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Old 03-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Please convince me that the Poly is worth the additional money

Please help me decide!!!

Hubby and I are going to the World for 3 days in mid August for our 16th anniversary. This will be our first trip since being married without kids

We already have a king room booked a CSR and while I know that CSR would be great- I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS wanted to stay at the Poly.

Please convince me that the add'l $500-600 is worth it to switch and why. (Or if it's not- tell me that too.) It is in the budget, if we choose to do it, but I tend to be tight with money. On the other hand, I don't know if/when we will get the chance to go again without kids and the theming and convenience of the Poly are so enticing to me.

HELP! I need the "expert" advice of you Disers.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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Please help me decide!!!

Hubby and I are going to the World for 3 days in mid August for our 16th anniversary. This will be our first trip since being married without kids

We already have a king room booked a CSR and while I know that CSR would be great- I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS wanted to stay at the Poly.

Please convince me that the add'l $500-600 is worth it to switch and why. (Or if it's not- tell me that too.) It is in the budget, if we choose to do it, but I tend to be tight with money. On the other hand, I don't know if/when we will get the chance to go again without kids and the theming and convenience of the Poly are so enticing to me.

HELP! I need the "expert" advice of you Disers.
Thanks so much,
-Kim
I would say definitely go for the Polynesian! Of course, whether or not it is worth an additional $500-600 is totally subjective, but if it is in the budget and you have always wanted to stay there, then do it! (Especially since you are celebrating your anniversary and it is your first trip without kids in tow!) My husband and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at the Yacht Club last week and had a wonderful time. We did some extra things on this trip to make it special that we wouldn't ordinarily spend the $$ on, like staying in a lagoon view instead of the usual garden view we typically book.

I have never stayed at CSR so I can't comment on that resort; however, I have stayed at the Polynesian several times and it is really beautiful. The grounds are particularly romantic at night with the torches lit and the view of the castle. In fact, on our recent trip, we ate at O'Hana one night and enjoyed a nice evening walk around the Polynesian while we were there.

Just my two cents! Wherever you end up staying, enjoy your time together!
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS wanted to stay at the Poly.
I say try the Poly -- mostly for the reason above. Also, the $500 isn't so bad if it's in the budget -- you get to stay where you really want to, get the great location, views, fireworks from the beach, dining, etc. It really is a lovely resort and when we stay there we feel like we are in the middle of all the Disney magic.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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We just returned from our first stay there and loved it! I say go for it. It is beautiful and it would be romantic without kids! If only I could convince my husband to go to disney without kids!

Spoil yourselves, you won't regret it!
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:24 PM   #5
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Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary. You are going to love being there for your anniversary. My DH and I went for our 20th and it was awesome. Really special.

When we went several years ago we decided to put our money into dining and renting a car. We actually stayed at Pop, but did the deluxe dining plan. Renting a car allowed us to visit several of the signature restaurants in the deluxe resorts. That's just how we chose to allocate our funds. We were there in off season, so the resort was not crowded.

That being said, I know what you mean about wanting to stay at a certain resort. I have always wanted to stay at the Poly, too. I think its a very romantic place and the rooms look gorgeous. I own DVC now, so I probably will never get there.

It is your anniversary and a childless trip so if you have the extra funds, I see nothing wrong with splurging. I'm sort of like you - I tend to be a bit thrifty and room price tags like that make me pause. That's why I bought DVC. But I digress.

I know I didn't help much, but good luck with your decision.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:30 PM   #6
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Here are some Poly pictures that I just posted in my current TR. I stayed at VWL, but with DVC pool hopping privileges decided to go swimming at the Poly. These may sway your decision







This looks like a great place to chill and have a meal or a snack









I also wondered over to the quiet pool





There is just something about the paths around the Poly that I absolutely love





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Old 03-15-2013, 04:56 PM   #7
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If it's in the budget and you want to stay there, no need to talk anymore. Special trips like that are to do things you normally wouldn't do. So if you got the money, do it.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:22 PM   #8
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Go for it!!!!! If money is no object don't think twice. We took our first vacation without kids when we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and we stayed at Pop. We had a great time but next year is our 30th and I want to stay at the Poly like you. Plan your trip at the Poly before you change your mind!!!
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:44 PM   #9
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We have stayed at both CSR and Poly - Trust me when I say - spend the extra and stay at the Poly. You will LOVE LOVE LOVE it - the theming is amazing - tropical, lush and relaxing. The food options are fantastic, the location cannot be beat - monorail to the MK and Epcot - and the Kona coffee may be worth the additonal expense alone!
Romantic trip without the kiddos - treat yourselves!
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:25 PM   #10
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Since everyone's definition of "worth" is different, I can't convince you that it's worth it for YOU to spend the money, but I will say that we love everything about the Poly and think the extra money is worth every penny to us. The Poly is great in so many ways, IMO, and is an awesome resort for an anniversary trip as you can't beat having the beach for watching the fireworks (while relaxing in a hammock) and walking around at night under the lit tiki torches. If the extra cost is doable, I say give it a try.....I don't think you'll regret it. Good luck.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:07 AM   #11
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Please help me decide!!!

