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Old 02-13-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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Cool Pros and Cons of Polynesian

We're thinking about staying at The Polynesian this year. Can you please tell us your likes and dislikes of the resort.

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Old 02-13-2010, 09:23 PM   #2
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We love everything about the Poly . The tropical surroundings are beautiful, the volcano pool is awesome with a dead on view of the castle, the beach is a great place to sit and watch the fireworks, the hammocks on the beach are great for relaxing and taking an afternoon nap, the rooms are big, and the monorail is very convenient to the MK . Our stay at the Poly was fabulous and we can't wait to stay there again.....the Poly was everything we thought it would be and then some....there wasn't anything we didn't like .

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Old 02-13-2010, 09:59 PM   #3
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Our family has stayed there twice in the past couple of years. The pros for us were:
* On the monorail, which was very good with small children.
* Beautiful grounds
* Great views (we were upgraded to MK view the first year, and paid for it the second year, just so we would not be disappointed), and you can watch the Wishes fireworks from the beach, or from your room if you have an MK view.
* With the location, you definitely feel like you are on site in a way you might not in a resort that isn't on the monorail loop.

The cons are simple: It's pricey.
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:00 PM   #4
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Go check out my post....tell me why you love the Poly.It's got some replies over there. We too are staying at the Poly in August
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:12 PM   #5
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This is what I could think of. It's only my opinion of course.

great theming
large rooms
great view of the fireworks from the beach
good restaurants
great access to the MK
good access to Epcot
lovely gardens
beautiful beach

a bit spread out
iffy bus service to DTD, AK, DHS
pool is not big enough for the resort

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Old 02-13-2010, 10:44 PM   #6
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Mmmears hit the nail on the head...although I don't swim, the size if the pool isn't an issue with me-I wish the laundry room had more working washers! Everytime the kids swim I do laundry & there always seems to be at least 2 or 3 washers not working....

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Old 02-13-2010, 10:54 PM   #7
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The only cons I can think of are:

It is a bit pricey, but I still love it.

It is pretty spread out (especially if you have blisters on your feet like I did when I was there).
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:18 PM   #8
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Forgot to add a couple of Poly pros:

-- Dole whips at your resort!!!
-- 'Ohana -- we love having dinner here -- the have the BEST dessert
-- very easy to return to for a midday nap, rest, or swim

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Old 02-14-2010, 09:29 AM   #9
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Additional Pros - The smell, Tonga Toast

I miss Poly - I wish it wasn't so expensive

It's not a vacation until I start and end every vacation at the Poly - lots of nostalgia for me.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:02 AM   #10
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The Pros are endless!

The only Con might be the cost. But if you're thinking of staying there that's probably not your main concern.
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Old 02-14-2010, 10:54 AM   #11
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The biggest pro for us personally is the location. Having the TTC right there for direct monorail service to both MK and Epcot is a GREAT perk especially when you have a large stroller.

The main con for us is the cost, but we feel the pros outweigh the cons, so we'll bite the bullet and pay the price.
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:07 AM   #12
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cons (that put us off)
No hot tub
Cold pool
Seperate buildings (we had a lot of rain)
Transport by bus patchy
Crowded lobby
Lots of non resort guests everywhere including the pool.
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Main Pro: Lots of transportation options (Bus/TTC/Boat launch)

Main Con: Sharing bus w/ GF, longhouses not connected
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:00 PM   #14
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The theming is great however the rooms with the decor is so dated. The price also is too high.
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:15 PM   #15
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People have hit on all of my pros. I do think that the grounds were my favorite, pictures don't do them justice. It was wonderful to have a balcony.

My cons:

The room was not luxery for the price we paid. It just seemed old and dusty. There was a thick layer of dust above all of the picture frames, bathroom mirror, along the baseboards, etc. Although, the beds were comfy.

I wish the rooms had a table and chairs instead of just the one chair and slide out table.

the shower heads were really low, I'm tall, it didn't make for an easy shower.

the pool was small for the size of the resort.

It was convenient to the monorail but when we were there it broke down 3 times which was a big pain.

We did have a great trip despite the room not being totally what I expected. I do think for how much you pay to stay there that Diseny could do some renovations and updates. I would like the style to be the same b/c that's important, just a bit cleaner and newer.
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