• On Sep 6, 2016
    Ann from OH 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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    I need recommendations on how best to enjoy the Polynesian on arrival day. Our flight gets in at 10:30 so we'll be at the resort by noon. What can we do at the resort until our room is ready at 3pm? Is there a place to change into swim suits?

    Aloha Ann,

    You will feel like you have transported to paradise during your stay at Disney's Polynesian Village. I love entering the hotel and immediately hearing the traditional ukulele music, seeing the beautifully themed lobby, and feeling as if I have just arrived to a tropical destination.

    Reserving arrival day for some relaxation before hitting the theme parks the next day rested from your day of travel is a smart plan. Once you arrive at Disney's Polynesian Village, you can leave your belongings with the bell stand, if your room is not ready. There are public restrooms near the lobby and pool area and towels are available for your convenience. The Lava Pool is lots of fun with a water slide and zero entry area. The Barefoot Pool Bar offers specialty cocktails, including my favorite, the Lava Flow. There are also non-alcoholic options for the little ones. After your swim, you could head over at Pineapple Lanai in the Great Ceremonial House, and enjoy one of the many ice cream treats or flavored shaved ice.  

    Other activities at the resort include catch and release fishing and boat rentals. There is also a sand volleyball court between the Hawaii and Tahiti buildings. Later in the evening, they have the nightly Movies Under the Stars (weather permitting) and a campfire marshmallow roast. For more information about these events, check with the front desk or guest services upon arrival for the exact time and location.

    I hope this gives you some exciting ideas for your resort day.

    ~Allison L

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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Texas

I am a mother of three that loves all things Disney...the never grow up mentality, the fairy tale endings and the ever changing Disney Parks. With so much to explore, I would love to help you discover all the magic and wonder your heart desires. Learn More About Allison

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