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Complete Guide to Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (w/ review)

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Complete Guide to Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (w/ review)

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is a Disney Vacation Club Resort that has all of the same theming, vibes, and unforgettable views just like Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

If you wanted an escape to a resort inspired by the South Pacific, then this might be the one for you.

The difference between Polynesian Village and this resort is the Villas & Bungalows are a Deluxe Villa Resort, instead of just a Deluxe Resort. It’s 1 of 12 Deluxe Villas at Disney World.

Let’s take a look at the DVC villas and bungalows at the Polynesian.

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Summary
The Polynesian Villas and Bungalows is a Disney Vacation Club property located at the Polynesian Resort. This resort features monorail access to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot. It is also home to some of the most popular dining options on Disney World property, including 'Ohana and Trader Sam's. Grab a Dole Whip from Pineapple Lanai and head out to the Polynesian beach to enjoy a unique fireworks experience watching the Magic Kingdom nighttime shows.
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Pros and Cons

Pros: Easy access to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot by monorail (can walk to TTC to get Epcot monorail if you would like), boat option to MK, theming, view of MK fireworks with music piped in, very popular/delicious on-site restaurants, big rooms, Studio rooms can be adjoining and have 2 bathrooms each

Cons: High cost, shared buses which can mean long bus rides to places other than Magic Kingdom and Epcot, resort can feel too spread out

Overview

Resort category: Deluxe Villa

Resort area: Magic Kingdom

Address & Phone Number
1600 Seven Seas Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8423
(407) 824-3500

Located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, the Villas & Bungalows share a lot of the same offerings as Polynesian Village, including dining, shopping, transportation, and more.

The difference between the two is the Villas & Bungalows features a different selection of rooms. There are Deluxe Studios and over-the-water Bungalows that offer more space and amenities, including either a full kitchen or kitchenette, a washer and dryer, dining areas, etc. But, this also depends on the type of room you book.

The Polynesian as a whole is a stunning resort and also an iconic one. The Villas & Bungalows add a completely different level of luxury to an already luxurious resort.

Guest Rooms And Bathrooms

There are two types of room to book at the Villas and Bungalows and they include Deluxe Studios and Bungalows. Depending on the room you book, you can even sleep up to 8 adults. 

Of course, the rooms feature the standard amenities, including a hairdryer, TV, free WiFi, a coffee maker, telephone, in-room safe, and an iron and ironing board.

There are even some great amenities like a microwave, toaster, and a fully-equipped kitchen with either a full or mini-refrigerator. The Bungalow-style rooms also feature a washer, dryer, dishwasher, and a TV on the bathroom mirrors.

If you’re wondering about outlets and USB ports, you can find both in all of the rooms. Be sure to look underneath the bedside table’s drawer in the Deluxe Studios for the USB outlets. 

Regarding storage, there is space underneath the beds to place luggage or any other belongings. There is also both drawers, closet, and shelf space. Some of the bathrooms have a smaller counter space, but there are drawers to utilize as well.

There are also some important details to note about housekeeping services.

If you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member using your Membership to stay, you’ll receive service on the 4th and 8th days, unless you decide to decline the service. Rental Guests (non-Members or DVC Members not booking through Membership) receive Full Cleaning Services every day.

Now, let’s talk the rooms available to book.

Deluxe Studios

  • Deluxe Studio — Lake View: Lake View; 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed; Split bathroom with 2 showers and a kitchenette
Deluxe Studio at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Deluxe Studio at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Deluxe Studio — Standard View: Views of Landscaping or Parking Area; 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed; Split bathroom with 2 showers and a kitchenette
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Deluxe Studio at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Bungalows

  • Bungalow: Lake View; 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 2 Single Pull Down Beds; 2 bedroom over-the-water Bungalow features a full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, private deck, and a plunge pool.
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Note: There are also both wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms available that include accessible bathrooms and visual alarms. 

You can check out room layouts below.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

You must board any pet traveling with you before you arrive, but service animals defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act are welcome.

For non-service animals, WDW offers kennel services at Best Friends Pet Care for day and overnight boarding to both day guests and resort guests on a space-available basis.

Reservations are suggested; call the location directly at (877) 493-9738 to book a spot.

Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Room Options

Room type(s)Bed sizeMax people
per room
Floor plan
Deluxe Studio – Standard View
Views of Landscaping or Parking Area
1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen-Size Pull Down Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed5Polynesian Villa deluxe studio floor plan
Deluxe Studio – Lake View
Views of Seven Seas Lagoon
1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen-Size Pull Down Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed5Polynesian Villa deluxe studio floor plan
Bungalow
Views of Seven Seas Lagoon
1 King Bed and 1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen-Size Pull Down Bed and 2 Single Pull Down Beds 8Polynesian Villa Bungelow floor plan

Checking In And Out

When it comes to checking in and out, you have a few options: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

The front desk is located in the main lobby of the Great Ceremonial House of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Even though the front desk is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

Polynesian Lobby
  • Checking-In: After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via next. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

The lobby has plenty of seating and is perfectly themed. You can also access dining and gift shops, along with the Monorail station on the second floor.

As for the pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and the bus stop, you can find those near the main lobby, along with luggage storage for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Package Delivery & Pick Up

You can have packages and groceries delivered to your Disney Resort hotel, along with shipping select items home.

Here’s everything you need to know about having packages delivered and picking them up.

Grocery Delivery

You can have groceries delivered directly to your Disney Resort hotel. Dry-good storage and refrigerated storage are offered (subject to availability).

Important: a $6 fee will be charged to your room account for each grocery delivery order brought to your room by Bell Services or Luggage Assistance. Or, you can pick up these deliveries yourself from Bell Services or Luggage Assistance — at no charge.

Select items will need to be picked up in person, like alcohol. Most grocery delivery services require an individual of age to sign for alcohol and to show valid identification. Disney Resort hotels will not accept these types of orders on behalf of you.

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Resort Hotel Delivery (temporarily unavailable)

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can have park souvenirs delivered to your hotel instead of carrying them around with you all day.

Just tell the Cast Member at checkout that you want your purchase delivered to your hotel. You’ll usually pick up these items at your hotel’s gift shop (a Cast Member should tell you the designated pick-up location).

Home Delivery

In-park purchases can also be shipped to your home via UPS or FedEx for an additional fee.

Sending and Receiving Mail

Sending Mail

You can mail postcards, letters, and packages from the theme parks and select Disney Resort hotels.

Letter and Postcards
Postcards and letters with postage already applied can be mailed from any mail box located throughout the theme parks and at the Front Desk of Disney Resort hotels.

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Packages
You can ship pre-packed, pre-labeled packages at the Front Desk or Concierge desk of most Disney Resort hotels. Hotels that include an onsite Business Center, including Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, can also ship packages for you.

Regular shipping and handling fees will apply.

Purchasing Postage
Postage stamps are available for purchase at various gift shops including:

  • Art of Disney (Epcot)
  • Celebrity 5 & 10 (Hollywood Studios)
  • Disney Springs Welcome Center (Disney Springs)
  • Disney Traders (Epcot)
  • Garden Gate Gifts (Animal Kingdom)
  • Heritage Manor (Epcot)
  • Main Street Chamber of Commerce (Magic Kingdom)
  • Mickey’s Gift Station (Transportation and Ticket Center)
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood (Hollywood Studios)
  • Movieland Memorabilia (Hollywood Studios)
  • Newsstand (Magic Kingdom)
  • The Outpost Shop (Animal Kingdom)
  • Sundries (Disney Springs)
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Receiving Mail

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can receive mail throughout your stay. Occasionally, some guests will ship items in advance of their vacation to help save luggage space.

If you want to receive mail during your vacation, be sure the letter or package:

  • Includes the mailing address of your Disney Resort Hotel
  • Clearly features the word “Guest” on the front and the date of your arrival

Important: a $6 per package handling fee will apply to all packages that are received through the Front Desk or are delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room.

Parking

Parking is available. There is a standard $25 overnight self-parking fee (including tax) that is applied to guests’ hotel folio upon check-out.

Valet parking is also available for $33 per night.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We also have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can browse.

Important: Valet parking might not always be available.

Resort Map

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Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Buildings

Tokelau

Buildings: Standard Villas
Location Tips: Tokelau is close to the Oasis Pool, but it’s also a farther walk to the Great Ceremonial House that is home to the main lobby, the front desk, dining, shopping, transportation, and more.

Pago Pago

Buildings: Standard Villas
Location Tips: Pago Pago is distanced from the pools and the Great Ceremonial House. It is close to walkway that leads to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), which provides access to all Monorail lines.

Moorea

Buildings: Lagoon/Theme Park Villas
Location Tips: Moorea is distanced from the pools and the Great Ceremonial House. It is close to walkway that leads to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), which provides access to all Monorail lines.

Bora Bora Bungalows

Buildings: Lagoon/Theme Park Villas
Location Tips: The Bungalows are located in the section of Bora Bora. While there is a walk to the Great Ceremonial House, the section has great views of the lagoon, Grand Floridian, and Magic Kingdom.

