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Old 07-12-2008, 03:21 PM   #2416
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Sorry that I'm getting a little behind with the "live updates". You guys know how it is after several days at the world...finding the time is getting harder and I'm getting more and more tired! These early entry days are a killer. As far as the weather is concerned, July in Florida is quite the adventure. This morning it was hot and humid but by noon is was actually dry and breezy, then the heavy rains moved in. Now it's slightly humid and overcast. The previous 2 days were "picture perfect" sunny, hot Florida days with no rain. Before that it was your standard July hot and sunny but "set your watch by the 2pm 30 minute thundershower from hell" type of days. The meteorologists could have 15 minute updates around here! Gotta love it!
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Old 07-12-2008, 03:38 PM   #2417
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Sorry if I'm throwing a bunch of updates in here at one time. We have a 6:45pm ADR at Chef Mickey's tonight and the DW (Dana) and 2 DS's (Hunter 7 and Connor 6...guess where my username comes from?) are taking a nap so I have some downtime. As we have been spending every afternoon at the volcano pool, we have had plenty of opportunity to sample several (or more!) offerings from the Barefoot Pool Bar. So far we have tried the following:
1. Tommy Bahama Mama
2. Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea
3. Sunken Treasure
4. Pina CoLava
5. Poolside Lemonade
6. Captain's Rum Runner
7. Captain's Mai Tai
All were very good and were priced from $8.25 to $10.25 so they are not cheap. The bartender told me that the Rum Runner and Mai Tai are the strongest tropical drinks they make and the ULI Iced Tea is the strongest non-tropical drink. I was only inquiring for research purposes of course I also tried the Kona Longboard Lager which was just ok. The coolest thing about it was the label on the bottle but they made me take it in a plastic cup.
Oh on a quick note: the new Toy Story Mania ride is AWESOME! If you are a video game fan you will love it. But you better get your fast pass early. We went back for our FP window at 10:30am and the return times then were 9:30pm
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:19 PM   #2418
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Wow Huntconn! Sounds like your family is having a wonderful time. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill us in on what's going on there! I am a little upset to hear of the food changes at the lounge, but it certainly won't ruin our trip either! We just love being there and are fortunate to be able to enjoy CL overall!

Enjoy Chef Mickey's tonight!!!
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:47 PM   #2419
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Sorry if I'm throwing a bunch of updates in here at one time. We have a 6:45pm ADR at Chef Mickey's tonight and the DW (Dana) and 2 DS's (Hunter 7 and Connor 6...guess where my username comes from?) are taking a nap so I have some downtime. As we have been spending every afternoon at the volcano pool, we have had plenty of opportunity to sample several (or more!) offerings from the Barefoot Pool Bar. So far we have tried the following:
1. Tommy Bahama Mama
2. Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea
3. Sunken Treasure
4. Pina CoLava
5. Poolside Lemonade
6. Captain's Rum Runner
7. Captain's Mai Tai
All were very good and were priced from $8.25 to $10.25 so they are not cheap. The bartender told me that the Rum Runner and Mai Tai are the strongest tropical drinks they make and the ULI Iced Tea is the strongest non-tropical drink. I was only inquiring for research purposes of course I also tried the Kona Longboard Lager which was just ok. The coolest thing about it was the label on the bottle but they made me take it in a plastic cup.
Oh on a quick note: the new Toy Story Mania ride is AWESOME! If you are a video game fan you will love it. But you better get your fast pass early. We went back for our FP window at 10:30am and the return times then were 9:30pm


