View Full Version : Love PORiverside!! Is POLY worth all the Extra Money?????

02-18-2008, 03:08 PM
Would really like to try a Deluxe resort next trip....
But it seems hard to justify the additional cost per night.
Port Orleans Riverside Alligator Bayou is where we have stayed and it is absolutely beautiful and very nice.
HELP deciding !!:flower3: :scared:

Mike N Kathy
02-18-2008, 03:20 PM
Yeah it is ..If you can afford it go for it

02-18-2008, 03:36 PM
It is my favorite resort and have stayed there many times.

I guess how you figure its worth to you is how much time you spend at the resort. For instance, do you like to have a free day or come back during the afternoon to swim or do you just eat and sleep at the resort. If your family tends to wake up and hit the parks till 6 or 7 at night maybe the extra expense is not worth it.

It is convienient if you like to dine at Kona, O'hana and nearby the other monorail restuarants like Citricos, Narcoosee's, California Grill, and Chef Mickey's as well.

The monorail is a big bonus. However busses to AK, MGM and DTD share with Contemporary and GF, with Poly being the 2nd stop. We spend most days at MK and Epcot, so it is not a big problem for us. Never really had bad experiences with the busses.

Good luck in your decision making

02-18-2008, 03:49 PM
I would love to be able to stay at the Poly but
I could never justify the price.
I love the POLY but would rather save the
extra money for either Plane tixs or souveniers.
We just visit the resort and eat at O'hanas and that
is enough for us.
We also love the PO resorts and will be staying at POFQ
this time around. We will eat at O'hana like always.
Staying at POFQ instead will save us around $250.00
per night x 8 nights= $2000.00 --that could be used for
another Disney trip!!

02-18-2008, 04:08 PM
Yeah, I agree I don't understand why people pay $350/night to stay at a resort at DW of all places. I mean I like to be comfortable while on vacation, but if I'm in the resort alot of time then someone must be sick or something. I mean I go to the World to be at the World, not to overpay for my room. I guess I am spoiled since where I'm from you can get a Jacuzzi suite in a casino for $69/night or go to the panhandle of FL and get a room on the beach for less than $200/night. We stay at POR and POFQ and love it. They have an extra mode of Transportation with the water taxi to DTD. Worth the price right there.

02-18-2008, 04:15 PM
If you LOVE POR, I wouldn't stay at the Poly. Once you stay at a deluxe resort, it is kind of hard to go back to a moderate.

02-18-2008, 04:24 PM
I have stayed at both the POR and the Poly and the Poly always wins for us hands down.

With that being said, my brother is a cast member, so we pay 50% off a night....in December, we only paid $222/night for the Poly. If we had to pay $300+/night, I don't think we could afford it.

Yes, the Poly is worth it...It's absolutely beautiful. The beds are more comfortable, the resort is breathtaking...I can't say enough good things about the Poly.

Here's some pics....Enjoy!










02-18-2008, 04:37 PM
The POLY does look fabulous!
But that darn cost......I can see both points of view.....pros & cons....
Disney on-line won't let me get a quote for 2009 yet, when I am planning for.
I like to plan early and get lots of details, thats half the fun of planning a WDW vacay!
Do you know when I can book for 2009 ???
Thanks so Much!:beach: :beach: :beach: pixiedust: pixiedust:

02-18-2008, 04:58 PM
We have been choosing deluxe just for the space. If there were 4 of us, I doubt we would spend the extra money for deluxe. We tried POR and it felt really cramped for us. I'm on vacation and want to be comfortable.

02-18-2008, 06:34 PM
We were in the same situation a while back. POR is a wonderful resort, and we really enjoyed our stay. However, we finally made the "Poly Plunge" last year. It has always been one of our favorite places to visit (dining, shopping...) and now (having stayed there) it's our favorite, hands down. It's sort of like switching from dial-up to DSL or a cable modem; tough to go back...possible, but tough. We'd rather shorten our stay, cut corners or simply save up a little longer to stay at the Polynesian.

