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Old 03-29-2008, 08:24 AM   #796
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How bad is it there in August? How are the crowds? Temperature? My family says it will be too crowded and too hot, which is why they don't want to go back!! Any ideas to convince them otherwise?!
August is the only month of the year that we haven't stayed at the Polynesian. So I can't tell you from personal experience but it is value season at the Polynesian. So considerably less than Spring break/Easter.

The deluxe resorts just aren't as busy during the hottest, most humid time of the year.
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Just got back and the Wishes music was piped in on the beach in front of our building, Hawaii. I could hear it from our room. It was awesome! It was Easter week and there were still spots on the beach to watch, but if you wanted a hammock then you might want to get there earlier!

How bad is it there in August? How are the crowds? Temperature? My family says it will be too crowded and too hot, which is why they don't want to go back!! Any ideas to convince them otherwise?!

I'm SO EXCITED to post all of my pictures, but I left my camera cord @ school and won't be back there until April 7th!! But I took a BUNCH of pics and can't wait to share!!

Cinderelly We were at the Poly August 9-13 last year. It wasn't too crowded, but it was so hot and humid I felt like I was melting as soon as I walked out the door. It made for a difficult time in the parks. We decided the summer at WDW is just not for us.
I did hear some people saying that FL was having an exceptionally hot summer, though.
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Cool !! It'll be me and a girlfriend (with an ecv)..I'll have a "green Mickey" on my camera bag ...so don't be shy...say Hi !!
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Will do! Just me and my DH on this trip. Looks like I need something lime green too!
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If annual pass rates come out for August, I think we'll be able to go for 3 nights before our bounceback free dining begins!!!! Fingers crossed!!

We also booked the bounceback for August when we were there this month. I should start looking for AP rates, too. Is there a free dining program out right now? Was that part of your bounceback offer?

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The deluxe resorts just aren't as busy during the hottest, most humid time of the year.
Hmm can someone elaborate on this?

We haven't traveled in August since 2003 and 2002 and both times were at CBR. We never thought it was overly crowded but I'm having nightmares about the Poly pool being packed full, the beach crowded, etc.

Do the deluxes rarely sell out in the summer months (excluding peak holidays)?
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Hmm can someone elaborate on this?

We haven't traveled in August since 2003 and 2002 and both times were at CBR. We never thought it was overly crowded but I'm having nightmares about the Poly pool being packed full, the beach crowded, etc.

Do the deluxes rarely sell out in the summer months (excluding peak holidays)?
I've been to WDW & Polynesian twice in July and once in August and the worst (weather-wise) was the early July trip. In 2005 we were there right after 4th of July and the weather was horrendously hot and HUMID. Heat index was 114 degrees.

Last summer was our end-of-July trip and I was very pleasantly surprised to feel that while it was "hot", there wasn't much humidity and it wasn't at all unpleasant to be outdoors.

In 2006 we were there at the end of August and the weather was nowhere as bad as our July 2005 trip. I honestly think that in the summer it can be hit or miss in regards to how humid it can be. 90 degrees with low humidity is not bad at all, but add in high humidity and it's very difficult to breathe, and extremely uncomfortable to be outdoors for long periods of time, especially while moving through a theme park!

As for crowds in the PARKS, I didn't think the crowds were too bad in late July and late August, but the week following 4th of July was pretty crowded.

During all 3 of my summer trips, I honestly did not find the pool at the Polynesian to be overly or uncomfortably crowded. There was always room to swim; in other words it was NOT elbow-to-elbow in the pool. At least, not during the times I've been there.

I don't know about the deluxes actually selling out or not in the summer months but I know that the Polynesian is usually at capacity or close to capacity, most of the time, although perhaps the summer months are less so, I'm really not sure. Having said that, I've never found it to be too crowded.

I hope this info is helpful, and as always, it reflects only my own personal experiences
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Seaspray... as always you've been helpful and thank you so much for your time and effort with this FAQ I've loved looking through the pics on your family's vacation site... seems like you've had some great vacations (and memories)!

I've been comparing our experience in March to what's "expected" for our week in August and it seems pretty even park crowd wise. We had no complaints or issues with rides and wait times but the park was definately 'busy' with lots of congestion.

I'm really nervous about the heat but LOVE the fact that I have a resort like the Polynesian to 'retreat' to. In September (which didn't end up as brutal as we were expecting) we were at ASmu and there wasn't much escape to crowds and heat with exception to the room!

I've read that the deluxe resorts tend to 'struggle' during certain times of the year due to the price tag but it wouldn't surprise me if, like you said, the Poly tends to be at capacity or close to year round. As of right now, every category is available for our dates and I'm hoping that since the week "should" fall right before the free dinning offer, we won't run into excessive crowds.

Hopefully the Poly will turn out to be the ideal vacation retreat and if anything, one of those lapu lapus will certainly make it seem that way lol!
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Ok, we plan on getting up early every morning and grabbing a quick bite at Captain Cook's - we have a character breakfast at the poly on the Saturday that we leave to come back home. I really don't want to miss out on the EMH mornings but I also wanted to try the press pot everyone talks about and the yummy tonga toast and macademia nut pancakes. I was hoping they would be offered during the character breakfast - is it just a buffet?
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Ok, we plan on getting up early every morning and grabbing a quick bite at Captain Cook's - we have a character breakfast at the poly on the Saturday that we leave to come back home. I really don't want to miss out on the EMH mornings but I also wanted to try the press pot everyone talks about and the yummy tonga toast and macademia nut pancakes. I was hoping they would be offered during the character breakfast - is it just a buffet?

