Located about a 6-minute drive from Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Polynesian Resort is geared towards travellers who prefer a Disney-themed resort with a monorail, on-site dining and an outdoor pool.
Each of this smoke-free hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a desk, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board and an in-room safe. Rooms with a separate bedroom and a living area with a daybed are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms.
Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a kiddie pool, a snack bar, a private beach, a hot tub, a children's club, a games/arcade room, guest laundry, a gift shop, outdoor movies, boat and bike rentals, cabanas, campfires, volleyball and trails.
Free parking is available on site. Valet parking is available for $10 per day. For transportation to Orlando International Airport (MCO), there is a free shuttle bus (contact the hotel directly for the full schedule and details).
The free Disney Monorail also stops outside the hotel and provides transportation to various Disney parks. There is a free water taxi that will take guests to Magic Kingdom and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Finally, there is a free bus that stops nearby, which can be used to access most Disney destinations.
Pets are not permitted at this resort. A daily resort fee may be applicable (contact the hotel for details).
On-site dining at 'Ohana (serving breakfast and dinner daily) and Kona Cafe, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The hotel also offers Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show and Disney-themed Character Breakfasts.
Downtown Disney Marketplace can be found about 14 minutes away by car, while Disney's Hollywood Studios is a 9-minute drive from the hotel. Disney's Magnolia Golf Course is roughly a 3-minute drive away and Orlando International Airport (MCO) is a 30-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: December 21, 2013)
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's location, rooms and staff.
The hotel's location was praised by numerous reviewers, who found it close to Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and the Disney Monorail. One patron remarked, "Perfect location within Walt Disney World with the monorail at your doorstep and the transportation station a short 5-minute walk away".
Many lodgers were impressed with the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, updated, spacious and well equipped, with great views of the Disney fireworks, large bathrooms and comfortable beds.
Several guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay. They characterized the staff as helpful, accommodating, friendly and efficient.
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the restaurants.
Some guests were disappointed with the hotel's restaurants. They described the food as repetitive, expensive and of poor quality, and also reported needing to make breakfast and dinner reservations at the buffet restaurant six months before their stay.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #98 of 329 Orlando hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 1,598 reviews.
guest reviews rated the hotel 4.4 out of 5 with a 91% recommendation rate from 433 reviews.
guest reviews rated the hotel 4.3 out of 5 from 213 reviews.The author called the hotel on December 21, 2013 to verify some information.