The Polynesian Resort: Are You Ready for the Fabulousness of Club Level?!

Polynesian Resort,

Aloha from Teri!

Every other year my three cousins and I plan a “girls week” at Disney. For one particular trip, we decided to stay at the Polynesian Resort. We liked the idea of staying on the monorail circuit and being close to the Magic Kingdom, our favorite park!

The Polynesian Resort is absolutely beautiful, with lush tropical gardens in abundance. The Polynesian has an ambiance of the South Pacific. The main building upon arrival is the Great Ceremonial House with its own tropical garden right in the center. This is where you check-in and can find Ohana Restaurant. The resort consists of eleven different buildings called “Longhouses.”   Each Longhouse has a different tropical name surrounded by lush gardens.

Club Level Check In

Polynesian Resort Club level, Polynesian Resort, Disney Club Level, Disney ClubWe booked a garden view room for our stay. As a surprise I upgraded us to the Polynesian Club Level. “Club Level” means this is the concierge level.  Upon arrival, I let the bellman know we had Club Level accommodations. He gathered our bags and off we went in a golf cart on a quick tour of the resort and were led to the Longhouse Hawaii. Here we had a private check-in and each of us was presented with a beautiful carnation lei. We were escorted up to the third floor to our beautiful BIG garden view room. The rooms here are quite large in comparison to other Disney resorts, as this was one of the first resorts built at WDW. We had a balcony that overlooked magnificent foliage. Only guests staying at Club Level have access to this building. We were located right in front of the Volcano Pool and beach area.

The Club Level Lounge

On the Polynesian Resort Club Level, there is a lounge for the guests staying in the Hawaii longhouse called the King Kamehameha Club. There were offerings like  a continental breakfast in the morning, fresh fruits and cookies during the day and light hors d’oeuvres and hot appetizers in the early evening.  Delicious juices, teas and wines were served. My favorite was the sampling of desserts that were offered with cordials to go with them later in the evening

Polynesian Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Polynesian resort beach

Ah, the Club Level View

The lounge has a three-story wall of windows facing the Magic Kingdom with a perfect view of Cinderella’s Castle. Each night guests gather here to enjoy viewing the fireworks over the castle, with music piped into the room from The Magic Kingdom. It is truly magical!

Every night at 9 pm, The Electrical Water Pageant passes right by the Polynesian on the lake. This is a beautiful way to end each amazing day at the parks, just sitting out on the beautiful shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

The Volcano Pool at the Polynesian is an awesome sight to see. We enjoyed relaxing poolside and soaking up the Florida sun in the afternoons. If laying on the beach is more to your liking, you can do that as well, with pool cabanas for rent and beach chairs in abundance.

Polynesian Resort pool, Disney Polynesian Resort pool volcano

Dining Options

The 24 hour Captain Cook’s Snack Company offers quick bites to eat, and this is where, other than the Magic Kingdom, you can grab a Dolewhip!

There are two dine-in restaurants at the Polynesian Resort.  The Kona Cafe is great for breakfast, serving their famous “Tonga Toast.”  The Kona Cafe is also open for lunch and dinner.

One of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World is Ohana, located at the Polynesian. You can experience a really fun and delicious character breakfast meal with Lilo & Stitch. For dinner all of the cast members are your “cousins” with an All-You-Can-Eat- dining fun time. They have huge hibachis where the chefs prepare steak, pork, sausage and turkey. The cast members come to your table with long skewers of each meat. Salad, wings and veggie’s are served family style with a delicious loaf of banana bread for each table. Dessert is always a delicious masterpiece of yummy bread pudding.

The kids totally enjoy coconut races and a hula hoop contest.  Oh yes, and I can’t forget the wonderful Hawaiian melodies performed by an enjoyable strolling entertainer. Dining here makes for just a fabulous experience.

Ohana’s meals cost $15 to 35.99 per person.

Character breakfast and dinner

From Ohana you can view the fireworks at Cinderella’s Castle. We were lucky enough to have our table right at the window where we oood and aaad while enjoying the show!

