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momtobrynncess
10-07-2008, 10:31 AM
WOW!!!! All I can say is WOW!!!!! :goodvibes Our first time staying at Poly, for 10 glorious days!!! We really enjoyed the resort so much. It is truly beautiful, I could spend days just walking around the grounds, they are so lush and tropical. :love: (Could do without the cheesy music though....). We were in Tokelau, room 2917. I requested that room, and actually got it... The weather was wonderful. Heat not unbearable at all, had a few days with low humidity, and no rain until day nine (and that was just for a short part of the day). I can't make any guarantees about photos, as I have not tried to put them on this site. If I can, I will.

We have no complaints whatsoever about this resort. Housekeeping was great, room was clean and well stocked with towels (4 of us in the room).:thumbsup2

We did the vacation club tour of the new Bay Lake Towers, and they are SPECTACULAR!!!! CR has been our fav, so now that they are offering BLT, we thought we would check it out and see it. I can answer questions about that too if anyone has any. Based on the construction going on at CR Tower, I am very glad we chose Poly this trip. It was VERY noisy in the tower, and I would not have enjoyed that...

Poly may be our new fav, it was just so beautiful, and peaceful. :flower3: Crowds were low, very few days that the crowds were not fun. We did MNSSHP, which was a blast!!

Fire away with any questions.......

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matt&jakesmom
10-07-2008, 10:43 AM
Thanks for the report. We are thinking of staying there next year when we do our land/sea cruise.

Buzzster
10-07-2008, 10:49 AM
How were the crowds for MNSSHP? What time did you arrive? We are going next week and I am so excited.

momtobrynncess
10-07-2008, 12:52 PM
How were the crowds for MNSSHP? What time did you arrive? We are going next week and I am so excited.

The crowds were very low in my opinion, and also that of some fellow party goers who stated the same. We arrived just before 7pm, happy to see the throngs of non party goers leaving, so we could have the park to ourselves (or so we like to think). We really enjoyed the parade, dd5 made up a special halloween dance to the music. I videotaped needless to say, and will torture her when she is 16 by showing it to her friends (:rotfl2: We really enjoyed how the park was decorated. As usual, you could walk onto rides without any line whatsoever, which for us, is one of the perks of these hard ticket parties.

Have fun!!!!:cool1:

BCV23
10-07-2008, 01:00 PM
Isn't the Polynesian just lovely? Glad you had so much fun.

What did you like about BLT models? Hoping to see them myself very soon.:cool1:

mickeynut1
10-07-2008, 02:07 PM
Glad to hear you had a great trip and loved the Poly :wizard:. We had our first stay at the Poly last September and we loved it :goodvibes. We had no problems with housekeeping or anything else either....and you're right....the grounds are beautiful :thumbsup2. Welcome home and glad you had such a great time :dance3:.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
10-07-2008, 02:15 PM
I enjoyed reading your trip report, so thank you for posting it.

edamethyst
10-07-2008, 02:32 PM
I just changed our reservation from the Beach Club to the Polynesian. My husband keeps asking if I'm sure this is nicer and I think I'm sure but I've never been to the Beach Club and I only was at the Polynesian one afternoon to see what it was like on our last trip. Was it the right choice to switch???

momtobrynncess
10-07-2008, 02:40 PM
IMO, yes!! I guess it depends on your preference, but we went to the Beach Club our second night to catch an Illuminations Cruise. The place frankly, does nothing for me. I'm really not into the nautical theme. There is certainly nothing wrong with the Yacht and Beach Club, and I know they have a great mini water park for kids. My little one loved the Volcano Pool at Poly so much I could barely get here out of the pool long enough to get her to stay in the parks. I literally walked so slowly through the grounds I drove dh crazy. It's breathtaking. It's like walking through a rain forest to me I know you will like it, my guess is better than Beach Club!!!!

