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Old 02-18-2012, 10:33 AM   #691
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Hello Poly experts,

I am thinking of changing my POR Royal Room to the Poly for our July trip. Both of my parents, in their 80s, are coming with us and I am thinking having a monorail resort will help if they need a break from the parks. My question is, my mom has some mobility issues, not major, but she will probably have a walker. How far is the walk between the lobby and the longhouses, longhouses to beach? I have looked at a map but am having a hard time guessing the distances. The reason I am thinking of changing out of POR is the length of the walking to the rooms so if it is just as far at the Poly that would be crazy for me to change. I am also thinking maybe I should go to WL where the walk will be inside and ac-ed but the Poly is my dream resort.

It is my parents first and most likely last trip to WDW so I want it to be perfect!!!

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Tha Poly isn't really that spread out. It is virtually steps from the GCH to the longhouses that you see on the map around it (Nuie, Samoa, Figi ...) Nuie doesn't have an elevator though. I would recommend Samoa. It is very centrally located to the GCH, pools & beach. It also has some lovely views if you request the volcano pool side. Maybe you could have noted on your reservation that you have a member of your party who has mobility issues so they make an effort to locate you as close as possible to the GCH?
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So nice of those who include the grandparents. I agree wholeheartedly about treasuring every moment. We had planned on bringing my mother with us on our first trip to Disney with the kids, we always told her this ("When we go to Disney, you're coming too!") Unfortunately my mother passed away before our adoption of our youngest daughter was completed and she was never able to make that trip. Our first Disney vacation was bitter-sweet without Mom. Unfortunately my in-laws don't seem that interested in going to Disney. I feel kind of bad for our kids (and my in-laws!). I look forward to sharing Disney with future grandchildren.



So jealous! I wish my DH would let us get annual passes! Unfortunately we're in Canada and live over two hours from the nearest airport, three from the most-resonably priced flights which for us are in Detroit (airfare here is ridiculous!) Kind of makes makes spontaneous trips a little less appealing.
I'm so sorry that you didn't get to a do a trip with your mom. I KNOW she is there in spirit cheering you on and enjoying the magic with you It is just so hard to lose a parent. I lost my dad last summer and my mom right after we got back in September and it still hurts every single day

About the AP's, don't be too jealous. 12 months of magic may mean no Disney at all in 2013 for us . Having AP's and living a 1000 miles away is a dangerous thing! My original plan was just a smart way to save money over two annual trips. Trust me when I say that while there was more magic, there will be no money saved.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:27 AM   #693
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Disney know what they're doing for sure! We upgraded our tickets to APs back in May 2010, because we were planning to return that December for my DD's 16th birthday. Then we managed to find a way to sneak two more trips in before they expired in May!
Yep, those AP's are a real money saver, huh!

The mouse also got me with an comp upgrade from GV to LV in Hawaii in January. It will be TPV in Hawaii for us now. I tell myself the AP discount makes it worth it, but....

Oh, well. You only live once!
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Hello Poly experts,

I am thinking of changing my POR Royal Room to the Poly for our July trip. Both of my parents, in their 80s, are coming with us and I am thinking having a monorail resort will help if they need a break from the parks. My question is, my mom has some mobility issues, not major, but she will probably have a walker. How far is the walk between the lobby and the longhouses, longhouses to beach? I have looked at a map but am having a hard time guessing the distances. The reason I am thinking of changing out of POR is the length of the walking to the rooms so if it is just as far at the Poly that would be crazy for me to change. I am also thinking maybe I should go to WL where the walk will be inside and ac-ed but the Poly is my dream resort.

It is my parents first and most likely last trip to WDW so I want it to be perfect!!!

TIA,

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I can honestly say without a doubt you will be better off at the poly rather than POR or the WL.
My oldest son stayed in the POR" it was perfect for him but he is physically fit. It is a huge resort with lots of walking. Wilderness lodge is gorgeous, my wife and I stayed there for our first ever trip to Disney. But you must take a bus or boat ANYWHERE on Disney property. Not good for the ones with a walker.

