Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Nov 1, 2012
    Amy from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Its our first trip to Disney and we are staying at the Polynesian Hotel. We have 3 kids under 6 yrs old. We don't want to miss out on anything the hotel offers...any suggestions?

    Hi, Amy! Congratulations on your Walt Disney World vacation!  May it be the first of many!  The Polynesian Resort is my family's favorite!  From the moment you enter the incredible Great Ceremonial House and are greeted, "Aloha!" and receive your leis, you will feel at home.  Be sure to see Wishes Nighttime Spectacular (the Magic Kingdom fireworks presentation) from the beach of the Resort.  While there, watch for the Electrical Water Pageant.  This is one of my family's favorite traditions.  Your kids are sure to enjoy the Volcano Pool.  The Nanea Volcano Pool, one of two heated pools, features a 40-foot high volcano as well as a waterfall and a 142-foot tubular waterslide. Nearby is a children's wet-play area. The beach end of the pool requires no steps to enter or exit.  At Captain Cook's Quick-Service Restaurant, you can get one of the famous Dole Whips at the self-serve machine.  You can also find the iconic Tonga Toast there (as well as upstairs at the Kona Cafe). This is one of the most famous breakfast meals at WDW, available only at the Polynesian. Auntie Kaui's Tonga Toast is similar to extra-thick French toast made with sourdough bread and stuffed with banana. It is served topped with sugar and cinnamon.  Also be sure to catch the torch lighting ceremony.  This short program is the Polynesian welcoming of the night. It features an authentic Polynesian dancer who does a traditional fire-knife dance and lights the torches leading into the Great Ceremonial House. A Polynesian entertainer is also on hand to perform chants and authentic drumming. It is presented each evening, Tuesday through Saturday, at 6:00 P.M. Of course, the Monorail stops right at the Resort to whisk you away to the Magic Kingdom, or you can quickly walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center to board the Monorail to Epcot.  I know you will love it!  Happy planning and have a Magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Krista, Tennessee

My husband and I have a 16 year-old daughter and an 14 year-old son and over a decade's worth of Disney traditions and memories. We try new experiences each trip, so we have experienced many "extras" in and out of the parks. Learn More About Krista

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