I had the opportunity this week to visit the new Polynesian Bungalows as a part of a special Disney Vacation Club event. The night began with a luau experience featuring hula dancers, ukulele playing, and other Polynesian entertainment. We were also treated to several appetizers including sushi, pulled pork sliders, and a noodle salad. As an added treat, pina coladas, strawberry daiquiris, and mai tais were served.
Afterwards, we spent time exploring the new over-the-water Bungalows nestled on top of Seven Seas Lagoon. Each of the cottages provides a direct view of Cinderella Castle as well as the nightly Wishes fireworks show. Because the Bungalows are not attached to the main buildings of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, they are separated by a small wooden fence for security purposes; guests staying in each Bungalow gain access beyond the fence via their Magic Bands. I thought that this was a nice feature.
The front of each Bungalow is quaint with minimal lighting and a roped bridge leading across the water and to the front door. I loved looking at the various wind chimes that hung from the awnings; most included items such as seashells, pieces of bamboo, and other themed trinkets.
Upon entering, we were greeted by a beautiful print nodding to Bora Bora in all of its glory. The long hallway filled with dark woods and rich colors breaks off into the various rooms. On the left, there is a bedroom with a queen-sized bed and pull out trundle. A long walk-in closet provides plenty of space to store clothing and other belongings.
On the opposite side of the hallway is the master bedroom complete with two floor-to-ceiling windows showing views of the water. A king size bed serves as the focal point of the room. All of the lights and electronic features are controlled by a media panel on the wall. The adjoining bathroom features a walk in shower with a rain shower head and a whirlpool tub. As first seen in the Villas at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, there is a television built into the vanity mirror which is a fun touch. Likewise, I particularly appreciated the tiki dresser lamp paying homage to the larger figure found in the Great Ceremonial House lobby of the resort. There’s also a hidden Orange Bird. Can you find him?
The living room area of each Bungalow is absolutely exquisite. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the water, Contemporary Resort, Space Mountain, and Cinderella Castle. There is a flat panel television here as well as in all of the bedrooms. Underneath the television is another trundle bed featuring artwork of the Electrical Water Pageant or a scene from Lilo & Stitch; the couch also pulls out into a queen size bed. Nearby, I delighted in the private deck complete with plunge pool and lounge furniture.
Just off of the living room is a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances. There is also a large wooden dining table for meals after a long day at the parks or on the Polynesian beach. Continuing with the theme, windows in this room also look out over the water.
A second bathroom completes each Bungalow with separate sections for a shower/tub and vanity and powder room, toilet, and vanity. This configuration makes it easier for guests to get ready during the morning time before heading out for the day. Close by, there is also a laundry room with stacked washer and dryer as well as an in-room safe and additional storage.
Overall, I was quite impressed with both this DVC experience and the Bungalows themselves. As a Vacation Club member myself, it is fun to see how the new additions are building upon existing properties. I highly recommend taking advantage of these private events if you are able to fit them into your busy schedule while visiting Walt Disney World.