Hubby and I are going to the World for 3 days in mid August for our 16th anniversary. This will be our first trip since being married without kids

We already have a king room booked a CSR and while I know that CSR would be great- I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS wanted to stay at the Poly.

Please convince me that the add'l $500-600 is worth it to switch and why. (Or if it's not- tell me that too.) It is in the budget, if we choose to do it, but I tend to be tight with money. On the other hand, I don't know if/when we will get the chance to go again without kids and the theming and convenience of the Poly are so enticing to me.

HELP! I need the "expert" advice of you Disers.
Thanks so much,
-Kim
Wow! We're talking an extra $200/night!

I love the Poly, but like you I tend to be tight with my money. I'd be thinking a lot about how much time I'd be spending at my resort if I only had 3 days to enjoy Disney.

Will you be sleeping in and having coffee on the balcony? Walking the sandy beach at night during Wishes? Using the pool and hot tub during the day? Will you be spending a lot of time at the MK, so that having the monorail right there will be a big plus? If you're not going to take advantage of what the resort has to offer, I don't know if it's worth the extra money.

Personally, I would be looking for some kind of discount before I would book the Poly or any deluxe at the rack rate. I know myself well enough to know that I would spend the entire 3 days rethinking whether it was worth an extra $200 every night. And if it bothered me that much, it would take away from enjoying my trip.

That being said, if you're the type who can let it go easily once the decision is made, the I prefer the Poly over CSR. But CSR gets my vote for best moderate.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:25 AM   #12
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Wow! We're talking an extra $200/night!

I love the Poly, but like you I tend to be tight with my money. I'd be thinking a lot about how much time I'd be spending at my resort if I only had 3 days to enjoy Disney.

Will you be sleeping in and having coffee on the balcony? Walking the sandy beach at night during Wishes? Using the pool and hot tub during the day? Will you be spending a lot of time at the MK, so that having the monorail right there will be a big plus? If you're not going to take advantage of what the resort has to offer, I don't know if it's worth the extra money.

Personally, I would be looking for some kind of discount before I would book the Poly or any deluxe at the rack rate. I know myself well enough to know that I would spend the entire 3 days rethinking whether it was worth an extra $200 every night. And if it bothered me that much, it would take away from enjoying my trip.

That being said, if you're the type who can let it go easily once the decision is made, the I prefer the Poly over CSR. But CSR gets my vote for best moderate.
The Poly doesn't have a hot tub, but you make a good point. How much time will someone spend at a resort on a three day stay? When just DH and I are at WDW, we find that we spend almost as much time in the parks as when we are with the big group. That's because we can get so much more done when there are just two of us then when we are maneuvering the group through the parks.

The Poly is an absolutely wonderful place for a romantic getaway. But if you aren't planning to spend a lot of time at the resort, then you may want to stick with your reservation at CSR.

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Old 03-16-2013, 07:47 AM   #13
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Wow! We're talking an extra $200/night!

I love the Poly, but like you I tend to be tight with my money. I'd be thinking a lot about how much time I'd be spending at my resort if I only had 3 days to enjoy Disney.

Will you be sleeping in and having coffee on the balcony? Walking the sandy beach at night during Wishes? Using the pool and hot tub during the day? Will you be spending a lot of time at the MK, so that having the monorail right there will be a big plus? If you're not going to take advantage of what the resort has to offer, I don't know if it's worth the extra money.

Personally, I would be looking for some kind of discount before I would book the Poly or any deluxe at the rack rate. I know myself well enough to know that I would spend the entire 3 days rethinking whether it was worth an extra $200 every night. And if it bothered me that much, it would take away from enjoying my trip.

That being said, if you're the type who can let it go easily once the decision is made, the I prefer the Poly over CSR. But CSR gets my vote for best moderate.
I agree with this 100%. Thats $200/night we're talkin about. Not sure about you, but we're in the parks all day so we dont get to spend much time at the resort. CSR gets my vote.
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