PHOTOS: Studio Villa at Disney World’s Polynesian Resort

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I stayed in a studio villa room at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort for the first time last week. I had previously stayed in regular rooms at the Poly several times, and I’ve think I’ve stayed in studio villas at nearly every Disney Vacation Club property at Disney World. So, I have a strong base of knowledge for my assertion that this combination of Poly and villa has perhaps the best mashup of features of any Disney World room.

First let’s start by stating that villa rooms have full access to all the amenities of the Polynesian resort: fun pools, classic bars and restaurants, and (hear the choir of heavenly angels sing) easy monorail access to both Epcot and Magic Kingdom. There’s a reason folks keep coming back to the Polynesian and that monorail access is a key factor.

My husband and I were randomly assigned to room 1018 on the ground level of the Moorea building, facing the water. The Moorea building is a slight walk to Great Ceremonial House main building, but the views here are spectacular. We were mostly looking at the lovely bungalows, but just a few steps outside our sliding glass door, we had a full look at the Magic Kingdom and were easily able to enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant each evening.

Here’s a tour of the room.

View from the room entrance out to the bungalows.
A bit further in. Kitchenette on the left, door to a bathroom on the right.
Bed and pull-out sleeper sofa. There are storage drawers under the head end of the bed and room for a suitcase or two under the foot end.
Fun bird artwork on the walls.
The other side of the room has a small table with two comfortable chairs and a tiki lamp.
Across from the main bed there is a large, flat panel TV and a pull-down sleeper bed.
Bed is appropriate for a child or average-sized woman.
The kitchenette (back center) includes a microwave oven, small refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, a small sink, and some basic storage.
The kitchen includes real mugs and glasses and paper plates and bowls.
Kitchen stock list
Toaster and coffee maker.
In the closet: Iron and ironing board, laundry basket, extra bedding for the pullout.
In the closet: Safe, luggage rack, pack n’ play crib.

In addition to the view and the ample space in this room, one of the best features is that it has two bathrooms. TWO BATHROOMS IN A STUDIO! One bathroom includes the toilet, a bathtub with shower, and a sink. The other bathroom has a huge shower and a sink. Two people can get ready at once!

And here’s our view from our patio in the evening.

That bit of red light in the center by the palm tree is the nose of a water pageant float.

My only complaint about this room was that there were only easily accessible electrical outlets one one side of the main bed. There were plenty of outlets and USB ports everywhere else in the room, but my husband and I both like to use our phones as bedside clocks, so we had to negotiate a bit about who slept where.

These rooms are popular and can be hard to come by if you don’t own Disney Vacation Club points at the Polynesian, but I’ll certainly jump on the chance to stay here again should the opportunity arise.

Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

6 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Studio Villa at Disney World’s Polynesian Resort

  • July 3, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Hi, neighbor! (We were on the third floor of Moorea last week.)

    Our room had and outlet and USB on the front of the nightstands on both sides of the bed below the drawer. We didn’t see them until the second night.

    We also love the split bathroom!

    The other benefit to Moorea is the short walk to the TTC. Request a room on the south end of Moorea and you can get to the TTC faster then the Poly resort monorail.

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    • July 4, 2019 at 8:57 am
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      You’re absolutely right about USB outlets. I can’t believe I missed them.

      For monorail access, Transportation and Ticket Center is closer to the boarding area at the Great Ceremonial House for many of the rooms at the Polynesian. However, the security screening is likely to be much faster at the Poly than the TTC, depending on what time of day it is. If you’re going to the Magic Kingdom, it’s a wash, but heading to the TTC for Epcot is a must.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 7:32 am
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    I wish you would show a picture of the pullout bed pulled out. I always have questions about that.

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    • July 4, 2019 at 8:58 am
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      Thank you for the reminder. I’ll make sure to pull out all the beds the next time I take room photos.

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  • July 5, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    The pizza huts (called bungalows) have killed what was once one of the best spots and views in all of the wdw resorts. I continue to lament the loss.

    Nice job on the review.

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    • July 6, 2019 at 9:11 am
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      Pizza huts, ha!

      The home screen photo on my phone has long been a photo of my family on that beach, pre-bungalow with a full view of Space Mountain and the Castle in the background. I share your lament.

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