Disney’s Riviera Resort – A DVC Duo Resort Review

Disney’s Riviera Resort – A DVC Duo Resort Review

Is it the French or Italian Riviera? Why not both! Disney’s Riviera Resort is the newest of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Walt Disney World. On December 16, 2019, Disney’s Riviera Resort opened its doors to DVC members and guests. Located between Hollywood Studios and Epcot, the resort is a short Skyliner ride away from either park. It’s time to find your linen pants and fedora as we’re off to the European coastline for our DVC Duo review of Disney’s Riviera Resort.

The Theme

Disney’s Riviera Resort is a look back to the EuropeWalt Disney fell in love with during his travels. The exterior of the resort is simple, elegant and looks like it was just plucked off the Mediterranean Sea and placed in Florida. Meandering around the grounds you’ll stumble upon beautiful gardens, water fountains, and majestic lakeside views. Stepping into the resort you immediately feel the European inspired design through the richness of the furnishing and one of kind artwork. No detail was too small for this resort, including title work in the archway leading to the resorts Skyliner station.

Entering the rooms you’re greeted with classic European styling from the color palette to the intricate details in the wood work. You immediately feel like royalty.

Passholder Insights: The tile archway at Disney’s Riviera Resort is a must see. When exiting the Skyliner follow the signs for the lobby, as the path brings you right through the archway.

The Rooms

With 489 guest rooms, Disney’s Riviera Resort is one largest DVC Resorts at Walt Disney World, only being surpassed by Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, and Boardwalk Villas. The resort is a single building where all of the rooms are situated on either side of the main lobby. Each of the room types have one of two view types, either standard or preferred, except for the Tower Studio and 3 Bedroom Villa, which only offer one. The preferred view overlooks the lake. Below is a breakdown of the room options:

  • Tower Studio – Unique to the resort is a one of kind studio designed for two guests. The rooms consist of a living room with a couch that converts into a queen-sized bed. The full-size mattress pulls down from the wall, similar to a Murphy bed. Attached to the living room is the bathroom. Sleeps 2 people.
  • Deluxe Studio – Similar to your normal hotel room with one queen-sized bed, one queen-size Murphy bed sofa, 1 single pulldown bed, and a bathroom with two showers. Sleeps 5 people.
  • 1 Bedroom Villa – Similar to 1 bedroom apartment, as these rooms have a kitchen, laundry facilities, living room, and large master bedroom with a jacuzzi tub and sink area. One bathroom with a standup shower and sink area. The living room couch has a pull-down queen bed and a pull-down single bed. Sleeps 5 people.
  • 2 Bedroom Villa – The 2 bedroom villa is made up of a deluxe studio and 1 bedroom villa. The only difference is a second full bathroom and the addition of a walk-in closet in the deluxe studio portion where the entrance would normally be located. Sleeps 9 people.
  • 3 Bedroom Villa – A single-story “house” that has the same facilities as the 1 and 2 bedroom villas with the following additions, a larger dining room, 3 total bathrooms, and 3 total bedrooms (1 king bed, 4 queen beds in each bedroom). The couch in the living room converts to a queen bed. Sleeps, 12 people.

We’ve stayed in all the room types at various resorts. In our opinion, what makes Disney’s Riviera Resort different than any of the other resorts is the bathroom configuration of the standard studios. Having two shower options is a big plus, especially if you’re up early to rope drop.

Passholder Insights: One of our favorite aspects of the rooms is the storage under the beds for luggage. Similar to Disney Cruise line rooms, most of your luggage can fit under the bed (standard studios and larger rooms).

Lobby of Disney's Riviera Resort

Lobby Area

Arriving at Disney’s Riviera Resort either by the Disney Magical Express, car, taxi, or rideshare you’ll be dropped off at the main lobby area. Bell services will greet you for any of your luggage needs. Stepping through the front door on your immediate left the gift shop with a limited selection of groceries and “grab and go” items and Le Petit Cafe. On the righthand side is the check-in and guest services. Traveling further into the lobby you find a staircase that brings you down to the Skyliner pathway as well as the airline luggage check-in area.

