Did you know: Disney’s Polynesian Resort was one of only 2 hotels on property when Disney World opened in 1971. Both the Polynesian and Contemporary Hotels had their rooms constructed off site in a modular fashion and they were just slid or stacked into steel frames. This was done to help speed up the construction and limit the amount of contractors required to be onsite.
The Poly opened its doors on Oct 1, 1971 and is located on the south side of the Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom. The resort today consists of 11 longhouses and includes 853 rooms.