02-18-2008, 07:09 PM
I think the Poly is definetaly worth the extra money if you can afford it.
1. It is great for kids. The pool is awesome and the kids love it. An awesome volcanoe water slide and if you have little kids there is a shallow section for the pool.
2. If you adults just want to go out one night without kids then there is a Peter Pan themed day care that my children loved.
3.They have a little beach where you can watch Wishes
4. The restaraunts are amazing. Kona Cafe, Ohana's, and Spirit Of Aloha Show
5. It is beautiful!
6. The rooms accomodate 5 with two queen beds and a daybed

Overall this hotel is awesome and is my family's favorite!

02-18-2008, 07:15 PM
The POLY does look fabulous!
But that darn cost......I can see both points of view.....pros & cons....
Disney on-line won't let me get a quote for 2009 yet, when I am planning for.
I like to plan early and get lots of details, thats half the fun of planning a WDW vacay!
Do you know when I can book for 2009 ???
Thanks so Much!:beach: :beach: :beach: pixiedust: pixiedust:


you summed up my situation perfectly. I loved CBR but with the main pool closed, that wasn't an option for us. I also loved CSR but DH keep nagging me to upgrade to the Poly. I finally caved in but am having a hard time accepting the $1700 :eek: difference just for the resort.

I guess I'll have to wait until September to find out if it's worth it

02-18-2008, 07:53 PM
Wow! We have been debating this decision all day long. We already bought our plane tickets and are now trying to determine where to stay. We stayed at WL and really enjoyed it, but our TA can get a bigger discount at the Poly as opposed to WL. But it is still much more expensive when compared to POFQ. Is the Poly worth $800 difference over a six night stay? Still trying to crunch numbers and make a decision.

02-18-2008, 08:05 PM
Wow! We have been debating this decision all day long. We already bought our plane tickets and are now trying to determine where to stay. We stayed at WL and really enjoyed it, but our TA can get a bigger discount at the Poly as opposed to WL. But it is still much more expensive when compared to POFQ. Is the Poly worth $800 difference over a six night stay? Still trying to crunch numbers and make a decision.

$800 over 6 nights? Without a doubt, it's worth it! The rooms are *so* much bigger, the grounds so much more lush, and the food options (in our family's opinion) SO much better (esp. now that Roaring Fork has changed its menu) at the Poly!!

And as far as transportation, the monorail alone is worth paying more for. ;)

If the money isn't a hardship at all, I'd definitely encourage you to give the Poly a try! I'm sure you won't be disappointed. :goodvibes

02-18-2008, 08:16 PM
It's deffinately worth it IMO. We stay there just about all the time and always have a wonderful time. There are many beautiful mod's also. But if your looking for space and a wonderful deluxe experience .... then I'd say go for it. We spend alot of down time at the resorts in the evenings and it's a wonderful resort to do things at during this time.

Native NYer
02-18-2008, 08:31 PM
The Poly is definitely worth it. We loved the convenience of being at a monorail resort. Being close to the TTC was a huge plus. If you can afford it, definitely try a deluxe resort, especially a monorail resort!

02-18-2008, 08:38 PM
Last summer during our stay at WL went ate twice over at the Poly (Ohana & Kona Cafe) and really enjoyed the setting, food, and monorail. Our son was excited about seeing the Volcano. Our DS is 6 and DD is 4. We usually rise early and hit the parks until 2pm or so. Come back to the resort, go for a swim, then clean up and go out for a nice TS meal. Might return and relax at the resort and get to bed early or sometimes Hop to another park. A lot depends on our children. I must say the monorail is real appealing. We enjoyed the boat service at WL, but it is not the monorail.

POFQ comes highly recommend from some our friends, but they often sleep in and arrive around noon to the park of their choice and stay until closing. I am just thinking with our younger children and park habits the transportation options might be worth it. Location, transportation, food options all impact the price of resorts. Regardless, it is good times ahead at WDW.

02-18-2008, 10:32 PM
I think I can help you here...

If there are 5 in your family, YES POLY!!
Reason: Much more room in these!

If there are children in your family under the age of 6, YES POLY!!
Reason: Monorail with tired kids is GREAT to hop back to your hotel for a pool dip then get right back to MK!

If you get a code and save 40% on the room, YES POLY!!!
Reason: You've already planned to pay that for POR, so getting the discount is worth it to upgrade to Poly...

With no codes and the difference in price is greater than $500 then YES POR!!!

