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Old 05-18-2009, 01:07 PM   #1561
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Just returned home from a week at the Poly. This was our second time there and we were thrilled that our request for the Samoa longhouse, 3rd floor volcano pool side was honored yet again. We also requested connecting or adjoining rooms as we were traveling with my parents and we did have adjoining rooms. At first I was a little disappointed they weren't connecting but as the week went on, I was glad we had the privacy we did.

I can confirm there is no apple juice in soda fountain area. There is Minute Maid Light Lemonade and the rest are sodas and iced tea. Captain Cook's is the biggest disappointment for me in the whole resort. The food area is just way too small and putting the cash registers in the center is just in the way. We also felt the choices for baked goods and snack items were very limited. Other than a few stops for snacks or breakfast items, we pretty much avoided CC the whole trip.

We did the breakfast at Ohana and everything was delicious as usual. We also had breakfast at the Kona Cafe and I tried Tonga Toast for the first time. One word - delicious! Definitely contributed to the several pound weight gain from the trip.

We also did the Luau for the second time and still enjoyed both the food and entertainment. It started raining as they were seating us but the show still went on and even the fire twirler performed in the rain. They didn't have the kids come up on the stage to dance due to the rain but otherwise it was still a good show.

Probably my only complaint was that Mousekeeping didn't seem to be at the same level as our past trip. The mousekeepers at Samoa just don't seem to be into the creative "magical" things as this is two trips there with no towel animals and not even anything cute being done with the stuffed animals. Plus one day we arrived back at our room around 3:30 and our room had not yet been cleaned. Our first trip in 2004 was at POR and every day the mousekeepers did something silly with DD's stuffed animals. On our trip to the Poly in 2007, DD would come back every night excited to see if anything silly had been done, only to be disappointed when it hadn't. Same for this trip only I don't think she was expecting much after the last trip. Needless to say, our tip reflected the service. We left an adequate tip but had there been a little more "magic" we would have been much more generous.

Overall another fabulous trip to the Poly and WDW. Crowds were generally light and other than the heat the first few days, it was just as we had hoped.
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Old 05-18-2009, 01:34 PM   #1562
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Is this only for guest staying in club level? I'm staying in Aug and have a res for O'Hana's I can't get a good res.

The itinerary planning service is only for club level guests... sorry...
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:42 PM   #1563
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Question TOKELAU ~ Rooms 1914 or 1915, which has better view?

And can you see water parade and/or wishes well from either room?

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Old 05-18-2009, 04:11 PM   #1564
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how is the in room dining at the Poly?

DH and I would like to try it for breakfast. Has anyone tried it? Would they mind if we share a meal? I'm not much of a breakfast person but my DH certainly is!
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:18 PM   #1565
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Some pictures

Didn't stay at the Poly but took some pix during my stay at the GF last week..

















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Old 05-18-2009, 04:44 PM   #1566
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Misti, thanks for sharing those pictures with us. Lovely.

In the last picture of the beach in front of Hawaii, are those platforms by the swing or just a whole bunch of chaises lined up? TIA.

To be clear, I mean the 4th to the last of your pictures.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:04 PM   #1567
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Misti, thanks for sharing those pictures with us. Lovely.

In the last picture of the beach in front of Hawaii, are those platforms by the swing or just a whole bunch of chaises lined up? TIA.

To be clear, I mean the 4th to the last of your pictures.
Glad you liked them! Yes, only chaises. No platforms or construction of any type. The resort seemed so peaceful when we walked through. I'd really like to stay there next trip.

One night we stopped off at the Poly on the way back to the GF from Epcot and we went to Captain Cook's for a snack. They have some yummy food at the grill area. French fry/chip-things were delicious. Haven't eaten there in a while and we were pleasantly surprised by the selection and quality of the food.
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Thanks so much for the pix! Makes me even more excited to go!
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:35 PM   #1569
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Love those pics! Can't wait to be back there...
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Ok, well here we are! We checked in yesterday but I just had a chance to really sit down and post now. We got a fantastic room, Tahiti 2034. The view is fabuous! Too bad I havent got to see fireworks yet. Well unless you count whatever they were doing at 115 this morning LOL.

Its raining. Not that big of a deal except Im afraid to take the baby out in the evenings. Im scared she'll get sick...its down right chilly when youre wet! So we, her and I, have been hanging out in the room in the evening. Im so glad that we went deluxe, we need the space!

Crowds arent too bad IMO. We went to Epcot today, got there late at around 10. Then I had forgotten my KTTW card. Duh. So I had to come back. When we finally got started at around 1100, I grabbed Fast Passes for Soarin, return time 2-3, standby 65 min. We hit The Seas, Innoventions, Spaceship Earth and then The Land and were back in the room at 345.

Here is what Im looking at right now:

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Thanks so much for the pix! Makes me even more excited to go!
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Love those pics! Can't wait to be back there...
16 days in WDW?!! That's the life! Lucky you! Glad you liked the pix. Have a great trip!!
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Ok, well here we are! We checked in yesterday but I just had a chance to really sit down and post now. We got a fantastic room, Tahiti 2034. The view is fabuous! Too bad I havent got to see fireworks yet. Well unless you count whatever they were doing at 115 this morning LOL.

Its raining. Not that big of a deal except Im afraid to take the baby out in the evenings. Im scared she'll get sick...its down right chilly when youre wet! So we, her and I, have been hanging out in the room in the evening. Im so glad that we went deluxe, we need the space!

Crowds arent too bad IMO. We went to Epcot today, got there late at around 10. Then I had forgotten my KTTW card. Duh. So I had to come back. When we finally got started at around 1100, I grabbed Fast Passes for Soarin, return time 2-3, standby 65 min. We hit The Seas, Innoventions, Spaceship Earth and then The Land and were back in the room at 345.

Here is what Im looking at right now:

I'm so jealous!! We left the day you checked-in. Massive post-WDW trip depression at the moment! Glad you have such a great view from your room. Have a great trip!
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The rest of us are SO jealous!!! Are you going to eat at 'Ohanas? If you do, would you check and see if they are serving potatoes, noodles, or neither and report to us? There is a new menu posted on allears and it doesn't have potatoes, noodles, or dumplings. It's like they removed all the sides.
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The rest of us are SO jealous!!! Are you going to eat at 'Ohanas? If you do, would you check and see if they are serving potatoes, noodles, or neither and report to us? There is a new menu posted on allears and it doesn't have potatoes, noodles, or dumplings. It's like they removed all the sides.
I just ate at 'Ohana on May 1 and there were no potatoes. They had the noodles, dumplings, sticky wings and salad for sides, plus the dipping sauces
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Wow, great view!!! Hope you enjoy your stay!
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