FULL REVIEW: THE BUNGALOWS AT DISNEY’S POLYNESIAN VILLAS & BUNGALOWS
Updated: Oct 12, 2021
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Magic Kingdom Resort Area, monorail loop.
Types of Rooms Offered:
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Barefoot Pool Bar
Motorized Boat Rentals
Movies Under the Stars
Polynesian Village Campfire
Dates of our Trip: October 3rd-5th, 2021
Party Make Up: 4 Adults
Purpose of Our Trip: Disney’s 50th Celebrations
Why We Choose This hotel: Bucket list stay!
Room Type and location (Include room number): Bungalow, 7001
WHAT WE FOUND MAGICAL ABOUT OUR ACCOMMODATIONS
We absolutely loved the Bungalows! Technically a two-bedroom, there is space for 8 people. 2 people in the master suite, 3 people in the second bedroom (2 people on the queen bed, and 1 on the murphy bed), and 3 people in the living room (2 people on the pull-down bed, and 1 on the murphy bed). There is a full kitchen, with a notable absence of an oven, but there are two microwaves. A full wrap around deck with lounge chairs, mini pool, and swinging egg chairs.
The master suite has a full standing rain forest shower and jacuzzi tub. The second bathroom has a split bathroom. One part housing a toilet and a sink and the other housing a shower and sink. There is a full laundry facility available within the bungalow.
We loved the space and the overall theming. The space was big enough for us to host a party of about 20 people plus a full catering staff. One of the most magical moments of our trip came when we all gathered on the porch of and watched the Magic Kingdom nighttime spectacular Enchantment and the electrical water pageant. The music is piped in on the built-in speakers. The bungalows also have Hawaiian music streamed in 24/7 and you can control the volume!
It’s is quiet out there! The bungalows are gated off from the rest of the hotel, and require a key card or magic band to get out onto the walkway where they are housed. We had almost no foot traffic going by our bungalow, in fact we only saw 1 other family out there the entire time we were there.
WHAT NEEDS A LITTLE PIXIE DUST
One of the most notable annoyances is the boat horns. We were lucky enough to be there right after the new boat, Tradewinds, had been added to the fleet, and the horn on her is LOUD! So much so we had to time our nap so that we would fall asleep in the 30 minutes when she was running her route away from the Polynesian!
The second biggest headache was the lack of service. We had two separate incident that stick out in terms of service when it comes to the bungalows. The first one was when we called guest services because we needed ice. Guest services would not bring the ice to us, that’s fine we aren’t opposed to walking a little bit. Then when asked where we could get it, we were informed that the closest location was on the third floor of a building.
The second incident occurred at 11:30PM and we wanted some soda. When we inquired about where we could get some, we were told that vending machines in all the buildings had the soda. However, they failed to mention that we would not be able to get into any of the buildings, because they were all key card access. We didn’t have access because we weren’t staying in the building. Therefore no key card access. We called back and informed guest services of the issue and guest services informed us they would send out some soda out to us. Fast forward to 1.5 hours later and three calls later. We final got our soda.
For 130 DVC points a night and/or $2,500+/night there should be a dedicated concierge service for bungalow guests. To put in prospective, a room at the Four Seasons costed us $1000/night and every single one of our requests were met within in minutes.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
These accommodations are for guest looking for truly amazing accommodations and add not just a little, but a lot of pixie dust to their trip. Since these bungalows are so expensive, the accommodations need to be the destinations. In our case we were only staying in them for two nights, we spent a whole day just relaxing and experiencing the everything the bungalow has to offer.
SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WHEN YOU STAY HERE
If you are a coffee drinker, bringing your own coffee or cold brew, the morning haul to Kona Café can be a bit long.
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