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peyjax
05-17-2007, 02:47 PM
I am very curious to those of you who have actually been to Hawaii, if you feel like your missing something when staying at the Poly (because you are not actually in Hawaii). I have visited the poly for dinner once and mentioned to my husband about staying there. He told me no, he would rather stay somewhere else and keep that hawaiian feeling for hawaii. Also he mentioned he would only want to pay those kind of hotel rates in hawaii LOL:lmao: TO me it seems like a lovely resort, i was just curious as to what those of you thought who have been to both.

Anthony1971
05-17-2007, 03:07 PM
well lets see does hawaii have a view of a Disney Castle or do they really have long houses maybe some of the the plants are alike.
Anywat Hawaii is Hawaii and the Poly is the Poly and I love the Poly it is a nice relaxing Hawaii themed resort but if you intend on satying at the Poly and fell like to feel like you are in Hawaii you are better saving your $$$ But if you like a relaxing well thought out resort that is very close to MK and very easy to get to EPCOT then the Poly is for you
oh and the coffee is great as it is real Hawain coffee :lmao: or Kona coffee and this is the only place on Disney property that has it and that was enough for me to tip the scale

kenny
05-17-2007, 03:33 PM
Been to Hawaii (Maui and Kauai) and stayed at the Poly. We actually stayed at the Poly before we went to Hawaii.

As the previous poster said, Hawaii is Hawaii. To me there is no other place like it!

That being said, the Poly is as close to Hawaii as you are going to get and still be in Disney. Sort of like the best of both worlds. It has a nice Hawaiian theme. We could only afford to stay at the Poly once but to me it is the best resort. If only we could stay there everytime!

ModestMouse
05-17-2007, 03:35 PM
Hawaii is Hawaii and the Poly is the Poly; the Poly can't quite compare to the real thing, but it doesn't have to. It's Hawaiian themed and Disney's done a great job with it. I don't feel that I'm back in Hawaii (I've been twice) when I'm at the Poly, I'm at a place that is sort of a salute to Hawaii (and to the whole Polynesian culture, which is more than Hawaii). The Poly makes me smile, that's all I care about. :goodvibes

Disney-Kim
05-17-2007, 04:15 PM
We have been to both.

We have been to Hawaii 5 times.

I think the Polynesian reminds me of Hawaii and that is why it is our favorite hotel at WDW.

We went to Hawaii first and then wanted to stay at the Polynesian.

I do think the flowers, smells, tropical foliage, tiki torches, hawaaian music, aloha greetings, lei's, theme, bar drinks....all remind us of Hawaii.

We were just at the Polynesian last week and sitting on my balcony looking out at the swaying palms and hearing the Hawaiian music coming from the pool...yes I felt like I was in Hawaii...until I looked the other way and saw the MK castle. :rotfl:

For us...yes it will remind you of Hawaii...but if you have never been to Hawaii...I can't say its the same. at all.

mommytobug
05-17-2007, 04:19 PM
Do you want a real answer or are you just trying to be funny?:rolleyes1

Traveliz
05-17-2007, 05:36 PM
I have stayed in Hawaii at the Poly both before and after a trip to the real Hawaii. I acuatlly said there were things in Hawaii that reminded me of the Poly more so the other way around. I like Hawaii but I am a way more Disney/Florida person and when we left Hawaii I said that the things I liked there were similar to the things I like in FL. If it makes a difference I am not a huge ocean/sand person so it was more like weather, foilage, shopping that I liked in Hawaii.

Liz

wildeoscar
05-17-2007, 05:43 PM
Eh, I think it is like trying to compare apples to glass slippers.

When we goto Hawaii we do the vacation in two parts... a stay in Waikiki, very touristy, for a few days... and a stay in what I call the back country, on the beach at north shore, or a beach villa at the Grand Wailea... some place out of the way on the water.

At WDW we are there for the parks more then going to the resorts... Poly is a very Disney version of Hawaii (pun intended) as there is no way to recreate the waves at the beach, salt water, trade winds, etc. in Florida.

Oh and it never gets as hot as it gets in Florida in HI.

MissionMouse
05-17-2007, 05:49 PM
I am very curious to those of you who have actually been to Hawaii, if you feel like your missing something when staying at the Poly (because you are not actually in Hawaii). The PR resort is not themed on Hawaiian culture but the Polynesian cultural region of the Pacific. A Disney resort will never be a Hawaiian or Polynesian Resort with an ocean view, tropical forest, tropical-fresh fruit, waterfalls, fresh seafood, snorkeling, etc.

I have visited the poly for dinner once and mentioned to my husband about staying there. He told me no, he would rather stay somewhere else and keep that hawaiian feeling for hawaii. Sounds more of a defense response but you may take him up on the Hawaiian feeling...

