Disney’s animated film, Moana, tells the story of a Polynesian princess who embarks on a journey to become a master navigator of the ocean. She seems like a pretty rad chick, if you ask me!
How FUN would it be to go on a Moana themed vacation at Disney World?
Even though Moana is new, Disney World already has tons of Moana inspired attractions, restaurants, and even a resort.
Check out my Disney World vacation planning guide for a Moana vacation for more information.
Where to Stay for a Moana Vacation at Disney World
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is practically straight out of Moana, even though it opened in 1971.
Renovated in 2016, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one of Disney World’s deluxe resorts and also participates in Disney’s Vacation Club. The resort features studio-style hotel rooms. Plus, it recently added villas and overwater bungalows.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort also includes a sand beach perfect for relaxing and watching the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
If Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is out of budget or booked to capacity during your stay, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers a beachy vibe similar to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
While not Polynesian themed specifically, the beach setting will still set the mood for your Moana themed Disney World vacation.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Lastly, the Finding Nemo themed rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are another option to consider for those that prefer suite-style rooms.
Where to Eat and Drink for a Moana Themed Disney World Vacation
There are a variety of restaurants and bars that have a tropical vibe reminiscent of Moana. My top suggestion is Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show and ‘Ohana, both at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show includes an entertaining hula show with dancers, drummers, and fire performers. The show also includes a family-style Polynesian feast. ‘Ohana has a character breakfast, currently featuring Lilo, Stich, and friends.
NOTE: dinner at ‘Ohana does not feature characters.
Also at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are Captain Cook’s, Kona Cafe, Kona Island, Oasis Bar & Grill, Pineapple Lanai, Tambu Lounge, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and Tiki Terrace.
All of these stops feature delicious food and drink that will remind you of Polynesian life, such as Tonga Toast, tropical cocktails, pineapple Dole Whip® soft serve ice cream, and fish tacos.
Another great option is Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot, where you can gaze upon giant aquariums filled with fish, sea turtles, and sharks while you dine. It’s like dining under the sea (ha! see what I did there…)!
If you are a big fan of Dole Whip® pineapple soft serve ice cream, you can also find Dole Whip® at Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom, Frostbite Freddie’s at Blizzard Beach or Tamu Tamu Refreshments at Animal Kingdom.
What to Do During a Moana Themed Disney World Vacation
In a perfect world, you’d be able to hit every ride, show, activity, and park in a weeklong vacation at Disney World.
But the reality is, you’ll likely have to skip a lot for a variety of reasons (crowds, maintenance, etc.). Here’s what I suggest you focus on checking off your list for a Moana themed Disney World vacation.
Water Parks and Water Sports at Disney World
Book a day at one of Disney World’s water parks. In keeping with the tropical spirit, I recommend Typhoon Lagoon over Blizzard Beach. Aside from the theme, you can also learn how to surf at Typhoon Lagoon. Hang 10!
Theme Parks at Disney World
At Animal Kingdom, learn all about conservation at the Conservation Station. Finding Nemo – The Musical is great for seeing lots of ocean animals, like sea turtles, and everyone’s favorite fish, Nemo and Dory.
Before you leave, head to Kali River Rapids, where you can pretend you’re navigating through choppy ocean waters, just like Moana and Maui.
At Epcot, head to SeaBase, where you can see coral reefs, sea turtles, and sharks. For an extra fee, you can go snorkeling or scuba diving at SeaBase, too!
Don’t forget to hit up The Seas with Nemo & Friends and have a chat with Crush at Turtle Talk with Crush. Afterward, stop by The Circle of Life to see a short film about the environment.
Last but not least, at Magic Kingdom, head to the Enchanted Tiki Room for a fun show featuring tropical birds that sing.
While there, you’ll be nearby Aloha Isle, so treat yourself to some pineapple Dole Whip®. After that, get splashed at Splash Mountain as many times as you can take!
Meet Moana at Disney World
Moana was greeting fans at Hollywood Studio’s Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream attraction through the Spring. At the moment she does not have a permanent spot since leaving after the Easter holiday season.
Rumor has it Moana will make an appearance in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party.
As of June 2019, there isn’t a permanent meet-and-greet with this fierce Polynesian Princess.
Where to Shop on a Moana Themed Disney World Vacation
No Disney World trip is complete without oodles of souvenirs.
If you’re staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, stop by Moana Mercantile, a classic resort gift shop with lots of stuffed animals, snacks, and other classic Disney World souvenirs.
For more tropical and Polynesian inspired gifts, head to BouTiki, also at the resort.
The SeaBase Gift Shop at Epcot is another great option that might have extra Moana or ocean-life inspired gifts.
At Disney Springs, get decked out in tropical gear at APEX by Sunglass Hut, Curl® by Sammy Duvall, Havaianas, Oakley, Shore, Sunglass Icon, Tommy Bahama, and Volcom.
Lilly Pulitzer might also have a few tropical or beach inspired prints in stock, too.
For jewelry, try Pearl Factory for ocean pearls and Na Hoku for island-inspired jewelry.