To me, the breaking point with choosing Poly (we've done AKL, Poly, CR, OKW..all with codes or I would have done POR) is the $500 mark...if it's under that it's worth it to pay for convenience with little ones and just the charm of it. But any thing over that, I'd rather have the cash to blow on good food, a Disney item to remember the trip by etc.


02-18-2008, 11:39 PM
This could have been my thread!!:) We have been debating the same thing- go back to POR which we really enjoyed last year. or try the Poly -it was so beautiful when we ate there. But it is the cost!! I can't justify the price difference! Good luck with your decision- right now I think we are leaning more towards sticking with POR- I'm afraid once we go to the Poly we won't want to stay at a moderate again and deluxe is not in our price range everytime!
One other idea we are tossing around- a split stay. We were playing with the idea of 5 days at POR and 2 days at Poly- this way we can at least experience it as guests!
Good Luck!!

02-19-2008, 08:14 AM
It is a tough decision........persuading the DH is half the battle !
We have 2 DD's, ages 8 & 10......they loved POR, but we dined at POLY and they loved the atmosphere !
The monorail does sound like a big plus !!
Correct me, we just hop on the monorail right at the POLY at it takes us right to EPCOT ??? AWESOME!!
Or take the Monorail to Central Transport area and hop on a bus to AK or HOLLYWOOD ???
And a boat that goes right to MK, right ??
WOW! The transportation part seems so great!
Thanks All! :tinker: :tink:

02-19-2008, 09:48 AM
Technically you can take the monorail from the Poly to the TTC and then transfer (get out and go to the other side) to another monorail and go to Epcot. The second option is to walk from the Poly to the TTC-we usually do this option. The walk is like 5-10 minutes from longhouses Tahiti, Tokelau, Rapa Niue, and Rarotonga. It can be a few minutes further for some of the other longhouses due to the layout. Check out a map of the resort to get a better feel. We think it is alot quicker to walk to the TTC.

The bus stop has busses for AK and DHS, as well as DTD, TL, BB etc. They also stop at the Contemporary and GF though.

02-19-2008, 10:03 AM
We've stayed at both, so here's my thoughts:

POR: We love the atmosphere, landscaping, etc. here. We love the boat to DTD, and we really enjoyed waking up early and walking around the resort and over to POFQ. (I know, we're nerdy...we woke up early on vacation to walk).

POLY: We stayed for an anniversary trip. We loved the atmosphere, landscaping, etc. (notice a trend). We enjoyed the monorail and watching Wishes from the beach.

The bad news is that I haven't told you anything you didn't already know. I'm sure I haven't helped with your dilemma. :sad2:

The good news---you're going to Disney, and you'll have a great time no matter where you stay! :yay:

My vote: For the money, POR. You can always go to the POLY and explore for free/make dinner ADRs.

02-19-2008, 10:08 AM
This is a very personal choice, but for our family it's not worth it. I was just debating switching from POFQ to the WL. The price difference for the total package would be $800. I don't see any reason to spend that sort of money in a place that you basically just sleep. With the money we're saving, we will get tickets for the P&PP, get a bunch of souvenirs that we would otherwise feel guilty for getting if we were at a deluxe. My dh was actually disappointed when I told him I was looking at WL because he loved POFQ so much. So basically for us it was a no brainer to stay at a moderate and spend our hard earned money on more important things. But like I said, this is a very personal choice that only your family should make.

02-19-2008, 10:47 AM
Definitely worth it to do if you can swing the extra money. :thumbsup2

02-19-2008, 10:57 AM
Personally, IMHO, the Poly is worth the extra money if you take advantage of what the resort has to offer other than its theming. If you enjoy more than a couple hours everyday lounging by the pool, participating in the kids activities, etc., then and only then is it worth it.

I am splurging this trip for the Poly, but it is for a special occassion and it is not as long a stay. Next year, I am sure we will be back at POR or another moderate. BTW, POR is my favourite (so far).

As for when you can book, room-only reservations can be made 499 days in advance. If you want to add a package, you can add that once the package pricing comes out, usually in August.

02-19-2008, 11:04 AM
I also believe the extra cost is worth it! Please, though, you must take advantage of all it has to offer! Watch the Fireworks from the beach! Ride up front with the driver on the monorail! Take a long stroll around the beautiful resort! Enjoy!

