Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows are a touch of the exotic wrapped in luxury at the Walt Disney World resort. Disney Vacation Club added Villas and the over-the-water bungalows this year, making the Polynesian one of the hottest properties at Disney World.
We had the chance to stay in a studio villa at the Polynesian in June, and wanted to share our impressions. There are four Disney Vacation Club (DVC) buildings at the Polynesian: Moorea (waterfront), Pago Pago, the newly-opened Tokelau, and of course, the Bora Bora over-the-water Bungalows.
All the main buildings have only studios (as opposed to other DVC accommodations that have studio, 1-, 2-, and even 3-bedroom configurations). These were converted over from previous Polynesian hotel rooms.
We did not discover the Wilderness Lodge at Disney World until the last few years. We are not strangers to the Disney World parks and resorts, but had somehow overlooked this less-talked-about hotel.
Wilderness Lodge is now one of our favorites, even though it is not on the monorail track. It is a serene getaway in the heart of the Magic Kingdom area, and a place that feels most like home at Disney World.
The Wilderness Lodge is not one of the highest-tier hotels on the monorail track of the Magic Kingdom. Those honors belong to the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Polynesian resorts.
It is not a budget hotel, like the All-Star hotels. It is not coveted like the Beach Club (and Boardwalk) hotels with their walking proximity to EPCOT. It does not have animal safari savannah views, as does Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Instead, the Wilderness Lodge Hotel and Villas (Disney Vacation Club — DVC) offer the convenience of a Magic Kingdom resort (just a short bus or boat ride away), with the feeling that you’ve escaped from all the hectic theme park pace…into a relaxing wilderness haven.