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Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – No Thank You!

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OK – here’s the deal…the bungalows over the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are gorgeous and beautiful and large enough to share. Would I stay there – NO.

I love my Disney deluxe resorts and stay in the deluxe category regularly – but, deluxe prices are one thing – outrageous is another. The cost is really, really high – starting at just over $2,000/night – no matter how many people you split the cost with – this is just not something I’m willing to do. Especially when taking a look at TripAdvisor I see that I can rent an actual bungalow in Bora Bora starting at $425 a night! Yes the air fare would be more but I have seen advertised air fare from my area to Bora Bora in the $900 range. Considering I often spend as much as $450 to fly to Walt Disney World I don’t find that to be bad. In reality, I can fly to Bora Bora and stay for a week for a fraction of the cost of a week at Disney’s Polynesian bungalows.

Bora Bora

The bungalows that are actually in Bora Bora perch over beautiful, crystal clear water, not the murky, dark Seven Seas Lagoon – sorry but Bora Bora wins here! All the Disney magic in the  world can’t change that.

Disney’s Polynesian Village

The kitchens are state of the art and beautiful in the Polynesian bungalows – big deal! I don’t go on vacation to cook. You will find me eating my dinner in the California Grill long before you will find me using that fancy kitchen to do anything other than have a cup of coffee. Stacked washer and dryer – yeah! just what I want to do on vacation – laundry!

The television plays in the bathroom mirror at Polynesian bungalows – WOW! Not really! This isn’t something that I have ever felt the need to have.

I am sure there is plenty about the bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village that many of you love and many of you are willing to pay for or use many of your Disney Vacation Club points for. I just can’t see what the big fuss is over. Since Disney is now planning additional bungalows along the shores of the Wilderness Lodge, I can only assume that the bungalows at the Polynesian have been a big hit, that people are willing to pay the price and use their DVC points to stay there. I’m just not one of those people!

Here’s what Disney has to say about the bungalows:

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest addition to the growing Disney Vacation Club portfolio, delivers the spirit of the South Pacific coupled with fun Disney touches to create a resort that only Disney Vacation Club can provide. Near the picturesque white-sand shore of Seven Seas Lagoon, these new accommodations are located a quick monorail ride to the enchanting Magic Kingdom Park, and steps away from the various world-class amenities available at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, one of the original Walt Disney World Resort hotels. 

South Pacific Ambiance Meets Disney Magic

Transporting guests to a tropical haven, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows reflects the classic features and atmosphere of its sister resort hotel with authentic South Pacific styling and whimsical details. The Polynesian theming and detailed architecture of this resort are visible from the minute guests step into the Great Ceremonial House, the resort’s re-imagined lobby. A large Tiki statue welcomes guests with outstretched arms as it sits on a lava rock water feature. A charming chandelier inspired by Polynesian native navigational instruments, including bamboo finishes and glass globes gives the lobby an even more authentic feel.

Bora Bora Bungalows

The bungalows sleep up to 8 guests. The following are some of the many features that can be found in the resort’s 20 two-bedroom, two-bath over-the-water Bungalows:

  • Artwork – Pops of color combined with classic mid-century modern style are found throughout the Bungalows, along with tropical hanging lanterns on the back deck, and special artwork on the wall and pullout beds.
  • Living Room – Offering one queen-size sleeper sofa, one pull-down bunk-size bed with custom artwork, flat panel TV, ceiling fan, one broad area rug and glass doors that open up to the back deck.
  • Full Kitchen – Including dinnerware, coffee maker, glassware, flatware, pots and pans, microwave, toaster, stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and volcanic rock-inspired countertops.
  • Master Bedroom – Featuring a king-size bed, ceiling fan, flat panel TV, custom artwork, two nightstands and windows overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon.
  • Master Bathroom – Connected to the master bedroom, the master bath includes a walk-in shower with rain showerhead, whirlpool tub, toilet and in-mirror TV.
  • Second Bedroom – Featuring one queen-size bed, one pull-down bunk-size bed, flat panel TV, ceiling fan and two nightstands.
  • Second Bathroom – Separated into 2 sections – one with a tub/shower combo and vanity, and a second area offering a powder room with toilet and vanity.
  • Private Deck – Private back deck runs the full width of the Bungalow and features a plunge pool, lounge furniture and speakers designed to play the soundtrack in sync with the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks.
  • Plunge Pool – Located on back deck, a handrail and steps lead into the plunge pool, offering views of Seven Seas Lagoon.
  • Laundry – Stacked washer and dryer in each Bungalow.

Dining

Guests staying at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows can enjoy any of the following delicious dining options at the nearby Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: SO CAN THE REST OF US NOT PAYING THAT PRICE!