Amenities And Shops

From gift shops, to on-site laundry services, there are several amenities offered to guests at Polynesian Villas and Bungalows.

Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

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  • BouTiki: Shop for Hawaiian shirts, ukuleles, Disney character merchandise, and more.
  • Disney’s Magnolia, Palm and Oak Trail Pro Shop: Found at the Magnolia Golf Course located nearby the resort. Shop for golf merchandise, rentals, and other souvenirs.
  • Moana Mercantile: The main gift store located that features a variety of merchandise, including items that are resort-themed.
  • Electrical Water Pageant: A nighttime water parade that sails along on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.
  • Grocery Orders: Disney Vacation Club Members can submit an order form to have groceries they purchase delivered to their room.
  • Laundry Services: Laundry rooms are located on the first floor in Moorea. Some of the rooms also have a washer and dryer.
  • Dry Cleaning Services: Dry cleaning and valet laundry services are also an option.
  • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies on the Great Ceremonial House lawn.
  • Childcare ServicesIn-room babysitting for children 6 months to 12 years old.

Pools And Recreation

The Villas and Bungalows has one feature pool and one leisure pool. If you need a non-park day, we recommended spending the day at your hotel and enjoying a Disney Resort pool.

Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

Map of pools at Polynesian Villas and Bungalows

Feature Pool

  • Lava Pool: Features a towering volcano, a waterfall, and a 142 foot-long waterslide. There’s also a lounge and bar nearby.

Leisure Pool

  • Oasis Pool: A leisure pool for all ages that perfect for relaxing.

Guests can also check out the Oasis Patio, a private shaded area close to the pool and accommodates up to 6 guests. You can also place food and drink orders to be delivered from the Oasis Bar & Grill. These are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.  For advanced reservations and pricing information, call (407) 939-7529.

Some other recreational options include:

  • Jogging
  • Volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Motorized Boat Rentals
  • Hula Dance Lessons
  • Lava Pool Party
  • Campfire to roast marshmallows

Restaurant & Dining Options

You can find a few different dining options at the Villas & Bungalows. Take note that Capt. Cook’s offers Mobile Order and Kona Cafe and ‘Ohana have Mobile Dine Check-In, meaning you’ll check-in using the My Disney Experience app rather than going to the host stand. When your table is ready, you’ll be notified to proceed to a specific location.

Kona Cafe also has Table Service To Go, which allows guests to Mobile Order and take their meal back to their room. You can read more about the dining options below.

Quick Service

Although you don’t need reservations to dine at the Quick Service locations at Polynesian, you may want to consider using Mobile Order where available.

Capt. Cook’s

Capt. Cook’s is Polynesian’s main Quick Service location, where you can order a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, including Tonga Toast, Pan-Asian Noodles and Vegetables, and Thai Coconut Meatballs.

Location type: Grab-and-go
Type of food: American, Seafood
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Easy and quick way to grab favorite breakfast items like Mickey waffles and Tonga Toast, solid lunch and dinner choices (the homemade chips and Aloha pork sandwich are particular favorites) lots of seating, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available
  • Cons: Can get quite busy during peak times

Kona Island

Kona Island is a Quick Service spot where you can buy coffee and pastries in the morning and grab-and-go sushi later in the day. There’s also a variety of desserts.

Location type: Grab-and-go
Type of food: American, Sushi
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Easy and quick option, especially for guests staying at the Polynesian
  • Cons: Limited menu, not much seating

Oasis Bar & Grill

Oasis Bar & Grill is the Quick Service dining spot at the Oasis Pool. While you can order meals here, there is also a full bar with tropical cocktails and Hawaiian beer.

Location type: Pool Bar
Type of food: American
Meals served: Lunch & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Several unique salads and fish options are available for lunch or you can grab some standard bar food or a specialty cocktail or Hawaiian beer while enjoying the pool
  • Cons: Limited menu, not much seating

Table Service

Table Service locations typically require Advanced Dining Reservations. You can make those online or inside of the Disney Experience app.

‘Ohana

‘Ohana is a popular Table Service location that serves breakfast and dinner, with the former featuring beloved characters. The family-style food is also usually a hit here, especially the noodles and bread pudding.

Note: Currently, this is a modified dining experience. Character dining returns September 27, 2022.