My wife has knee and ankle problems almost every trip we have taken she has been in a brace or in a scooter. The poly, contemporary or GF would be a better fit for you and yours.
Be sure no matter where you go you request a "handicap accessible" room they will love you for it and you most definately qualify!
Might I suggest calling apple scooter in Orlando. They are reasonably priced. The scooter would be at any resort you decide when you arrive. And they come and get it when you are done. It also will be accommodated on any Disney transportation. Has made trips to Disney (when needed by my wife) so much more enjoyable and she doesn't feel like she is holding our group back.
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So everyday I go to the Disney Memories/one more day website to enter to win. And everyday, Kelly Ripa says if she has one more day, she would go to the luau at the Polynesian Village Do you think she knows the name changed or she's just old school? Either way, EVERY day, I hear her talk about the Polynesian - makes me wistful!

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Hello Poly experts,

I am thinking of changing my POR Royal Room to the Poly for our July trip. Both of my parents, in their 80s, are coming with us and I am thinking having a monorail resort will help if they need a break from the parks. My question is, my mom has some mobility issues, not major, but she will probably have a walker. How far is the walk between the lobby and the longhouses, longhouses to beach? I have looked at a map but am having a hard time guessing the distances. The reason I am thinking of changing out of POR is the length of the walking to the rooms so if it is just as far at the Poly that would be crazy for me to change. I am also thinking maybe I should go to WL where the walk will be inside and ac-ed but the Poly is my dream resort.

It is my parents first and most likely last trip to WDW so I want it to be perfect!!!

TIA,

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If it will be their only trip, I would absolutely book the Poly. Obviously you are on a Poly thread where we all the resort. But many of us go to other resorts as well. Here is why I say choose the Poly (and I've been to both WL and POR):

- Ambience and view - even just sitting at the pool, you will see Cindy's castle. You just can't beat that.

- Distance to the parks. You can take the monorail to MK as well as the Grand Floridian and Contemporary - both fun resorts to visit. I suspect you might want to arrange some time to see the old time band that plays in the evenings outside Mizner's Lounge at the GF. I bet your folks would LOVE it! Also, you can take a monorail to Epcot. You will need to walk a bit to get to the TTC to get the monorail though but it is a pleasant, nice walk and there is no hurry to get to the TTC. For my family, it doesn't take more than 5 minutes to get to the TTC. Now if you stay at POR, you will walk more than that to get to many places and then take a bus (or a boat to DTD). And if you stay at WL, your internal walk MIGHT be shorter if you take a bus but it will still be a little bit of a walk to the boat. And while the boat is nice, you can always take a boat from the Poly to the MK too.

There are so many other reasons I would choose to stay at the Poly over the other two resorts (dining options are better, shopping is better, theming is so relaxing and beautiful, the pools are better, and of course the location). If you do want to be near the Great Ceremonial House and main pool, all the buildings located next to it are very close (Niue and Rarotonga are just steps away). If you really want to make it special, stay CL in Hawaii so your folks always have a close lounge to relax in and get some snacks and drinks without the chaos of Captain Cooks during the busy hours.

Oh, long post! Good luck deciding!

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I'm so sorry that you didn't get to a do a trip with your mom. I KNOW she is there in spirit cheering you on and enjoying the magic with you It is just so hard to lose a parent. I lost my dad last summer and my mom right after we got back in September and it still hurts every single day

About the AP's, don't be too jealous. 12 months of magic may mean no Disney at all in 2013 for us . Having AP's and living a 1000 miles away is a dangerous thing! My original plan was just a smart way to save money over two annual trips. Trust me when I say that while there was more magic, there will be no money saved.
I'm sorry that you have also lost both of your parents. My father has also passed away now too, so I know what a hole having neither of your parents there leaves.