02-19-2008, 11:20 AM
I say no, we paid $350 a night for the Poly, DH always wanted to stay there and there wasnt any discounts left so I sprang for it....liked the monorail and having Kona close by but thought the bathrooms were too small for us and the noise level at the pool, lobby, gift shops, grounds and dining areas was insane.

For a weekend trip and if the price is right I would do it again but not for a week vacation and def not at that high price.

02-21-2008, 08:59 AM
We were trying to decide the samething on this last trip. it would of been an extra $500 for us. So another $100 a night. We decided to stick with POR. But we ate at Kona and or 4 year old Son went to the Neverland Club while we had dinner. We were actually disappointed in Kona. We thought it would be more quiet and intimate. But it is lou and open to everything. The food was good though.

Their Volcano pool was closed while there so we can't say anything about that. But I think we made the right decision with staying at POR. The one thing I did not like about the Poly is that you have no idea if the people strolling around are guests there or just people coming to check it out. The grounds are much much smaller. Did not see anywhere to rent bikes there like at POR. Felt cramped to me. The beach area was smaller than I expected too.

Now the monorail would be nice but doesn't that only go from MK? We did three parks this trip. So that would not of been a huge plus for the convience of just that one Park.

If I ever got a great deal on a room there I may splurge. Though we did this time and didn't. The room would of cost us $225 a night. But I am afraid I will be disappointed in the lack of some of the things that I love at POR. But then you can watch Wishes and things so that would be nice.

We would love to stay at POR again. Even not go to any Parks and just enjoy the Resort. That is how much we love it there!

02-23-2008, 01:59 AM
We also stayed at POR and loved it. It is so nice and quiet. We went to Konas for lunch one day and I took some pictures of the Polynesian resort. It is very pretty but so is POR. Each resort has their own kind of beauty. I would rather save the money and stay at POR and use the extra money you save for shopping. Also I loved the boatride to downtown very relaxing. It was my favorite thing to do. Also Boatwrights has a very good breakfast.

02-23-2008, 02:38 AM
I understand the dilemma also. If it were me, I would split the stay if the money were a strain - stay about three nights at the POR and then switch to the Poly; if money is not a problem, then spend the whole time at the Poly.
We loved switching the transportation around sometimes taking the monorail and sometimes taking the boat to the MK; we also would walk over to the TTC to catch the monorail to Epcot. The bus stop was at the front entrance the last time that we went but may have moved.
My husband still dreams of returning to the Poly even after staying at the CR, the BC , the BW and SSR. It is his favorite hands down.
I am still debating,

02-23-2008, 05:45 AM
If the money is not an issue, do it at least once, there is a big difference in the two resorts. That's not to say POR isn't beautiful, we've stayed there 4 times and love it, for the price and the theming of the grounds and rooms, it can't be beat. However, the Poly is my favorite and we will continue to stay there from time to time, we've also fallen in love with WL.

02-23-2008, 08:18 AM
Thank you for this thread. I am thinking about where to stay next, probably not until 2009 too. We have always been at POR with the family because of the quiet pools and the boat ride to Downtown Disney. I really want to try a deluxe but I really need to advice because I don't think we can live without the quiet pools.

Any suggestions? BTW our eldest would be 8, and the youngest would be 2.

02-23-2008, 08:40 AM
I will be staying for the 1st time at Poly the week of Aug 10. I stay at deluxe resorts since my DS (14 & 16 yrs old) are the size of men. When they were smaller we stayed at the value and Mod resorts. We have stayed at AM, CBR, AKL, WL, BWI and definetly think it is work the extra money for our family. If you can afford it, without taking away from spending money .....go for it! It's your vacation, Enjoy:cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

