Disney's Polynesian Resort

1600 Seven Seas Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
1-407-824-2000

Aloha! Step inside this resort and get transported to an island paradise. The lush, tropical foliage and intricate wood and bamboo accents make this one of the best themed resorts on property. Located on the Monorail Resort loop (with stops to Grand Floridian, Magic Kingdom, Contemporary and the TTC), the Poly sits on the white sandy beach of Seven Seas Lagoon right across from the Magic Kingdom. The beach is one of the best places to watch fireworks over the castle, if you're not in the theme park. Along with the Grand Floridian, despite its close proximity to the Magic Kingdom, you are not able to walk to the park. For a fun afternoon, head to the marina and rent a boat to see the resort area in a new way.

You can also find select liquor, beer and wine at Captain Cook's. You are paying for convenience here, so don't expect resonable prices.
Updated 1/13

Thursday
Jan062011

Barefoot Pool Bar

This tropical full service bar is located right next to the pool and just steps away from the white sandy beach.

Hours 
12pm - Magic Kingdom fireworks

Specialty Drinks
Good News! You can get the Lapu Lapu (sans pineapple), Island Sunset and Tropical Macaw from the Tambu Lounge at the Pool Bar! The Backscratcher is unavailable because they don't have the fruit juices needed. 

Click here for Disney's Pool Bar Drink Menu

Pour Quality
 
Average

Food
 
None.
If you're hungry and just want a quick bite, behind the bar in the hotel you'll find Captain Cook's counter service restaurant which serves a limited menu 24 hrs a day. Bonus - you can get a Dole Whip here!

Atmosphere
 
Tropical tiki bars are always a hit with us and this one is no exception. You have a great pool area with a volcano slide and narrow, lush walkways all around the pool. Let's not forget the best part - its white, sandy beach that has a great view of the Magic Kingdom. Curl up with a book, or a loved one, in one of their hammocks and waste away an afternoon. Stick around after the sun goes down and watch the water pagent parade float by and have a nice view of Magic Kingdom's fireworks without having to be in the crowded park.
 
 

Marina
There is a marina right around the corner from the pool bar where you can rent the little mouse boats, pontoon boats, sailboats and more. Prices in photo as of 8/2012.
 

Review
 
A tropical bar calls for tropical drinks to be enjoyed. Thankfully, there's no shortage of that while at the Poly.

Do you like dark beer? How about coffee? Then may we be the first to suggest the unique Pipeline beer. Pipeline's looks are deceiving, the dark amber color may trick you into thinking you're in for a seriously hoppy beer or possibly a very heavy beer like a Guinness but you're in for a surprise. Pipeline is moderately hopped so it's not too bitter and sweet roasted malt combines with a touch of the rich flavor of good coffee to deliver a nicely balanced, yet creatively different beer to your tastebuds. Maybe not the beer for you if Bud Light is your imbibe-ary of choice but its intricacies make it a definite contender if you feel like something different. This is something that we will be craving in the future. Pipeline however, is only available during the "winter" season months.

Saturday
Feb162013

Capt. Cook's Food Court

Located in the main lobby, escape from the tropics to grab a bite to eat. You can buy beer, wine and some other novelties here, and - the best part - Dole Whips are available too.

Sunday beer sales start at 1pm. Two alcoholic beverages per person. 

Hours
6:30am-11pm

Beverages
Choose from Heineken, Michelob Ultra, Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Corona, Bacardi Silver, Jose Cuervo Margarita, Kahlua Mudslide, Smirnoff Ice, Sutter Home Wines and Parducci Wine.
 

Food
 
Some of the most interesting items at a Disney Food Court can be found here, such as an Aloha Pork Sandwich, Pork Nachos, a Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich and more. The bakery area even has a Beer Cupcake - we're going to have to check that one out. Sushi from the bar upstairs is also available. And did we mention Dole Whips? Yup. (The gift shop also sells liquor bottles. Just sayin.)

Atmosphere 
Not the best atmosphere of the Disney food courts, but take your meal or drink outside by the tables near the pool for a better view.

Friday
Apr012011

Kona Cafe

This breakfast, lunch & dinner fan favorite is located on the monorail level just past O'hana. 

Breakfast Specialty Drinks
Wasabi Mary - $8.50
Absolut Peppar vodka, wasabi, spices, and tomato juice.

Mimosa - $8.50
Sparkling Wine & orange juice. 

Lunch & Dinner Specialty Drinks
Kona Cool Sundown - $9.75
A refreshing blend of vodka, Chambord and cranberry juice.

Lapu Lapu - $13.50
Myers's Original Dark rum and tropical fruit juices served in a fresh pineapple topped with Bacardi 151 rum.

Tropical Macaw - $8.75
Parrot Bay Coconut rum, Midori Melon liqueur, pineapple juice and cranberry juice.

Island Sunset - $8.75
Seven Tiki Spiced rum, Parrot Bay Coconut rum, melon and peach combined with our guava-passion fruit juice.

Magical Star Cocktail - $10.75
Light up your celebration with X-Rated Fusion organic mango and passion fruit liqueur, Parrot Bay coconut rum, pineapple juice and a souvenir multicolored glow cube.

Specialty Beer
Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale, Kona Longboard Lager or Kona Seasonal Pipeline - $6.25

Food
View their Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menu here

Friday
Apr012011

Kona Island Sushi Bar

Grab some sushi for dinner at this small sushi bar located right next to Kona Cafe. Open from 5pm - 10pm. There is limited seating at the bar. Captain Cook's store on the first floor sells sushi to-go if you can't get a seat.

