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The Pools and Beaches at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort



By Dave Shute

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

Night Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

REVIEW: THE POOLS AND BEACHES AT DISNEY’S POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESORT

Review The Pools and Beaches at Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.netThere are two pools and many beaches at the Polynesian:

  • The smaller Oasis Pool, which came out of refurb in 2016
  • The larger Lava Pool, loaded with amenities, which came out of refurb in 2015, and
  • Multiple beaches

 THE MAIN POOL AT THE POLYNESIAN

The Pool at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The main pool, variously known as the Nanea Volcano Pool and the Lava Pool (Lava Pool on the map, so that’s what I’ll call it) came out of a multi-month refurb in April 2015.

The body of the pool itself changed little. What’s new is

  • A bigger pool deck with much more sunbathing space (coming partly from eliminating the old cabanas)
  • A hot tub
  • And a very cool kids water play area, replacing a limp old splash pool

Some shots of the main pool from a couple of angles showing the bigger sunbathing space:

Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
Pool Chiars Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The main slide:

Slide Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The hot tub–which is elevated,  a nice effect:

Hot Tub Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…the zero entry area on the beach side:

Zero Entry Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Another shot of the main pool:

Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

Also added was a remarkable kids water play area, replacing the old simple splash pool.

Slide Kiki Tikis Splash Play Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

It includes two slides, one on the left above…

Another Slide Kiki Tikis Splash Play Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and another on the right.

Kiki Tikis Splash Play Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (3)

In the back of the play area is this splash and play spot.

Bar Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Also in the pool area you’ll find this bar. No real food, but the pool is right outside the Captain Cook’s quick service, so that doesn’t matter.

THE OASIS POOL AT THE POLYNESIAN

Oasis Pool Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The smaller Oasis Pool came out of a year-long refurb in April 2016.

Oasis Pool Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

What had been a fairly simple pool before the refurb has gained quite a few amenities. It now has a zero-entry edge…

Hot Tub Polynesian Village Oasis Pool from yourfirstvisit.net

…a hot tub…

Oasis Pool Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (4)

…a bar…

Menu Oasis Grill Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a grill with limited hours but an interesting menu. (Click it to enlarge it.)

Mug Refill Station Polynesian Village Oasis Pool from yourfirstvisit.net

Around the corner from the bar is a refillable mug station, also with limited hours. (Sorry about the humidity on my lens!)

After its recent refurbs, this is now one of the top pool complexes at Disney World.

THE BEACHES AT THE POLYNESIAN

Beach Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

Back in the day you could walk right from the pool deck to the beaches at the Polynesian.  Not anymore, as after its refurb the pool is fenced in, and there’s a new set of fences between the beaches and the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

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One beach is next to and just north of the main pool.

Firepit Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Here besides lots of lovely sand you’ll also find this firepit…

Beach Movies Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and movies at night.

Beach Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Another beach stretches along the DVC Bungalows.

Sunset Point Disney's Polynesian Village Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

(Sunset Point, by the way, has been rebuilt.)

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And there’s a third stretch of beaches near Luau Cove, between most of the Poly and the Grand Floridian.

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