Location type: Family-style, Character dining
Type of food: American, Polynesian
Meals served: Breakfast & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Food options to please most anybody (all-you-can-eat American breakfast, lots of meat options for dinner plus the much-beloved bread pudding for dessert, and plant-based choices), characters appear (Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and others), kids are included in activities during the meal
  • Cons: Popular spot so reservations are hard to get, check in can take a long time so maybe even consider arriving early for your reservation
  • Tip: Book ASAP if you are interested in eating here; breakfast hours extend until 12:00 pm which makes it a great place to grab a late breakfast

Kona Cafe

Kona Cafe is a great Table Service restaurant to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They’re best known for breakfast, especially the famous Tonga Toast and Kona coffee. We’re also fans of the Macadamia Nut Pancakes.

Location type: Casual dining
Type of food: American, Seafood
Meals served: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Good food all around (try the Tonga Toast and Kona coffee for breakfast), mobile ordering available through the My Disney Experience app
  • Cons: Used to be a hidden gem but now books up much further in advance. Can’t get in? Try pastries, coffee, and sushi at the nearby Kona Island

Everything Else

Looking to grab some appetizers or a cocktail? Here’s where you can do that at the Polynesian.

Barefoot Pool Bar

The Barefoot Pool Bar is located at the Lava Pool. You can find drinks, snacks, and entrees (perfect for if you’re hanging by the pool), including cocktails with Dole Whip.

Location type: Pool bar
Type of food: American
Meals served: Snacks, lunch, & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros:  Great place to grab a specialty drink and Dole Whip
  • Cons: Limited seating

Pineapple Lanai

Pineapple Lanai is a small outdoor stand, where you can order a variety of Dole Whip flavors.

Location type: Counter service
Type of food: American
Meals served: Snack

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Dole Whip treats (much quicker spot to get Dole Whips than Magic Kingdom location), good use of snack credits, nice outdoor seating area
  • Cons: No longer self serve

Tambu Lounge

Tambu Lounge is an indoor bar and lounge next to ‘Ohana. You can either sit at the bar or tables for drinks and small bites or take drinks to go. You can also order select menu items from the ‘Ohana dinner menu.

Location type: Lounge
Type of food: American
Meals served: Small plates and drinks

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Nice spot to grab an appetizer, ‘Ohana bread pudding and noodles (not on menu, but you can can still order), or a specialty drink (including a Lapu Lapu, the popular drink that served in a pineapple), good atmosphere
  • Cons: Only open in the evening, expensive drinks

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

A themed-bar experience that has all kinds of fun antics that are not to be missed. The cocktails and souvenir cups are great too. This is a very popular spot. Reservations are not accepted and guests are welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location type: Lounge, Unique/Themed dining
Type of food: American
Meals served: Small plates and drinks

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Super fun environment, delicious drinks (including great souvenir cups!) and food
  • Cons: Very limited indoor seating, Disney Dining Plan credits not accepted

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is an outdoor bar that serves the same cocktails as Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and indoor themed-bar experience.

Location type: Lounge
Type of food: American, Polynesian
Meals served: Small plates and drinks

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Quick Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Same delicious drinks offered inside at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, lovely seating area with view of the Polynesian pool and Magic Kingdom
  • Cons: The fun antics that occur inside at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto are missing at the outdoor Tiki Terrace

How to get from the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows to anywhere at Disney World

There are three forms of transportation available: buses, water transportation, and the Monorail. You can access theme parks and Disney Springs via the bus. The water taxis transport guests across Seven Seas Lagoon to Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

As for the Monorail, you can access Magic Kingdom, Epcot (the park has its own line and you will have to transfer at the Transportation and Ticket Center, aka TTC), Grand Floridian, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. All of the different ways to get from the Villas and Bungalows to anywhere in Disney World is detailed below.

wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
  • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
  • Arrive at your destination
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3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom
  • Arrive at your destination
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4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
  • Arrive at your destination
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6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
  • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
  • Arrive at your destination
7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Magic Kingdom
  • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
  • Arrive at your destination
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8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
  • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
    (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
  • Bus to Beach Club
  • Arrive at your destination
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10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
  • Bus to Blizzard Beach
  • Arrive at your destination
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Scheduled Refurbishments

Name: Dining Refurbishment
Description: Kona Cafe is closed for a complete refurbishment. No reopening date has been announced yet. During the closure, Mobile Ordering will be available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Kona Island.
From: 08/15/2022
To: Fall 2022

Name: Resort Refurbishment
Description: In March 2022, it was announced that the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show would not be returning as a new DVC Villas property would be built in the location of the dinner show. No opening date has been announced yet.
From: 03/16/2022
To: TBD

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