I have not been to Disney in *gasp* a long time! Almost a year. Aaaahhh. For me, that's an eternity. (The kids were here in February with Grammie.)
Mom and I decided that the kids needed a vacation. Which basically means Mom and I needed a Disney fix.
We wanted a hotel on the Monorail line. I wasn't sure if we were going to go into any Park because it was Labor Day weekend, but if we did, it'd be nice to be super close to pop in and out. Rea had recently been asking to go to the Polynesian. She's never stayed there. And for me, it has been about 30 years... no kidding.
The Polynesian has been undergoing renovations for a while. And, honestly, we were not really expecting to stay there. Mom and I had been on our My Disney Experience accounts separately and noticed a deal at the Contemporary. So, when we called, that's what we were looking into.
But the Contemporary did not have what we wanted available, and the Polynesian did.
Your Disney Experience
My suggestion for booking your Disney trip is to call. The number is (407)W-DISNEY.
You can book online, if that's your preference. Sign up for a MyDisneyExperience account. The account is free, and once you've done that, download the app to your phone (it will be priceless when you are on Property). As far as I know, you need to be on an actual computer (not smart phone) to book online.
Here's the deal though, Disney telephone operators are AMAZING. They are knowledgable and incredibly helpful. They will check multiple Resorts and dining options for you. And they will let you know (if you ask) if any extra discounts and deals exist. But you have to ask. Don't be shy. Disney sometimes has some great offers, but they won't share them with you unless you specifically ask for it.
Take our recent trip for instance, when we saw the Contemporary online, we thought "oooh let's book." But when we tried to do it, that room was unavailable. I called and talked with a very nice man. I told him we wanted to be in the Contemporary main tower. He said there were only two rooms left... and let's just say the Presidential Suite was more per night than we wanted to spend the entire weekend. He priced the rest of the hotel for us (Garden Wing and Bay Lake Tower). Then we asked him to look at the other Resorts on the Monorail line (Grand Floridian and Polynesian). It was basically a toss up. And since we hadn't stayed in the Polynesian in several decades, we opted to go Hawaiian.
The Resort is a sprawling compound made up of lots of different buildings. The Great Ceremonial Hall is where you check in, it's where the Monorail stops, and it houses all of the food options for this resort.
A few years ago, we ate at Ohana's with my husband's family. It is a character dining experience on the second floor. We had breakfast there. It was yummy. And obviously, when there are Disney characters around, it's pretty fun.
This trip we stuck to the cafeteria-style eatery. It is on the first floor, in the back of the Great Hall. And it overlooks the pool. The food choices are interesting... you can of course get the usual cheeseburger or hot dog. But they also offer things like Buffalo Chicken and Waffles. I'm a sucker for chicken and waffles (thanks Genie)... and anything buffalo. So combining the two sounded excellent. In reality, it was interesting. That is the word I am going to go with. I could really probably learn to love it.
Anyway, the pool was AMAZING! In order to get into the pool area, you have to use your Magic Band. This is to keep the population down, but people from other resorts still sneak in.
There is one pool still under construction, but if it's anything like the main pool, it will be INCREDIBLE. The main pool has a giant waterslide. The waterslide is entirely enclosed, so if you do not like tight, dark spaces do NOT ride it. The kid splash park is fun. There is a smaller version of the big slide. But don't worry, grown ups can ride it too.
Our room was in a building called Pago Pago. It was a good hike away from the main building. I valeted the car when we first arrived. I did not know where we would be staying. When we got our room and walked around the building a bit, we noticed two things:  we could park right out front, saving me $20/day in valet fees,  our building was really close to the Ticket and Transportation Center. The last one came in handy when we wanted to go to Epcot the next morning. We walked right from our room over to the Epcot Monorail - no need to ride the Resort Line all the way around.
Our room was fairly spacious. It was in the Vacation Club section. The couch (see pics above) unfolded into a full bed. Mom slept there, and she said it was very comfortable. Under the television was a murphy twin bed. The kids thought that was a hoot. Our room also had a mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker. And Disney stocked the cabinets with paper plates and bowls. One thing Mom and I thought was a bit odd was that our room had two bathrooms. Really. But not two toilets. One of the washrooms had a shower/tub combo, sink and toilet... and it was very spacious. I am not sure if it was an actual handicap bathroom, but it felt that way. The other was considerably smaller - it had a sink and beautiful rain shower. It was lovely, but this shower drained very slowly. By the time I soaped my hair, I was standing ankle-deep in water. That kind of sleeves me out.
All in all, it was an AMAZING Resort. We had a wonderful time, as usual, at Walt Disney World. The kids thought this hotel was "so much fun and the pool was awesome!"
I hope it's not 30 years before we stay there again!
Our Disney Sides
We are fortunate enough to live a short drive away from the Happiest Place on Earth! And we take full advantage of it!