Sunday, November 18, 2007

Daily Figment 107 - Polynesian

4. Polynesian Village - A 644-room resort hotel designed in the style and leisurely manner of the South Seas. Swimming, boating and beach facilities are just a few steps from every room in seven "longhouses" clustered around the central main building, The Great Ceremonial House. Theme of the Papeete Bay Verandah restaurant is French Colonial, while other restaurants are casual - Tangaroa Terrace, Barefoot Snack Bar, Captain Cook's Hideaway, Tambu Lounge, Coral Isle Cafe, South Seas Room. Polynesian Luau dinner-show is a highlight.
--p. 11,
The Story of Walt Disney World

A lot has changed with the Polynesian resort of the past 30 years. There are currently 847 rooms in 11 longhouses (or areas). The restaurants, shops and pool area have all gone through changes, as well.

Steve Seifert has a created a great website about the Polynesian that tracks the changes, offers historical photos and various other tidbits. Visit Tikiman's Unofficial Disney's Polynesian Resort page to learn more about the Poly.

I had the amazing opportunity to vacation with my family at the Polynesian in December 2006. Staying in a monorail resort is wonderful (even though the boat launch to the Magic Kingdom was less crowded and less stressful). After we returned home, I went to our local grocery store and had to call my wife. Something was wrong. It took me a moment to realize that none of the grocery store employees were saying "Aloha!" The cast members at the Polynesian were the most wonderful CM's we ran into during our whole trip. I wholeheartedly recommend staying at the Poly. It had been a dream of mine for well over 10 years and it was nice to experience it at a time when my kids still thought the room alone was magical.

Enjoy the photos below. They are from my 2006 Polynesian Flickr album.

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