19 Oct Polynesian Dining Guide
Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a historical Walt Disney World treasure with some of the best food on property. The Polynesian has a prime location as a monorail loop resort on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon. All of the eateries here have lovely views either of lush, tropical landscaping, the resort’s Hawaiian style theming or.. the castle! Let’s take a look at the Polynesian dining options.
Polynesian Grab and Go, Quick Service and Mobile Order
Capt. Cook’s is a quick service restaurant open for all meals and late night snacks. Breakfast has favorites like Mickey waffles and the resort exclusive tonga toast! Lunch and dinner here have something for everyone with Polynesian Favorites and American Entrees. The Poly Chips are a delicious blend of house made potato chips and wonton chips.
Pineapple Lanai gives the people what they want: Dole Whip! What a convenience to have this fan favorite pineapple soft serve walk up window right at your resort. Did you know Dole Whip is dairy free? In addition to the traditional pineapple soft serve, Pineapple Lanai has Dole Whip Floats, Dole Whip with rum, classic vanilla soft serve and vanilla and pineapple swirl.
Kona Island walk up counter has coffee, pastries and sushi to go. There is also a fresh sushi bar counter here. For room snacks or to stock your mini fridge, check merchandise locations BouTiki on the first floor of the lobby and Moana Mercantile on the second floor.
Lounges at Walt Disney World usually consist of a bar, tables and chairs and some more secluded seating areas. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a one of a kind, over the top, interactive, themed tiki bar. If you’ve been to the Disneyland version, this is slightly different and still worth visiting. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is like a dark, magical, tiki cave. Loaded floor to ceiling with art, textures, special effects and surprises, you never know what you’ll see. Upon delivery after ordering, many drinks on the menu cause an interactive experience to happen within the space. Note there is often a wait to get in.
Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is a related but very different setting outside with umbrellas, tables and chairs. This is a much more natural and relaxed setting themed with beautiful rocks, a waterfall element and live music in the evenings. It’s right on the marina and is beautiful around sunset.
The Tambu Lounge is on the second floor of the lobby near the ‘Ohana restaurant. This bar and lounge is home to the famous Lapu Lapu drink that comes in a fresh pineapple. There are a few appetizers on the Tambu Lounge menu and you may be able to order ‘Ohana noodles upon special request.
Polynesian Poolside Dining
Barefoot Pool Bar at the main volcano pool and the Oasis Bar & Grill at the resort’s other pool both have impressive poolside appetizer and entree selections.
Polynesian Table Service and Signature Dining
Kona Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in the open setting of the lobby’s second floor. For breakfast, don’t miss Tonga Toast. Disney describes it as a ‘Banana-stuffed Sourdough Bread, Battered, Deep-fried, and Dusted with Cinnamon-Sugar.’ It is a unique and sweet breakfast delight. For lunch and dinner, Kona Cafe has a delicious selection of sushi, stir-frys, bowls and more.
The ‘Ohana restaurant is a tough reservation to get but very worth it for dinner. For breakfast, ‘Ohana has favorites like POG juice and a family style breakfast platter. In the evenings, ‘Ohana has a memorable dinner, served family style, that’s all you care to enjoy. Everyone loves the noodles! There is a roaming ukulele player who brings so much to this restaurant by way of smooth strings. When it’s time for the Magic Kingdom fireworks, the music is played in the restaurant and most seats have a view of the show.
For menus, pricing and more information see Disney’s Polynesian dining page.
Aside from the restaurants and dining locations mentioned above, Polynesian guests can easily access many other options by taking the monorail. Monorail loop resorts include Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Tip: Consider Magic Kingdom’s operating hours and if the masses will be coming or going when using the monorail to get around for dining.
If you’re ok with a long and scenic walk, there is a lovely path from the Polynesian that will take you all the way to the Grand or Contemporary. Note that it’s not a complete circle around the Seven Seas Lagoon. Disney water transportation opens possibilities from the Polynesian boat dock. A delightful boat ride across the Seven Seas Lagoon takes you to the Grand Floridian or Magic Kingdom.For dining options at the Contemporary see our Bay Lake Tower Dining Guide.