Depending on the time of day (before check-in time) we would recommend having bell services hold your bags so you can enjoy the magic. Of course, you could always take advantage of the Magical Express Luggage service and save yourself the hassle of lugging luggage as we do.

Unique to the resort is the Voyageurs’ Lounge attached to Le Petit Cafe. A must-see spot for any fan of Disney history. This area is filled with Walt Disney memorabilia. It’s the perfect spot to wait for your room or enjoy your morning coffee.

S'il Vous Play pool area at Disney's Riviera Resort

The Pools and Recreation

Heading down the staircase from the lobby you’ll come to an exit that brings you outside to a bocce court on the lefthand side and the adult pool (Beau Solei) on the right-side. For a more quiet day at the pool, we recommend hanging out at Beau Solei. Continuing towards the lake you’ll find a grand seating area for relaxing or enjoying a bit, or if you’re like us an adult timeout. Glancing off to your left you’ll the S’il Vous Play pool area.

The family-friendly S’il Vous Play pool area carries forwards the Mediterranean feel, all the way down to the umbrella styling. The large zero-entry pool has a good size waterslide that wraps around a Greek-inspired column tower. For the littlest of ones, there is a splash pad area with an array of characters from Fantasia. That’s right we’re talking about the ballerina hippos and ostrich from the movie.

Pastry from Le Petit Cafe

Food, Did Some Say Food?

Disney’s Riviera Resort has wonderful options for food, and maybe one of the best places for a breakfast pastry. The offerings range from quick serve to signature dining. For a quick bite you can check out either Primo Piatto or Le Petit Cafe, which is quickly becoming our favorite spot for a coffee and pasty.

The resort offers one sit-down restaurant. Below is a breakdown of the restaurant:

  • Topolino’s Terrace – Located on top of the resort is Disney’s newest signature restaurant. With breath-taking views of both Hollywood Studios and Epcot, the restaurant offers breakfast and dinner. At breakfast you can dine with Mickey and friends in one of the best character dining options on property. Come nighttime the restaurants transitions into a Italian inspired restaurant where everything is made from scratch. Expect a full DVC Duo review coming soon.

Beyond the restaurant, Disney’s Riviera Resort has one of the more fun lounges at Walt Disney World. Serving as both the pool bar and lounge, Bar Riva is the boushy pool bar you’ve been looking for. Serving up a variety of classic cocktail and snacks it the perfect place to relax and take a break from the parks.

run trail at Disney's Riviera Resort

Quick Workout

Workout? Who works out on vacation? If you haven’t figured it out, we’re those people. We like to break a sweat before heading to the parks. The gym has all the basics you need for a vacation workout. The one-piece we really enjoy about Disney’s Riviera Resort is the running path that connects to the Caribbean Beach Resort. Just under a mile, the loop is perfect for a quick jog.

Our Thoughts

Bravo! After the first night at Disney’s Riviera Resort we fell in love with it. From the two showers in the studio to the easy Skyliner ride to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, it a resort we’ll definitely be staying at again and again. If you’re looking for a resort with a centralized location to all the parks, this is your place. It definitely has more of an adult feel, but we saw tons of kids having a blast playing bocce ball and whipping down the slide. Disney Riviera Resort review complete, time to relax. We’ll see you at Bar Riva!

How Are We Celebrating May The 4th At Home – A DVC Top 3

How Are We Celebrating May The 4th At Home – A DVC Top 3

May the 4th be with you! And, also with you. We have to complete the saying, as it just doesn’t feel right leaving it unfinished. This year’s edition of May the 4th is a unique one for sure. Many Disneyphiles and Star Wars fans alike are wishing they were in Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disneyland snagging a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance or were piloting Millennium Falcon as part of Hondo’s crew. They are not alone, we do as well. With those options not available, we thought we would take a lot at ways to enjoy Star Wars day at home. It’s time for our top 3 ways to celebrate May the 4th homestyle!

