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The “Poly,” as Disney cast members affectionately call it, boasts the biggest rooms of any Disney resort, and the laid-back island motif is perfect for a relaxing vacation. A pool with a faux volcano and a slide was crowded with kids, so we opted for the quieter circular pool elsewhere in the compound. No sooner had my husband and I grabbed a couple of bags of potato chips and kicked back in loungers than we were accosted by a couple of rather pushy mallards. The hen helped herself to a few morsels and waddled off, but the drake hung loitered, demanding (and receiving) a hefty portion of my Cheetos, directly from my hand. After he ate his fill, he strolled over to the pool, had a drink and washed up.
The best coffee at Disney World is at the Poly – specifically at the Kona Grill. I’ve told you about Kona before; the Eggs Benedict is heavenly. There’s also a snack bar that offers a decent pulled pork sandwich, and it’s open later at night than most places.
We always try to get to Kona Grill when we visit, as well as the aforementioned Bistro; the Rose and Crown, a British pub at Epcot; and the ‘50s Prime Time Dinner, at Hollywood (formerly MGM) Studios. This time, we tried four new restaurants, all at resorts: Boma, at Animal Kingdom Lodge; Artist Point, at Wilderness Lodge; Narcoosee’s, at the Grand Floridian; and California Grill, at the Contemporary. The latter three are not what you’d call inexpensive, so unless you’ve been setting aside money (like we usually do), or you don’t mind carrying a credit card balance, you might want to select one or two of these four-star establishments. And although all are worth the price you’ll pay, if you have to choose only one, go with California Grill.