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Beechparty 11-28-2004 03:11 PM

POLY and fitness center use ?
We are staying at the POLY and my son wants to continue his weight training. I know that the POly does not have a fitness center but that tha GF does. My question is: Are POLY guests allowed to use the GF fitness center, is there a cost involved and what is the best way to get there, walk or monorail to GF since it is between the two resorts/
Thanks for any help.

Jenn Lynn 11-28-2004 03:27 PM

Poly guests can use the GF fitness center. I am pretty sure it is free. :)

TammiMcMan 11-28-2004 04:07 PM

You can definitely use the GF spa and it's actually located right in between the two resorts. It's much easier to walk there. Just follow the path, keeping the water on your right hand side. It's just beyond the wedding chapel.

Guests must be at least 14 years of age to use the health club and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Just an FYI, they have 2 totally separate lounge areas for men and women. They each include a changing area, showers, lounge, hot tub, steam room and sauna.


Beechparty 11-28-2004 04:20 PM

Thanks so much for the information.

chamonix 11-28-2004 06:29 PM

Dh has used it when we stay at the Poly. He always walks over.

It was not free. In fact, it was a bit pricey, IMO--considering we were staying in a Disney owned deluxe right next door with no fitness center.

For some reason, I keep thinking there must be some mistake though, and that maybe it is really free--like, they must not understand he is staying at the Poly! It IS early in the morning when he goes over there after all, LOL! He has had to purchase a pass if I recall correctly, that was good for the entire time we were staying there. I would call ahead if I was you, and ask a few CMs until you get the answer you are looking for, LOL. In my experience, different CMs often give different answers to questions like this. Let us know what you find out.

MARRAR 11-28-2004 06:49 PM

Does anybody know for sure?
If you are staying at the resort where the fitness room is,use is now free. length of stay passes WERE $25 prior to the policy change, but I read somewhere that now if you want to use a resorts fitness facility where you are not a guest it's $15 per day! I would love to stay AT poLY BUT DH needs a fitness facility,and would rather stay at AKL or WL where there's one on site and free.
BTW we stayed at GF in 2001(pass was then $25 even if you were a hotel guest) and DH raved about the facility and staff, he too is a weight lifter.

TammiMcMan 11-28-2004 07:09 PM

From a Disney press release, effective May 31st, 2004:

Resort guests now get free access to fitness centers
Effective today, Walt Disney World guests will be able to use the fitness center at their resort at no additional charge for the duration of their stay. Guests who are 14 years of age and older and are staying at a resort that features an associated fitness center will be able to use the center facilities. Guests who are 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Resorts and fitness centers involved are:

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Zahanati Fitness Center)
Disney's BoardWalk (Muscles & Bustles Health Club)
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort (La Vida Fitness Center)
Disney's Contemporary Resort (Olympiad Fitness Center)
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Disney's Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club)
Disney's Old Key West Resort (R.E.S.T. Exercise Room)
Disney's Polynesian Resort (Disney's Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club)
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Fitness Center)
Disney's Wilderness Lodge and The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (Sturdy Branches Health Club)
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts and Disney's Beach Club Villas (Ship Shape Health Club)

Guests of other resorts (not listed above), or those who wish to use another resort's fitness center, may do so for $12 per day, based on availability. The purchase of a spa treatment includes use of the adjacent fitness center for the day of treatment.


Beechparty 11-28-2004 09:24 PM

Thanks Tammi for the info. We are leaving early am and that will make my son happy!!

chamonix 11-28-2004 10:23 PM

I am glad that they changed that--dh didn't use it on our last trip, which was a short trip anyway, but partly because of the $15.00 a day cost.

Thanks for posting that information. :)

jer1997 11-29-2004 05:48 AM

Does anyone know what time the gym at the Grand Floridian open?

TammiMcMan 11-29-2004 08:16 AM

The health club hours are 6am-9pm and the spa treatments are available from 8am-8pm.


Mommo 11-29-2004 01:00 PM

We were at the Poly the first week in Nov. and DH used the GF gym several times, never charged but did need to show ID. He loved it. Our next trip we have requests from him and DS to stay there. Beth

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