Some fun Polynesian facts.
The original longhouse rooms as documented by U.S. Steel when they were constructed are 415 sq ft and are listed as the exact same dimensions at the rooms constructed for the Contemporary Tower . The rooms at the Polynesian that were part of the newer construction are 476 sq ft. The larger rooms at the Polynesian actually make up more than 40% of all the rooms. Each room weighs 6 tons.
The design for the Great Ceremonial House (GCH) was inspired by the royal assembly lodges in Tahiti.
The water area just outside the marina is called Papette Bay.
The area where the quiet pool and newer longhouses are located use to be a putting green.
The Kukui Nut tree (just outside the GCH) was brought in from its native Hawaii and is the only Kukui nut tree in Florida .
The Polynesian was the first resort to open and not the Contemporary. In fact the Polynesian rooms were ready days before even the park opened so they set up the press headquarters at the Polynesian for the opening of the MK.
The wave machine that use to be out in the lagoon (that area of the lagoon is actually called Pepeete Bay) is no longer there and is documented in the Disney data base as being removed in 1985.
The Rumor of the reason for there not being any second floor balconies to keep out the legendary Menehune who are falsely considered evil or like gremlins but in Hawaiian history are considered master builders and would construct things over night and leave for the others on the island. Recent sources have found evidence that these were not mythical but a real culture in the early evolution of Hawaiian society. The moral to this story is that Menehune are not bad so any rumor that the design of the longhouses with out balconies was to keep with Hawaiian tradition is false. It was just the look they were going for and it was too expensive to retrofit the original longhouses to add back on balconies.
The travel time from the Polynesian to all 4 parks is actually faster from the Polynesian than from most of the resorts over near Epcot. This has been timed and a description of some of these times are shown on my site so next time someone tells you to stay at an Epcot resort so you can get to MGM and Epcot faster you might want to consider the actual details and times involved in getting to the parks.