Along with a warm aloha and a lei greeting, guests are invited to enter the South Seas environment of the Great Ceremonial House, a green oasis sheltering the front desk, shops, and restaurants. Rattan and cane chairs and sofas with beautiful cherry red cushions and textiles sit on floors of polished flagstone. Two-story picture windows draw the eye outdoors to the lush landscape surrounding the Volcano Pool and the Seven Seas Lagoon beyond. Located on the monorail system and within walking distance of the Transportation and Ticket Center, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the most convenient of Disney’s resorts with direct access to both the Magic Kingdom® and Epcot®.
Cast members here are some of the friendliest at any of the Disney resorts, and you’ll feel immersed in the South Pacific with soft Hawaiian melodies and torch-lit grounds pretty much everywhere you look. Lodging is in tangerine and mahogany tinted longhouses scattered throughout the luxuriant grounds composed of more than seventy-five species of dense vegetation. Ducks and ibis roam the thick grassy lawns and rabbits hop along meandering pathways lined with volcanic rock. Three white-sand beaches, dotted with a few lounge chairs and swings, are a spectacular place for sunning or a perfect perch for the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
847 rooms. 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830; 407-824-2000; Fax 407-824-3174. Check-in 3 p.m.; Check-out 11 a.m.
Some of the largest standard rooms in Disney, with around 400-440 square feet, are here at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Guest rooms have been renovated in a Moana-themed look with a palette of rich blues and golden browns. All new furnishings and faux wood herringbone flooring make for a cleaner look. Two elevated queen beds with space underneath to stash luggage are topped with blue headboards below carved wood extending almost to the ceiling. Adding a pop of color are floral pillow bolsters in violet, hot pink, and blue, and convenient are the narrow benches found at the base of each bed. A few rooms come with king beds (Standard View Rooms and on request only), making for a larger sitting area. Opposite the beds is a Moana accent wall and a textured wood 3-drawer bureau, and flat-panel TV. Most rooms also offer a flip-over single sofa bed outfitted in a deep blue, and all come with a small leather and batik fabric chair and ottoman. The standard desk has been replaced with two accent tables from which to work.
The entry has lighted closets with an iron and board, an electronic safe, and extra shelves and drawer space. Attached to the closet is a marble-topped bar with an under-counter refrigerator and Keurig coffeemaker. Bright tropical Moana-inspired artwork, Polynesian-themed custom fixtures, and splashy mirrors add to the fun.
Enter a pocket door into the bathroom, where you’ll find double sinks set in a shallow vanity with shelving and cubbies underneath. Some rooms come with an oversized shower, others with a bath/shower combination, both embellished with a barn door-style sliding glass enclosure and a rain shower–style showerhead and handheld. A separate commode area with a pocket door is a welcome addition to this renovation. The bath is nice and bright with in-mirror lighting, including a lighted makeup mirror. Bath products are H2O.
Room view choices include Standard View with a look at the garden, monorail, and/or parking area; Pool or Marina View; Lagoon View facing Seven Seas Lagoon; and Theme Park View with a view of Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon.
Nestled along the beach is the Hawaii concierge building offering the services of a super friendly concierge staff as well as private check-in and checkout. The bi-level King Kamehameha Club is among the best in Disney’s concierge repertoire, affording a fantastic view of Cinderella Castle and the Magic Kingdom fireworks with quite tasty food to boot. Accommodations come in either a Garden View, Lagoon View, or Theme Park View (a guaranteed view of the castle without obstructions), but second-floor rooms do not have balconies. Additional amenities include robes and nightly turndown service.
Open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., the concierge lounge has complimentary food and beverages beginning with a breakfast buffet of juice, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, hot oatmeal, cinnamon rolls, croissants, mini muffins, bagels, smoked salmon and accompaniments, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt parfait, deli meats, and cheeses. From noon to 4:00 p.m. juice, lemonade, coffee, and iced tea is served along with snacks such as cookies, shrimp or grilled chicken salad, fruit kabobs, homemade potato chips and crudités with dip and hummus, make-your-own trail mix, and goldfish crackers. Evening choices include a variety of fresh fruit, pineapple with caramel dipping sauce, baba ganoush and hummus with pita bread, assorted cheese and crackers, crudités and dip, and hot and cold appetizers such as sushi rolls, seafood stew, salmon lomi lomi, farmhouse salad, watermelon salad with balsamic and goat cheese, edamame-corn salad with cilantro-lime dressing, tomato mozzarella salad, crab deviled eggs, pork belly, rice noodle salad with chicken and cashews, Kona coffee bbq pulled pork sliders, macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi, pork wings with white bean cassoulet and guava barbecue sauce, lamb loin with pea puree, poached shrimp with lemon-caper aioli, vegetable spring rolls, and crab rangoon fondue. Wine choices include Raymond and Chardonnay, Selbach Reisling, Piper Sonoma Brut sparkling wine, and Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon; also Ku’u’lei, a specialty alcoholic concoction a bit like sangria. Kids enjoy such goodies as mac ‘n’ cheese, sweet and sour chicken nuggets, sloppy joes with cheese, mini corn dogs, and PB&J sandwiches. After dinner is cordials, wine, and mini desserts of coconut eclairs, guava or tiramisu panna cotta, red velvet cupcakes, peanut butter mousse, Rice Krispie treats, s’mores tarts, fruit tarts, brownies, chocolate and lemon tarts, chocolate chip, sugar, and oatmeal-raisin cookies. There’s also a self-service espresso and cappuccino machine, and a self-serve refrigerator stocked with sodas. My one complaint . . .the lights in the lounge at night are so bright that it’s almost impossible to see the view outside the windows, so instead, you see your reflection. According to the concierge staff, it’s a fire code requirement? They do, however, lower the lighting for the fireworks show.
