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Old 07-13-2008, 11:41 AM   #2431
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Wow! I'll just say again how great this thread is. I checked out another resort thread (won't say which one) and it couldn't touch this one. Not only has SeaSpray done such a fabulous job setting it up, the folks posting here are wonderful and helpful. On the other thread it said, "I'd like to keep the chit chat to a minimum". Sheesh. Well, different strokes...

Here's my question:

We will be at the Poly for the first time in 40 days! We have an ADR for our arrival night at Ohana's. It will be me, DH and DS11. Can anyone tell me more in depth about the "entertainment" at the restaurant? I've heard about the coconut races (I'm not expecting formal entertainment, but it seemed from other folks that lots of things are going on). I'm wondering how DS will like it. He is in that tweener stage where he can't act too impressed by anything. I'm sure those who have or have had tweeners know what I mean.

DS will eat the food at Ohana's, I'm not worried about that. As long as no one tells him he can order from a kids menu he'll be adventurous and probably like the selections.

So...any entertainment feedback out there?

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Welcome to a friendly thread, cyndisun! SeaSpray does a great job, doesn't she? And I love the 'Ohana spirit here.

We've only had dinner at 'Ohana once but where we were seated, we didn't even see or hear any entertainment during our dinner. From pictures that I've seen posted it looks like mostly small children involved in the coconut races, etc. so I think your tween should be fine. He can enjoy his status of being too old to participate (unless he wants to do so) while watching the little ones have fun.

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Old 07-13-2008, 12:21 PM   #2433
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= ) I really really like to look at the pictures people take of the Poly but it's so sad!!!
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Wow! I'll just say again how great this thread is. I checked out another resort thread (won't say which one) and it couldn't touch this one. Not only has SeaSpray done such a fabulous job setting it up, the folks posting here are wonderful and helpful. On the other thread it said, "I'd like to keep the chit chat to a minimum". Sheesh. Well, different strokes...

Here's my question:

We will be at the Poly for the first time in 40 days! We have an ADR for our arrival night at Ohana's. It will be me, DH and DS11. Can anyone tell me more in depth about the "entertainment" at the restaurant? I've heard about the coconut races (I'm not expecting formal entertainment, but it seemed from other folks that lots of things are going on). I'm wondering how DS will like it. He is in that tweener stage where he can't act too impressed by anything. I'm sure those who have or have had tweeners know what I mean.

DS will eat the food at Ohana's, I'm not worried about that. As long as no one tells him he can order from a kids menu he'll be adventurous and probably like the selections.

So...any entertainment feedback out there?

Thanks!
Welcome to the Polynesian FAQ! I may have started this thread, but it's people like BCV23 and others, who do such an excellent job in providing continuous, updated information, photos, and experiences!

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Welcome to a friendly thread, cyndisun! SeaSpray does a great job, doesn't she? And I love the 'Ohana spirit here.

We've only had dinner at 'Ohana once but where we were seated, we didn't even see or hear any entertainment during our dinner. From pictures that I've seen posted it looks like mostly small children involved in the coconut races, etc. so I think your tween should be fine. He can enjoy his status of being too old to participate (unless he wants to do so) while watching the little ones have fun.

Happy planning!
I've had dinner (and breakfast once!) at 'Ohana many times, and it's one of my DH's favorite places to dine. Our DSs were older the first time we dined there as a family, so they were only observers of the activities, as we were. It didn't bother them that the kids were doing these activities, but if they were younger, they still probably would not have participated because they were on the shy side. Your DS is at an age where some kids his age would participate, and some would not. I'd leave it entirely up to him As for the kid's menu, sometimes the CM who seats you, or your server, will mention that there are other alternate items for kids; some servers don't mention this, and if your child did want something different to eat, they wait for you inquire about it. I know what you mean about preferring your child to not rely on kid's food; my own DSs used to be non-adventurous when it came to dining, but after our second Disney cruise when they both ordered their meals ONLY from the adult menu, I was happy, and they learned that they could enjoy food that was neither fried or had melted cheese on top. LOL

The "entertainment" consists of one of a few CMs who play the ukulele and sing Hawaiian-style songs, while walking around the center of the restaurant, mostly in the area in front of the fire pit where they grill the meats. The CM is wearing a mic, so you can hear them no matter where they are, and no matter where your table is. The CM also organizes the kids (any and all who wish to participate) in coconut races (each child is given a broom and a coconut, and the kids race/sweep their coconuts along the floor around the restaurant), and hula lessons. This CM will also ask who is celebrating a birthday or anniversary, and then he usually sings to that table.