Another fun experience at the Polynesian is The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Luau. This is a family style All-You-Can-Eat dinner celebrating the South Pacific with song and dance. And yes, there were grass skirts and hula dancers to enjoy. Upon arrival each guest is given a traditional Hawaiian Lei to wear. The Spirit of Aloha dinner show was $60 per person.

I wanted to do something extra special during our stay, so I spoke with the Disney Florist for ideas. They told me about a service they have called an In Room Celebration. While we were out enjoying the parks, Floral Cast Members came in to our room and set up our “In Room Celebration,” which consisted of decorating the room with banners and wonderful boxes with presents for everyone. When we arrived back to our room, there was a banner on the outside of our door that said “Welcome.” The looks on each of my cousins’ faces were priceless as we entered… Beautifully wrapped boxes and banners were on the beds. Tinkerbell was on our mirror twinkling away. That truly topped off our week!

Disney Mickey Doll, Disney present, Disney room service

At the Polynesian, the transportation you have is the monorail and buses. There is a short scenic walk to the Ticket & Transportation Center, where you can take a boat to the Magic Kingdom or hop a monorail to Epcot. You are right in the center of the Disney experience, and this is a luxury you will pay more money for.

The Downside…The Cost 

Using 2012 pricing during Value Season, here is a breakdown of room rates for the Polynesian Resort.

  • Standard Room with Garden View, 5 people maximum $405
  • Standard Room with Lagoon View, 5 people maximum  $505
  • Standard Room with Theme Park View, 5 people maximum $545
  • Club Level with Concierge Service – Standard Room with Garden View, 5 people maximum, $545
  • Club Level with Concierge Service – Standard Room with Lagoon View, 5 people maximum,  $680
  • Club Level with Concierge Service – Standard Room with Theme Park View, 5 people maximum, $720
  • Club Level with Concierge Service – Honeymoon Suite, 2 people maximum, $680
  • Club Level with Concierge Service – One-Bedroom Princess Suite, 5 people maximum,  $910
  • Club Level with Concierge Service – 2-Bedroom Princess Suite Club Level with Concierge Service – 2-Bedroom Princess Suite, 9 people maximum $1550
  • Club Level with Concierge Service – 2-Bedroom Ambassador Suite , 8 people maximum, $1710
  • Club Level with Concierge Service – King Kamehameha Suite, 8 people maximum, $2275

So for the jump in price, what benefits does a Club Level stay that standard rooms at the Polynesian do not offer?

Club Level offers you benefits of the King Kamehameha Club.

  • Advanced Walt Disney World Resort Itinerary Planning service
  • Personalized Front Desk and Concierge service from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Evening turndown service with chocolates
  • Secure key access to the Club Level floors and Lounge, which serves refreshments daily:
    • Continental breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Midday snack from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Evening wine and cheese from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Evening cordials and desserts from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Complimentary Health Club access
  • Complimentary fax assistance

For reservations, you can book online or call (407) WDW-MAGIC or (407) 939-6244. For Disney’s website with specific room amenities, you can click here.

If you enjoy a laid-back resort experience, the Polynesian is the perfect place for you. We were transported to the South Pacific while we were there. The gardens and waterfalls are serene and welcoming. We found the Club Level stay at the Polynesian Resort to be just fabulous, and I would highly recommend it for those who don’t mind paying extra for your Disney accommodations.

Teri

Teri Scavette lives in Runnemede NJ. She and her husband, Dan, own and operate a window treatment business. Teri is a vereran of four Disney cruises and over 70 trips to WDW.

“I so look forward to each trip more than the last. Why do I love Disney? Quite simply…Being there and making so many happy treasured memories with my family just makes my heart smile!”

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the review! We are officially 38 days away from our WDW trip to the Poly and I can barely stand it!

  2. Teri thx so much for your recent post! My girlfriends&I have been planning a trip to Hawaii Forever! Sadly our careers&time restraints have always gotten in the way. But after reading your “rave review” I got the idea: Why not go to Hawaii WDW style!!! My friends love the idea&we’re booking the Polynesian. We’re “Jersey Girls” so Fla. is just a hopskip for us no problem! Thx again! Aloha, Martiw

  3. This is one of my absolute favorite places in the whole world. You will absolutely love it. Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to let me know how your trip goes!
    Amanda

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