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ricknars
08-10-2010, 06:37 PM
Just back from a 10 day stay at the Poly. Hotel was great. Service was great. Only have one complaint. We had our car there and everytime we returned to the hotel weather it was 5:00pm or 10PM we had trouble finding a place to park. Hotel guest should not have to drive around the parking loit for half an hour to find a parking spot. It was so bad a few times that we had to pay for valet parking which as a guest staying there didn't think I should of had to do. Other then that the Poly was really great. Rick:goodvibes

KingRat
08-10-2010, 06:39 PM
Many visitors park at the hotels to get to the Magic Kindom.

larryz
08-10-2010, 06:50 PM
Many visitors park at the hotels to get to the Magic Kindom.

Don't they check documents at the MK parking booths/resort hotel gates anymore???

It's A Small World
08-10-2010, 07:00 PM
I saw quite a few park employees also parking there and heading over to the TTC. Not sure if they worked at the TTC of hopped the monorail.

Disneylvr
08-10-2010, 07:09 PM
I saw quite a few park employees also parking there and heading over to the TTC. Not sure if they worked at the TTC of hopped the monorail.

I have seen quite a few CM's walk to their cars parked in the Poly parking lot in the past. Maybe this was the case during your trip. Because according to many people that post here, cars of people parking at the Poly for park access or other non-guests are towed regularly.

MsStinkerBelle
08-10-2010, 07:44 PM
Don't they check documents at the MK parking booths/resort hotel gates anymore???

They do check at the resort hotel guard shack. If it's a packed night with 'Ohana, Kona Cafe and the Luau booked to capacity, and guests park there, I can see how the lot would fill quickly.

mickaholic4077
08-10-2010, 07:50 PM
The only days in the past 5 years that the guards at the entrance have checked a list for ADRs that I can remember is December 31st,2005 and July 3rd 2010.

BibbidiBobbidiBOO
08-10-2010, 09:46 PM
We had the same issue at WL a few weeks ago. If we got back after 5, it was hard to find a parking space at all. One evening we got the LAST one.

I guess there are lots of visitors eating at the deluxe resorts. We don't have this issue at the mods as there is ample parking.

Deb & Bill
08-10-2010, 09:50 PM
Just back from a 10 day stay at the Poly. Hotel was great. Service was great. Only have one complaint. We had our car there and everytime we returned to the hotel weather it was 5:00pm or 10PM we had trouble finding a place to park. Hotel guest should not have to drive around the parking loit for half an hour to find a parking spot. It was so bad a few times that we had to pay for valet parking which as a guest staying there didn't think I should of had to do. Other then that the Poly was really great. Rick:goodvibes

I hope you complained to someone at the Polynesian. You should be able to get a self parking place at the resort you are paying to stay at if self parking is offered. Anyone else should be asked to park at the TTC.

Connears
08-10-2010, 10:07 PM
The only days in the past 5 years that the guards at the entrance have checked a list for ADRs that I can remember is December 31st,2005 and July 3rd 2010.

They have checked at the guard gate at Poly each of the last 5 years during xmas week when we have eaten at Kona. Asked for our adr # and DH licencse-we were staying on property and had our resort pass in window, but still had to stop. We have been waved thru at BC gate and were asked why we wanted to park at CR but had no problem parking for meals there either that week..so Poly was the strictest of them.....

Connears

dclfun
08-10-2010, 10:39 PM
I have never, ever, been able to find an accessible parking spot at the Poly. We have a three day stay booked in early October and I'm dreading the parking situation. I have to park across two spaces to get my wheelchair down the ramp and I'm always afraid someone will hit my van or that it will get towed since it's not parked legally. I don't have a choice though since there are no spaces and my van can't be valet parked as there is no driver's seat.---Kathy

sjaakie
08-11-2010, 12:04 AM
The only solution for this problem is to let non resort guests pay a parking fee.

If not than the actual resorts guest which have paid to stay there pay the fee for valet parking.