Personally, I love just sitting back at 'Ohana and enjoying the food, music, and atmosphere, even though we don't have young children participating in the activities.
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Thanks for the kind words, SeaSpray.

So should I have been able to hear the music? Is it played all night? We probably dined around 6pm and were seated near the kitchen door.

I completely agree about letting kids just eat from the regular menu. Love the "neither fried nor cheese on top."
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:44 PM   #2436
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Ok, time for another Poly update!
Lots of people swimming in the Lagoon. At any given time in the afternoon there are upwards of 15 people (both kids and adults) swimming and or playing in the lagoon. Strange that Disney posts "no swimming" here but do not seem to do anything about it when folks do. Makes me wonder how great the danger really is but I'm still not risking it!
Walking through Tahiti from the TTC the past several days, I really noticed how much wider the hallways are in the newer bulidings. It makes hallways much brighter than the older buildings. The lighting seems the same.
Yes, we did receive our Poly chocolate bar upon arrival. The chocolate bar seems to have a newer, brighter graphic on it. We also received leis and sand buckets for the kids upon check in.
Both of my DS's (6 and 7) finally braved SpM this time. I'm so proud of them! They can now do every ride in the MK. Now we have to work on ToT and RnR Coaster! Not this year though.
LOTS of Brazilian tour group in the park. Almost all of them have been very well behaved. They seem to be made up of about 80% girls. These groups can be very large.
Went to the HDDR the other night. Too much FUN! My kids laughed almost the entire time. Great, corny fun. Food was good too. I'll check in later!
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Ok, time for another Poly update!
Lots of people swimming in the Lagoon. At any given time in the afternoon there are upwards of 15 people (both kids and adults) swimming and or playing in the lagoon. Strange that Disney posts "no swimming" here but do not seem to do anything about it when folks do. Makes me wonder how great the danger really is but I'm still not risking it!
Walking through Tahiti from the TTC the past several days, I really noticed how much wider the hallways are in the newer bulidings. It makes hallways much brighter than the older buildings. The lighting seems the same.
Yes, we did receive our Poly chocolate bar upon arrival. The chocolate bar seems to have a newer, brighter graphic on it. We also received leis and sand buckets for the kids upon check in.
Both of my DS's (6 and 7) finally braved SpM this time. I'm so proud of them! They can now do every ride in the MK. Now we have to work on ToT and RnR Coaster! Not this year though.
LOTS of Brazilian tour group in the park. Almost all of them have been very well behaved. They seem to be made up of about 80% girls. These groups can be very large.
Went to the HDDR the other night. Too much FUN! My kids laughed almost the entire time. Great, corny fun. Food was good too. I'll check in later!
Last December when my family and I stayed there I saw some little kids going in the lagoon despite the signs posted right by them saying not to go in and with their parents standing right there, so who knows what was going threw their minds?

Anyway it's great to read that everything is going very well and that your having a great time.
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Thanks for the kind words, SeaSpray.

So should I have been able to hear the music? Is it played all night? We probably dined around 6pm and were seated near the kitchen door.

