Our second post in the new Disney Vacation Club category is on our stay at The Polynesian. The Polynesian was the second part of our first Disney Vacation Club (DVC) trip, the third part of which we have already reported on Our DVC Stay at Disney’s The Grand Floridian. We arrived at The Polynesian by the monorail. We actually came from having tea and cake at The Contemporary, as we were a bit too early to check in. We had read so much about The Polynesian and how it seemed to be the top DVC resort for many, so were very excited to finally be arriving.
We had a short walk from the monorail to the lobby of the Grand Ceremonial House. It was a hive of activity with a number of people checking in. We were welcomed by reception, given an Hawaiian Lei, and was allocated a room but it was still not ready. So we went for a wander around the lobby which was delightful including the fabulous Tiki and photo point with the Lilio and Stitch surfboard. We finally ended up outside at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto having a cocktail. It was very warm so the cocktails did not last long.
An hour so later we went back to reception to get our room. We had booked a Deluxe Studio with Lake View and were given a room on the third floor of the Moorea building. It took a couple of minutes to walk to the Moorea building and unlike the DVC building at The Grand Floridian there was no grand entrance or hall. We took the lift to the third floor and went to our room. The view from the room has probably spoiled us for every room for the future as it was amazing. We looked across the lake, across the Bora Bora bungalows to the Magic Kingdom with views of the Disney Castle and Space Mountain. In the evening it was also great for viewing the fireworks.
The room itself turned out to be the most spacious we would stay during our visit. An added bonus was the bathroom which could be locked off to have a toilet and basin, and a basin and bath/shower section. The room included a bathroom with a lock off toilet, a kitchenette with sink, microwave, fridge and a coffee percolator. We had a coffee and sat on the balcony, appreciating how lucky we were to be at such a wonderful place. We had dinner booked at 9pm at Ohana (review to follow but just to say in short it was amazing) so went to the Magic Kingdom on the monorail for a few hours.
One of the great things having a DVC membership is that you have time to go and just enjoy the Disney parks rather than cramming everything in. If you miss something this visit there is always next time.
We loved The Polynesian and we can see why it rates highly among all the DVC surveys we have seen comparing the different resorts. The room and view were incredible, Ohana was amazing, Trader Sam’s was excellent and to top it all you could have a proper Pineapple Dole Whip at the Pineapple Lanai.
Our rating: 9 out of 10.