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Old 04-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #1516
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I understand how you feel about this. I felt the same way about the Grand Floridian DVC initially. The truth is, Disney knows they will make top dollar with these new DVCs on the monorail. If you don't stay there, many more will. Even though I am DVC now, I will always remember tha 3 monorail resorts when they were "vintage Disney". However, I will continue to stay at all 3... DVC or not. Nothing stays the same, as much as we might like. Sign of the times! At least we have our memories.
If they continue to put more and more room whether it be DVC or regular rooms on the monorail line, then the whole monorail is going to need to be redone. It breaks down a lot as is and didn't they cut the monorail hours in order to keep up with the maintenance?
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:23 PM   #1517
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I understand how you feel about this. I felt the same way about the Grand Floridian DVC initially. The truth is, Disney knows they will make top dollar with these new DVCs on the monorail. If you don't stay there, many more will. Even though I am DVC now, I will always remember tha 3 monorail resorts when they were "vintage Disney". However, I will continue to stay at all 3... DVC or not. Nothing stays the same, as much as we might like. Sign of the times! At least we have our memories.

Good post, especially the last part. I know change is comming to the Poly and it's why I made the choice to stay there on my July visit. As you pointed out, nothing stays the same as we might like, so I wanted to see the Poly one last time. I probably won't get back to WDW for at least two more years and I'm sure changes will be happening after this year. Why not enjoy it while it lasts?
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:20 AM   #1518
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Disneyfan67 - Very odd - I live west of you and I picked up my info on a bench in Fox Valley mall. Two men were talking and from what I gathered one was a sub contractor of some sort and was asked to bid on his specialty on a rebuild project at WDW which would start in the fall of 2013 and was to be completed in 13 months. He said the main building was to be raised to allow for further developement. The other guy asked where and the contractor guy said some Hawaii project. 2+2 in my book makes the POLY. You have to understand that many contractors up here go south for winter work or this guy could have been visiting. This took place last Dec.

How would they keep it open if this is true? Where would the check-in be? Where would you eat? No GCH? Would you check in at GF for POLY?

I know I am jumping ahead of myself here but when you here what I did then you wonder. Rumor?
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:29 AM   #1519
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I am very conflicted over the rumors of the rebuild. I am so in love with the Poly as-is but I can see where a refurb is necessary. I always find it odd on the second floor of GCH how I can feel the floor vibrating..... Anyhoo, *IF* there must be a refurb, my hope is that it will look similar to Aulani. Those pics are gorgeous. I think it makes sense for them to add DVC to bring in more cash for maintenance and upkeep as well.

My scenario would be DVC premium rooms(TPV) on upper floors of GCH. Tangeroa Terrace(sp?) would be demolished(with current housings moving into GCH) and rebuilt as DVC rooms and Roratonga would also be DVC. Nuie would be demolished and a new pool "waterpark" similar to Aulani would stretch and meander from current volcano pool to current quiet pool.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:52 AM   #1520
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I really hope they don't ruin my beloved Poly. I'd definitely have to find a new home resort.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:19 PM   #1521
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Poly Check in question

We check in around 5:30pm on Saturday 4/21/12 (got to love the 3 hour time difference this time of year from AZ). Can anyone tell me what lines we may face at the POLY check-in at this time of day (TPV, non CL)? I’m debating online check-in as we have a building request and floor request, but want to get over to Epcot as quickly as possible….dinner and illuminations awaits!

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Old 04-06-2012, 02:50 PM   #1523
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Its funny. we all know Disney world is so much better than Disneyland! there its a land.. here its a WORLD!

there is no doubt where your loyalties lie! you are way closer to Disneyland but you prefer coming to the world! I wouldn't mind seeing Disneyland but I don't think I could stay 9 days there!
I agree - land vs. world! And my totally non-Disney obsessed husband put it perfectly (he just wants a vacation with a pool and beer and always says 'Disney again?' but he gives in anyway). He said, DL felt like a hotel where WDW feels like a resort. And we stayed on property at DL (at DLH) and while we adore the Poly, we've stayed at quite a few other resorts as well at WDW so he wasn't talking just about the Poly.

Did I mention at DL you can't take a beer from your room to the pool??? The security guard stopped both of us That alone told us that it wasn't the same

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There's always rumors, but don't count out the main building (GCH) and a maybe the few longhouses right near it, be torn down to make way for a DVC tower. Disney could kill two birds with one stone by doing this. They build a new tower or (GCH), but make it several stories high and add DVC rooms that way. It would take care of the existing problems with the GCH and add more space and much more revenue to a very popular resort. Then after that's built, they could move on to the other longhouses. DVC is a huge cash cow for Disney and I should know, I bought into it and I'm very happy.

It's no coincidence that the Contemporary had the BLT expansion built and now the Grand Floridan is adding a wing too. People said years ago that was wild rumors too and look how that turned out? It only makes sense that Disney cashes in with the Polynesian DVC which would sell out quickly. I would buy into it and make it my home resort, instead of AKL, which I own now.

I love the Polynesian and the vintage WDW history behind it, but it is 41 years old and showing it's age in some ways. Disney charges a premium to stay there and can't expand due to land limitations. Imagine what they could do if they had a 10 story tower (GCH) with modern DVC studio and suites to play with? It's guaranteed to make money and that's why you can bet it's going to happen. The sources I rely on tell me look for the fall of 2013 for a big announcement and they haven't told me wrong yet.
Oh, I like rumors! This is an interesting one. I wouldn't doubt it at all! Although in my heart of hearts, I hope they maintain the integrity of the GCH and the surrounding longhouses. I mean, tear down whatever and build it up right, but hopefully a big tower would only go over the GCH and they would still have the surrounding longhouses with all the neat views. Of course, a big tower over the GCH might cast a big shadow over the pool....