  • ‘Ohana – Delight in ‘Ohana’s Best Friend Breakfast buffet featuring Lilo and Stitch, or a Hawaiian-style feast dinner.
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Show – Enjoy an enchanting luau with Polynesian dancing and an all-you-care-to-enjoy, family style feast.
  • Kona Café – This relaxed café infuses a bit of Asian zest into traditional American meals and features an onstage sushi kitchen.
  • Tambu Lounge – At this island-themed watering hole, find tropical drinks and Hawaiian-inspired appetizers.
  • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – This themed lounge serves handcrafted Tiki cocktails served in souvenir mugs, as well as small plate snacks.
  • Cook’s – At this 24-hour quick service restaurant enjoy signature specialty items, pastries, grilled chicken sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, hamburgers and more.
  • Pineapple Lanai – Indulge in the world-famous Dole Whip soft-serve treat along with bottled beverages.
  • Kona Island – Enjoy everything from coffee and pastries in the morning to made-to-order sushi and sashimi in the evening.
  • Barefoot Pool Bar – Relax by a white sandy beach as you sip on Tiki drinks and take in magical views.
  • Private Dining (Room Service) – Room service available

Recreation

Guests staying at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are just steps away from an abundance of recreational opportunities at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Some fun and relaxing activities include:

  • Pools – Enjoy a refreshing swim in the resort’s feature Lava Pool, delight in the Kiki Tiki Splash Play Area or lounge the day away in the Oasis Pool.
  • Seven Seas Marina – The lakeside marina offers an assortment of watercraft available to rent along with private cruises and excursions on Seven Seas Lagoon.
  • Campfires – Roast marshmallows and relax around the campfire once the sun begins to set.
  • Fishing – Guided fishing excursions and dockside fishing are available at the marina.
  • Lilo’s Playhouse – Little ones from ages 3 to 12 years of age can enjoy making crafts, playing games, and other Disney activities in this supervised club.
  • Movies Under the Stars – Watch favorite Disney films at outside movie screenings.
  • Jogging Trails – Enjoy jogging around one of the resort’s trails.

 

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disneymumma

Saturday 5th of September 2015

Janice, I agree. :-) For the price you pay for one night, you could stay just a few steps away in Hawaii - Lagoon View, Club Level with all the amenities it brings - for two and a half nights at rack rate or you could spend quite nearly 4 nights with a Lagoon View non Club. For our family, I, personally, just couldn't justify the cost. The people that want to pay to stay in the bungalows? More power to you, enjoy! :-) Not sure why anyone would ever feel the need to get edgy over someone else's opinion. *high four*

Friday 4th of September 2015

We stayed there 3 days/ 2 nights on points. May be the most "magical" days we'll ever spend there. Yes we didn't leave the bungalow much those 2 days- the view, the atmosphere- amazing! I'm not super rich- but had the points to try them out and so happy we did.

bjkbrady

Saturday 5th of September 2015

I'm glad you loved it! It's nice to hear someone say they enjoyed it and took advantage of the amenities and the bungalow and stayed there without leaving to run to the parks. I think it's one of those things that perfect for some people while not being right for others at the same time.

Jodi Huke

Friday 4th of September 2015

If I were ever to be able to splurge to stay here, I would take advantage of more of the amenities available here than I would in a normal Disney resort room For that price, I'd be there 24/7 -- at least for the 1 night I could possibly dream affording. (This is not a room anyone but celebrities or the super wealthy would ever stay in for more than a night or two.) But if I am not leaving the bungalow to go to the parks, I would definitely use those amenities. I do laundry in my Vacation Club villa and would likely do a load or two here too. It takes a few minutes to throw in a load of laundry and then you are back enjoying your amazing view. And you didn't mention it, but I imagine there is a way to hire a chef for the night to serve you in your room. Can you imagine sitting on the front deck of your bungalow while a Disney chef prepares your dinner? And then you get to eat that dinner looking out at Seven Seas Lagoon with Wishes fireworks going off in the night sky? Sounds a bit like heaven to me.

Julie Bigboy

Friday 4th of September 2015

I had no idea these bungalows were that pricey. And true, if you have that much money to spend why would you be wanting to cook and do your own laundry for that price? Honestly, for $2000 a valet should be included to do those things so you can ENJOY that expensive space!

Karen Love Smeath

Friday 4th of September 2015

As a DVC member, I feel the point structure is too high. Nothing is offered that takes it "to the next level" to warrant the cost. Only sleeping 8 is 4 less than the Grand Villas elsewhere and for more points. However, if it is your thing, go for it.

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