Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort was one of the two original resorts when Walt Disney World opened in 1971. Since then, its relaxing atmosphere and proximity to the Magic Kingdom have made it a favorite of many guests over the years. It’s also an ideal place for Disney to utilize the characters from their first animated feature to take place on one of the Polynesian Islands: 2002’s “Lilo and Stitch.”
This image of Stitch can be found on a surfboard located in the resort’s “Great Ceremonial House” near the lobby’s Disney Vacation Club booth. In the film, surfing plays a major role in showing Stitch’s development as a character. Due to the density of his molecular structure, the alien experiment is unable to float in water and would simply sink to the bottom if he ever came into contact with it. In choosing to go surfing with Lilo and Nani during the “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” sequence, Stitch willingly puts himself in harms way in an effort to bond with his new family.
Although no surfing is currently allowed at the Polynesian Village’s beach, there is another way to spend some quality time with Stitch at the resort. On the second floor of “The Great Ceremonial House,” guests attending the character breakfast at the appropriately named “’Ohana” restaurant are visited by Lilo and Experiment 626 himself, along with Mickey Mouse and Pluto in tropical attire. Meanwhile, the “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” song from the film can also be heard as part of the repertoire at “Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show” at the resort’s Luau Cove. However, whether the activities you participate in have anything to do with “Lilo and Stitch” or not, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is definitely a great place to make memories with your own ohana.