Disney uses the term "Standard View" and "Garden View" interchangeably at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. A few years ago Standard View became Garden View but you can still find both terms being used online and in various literature. If you're planning to make a room request for Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, I recommend using TouringPlans.com and TikiMan Pages for excellent information on room locations and types.
Where you'll find the Standard / Garden View Rooms
The following Polynesian Resort longhouses offer Standard / Garden View Rooms. Ground floor rooms have patios and third floor rooms have balconies. Second floor rooms in these longhouses do not have balconies.
If it's privacy you're after this is a great choice. You even have access to a beach area that is separate from the other beaches at the resort. But you'll sacrifice privacy for views here. Standard / Garden View rooms overlook another longhouse.
Here you're close to the Great Ceremonial House (lobby) and close to boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom. But it's far from the Epcot monorail line. It can be noisy at night while the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is taking place. But it does offer picturesque views, some of the best the resort has to offer.
Ideal if you love to see the monorail pass by your room. This is not ideal if you prefer privacy though because the monorail is just a stone's throw away. Other standard view rooms might offer a partial view of the Seven Seas Lagoon. If you plan to walk to the Epcot monorail, you'll be pretty far compared to the other longhouses.
This is one of the most requested longhouses because it's right in the heart of the resort. It's just steps away from the Great Ceremonial House and transportation. The pool and laundry are nearby too. Walking to the Epcot monorail line is reasonable - about 10 min. If your room is on the south side of the longhouse you might have views of the monorail, bus depot or the distant parking lot.
Compared to the other longhouses Niue is tiny with only two floors. Second floor rooms do not have balconies. It's right in between both pools and close to the Great Ceremonial house. But due to the building's limited number of guest rooms, you might not have great odds of having your room request fulfilled here.
Like Niue, it's right in the middle of both pools. Ground floor rooms on the west side of the longhouse have great access to the pool - many guests will come and go right from their slider and patio. But it's a busy location so privacy is sacrificed for location.
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