What Is This Day?

Beyond the great play on words, May the 4th does have a backstory. As the story goes, in a country far far away, well not that far away, it’s just across the pond in London where our story begins. A couple of years after the release of Star Wars, Episode IV, it is noted one of the first uses of the phrase May the 4th be with came from a British newspaper. The newspaper printed a message for then newly-appointed British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. As a congratulation on her victory other members of the conservative party purchased a full-page ad and included the iconic phrase. From there, the phrase picked-up steam and slowly became the cultural phenomenon we know today.

Listening to Star Wars Podcast is one way celebrate May the 4th

Listen Closely

Grab those headphones! The Star Wars community is filled with people that know a lot more about the mythology of Star Wars than we could even imagine. A great way to grow your Star Wars knowledge is by listening to any of the many Star Wars related podcasts. For us, it’s a great way to multi-task and celebrate May the 4th at the same time. We like to pop on headphones and head about our daily responsibilities, whether that be knocking out some home or work-related tasks, getting a little exercise, or writing up a blog article or two.

There’s tons of Star Wars podcast to choose from and many of the Disney-related podcast join in the fun with special May the 4th episodes. Head over to your favorite podcasting app and search for Star Wars.

Breakfast wrap at Ronto Roasters

Off To The Kitchen

We’ve got to eat, right? While whipping up a glass of blue milk may not be in cards, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some Star Wars related food. By far one, our favorite meals in Galaxy’s Edge is the Ronto Wrap. Believe it or not, this handheld delight is both delicious and relatively easy to make. As we discussed in our Disney at home article, heading to the kitchen and crafting some of our favorite recipes is how we like to keep the magic going at home. Our friends Tom and Michelle crafted a great recipe for making a Ronto Wrap at home, you can find their recipe here.

If you’re looking to take it to the next level and make even more dishes, Disney produced a Galaxy’s Edge cookbook. You can find out more about the book here.

Saga Time

It’s what we are thinking, right? A Star Wars movie marathon! The question becomes which order will you watch the movies. Are you going to view them in the release order? Should you include the one-off stories like Rogue One and Solo? What about Clone Wars? Oh, and we cannot forget The Mandalorian. Needless to say, there is an array options to choose from for your May the 4th viewing pleasure. The best part is they are all now in one place, Disney+. Disney is doubling down this year by releasing the final episode of Clone Wars and Rise of Skywalker both on May the Fourth, as well as, the behind the scenes footage from the making of The Mandalorian. For us, nothing beats enjoying the movies that made us fans in the first place.

If you’re looking to spice it up, check out Star Wars bingo from Disney. You can download and print off the bingo cards here. It’s great for the whole family.

Our Thoughts

It’s all about the little things! With everything happening in our world today, it’s about getting a little creative to celebrate the things we love. Like setting a virtual viewing party with your friends and family to enjoy the saga together or sharing the pictures of favorite Star Wars dish. Well, there’s only one thing left to decide, how are we going to watch the saga this year? Who are kidding, we always go in order of release date!

DVC Policy Updates Related To Coronavirus – What’s Changed?

DVC Policy Updates Related To Coronavirus – What’s Changed?

Updates, we’ve got updates! What are we talking about? We’re talking about DVC policy updates as it related to Coronavirus or COVID-19. It’s the information every DVC member has been patiently waiting to learn about. On Friday, April 25, 2020, Disney Vacation Club Senior Vice President, Terri A. Schultz sent out an email to all members announcing the new DVC policy updates and how DVC point usage will be managed amidst COVID-19. Let’s get right into it and breakdown the updates!

