We recently traveled to Orlando from July 16 – 20 and had a chance to visit the Polynesian resort for a meal and some exploring. Here is an update on what we experienced and some construction updates.
We arrived at the Disney World resort on Saturday July 17th and drove directly to the Polynesian resort entrance. After explaining that we had a 1:55PM lunch reservation at the Kona Cafe the security guard allowed us to park in the resort parking lot. We managed to get a fairly good parking spot close to the main walkway to the resort and quickly saw that the monorail station is still very much under construction.
The main entrance is still a work in progress, so we made our way down the side path to the side entrance to the lobby. Here we found the resort looking very familiar and welcoming as the classic Polynesian theming and decor is much the same. We made our way up the stairs to the restaurant level where both O’hana and Kona Cafe are located. This level offers some great views of the surrounding resort grounds and the seven seas lagoon resort area.
It is very apparent that the resort is undergoing some pretty major construction updates out back as well – the restaurant area and the back entrance / pool areas are getting some attention. This didn’t interfere with our walk to our lunch reservation – so we made our way and decided to try and check-in a little early (1:30PM). As we approached the entrance to the Kona Cafe I noticed that it didn’t appear to be super busy. The attendant verified our information and was able to get us seated almost immediately.
The decor in the restaurant was very Polynesian and made me feel like we were going to a place in Hawaii. We sat down and our server came to take our orders. My wife opted for a drink called the Lapu Lapu – which is served in a fresh pineapple that is hollowed out and contains tropical fruit juices and Gosling’s 151 Rum.
After getting our drinks we also received our appetizer – the Crispy Pork-Vegetable Pot Sticker and the free Hawaiian bread with butter. The pot sticker was very good – it was traditional Asian dumplings cooked together in a frying pan – so they were all actually stuck together in a crispy layer. They were served on a plate with a couple of sauces for dipping and I can tell you they were excellent. The bread was also very good – it was warm and the butter made a great before lunch snack.
The main entrees arrived just after we finished our appetizers – so, there was no waiting between courses. I ordered the Kona Chicken Stir-Fry while my wife (a fairly picky eater) ordered the hamburger from the kids menu (adult portion). My noodles and chicken were very good – the Asian flavors really came through and the chicken had a very good Teriyaki flavor. My wife’s burger came with bacon – so, she gave them to me – score! The bacon was covered in a sweet flavor and black pepper. The pepper was a little much, but, the sweetness balanced it well.
Overall, the meal was great – it was very filling for both of us and my dish probably could have served two folks (there were a lot of noodles). We had a good experience and we would recommend it to most anyone. They were very accommodating to picky eaters, the service was great and the atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing.
After we finished we made our way downstairs in hopes that Trader Sam’s would be open so we could have a couple of drinks. However, sadly – Trader Sam’s didn’t open up until 7/24/2021 – so, we didn’t get the chance to have that experience. We did do some quick shopping at the shops before heading out for some time in the Magic Kingdom. That is a story for our next blog.
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