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Happy 45th Anniversary to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Allison Montgomery

by , Public Relations Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Aloha! This month not only marks the 45th anniversary of Magic Kingdom Park, but it also marks the 45th anniversary of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Happy 45th Anniversary to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Located near Magic Kingdom Park with its own monorail stop, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been welcoming guests to enjoy the island ambiance since it opened on Oct. 1, 1971. It opened with 492 rooms in eight longhouses and was expanded in 1978, 1984, and again in 2015 with the addition of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Happy 45th Anniversary to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Happy 45th Anniversary to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort celebrates the spirit of the South Pacific in many ways, from the lush tropical foliage, to Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show with hula dancing, fire dancing and more, to fun just for kids at Lilo’s Playhouse.

My favorite thing to do at the resort is to sample from all of the unique dining locations it has to offer, including a Disney Character breakfast or Hawaiian-style dinner feast at ‘Ohana, sushi from Kona Cafe, or even a sweet treat like a Dole Whip® at Pineapple Lanai. Yum!

Happy 45th Anniversary to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The resort even has its own motto, Aita Peatea, which means “There will be another day tomorrow just like today.” If you’ve had the chance to stay here over the past 45 years, what was your favorite day at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort like? Share with us in the comments!


  • I stayed at the Polynesian with my children in 2014; we are going back next month to celebrate my parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary.

    When I asked my now 10 and 8 year olds what they most want to do at Walt Disney World this trip, they immediately replied that they wanted to go to the kids’ club, now renamed Lilo’s Playhouse!

    My favorite memory is learning to hula-hoop poolside. When the cast member offered to take my picture, I agreed and promptly managed to whack myself in the face with a hula hoop, just as she was taking the picture!

  • I can’t believe what they did to the lobby. It was beautiful. Now it’s just a lobby.

  • My first parents first took me to the Polynesian in the mid-70’s when I was 5 and it was our favorite resort. It is still my favorite to this day and have stayed there with my wife and I for my 40th birthday in 2011. We don’t stay at the Polynesian as often as my parents and I did but I still keep trying to stay there every few years. WE TOTALLY LOVE IT!!!

  • Last year my family stayed for the first time at the Polynesian. We are DVC members so I booked us into the new, luxurious bungalows. They were absolutely fabulous!! And we did watch fireworks over the castle while the kids soaked in our private pool…very happy memories! Staying at Poly again in three weeks and can’t wait. Happy 45th to the Polynesian, and hopefully many, many more!

  • My wife and I stayed at the Polynesian for our honeymoon in 1996 during the Magic Kingdom’s 25th anniversary! We loved having quick access to the monorail but I think our favorite was going to the Luau. What an experience! We decided then that we would have to go back for our 25th anniversary since it will be the Magic Kingdom’s 50th. Any chance we can swing a stay in one of the bungalows?! LOL

    Looking forward to 2021!

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