I just changed our reservation from the Beach Club to the Polynesian. My husband keeps asking if I'm sure this is nicer and I think I'm sure but I've never been to the Beach Club and I only was at the Polynesian one afternoon to see what it was like on our last trip. Was it the right choice to switch???

momtobrynncess
10-07-2008, 02:44 PM
Isn't the Polynesian just lovely? Glad you had so much fun.

What did you like about BLT models? Hoping to see them myself very soon.:cool1:

I enjoyed the style - VERY contemporary, which I love!! They make excellent use of space, and the kitchens have granite countertops!! Both the living room and the bedroom have balconies, there are two bathrooms (I'm talking about the 1 bedroom - which we would need with four of us who go each year), very spacious!!!! But the points to stay there, needless to say, are high, too high for us, so after crunching the numbers, we decided the savings just wasn't there for us.

momtobrynncess
10-07-2008, 02:45 PM
I enjoyed reading your trip report, so thank you for posting it.

Thanks!:)

Brian Shepherd
10-07-2008, 04:52 PM
WOW!!!! All I can say is WOW!!!!! :goodvibes Our first time staying at Poly, for 10 glorious days!!! We really enjoyed the resort so much. It is truly beautiful, I could spend days just walking around the grounds, they are so lush and tropical. :love: (Could do without the cheesy music though....). We were in Tokelau, room 2917. I requested that room, and actually got it... The weather was wonderful. Heat not unbearable at all, had a few days with low humidity, and no rain until day nine (and that was just for a short part of the day). I can't make any guarantees about photos, as I have not tried to put them on this site. If I can, I will.

We have no complaints whatsoever about this resort. Housekeeping was great, room was clean and well stocked with towels (4 of us in the room).:thumbsup2

We did the vacation club tour of the new Bay Lake Towers, and they are SPECTACULAR!!!! CR has been our fav, so now that they are offering BLT, we thought we would check it out and see it. I can answer questions about that too if anyone has any. Based on the construction going on at CR Tower, I am very glad we chose Poly this trip. It was VERY noisy in the tower, and I would not have enjoyed that...

Poly may be our new fav, it was just so beautiful, and peaceful. :flower3: Crowds were low, very few days that the crowds were not fun. We did MNSSHP, which was a blast!!

Fire away with any questions.......

Did you see the Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Luau Cove?

This show is at the Poly right?

momtobrynncess
10-07-2008, 05:52 PM
Did you see the Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Luau Cove?

This show is at the Poly right?

We did not do that this year. We walked by Luau Cove, and could see part of it from the walking path. It is VERY LOUD. Maybe we will try it another year...

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
10-07-2008, 06:23 PM
Thanks!:)You're welcome. :thumbsup2

AliceInDisboardland!
10-07-2008, 06:33 PM
Hi There! Great to hear that you enjoyed the Poly so much. We will be there for the first time this November (43 days to be exact!). Just wondering what made you request that room location?

momtobrynncess
10-07-2008, 07:47 PM
Hi There! Great to hear that you enjoyed the Poly so much. We will be there for the first time this November (43 days to be exact!). Just wondering what made you request that room location?

I was checking out Tikiman's website, and I saw that those end rooms sometimes afford you at least a partial view of the Castle. We couldn't see the castle, but we could see CR, and the view was decent. From having spent time wandering around the grounds, I would probably try to stay at Tahiti the next time we stay there. Lagoon view overlooks a beautiful (somewhat) private beach, and is close to the TTC. We found that we used the TTC frequently, as well as the smaller boat that takes you to MK. And even though we went to the GCH every day, the walk was not bad. At first I thought I would mind everything being so laid out, but once I had a chance to take in the lush grounds, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I would walk twice as far to the GCH or TTC, just to enjoy the beautiful grounds. I really loved this resort, and feel blessed to have been able to have such a long stay there.....

habg1
10-07-2008, 08:03 PM
Hi There! Great to hear that you enjoyed the Poly so much. We will be there for the first time this November (43 days to be exact!). Just wondering what made you request that room location?

Hey! 43 days for me too. Staying at the Poly! Party of 6; 2 girls, 2 parents one on a scooter, myself and the husband.