We are really enjoying your live reports!! Keep them coming!
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Sorry if I'm throwing a bunch of updates in here at one time. We have a 6:45pm ADR at Chef Mickey's tonight and the DW (Dana) and 2 DS's (Hunter 7 and Connor 6...guess where my username comes from?) are taking a nap so I have some downtime. As we have been spending every afternoon at the volcano pool, we have had plenty of opportunity to sample several (or more!) offerings from the Barefoot Pool Bar. So far we have tried the following:
1. Tommy Bahama Mama
2. Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea
3. Sunken Treasure
4. Pina CoLava
5. Poolside Lemonade
6. Captain's Rum Runner
7. Captain's Mai Tai
All were very good and were priced from $8.25 to $10.25 so they are not cheap. The bartender told me that the Rum Runner and Mai Tai are the strongest tropical drinks they make and the ULI Iced Tea is the strongest non-tropical drink. I was only inquiring for research purposes of course I also tried the Kona Longboard Lager which was just ok. The coolest thing about it was the label on the bottle but they made me take it in a plastic cup.
Oh on a quick note: the new Toy Story Mania ride is AWESOME! If you are a video game fan you will love it. But you better get your fast pass early. We went back for our FP window at 10:30am and the return times then were 9:30pm
Once again thanks for the live update.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:20 AM   #2421
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crowded volcanoe pool

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I know I promised a report of our stay, but it has literally been one thing after the other around here. . .I finally feel better, but I had wisdom teeth out last week and have been recovering from that ordeal. Yuck!

Anyway, here's a link to my 2008 Disney photos on Photobucket. There's some views of Polynesian in there too. I sure didn't take many photos this year primarily because I was too sick most of the time to pull the camera from the bag--yeah, that vacation could have been better, but there's always next time!

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/e...Disney%202008/


Ok what date did you take the picture of the volcanoe pool - its PACKED!!

I hope its not that packed when we go.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:45 AM   #2422
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Ok what date did you take the picture of the volcanoe pool - its PACKED!!

I hope its not that packed when we go.
The volcano pool this time of year is pretty crowded between 1pm-ish and 4pm-ish. It's never seemed TOO crowded to me but everyone is different. You can always go to the quiet pool which is almost never crowded. Think about it...the Volcano pool is arguably the best themed pool on property (with the best view). Makes sense every kid at the Poly is going to want to swim there. I suggested going to the quiet pool to my kids the other day and they just looked at me like I had just sprung 6 new heads!
Chef Mickeys was really fun last night. Great character interaction. Nice food variety and good quality. This is not fine dining but it's a good value for all of the great character interaction. I tried my first mojito last night. YUK! I told my wife it tasted like the "mint flavored mouth piece" I had while playing football in high school. NASTY!
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:49 AM   #2423
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Thanks for the nice words. I really appreciate that. I wasn't sure if I might be going overboard with these updates. Glad you guys like them. As for the "wonderful attitude" , I've just never been one of those people who let (what I consider) the little things ruin by overall experience. Yes, the shower heads are too low at the poly, there are no balconies on the 2nd floor, the hallways are a little dark...WAAAAAAAH! No resort is perfect, no cast member is perfect. But this is the closest I've found!
No way could you go overboard with live reports

I know! What is with the shower heads?!

Yes, the Polynesian is "perfectly" wonderful For those who don't "get it", that's their loss

Enjoy your vacation
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:51 AM   #2424
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If youre ever at the upstairs bar in GCH, try the Champagne Mojito. Its pricey, but its actually, VERY GOOD.
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If youre ever at the upstairs bar in GCH, try the Champagne Mojito. Its pricey, but its actually, VERY GOOD.
Yum! I've got to try that! A champagne cocktail is one of my faves - mojito twist sounds interesting
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:32 AM   #2426
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huntconn:

I just added links to all of your LIVE posts, on Post 1! The name of the section is "Follow DISer "huntconn" as he posts LIVE from the Polynesian! July 2008"

I hope this is OK with you! I'm so glad that you and your family are having a wonderful time!!
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Yes, the Polynesian is "perfectly" wonderful For those who don't "get it", that's their loss
Exactly!

Thanks for more updates, huntconn. Really appreciate you taking one for the team by doing the tropical drink research. I love the mai tais at the Polynesian. Having at least one per trip is a tradition for me.

What a great idea, SeaSpray.
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Exactly!

Thanks for more updates, huntconn. Really appreciate you taking one for the team by doing the tropical drink research. I love the mai tais at the Polynesian. Having at least one per trip is a tradition for me.

What a great idea, SeaSpray.
Yes, thank you huntconn for your time and effort in doing the tropical drink research for the rest of us!!
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I am so close to crying.
I miss the Poly so much.
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