DVC Resort - Old Key West Resort

Expiring Points

By far the number one question from DVC members was, “The trip I booked is canceled due to COVID-19 and my points are expiring, what happens to my points?”. How do we know it was the number one item? It was the first thing addressed in the DVC policy updates. Here is a summary of the update:

  • For points associated with the DVC member’s 2019 user year that are set to expire either in April or June 2020, where the member had a reservation booked during the Walt Disney World closure period will be extended for another year. The points will now expire in either April 2021 or June 2021, depending on the member’s use year.
  • For points associated with the DVC member’s 2018 use year that were banked and set to expire either in April or June 2020, where the member had a reservation booked during the Walt Disney World closure period will be extended for six months. The points will now expire either in October of 2020 or December of 2020, depending on the member’s use year.

The small print. There is always small print, right? For the changes to expiring points policy to be applied the following conditions have to be met. First, the member’s reservation has to have been canceled either on February 29, 2020 or later. Second, the trip canceled has to have been scheduled for either March 12, 2020, or later.

It should be noted the DVC policy updates as it relates to expiring points are only temporary. Additionally, the changes do not apply to the DVC developer points. DVC developer points are points owned by Disney Vacation Club. For every DVC resort, there is a portion that is retained by the Disney Vacation Club.

Borrowing Points

The second biggest question from DVC members was, “How will Disney Vacation Club handled room demand?”. As we discussed in our DVC resort options article, which you can find here (a fantastic read if you would like our opinions), DVC resorts usually run at 95% capacity throughout the year. With expiring points being extended for a time period, it creates a strain on the Disney Vacation Club meeting room demand. The DVC policy updates begin to address this area with changes to the borrowing of points. Here are the updates:

  • Effective April 25, 2020, members who are looking to borrow points will be limited to only being able to borrow 50% of their next use year’s allotment.
  • For vacations booked prior to April 25, 2020, and fall outside the temporary closure period, with points borrowed greater than 50% will be honored.
  • For vacations booked prior to April 25, 2020, and are within the temporary closure period, with points borrowed greater than 50% will be automatically canceled and the points returned to the associated use year. The returned points will then fall under the new 50% borrowing points policy.

At the moment, the DVC policy updates related to borrowing points does not have an end date. Disney Vacation Club will continue to monitor inventory demand and look to return the borrowing points policy to is original version, ie borrow up to 100% of your next year’s points, as soon as possible. It should be noted that further adjustments to borrowing points could happen depending on the length of closure and overall demand for resorts.

Annual Dues

What about annual dues? With the resorts not open it could be assumed the resource needs to maintain the resort is lower as well. The question is, “Wouldn’t that mean DVC member annual dues should be less as well?”. The DVC policy updates directly address this question as well. According to Disney Vacation Club, they are anticipating lower operating costs during the closure period, however, the unknown is the resource demand when resorts reopen. The policy updates state the following if there is a surplus:

  • If there is a surplus in annual dues come mid-December 2020, the Disney Vacation Club will issue a credit for members that will be applied to the member’s 2021 annual dues. The Disney Vacation will not roll the surplus into reserves.

In the DVC Duo house, we believe it is safe to say the resource demand when resorts reopen will be higher than “normal”. In order to keep guests safe we would expect to see an increase in the number of cast members cleaning and maintaining the resorts.

Our Thoughts

Fair, very fair. When it comes to rolling out these types of DVC policy updates it’s definitely a challenge solve for every situation. In this case, we believe Disney Vacation Club has done a solid job in addressing the member’s concerns and setting up the resorts to meet demand. With Disney Vacation rolling out the policy updates it also leads us to believe they have a rough idea to when Walt Disney World and DVC resorts will be reopening. In order to determine how long to extend the expiration period of point and figure out what percent to limit the borrowing, Disney Vacation Club would need some insight into when reservations could resume. That’s not to say further adjustments will not happen. Well, it looks like it’s time to start making some reservations!

