A Look Inside Disney's Polynesian Villas Deluxe Studio

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World I had the experience of spending the night in a Deluxe Studio at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Guests staying at this Disney Deluxe Resort enjoy a taste of the South Pacific on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon. A fairly recent addition to one of Walt Disney World's original resort hotels, this classic on the monorail line has only grown in exotic charm over the years.

A Typical Polynesian Village LonghouseA Typical Polynesian Village Longhouse
The Ground Are Lush And TropicalThe Ground Are Lush And Tropical
Map of The Polynesian VillageMap of The Polynesian Village

When walking into the Great Ceremonial House for a stay, guests are greeted with a warm "Aloha" to help set the tone for the stay. Disney Vacation Club guests check-in in the same location as those at standard resort rooms, or can opt to go direct to their room if they have checked in earlier online. The airy interior of the Great Ceremonial House is one of tropical comfort where you can relax and kick your feet up while enjoying yourself on island time. In addition to check-in this is where you will find assorted gift shops, restaurants, bars, family activities, and the DVC information desk. In fact I don't know that I have taken a recent trip to Walt Disney World without making at least one visit to enjoy activities at Disney's Polynesian Village.

Great Ceremonial House Lobby SeatingGreat Ceremonial House Lobby Seating
Maui: Born Of The Gods, Lived With The PeopleMaui: Born Of The Gods, Lived With The People
Polynesian Fishing Bob ChandelierPolynesian Fishing Bob Chandelier

Our room was on the ground floor of the Moorea building, about as far away from the Grand Ceremonial House as you can get. Honestly, we joked that we were actually staying at the Ticket and Transportation Center. The longhouses are charming, and each has its own mini lobby offering a comfortable seating area where groups can gather before heading out together. The furniture has mid-century design paying homage to the boom of tiki culture. It also has one of my favorite hidden Mickeys.

Moorea Mini Lobby Has A Mid Century FeelMoorea Mini Lobby Has A Mid Century Feel
Chairs of Awesome In Moorea Mini LobbyChairs of Awesome In Moorea Mini Lobby
Hidden Mickey In Moorea Mini LobbyHidden Mickey In Moorea Mini Lobby

While it was a hike to just about everything (and we got lost going direct to our room after dark) this location did however provide us with stunning views of the bungalows, Space Mountain, and Ferry Dock. Had we arrived in time I have no doubt we could have watched the fireworks from our patio. It also offered easy access to the TTC monorails going to both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

If I were to stay here again in the future I would probably make the request Tokelau building. While Tokelau doesn't offer direct lagoon views, it is closest to both the Oasis Pool and Great Ceremonial House. That is completely based on personal preference though, there was nothing at all wrong with the Moorea building.

Bungalow View Off Our Moorea PatioBungalow View Off Our Moorea Patio
Space Mountain View Off Our Moorea PatioSpace Mountain View Off Our Moorea Patio
Ferry Dock View Off Our Moorea PatioFerry Dock View Off Our Moorea Patio

The interior design of the Polynesian Deluxe Studio is warm an inviting. In fact if you are a fan of the color orange, you're going to to be in heaven. The fiery color is tempered throughout with touches of brilliant blues, and dark gray; all indicative of islands formed by fire and water. Rich and exotic wood trims combine with colorful art from Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, Peter Pan, and Lili & Stitch to accent the rooms. There's a wholeness to the interior balancing class and whimsy that made us feel that this is what a Deluxe Disney room is supposed to be.

The units have the standard accoutrements in a Disney Vacation Club Studio, including private patios or balconies, kitchenettes, and bathrooms with separate sinks and vanity areas. I was impressed with the amount of space in our studio, I'm told they are the largest Deluxe Studios on property. Many times you'll hear me say that I wouldn't put more than 2 adults and a small child in a Deluxe Studio, but I think this would have easily handled the needs of 4 adults.

Polynesian Deluxe Studio Queen BedPolynesian Deluxe Studio Queen Bed
Polynesian Deluxe Studio InteriorPolynesian Deluxe Studio Interior
A Table And Comfortable Chairs With Maui LampA Table And Comfortable Chairs With Maui Lamp

This Disney's Deluxe Studio Villa, has enough sleeping space for 5 people when using the sofa bed and Murphy bed. The Murphy is located beneath the flat screen TV. While most people recommend the Murphy bed for children. My daughter is 25 years old, and at 5'8" still fit fine in the twin bed space. She couldn't resist sleeping curled up next to the hidden pictures of Lilo & Stitch on the back wall of the bed.

Polynesian Deluxe Studio Murphy BedPolynesian Deluxe Studio Murphy Bed

This resort not only has the most floor space of all DVC Studios, but it has the most stunning of the DVC Studio bathrooms, in fact there are two bathing rooms. The first was a pretty typical resort bath, peacock blue walls held framed pictures of mermaid lagoon from Peter Pan. A shower tub, toilet, and vanity offered basic utilities, and it was well stocked with a hair dryer, thick white towels, and my beloved H2O+ products to use.

Polynesian Deluxe Studio Main Bath Shower & VanityPolynesian Deluxe Studio Main Bath Shower & Vanity

The second bath space had an amazing rainforest shower (or handheld option) tiled in dark gray that brought to mind lava fields, and accented with artful teal tiles representing a waterfall. A small bench to relax on was built into the shower space, and the room had a its own a mirrored vanity area. I could have easily spent and hour sitting in the bench beneath the rainfall shower.

Polynesian Deluxe Studio Waterfall ShowerPolynesian Deluxe Studio Waterfall Shower
Second Bathroom VanitySecond Bathroom Vanity
We didn't use out kitchenette at all on this trip, but it was stocked with the standard Deluxe Studio gear, including coffee pot, microwave, dorm fridge, and paper plates. You can't really cook in a Deluxe Studio, but the set-up is great for getting take-out and reheating leftovers from the night before.

Polynesian Deluxe Studio KitchenettePolynesian Deluxe Studio Kitchenette

My daughter and I staying for just one night in the Polynesian Deluxe Studio and it more than fit our needs for the trip. We both agreed that one night is not enough time to spend enjoying such a warm and comfortable space. None the less - we were off the next day on a split stay adventure and our next night took us to Old Key West. We'll cover tat room in a couple of weeks!

Goodbye Polynesian!  We'll Be BackGoodbye Polynesian! We'll Be Back

Disney's Polynesian Villas are located in a beautiful resort with an amazing location right on the monorail. Disney's Polynesian Village continues to be one of my favorite destinations for excellent food, plentiful entertainment, and a tropical atmosphere that will transport you right to the South Pacific. The cast members here truly understand the spirit of Aloha, and you will too.

Have you stayed at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Villas? What did you think of the resort? Leave a comment below and share your story.

Spook wrote on Wed, 12/05/2018 - 02:28:

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Staying here for the first time in May. Can't wait!

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