All suites are located in the intimate, two-story Tonga longhouse conveniently located adjacent to the Great Ceremonial House. Continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, and evening cold appetizers are also served in the Tonga building along with the use of an espresso machine and a refrigerator filled with soft drinks, juice, milk, and bottled water. However, if oatmeal in the mornings and hot appetizers in the evening appeal, then it will require a trek over to the Hawaii concierge building lounge. Another new option is the addition of a complimentary concierge menu from which you can choose hot and cold choices from a menu and have them delivered to your suite. For breakfast, there’s an egg platter, continental breakfast, fruit plate, or cereal, and even Tonga Toast; from 5-10 p.m. appetizer choices of a salad, pot stickers, lump crab cakes, sticky wings, vegetable nigiri, and spicy tuna rolls are the choices; kids can pick hot dogs or hamburgers. A great addition to the suite amenities!
And expect a bit of activity from morning until night on marina-facing suites since they front a highly trafficked sidewalk.
Suites were renovated from top to bottom in 2021 in a subdued Polynesian theme.
For the ultimate vacation, try the King Kamehameha Presidential Suite, a two-story beauty with two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a living room. At 1,863 square feet, the upstairs master offers a balcony with views of the castle, lagoon, and marina, dark wood and cane king bed, entertainment center, easy chair with ottoman, an enormous two-part bath with a sink, bidet, commode, whirlpool tub, TV, and walk-in closet on one side: tub, shower, sink, and toilet on the other. The sizeable second bedroom has two queen bamboo beds, easy chair with ottoman, entertainment center, desk, bath with double sinks and separate shower and tub, as well as a balcony with a view of the marina and Space Mountain®. Downstairs is a comfortable living area with hardwood flooring and an oversized entertainment center, beige sleeper sofa, fern-green, rounded easy chairs, and a coffee table along with a dining area with eight-person table. A bar opens to a small service kitchen with under-counter refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. Above are gently moving paddle fans, and off the entry is a half bath. A patio spanning the length of the suite overlooks the marina, the Seven Seas Lagoon, and Cinderella Castle in the distance. Tour the King Kamehameha Suite on the Glass Slipper Concierge YouTube Channel! Newly renovated with updates to follow.
The two-bedroom, three-bath Ambassador Suites at 1,513 square feet have a living room featuring hardwood flooring, a fern motif sleeper sofa, large TV, two rounded easy chairs in a chocolate and cream graphic print, dining table for eight, sleeper sofa, large garden-view balcony or patio, wet bar, full bath off the entry, and separate kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher. The oversized master features a cane king bed, entertainment armoire, easy chair and ottoman, desk, standard-size bath with two sinks, and a balcony. The second bedroom is the same size as a standard guest room with two queen bamboo beds, easy chair, bureau with TV, and another balcony. There are two Ambassador Suites: one on the first floor and one on the second with a preference on request only. The downstairs suite faces a small fenced garden; the upstairs Ambassador II suite, which is hearing accessible, looks at a slice of the parking lot but also a lovely garden view. Both have a view of the monorail but come with much less traffic than those suites that face the marina. View Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Ambassador Suite on the Glass Slipper Concierge YouTube channel.
The marina/Cinderella Castle-view, two-bedroom/two-bath Princess Suite has 1,212 square feet on the ground floor. It features a small, carpeted living area with a beige sleeper sofa, rounded easy chair, and two occasional chairs in a creamy white fabric along with a coffee table, oversized entertainment center, granite wet bar, and patio. Off to each side of the living area are two bedrooms, one slightly larger than the other, each with two queen beds, TV, bureau, desk, easy chair, and ottoman. Each bedroom has a bath: one is a standard-type bath with double sinks in the larger bedroom; the other is a two-part and larger accessible bath with double-sink vanity, bathtub, and a roll-in shower.
The resort’s One-Bedroom Princess Suite is located on the second floor just above the Princess Suite with 760 square feet and is almost identical except for eliminating one of the bedrooms. Beautifully renovated in 2021, a tropical area rug sits on wood floors in the living area. It holds a beige single sleeper sofa, two fern green, mid-century modern-style occasional chairs, two small round coffee tables in front of the sofa, and an entertainment bureau above which hangs the TV. A marble countertop wet bar in the living area holds a sink, microwave, undercounted refrigerator, and Nespresso coffee machine. The bedroom has two white-sheeted queen beds adorned in gorgeous green, purple, and aqua blue pillows, bolsters, and runners. A tropical flower mural runs the wall length behind the beds with a colorful rug below the beds atop the wood floors. A sizable bureau with plenty of drawer space sits below the TV. A small occasional chair sits in the corner. Enter a large walk-in closet with a vanity desk, stool, and a lighted makeup mirror from the bedroom. Shelves hold an electronic safe, robes, slippers, a steamer, and an open hanging area for clothing. The adjoining bath has double sinks in a long marble vanity with a lovely shell-shaped rock backsplash. Across is a large shower with fern green tiling, and there is a separate commode area. Balconies in both the living room and the bedroom look at the marina, the Seven Seas Lagoon, and the castle in the far distance. Tour Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort One-bedroom Princess Suite on the Glass Slipper Concierge YouTube channel.
The Honeymoon Room is a slightly oversized standard guest room offering a marina/Space Mountain® view, canopy king bed surrounded by light white gauzy curtains and kiwi green accent pillows, easy chair and ottoman, oversized table for two, desk, large bamboo-style bureau above which hangs a large TV, and patio. The bath is off the foyer with a corner whirlpool tub, double sinks, and shower.
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