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UPDATED: Disney World Announces Closures and Cancellations Ahead of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is continuing to churn through the warm waters of the Atlantic, heading toward south Florida. The Orlando area will likely feel the impacts of the storm later this weekend, and Disney World has announced several closures and cancellations ahead of the storm.

Torch Lighting Ceremony Returns to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The torch lighting ceremony at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort has returned after being on hiatus while the resort went through a major renovation that included an updated lobby and the over-the-water Disney Vacation Club bungalows.

New Activities Coming to Two Children’s Activity Centers at Walt Disney World Resort

Two of the Children's Activity Centers at the Walt Disney World Resort will soon be offering new activities that are similar to what kids enjoy aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships. The Children's Activity Centers are for kids ages 3 to 12.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Celebrates Soft Opening at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

This past weekend was the soft opening of Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. And if you happened to get in during the soft opening, consider yourself lucky! Word on the street is there was a several-hour wait just to get in to the new Tiki bar.

Disney Gives Guests a Sneak Peek at the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows

The over-water Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows will be opening soon and recently Disney offered guests a sneak peek at what the newest Disney Vacation Club property has to offer.

DVC Member Sales Start January 12 for Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney Vacation Club Members, listen up! Monday, January 12, is the day you can purchase interest in Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows. The first phase of the new DVC resort is scheduled to open on April 1 and includes the Bora Bora Bungalows and connecting Deluxe Studios. General sales start February 9.

Auntie Kau’i Still Teaching the Hula to Guests at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

If you've been at Disney's Polynesian Village at any time since the resort opened, you may have had a chance to interact with Auntie Kau'i.

Anake "Auntie" Kau'i Brandt has been a part of the hotel for more than 30 years and was recently featured as one of Central Florida's Most Fascinating People by the Orlando Sentinel.

The 82 year old was born in Honolulu in 1932 and came to Florida in 1971 to help open the Polynesian and she's been there ever since.

Ongoing Renovations at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Include Club Disney and Updated Pool Area

Not only has Disney's Polynesian Village Resort recently gone through a name change, but the resort is also going through a complete re-imagining.

A few weeks ago it was announced that Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is opening in 2015. Trader Sam's will feature a themed lounged area and will serve hand-crafted tiki cocktails in souvenir mugs.

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Water Pageant And Fireworks Viewing From Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Beach

I've spent many a night at Walt Disney World without a Park Ticket, that doesn't mean that I've missed out on the fun and beauty of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks. Recently I stopped by the beach at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, to relax and enjoy the view.

Coconut-Macadamia Nut Muffins at Kona Island

Any Disney traveler that's shuffled in and out of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort via monorail has passed Kona Island. This little arm is an extension of the resort's Kona Cafe' that reaches out into the upper lobby and offers a quick place to grab a quick nosh and something to drink. While the even hours here are dedicated to sushi service, mornings are all about coffee and pastries.

Eat, Drink, And Hang Loose On Trader Sam's Tiki Terrace

If your looking for a lovely spot to enjoy a meal and some live music, why not head over to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort to have dinner at Trader Sam's Tiki Terrace. This pretty patio space overlooking the resort's marina and lagoon is a great place to kick back and hang loose tiki style.

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.

Kick Back With A Rose Gold Sunset Margarita At The Barefoot Pool Bar

Summer 2019 Is Disney's season of the rose gold snacks, and you can find these edible delights in one form or another all across property. Most of the pretty pink treats are of the sugary cupcake variety, but I found one that's got a little more grown-up kick to it. The Barefoot Pool Bar at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is popular with Disney fans for its reliably friendly bar tenders and pleasing tropical cocktails.

The Heart of Te Fiti At Pineapple Lanai

One of my favorite things about staying at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is the easy access to Dole Whip without having to make a trip into a Park. That's because just outside the back door of the Great Ceremonial House is a wonderful little walk-up window and patio called the Pineapple Lanai that serves nothing but Dole Whip. This summer, in honor of the far-away place, Pineapple Lanai is serving up the Heart of Te Fiti.

Whimsical Fun Await At Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Tucked away in a back hall of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, guests will find an unassuming door that leads to a truly enchanted bar. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is a tiki hideaway that transports guests to a fanciful the South Seas retreat where anything can happen. My daughter and I stopped by on our last trip to enjoy the whimsical fun served-up by the crew.

Top Walt Disney World Hotels When You Have Teens That Want To Roam

As your kids get older, it's natural for a family trip to Walt Disney World takes on a different air and feel. While Guests under the age of 14 are required to have supervision, teens over 14 can stretch their wings and explore the property a little further on their own. When my kids were that age, it was important to that we stayed at a resort on property that allowed them more than enough fairly nearby entertainment options when I let them go off on their own.

The Pineapple Lanai at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

When you think about the ultimate Disney snacks, you may think Turkey Legs, or Churros. But when my mind wanders to the most delicious and magical treats on my list, I go straight for the Dole Whip. This soft serve pineapple treat is the stuff of legends from coast to coast, and has achieved an almost cult-like status amongst regular Disney travelers as the must eat treat when you're passing though Adventureland.

A Few of our Favorite Cocktails and Drinks at Walt Disney World Resort

When you're visiting the Walt Disney World Resort it is very important to stay hydrated, especially in the hot summer months. But sometimes you just have to step away from the water and find a great grownup beverage. Something cold, maybe frozen, but definitely delicious.