I completely agree about letting kids just eat from the regular menu. Love the "neither fried nor cheese on top."
Aww, I wonder if the CM/ukulele player/singer was not yet performing for the evening? That's a shame because it does add a nice backdrop of Hawaiian feel, to the restaurant. Give it another try next time, maybe a little later in the evening?
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Ok, time for another Poly update!
Lots of people swimming in the Lagoon. At any given time in the afternoon there are upwards of 15 people (both kids and adults) swimming and or playing in the lagoon. Strange that Disney posts "no swimming" here but do not seem to do anything about it when folks do. Makes me wonder how great the danger really is but I'm still not risking it!
Walking through Tahiti from the TTC the past several days, I really noticed how much wider the hallways are in the newer bulidings. It makes hallways much brighter than the older buildings. The lighting seems the same.
Yes, we did receive our Poly chocolate bar upon arrival. The chocolate bar seems to have a newer, brighter graphic on it. We also received leis and sand buckets for the kids upon check in.
Both of my DS's (6 and 7) finally braved SpM this time. I'm so proud of them! They can now do every ride in the MK. Now we have to work on ToT and RnR Coaster! Not this year though.
LOTS of Brazilian tour group in the park. Almost all of them have been very well behaved. They seem to be made up of about 80% girls. These groups can be very large.
Went to the HDDR the other night. Too much FUN! My kids laughed almost the entire time. Great, corny fun. Food was good too. I'll check in later!
The halls in the Tahiti longhouse are huge compared to the other longhouses.
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Ok, time for another Poly update!
Lots of people swimming in the Lagoon. At any given time in the afternoon there are upwards of 15 people (both kids and adults) swimming and or playing in the lagoon. Strange that Disney posts "no swimming" here but do not seem to do anything about it when folks do. Makes me wonder how great the danger really is but I'm still not risking it!
Walking through Tahiti from the TTC the past several days, I really noticed how much wider the hallways are in the newer bulidings. It makes hallways much brighter than the older buildings. The lighting seems the same.
Yes, we did receive our Poly chocolate bar upon arrival. The chocolate bar seems to have a newer, brighter graphic on it. We also received leis and sand buckets for the kids upon check in.
Both of my DS's (6 and 7) finally braved SpM this time. I'm so proud of them! They can now do every ride in the MK. Now we have to work on ToT and RnR Coaster! Not this year though.
LOTS of Brazilian tour group in the park. Almost all of them have been very well behaved. They seem to be made up of about 80% girls. These groups can be very large.
Went to the HDDR the other night. Too much FUN! My kids laughed almost the entire time. Great, corny fun. Food was good too. I'll check in later!
Thanks for the latest update! I've added the link to it, to Post 1.

We saw a lot of people swimming in the lagoon when we were there in May.

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Last December when my family and I stayed there I saw some little kids going in the lagoon despite the signs posted right by them saying not to go in and with their parents standing right there, so who knows what was going threw their minds?

Anyway it's great to read that everything is going very well and that your having a great time.
CR Fan: That's what got me too; they were standing and playing right by the posted sign! Adults AND kids! I can't believe that adults would allow their small children to play in water that was not deemed as swim-quality.
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I guess people don't realize how much gunk the lagoon is filled with. It is also the waters in which mouse boats, boats and the TTC ferry travel through. Think of the oil and pollution left behind by them.
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When you get a chance can you tell me if the Boutiki store is selling a blue Polynesian logo shirt. I use to have one and after my family and I last got home from WDW it got ruined, so I was unable to purchase a new one while we were there last December. So if they still have it for sale I will get a new one in a few weeks when my family and I visit the Polynesian. However if anyone else who was just there remembers seeing it for sale would you please let me know.
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Exclamation chocolate bars?

What are the Poly chocolate bars? Do they cost anything? How do you reserve them?


Plus do you have to mention ahead of time for the kiddos to get sand toys at check in Or is that just a random thing that disney does?
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When you get a chance can you tell me if the Boutiki store is selling a blue Polynesian logo shirt. I use to have one and after my family and I last got home from WDW it got ruined, so I was unable to purchase a new one while we were there last December. So if they still have it for sale I will get a new one in a few weeks when my family and I visit the Polynesian. However if anyone else who was just there remembers seeing it for sale would you please let me know.
If you mean the t-shirt with the small Polynesian logo on the front and the large picture with the hula dancer on the back, they were there in May, so hopefully they still have them
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Aww, I wonder if the CM/ukulele player/singer was not yet performing for the evening? That's a shame because it does add a nice backdrop of Hawaiian feel, to the restaurant. Give it another try next time, maybe a little later in the evening?
There's a chance I was just oblivious to it, too. The food really isn't our cup of tea which is why we had never booked it before. However, our daughter wasn't along on that trip so we will probably try it one more time in a year or two. But I know the restaurant is a do not miss for many, many families.

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The halls in the Tahiti longhouse are huge compared to the other longhouses.
The halls in Rapa Nui and Tokelau are also that width. Really opens it up doesn't it?

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What are the Poly chocolate bars? Do they cost anything? How do you reserve them?


Plus do you have to mention ahead of time for the kiddos to get sand toys at check in Or is that just a random thing that disney does?
Both the chocolate bar and sand toys are gifts in the club level building. But you can buy the same pails in Boutiki for a $1 or $2....lots cheaper than club level! Happy planning.
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