Thanks for helping me deal with my AP envy! I think I would rather know we can go every year rather than a couple of times close together and then have to suffer through a long dry spell!
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Checking in on Thursday!!! We were upgraded from POFQ due to the Royal Suites not being readay. I have always wanted to stay here - very excited to get a chance. I am also running the Princess 1/2 Marathon while we are there, so glad I will be able to get good coffee while on property!
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Checking in on Thursday!!! We were upgraded from POFQ due to the Royal Suites not being readay. I have always wanted to stay here - very excited to get a chance. I am also running the Princess 1/2 Marathon while we are there, so glad I will be able to get good coffee while on property!
Checking in on Friday after you lol. So maybe see ya around. Look for lime green DIS mickey tags.
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Checking in on Thursday!!! We were upgraded from POFQ due to the Royal Suites not being readay. I have always wanted to stay here - very excited to get a chance. I am also running the Princess 1/2 Marathon while we are there, so glad I will be able to get good coffee while on property!
Same situation for me, been here this weekend. Methinks you're gonna love it!

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Do you still need pics of Tuvalu TPV from the outside? I took some this morning for you, but won't be able to get them on the web until sometime Tuesday. Those rooms look fantastic in terms of view to me.

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Same situation for me, been here this weekend. Methinks you're gonna love it!

Do you still need pics of Tuvalu TPV from the outside? I took some this morning for you, but won't be able to get them on the web until sometime Tuesday. Those rooms look fantastic in terms of view to me.

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Just checking in and all of the stories of parents/grandparents are making me teary-eyed. This is Grandma and Grandpa's surprise trip that was revealed at Christmas so I am looking forward to this special memory. Still worried about my Dad in the June heat, but he is recovering nicely per his cardiologist. When I run into the cardiologist at the hospital I always ask if he (my Dad) is ready for Space Mountain. My only trip as a child - we stayed at the Poly and I was the only child brave enough for SM with my Dad. I would love to do it one more time....


Anyway, rough week with a regualtory agency at the hospital but my segments passed with flying colors!!!! So....now what am I going to do??? I'm going to Disney World!!!! (Sorry...had too....)
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Congrats. It always a great feeling to pay it off. Its also only way I can stop stressing about the cost. I usually pay off my trips way before the due date. Have a great time with your parents.
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I just booked our first stay at the Poly today! I am SUPER excited. Last year was our first ever visit! We took our two boys (ages 3 and 5 now). It was a last minute thing - really we decided the week before we went to go. We had an offer to stay at FIL's friends 2 million dollar condo offside - for $125 (the cleaning fee). So we canceled our beach trip - and surprised the boys when we showed up at Disney World! Plus it was during July 4th week so it was hot and crowded! It was still amazing and I have been dying to go back since.

I don't feel like we got the whole experience since we had so little planning time. - so I finally convinced DH to go back and we are staying onsite. It took a little while but I convinced him to stay at Poly - so I wasted no time and called and booked it today for Sep. 29th-Oct 5th. I apparently had a PIN code for 20% attached to my name which made it even better. I booked a Theme Park View room - but now I am wondering if it would be worth the extra $1k. DH says no - but this is my trip so he is leaving the choice up to me. I am thinking of so many other things I could do with that money (while at Disney). Since I have never stayed onsite before I'm wondering what opinions are? Any advice is welcomed!
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I just booked our first stay at the Poly today! I am SUPER excited. Last year was our first ever visit! We took our two boys (ages 3 and 5 now). It was a last minute thing - really we decided the week before we went to go. We had an offer to stay at FIL's friends 2 million dollar condo offside - for $125 (the cleaning fee). So we canceled our beach trip - and surprised the boys when we showed up at Disney World! Plus it was during July 4th week so it was hot and crowded! It was still amazing and I have been dying to go back since.

I don't feel like we got the whole experience since we had so little planning time. - so I finally convinced DH to go back and we are staying onsite. It took a little while but I convinced him to stay at Poly - so I wasted no time and called and booked it today for Sep. 29th-Oct 5th. I apparently had a PIN code for 20% attached to my name which made it even better. I booked a Theme Park View room - but now I am wondering if it would be worth the extra $1k. DH says no - but this is my trip so he is leaving the choice up to me. I am thinking of so many other things I could do with that money (while at Disney). Since I have never stayed onsite before I'm wondering what opinions are? Any advice is welcomed!
How exciting!!! IMO I'd prefer to stay club level which is about the same price. It would be garden view, but the extra level of service is outstanding. You get the beautiful view from the lounge as well.
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