9 months: Flights, Resort and Park Hopper Passes booked!
180 days: Dinning and Event Reservations booked!
60 days: FastPass+ experiences booked (1am)!
Also, 60 days from arriving at Walt Disney World, your resort check-in begins on MyDisneyExperience.com. For the Polynesian, I requested early check-in, the Rorotonga Building (building closest to the Main Lobby with Monorail transportation) and a balcony (I received all options requested).
Arrived: After arriving in Orlando, we took the complimentary Disney Magical Express (30 minute drive) to the Polynesian resort. Once the bus ride began, I received a text from the resort informing me that our room was ready along with the room number. We were able to bypass concierge to check-in since our Magic Bands were automatically synced with our room. However, when we arrived at the Polynesian, a cast member was waiting for our family with leis, double checked our reservation and answered any and all questions we had.
This was our family’s first visit to the Polynesian resort. The decor along with the friendly and informative cast members, created a welcoming island atmosphere. We knew our lugguage would be waiting in our room later in the evening, but we wanted to drop off our carry-ons and put valuables into the safe. Our safe was malfunctioning, but with the help of the maintenance staff our problem was fixed very fast and we were on our merry way to Disney Studios.
But let’s talk more about the Polynesian.
1. Dining Options (All dining can be purchased with your Magic Bands….charged to your credit card on file)
‘Ohana / Tambu Lounge – Reservations required – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We did not eat here but I heard the food is excellent; and the character dining is magical for children of all ages. But their bar holds a special place is my heart…..The Pineapple Drink!
Kona Cafe – Reservations required – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Voted “Best Breakfast” at Disney…probably for the Tonga Toast – Banana-stuffed Sourdough French Toast rolled in Cinnamon Sugar and served with a Strawberry Compote and your choice of Ham, Bacon, or Sausage. This was breakfast the last day:(
Capt. Cook’s – Quick Service – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This was our go-to place for poolside breakfasts and lunches. The food is delicious…..try the grilled chicken sandwich on a sweet coconut bun!
Pineapple Lanai – Quick Service for Dole Whip…need I say more! And it’s right by the pool.
Kona Island – Quick service for coffee/pastries to cocktails/sushi. I got my iced non-fat latte’s here each morning and located right by the monorail entrance/exit doors.
Barefoot Pool Bar – Right by the pool to make sure your afternoons/evenings are more enjoyable.
Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Show – Reservations are required. Great food, wonderful entertainment and a Disney “Must-Do”. This is one of the hardest reservations to receive…so make sure to call immediately at 6am on your 180 day out mark. Also, this dining experience must be paid for in full while making reservations. There are two seatings: 5:15pm and 8:15pm 4 days a week.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – Stop by for some cocktails, appetizers and music on your date nights.
2. Pool – Make sure to enjoy your resort. The pool and it’s views are amazing! We made sure to have downtime at the pool each day.
3. Children’s Activities – Come to the pool for hours of games for the kids. Or make your child a reservation at the Lilo’s Playhouse if you need an adult night out. Miss Modhousewife participated in both. She loved the playhouse… especially dinner with new friends, making cookies, doing science experiments with the Nutty Professor, watching movies and a late night snack.
4. Shopping – There’s a convenience shop for snacks and anything you may have forgotten at home. Plus there’s a great shop for souvenirs, Boutiki! Note: If you purchase items in the parks, you are able to have them shipped to your resort’s main shop. Then you have the option to ship those items to your home. We had holiday ornaments shipped to our house.
Well, I hope I am helping you begin your Disney experience. More to come….so much information to share with you!
Have a magical day!