Carl - where does the sun go up and down at WDW? I dont' pay attention! Me thinks Cindy's castle is North, but since there are no mountains in Florida to orient me, I haven't a clue Would a tower over the GCH cause shadows over the pool at any time of day?
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:13 PM   #1524
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I mean, tear down whatever and build it up right, but hopefully a big tower would only go over the GCH and they would still have the surrounding longhouses with all the neat views. Of course, a big tower over the GCH might cast a big shadow over the pool....
The GCH is on the south side of the resort, so the longhouses on either side would be in shadow but not the pools.
It's neat to think about what it could be, but I'm happy that we're able to spend our vacation at the original I'm a nostalgic sap, though, and I'm looking forward to experiencing it.

Can you imagine the rack rate of the "new and improved" Poly!?!
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I agree - land vs. world! And my totally non-Disney obsessed husband put it perfectly (he just wants a vacation with a pool and beer and always says 'Disney again?' but he gives in anyway). He said, DL felt like a hotel where WDW feels like a resort. And we stayed on property at DL (at DLH) and while we adore the Poly, we've stayed at quite a few other resorts as well at WDW so he wasn't talking just about the Poly.

Did I mention at DL you can't take a beer from your room to the pool??? The security guard stopped both of us That alone told us that it wasn't the same



Oh, I like rumors! This is an interesting one. I wouldn't doubt it at all! Although in my heart of hearts, I hope they maintain the integrity of the GCH and the surrounding longhouses. I mean, tear down whatever and build it up right, but hopefully a big tower would only go over the GCH and they would still have the surrounding longhouses with all the neat views. Of course, a big tower over the GCH might cast a big shadow over the pool....

Carl - where does the sun go up and down at WDW? I dont' pay attention! Me thinks Cindy's castle is North, but since there are no mountains in Florida to orient me, I haven't a clue Would a tower over the GCH cause shadows over the pool at any time of day?
Your dh sounds like mine. Pool and beer is all that matters. We are a 5 hour drive from Dl(we live in Phoenix), and we never go. I grew up 20 minutes from Dl, and never went after age 12. It just doesn't have that "vacation feel" to me. The no bringing your own beer to the pool thing just seals it for us. I'm glad you mentioned that.
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So many questions about the refurb to the Poly especially the GCH. I can tell you... I was at DL last October and they were doing a serious overhall on the main building of the Disneyland Hotel. It wasn't very pleasant to come into as there were walls up everywhere blocking the construction and there was a little side area for check in and then a walkway of walls around to the gift shops and the back side of the building. When I think of them refurbing the Poly I think of what I saw at DL. They will not shut it down completely but will recreate areas to make up for what they are working on. That is my theory anyway...
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I agree - land vs. world! And my totally non-Disney obsessed husband put it perfectly (he just wants a vacation with a pool and beer and always says 'Disney again?' but he gives in anyway). He said, DL felt like a hotel where WDW feels like a resort. And we stayed on property at DL (at DLH) and while we adore the Poly, we've stayed at quite a few other resorts as well at WDW so he wasn't talking just about the Poly.

Did I mention at DL you can't take a beer from your room to the pool??? The security guard stopped both of us That alone told us that it wasn't the same



Oh, I like rumors! This is an interesting one. I wouldn't doubt it at all! Although in my heart of hearts, I hope they maintain the integrity of the GCH and the surrounding longhouses. I mean, tear down whatever and build it up right, but hopefully a big tower would only go over the GCH and they would still have the surrounding longhouses with all the neat views. Of course, a big tower over the GCH might cast a big shadow over the pool....

Carl - where does the sun go up and down at WDW? I dont' pay attention! Me thinks Cindy's castle is North, but since there are no mountains in Florida to orient me, I haven't a clue Would a tower over the GCH cause shadows over the pool at any time of day?
No beer at the pool!!!!
The castle is NW of the GCH so an UGLY tower rising above the "serene and perfect the way it looks now" GCH would not foreshadow the pool. But the problem they are having to fix (eventually) is the marsh land is sinking the GCH. And compliance issues (ADA) so building a tower above GCH would more than likely feed the marsh monster even more.
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The GCH is on the south side of the resort, so the longhouses on either side would be in shadow but not the pools.
It's neat to think about what it could be, but I'm happy that we're able to spend our vacation at the original I'm a nostalgic sap, though, and I'm looking forward to experiencing it.

Can you imagine the rack rate of the "new and improved" Poly!?!
Disney loves rumors.. That's why they don't throw out all their cards on the table! Their tactic is like Apple.. "oops we lost a new phone" but it's always fun trying to figure out what they are doing!
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I'm very excited, we just found out we get a theme park view room at the Poly for October! We have only stayed at Pop so I am expecting to be very spoiled by the end of our trip
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I'm very excited, we just found out we get a theme park view room at the Poly for October! We have only stayed at Pop so I am expecting to be very spoiled by the end of our trip
This will be our 4th year not being able to go anywhere else but the Poly. We were supposed to go to the WL (which we stayed at on our honeymoon many moons ago) but I had a panic attack and talked everyone in going to the Poly and paying more.
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