for a half day (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, or 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
$185 for a full day (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM)
The cabana rental includes:
In the "courtyard" that is formed by the Hawaii, Samoa, Niue, Rarotanga, and Tokelau lies the Polynesian's East Pool. The East Pool is tucked away into the resort's lush foliage, and offers guests a more relaxing atmosphere. Because of the location off the beaten path, and the lack of slides and pool games, this pool is often referred to as the Quiet Pool. Restrooms are located nearby.
The Polynesian Resort is located in a prime area for transportation around Walt Disney World Resort. The Resort Monorail line to the Grand Floridian Resort, Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center departs every few minutes from a station located upstairs in the Great Ceremonial House.
Water Launches travel a circular route between the Polynesian Resort, Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian Resort. These small boats offer a relaxing and breezy tour of the Seven Seas Lagoon on the way to your destination.
Buses are available outside of the Great Ceremonial House to transport you Disney's Hollywood Studio, Animal Kingdom, waterparks, and anywhere else in the world.
The Transporation and Ticket Center is only a short walk or monorail ride away from the Polynesian Resort and offers transportation to Epcot via Monorail, The Magic Kingdom via Ferry, and you can ride to everywhere else in the world via Bus.
From snacks to souviners and works of art, the Polynesian Resort offers many shopping options.
Located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House, Samoa Snacks offers a host of different Disney themed kitchen utensils, magazines, paperback books, various sundries, cold medications, drinks (including wine and beer) and snacks.
Next door to Samoa Snacks, in an adjoining store is Trader Jack's. Trader Jacks offers different Walt Disney World themed souviners including photo albums, hats, toys, CDs and DVDs, pins, and other assorted knick-knacks.
Downstairs in the Great Ceremonial House, you will find Boutiki. Boutiki stocks a variety of men's, women's and children's clothing including bathing suits, shorts, flip flops, and anything else you may have forgotten to pack. Boutiki is also home to a variety of Polynesian Resort themed merchandise such as clothing and coffee mugs. Finally, Boutiki offers up a jewelery counter full of sometimes pricey Disney themed trinkets which include Mickey Mouse Watches and necklaces.
Wyland Gallery showcases a collectionm of artwork (some Disney themed) by marine-life artist Robert Wyland. Original prints, jewelery and sculpture are for sale.
Disney's Polynesian Resort offers pretty much any services you need to make your vacation a smooth and happy one. Services Inlcude:
Airline Check In
On your day of departure, you can check your luggage and receive your boarding pass for participating airlines at the Airline Check-in Desk loacated in the Great Ceremonial House.
For assistance with luggage, you can stop by the Concierge Desk or call for Bell Services from your room. Bell Services will collect and store your luggage until your room is ready, or you are ready to depart.
Laundry and Dry Cleaning
Laundry bags and lists are located in the closet of each room. Call Housekeeping before 9:00 AM for pickup and your laundry will be returned after 7:00 PM. The resort also offers coin-operated washers and dryers, with a vending machine for detergent in a small laundromat next to the Neverland Club.
High Speed Internet access is available in every guest room for a nominal fee.
Lost and Found
For assistance with lost items you can visit the Concierge Desk located in the Great Ceremonial House
Mail drop-off and shipping is available at the front desk (or at the Hawaii Concierge desk for Club-Level guests). Stamps are available at Boutiki and Trader Jack's.
The Neverland Club
The Neverland Club offers a variety of supervised activities for potty trained children from 3 to 12 years old. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Kids Night Out offers in-room child-care services. For a great review and more photos of the Neverland Club by jkstewart1800, click here.
Club Level Concierge, known as The King Kamehameha Club at the Polynesian is a great way to add some extra magic to your Polynesian Experience!
The Hawaii Longhouse houses standard Club Level rooms. There are three view categories, Garden view, which has wonderful views of the gardens and quiet pool. Lagoon View, which faces Seven Seas Lagoon but may have a slight obstruction due to a Palm tree or other foliage and Theme Park View which will guarantee a fabulous views of the Magic Kingdom.
Club Level is located in the Hawaii (Regular CL Rooms) and Tonga (Suites) buildings. These buildings are secured and entry is only possible with a concierge room key.
In Hawaii, the first floor rooms offer a patio and the third floor rooms have balconies while the second floor has sliding glass doors but with only a railing rather than a balcony. The Hawaii Longhouse is loved by many simply due to it’s location. It is right on the beach, next to the volcano pool and a short walk to the GCH. Theme Park View and Lagoon View room rates are higher than Club Level Garden View Rooms.
