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Dining at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

By Dave Shute

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


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Disney’s Polynesian Resort has some of the best dining at Walt Disney World, most of it in the Great Ceremonial House.

Captain Cook's Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from

The counter service offering is the first-floor Captain Cook’s–also with outdoor seating…

…which you can see through the windows.

You’ll find the most up-to date menu on Disney’s site, but above is the lunch/dinner menu as of my last visit.

You order and then use a pager to actually get your food when it is ready.

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The well-known Polynesian treat, a Reuben sandwich.

The breakfast menu.

There’s a number of dining items at Disney World that are considered must-trys, but to me the one that most consistently lives up to its billing is Tonga Toast (above).

Outside of Captain Cook’s is a spot where you can grab a Dole Whip or Pineapple Sundae.

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The first floor bar, Trader Sam’s, is based on the famous one at the Disneyland Hotel. On my visit it was too crowded for me to get in to the indoor part of this bar other than for a quick, out-of-focus shot.  I promise  do better soon!

There’s also an outdoor section to Trader Sam’s–an image of it is at the top of the page.

The Trader Sam’s review from our book, The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019:


Upstairs there’s two table service restaurants, the family-friendly ‘Ohana and the Kona Cafe.

Lilo and me at 'Ohana at the Polynesian Resort

‘Ohana (review here) does a breakfast meal with Mickey, Lilo and Stitch, and a no-character evening meal with skewered meat.

Here’s the review from our book, The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019:

Outisde 'Ohana Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from

‘Ohana gets booked up in advance and its staging area gets quite crowded.

Kona Cafe, around the corner from ‘Ohana, has two areas.  One serves as a coffee bar in the morning and a sushi bar in the evening.

The other is the restaurant proper.

The Kona Cafe review from our book, The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019:

‘Ohana is best loved by families; Kona Café is an under-appreciated gem, best known for its Tonga Toast.  Neither is a truly distinctive adult dining experience–for that, you’ll need to go to another Disney World deluxe resort.

Also on the second floor floor you’ll find another bar, Tambu Lounge.

If getting to the second floor seems like too much work, you may find this bar cart downstairs in the lobby area.

Outside and towards the Grand Floridian you’ll find the luau dinner show. Our lukewarm review from our book, The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019:

There’s also a bar at each pool, and the smaller Oasis pool has a limited-hours grill with an interesting menu (click it to enlarge it):

Menu Oasis Grill Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from

More on this on the next page!


This review continues here.





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1 comment

1 Tara { 03.31.15 at 11:42 am }

Hi, I’m in need of advise. I want to splurge for my family and stay at the Polynesian BUT it’s myself my husband and FOUR kids. All of my kids are under the age of 10 but older than three. 4, 5, 7 and 10 years old. My 4 and 5 year old could easily sleep on the daybed. If I told Disney that I only had 3 kids staying in the room and I get my own park passes would that work. I cannot afford to get two rooms at this hotel. And this is truly where we all wanted to stay 🙁

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