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Old 10-07-2013, 09:07 PM   #106
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We stayed at the Polynesian in large part due to it being a monorail hotel, but it was the ferries that we ended up using the most. The had longer hours, which came in handy when we did the Magic Hours, and we're a much more plesent experience than trying to cram into a monorail car.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:56 PM   #107
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I don't know where I've been but I just discovered this little nugget on Sunday. We are DVC and booked at BLT for next week...specifically for the convenience of getting to Epcot for F&W. We booked it 5 months ago (well, we booked SSR and wait listed BWV and BLT...got BLT). It's not something we can change...not even back to SSR at this point (everything is booked). I'd rather not switch anyway as I am still anxious to try out BLT, so it's not all that huge of an issue...but I get where it's upsetting to some folks. At least I discovered this before we got there. We had plans to go to AK one morning and bus over to Poly for lunch at Kona and then monorail (around 2:30-3:00) back to BLT to rest before going to MK for MNSSHP. So, Sunday night, I cancelled Kona (and tweaked some of our other plans which led me to needing a dinner ADR for 1 night at HS, Epcot, BW or CR). I had trouble, being this late in the game, finding a dinner ADR and ended up going for a place that wasn't the top of my list (though DH seems to be pretty happy with it...and I was the one wanting to try BLT so we are even-steven now ). We'll be fine avoiding the 11am-6pm closing of the monorail.

Edit to add: I guess this didn't happen until Sat so me finding out on Sun wasn't too far off.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:19 PM   #108
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Does anyone know how long this construction is supposed to last? I'm due to check-in at BLT on 11/10.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:27 PM   #109
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Does anyone know how long this construction is supposed to last? I'm due to check-in at BLT on 11/10.
10/6 to 10/19
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:40 PM   #110
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:17 PM   #111
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I don't know where I've been but I just discovered this little nugget on Sunday. We are DVC and booked at BLT for next week...specifically for the convenience of getting to Epcot for F&W. We booked it 5 months ago (well, we booked SSR and wait listed BWV and BLT...got BLT). It's not something we can change...not even back to SSR at this point (everything is booked). I'd rather not switch anyway as I am still anxious to try out BLT, so it's not all that huge of an issue...but I get where it's upsetting to some folks. At least I discovered this before we got there. We had plans to go to AK one morning and bus over to Poly for lunch at Kona and then monorail (around 2:30-3:00) back to BLT to rest before going to MK for MNSSHP. So, Sunday night, I cancelled Kona (and tweaked some of our other plans which led me to needing a dinner ADR for 1 night at HS, Epcot, BW or CR). I had trouble, being this late in the game, finding a dinner ADR and ended up going for a place that wasn't the top of my list (though DH seems to be pretty happy with it...and I was the one wanting to try BLT so we are even-steven now ). We'll be fine avoiding the 11am-6pm closing of the monorail.

Edit to add: I guess this didn't happen until Sat so me finding out on Sun wasn't too far off.
Don't know if it's something you'd want to do but you could have taken the launch from the Poly to MK and just walked back to BLT
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don't know if it's been posted but today we rode the launch back from MK to GF/Poly. It was a larger boat, not the little bitty one, one that was large enough to accommodate an ECV or two. Hope this helps.
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don't know if it's been posted but today we rode the launch back from MK to GF/Poly. It was a larger boat, not the little bitty one, one that was large enough to accommodate an ECV or two. Hope this helps.
So glad to hear this! Thanks!
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:57 AM   #114
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don't know if it's been posted but today we rode the launch back from MK to GF/Poly. It was a larger boat, not the little bitty one, one that was large enough to accommodate an ECV or two. Hope this helps.
I saw that boat when I was there a year ago. Any chance you can get a photo of that boat for me? It was nighttime and I could not get a good photos of it.

I have a photo of the large ferry docked at the Polynesian dock from a few years back.
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I wouldn't exactly be ecstatic about it either but the boat ride is a nice option. I would hope Disney would add some additional boats during those hours. Now if there's bad weather and they stop boat service there will be even more unhappy people.

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Old 10-10-2013, 12:40 PM   #116
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Don't know if it's something you'd want to do but you could have taken the launch from the Poly to MK and just walked back to BLT
Thanks! I knew there had to be some way...but I am cool with the current plans (as it is a more laid back, less commando, schedule that is focused on F&W...yay).
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:31 PM   #117
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Any time I book a stay at Poly, I always check on Tikiman's web site.

Great site Tikiman.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:36 PM   #118
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Any time I book a stay at Poly, I always check on Tikiman's web site.

Great site Tikiman.
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I saw that boat when I was there a year ago. Any chance you can get a photo of that boat for me? It was nighttime and I could not get a good photos of it.

I have a photo of the large ferry docked at the Polynesian dock from a few years back.
I am so sorry but I didn't see this until we arrived home tonight I will say this though:

For all of you worried about the construction, fences, resort monorail restrictions, etc, just take a deep breath and relax. Yes there are fences, but they're nowhere as obtrusive as they could be. We saw a total of two construction workers and they were simply two friendly guys standing by a fence as we were walking toward the TTC to catch a monorail. Monorails from the TTC were running fine, did notice that the CMs seemed to try to steer as many guests arriving at TTC toward the ferries as possible.
When the resort monorail was down, as I mentioned, the launch that they were running is one that I'd say was between the size of the one from WL and the ones they usually run. We had one lady with an ECV board and the boat captains were quick to get her situated (she went to the bow where there was open air seating) an parked her ECV up by the gangplank. Thinking back, I'd compare these boats to the size of the ones that run at US/IOA on aa daily basis. They hold about that many guests. On a side note, we were waiting to board a bus at DHS to return to the Poly when it began to rain. We had a lady on an ECV and a younger woman in a wheelchair waiting to board. The driver quickly got them boarded and secured and allowed their parties to join them an then she began to load the rest of us when this woman on an ECV came zooming up demanding to board. The driver politely told her that she'd have to wait for the next bus as these people had been waiting for 10 minutes and there was no room for a third ECV/wheelchair. She was livid as the driver called for another bus and the bottom fell out. I honestly think that the boats being used now for GF/Poly hold more guests than a standard bus with HC access.
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