02-23-2008, 09:34 AM
I've never stayed at POR (only CBR and CS) so I can only tell you what I know about the Poly which we chose last year mostly because we had a 4 1/2 and 18 mo. old. We chose it soley for our transportation options. We know the walks from some of resort bus stops can be a little long depending on where your room is and even though we brought 2 strollers, you have to fold them up on the busses so if our child was sleeping they were likely to wake up when we got on the bus. With the monorail option, we could just wheel the strollers right on and if they were sleeping, they continued to do so.
From the Poly you can take a boat or direct monorail (with stop at GF) to MK. Or you can take monorail to TTC and transfer to Epcot monorail, or as we did we walked to TTC (we were in Tahiti bldg) and got on Epcot monorail. For the other 2 parks and DTD buses are needed but the ease of getting two toddlers and strollers on the monorail for half of our park days was worth it to us! The other thing that sold us on the Poly was the rooms - we stayed in Tahiti, first floor room, with a lagoon view (although we could see the castle perfectly and weren't paying the extra $$ for MK view!). It was great being able to watch Wishes every night from our patio or the beach and also we liked the ability to just open our slider and the kids could go play in the yard in front of our room and we could sit on the patio or even inside the room and see them perfectly!

We've enjoyed every one of our stays at Disney though (regardless of resort) so I think you just have to weigh the pros/cons for the things that are important to your family, make a decision, and have no regrets! Good luck.

02-23-2008, 09:42 AM
We took the time to enjoy all that the resort had to offer, so for that it is totally worth the price. We scrimped and save and DH worked so much overtime so we could upgrade from POFQ to the Poly. We looooved it. The kids enjoyed the pool and the minutes it took to mono it over to the MK. DH loved the convenience and felt that alone made it worth the cost. I loved the relaxion of the resort and watching Wishes from the resort while my kids played in the sand - priceless.

We are once again saving to go back and want to stay there again. We are hoping for Oct. '09.:yay:

Good luck!

02-23-2008, 11:43 AM
I would love to be able to stay at the Poly but
I could never justify the price.
I love the POLY but would rather save the
extra money for either Plane tixs or souveniers.
We just visit the resort and eat at O'hanas and that
is enough for us.
We also love the PO resorts and will be staying at POFQ
this time around. We will eat at O'hana like always.
Staying at POFQ instead will save us around $250.00
per night x 8 nights= $2000.00 --that could be used for
another Disney trip!!

Ditto here. I feel exactly the same. :)

02-23-2008, 12:27 PM
I defintely think it worth the extra money. Traveling with 2 kids and a 3rd on the way now - we will not go if we cannot stay on the monorail. We hate getting on the bus - especially when we had a double stroller with us. The convenience of the Poly or the GF just cannot be beat. (We have not done the COntemporary yet - we will stick with POly or GF). It also makes any necessary runs back to the room actually feasible and a lunchtime dip in the pool can actually be acoomodated without losing 1/2 the day to travel time.

02-23-2008, 12:34 PM
Whenever you ask a question about "worth" you will get a split answer, as "worth" is such a subjective word.

For some families, a resort is just a room, a place to sleep and shower while they spend most of their time at the parks. Other families enjoy coming back to the room to relax, enjoy the pool. How much is a private balcony or patio "worth" to you? How much is having a monorail to 2 parks, a boat to MK, and direct access to TTC "worth" to you? How much is having queen-sized beds and a much bigger room "worth" to you? Only you can decide this for yourself. No other person can pick a monetary value for you, because only you can decide what line divides a "sacrifice" from a "drop in the bucket."

If Poly seems like too much sacrifice for you, you may want to stay at POR and visit Poly, dine, watch wishes, ask to see a room because you're considering staying there in the future. Staff will accommodate you if they have empty rooms to show.

For our family, staying at the Poly is "worth it." For others, it's a ridiculous waste of money. Only you can decide for your family.

02-23-2008, 02:22 PM
I have been trying to make a similiar decision. It is very important to be POSITIVE that you can afford to stay at the Polynesian. If you push yourself to go somewhere that you can't afford then the vacation will not be that much fun.

If $$$ is not an issue I am sure that you will enjoy the Polynesian and it's extra conveniences.

02-24-2008, 01:02 AM

If you want quiet pools try WL, SSR, OKW or the BC. Almost all of the Home Away From Home resorts and the hotels connected to them have a quiet pool.

Stitch's Greatest Fa
02-24-2008, 04:45 AM
We have stayed at POR and the Poly. Loved the Poly, also loved POR. However if you can afford the Poly do it! We loved being in a monorail resort (went for an after dinner monorail ride every night!) and also love eating breakfast at the Kona cafe. It was calm, tropical and absolutely fantastic.