Disney’s Polynesian Resort Photo Walk 2012

Last week we chose a gorgeous day for the updated Polynesian Resort Photo Walk! I had to skim down the photos from around 600, I wanted to show a lot of beautiful resort detail.

Note 2014 – Disney’s Polynesian Resort is changing quickly, we will bring an updated photo walk in 2015 when much of the construction is complete.

This photo walk is shorter in time than any of the others so far. The walk itself (I take photos first, then time the walk) clocks in at a swift 11 minutes! I’ve had many requests to do video walks – and while we won’t have one from every resort, we have two that we are readying, including the Polynesian Resort.

Jeff and I both have strong childhood memories of Disney’s Polynesian (Village) Resort. Jeff first visited in the early 70’s, and stayed with his family every year until the early 90’s. My family first visited in 1976 and we stayed there each year (except for one year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort) until I graduated high school and moved to Florida in 1984. We both have stayed a number of times since then – generally for a night or two at a time. 

While staying at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a splurge, we do enjoy the resort on a regular basis – we’ve introduced many friends to Tonga Toast and Dole Whips! Disney’s Polynesian Resort is my favorite resort, hands down. And members of my family still stay here for a few nights each year, 28 years after we moved to Florida!

For the photo walk, we are starting at the Ticket and Transportation Center. This is next to Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and it’s easy to walk over to get the Epcot monorail if you find the resort monorail backed up. But on this day, the TTC was packed with spring break crowds. We are starting at the gate close to Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Winnie the Pooh characters such as Eeyore and Pooh are on the gate, and we are starting the clock at 12:19pm. Remember the photos are already taken before I time the walk. 

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We are walking alongside this building to the right, and heading along the path:

 

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The tram to the TTC from the parking lot stops at the left of us:

 

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There is a walkway with the engraved paved bricks that were sold to guests many years ago. I wish that I’d bought one!

 

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We arrive to the sign for Disney’s Polynesian Resort at 12:20pm:

 

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We continue along the short path:

 

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I love these trees! There are some really unique plants and trees at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and we will enjoy a few during the walk.

 

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We are heading to the left, towards the Tangaroa Terrace. It was my favorite Disney restaurant for many years, but it’s now just used for special events. Unlike many of my other photo walks, there isn’t a main path to go on – you could create a beautiful walk of your own in so many different directions. This is not an area meant for running/fast walking (it’s easier on the walkway between Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, even with the DVC construction).

 

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