Also he mentioned he would only want to pay those kind of hotel rates in hawaii LOL:lmao: I would skip WDW this year and take him up on your Hawaiian Vacation:thumbsup2

MissionMouse
05-17-2007, 05:55 PM
...there is no way to recreate the waves at the beach...They tried...if you look at the little island across from the PR you might be able to see the old inactive wave machine (it is still there) that was operational during the first few years of the PR when people could actually enter and play in the lake water...before the common Florida lake bacteria took root in the man-made lake.

wildeoscar
05-17-2007, 09:20 PM
They tried...if you look at the little island across from the PR you might be able to see the old inactive wave machine (it is still there) that was operational during the first few years of the PR when people could actually enter and play in the lake water...before the common Florida lake bacteria took root in the man-made lake.

Oh I remember, and you could almost surf the waves. I was too little to surf but do recall watching... still, if you have been to north shore, HI waves are a fairly one of a kind thing.

Dis Ohana
05-17-2007, 11:12 PM
I would think if you enjoy visiting the islands, staying at the Poly would be the best of both worlds. You have a recreation of Hawaii and MK :yay: ! Not to mention a stay in one of Disney's finest deluxe resorts, I don't think it gets much better than that.
And who knows, after staying at the Poly your DH might decide that it's time for a trip back to Hawaii ;) .

paulasillars
05-18-2007, 03:52 AM
The PR resort is not themed on Hawaiian culture but the Polynesian cultural region of the Pacific.

This comment in my opinion has it absolutely on the nail. I've not stayed at PR but I have wandered around the resort and used the pool (we are DVC before I get flamed :) ). The resort reflects certain elements of polynesian culture and arts but is nothing like any of the polynesian countries I've been to (Hawaii, Tonga and Fiji).

Its like saying its not worth going to Africa if you have been to the AKL... the lodge has elements of various african cultures and countries but it is no specific place.

Paula
New Zealand (aka Aotearoa)

peyjax
05-18-2007, 11:08 AM
The PR resort is not themed on Hawaiian culture but the Polynesian cultural region of the Pacific. A Disney resort will never be a Hawaiian or Polynesian Resort with an ocean view, tropical forest, tropical-fresh fruit, waterfalls, fresh seafood, snorkeling, etc.

Sounds more of a defense response but you may take him up on the Hawaiian feeling...

I would skip WDW this year and take him up on your Hawaiian Vacation:thumbsup2

Fortunatly we are going to Disney this year and going to Hawaii next year! We have been to hawaii before and it absolutly our favorite. That is kind of why i was wondering what it was like. I know that it can not be an exact comparison, but just wondering what the feel was like. I did some research on tiki ? where the guy has all the info on the poly. I found that there was a resort in maui that they used to recreate the poly after. I looked it up on expedia. It is nice, seems to go with that more traditional hawaiian feel, instead of the high rise luxurious feel. I think my husband prefered the fancy side of hawaii. I liked the traditional side and that is why poly peeked my interest. I do realize that staying at the AKL is not like staying in actual Africa. But I am sure those who are from Africa or have been, tend to compare it to see if it does truly recreate that feel. That is why i guess i was posing the question, just to see how it was and how it made you feel when you stay there.(poly):)

peyjax
05-18-2007, 11:23 AM
Do you want a real answer or are you just trying to be funny?:rolleyes1

Yes, why wouldn't I want a real answer. To me it seemed like a legitimate question.
I am kind of new to the dis boards, so by no means am i ready to start a debate thread or one to show how witty I am. :laughing: I am excited to get real answers to questions that i have always had about disney and get real inside scoops on how to make my vaca even better! Since I joined the boards i have seen mostly debates on smoking, tipping, the ddp, and many other things that turn into mud slinging. I just get excited to see real info with real tips. Thats all! Sorry to rant on :)

mommytobug
05-18-2007, 11:36 AM
I did not mean it like that. I really could not understand but now I do:hippie: . We love the Poly. My dh went to Hawaii in highschool and hated it so we will never go there. DD loves the Poly and we do too!

wildeoscar
05-18-2007, 11:59 AM
I did not mean it like that. I really could not understand but now I do:hippie: . We love the Poly. My dh went to Hawaii in highschool and hated it so we will never go there. DD loves the Poly and we do too!

Hated it? something odd must have happened then, cuase how can you not like the beach with warm, clear water... The mountains, and rainbows everyday.

Dis Ohana
05-18-2007, 12:25 PM
Fortunatly we are going to Disney this year and going to Hawaii next year! We have been to hawaii before and it absolutly our favorite. That is kind of why i was wondering what it was like. I know that it can not be an exact comparison, but just wondering what the feel was like. I did some research on tiki ? where the guy has all the info on the poly. I found that there was a resort in maui that they used to recreate the poly after. I looked it up on expedia. It is nice, seems to go with that more traditional hawaiian feel, instead of the high rise luxurious feel. I think my husband prefered the fancy side of hawaii. I liked the traditional side and that is why poly peeked my interest.

A little OT here..but if you're looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki while in Hawaii, you might want to take a look at staying at one of the Big Island resorts on the Kohala coast. The Four Seasons and the Hilton Waikaloa do a wonderful job of blending hawaiian culture with total luxury. We are locals and this is where we go for weekend getaways.

Have a magical vacation wherever you decide to stay while at WDW.

