The Polynesian, Does It Live Up To The Expectations?

We had the priviledge to stay at the Polynesian for four nights on our recent trip to Disney in early December.  I was so excited about staying here because I had heard so many wonderful things about the Polynesian.  We have stayed at the Grand Floridian and I loved being on the monorail.  It had been several years since we had been on the monorail so I was excited to be back.  Well, I must say that the Polynesian did not disaapoint!

It was beautifully decorated for Christmas.  This resort reminds me of Hawaii.  Everything is so nice and peaceful and it has a laid back relaxed atmosphere.  The white sandy beaches and volcano slide at the pool were wonderful too, although the pool was cold.

When we got there our room wasn’t ready so we hung out on the beach.  We had a nice view of the Magic Kingdom right there.  Disney’s system was down so it took getting our room a little longer than they had anticipated.  IMG_0834We had moved from the Art of Animation so our luggage was in transit too.  Our son wanted to play in the pool but we had no bags so he wasn’t able to do that.  However, the nice Cast Members at the front desk told us to go to the Bou”tiki” and get some swim trunks and bring the receipt back to them and they would take care of it for us.  And that is what we did.  We got him changed and he stuck his foot in the pool and declared that it was too cold.  But the swim trunks still came in handy because he went and sat in the sand and played until our room was ready.  My husband sat in a lounge chair and fell asleep.

When the room was finally ready we head over and got settled in.  The room was wonderful.  It had the 2 queen beds, good size bathroom area and nice plush towels.  We got changed (I remembered to IMG_0844keep out our shirts for the MVMCP event later that night) and headed out to the Magic Kingdom.  We were located in the Tokelau building which was a short walk to the Great House where we walked out front to catch the monorail.  First stop was at the Grand Floridian and the second stop was the Magic Kingdom.  I loved being so close to the Magic Kingdom and riding the monorail was fun for our son.

We had a couple of glitches but nothing too major.  I have decided that there is no sound proof rooms anywhere.  We heard a little noise from our neighbors that were in the hallways but not too bad.  We got back really late that night from the MVMCP (about 1:00 a.m.) and we found out our bags where not in our room yet.  So we called bell services and they had them brought right up to us.  We fell into bed and right to sleep.

The next morning came our one other glitch.  I woke up earlier than my husband and son so I decided to get up and get ready.  I went into the bathroom and shut the door and started to get ready.  Well, I was putting on my make-up when my husband got up.  My husband tried to open the door and couldn’t get it opened.  He whispered for me to unlock the door.  I told him it was unlocked and that is when the fun began.  I couldn’t open the door and he couldn’t get the door to open. IMG_0849 I was stuck in the bathroom.  Did I mention that I am a little claustrophobic?  I wasn’t stuck long but it was long enough.  By that time all that woke up our son.  He wanted to know what happened so we told him I was stuck.  My husband then gets in the bathroom to take a shower and our son decides to shut the door not thinking it would stick again and low and behold, now my husband is stuck.  He twisted the plate part back on and it works again.  We did stop by the front desk and let them know and they had it fixed by the time we returned that evening.

While we didn’t have a view of the Magic Kingdom we were just a short walk to the beach and we could see it from there.  Our room overlooked the quiet pool.  It really was quiet and I loved it.

We did try out all the restaurants while we were there.  Kona Cafe is now one of my favorites.  I had a Cafe Latte and it was so yummy.  Captain Cooks was a good place for quick serive.  And of course, what can you say bad about ‘Ohana’s?  IMG_1441We even ordered room service one morning.  I got to try my first Tonga Toast and I can see why people rave about it.  It is sweet but so good and I don’t even like bananas.  I just picked those off and ate the toast.  The Strawberry Compote they have on the side for the toast – VERY GOOD!