TinkerBelle_325
08-11-2010, 09:16 AM
When we have stayed at the Poly we have never had this issue. :confused3

That being said, when we are staying elsewhere on property and going to visit the Poly for dinner (sometimes without an ADR....Kona Sushi etc.) we have never been asked for an ADR confirmation number and we have never been given a 3 hour parking pass.

seashoreCM
08-11-2010, 10:24 AM
I hope you asked for reimbursement of the valet fee when you made each complaint about parking.

Actually a record of parking complaints is useful for them to make a crowd calendar so the parking guards can decide when to issue 3 hour parking passes.

A van requiring extra space for maneuvering a wheelchair outside should have a sticker in the window explaining that space needs to be kept clear and which sticker will also serve as a valid reason to hog two spaces.

Ideally there would be a tape measure on someone's handicapped van which if pulled out and reached your adjacent car would mean you parked too close, your valid space notwithstanding. Except that vandals would snap off the tape measure and pilfer the Mickey eared globe from the antenna.

SueM in MN
08-12-2010, 10:15 PM
I hope you asked for reimbursement of the valet fee when you made each complaint about parking.

Actually a record of parking complaints is useful for them to make a crowd calendar so the parking guards can decide when to issue 3 hour parking passes.

A van requiring extra space for maneuvering a wheelchair outside should have a sticker in the window explaining that space needs to be kept clear and which sticker will also serve as a valid reason to hog two spaces.

Ideally there would be a tape measure on someone's handicapped van which if pulled out and reached your adjacent car would mean you parked too close, your valid space notwithstanding. Except that vandals would snap off the tape measure and pilfer the Mickey eared globe from the antenna.
We used to have a sticker on the window of the side of the van where our ramp came out. There were actually 3 stickers on that side of the van.
No one paid attention to the stickers and more than once we had someone parked right next to us (a couple of times they parked in the cross-hatched access zone located next to our van, so they were parked illegally).

With our last 2 wheelchair vans, the dealers actually recommended not having the stickers put on at all because they are ugly, messy if they start to peel off and no one notices them anyway.

We didnít have the stickers put on and have had less problem than when we did have the stickers.

mrbghd
08-12-2010, 10:21 PM
No one paid attention to the stickers and more than once we had someone parked right next to us (a couple of times they parked in the cross-hatched access zone located next to our van, so they were parked illegally)..

When I was a police officer that was the only traffic "pet peeve" I had. We would just have the cars parked like that towed. We didn't even bother ticketing them until they were towed.

catne
08-12-2010, 10:30 PM
we were there the 3rd Saturday night in May, so not even a necessarily "busy" time of year (weekend before Memorial Day, so summer not really kicked off yet.) We had a 7:30 reservation at Kona Cafe, and we were approaching the Poly at about 7:00, came to a screeching halt about a block away, because that's how far the turn lane to the POly was backed up. Took 15 minutes to inch our way to the guard kiosk...when we got close enough to see what was going on, we noticed one car after another pulling a u-turn after talking to the guard in the kiosk. When we got up there, he very carefully found our name on the list of reservations...we mentioned the u-turners we'd seen. He said they were turning away everyone without a reservation at the hotel or hotel restaurants because the lots were almost full - and would stay that way until they got the tow trucks in there...said they were on their way. We valet-parked and barely made it to the restaurant podium in time to check in - so yes, they do check. And they do tow.

BabyFu18
08-12-2010, 11:53 PM
When we were there (late July), the lot always seemed full or nearly full, we drove around on several days and saw no parking spots available and just drove around until we spotted people leaving which ended up wasting a lot of time. Since we were staying at the resort it was kinda ridiculous that it was that hard to find a spot to park, sometimes we'd go out in the mornings and return midday and got a spot without driving around forever, but in the evenings we often weren't that fortunate.

We also have a handicap hang tag but only found an accessible parking spot one day out of our whole trip (12 days), so usually we dropped my mother off at the entrance and then parked the car because she couldn't walk from the parking lot back to our room. I'm not even sure if they like you to do that, but it was the only alternative since the parking was so sparse.

ppony
08-13-2010, 12:21 AM
I have never, ever, been able to find an accessible parking spot at the Poly.

