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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Great Hotel Hops II - The Polynesian

The next stop of our Hotel hoping tour is my favorite resort on Disney Property, so by boat, bus or monorail come along make your way towards the seven seas lagoon because sitting on a white ribbon of sand across from the Magic Kingdom you’ll find the lush tropical escape of Disney’s Polynesian Resort. This monarch of south pacific beauty has inspired a cult following amongst Disney fans and Tiki lovers alike. Shop, eat, drink, play and hang loose amongst the palms, thatched roofs and koi ponds.

ShoppingA breeze of the Polynesian Islands welcomes you as you walk through the doors to the Great Ceremonial House to immerse yourself in island themed shopping and dining. BouTiki and Trader Jacks offer character and resort logo items, tropical-themed novelties, as well as surf style clothing from Quiksilver, and Tommy Bahama. A special treat for Art lovers awaits those visiting the Great Ceremonial House in the form of the Wyland Gallery. This spectacular showcase offers a phenomenal collection of art by world renowned Robert Wyland. Originals, prints, jewelry and sculpture are available for sale from the gallery as well.

Take some time to enjoy the beautiful Seven Seas Lagoon from this resort, looking out across the water you can see Cinderella Castle rising up a the symbol of this Kingdom. Grab a friend to catch a game of beach volleyball, rent a surrey bike or stroll the 1.5 mile trail through the exotic landscape of the grounds. Send the kids off to Moana Mickey’s Arcade while you get a Dole Whip from Captain Cooks and relax in a lounge chair, hammock, or cabana along the tranquil beach. If skipping across the blue with the wind blowing in your hair in a boat is more your style at the Mikala Canoe Club Marina you’ll find a variety of watercraft just waiting for you to rent and enjoy such as pontoon boats, sail boats and the exciting two person Sea Raycers by Sea Ray®! Specialty private cruises and fishing excursions on the water can also be arranged at the Marina.

Hula GirlDisney’s Polynesian Resort hosts several cultural activities that will acquaint you with the island rituals. Several times a week as the sun goes down you can delight in the enchanting torch-lighting ceremony, and on Saturday mornings hula dancing lesson are offered. Kids activities take place every day, some poolside, some in Keiki Korner at the Great Ceremonial House. Stop by the front desk and ask for a schedule in order to learn more about the inviting Polynesian cultures.

If you’re looking for something more exotic, be sure to book your ADRs for The Spirit of Aloha Luau. Tuesday - Saturday the luau offers a classic Polynesian dinner show, taking place at the Luau Cove. The 2 hour show still features music and hula from several islands, fire dancing, and a special guest appearance by "Lilo and Stitch." The menus is all you can eat meal with an island flavor and is served family style. Priority Seating arrangements are definitely recommended for this show.

AtruimDisney’s Electrical Water Pageant passes the resort on it’s nightly round. This sparkling series of lit floats is a delightful parade on the water, and cruises past the Polynesian Resort around 9PM each night as long as the weather cooperates. The Magic Kingdom Fireworks can also be viewed from the Resort’s beach.

Dinning options at the Polynesian plentiful including the family favorite experience 'Ohana. "Storytellers and coconut races, where children sweep coconuts with brooms across the hardwood floor down the center of the restaurant. The family fun continues as everyone is encouraged to play with hula hoops and dance to island music." The Polynesian is an oasis of exotic luxury, a soothing place to relax as the the palm trees dance in tropical breezes that kiss your skin. Floral scents float in the air and island music gently plays, it's a Resort not to be missed.

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