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Old 04-02-2008, 09:44 AM   #931
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Oh no hopes up here. I'm not worried in the slightest! Any day at the Poly is a good day!

I'm just wondering if I should change the res now to surprise my mom... this far out, what's another couple hundred dollars?
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:48 AM   #932
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Question: I stayed at the Poly in the early 80s

with my family. I swear I remember swimming in the Lagoon. Am I mistaken?

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Old 04-02-2008, 11:56 AM   #933
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I'm not sure when they stopped, but at one time you could swim in the lagoon. I know you could for sure in the 70s, dunno about the 80s.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:16 PM   #934
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with my family. I swear I remember swimming in the Lagoon. Am I mistaken?

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Nope... your good

When the Polynesian and Contemporary orginially opened you were in fact allowed to swim in the lagoon and bay lake. In fact, the Polynesian even had a "floating deck" to lounge and jump of several meters from the shore!

At one time Disney placed a wave machine to create waves on the beach area but due to extensive beach erosion, the wave machine was shut down. I believe I've read rumors that Disney was infact trying again within the last few years.

I'm not sure the official date of of "closure" but I've read swimming was no longer allowed due to an excessive increase in bacteria that tends to grow in warm waters of Florida as well as the risk of crocs (the real ones, not the shoes )
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:36 PM   #935
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I'm not sure the official date of of "closure" but I've read swimming was no longer allowed due to an excessive increase in bacteria that tends to grow in warm waters of Florida as well as the risk of crocs (the real ones, not the shoes )
For the record, while it is officially not allowed, in September we saw plenty of people swimming and playing in the lagoon, and not one CM tried to stop any of them. Why anyone would want that "water" to touch their skin is beyond me, though
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:56 PM   #936
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Another question......DH and I will be celebrating or 14th anniversary during our trip so I was checking out the cake thread on the restaurant board. WAY too many pages to sort through so I was wondering if anyone had a custom made cake delivered to their room at the Poly? I would love to get a Donald/Daisy cake since that is DH's favorite characters. Do I call Private Dining to order? I think I would like to have it delivered on our 2nd or 3rd night.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:07 PM   #937
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Quick room request question. Which do you think is more important longhouse or balcony ? My mom likes to have her morning coffee sitting on the balcony but I really want location, location, location.

On another thread, someone suggested I skip the longhouse request and just ask for a balcony. We also requested connecting rooms which is our number one priority. The poster thought this request would be harder to fill if I requested a particular longhouse. We have been lucky every trip and have gotten connecting rooms every time . We have also never requested a particular location in the resort.

My actual request as of now is - connecting rooms - Tokelau, Rapa Nui, or Tahiti - 2nd or 3rd floor. These are GV rooms.

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Old 04-02-2008, 06:35 PM   #938
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Top floors will have the balcony's - 2nd floors especially on the older buildings do not...

Someone else who has been there more recently may be able to help more...

I always ask for the balcony along with my longhouse - I have been lucky to get both, but I go semi off season and I think it's a better bet then... no guarantee, but better...
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as well as the risk of crocs (the real ones, not the shoes )
That would be alligators, not crocs. I always remember which is which either by thinking of Florida Gators or the 'a' in alligators for 'america'.

Crocs are found in places like Australia -- think "Crocodile Hunter'.

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My actual request as of now is - connecting rooms - Tokelau, Rapa Nui, or Tahiti - 2nd or 3rd floor. These are GV rooms.

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All second and third floor rooms in those longhouses do have balconies. Since Tahiti and Tokelau are the largest longhouses and Rapa Nui is a decent size, I would guess that you would have a very good chance at getting that request.

It seems a nice broad yet clear request to me. Good luck.
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That would be alligators, not crocs. I always remember which is which either by thinking of Florida Gators or the 'a' in alligators for 'america'.

Crocs are found in places like Australia -- think "Crocodile Hunter'.

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Actually there are American Crocodiles typically found in the Florida Everglades, although the alligator is more prevalent. I'm just full of useless knowledge
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:55 PM   #942
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Thanks BCV23 and Tink Rules for your responses. I think I will keep the request as is. We have 7 loooong months to go so I have plenty of time to change if needed.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:15 PM   #943
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That would be alligators, not crocs. I always remember which is which either by thinking of Florida Gators or the 'a' in alligators for 'america'.

Crocs are found in places like Australia -- think "Crocodile Hunter'.

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Well, regardless of what they're called, has anyone ever heard of a sighting of these creatures in the lagoon? I think that's some info I may need to know ---- not too interested in coming across one!
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:42 PM   #944
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I'm not sure the official date of of "closure" but I've read swimming was no longer allowed due to an excessive increase in bacteria that tends to grow in warm waters of Florida as well as the risk of crocs (the real ones, not the shoes )

Again, no matter what they're called...I laughed out loud at that one.

Funny Croc story...
My mom advertised a new/never worn pair of gold Mary Jane Crocs on Craigslist today (she can't find the receipt). The first call she gets is from a man who says he is interested. A little confused, she keeps talking. He asks her if they're real alligator skin or fake. He thought they were alligator boots!! When she told him they were Crocs brand women's shoes, he replied, "Oh, you mean the kind with the holes?" OK, I'm done being OT.

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Old 04-02-2008, 11:48 PM   #945
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Thanks BCV23 and Tink Rules for your responses. I think I will keep the request as is. We have 7 loooong months to go so I have plenty of time to change if needed.
Also... ask when you get there to see on the map where your room is...if you don't like the area, politely ask to be reassigned...it's usually not a problem unless they are sold out...
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