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Old 09-01-2012, 08:23 AM   #3571
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OMG OMG OMG!! I can HARDLY wait! 2 weeks from tomorrow we will be checking in!! These 14 days can't go fast enough!
We thought the EXACT samething. Then before you knew it, we were packing up and getting on a plane back to reality.

Dont rush it .

I have never seen Aug 12th to Aug 25th go so freakin fast in my life.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:40 AM   #3572
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Loving the look of the Polynesian

We are planning a 18 day trip next summer (July) to WDW and trying to choose a hotel.

Does anyone have any ideas about the refurbishment planned? Its theonly thing making me think twice about booking here

Grateful for any thoughts. x
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:00 AM   #3573
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Loving the look of the Polynesian

We are planning a 18 day trip next summer (July) to WDW and trying to choose a hotel.

Does anyone have any ideas about the refurbishment planned? Its theonly thing making me think twice about booking here

Grateful for any thoughts. x
Based on the information available, the longhouse refurbs should be wrapping up in July, if the schedule is correct....that being said, I had no second thoughts about booking with the room refurbs going on. It's very likely that they will block off one longhouse at a time to do the whole thing, so there would be no guests in the longhouse at the time. We just spent 11 days at WL in July, in the midst of extensive renos, and barely noticed a thing. Disney does a great thing at hiding these things.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:41 AM   #3574
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I requested a standard view and when we checked in, they gave us Fiji bldg 2nd floor (no balcony unfortunately) but fantastic view of the volcano slide, GCH, marina, and lagoon. It was also a quick walk to the pool and GCH. Poly surprised us with this great building! You never know what you'll get but all views are great views!
Sounds like you had a great view . The Poly seems like it's a big, spread out resort, but it's really not. Some longhouses are closer to certain things than others, but I think everything is easily accessible from all buildings, and I agree that all the views are great .

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Hi all! I am planning my first trip to the Poly and so appreciate all your tips and information.

I have a question that I haven't found the answer for yet. Can you ask for upgrades at check-in and how often are they given? Our TA suggested it, but I'm always reluctant to ask.
As the pp said, asking for an upgrade with plans to pay for it is one thing, but asking for a free upgrade is usually a sure way of not getting one. Upgrades are usually given for maintenance issues, overbooking, etc., so the best thing is to book what you want/can afford so you're not disappointed when you check in .

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OMG OMG OMG!! I can HARDLY wait! 2 weeks from tomorrow we will be checking in!! These 14 days can't go fast enough!
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Loving the look of the Polynesian

We are planning a 18 day trip next summer (July) to WDW and trying to choose a hotel.

Does anyone have any ideas about the refurbishment planned? Its theonly thing making me think twice about booking here

Grateful for any thoughts. x
From the information that's currently out, it looks like you will be ok for a July trip. We will be at the Poly the middle of July 2013 and as long as the volcano pool is open, we will stick with our plans to stay there. I can handle things going on around the resort, but if the pool is closed, we will change our resort as that's important to us (especially the volcano pool as that's our favorite pool on property ).
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:42 PM   #3575
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:38 PM   #3576
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We are going the very end of March. Anyone know what refurbishment will be going on during that time?
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:47 PM   #3577
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We are going the very end of March. Anyone know what refurbishment will be going on during that time?
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:21 PM   #3578
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We thought the EXACT samething. Then before you knew it, we were packing up and getting on a plane back to reality.

Dont rush it .

I have never seen Aug 12th to Aug 25th go so freakin fast in my life.
Too True!!! AS excited as I am for our trip to begin in 26 days, I am actually fine with just enjoying the days until then and not pushing to get through too quickly because once we get there I know it will fly by sooooo fast! I am trying to cherish every moment because it will be a good 2-4 years before I get the chance to come back! I love WDW, there's nothing better
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:56 PM   #3579
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We just upgraded from CSR to the Poly for our 4-night trip in 12 days!!!! I have been looking through this thread but have not been able to sit down and read it all.

What are the best tips anyone can give to a total Poly newbie?

A little background- it will be myself, DH, DD (9) and DS (7). We're celebrating our 10 year anniversary, DH's 40th bday and DD getting over a very serious illness.

Thanks!!!!!
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:30 PM   #3580
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We just upgraded from CSR to the Poly for our 4-night trip in 12 days!!!! I have been looking through this thread but have not been able to sit down and read it all.

What are the best tips anyone can give to a total Poly newbie?

A little background- it will be myself, DH, DD (9) and DS (7). We're celebrating our 10 year anniversary, DH's 40th bday and DD getting over a very serious illness.

Thanks!!!!!
Don't forget to take time to enjoy the feeling of the resort, even in just the little moments. It's really good at just sucking you in if you let it.

I love the nights especially. Rushing around all day can be so hectic and exhausting, even if you're just having a ball. One of my favorite things about the Polynesian is it's atmosphere.

I make it a point to take the leisurely walk from the TTC through the Poly grounds back to my room after spending the night at Epcot and getting Drunk on Illuminations and Disney happiness. I'm usually beat, just can't wait to get back to the room and get some rest. The tiki torches, music, lighting and sounds from the lagoon and pools combine in such an intoxicating manner. The day is winding down, the air takes on such a relaxing feel, and lulls you into a slower pace. Gets me every time.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:40 PM   #3581
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If your around.. watch the fireworks from the beach and also the electric water parade.
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We just upgraded from CSR to the Poly for our 4-night trip in 12 days!!!! I have been looking through this thread but have not been able to sit down and read it all.

What are the best tips anyone can give to a total Poly newbie?

A little background- it will be myself, DH, DD (9) and DS (7). We're celebrating our 10 year anniversary, DH's 40th bday and DD getting over a very serious illness.

Thanks!!!!!
Well get reservations at Ohana for dinner and breakfast. That would be my tip but being only 12 days that might be hard to do You may be able to get a character breakfast but dinner is hard to get. The other is take some time to watch the fireworks and electric parade on the beach at night, that was one of my favorite things there. I have stayed at POR,CSR,POP,ASM,WL, and the Poly. At the Poly I felt the most comfortable and enjoyed it more than any of the other resorts .
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Aloha everyone! We're (already!!) up against our page limit!! Please enjoy the new thread located here!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2985839

The new thread will be updated soon with current information (probably when I get back from my trip with tons of new photos!!)

Have at it
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Do they check ID's at the Poly Volcano Pool ?

Does anyone know if they are checking ID's at the volcano pool ? I remember last year when I went that they were going to check room keys at the pool to make sure someone was not there that wasnt suppose to be there. They did not enforce that when I was there. Then again it was not crowded at all when we went in September so they really need to.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:22 AM   #3585
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Does anyone know if they are checking ID's at the volcano pool ?
Just back from a week at the Poly and did not see any ID checking at the pool.

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