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Photo Tour of a Standard Room at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, click here.)

PHOTO TOUR OF A STANDARD ROOM AT DISNEY’S POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESORT

Floor Plan Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
Standard rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Resort are among the largest on property, and were refurbed in 2013. The refurbishment included a redone bath–now with two sinks–new beds, and new colors and textures in the floors and walls.

Closets and Coffee Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

As you enter the room, on one side you’ll find the bath and the other two closets separated by a cabinet with a mini-fridge below and coffee service above.

The closets are similar to the prior layout of the room.

Closet Door Side Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Each is good-sized, and overall there’s plenty of space with multiple hanging levels. This image is of the one closer to the door…

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…and this one the one closer to the room. Note the ironing board, safe, and small drawers, and the space at the left for hanging longer dresses. (Most rooms do not have the robes.)

Mini fridge Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The mini-fridge is below the coffee maker, and has plenty of room.

The bath is on the other side of the entry hall. It retains the old-fashioned design of not being divided–the toilet, tub and sinks all share one space. See the floor plan at the top of the page.

 

 

Sinks Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

As you enter the Polynesian bath, you’ll find two sinks on one side…

Bath Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…a tub on the other…

 

Toilet Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a toilet at the back.

Bed Side Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Further back in the room, one side has two queen beds and a chair.

Bed Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

A closer view of a bed.

Bedside Table Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Between the beds is this small bedside table.

Bed Side from Back Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The beds from the window end of the room–you can also see the easy chair.

At the end of the room are three large windows–rooms with balconies or patios will access these from this space as well.

Balcony View Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Here’s the view from our balcony in the Hawaii longhouse, theme park view!

Wishes from a Theme Park View Room at Disney's Polynesian Resort 2 from yourfirstvisit.net

The theme park view is best at night during Wishes.

TV Side Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The other side of the room…

TV Side from Back Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and from the back.

This side of the room includes a desk…

Desk Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…with a table on wheels underneath that can serve either as a better typing position for a laptop, or be rolled elsewhere in the room to as a place to dine or play with the kids.

Dresser Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Next to the desk is a dresser with a TV on top.

Dresser Storage Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s six smallish drawers here.

Couch Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The last item on this side of the room is a couch…

Day Bed Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…which flips down into a bed.

The bed is ~33 inches wide by ~72 inches long, but sleeps longer than that as the frames have 75 inches clear between them. I’m about 6 feet tall, and was quite comfortable in this bed–both in length, and in its cushioning.

The bed side of these rooms has fine proportions, but in rooms with a connecting door, the desk/dresser/sofa side has everything jammed a little too closely together. Overall these are among Disney World’s most livable rooms.

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9 comments

1 Melissa { 10.20.13 at 10:18 am }

Hey Dave thanks for a great article! I am always a YC’er but thought of split stay at Poly this year. We have visited 18 times before but always other resorts!!! I am just making sure of something your article states last refurb of Poly 2007. Do you mean this was the one done PRIOR to the one that just happened or did one NOT just happen? Were ALL rooms updated recently? I never wanted to stay here b/c I felt the rooms honestly were dumpy looking so I need to make sure of a FULL rehab before I roll the dice here. Thanks much! melissa

2 Dave { 10.21.13 at 9:51 am }

Hiya Melissa and thanks! I get you on the ambiguity, and have revised the page to mak eit go away.

Here’s the scoop: 1. all rooms except those in Rapa Nui and Tahiti were rehabbed in 2012-2013, but 2. there’s other construction going in at the resort, which has put some off (but not me!!) For more on the construction, see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2013/09/04/renovation-and-construction-at-disneys-polynesian-resort/

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3 Lee { 07.16.14 at 8:48 pm }

Hi Dave! Wow, I am so glad I found your site. We are planning on taking our daughter to Disney for the first time in September. I have always wanted to stay at the Polynesian, but honestly it was a little too pricey. I have gotten a good deal though, perhaps due to the construction going on. I know that the volcano pool will be closed when we go (not a deal breaker for us), but do you think the work being done in the lobby at that time will take away from the ambiance? I’ve heard others say that Disney tries to cover it up well and you still get the Polynesian feel. Thanks so much!

4 Dave { 07.17.14 at 7:39 am }

Hi Lee, and thanks!! If as a first-timer you go in focused on looking at what’s fun to see, and ignoring the evidence of construction, you will be fine!

5 Lee { 07.17.14 at 9:44 am }

Dave, you are awesome! Thanks a million!

6 LeeAnne { 09.28.14 at 4:13 pm }

Hi Dave! We just got back from our vacation at The Polynesian! I just want to THANK YOU for your advice to go ahead with our reservation, despite the construction. The hotel was beautiful! As first timers, we also took your advice to stay in the Raratonga building with balcony (our room overlooked the Quiet Pool). The room was clean, spacious and modern. The staff at the Polynesian was wonderful as well…it was my daughter’s birthday and they did lots of little extras to make it special for her. We were not affected by the construction at all. In fact, with the exception of a few covered walls in the lobby, we really didn’t notice it at all. We watched movies and saw the Magic Kingdom fireworks and electric boat parade from the beach. The restaurants were great too..we ate at Capt Cooks and did the Ohana Character Breakfast (meeting Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch was so much fun, even for the adults). We enjoyed Dole Whips at The Pineapple Lunai too. Having direct access to the monorail was worth its weight in gold! We traveled back and forth to the Contemporary and Grand Floridian, Epcot and the Magic Kingdom with ease. I can go on and on about this wonderful trip and this wonderful hotel. I can’t thank you enough…after reading so many comments on the internet about the construction, I was so nervous to stay there…but luckily we took your advice and now will have lasting memories of our stay at The Polynesian.

7 Dave { 09.29.14 at 7:19 am }

LeeAnne, I am so glad this worked out for you! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!! I’m curious if pool time was a big deal for your family, and if so, how the quiet pool worked out for you…

8 LeeAnne { 09.29.14 at 9:23 am }

The quiet pool looked beautiful, sparkling clean and not crowded at all. It was open late at night too. I saw that they provide towels at the pool as well. I heard the staff playing games with the guests during the day (they gave us an activities schedule when we arrived). Unfortunately, we did not have time to use the pool because we were in the parks from morning til night. We only came back to the hotel in the afternoon for a very short break. If we stay longer next time, I will definitely use the quiet pool. I don’t think we would have liked the Volcano pool anyway….we much rather prefer a more relaxing atmosphere. Thanks again!!!

9 Dave { 09.30.14 at 6:50 am }

Thanks, LeeAnne!

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