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Old 08-05-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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Polynesian May 2013

We are planning a moderately large family vacation to the Polynesian next May 2013. Reading tiki man and Dis it looks as though there may be construction and potentially a closure of the volcano pool in 2013. This does impact our decision to stay there as we have small kids who enjoy their time at the pool (especially the volcano slide). What are our chances of this being an issue in May? When would we find out for certain? Thanks in advance!!!!
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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I don't have any answers for you, but I'm interested in this as well. We are planning a Poly CL stay in July 2013 and one of the many things we love about the Poly is the pool. Closure of the volcano pool will change our resort plans .
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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We are planning a moderately large family vacation to the Polynesian next May 2013. Reading tiki man and Dis it looks as though there may be construction and potentially a closure of the volcano pool in 2013. This does impact our decision to stay there as we have small kids who enjoy their time at the pool (especially the volcano slide). What are our chances of this being an issue in May? When would we find out for certain? Thanks in advance!!!!
I agree with PP that if the volcano pool and slide is closed, we would have to change resorts. We are going to be there in April 2013. I haven't been able to find any hard answers anywhere though.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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LOVE Polynesian!!!!
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:55 PM   #5
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I guess it's a big mystery. We'll have to hold tight for a bit.

I agree with most! The closure of the volcano pool is definitely a game changer!!!
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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We are looking for next June. The pool/GCH closure would be a deal breaker fo me too. Unfortunately we may not find out for awhile.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:58 PM   #7
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Unhappy Poly Renovations

We just returned from 8 days at the Polynesian. They have renovations planned in all the buildings, as well as the pool, and the Grand Ceremonial House, which houses the food locations, as well as the monorail boarding. We heard that the GCH would be totally removed and rebuilt and the pool did need renovations, at best. Walking to swim or get food would be a deal breaker for us. The worst thing is that there is no time schedule to these renovations at this time. We will be booking for 2014 in 2013 and don't know whether things will be in place or not! Frustrating!
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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Oh no this is not good. We are planning to stay at the Poly for the first time the first week of Nov 2013. My DS will want to swim for sure and this will be a BIG deal breaker for us. I guess I better start to wrap my head around staying at the Contempory or Bay Lake DH is not going to be happy.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:37 PM   #9
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One of my pet peeves with Disney is that they typically wait until the 11th hour to announce resort rennovations.

Now part of this may be because they themselves haven't finalized their plans until that 11th hour.

But I suspect they have a pretty good idea of their plans well in advance of their public announcement. For example, Disney typically announces theme park refurbs many months in advance.

But they typically wait until much later to announce resort refurbs (the current/upcoming refurbs at the GF being the most recent example).

Obviously, they want people to book rooms that might not otherwise be booked, had the public known of their plans (the possible upcoming Volcano Pool/GCH refurb at Poly being a prime example).

But this really isn't fair to someone booking a resort, particularly a deluxe resort, who is relying on the fact that the resort will be fully functional (in most material respects) during their visit, only to find out at the last minute that it won't be.

For example, someone might book the Poly months in advance, find out only weeks in advance that the Volcano pool will be closed and then be left with only limited options at that point.

If Disney isn't going to make public announcements about material resort refurbs until the last minute, they should do at least one of the following:

(1) As soon as their plans are solid, let people know who have booked, are booking, or are trying to book a particular resort that a material refurb is scheduled during the time of their visit (even though this would spread on boards like this one, it would simply be a rumor, and most of the non-Disney fanatic general public would be totally unaware of it).

(2) If someone booked at a discount, allow them to apply the same discount at a different resort even if the period for the discount has expired.

(3) Waive the fee to change package reservations after the 45 day mark.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:49 PM   #10
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One of my pet peeves with Disney is that they typically wait until the 11th hour to announce resort rennovations.

Now part of this may be because they themselves haven't finalized their plans until that 11th hour.

But I suspect they have a pretty good idea of their plans well in advance of their public announcement. For example, Disney typically announces theme park refurbs many months in advance.

But they typically wait until much later to announce resort refurbs (the current/upcoming refurbs at the GF being the most recent example).

Obviously, they want people to book rooms that might not otherwise be booked, had the public known of their plans (the possible upcoming Volcano Pool/GCH refurb at Poly being a prime example).

But this really isn't fair to someone booking a resort, particularly a deluxe resort, who is relying on the fact that the resort will be fully functional (in most material respects) during their visit, only to find out at the last minute that it won't be.

For example, someone might book the Poly months in advance, find out only weeks in advance that the Volcano pool will be closed and then be left with only limited options at that point.

If Disney isn't going to make public announcements about material resort refurbs until the last minute, they should do at least one of the following:

(1) As soon as their plans are solid, let people know who have booked, are booking, or are trying to book a particular resort that a material refurb is scheduled during the time of their visit (even though this would spread on boards like this one, it would simply be a rumor, and most of the non-Disney fanatic general public would be totally unaware of it).

(2) If someone booked at a discount, allow them to apply the same discount at a different resort even if the period for the discount has expired.

(3) Waive the fee to change package reservations after the 45 day mark.
I agree!!! It was was never a big deal for us to have a pool when we were in Disney in the past, But now with my DS he loves the water and this is really a deal breaker for us. For the amount of money we need to pay to stay here. They better do something if the pool is going to be closed or the other big deal breaker would be the monorail for us also. I hate secrets
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I am staying at Poly in March and my travel agent said that there was a closure set for 3/4-3/15. So I called Disney reservations and they said it was a rumor and it was going to be opened. Then I called Polynesians front desk directly and they did see something about closures but she said that she saw that the pool would be open on the dates we are there, 3/5-3/7.

I'm still confused on if it will be open or not.

I booked with a 30% discount back in october for this trip. Now I'm trying to reschedule for a date close to my original date and they are going to charge me full price. They won't honor my discount that I booked for. I'm very disappointed in Disney. Here's hoping that this is all a rumor.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:57 PM   #12
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I am staying at Poly in March and my travel agent said that there was a closure set for 3/4-3/15. So I called Disney reservations and they said it was a rumor and it was going to be opened. Then I called Polynesians front desk directly and they did see something about closures but she said that she saw that the pool would be open on the dates we are there, 3/5-3/7.

I'm still confused on if it will be open or not.

I booked with a 30% discount back in october for this trip. Now I'm trying to reschedule for a date close to my original date and they are going to charge me full price. They won't honor my discount that I booked for. I'm very disappointed in Disney. Here's hoping that this is all a rumor.
Just wanted to say - Gorgeous wedding pics! What fun!
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