The character breakfast at the Polynesian resort is held at 'Ohana. It's all-you-care-to-eat, but the food is brought out to your table on platters. You don't go to the food as in a regular buffet; the food is brought out to you.

Having said that, they do not serve Tonga Toast, Pineapple Macadamia pancakes, or the 100% Kona coffee press pot at 'Ohana since it's a fixed menu. Those items are served at the Kona Cafe which is on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House and is just a very short distance (maybe 30 feet) from the entrance to 'Ohana.

If you can alter your touring plans you might want to try both!
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Ok, we plan on getting up early every morning and grabbing a quick bite at Captain Cook's - we have a character breakfast at the poly on the Saturday that we leave to come back home. I really don't want to miss out on the EMH mornings but I also wanted to try the press pot everyone talks about and the yummy tonga toast and macademia nut pancakes. I was hoping they would be offered during the character breakfast - is it just a buffet?
The character breakfast at 'Ohana is served family style. Your table will receive platters of eggs, waffles, etc..

Perhaps consider room service one EMH day. Macadamia pancakes and Tonga Toast are on the menu. I don't remember ever seeing the presspot on it, but you could ask. If it's possible, I'm sure they would do it for you. Room service will deliver as early as 6am and is a great way to start the day.
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Seaspray... as always you've been helpful and thank you so much for your time and effort with this FAQ I've loved looking through the pics on your family's vacation site... seems like you've had some great vacations (and memories)!

I've been comparing our experience in March to what's "expected" for our week in August and it seems pretty even park crowd wise. We had no complaints or issues with rides and wait times but the park was definately 'busy' with lots of congestion.

I'm really nervous about the heat but LOVE the fact that I have a resort like the Polynesian to 'retreat' to. In September (which didn't end up as brutal as we were expecting) we were at ASmu and there wasn't much escape to crowds and heat with exception to the room!

I've read that the deluxe resorts tend to 'struggle' during certain times of the year due to the price tag but it wouldn't surprise me if, like you said, the Poly tends to be at capacity or close to year round. As of right now, every category is available for our dates and I'm hoping that since the week "should" fall right before the free dinning offer, we won't run into excessive crowds.

Hopefully the Poly will turn out to be the ideal vacation retreat and if anything, one of those lapu lapus will certainly make it seem that way lol!

You're welcome! I'm always so glad to know that other people are enjoying our pictures!

I hope you have great weather for your trip, and if not, a Lapu Lapu (or two. LOL) will make you feel better!
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I have a funny question for all of you:

I know that since the Poly is an older resort that the shower heads are not as high as the newer resorts. My DFi is 6'1, so he doesn't care for the shorter shower heads since it makes it hard for him to wash his hair (I am 5'5, so it doesn't matter to me ). However, I am wondering if the three newer longhouses do have higher showerheads, or is the height the same throughout the resort?
Also, if they are all shorter, can the showerheads be adjusted (swiveled)?

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I have a funny question for all of you:

I know that since the Poly is an older resort that the shower heads are not as high as the newer resorts. My DFi is 6'1, so he doesn't care for the shorter shower heads since it makes it hard for him to wash his hair (I am 5'5, so it doesn't matter to me ). However, I am wondering if the three newer longhouses do have higher showerheads, or is the height the same throughout the resort?
Also, if they are all shorter, can the showerheads be adjusted (swiveled)?

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They can be swiveled.

I've never noticed if there's a difference in the newer longhouse. But my DH who is 6' has never had a problem. Of course, he travels all the time and is used to different showers. I sometimes wonder if some who complain about that just are so accustomed to a higher showerhead at home that it bothers them.
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Hmm can someone elaborate on this?

We haven't traveled in August since 2003 and 2002 and both times were at CBR. We never thought it was overly crowded but I'm having nightmares about the Poly pool being packed full, the beach crowded, etc.

Do the deluxes rarely sell out in the summer months (excluding peak holidays)?
We've been at the Polynesian when it was oversold and the beach is never a problem.

I don't think the Polynesian is always at 100% though. I'm an early riser and you can tell by the number of doors without a paper outside of them.

The rates at the deluxe resorts wouldn't fall in July if there wasn't a dropoff in occupancy. However, just a few years ago I know value season started right after July 4. Now it is pushed back to the 20th so mid July must have picked up in occupancy levels at the deluxe resorts.

We have rarely gone in the summer but the 3 or 4 times we've stayed at the Polynesian in that season, the pools haven't been as crowded as Spring break for instance. One Saturday night is an exception in our experience. But I really think that might have been a case of locals at the pool. It was like one big party and suddenly got very quiet.

But the humidity in the summer can be amazing. In the am, it hangs like a haze sometimes. And the strength of the sun is something too. We get quite hot and humid in the midWest but the sun doesn't beat down like it does in FL.
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