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Old 07-19-2011, 04:25 PM   #31
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Thank you!! This is so awesome. My husband and I will be staying at the Poly at the end of the summer for the first time. It will be my husband's first trip - EVER!! I'm trying to learn as much about the Poly as possible.

I have a couple of questions I was hoping you all could help me out with. Thanks in advance!

1) Can the refillable mugs be used at the snack bar by the volcano pool?

2) I know that resort specific souvenirs are on the decline at WDW overall, however from the pictures in this thread it did look like some Poly mugs and t-shirts were available. Does anyone know if this is still the case?

Thanks so much!!

I can't wait for the Poly!
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:34 PM   #32
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Subscribing to my favorite thread Thanks guitarob yet again.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:44 PM   #33
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Thank you!! This is so awesome. My husband and I will be staying at the Poly at the end of the summer for the first time. It will be my husband's first trip - EVER!! I'm trying to learn as much about the Poly as possible.

I have a couple of questions I was hoping you all could help me out with. Thanks in advance!

1) Can the refillable mugs be used at the snack bar by the volcano pool?

2) I know that resort specific souvenirs are on the decline at WDW overall, however from the pictures in this thread it did look like some Poly mugs and t-shirts were available. Does anyone know if this is still the case?

Thanks so much!!

I can't wait for the Poly!
As far as I know the mugs cannot be refilled at the pool bar, only in Capt. Cooks, but Capt Cooks is just as close to the pool as the pool bar, so it isn't a big deal at all. It is about 10 steps away from the pool (right near where the water slide is).
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:52 PM   #34
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Beautiful job (as always) on the new thread! Going through severe PPD, so I need my daily Poly fix! Thanks again for all the hard work.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:02 PM   #35
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Yay a new Polynesian thread! It looks great. We are getting very excited as our trip is getting close. Also I just added another night so now we are staying 8 nights. I did book the Spirit of Aloha for our first night as well.

Also I wanted to know if any of you have done the resort photo session? I would love to book this but they raised the price to $150 and all you get is a 20 minute session and a CD. You get no pictures and also still have to order the photo pass CD separately. Any opinions would be great. Thanks in advance.
We did the resort session and overall we're pretty happy with it. The issue I had with ours was we chose the 1st session of the day and the lenses were still cold from sitting in the AC overnight. If your not familiar with photography what happens is when you bring a nice cold lens into that nice FL tropical air it causes lens fog and our first images were all fogged. The photographer eventually realized this but still, it was time lost. She also had issues controlling the flash indoors (under and over exposed several images, inconsistent skin tones all shot in the same location). While it sounds like I had several complaints, she was a great photog and I am just very picky because in my job I work with professional photogs so am accustomed to nitpicking photographers and figured she should have known better given she shoots in this environment daily. All of that said, all we wanted out of the session was a nice family shot and we accomplished that, so my expectations were met and we will absolutely be booking the session again on a future trip.

Here is a link to the good, bad and ugly of our session:
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You can see in the 1st images (beginning of the session) most of the issues. Once we got out to the hammocks she was rockin it!

So my advice if you book, skip the 1st session of the day and you'll be all set!
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:03 PM   #36
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Thanks again for all your hard work on the thread. I am going to try to post some pictures from our recent trip sometime this week. Just haven't been able to post them yet.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:07 PM   #37
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As far as I know the mugs cannot be refilled at the pool bar, only in Capt. Cooks, but Capt Cooks is just as close to the pool as the pool bar, so it isn't a big deal at all. It is about 10 steps away from the pool (right near where the water slide is).
Oh, awesome. Thanks so much. I appreciate the info. and help!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:12 PM   #38
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Thank you, I'm booked and ready to enjoy a few hrs of bliss and thx for the heads up on Spa lounge, I promise to enjoy all it has to offer!
Next time you go back, I'm sure your family will enjoy it from beginning to end.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:17 PM   #39
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:43 PM   #40
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So excited about the addition! I love all the Poly info. Learning as much as I can before the end of May!
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #41
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Thanks for the new thread, Guitarob!!!!


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Yay a new Polynesian thread! It looks great. We are getting very excited as our trip is getting close. Also I just added another night so now we are staying 8 nights. I did book the Spirit of Aloha for our first night as well.

Also I wanted to know if any of you have done the resort photo session? I would love to book this but they raised the price to $150 and all you get is a 20 minute session and a CD. You get no pictures and also still have to order the photo pass CD separately. Any opinions would be great. Thanks in advance.
We did the session back in 2009, in its previous incarnation. We were very happy with it, especially for the price. At the new price, it can still be a good way to get some nice, full-group family shots, but much less of a deal.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:01 PM   #42
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Fabulous new thread. Makes me excited!
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:29 PM   #43
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Just wanted to drop in and say thanks for all the great information! We're getting ready for our first poly stay (Checking in Sept 16th) and couldn't be more excited! It looks to be an amazing resort. Our first trip as a family (dh's first ever) was last year (por) and now my husband is obsessed with Disney and insisted we stay at the poly this year - I wasn't about to object!
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:35 PM   #44
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Thank you again guitarob!!!!! I am honored that some of my photos made it!!!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:38 PM   #45
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Great job- thanks so much!!!!
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