Polynesian Resort-A look inside part 2
This is the second blog, to read about room size, the pool, transportation, and the best place to view fireworks at Polynesian Resort, please click here.
Advantages and disadvantages of each longhouses
On October 28, 1999, the names of the longhouse at the resort when through a name change, the description of the longhouses below also include their previous names. The original names of the longhouses included words that were imaginary and words that did not represent actual places. The new names all represent real Polynesian islands. The names were rearranged so that, if you take a map of Polynesia and a map of the Polynesian Resort, all the islands are roughly in their correct geographical position. In 2006, the Polynesian underwent an extensive rehab, longhouse by longhouse each was renovated. They are undergoing another renovation beginning January 2013.
Aotearoa (formerly Tahiti) This building is very close to the Great Ceremonial House, especially Captain Cook’s. It is also near Luau Cove, and you may be able to hear the sounds of the Luau. If you are trying to walk to the Transportation & Ticket Center, it can be a bit of a walk. Rooms on the northern side face the garden or the lagoon. Some rooms here face Cinderella Castle and the Grand Floridian. Rooms facing south overlook the gardens and the monorail, some looking at the road. There are no balconies on the second floor.
Fiji (formely Fiji) This building is only a short walk away from the Great Ceremonial House. It is also close to the marina and Luau Cove, where the sounds of the show might be heard from your room. It is, however, a bit of a walk if you are headed to the Transportation & Ticket Center. Rooms on the eastern side overlook the marina and the Volcano. Rooms to the west overlook the gardens, and some overlook the beach. There are no balconies on the second floor.
Tuvalu (Formerly Samoa) Staying here, you are just a few minutes’ walk to the Great Ceremonial House, but it is the furthest building from the Transportation & Ticket Center. Rooms to the north are lagoon view rooms, most looking at the Magic Kingdom. Rooms to the south overlook the gardens, with a few looking at the marina or beach. There are no balconies on the second floor.
Hawaii (formerly Tonga) This is the concierge building, and you must you your room key to enter the building. It has a great central location, just a minute or two from the Great Ceremonial House, and about 5 minutes from the Transportation & Ticket Center. It is centrally located to both the pools at the Polynesian. Rooms on the northern side are lagoon views, many of which look at Cinderella Castle. Rooms to the south overlook the gardens, some facing the quiet pool. There are no balconies on the second floor.
Samoa (formerly Hawaii) This building is located directly between the two pools. IT is very convenient to the Great Ceremonial House, and about 5 minutes to the Transportation & Ticket Center. Rooms to the west face the volcano pool. Rooms to the eastern side overlook the gardens, many of them overlooking the quiet pool. There are no balconies on the second floor.
Niue (formerly Bora Bora) This is the smallest building at the Polynesian. It is directly next to the Great Ceremonial House, and about 5 minutes from the Transportation & Ticket Center. IT is a few steps walk from either of the pools. Rooms to the west overlook the stream that lead to the pool. Rooms on the east overlook the gardens. There is no elevator in the building, but there is a second floor walkway to Rarotonga, where there is an elevator. There are no balconies on the second floor.
Rarotonga (formerly Maui) This building is directly next to the Great Ceremonial House, and about 5 minutes to the Transportation & Ticket Center. It is also next to the arcade, laundry, and Never Land Club. The quiet pool is convenient, and it is just a few minutes away from the Volcano pool. Rooms on the northern side overlook the gardens, some with a view of the pool. Rooms to the south overlook the gardens, some looking at the monorail or the parking lot. There are no balconies on the second floor.
Tokelau (formerly Oahu) This building is centrally located to about everything. IT is just a short walk to the Great Ceremonial House, the Transportation & Ticket Center, and the Volcano pool It is directly next to the quiet pool, the arcade, the laundry, and the Never Land Club. All rooms overlook the gardens. Some rooms to the west overlook the quiet pool. A handful of rooms on the northern end overlook the lagoon, but none face Cinderella Castle. There are balconies on all the floors. Some rooms have rool in showers.
Tahiti (formerly Moorea) This building is right next door to the Transportation & Ticket Center. It is a bit of a walk back to the Great Ceremonial House. It is a short walk to the quiet pool, but at bit of a longer walk to the Volcano pool. Rooms to the north are lagoon views. Some look at Cinderella Castle. Because of the trees, other rooms only look at the Grand Floridian, Space Mountain, Wilderness Lodge, the Contemporary, or the Transportation & Ticket Center. All rooms to the south overlook the gardens. There are balconies on all the floors.
