Friday, June 11, 2010

Disney's Polynesian Resort

Although I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting any Disney resorts I can already tell this is my favorite!
This is a deluxe resort with rooms starting at $365 a night and has been open since October 1, 1971. This resort is a stop on the monorail and is just a short ride from the Magic Kingdom. You can call 407-824-2000 to make reservations.

A Grand Ceremonial House is in the center of this resort, with buildings named after the different Polynesian islands surrounding it. This ceremonial house was modeled after a Tahitian royal assembly lodge! Most of the resort's merchandise and dining locations are housed in this ceremonial house. A luscious 3-story garden of 75+ different species of tropical and sub-tropical plants occupies most of the lobby.

Every night there is a special torch-lighting ceremony complete with a native juggling a fire torch!

847 rooms fill this resort. Rooms typically contain two queen sized beds, a daybed, a lounge chair and table, desk, two closets, a combination dresser, and an entertainment center with a flat screen tv. These rooms can easily sleep 5 guests. Here's a video tour of a room (I LOVE the fact that there are turtles on the beds).

Nanea Volcano Pool features a 40 ft high volcano with a waterfall and tube slide. There is also an east pool that is known to be quieter, features greater depths, and is perfect for swimming laps.

QSFB Locations

Captain Cook's
This location is open 24 hours a day and is located on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House. It is a good place to pick up packaged salads and sandwiches, as well as sushi and fresh fruit. There is also a made-to-order section that features a high-tech ordering system. The menu has recently been expanded to include Tonga Toast and Dole Whips.

Kona Island
This is essentially a sushi bar. It is open from 5pm- 10pm and it serves coffee and sushi. It is also located right next to the Kona Cafe and the door that leads to the monorail loading platform.

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