UPDATE: On May 27, 2020, Disney Vacation Club made the following announcements around the reopening of the resorts. Additionally, they made adjustments to the DVC policy updates:

  • Hilton Head Resort and Vero Beach Resort will reopen on June 15, 2020
  • All Walt Disney World DVC resorts will reopen on June 22, 2020
  • Disney’s Grand Californian and Aulani Resort do not have opening dates at this time

The DVC policy updates as it relates to points:

  • For points associated with the DVC member’s 2019 user year that are set to expire either in April, June, August, September, and October 2020, where the member had a reservation booked during the Walt Disney World closure period will be extended for another year. The points will now expire in either April 2021, June 2021, August 2021, September 2021 or October 2021, depending on the member’s use year.
  • For points associated with the DVC member’s 2018 use year that were banked and set to expire either in April, June, August, September, or October 2020, where the member had a reservation booked during the Walt Disney World closure period the points will now expire November 30, 2020. This will supersede the previous update.

We will continue to update this article as more information become available. Continue to check back for new information.

Disney At Home – How We Kept The Magic Going

Disney At Home – How We Kept The Magic Going

Who says the magic has to end! Disney at home is a real thing and it’s totally possible to bring the magic home with you. Without stealing your favorite Disney character. By no means do we support, condone, or recommend the stealing of any Disney character. #sarcasm. Anyways, back to talking Disney at home. We’re opening the doors to our house and sharing how we keep the magic going!

The Obvious

What can we say, we like to state the obvious. Someone has to, why not us! By far the way most Disneyphiles keep the magic going with Disney at home is content. Whether it’s watching YouTube video, listening to a Podcast, or of course reading your favorite blog, content is the easiest way to keep Disney in your life. The other most obvious way is Disney Plus or Disney movies and shows as a whole. Whether it’s a Disney movie night, or be sucked into our new favorite Disney plus show the Mandolorian, Disney has a plethora of content to enjoy.

bringing Disney at home via monopoly

Game Night

No, we’re not talking about the hilarious Jason Bateman movie. A good watch, but definitely not Disney at home worthy. Did anyone else just quote Gareth and Wayne in their head? “We’re not worthy”. When we say game night we’re talking about board games and puzzles. We like to spice up the traditional games with Disney inspired versions, like Monopoly. Dibbs on the doom buggy piece! Whether it’s Clue or Disney Villians, you can usually find these games at your favorite big box store or via a little online shopping.

Beyond the traditional board games, there are a variety of interactive games for either game consoles or your smartphone. You may catch Nate playing Disney Emoji Blitz from time to time, but let’s keep that secret between us, deal? Deal!

One way to bring Disney at home is making recipes

Try The…

Grey stuff! We know you said grey stuff when you read it. We would say it’s delicious as well and worth a try when at Be Our Guest for lunch. Speaking of food. See what we did there, in the blogging world we like to call that a smooth transition. Outside of the attractions, one of the big reasons we love Disney so much is the food. From the tasty treats to the grab and go meals, and our favorite sit down restaurants dishes, these are things would like to enjoy every day. And we can! Well, at least in our own way.

What are we talking about? We’re talking about channeling our inner Remy and making your way to the kitchen. One of the things we like to do for more Disney at home is to whip up our favorite recipes. There are tons of recipes to choose from and it doesn’t always have to be the whole dish. Once and while we like to work in a Disney inspired side dish with our meal.

drinking coffee and enjoying Disney at home

The Little Things

It’s all about the little things when talking Disney at home. For we keep it simple, whether it’s enjoying our morning coffee from a Disney mug to wrapping ourselves in our Disney blanket to keep warm. Each and everything little helps keep the magic alive. It could be as simple as popping some popcorn and enjoying it your favorite refillable Disney popcorn bucket. Bonus points if you’re enjoying a Mickey Premium bar at the same time!

Our Thoughts

There are endless ways to bring the magic home. The big question to ask is which way works best for you and your family? Additionally, Disney is also creating more ways to bring the parks into your home. For example, they just launched the Walt Disney Imagineering in a box with Khan Academy. You can check it out here. You can bet Nate will be checking out the courses. Alright, the time has come, we’re off to the kitchen! You thought we were going to say Neverland, huh? Gotcha!