Pap Nui (formerly Pago Pago) This building is right next door to the Transportation & Ticket Center. It is a bit of a walk back to the Great Ceremonial House. It is a short walk to the quiet pool, but a bit of a longer walk to the Volcano Pool. Rooms to the south overlook the gardens, some looking at the parking lot. Most of the wheelchair-accessible rooms are in this building, and all of the rooms with a roll-in shower are here. There are balconies on all of the floors.
Polynesian Concierge Service
Arrival: When you arrive at the resort, be sure and tell Bell/Services/Vlaet that you are staing Concierge. They will then load you and your luggage on a large golf cart and take you to the Hawaii building for check-in.
Services: Concierge guests have “special” Disney package delivery. If you make a purchase in the theme parks and have it sent back to your room, the concierge staff will place your purchase in your room the next day between noon and 3 pm.
Concierge guest may also have nightly turndown service.
There are two lounges located on the second and third level. On the second level, you have a large window perfect for watching Magic Kingdom’s Firework show complete with music piped in. The third level is quieter place to relax, read or play a board game.
Hours of Service for Food and Beverages
6:30 am -7 am
7am-10:30 am Kakahiaka (Morning Service)
Continental breakfast featuring: fresh fruit, juices, pastries, bagels, English muffins, oatmeal, cereals, coffee and assorted teas.
12:00 pm- 4pm Auinala (Afternoon Service)
A variety of fresh fruits, cookies (oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, & sugar) and other snacks, including gummy worms, Goldfish crackers, trail mix. Also available: Guava juice, lemonade, tea, coffee, bottle water and sodas.
5-7 pm Ahiahi (Evening Service)
Light hors d’oeuvres, including fresh fruit, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, cookies, and hot appetizers, wines (cabernet, white zinfandel, and chardonnay) Children’s snacks, including Smackers “Uncrustables” peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and gummy worms.
8-10 pm Aumoe (Late Evening Service)
Sampling of Desserts (miniature éclairs, cream puffs, etc.) and cordials, including Amaretto, Grand Marnier, Courvasier, and Franjelico
Concierge Suite – This suite is a one-bedroom suite that includes 2 queen size beds. The bathroom includes both a shower and a tub. There is no separate parlor. This suite faces the marina.
1 Bedroom Suite – This is a two-room suite. The bedroom features two queen size beds. The bathroom has a separate sink/dressing area from the actual bathroom. A separate parlor features a sitting area and a day bed, along with a small kitchen area and a refrigerator. This suite faces the garden.
Princess Suite – There are two bedrooms and a parlor in this suite. Each bedroom has two queen size beds. One bedroom features a bathroom with a shower and tub. The other bedroom has a tub and separate sink/dressing area. The parlor has a sitting area with a day bed, and a small kitchen area with refrigerator. This suite faces the marina.
Ambassador Suite – There are also two bedrooms and a parlor in this suite. The master bedroom comes with a king size bed and bathroom with tub. The second bedroom has two queen size beds and bathroom with both a tub and shower. The parlor includes a very large sitting area and a queen size Murphy bed. There is a third bathroom here with sink and shower. A mini-kitchen features a small refrigerator and a microwave. This suite faces the gardens.
King Kamehameha Suite- This suite is the largest at the Polynesian, and is two stories high. The first floor features the sitting area with a ceiling open to the second floor. There is also seating at a bar leading into the kitchen. The kitchen are features a refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. There is also a small bathroom located off of the parlor. Both bedrooms in this suite are on the second floor. The master bedroom features a king size bed, and a huge bathroom with whirlpool tub. The second bedroom has two queen sized beds and a bathroom with both shower and tub. This suite faces the marina.
The Never Land Club
The Never land Club is a special child care experience for children ages 4-12. It is a supervised child care program for Walt Disney World guests that features full-sized arcade games, Nintendo, computers, dress-up, arts & crafts and pirate ship, and the clouds of London.
From 6 until 8 p.m. a dinner buffet is served, which is typically includes pizza, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, French fries, hot dogs, corn on the cob, fruit and a dessert. A pudding dessert is served at 8 p.m. and juice and cookie snack at 10 p.m.
The club is located in the same building as the arcade and the laundry, between the Rarotonga and Rapa Nui longhouses.
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