Aloha!

stepdisney
05-18-2007, 01:13 PM
Also OT but on Kaui there are no tall buildings. It is the garden island and very beautiful. We stayed at a hotel called the Cocoa Palms that was very much like the Poly. (Long houses and all). It was destroyed during a hurricane but is being restored. It is where the wedding scene in Blue Hawaii was filmed. Also been to Maui and Oahu. There was a different feel on each island. 5 days on each island and I must say we enjoyed each one for different reasons. We did the Poly. Cultural Center and I agree with the poster that said that the Poly resort represents a culture more than a place.

peyjax
05-18-2007, 01:55 PM
Thanks so much for the suggestion, we are definatly considering Kuai. We have been to maui, but i really want to try something different. Not too interested in Waikiki, but love the idea of the natural feel of Kuai. I will definatly check out those hotels! I am very excited about Disney this fall, but you all are gettting me revved up for Hawaii in 08! I guess that is why i was curious about the poly. Thanks again!:thumbsup2

derekw
05-18-2007, 03:03 PM
We went to Hawaii (Big Island and Kauai) for our honeymoon and I've been to Honolulu/Wakkiki a few times. 2 weeks ago we stayed at the Poly concierge for the first time (just one night/full day.) IMHO the Poly brings back nice memories of Hawaii for those who have been there...and a nice little taste of the Pacific islands/atmosphere for those who haven't. :)

grgich
05-18-2007, 06:46 PM
I have to agree that the Poly brings back nice memories of Hawaii. DH and I went to Maui and Oahu for our honeymoon. We've stayed at the Poly twice and although it's not a "re-creation" of Hawaii, it definitely evokes the same feelings for us. We stayed at the Sheraton on Kaanapali Beach in Maui and watched the diver dive off the Black Rock with all the tiki torches being lit along his path, and although it's not the same "thing", the torch lighting at the Poly surely evokes great memories. We stayed at the Sheraton Royal Hawaiian on Oahu, and it might even sound a little strange, but the volcano pool at the Poly reminds us of Diamond Head. OK, maybe after a few drinks.... It's all in your imagination. :-)

As for the Kona coffee at the Poly, make sure you ask for the 100% Kona, the other stuff is a blend and although it's still tasty, it's not "*really*" Kona. :-)

ExPirateShopGirl
05-18-2007, 07:59 PM
Hawaii is Hawaii and the Poly is the poly. Never confuse the two! While the poly is themed well, you can never mistake it for actually being in Hawaii. We lived on Oahu for about 8 years and we go back to vacation yearly (Grand Wailea is our fave) and also visit our former neighbors (cousins!) in Lani Kai. Hawaii is made up so many diverse cultures that wouldn't fall into the 'polynesian' category. If the poly were going for authenticity, there would be plate lunches served from roach coaches and kids selling Zippy's chili fundraiser coupons on every corner. ;) Nonetheless, the poly is enjoyable in a very polynesian homogenized idealistic way. And the kona coffee is no ka ** at WDW.

Hana hou!

Piglets Mommy
05-18-2007, 08:13 PM
I Have been to Hawaii several times, and even got Married on Maui. The Poly is my fav. resort...brings back that tropical feeling. It is wonderfully themed and does feel like Polynesia (as a pp stated it is really themed after the entire polynesian culture, not just HI) While I truly feel the Spirit of Aloha at the Poly, there is only 1 place to see a Hawaiian sunset, humpback whales, great surfing waves, a Maui waterfall, etc. BUT, there is also only 1 place where you can lie in a hammock under a palm tree beside a Tiki torch and see Wishes and Cinderella's Castle....At the Poly, where I wish I could be right now. My dream is to renew our wedding vows on the beach at the Poly and then go to Ohana for breakfast. :cloud9:

bdklein
05-18-2007, 10:15 PM
Hawaii is Hawaii and the Poly is the poly. Never confuse the two!

You got that right, although the Poly aint too bad a place to be.

Dicecatt
05-18-2007, 11:39 PM
I've been to Oahu and Molokai. Hope to go to Kuai and Hawaii (Big Island) someday...

My favorite resort is the Poly. It is like a little island retreat that doesn't take 9 hours to get to!

But if you really want to save Hawaii for Hawaii, stay at GF or Contemporary, or try Wilderness Lodge!

By the way, Molokai was stunning. It is the most "Hawaiian" of the islands...very laid back, no buildings taller than a palm tree, and mostly locals. Gorgeous and relaxing. I saw some magnificent waterfalls, we rented a 4 wheel drive, so we could get up to all the hidden places and non paved rode wonders...Molokai also has the tallest seacliffs in the World. I heard Kuai is even more breathtaking.

Island Mouse
05-19-2007, 12:28 AM
The Poly isn't meant to be just like Hawaii anymore than the France Pavilion in Epcot is supposed to be just like the country itself. It may combine elements found there that give the guests a taste of what it might feel like to actually be there, but not to be a replacement for the real thing. Just take it for what it is: a beautifully themed deluxe monorail resort at WDW. I like a PP's point about not staying at the Poly because its "not Hawaii" is similar logic as not staying at the AKL because its not actually Africa.