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What is the Polynesian and what sets it apart from other Disney resorts?
Disney’s Polynesian Resort is an 847-room resort located on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon. It is situated directly south, and two monorail stops, from the Magic Kingdom. The Polynesian occupies 39 acres and is styled as a South Pacific paradise, complete with beaches, tropical landscaping, waterfalls, and bamboo tiki torches. The Great Ceremonial House is the center of the resort, serving as both lobby and focal point of the area. The Polynesian is a Disney Deluxe Resort, but the atmosphere is very casual and family-oriented.
Polynesian Resort Motto: Aiita Peatea which means “There will be another day tomorrow, just like today.”
When did the Polynesian open?
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort was one of the original Walt Disney World resorts, opening on October 1, 1971. During the grand opening, the Polynesian hosted guests such as Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Fred MacMurray, the governor of Florida, and the Disney family. In the 1980s the “Village” portion of the name was dropped, leaving the resort as Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
What are rooms like at the Polynesian?
Polynesian rooms are located in one of 11 different buildings called longhouses. Each one is either 2- or 3-stories high. All rooms are accessed through interior hallways.
A standard room at the Polynesian includes two queen-size beds, a day bed, an armoire, a very small table, and two chairs. Typical rooms are 409 square feet and have a maximum occupancy of five persons, plus one child under the age of 3. All rooms come equipped with an iron, ironing board, small refrigerator and a hair dryer.
Suites are located exclusively in the Tonga longhouse. They can accommodate between four and six people.
Are there smoking and nonsmoking rooms?
As of June 1, 2007, all Disney resorts and guest rooms are now smoke free. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. Check the resort map or with a Cast Member for locations.