I recently had the opportunity to stay in a brand new studio villa at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows. Disney has made a few of the longhouses at the Polynesian Village Resort part of the Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s version of a time share. When not booked by DVC members the general public is able to book the villas and bungalows. As of now the over the water bungalows are booked solid with DVC members but the villas do have availability.
I stayed in a garden view villa in the Moorea building which is conveniently located next to the Transportation and Ticket Center. This means we could easily walk over to the Transportation and Ticket Center to pick up the monorail to either the Magic Kingdom or Epcot. We still had easy access to the main areas of the resort including the Great Ceremonial House (home to the restaurants, shops and check in) as well as both the feature pool and quiet pool and the beach area.
Villas offer either a garden view or a view of the lagoon. Our garden view room on the third floor had a beautiful view of the resort landscaping off of the balcony.
The entry way is spacious with two bathrooms located off to the side as well as a small kitchenette before reaching the living area.
Rooms have one queen bed and a sofa that converts to a queen sized bed. Don’t be nervous about the pull out sofa – my daughter confirmed it was every bit as comfortable as the bed.
Under the huge TV (that swivels so you can watch it from the sofa) is a pull down bed that very comfortably accommodated my 5’3 12 year old. The fun picture next to the bed is of Lilo and Stitch on a hammock on the beach. There’s even a built in reading light.
The room is spacious and feels even more so because of the sofa where the second Queen bed would be in a standard room. There is a coffee table that is a great storage box as well as a nice sitting area.
There is a small kitchenette area with a sink, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster and disposable plates and utensils as well as cups and mugs. Perfect for a quick breakfast in the room.
My favorite part of the villa was the two bathrooms. These are both located off the entryway through sliding doors. One bath has a beautiful glass enclosed shower with a rain shower head. This bath also has a sink area. The second bath has a tub/shower combo, a sink and toilet. Having that extra shower was such a bonus.
The closet is ample size and also contains a safe, iron, ironing board and Pack and Play. There is also additional storage located under the bed via a pull out drawer and space for suitcases.
There were plenty of electrical outlets scattered around the room as well as several tech centers to charge devices with USB outlets.
Colors in the villas are corals, reds, blues and greens. There are tiki touches everywhere with a retro nod to Adventureland and the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction.
I really enjoyed our stay in this studio villa. The Polynesian Village Resort has long been my favorite Disney property and with the recent enhancements to the pool and common areas and now the more spacious accommodations I’m excited to share this resort with you. If you are considering a deluxe level resort and want the convenience of the monorail with larger room sizes and two baths consider the Polynesian Villas.
My name is Susan Heidenrich and I am a Destination Specialist with Travel with the Magic. I’ve just returned from my 26th trip to Walt Disney World and I would love to help you with your next Disney Destination vacation. My planning services are completely free! Learn a bit more about me here and then come along and join the fun and follow me on facebook! You can also email me at SusanH@travelwiththemagic.com.