Rolls
A variety of sushi rolls available for around $13 per roll.


Specialty Cocktails
Classic Mai Tai - $8.25
Dark rum, pineapple juice, and citrus juice.

Kona Cool Sundown - $9.50
Vodka, Chambord liqueur, and cranberry juice.


Specialty Beer

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale or Kona Longboard Lager - $5.75
Seasonal Kona Pipeline - $5.25 


Wine and Sake
Beni Mansaku Sake $22/bottle
King Estate Pinot Gris, Oregon - $10
Radi Wiest Riesling, Hooked, Rhein-Mosel - $9
Conundrum, California - $13
MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast - $11
Wolfgang Vineyards Concerto Gruner Veltliner, Burgenland - $10 

Saturday
Sep112010

Tambu Lounge

When people talk about the drinks they had at Disney World, one in particular is usually at the top of the list. You'll see plenty of people sipping their memorable Lapu Lapu out of a fresh pineapple at the bar either waiting for a table, or just enjoying the night. This bar is located on the monorail floor of the hotel, just in front of 'Ohana.

Hours 
1pm - midnight
 

Tambu Lounge Drink Recipes

Specialty Drinks only at Polynesian Resort
Lapu Lapu - $13.50
Myers's Original Dark rum and tropical fruit juices served in a fresh pineapple topped with Bacardi 151 rum.

Tropical Macaw - $8.75
Parrot Bay Coconut rum, Midori Melon liqueur, pineapple juice and cranberry juice.

Lapu Lapu, Tropical Macaw, Island SunsetIsland Sunset - $8.75
Seven Tiki Spiced rum, Parrot Bay Coconut rum, melon and peach combined with our guava-passion fruit juice.

Backscratcher - $9.75
Bacardi Superior rum, Myers's Original Dark rum, and passion fruit juice topped with Jack Daniel's and a bamboo backscratcher.


Draft Beer
Yuengling, Bud Light, Kona Fire Rock, Kona Longboard

Bottled Beer
Corona, Corona Light, Blue Moon, Guinness, Sierra Nevada Porter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Yuengling, Dos Equis, Stella Artois, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Kona Longboard, Kona Pipeline (winter months)

Click here for Disney Resort's Cocktail, Beer & Wine Menu


Pour Quality
 
Average

Food
 
Assorted appetizers including wings, crab cakes, tuna flatbread and sushi. See photo at end of post.


Atmosphere 
We here at PTTP are partial to anything tropical, so you've been warned. This is not your typical brightly colored tropical decor, but a neutral color scheme with lots of stone and wood accents. Assorted dark, flat stones make up the floor, with more stone work on the side of the large square bar accented by a bamboo roof held up by wood-carved tiki totems on the corners. Two giant windows off to the side help bring in some light while offering a great view of the lush landscaping. The bar seats about 15, but has room for standing. Near the window you can settle into a couple wicker chairs
and tables in front of 2 TVs.


Review 
In the name of research, we just had to try the 4 specialty drinks only available here.

Lapu Lapu & BackscratcherLapu Lapu - This is the it drink to get at this resort. It comes in a pre-cut & hollowed out pineapple. The dark rum gives it a bit more flavor than a typical rum & tropical juice drink, but that's about it. The float of 151 helps justify the $13 price, but flavor wise it's nothing special. Sure, it's a fun experience that even we think is worth the splurge once in a while, but the drink is just ok on it's own.

Our knowledgeable bartender informed us that on average they make between 3-5 dozen of these a night, between the bar and the restaurant's orders. And don't worry about some sorry cast memeber out back slaving away cutting open these pineapples - they come in pre-cut and hollowed out, each individually wrapped, in boxes.

Tropical Macaw - Take a quick picture because this layered drink won't last long. The great mix of pineapple, cococnut and melon make it just sweet enough, with a lightly sour finish. Very smooth, light and refreshing. Be sure to stir it together though once you start drinking to properly mix all the ingredients.


Pina ColadaIsland Sunset - The bartender says this is more like a breakfast smoothie, and was he ever right! Smooth, lightly fruity and blended. The flavor wasn't anything exciting, in fact we found it a little bland, and with the minimal amount of alcohol, you could easily swing this back with toast and eggs. Good for a light drinker.

Backscratcher - It's nice when there's a stand out winner, especially when it's on a menu packed with good stuff to begin with. This tropical vacation in a glass utilizes the caramel flavors of dark rum, sweet passion fruit juice and a splash of Jack Daniel's Bourbon floating on top to make a really unique beverage that's worth the trip to this resort alone (who needs Space Mountain!?) By the way, no discounts if you go sans backscratcher . . . but why would you do something silly like that? Great, now my back's itchy. Anyone got a backscratcher?

Pina Colada - Ok, pina coladas might not be exclusive to the Tambu Lounge, but the glass they serve it in is - and we all know everything tastes better out of a tiki glass! To all of you pina colada folks out there, you're as aware as we are that these things go one of two ways, sweet, creamy and delicious or pre-mix out-of-a-bottle-that-doesn't-need-refrigeration-and-could-survive-an-atomic-blast disgusting. Well, we've got good news, they're using the good stuff here! 

And those awesome tiki glasses? Yes, they are available for sale in the downstairs gift shop but they sell out fast so often can't be found. If you can find one, they're $12.95 each.