How long are you staying?

jtlund
10-07-2008, 08:18 PM
We leave in 12 days for Disney! We have free timeshare but are splurging for 2 nights at the Poly! I'm SO SO SO glad you posted how happy you were there. In case I can request a room and by far off chance get it, what would you recommend? Did you LOVE your room?

Also, our 5 yo ds is a new swimmer. How is the slide at the volcano pool - would one of us have to go with him or wait at the bottom for him? I think I'm going to get a lifevest our first day there just to BE SURE. I'm a paranoid mama.

Oh, your description of the grounds make me grin ear to ear just thinking about it. I LOVE the tropical atmosphere but could never afford Hawaii. I remember last time I was at the Poly (30 years ago) I felt like I was truly on an island! I can't flippin wait!

portocall
10-07-2008, 10:18 PM
By any chance, did you try any of the dining, specifically Ohana? My family are local's and wanted to come over our first day to check out the resort and have dinner, would that be a good choice? We are driving in 12 hours and I think DH and I will be too tired to take in a park the first day. Will we be satisfied hanging out at the resort that day, or will we be park itchy? The other dining option would be Chef Mickey's... but our kids would be the only ones in the party so I am not sure

AliceInDisboardland!
10-08-2008, 08:20 AM
I was checking out Tikiman's website, and I saw that those end rooms sometimes afford you at least a partial view of the Castle. We couldn't see the castle, but we could see CR, and the view was decent. From having spent time wandering around the grounds, I would probably try to stay at Tahiti the next time we stay there. Lagoon view overlooks a beautiful (somewhat) private beach, and is close to the TTC. We found that we used the TTC frequently, as well as the smaller boat that takes you to MK. And even though we went to the GCH every day, the walk was not bad. At first I thought I would mind everything being so laid out, but once I had a chance to take in the lush grounds, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I would walk twice as far to the GCH or TTC, just to enjoy the beautiful grounds. I really loved this resort, and feel blessed to have been able to have such a long stay there.....

Thanks for the response! The reason I asked is because when I called to make our reservation a very nice CM was helping me and she said that the Poly was her favorite resort. She suggested that we request either Tokelau or Tahiti. However, when she sent the confirmation email, it said "guest requests either Tokelau or Hawaii." I understand Hawaii is all club level, so I am just assuming they'd place us in Tokelau if that was available. Do you think I should call and have them correct it so it lists Tahiti instead of Hawaii? Ahh..There is so much stress to this DIS planning! :lmao:

momtobrynncess
10-08-2008, 08:24 AM
We leave in 12 days for Disney! We have free timeshare but are splurging for 2 nights at the Poly! I'm SO SO SO glad you posted how happy you were there. In case I can request a room and by far off chance get it, what would you recommend? Did you LOVE your room?

Also, our 5 yo ds is a new swimmer. How is the slide at the volcano pool - would one of us have to go with him or wait at the bottom for him? I think I'm going to get a lifevest our first day there just to BE SURE. I'm a paranoid mama.

Oh, your description of the grounds make me grin ear to ear just thinking about it. I LOVE the tropical atmosphere but could never afford Hawaii. I remember last time I was at the Poly (30 years ago) I felt like I was truly on an island! I can't flippin wait!

We did enjoy our room very much. It was kind of halfway between the GCH and the TTC, and thankfully, far from Luau Cove (noisy!!!). We were one room from the end closest to the lagoon, so had a partial view of the lagoon.

What view did you book? Lagoon or garden? If garden, as we did, I would recommend our longhouse and room (Tokelau 2917). If you booked lagoon, I would recommend Tahiti, and room on the lagoon side is nice.

As far as the pool, our dd5 is a new swimmer too. She would not do the waterslide yet (she will only do smaller ones at the water parks). I don't think they will let you slide with him, but you could wait at the bottom. But she did LOVE the pool!!!

If you love tropical, you will love it at Poly. If you are into ducks, and running out onto the beach, I would get a first floor room (if you don't mind being on the first floor). I think we will request a first floor room next time, if we choose a room on the beach. Some of the garden view rooms are surrounded by foliage and you can't get out off the patio. The ducks will come right up onto your patio. You will love it there!!!