We had this problem as well last time we went and brought my mother who would have benefited from those spots. We just ended up dropping her at the entrance to the resort and went off to park and came to meet her when we actually found a spot. Made me crabby tho. I never see those spots open at the deluxes (that's the only time and place I've had cause to be looking).

MAYNARDS99
08-13-2010, 04:15 AM
Since my local area malls do not charge for valet parking (thank you Lexus), I don't mind paying for valet at Disney. It is a great service and the guys, and ladies themselves are GREAT!

Time is money...

J3nn78
08-13-2010, 07:06 AM
Im getting a little concerned. We will have 2 vehicles on our one room. One of them being a motorhome. I have called several times and the CMs keep assuring me it won't be a problem. I have only called the main reservation number. SHould we call Poly direct?

mickaholic4077
08-13-2010, 07:49 AM
When we were there (late July), the lot always seemed full or nearly full, we drove around on several days and saw no parking spots available and just drove around until we spotted people leaving which ended up wasting a lot of time. Since we were staying at the resort it was kinda ridiculous that it was that hard to find a spot to park, sometimes we'd go out in the mornings and return midday and got a spot without driving around forever, but in the evenings we often weren't that fortunate.

We also have a handicap hang tag but only found an accessible parking spot one day out of our whole trip (12 days), so usually we dropped my mother off at the entrance and then parked the car because she couldn't walk from the parking lot back to our room. I'm not even sure if they like you to do that, but it was the only alternative since the parking was so sparse.

Your handicapped tag could have provided you with free valet parking.

nala1128
08-13-2010, 09:09 AM
Your handicapped tag could have provided you with free valet parking.

Glad I came across this thread. We are driving down and will be at the Poly.. We have always flown and never rented a car before, so we have never had to worry about parking. Thanks for this info. Good to know.

LilyWDW
08-13-2010, 11:01 AM
Im getting a little concerned. We will have 2 vehicles on our one room. One of them being a motorhome. I have called several times and the CMs keep assuring me it won't be a problem. I have only called the main reservation number. SHould we call Poly direct?

You can't call Poly directly, unless you have some sort of unlisted number. The poly "front desk number" actually goes to a call center. Even when you call from your room, you are getting a call center. They will answer as the Poly, but are not actually there.

Disney front desks are just generally too busy. Adding in answering phone calls would make it insane. Especially when you know they would get calls from parents who think it is funny to have the kids call and ask for Mickey...

(and yes this has been verified by CMs on these boards)

If you have trouble finding a parking space, either as a paying guest of that hotel or someone with a reservation, PLEASE talk to someone there! That is the only way things are going to change.

ppony
08-13-2010, 11:09 AM
Your handicapped tag could have provided you with free valet parking.

Really? is this policy? Wish I had known. Thanks!

hoosiergirl7
08-13-2010, 11:17 AM
We've never had an issue parking at the Poly. Then again, we've been there mostly off-season and we park our car and leave it. We take the Disney Transportation instead the majority of the time. And the couple times we have moved the car, every time we've come back they've checked to make sure we're guests at that resort.

Deb & Bill
08-13-2010, 01:23 PM
Im getting a little concerned. We will have 2 vehicles on our one room. One of them being a motorhome. I have called several times and the CMs keep assuring me it won't be a problem. I have only called the main reservation number. SHould we call Poly direct?

Since the lot is small, you may be required to park your motorhome somewhere else, like WL or FW.

mickaholic4077
08-13-2010, 01:31 PM
Your handicapped tag could have provided you with free valet parking.

Glad I came across this thread. We are driving down and will be at the Poly.. We have always flown and never rented a car before, so we have never had to worry about parking. Thanks for this info. Good to know.

Really? is this policy? Wish I had known. Thanks!

You're welcome!:thumbsup2

SueM in MN
08-13-2010, 10:07 PM
You're welcome!:thumbsup2
Free valet parking with a handicapped parking permit is not just at WDW. Weíve actually found it at most resorts/hotels that have valet parking.
Because they have large , very busy drop off areas in front of the hotel and donít usually have a lot of handicapped parking close by, allowing guests with handicapped parking permits to valet park gets them out of the flow of traffic much quicker.
This is safer for the guests with disabilities and also for the drivers.