Tonga Longhouse is a two story building with suites and also has garden view and lagoon view categories. These rooms are larger 2 and 3 bedroom suites that accommodate larger parties. While they also have lounge offerings they are able to access the offerings available in the Hawaii Longhouse.
Club Level services include pre-arrival personal vacation planning by the Itinerary Planning Office (IPO). The IPO will make your advance dining reservations, assist in purchasing tickets and other advance planning details. Shortly after making your reservation you will be contacted by a member of the IPO office to start planning your stay. Sometimes you may need to contact them first due to computer interface issues within Disney.
Concierge guests can call 407-824-2466.
To Fax the Planning Office use 407-824-3162
Their e-mail is Polynesian.Itinerary.Planning@disneyworld.com
(DO NOT E-MAIL THIS ADDRESS IF YOU ARE NOT STAYING IN THE CONCIERGE LEVEL ROOM!)
The Planning Office is open from 9 AM to 6 PM every day, Eastern time (excluding holidays).
While staying at the Club Level you will have personalized front desk and guest services. Your room will have robes, phone in the bath area, DVD players and nightly turndown service. Jogging strollers are also available to Club Level guests (first come first serve).
Club Level guests many also are able to experience the Wildlife Discovery Excursion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom which is available at 10am & 1pm daily for $50 a person. Part of the proceeds go to the Walt Disney World Wildlife Conservation fund. You can have your IPO planner assist you in making these reservations.
Club Level guests have access to the Club Lounge, a two story lounge that offers a great place to hang out without being in your room. Guests have access to the lounge until midnight on the last day of their stay, which makes it a perfect place to relax before departing for home after checking out. The first floor of the lounge includes seating (some with a spectacular view of the Seven Seas Lagoon, perfect for watching Wishes), a television and the lounge food and drink offerings.
The spectacular view from the lounge:
The second floor of the lounge offers a quieter area with less seating, a television, games, and a large restroom.
The Club Level Lounge offers a variety of food and beverage throughout the day. These offerings are as follows:
Kakahiaka (morning service) 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. offering muffins and pastries, tropical fruit, cereal, milk, orange juice, pineapple guava juice, ice tea, coffee drinks and hot chocolate from the new coffee machine, glass bottles of water, and toasters are available. Yogurt available as well as other items by request. Just ask at the counter.
Auinala (afternoon service) 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. offering fruit juice, bottled water, soda, ice tea, cookies, tropical fruit, and candys such as gummi sharks.
Ahiahi (evening service) 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. offering different themes each day.
Aumoe (late evening service) 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. offering wine and cheese as well as cordials and desserts.
Sodas and water are usually available 24 hours. A selection of beer and wine is also available by request.
Every evening they also serve a wonderful tropical beverage, the Ku’ulei Special. If you are so inclined to whip up a batch at home, the wonderful CMs in the lounge supplied a copy of the recipe.
The recipe for Ku’ulei Special can be found HERE!
New Menu as of 10/5/2009 Thanks to Tess.
For more detailed Club Level information For more Club level information, The DIS Concierge/Club Level Information - Part III (October 2010) can be found here
Bamboo lined hallways greet you as you enter the resort's rather exclusive Tonga building. All rooms in the Tonga building are club level suites, and guests have access to all club level offerings, although the only food offerings in the Tonga building are the continental breakfast and afternoon snacks and beverages. Tonga guests are welcome to use the lounge in the Hawaii building. The suites in this building range from $600 to $3,000 per night. Most suites have a kitchen area, sitting area, seperate bedroom and bathroom.
The Honeymoon Suite is a slightly oversized standard room with a king sized bed and a whirlpool tub. This suite offers a Marina and Seven Seas Lagoon view.
The King Kamehameha Suite has two bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, a parlor and a kitchen. The suite covers two floors with the main living area on the first floor and the bedrooms on the second. The upstairs master bedroom offers a balcony and king size bed and a whirlpool tub. The second bedroom has two queen beds and a bathroom with double sinks and seperate shower and tub. A suite length balcony faces the marina and the Seven Seas Lagoon.
The Ambassador Suites have two bedrooms, including a master bedroom with a king sized bed, three bathrooms and a parlor area. There are two Ambassador Suites, one each on the first and second floors.
The Princess Suites have one or two bedrooms, each with two queen beds. Each bedroom has a seperate bathroom with double sink vanity bathtub and seperate shower. This suite also includes a wet bar. The One Bedroom Princess Suite has one bedroom with two queen beds. Mary T in PA has supplied us with the following great photos from the inside of the Princess Suite on the second floor. Her full post, with a few more photos can be found here.
Reviews & F.A.Q.