AliceInDisboardland!
10-08-2008, 08:24 AM
Hey! 43 days for me too. Staying at the Poly! Party of 6; 2 girls, 2 parents one on a scooter, myself and the husband.

How long are you staying?


Hi! We're checking in on 11-19 and staying through 11-25. It will be my Mom, my Sister, my 2 year old princess niece, and me. This will be our first stay at the Poly and we are all so excited! I've made lime green mickey pins so hopefully we'll be recognized as DISers. Maybe we'll see you around!

momtobrynncess
10-08-2008, 08:30 AM
By any chance, did you try any of the dining, specifically Ohana? My family are local's and wanted to come over our first day to check out the resort and have dinner, would that be a good choice? We are driving in 12 hours and I think DH and I will be too tired to take in a park the first day. Will we be satisfied hanging out at the resort that day, or will we be park itchy? The other dining option would be Chef Mickey's... but our kids would be the only ones in the party so I am not sure

We did not do O'hana, but have done it in the past. We did do Kona Cafe, and the food was SUPERB!!!! Maybe not much fun for kids, but adult wise, wonderful food and atmosphere. O'hana is the family style dining, and much of the food contains meat. I am a vegetarian, so I opted for another restaurant. But from being there a few years ago for a character breakfast, definitely a nice place. 12 hours is a long time driving. I think it would be fun to swim and eat at the resort. Chef Mickeys is a great option too. The food there is wonderful, and obviously just a monorail ride away.

Good luck!!!!

momtobrynncess
10-08-2008, 08:33 AM
Thanks for the response! The reason I asked is because when I called to make our reservation a very nice CM was helping me and she said that the Poly was her favorite resort. She suggested that we request either Tokelau or Tahiti. However, when she sent the confirmation email, it said "guest requests either Tokelau or Hawaii." I understand Hawaii is all club level, so I am just assuming they'd place us in Tokelau if that was available. Do you think I should call and have them correct it so it lists Tahiti instead of Hawaii? Ahh..There is so much stress to this DIS planning! :lmao:

I would if it were me. You don't want them to assign you to Hawaii if you did not book concierge. Although I am sure that the person who assigns rooms would catch that. Still, I would want both my building requests on my ressie, in case one or the other is not available. Good luck!!!

edamethyst
10-08-2008, 09:41 AM
I put in a request for Tahiti when we are there. I am so excited now about going after reading your posts. I love the rainforest atmosphere. We stayed at the HRH at Universal and I always walked to the parks because of the great landscaping reminding me of a rainforest. I'm so glad I switched to the Poly!

tink20
10-08-2008, 10:18 AM
I am glad you had a great trip, can't wait til I go back!

momtobrynncess
10-08-2008, 10:48 AM
Sorry, not so good at the photo thing yet, but I added four images in the very first post. They are links to photobucket photos, just click on them. Hope they came out ok!!!!

habg1
10-08-2008, 11:54 AM
Hi! We're checking in on 11-19 and staying through 11-25. It will be my Mom, my Sister, my 2 year old princess niece, and me. This will be our first stay at the Poly and we are all so excited! I've made lime green mickey pins so hopefully we'll be recognized as DISers. Maybe we'll see you around!

Cool! We're checking in on 11/20 & staying until Thanksgiving day (27th). That would be pretty neat. I'll make sure I will keep my eyes peeled for lime green pins. Hope you enjoy your trip & thanks for the reply.

HeyIt'sMe
10-08-2008, 04:00 PM
I am so glad you liked the Poly. We stay there every trip and we love, love, love it!

Personally, I like the music they play. I had a CD (made by my DH) with all the Polynesian's music but I can't find it. :sad1: I listened to it non-stop before our last trip in 2006 and the songs were so burned into my brain that while we were at the Poly I'd start humming the next song in the loop before it started!

We'll be back there in 10 days and we cannot wait!