VIDEO: Tour of Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows

I love the nostalgic feeling I get from Disney Vacation Club’s new Polynesian Villas and Bungalows. The dark woods, tiki accents, Mary Blair-inspired artwork and Lilo and Stitch pull-down trundle bed makes me wish the Poly was my home resort!

Check out the video below for a look at the new studios that sleep five.

The Polynesian’s dining options are exceptional, with Kona Cafe and ‘Ohana in short list of favourite Disney restaurants. Plus, this year Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar opened its doors, and it promises to be a great option for an evening out.

The resort also a short monorail ride from Magic Kingdom and a brief walk from the Ticket and Transportation Centre (with easy access to the Epcot monorail).

What do you think of the tropical touches of Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows? Let me know in the comments below.

Welcome home!

We will be hearing those magic words on our next Disney vacation, because on our last trip to Walt Disney World, we became members of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC).

Welcome Home! Heading to the DVC Centre at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.

Heading to the DVC Centre at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.

This decision took us a long time to make–it’s a huge commitment–but at the end of the day, we know that whether we visit every year or every three years, we will see the value in it. Especially as prices continue to rise at Disney-owned resorts.

DVC can make sense if you are looking to vacation at Disney often. Membership (whether you purchase resale or direct from Disney) comes with some perks, including discounts on dining, merchandise, and sometimes park admission.

We were able to purchase our points at the Villas of the Grand Floridian (VGF) before they sold out in mid-April. I’m so glad we did, because the small size of this resort can make booking difficult if you don’t have the home resort advantage.

The overall purchasing experience was relatively low-pressure and, dare I say, fun. We also received a $50 Disney gift card just for taking the “tour” at the DVC Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa sales centre.

So, what’s next for DVC? The Polynesian Villas and Bungalows are currently being promoted as the new hot item (more on that later this week). Rumour has it that Wilderness Lodge will receive more DVC units in the near future, with the possibility of over-the-water cabins being developed in the next few years.

Have you ever considered DVC membership? Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments section below.