A Perfect Day Off at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

If you’ve ever visited Walt Disney World in Florida, you know it can be a lot of fun, but it’s also a very tiring vacation. A typical day probably begins with a 6:30 a.m. wake-up call, and ends with bedtime around midnight, with about 24,000 steps in between! By the third or fourth day, the whole family can start feeling a bit (understandably) crabby, but I have a solution!

Add a day to your hotel stay, but don’t add a day to your park tickets, and take a Day Off in the middle of your trip!

Here’s my plan for a Perfect Day Off if you’re staying at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Start by sleeping in! Don’t set an alarm and get the rest you need.

Then meet Lilo and Stitch for Brunch at ‘Ohana. This meal is served family-style and includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, Stitch and Mickey waffles, ham with pineapple, fresh fruits, and assorted breads. The characters will stop by your table for photos and autographs, so you’ll have some nice Disney touches even on your Day Off!

After brunch, spend some time at the Lava Pool. This pool features a zero-depth entry point similar to a beach, plus a waterfall and a 142-foot water slide! Activities Staff will be on hand for games and trivia, and there’s a nearby water play area for the kiddos. Rest your tired feet and float around!

When you’re ready for snacks, grab some Fish Tacos from the Oasis Pool Bar and pulled Pork Sandwiches from Capt. Cook’s, or my “Must Do” treat – a Dole Whip Float from the Pineapple Lanai!

For extra fun, my kids love to just run around the Great Ceremonial House Lawn and do some cartwheels. Walking at “park pace” and standing in lines is hard for little ones, so having a chance to run and go crazy for a while can be a real highlight of the day.

When you’re finished with your pool time and everyone is feeling relaxed, do some shopping at the resort’s gift shops – I think the Polynesian has some of the best shops of all the Disney resorts.

By now, you’ll be ready for dinner, so I’d recommend an early meal at Kona Café for fun sushi and poke bowls (and also delicious short ribs, salmon, and steak if you’re in the mood for something different).

After dinner, head toward the Seven Seas Lagoon to toast marshmallows at the campfire. Then check to see if it’s a night with Movies Under the Stars on the Lawn, grab some sodas from Capt. Cooks and chill!

You can cap off the night by watching the much-loved Electrical Water Pageant at the lagoon, or even see the Magic Kingdom fireworks show right there from the beach area.

While the park-going throngs are making their way back to the cars, buses, boats, and monorails at the end of the night, you’ll take a nice stroll back to your room, and feel like you’ve had a REAL vacation day.

When you’re ready to start planning YOUR trip to Walt Disney World, let me help you make the perfect vacation for your family! Contact me HERE to get started!