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Old 06-14-2007, 07:16 AM   #61
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I'm curious about the smoking areas at the Polynesian, particularly at the pool. Has anyone been there since 6/1? I looked at the map but still not sure where they exactly the DSA is at the Volcano Pool. It looks to me like it is in the area of the covered tables near the slide and I'm hoping I'm wrong.
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:40 AM   #62
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Does anyone know how these areas are set up? Are they half way decent areas? We are staying at the Boardwalk in January, and it is hard to figure out how they are set up. Right now it looks like they are right under rooms. I am not a smoker, but many people I know smoke and I truly believe everyone has rights. I don't want to be in a room above the area though. It is just so hard to picture how this is all set up.
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:48 AM   #63
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What would would they be 'recovering" if you smoked on a balconey. I wouldn't smoke in a room but fail to see what harm smoking on the balconey ALONE ,not puffing when people are walking past , it's the same air as in the DSA. I fully agree if people are walking by on the balcony it could be a problem, but I smoked in the early a.m on the balcony before even Mousekeeping arrived and saw no one. so maybe I'll just offer up the $$ ahead of time!!
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On our stay at Pop Century last month, we had a non-smoking room in a non-smoking building. I don't know how, but when people were smoking on the outdoor walkway, it seeped into our room.
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Yep, that's exactly what happens - at least at the mods. Our NS room absolutely filled up with smoke on Day 3 and we couldn't figure out why until I walked out the door. Our next-door neighbor was smoking just outside his door and the smoke was being sucked into the air intake for our AC. My DS suffers from asthma and had to use his emergency inhaler.

PLEASE, please keep your fellow guests in mind when considering where you'll smoke!
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:07 AM   #64
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My Uncle and cousins stayed at the AKL from 6/08 - 6/12. I asked him how far he had to go to smoke, and he said he just smoked on the balcony. He wasn't charged $250. I thought they would be monitoring those balconies more because of the animals?
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:10 AM   #65
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when he checked in did they tell him about the no smoking policy
You would think that it would be everywhere
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:10 AM   #66
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Earlier this week I sent an email to WDW Customer relations regarding the smoking policy, and most specifically, the DSAs.

The gist was that I was paying a small fortune to stay at the Poly on the premium plan and it appeared the DSA, while plentiful, were out in the open and subject to the elements and that their guests were being subject to rain and lightening.

I also said that after dozens of trips to the Poly, this most likely would be our last trip.

Here's the reply I received, which, essentially, is the press release they made last month.

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Thank you for writing to the Walt Disney World® Resort.

We appreciate being made aware of your thoughts regarding our smoking
policies. Due to lack of demand for smoking rooms at our resorts, and
an increase in demand for non-smoking rooms, the number of rooms set
aside for smoking has been gradually declining over the years.
Therefore, all Disney-owned and operated hotels at the Walt Disney
World® Resort have become smoke-free. Smoking is prohibited in Guest
rooms (including the patio or balcony), restaurants, ballrooms, and all
other indoor and outdoor common areas. This allows us to better serve
our Guests and their requests for non-smoking accommodations. For our
Guests who wish to smoke, we will have designated smoking areas
throughout the Resort for their convenience.

If you would like to discuss your comments further, you may call me at
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leave your telephone number and an indication of the best time to reach
you.

Thank you again for writing. We hope to have future opportunities to
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:24 AM   #67
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did you speak with them since the email
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:27 AM   #68
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No, I have not called yet. I got the email yesterday.

If I can get to it, I will call today and ask for a comment regarding standing out in the rain with the possibility of lightening.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:48 AM   #69
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thats a good point i am not a smoker my my MIL is
the weather could be an issue
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:07 AM   #70
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Depending upon when you're going, not only could it be an issue, it will be an issue in the summer months.

I've been there plenty of times in the summer months to know to expect the daily afternoon rain shower. Sometimes it's a doozy of the thundrestorm.

In either case, the DSAs are not covered, appear not to have seating, and are subject to weather conditions, the worst of which is lightening.

I just called an left a message.
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:19 AM   #71
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This is the reply I got a couple of days ago when I e-mailed DVC about the DSA's poolside. I have edited the name out of the CM who replied to me..smjj

Hello xxxxxx Family,

Thank you for contacting Disney Vacation Club.

We appreciate your comments regarding our new smoking policy. Our
company is proud of its reputation for providing the finest in family
entertainment and guest service, and it is always rewarding when our
Members share their compliments.

There are designated smoking areas located at each pool, however
smoking
out in the open in the pool area is not permitted. If at any time you
come across a guest/member who is smoking in the pool area, not in a
designated smoking area please bring that to the attention of a Cast
Member to handle immediately. As with all new policies it will take
some
reinforcing on everyone's part, however we are committed to following
through.

It has truly been a pleasure hearing from you. We are glad you are a
part of our Disney Vacation Club family, and we look forward to
entertaining you for years to come.

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Old 06-14-2007, 10:41 AM   #72
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Just as an FYI, I checked into SSR on 6/7 and there was not one word said to me about smoking by the check in person. I saw no signs for a DSA. In fact, at the entrance to our building there were three ashtrays within a 15 square foot area and saw smokers there several times. I can't imagine that would be a DSA as it's the main path into the building/room area and elevators. I'm a smoker so I used this area but would try to walk away if other guests were there.

There were often bell, housekeeping or other staff going past and no one said word one about not smoking there.
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:24 PM   #73
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Anybody recently back from WL who can make a room recommendation? DSO is a smoker and if I can make a room request that would put her near a DSA that would be fab. We have a courtyard/bunk bed reservation so I'm not sure what kind of request to make.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:09 PM   #74
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Yep, that's exactly what happens - at least at the mods. Our NS room absolutely filled up with smoke on Day 3 and we couldn't figure out why until I walked out the door. Our next-door neighbor was smoking just outside his door and the smoke was being sucked into the air intake for our AC. My DS suffers from asthma and had to use his emergency inhaler.

PLEASE, please keep your fellow guests in mind when considering where you'll smoke!
I'm assuming this was during your early May trip. Since June 1 smoking is only allowed in the DSAs at all resorts - so you should not encounter this situation any longer.

Please everyone keep in mind this thread is to discuss the DSAs and the new policy at Disney, it is not for chastising smokers or for making judgements.

As stated we are watching this topic very closely and will respond swiftly if this goes south on us.

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Old 06-14-2007, 04:30 PM   #75
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We just returned from the All Star Music Resort. There is an ashtray can next to the front door coming from check-in parking (near the bus stops). Another DSA is located to the right of the door leading from the main building to the pool area. There is an ash tray right next to the door with no seating. A little futher down the sidewalk is one bench with an ash tray can next to it. As you walk down the center of the resort, just past the fountain courtyard and to the left is one bench with an ashtray can next to it. In the back of the resort, outside a fenced in picnic area is one ashtray can - no bench. All areas are uncovered and in full sun (or rain ). We were not advised of any change in policy before we arrived, at check-in, or during our stay. DSAs were not on the maps we were given at check-in. We had originally made a request for a smoking room near the main building. When I found out about the policy change I asked for a room near a DSA and the main building. None of our requests were honored. We were on the ground floor however. People were generally just smoking outside. DSAs were not marked by anything but the "special" can. I hope this helps!
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