7 Things Not To Miss At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort has been my favorite hotel for as long as I can remember. The spirit of the south seas fills the air and it's easy to get lost in the tropical theme, swept away on a trade wind, transported to another time and place. Even when I'm not staying at the Polynesian, a stop to enjoy some of the traditional delights is always on my to do list while visiting Walt Disney World. Read on to discover 7 things not to miss at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

7 Things Not To Miss At Disney's Polynesian Village Resort7 Things Not To Miss At Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Get Lei'd for Free

A long-standing tradition in welcoming guests to Disney's Polynesian Village harkens back to early Polynesian travel. Guests arriving through the lower level travel port are greeted with a bright silk flower lei and a warm "aloha!"

Maui Tiki Holds Ceremonial LeisMaui Tiki Holds Ceremonial Leis

Torch Lighting Ceremony

Taking place each Tuesday through Saturday, the evening torch lighting ceremony at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort brings the spirit of Polynesia to life in an exciting display of Polynesian fire dance. One special family is selected each evening to assist. Be aware though that the pavement can get too hot for the dancer to preform on. It's most likely for you to catch this show when the skies are a little overcast.

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

You haven't been to a Tiki Bar until you've been to Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. As much entertainment as it is a thirst quenching watering hole, this is the place to get your tiki on and hang loose. Kids are welcome before 8 PM, after that it's 21 and over only. Check in at the front desk just inside but prepared for a wait to get in, this tiny tiki bar is often standing room only.

The Grog Grotto Interior Is Tiki FabulousThe Grog Grotto Interior Is Tiki Fabulous

Dole Whip at Pineapple Lanai

Who needs Aloha Isle? Disney's Polynesian Village Resort has its own Dole Whip Window serving up the fan favorite treat. Get your Dole whip straight, in a float, or swirled with a second flavor. If you're a big fan of tiki style they also have an adorable souvenir bowl you can purchase for an additional cost. The Pineapple Lanai is open from 12 PM to 10 PM.

Dole Whip And Dole Whip FloatDole Whip And Dole Whip Float

Shopping in Boutiki

Ever since I was a little girl the shops at Disney's Polynesian Village were some of my favorite in Walt Disney World. Of course Boutiki sells traditional Disney merchandise, but they also have a wealth of Polynesian treasures including chocolate covered macadamia nut candies, Tommy Bahama shirts, and the famous coconut post cards! Boutiki is THE place for Disney fans who live the spirit of Aloha to find that special souvenir to cherish for years to come.

Coconut Greetings From Walt Disney WorldCoconut Greetings From Walt Disney World

Kalua Pulled Pork at Capt. Cook's

One of the best things to eat at this resort is the Kalua pulled pork, and you can find it used as an ingredient in several dishes at Capt. Cook's. While I've heard people rave about the pork fried rice, and the pork sandwich, my favorite way to eat this tasty roast is in the pulled pork nachos. It's absolutely craveable.

Capt. Cook's Pulled Pork NachosCapt. Cook's Pulled Pork Nachos

Spirit of Aloha Luau

While the show can come off as a little cheesy, so are many of the ones you'll see in Hawaii. There is a fun blend here of South Pacific dance, and generic Disney dance party with a tropical flair. It's a good time family show that comes along with a meal, it's not haute cuisine, but as I said before, neither is what you would get at a luau in Hawaii. Take your family to experience the Spirit of Aloha and have a great time.

Spirit of Aloha LuauSpirit of Aloha Luau

What are the things that you can't miss at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort? Are you a Tong Toast devotee? Will your trip not be complete without a Lapu Lapu? Leave a comment below and share your Polynesian musts!

Marcia wrote on Wed, 06/19/2019 - 19:22:

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The freshly roasted pressed Kona coffee!

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 13:12:

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Love that one Marcia!

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