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Old 09-13-2010, 01:32 PM   #1
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Smile Polynesian - Longhouse.

We will be staying at the Polynesian and would like any recommendations on which longhouse to stay in. We have a 3 and 5 year old and would like convenience and clean and updated rooms. Our first time going to Disney and would like a pleasant stay. I have spoke with someone at the resort and they recommended the Fiji, but I have not read anything about the Fiji as much as the other rooms. Thanks for any input.
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:39 PM   #2
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We will be staying at the Polynesian and would like any recommendations on which longhouse to stay in. We have a 3 and 5 year old and would like convenience and clean and updated rooms. Our first time going to Disney and would like a pleasant stay. I have spoke with someone at the resort and they recommended the Fiji, but I have not read anything about the Fiji as much as the other rooms. Thanks for any input.
Most longhouses have their advantages and disadvantages. Us personally, we like to be as close as possible to the Great Ceremonial House (main building). For that reason we personally enjoy Raratonga. It's the closest longhouse to the GCH.

Of couse, we also love the Hawaii longhouse for another reason.....If we're staying there we're in concierge!
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:22 PM   #3
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My wife and I stayed in Tahiti April 2009 for our honeymoon. We loved it. Check out my trip report at the link below.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2186962
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #4
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Stayed in Tokelau last year and am going to request the same building when I check in later this month
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:09 PM   #5
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http://www.tikimanpages.com/tiki/

^ The ultimate web site about The Poly, including everything about every longhouse...
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:12 PM   #6
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I like Fiji... both sides are considered garden view - make sure when requesting a building that you get a top floor if you want a balcony... some of the buildings don't have balcony's on the second floor...
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:50 PM   #7
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http://www.tikimanpages.com/tiki/

^ The ultimate web site about The Poly, including everything about every longhouse...
ditto, I was going to recommend this site, details on each longhouse with pictures. I have requested Tokelau for our next stay.
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We've stayed Rarotonga and Hawaii. Despite concierge in Hawaii I really liked Rarotonga as it was close to the Grand Ceremonial House and an easy walk to the TTC to get the Epcot monorail (which we found easier than going through the Grand Ceremonial House.) I especially missed being in Rarotonga when I was running to Hawaii in the pouring rain!
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:58 PM   #9
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Rapa Nui is our favorite because of the proximity to T&T and the extra parking lot.
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:55 PM   #10
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We tend to like Niue the best...

There are no balconies, which is a deal breaker for some, but it's right in the heart of things, a very short walk from the GCH, and every time we request it, our wish is granted...

I'm not sure why this is, I think it's because it hides in plain site... A lot of people seem to overlook it.

Or, maybe we've just been lucky.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:11 AM   #11
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You can not go wrong with Samoa (volcano pool side) or Fiji for garden view rooms.
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We tend to like Niue the best....
We have enjoyed staying here as well. Close proximity to the GCH and Volcano pool, and while there is no elevator you can easily use the one in Rarotonga and walk across the lovely balcony that connects the two. We like this longhouse because it is small so less chance of "noisy" neighbors!!

Do check out Tikiman's website. He has A LOT of information there.
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Most longhouses have their advantages and disadvantages. Us personally, we like to be as close as possible to the Great Ceremonial House (main building). For that reason we personally enjoy Raratonga. It's the closest longhouse to the GCH.

Of couse, we also love the Hawaii longhouse for another reason.....If we're staying there we're in concierge!
I have to second Aaron.

Raratonga is great if you have kids. The garden view rooms have a great view of the monorail, which our DS loved! He got up in the morning and watched the monorails and watched them in the evening.



Also the proximity to the Grand Ceremonial house helps on wet days and long days or if you are just hungry.

We also Loooooove the Hawaii house!





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Old 09-15-2010, 01:02 PM   #14
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We really like Tahiti, 3rd floor, with the Magic Kingdom view. This was great for our daughters. However, it is absolutely NOT convenient to any of the resort amenities. I like the proximity to the TTC, and loved the view, but trying to get our refillable mugs refilled was quite an exercise. I could easily finish my newly refilled diet Coke on the way back from the GCH.

Edited to add: The Poly is a great choice for kids that age, btw. IMHO. Other abbreviations...
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:45 PM   #15
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Thanks for the information...we are staying there in December, and now I know which of the longhouses I would like to request.
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