Disney Polynesian Resort Villas – A DVC Duo Resort Review

Disney Polynesian Resort Villas – A DVC Duo Resort Review

Aloha! Welcome to one of the original Walt Disney World hotels in the Polynesian Resort. In April of 2015, Disney opened the doors to the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) portion of the historic resort. The resort was the last monorail resort to receive the DVC portion, with Bay Lake Tower coming first, then followed by the Grand Floridan. Alright, we just got our text and it looks like our room is ready. Let’s head over to Disney’s Polynesian Resort Villas for our DVC Duo resort review.

Themeing within the Polynesian Resort

The Theme

Stepping into the Polynesian Resort is like stepping in your favorite old school sitcom. In all the best ways. Hear us out. Whether you grew up with the Brady Bunch, Full House or even Saved By The Bell, they all have that Hawaiian vacation episode. You know the one. The quintessential tropical getaway. That’s the Polynesian in a nutshell.

Themed after a 1950’s feel of the South Pacific, the resort transports you to a time where all your stresses disappears and you feel the need for a deep exhale. All that’s missing is a Tiki drink in your hand, but we’ll get to that!

Passholder Insights: The Polynesian Resort is one of the only deluxe resorts where there are no guest rooms attached to the main building. The other is Old Key West.

Studio at the Polynesian Resort

The Rooms

With 380 villas the Disney Polynesian Resort Villas is spread between 3 buildings and 20 over the water bungalows. The resort is the most unique DVC configuration at Walt Disney World and across all DVC resorts worldwide, as the resort only has two room types. Three of the buildings, along with the bungalows, are dedicated DVC rooms. The buildings are, Moorea, Pago Pago, and Tokelau. Below are the room options:

  • Deluxe Studio – Similar to an oversized hotel room with one queen-sized bed, one queen-sized, 1 single pull-down bed, one walk-in shower, one full bath with a tub/shower combo. Sleeps 5 people.
  • Bungalow – A standalone building over the banks of Seven Seas Lagoon that includes a kitchen, laundry facilities, living room, and larger deck with a private hot tub. The master bedroom is made up of a king bed, jacuzzi tub, and walk-in shower. The second bedroom consists of a queen bed and a pulldown twin bed. In the living room, you’ll find a queen pull out bed and a pull-down twin bed. Sleeps, 8 people.

We’ve stayed in the studios at the Polynesian Resort. In our option, what this resort different than almost any of the other DVC Resorts is that all the studios have two showers and sinks. This makes getting ready super easy!

Passholder Insights: If you’re looking for a larger room that is not a Bungalow near the Magic Kingdom both Bay Lake Tower and Boulder Ridge Resort are great options.

Arriving at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Rolling up to the Disney Polynesian Resort either by the Disney Magical Express, car, taxi, or rideshare you’ll be dropped off at the entrance to the lobby. Bell services will greet you for any of your luggage needs or if you’d like to valet your car. Stepping through the front door you’ll want to head to the right for guest services and room check-in.

Depending on the time of day (before check-in time) we would recommend having bell services hold your bags so you can enjoy the magic. Of course, you could always take advantage of the Magical Express Luggage service and save yourself the hassle of lugging luggage as we do!

Passholder Insights: We’re usually big fans of checking into our room online, however, at the Polynesian, it’s worth checking in at the front desk for your lei.

The Polynesian Resort Lobby

The Lobby Area

Oh, the Poly lobby. It just rolls off the tongue. Setting through the doors to the lobby you can’t help but see the castle in the distance. That’s right, the resort is so close to the Magic Kingdom you can see the castle across Seven Seas Lagoon. Looking around the two-floor lobby you’ll see a gift shop off to your left filled with Hawaiian inspired treats and apparel. On the second floor is where you would pick up the monorail, as well as find another gift shop and two of our favorite dining spots, but we’ll get to that in a second.