This is where you can find links for reviews of longhouse locations, dining, club level and other Polynesian experiences and the most frequently asked questions about the Polynesian Resort.
Photographs of Wishes from room 2516 By: MIDisFan
2008 Club Level Review By SeaSpray
Late August 2009 Review By: SuAnne
September 2009 Club Level Review By: Tinkerbell 325
Garden View Photos By: BreezysMom
Accessible Room in the Hawaii Building By: SeaSpray
2010 Club Level Review By: Tess
Room 3604 By: Sersee05
Room 3602 Part I By: J.C.&Ali'sMom
Room 3602 Part II By: J.C.&Ali'sMom
Third floor room review and photos By: BreezysMom
Room 3318 view photo By: rcsilverspring
December 2009 Trip Report with link to photos By: eroller
Room 1817 Thoughts By: woodleygrrl
Room 1817 Photos By: woodleygrrl
Room 2821 review By: Zippa D Doodah
Review with Photographs By: Ladybugmom
October 2009 trip report By: Maiapapaya
Third floor Theme Park View Part I By: Lissiesmum
Third floor Theme Park View Part II By: Lissiesmum
Room 1405 Lagoon View Photos By: MsStinkerBelle
Photos of Theme Park View rooms 3409, 3410 & 3411 By: Dawgdad
Photos from room 2925 By: Toddd
April 2009 Room & View Photographs By: CAJUNWDWFAN
September 2009 Theme Park View Room Photographs By: GraceLuvsWDW
Princess Suite Photos By: Mary T in PA
Photographs from room 3326 By: ppony
Photographs from room 2701 By: Toddd
Other Reviews and Picture Posts
Polynesian Photo Thread By: Disboard Members
Review and Photographs of the Torch Lighting Ceremony By: CleveRocks
Resort Photographs from September, 2009 Part I By: RonaldDuck
Resort Photographs from September, 2009 Part II By: RonaldDuck
Resort Photographs from September, 2009 Part III By: RonaldDuck
Various Photographs from September, 2009 Part I By: Vicki C
Various Photographs from September, 2009 Part II By: Vicki C
Various Photographs from September, 2009 Part III By: Vicki C
Fireworks and Luau Photographs from September, 2009 By Vicki C
Photographs from May, 2009 Part I By: Mom2mek
Photographs from May, 2009 Part II By: Mom2mek
Photographs from May, 2009 Part III By: Mom2mek
Merchandise Photographs from October, 2009 By: BreezysMom
Photographs from October, 2009 Part I By: Capt Barbosa
Photographs from October, 2009 Part II By: Capt Barbosa
November, 2009 Trip Report with Dining Review from CL Stay By: MickeyNicki
Do all the rooms at the Polynesian get turn down service or just Club Level?
Turn down service is standard in Club Level rooms and is done daily. You can request turn down service in standard rooms. Just call housekeeping and request the service to be done.
Which Longhouses have two sinks in the bathroom?
A few of the rooms in the Tahiti and Rapa Nui longhouses have a double sink arrangement. These longhouses also have balconies on the second and third floor.
Does the Polynesian have a hot tub?
Sadly, there is no hot tub at the Polynesian.
Is there a playground at the Polynesian?
There is no playground at the Polynesian. There is a water play area next to the Volcano pool.
Do all the guest rooms have iHomes?
Yes, every guest room has an iHome alarm clock.
This thread is a continuation of the Fall edition found here. But, you probably already knew that ;)
I hope you enjoy the new edition of the Poly FAQ thread. I think I have it all covered here, although I know that when I look at it tomorrow morning, there will probably be a few changes I'll want to make (It's late and my eyes are getting fuzzy :surfweb:).
Thank you to everyone helping me along with this thread! I'd name names, but then I'd miss something and offend someone :thumbsup2
Please PM me (please don't post corrections/changes in the thread, I may miss them) and let me know if I missed anything (Pool Cabanas... Check... I'm on it...) or if I made any glaring spelling or grammatical errors.
And now, for your enjoyment, a gratuitous post full of Polynesian Photographs to start things off!
Thank you Bob, I think you went beyond yourself this time, the pictures, the layout of the FAQ, the consistent way it is presented makes my eyes go teary.
This is a masterpiece in perfect postings. A solid tribute to this wonderful resort (that we are to visit for the first time in April - so not biased)
I can tell a lot of work has gone down in creating this, getting the pictures just the right size. Excellent work, and again thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now I realy do not know how I can stand the wait of 75 days.
most excellent Guitarob!:thumbsup2 You have outdone yourself!:worship:
I know it takes a lot of work! especially making it look like this!
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