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Old 02-25-2014, 05:56 AM   #1
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Disney’s Polynesian Resort is Changing in a Big Way

Big changes are underway at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The eastern portion of the beach and Sunset Point are unavailable, the Great Ceremonial House Lobby is about to begin an extensive rehab, and Captain Cook’s will be closed from next month until the early summer. Construction crews, hard hats, and trucks are becoming a common sight. So, what exactly is going on? Rumors are flying faster than Aladdin on his magic carpet which is exactly why I made a point of stopping by the resort last week to do a little snooping and find out what was happening. Here’s what I discovered.

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Old 02-25-2014, 08:02 AM   #2
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I have only stayed at the Poly once. It is a shame that they would remove the waterfalls and rocks in the lobby. I think that is one of the best features of the resort and central to the theme of the resort. I don't think I will return to the resort anyway. I think it was overpriced and the monorail was down during my stay (making the value even lower). The lobby is one of the best features so now its value in my mind is at the lowest it could be.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:24 AM   #3
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I don't know what to think.....should I get excited or sad? Probably both....I can't imagine the Poly without waterfalls and rock features. That said- the lobby could use an update though......just hope it will be an upgrade instead of a downgrade.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:37 AM   #4
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I don't know what to think.....should I get excited or sad? Probably both....I can't imagine the Poly without waterfalls and rock features. That said- the lobby could use an update though......just hope it will be an upgrade instead of a downgrade.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:47 AM   #5
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I'm just waiting to see how expensive those water bungalows are going to be. 18 water bungalows with view of the magic kingdom and wishes just think of the price.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:17 AM   #6
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I'm a big fan of the Polynesian Resort but I can't say that I like these changes so far. I feel that too much of the character of the resort might be lost by this but we'll see.
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:11 PM   #7
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Aw, I have fond memories of the rock waterfall from staying there as a kid. I remember being so impressed by that.
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Is this confirmed? because I would hate for this to be true. How come they don't convert the desks to the art of animation system?
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:40 PM   #9
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We love the Polynesian, and will buy DVC points as soon as they are available. BUT, not if they remove the waterfall. Then it just becomes another hotel.
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I am new here but I have to say I am actually looking forward to the renovations. Honestly we will have to wait and see before passing judgment.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:25 AM   #11
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Does that mean no quick service dining for a few months?
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:44 AM   #12
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Captain Cooks will be closed down but I believe there will be a small quick station outside the construction area for people still wanting to eat. There will be no dole wips during the process though.

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Captain Cooks will be closed down but I believe there will be a small quick station outside the construction area for people still wanting to eat. There will be new dole wips during the process though.
Not worried about Dole Whips, as I don't like them. I'm firmly in the Citrus Swirl camp. Those, I cannot live without when in the MK. However, I know how much the Dole Whips are loved, so I'm glad for those who would be heartbroken without them.

I'm worried about the pork nachos. ADDICTED to those. I live local, and will go to the Poly just for those about once every six weeks. I take so much company to the MK, and they all fall in love with the nachos too.

It's a sad indicator of my life.
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Not worried about Dole Whips, as I don't like them. I'm firmly in the Citrus Swirl camp. Those, I cannot live without when in the MK. However, I know how much the Dole Whips are loved, so I'm glad for those who would be heartbroken without them.

I'm worried about the pork nachos. ADDICTED to those. I live local, and will go to the Poly just for those about once every six weeks. I take so much company to the MK, and they all fall in love with the nachos too.

It's a sad indicator of my life.
Sorry I just had to edit my original post. I didn't meant to type new but NO. There will be NO dole whips during the process. Also I am a sucker for the nachos as well.
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:54 PM   #15
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On the positive side, we really have no idea what the new lobby is going to look like, so I'm not too concerned yet.

I also agree that the water feature was the best part of the lobby. I really hope that there's a major water feature with a large variety of plants in the new design. The rest of the lobby, including the furniture and such, did look rather dated, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with that.
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