SueM in MN
08-13-2010, 10:10 PM
When I was a police officer that was the only traffic "pet peeve" I had. We would just have the cars parked like that towed. We didn't even bother ticketing them until they were towed.
:thumbsup2
Thank you.
One of my pet peeves is to come out of someplace and not be able to get our ramp down to let DD into the van. There is usually not any safe place, out of traffic for her to wait until I pull out far enough to let the ramp down.
We usually call the police and then go back inside to wait until either the police or the person who parked there come.

BabyFu18
08-13-2010, 10:20 PM
Your handicapped tag could have provided you with free valet parking.

If this is the case, does the person offer this to you when you valet or are you supposed to ask? We have valet parked before (at Disney) and were never offered free valet (our hangtag is always in the window), usually it's just been charged on the hotel bill and we've never known that it was complimentary.

Before our trip I saw someone else mention that valet would be complimentary and then I also saw someone say that might just be at the Swan & Dolphin only. So I'm confused on if it's something that is wide spread or not and if it's offered to you or something you must inquire about. :confused3

At the price of valet parking, we don't normally take advantage of it in disney world because it can add up quickly especially on a long trip, however sometimes I think it might just be worth the price and I know for next time we go to WDW we will be prepared to pay the valet charges if necessary since parking can be so crazy.

Thanks for the info though!

mrbghd
08-13-2010, 10:28 PM
:thumbsup2
Thank you.
One of my pet peeves is to come out of someplace and not be able to get our ramp down to let DD into the van. There is usually not any safe place, out of traffic for her to wait until I pull out far enough to let the ramp down.
We usually call the police and then go back inside to wait until either the police or the person who parked there come.

We would also "lose the paperwork" for an hour or two sometimes if the driverwas really aggravating :)

kaligal
08-13-2010, 10:34 PM
Not only are hotel guests parking there, but there are also staff people, people who come to check the place out, who come to watch fireworks there (why? I just don't know), eat in the restaurants, see the Poly Luau and the ever popular MK parking lot people.

Valet parking is the easiest way to go. ::yes::

Sammie
08-13-2010, 11:18 PM
please anyone having this problem, complain to the on duty manager at the Front Desk only complaints will change anything and yes it needs to be addressed.

dzorn
08-14-2010, 12:18 AM
When we were there (late July), the lot always seemed full or nearly full, we drove around on several days and saw no parking spots available and just drove around until we spotted people leaving which ended up wasting a lot of time. Since we were staying at the resort it was kinda ridiculous that it was that hard to find a spot to park, sometimes we'd go out in the mornings and return midday and got a spot without driving around forever, but in the evenings we often weren't that fortunate.

We also have a handicap hang tag but only found an accessible parking spot one day out of our whole trip (12 days), so usually we dropped my mother off at the entrance and then parked the car because she couldn't walk from the parking lot back to our room. I'm not even sure if they like you to do that, but it was the only alternative since the parking was so sparse.

If you have a handicapped tag you can vale(sp?) for free unless that has reciently changed.

Denise in MI

mickaholic4077
08-14-2010, 08:29 AM
If this is the case, does the person offer this to you when you valet or are you supposed to ask? We have valet parked before (at Disney) and were never offered free valet (our hangtag is always in the window), usually it's just been charged on the hotel bill and we've never known that it was complimentary.

Before our trip I saw someone else mention that valet would be complimentary and then I also saw someone say that might just be at the Swan & Dolphin only. So I'm confused on if it's something that is wide spread or not and if it's offered to you or something you must inquire about. :confused3

At the price of valet parking, we don't normally take advantage of it in disney world because it can add up quickly especially on a long trip, however sometimes I think it might just be worth the price and I know for next time we go to WDW we will be prepared to pay the valet charges if necessary since parking can be so crazy.

Thanks for the info though!

We've never had to tell valet attendants,but it doesn't hurt to point out your placard. It is free to handicapped cars.