When we first arrived at Disney World we took the boat over to the Magic Kingdom. Mr. Bill remarked, as we passed the Polynesian Resort, he never had any desire to stay there. It looked boring to him from the outside. I hadn't thought much about it, but I did like the lit torches when we passed by on the monorail. I decided this trip, since we had a free day, we would stop in and tour the three hotels on the line. We toured the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian Resort and the Contemporary Resort
From a distance it doesn't look too exciting. I could understand his lack of enthusiasm.
When we stepped off the monorail however, the entrance was incredibly gorgeous. The waterfall was something we hadn't noticed as it was somewhat hidden from the view of the passengers riding.
It was framed by colorful blooms and multiply kinds of foliage. Completely setting the stage for a visit in the South Seas.
Inside the decor was tropical and spacious with overhead fans and brilliantly colored carpets.
In the center was a hill rock garden with waterfalls, orchids, colorful fish, airy foliage and other tropical flora.
It was breathtaking. A large window overhead lit it naturally and all four sides were stunning.
There was a gift shop inside
and you could take home wonderful art...for the right price! It was beyond our purse, but my photograph will suffice. It makes a great desktop image.
The view out the window completely sold us on this resort.
We couldn't wait to stroll the gardens and see the swimming area.
At eye level and up close it was every bit as nice as we hoped.
It was Adventureland without the rides. I almost expected natives with spears to appear.
It was steamy of course, yet breezy. As with all things Disney, though...
everything is enhanced to be a very romantic experience.
We discovered a cute place while ambling about, to purchase refreshments.
I loved the view of a crazy tree outside.
You could order wine, beer or soft drinks and light meals.
Don't you just love these chairs?
We hadn't had our traditional ice cream yet, so in addition to some very refreshing soft drinks
we indulged in chocolate mouse ears!
A walk to the main swimming area took us face to face
with a volcano where swimmers were sliding from within
and splashing into the cool water.
It was here we discovered the marina
where boat rental was available. They had pontoons as well as the little speed boats.
And farther down under a cabana, you can wait for a boat to take you to the Magic Kingdom.
The captain was grumpy, which really amused us.
We sailed away completely besotted. So my Disney World tip: While visiting Disney World, you are invited to spend up to four hours at any of the resorts touring the grounds and dining. Maybe a trip to Hawaii or Tahiti isn't necessary. Come and stay here for a few days! You'll swear you vacationed in the South Seas!