Passsholder Insights: Fun fact, Disney decided to move the Polynesian pool ten feet to the right to ensure guests would see the castle when walking into the lobby. It required a whole refurbishment of the pool area.

The Polynesian Resort Pool

The Pools and Recreation

Speaking of that pool that moved. Off the back of the infamous Poly lobby, you’ll find the main pool area for the resort, the Lava Pool. The centerpiece of the pool area is the active volcano that erupts throughout the day. Wrapping around the volcano is a 142-foot slide that drops you into the 120,000-gallon zero-entry pool. Heated of course! The pool is fully equipped with in-pool chairs and underwater music. Circling the pool area you’ll find an ample amount of lounge chairs, a whirlpool and a variety of private cabanas. The cabanas are available for $25 for a half-day and $40 for the full-day.

Beyond the main pool, there is a quiet pool nestled within the garden area. It’s the perfect spot for relaxing or taking a nap.

Outside of the pools, the Polynesian Resort offers a variety of recreation activities including, boat rentals, volleyball, fishing, movies under the stars, and activities throughout the day. The most notable activity is the Torch Lighting Ceremony that takes place by the Lava Pool Tuesday through Saturday. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. Check with the front desk for the time.

Passholder Insights: Nightly from the Poly beach you’re able to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks as well as the Electric Water Pageant.

Entrance to Ohana

Let’s Eat

From top to bottom the Polynesian Resort has some of the best dining spots at Walt Disney World. The resort offers a range of options from quick service to sit down restaurants and even a dinner show. For quick service check out Capt Cook’s, by far one of the best quick service options on property. Other quick service options include Kona Island, the Barefoot Pool Bar, and Nate’s favorite spot Pineapple Lanai. Dole Whip anyone?

The resort offers a variety of sit down restaurants. Below is the breakdown of options:

  • Kona Cafe – Located on the second floor of the lobby the restaurant offers Hawaiian and South Pacific dishes. A DVC Duo all-time favorite. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Kona Cafe is a single meal credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. For a full review of the restaurant check out our DVC Duo restaurant review.
  • ‘Ohana – Located on the second floor of the lobby this infamous dining spot is a can’t miss in the DVC Duo house. Open for breakfast and dinner, the restaurant offers character dining in the morning an all you can eat Hawaiian feast at night. A single meal credit if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. We would highly recommend making an advanced dining reservation for this one. For a full review of the restaurant check out our DVC Duo restaurant review.
    • Twilight Feast – when staying at the resort you’re able to order room service from ‘Ohana. It’s called the Twilight Feast and served once a night. Usually, one order of the twilight feast can feed two.
  • Spirit Of Aloha Dinner Show – Located at Luau Cove is the twice a night dinner show. Weekly on Tuesdays through Saturdays, you can sit down for an all you can eat Hawaiian Luau. Two meal credits if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. Advanced reservations are required.

Beyond the restaurants, the Polynesian has two of the DVC Duo’s favorite lounges in Tambu Lounge and Trader Sam’s. Both tend to be more popular options for an adult timeout. You can’t go wrong with either option if you’re in the mood for a tropical drink.

Passholder Insights: We like to kick-off our unofficial Monorail Crawl at the either of the two lounges within the resort.

Workout facility at the Polynesian Resort

Quick Workout

Looking to sneak in a vacation workout? The Polynesian has got you covered. The resort shares a gym with the Grand Floridian Resort and is situated between the resorts. It has everything you’ll need for a solid vacation workout. Additionally, the resort area has a jogging path along Seven Seas Lagoon.

Our Thoughts

We love it! By far one of our top places to stay at Walt Disney World is the Polynesian Resort. If you’re someone who enjoys the more laidback island type feel, then this is your spot. For us, it’s perfectly located as we can easily jump on the monorail to head to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The best part is the studios with two showers. Once you have two showers it’s definitely hard to go back. With that our Polynesian review is complete and there is only one thing left to do. That’s right, it’s time to start our monorail crawl!