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Old 10-25-2011, 01:51 PM   #2251
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We have been to Disney before and after our DS and you are correct, it is a whole new Disney experience. Once our DS is in college we will be experiencing Disney with just the two of us.

YES it's still a surprise. I was having a tough time keeping the secret but posting with mickeynut1 and she was my therapist. She talked me back to reality. So from now until next June it's . The secret will be out of the bag when we pull into the Poly. I am going to need my DH to take the pictures because I will be crying.
AWWWW I cry like that too. DH still thinks we are at CSR and my DD CAN keep a secret...I hope I can do it...he will figure it out once we get on the DME bus I guess
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:24 PM   #2252
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Finally finished downloading our pics from our October trip and thought I'd share these of the Poly with you all ...







Our TPV CL Room (3510)







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I just wanted to say that 3510 is the exact room my family and I had in December 2007 when we stayed Club Level over there.
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:02 PM   #2254
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FINALLY... I get to do the single digit dance
So excited to be going back to the Poly.
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:06 PM   #2255
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While everyone has a nap before MNSSHP tonight I thought I would take a few minutes to check in ...

We are in Hawaii, 3rd floor TPV. The view is magnificent - the castle is dead on across from us (without the island partially in the way as it was in our previous TPV stays in Tuvalu).

This is our first CL stay. With two kids we love having the lounge as extra "living space." We will definitely stay CL again. We have not been here for the dinner time food offerings yet, but have had both of our breaksfasts so far in the lounge. For us it has been perfect - we aren't huge breakfast eaters, so the oatmeal, pastries & fruit has been great. We also love coming in from the parks and stopping on our way up to grab a drink & a snack. We spent some time in the lounge last night. Although we didn't want dessert, there did not seem to be tons of food out. We did arrive around 8:00, so it is possible that the swarms descended at 7:00 and gobbled everything up. They also ran out of punch and said that they didn't have anymore. This was disappointing because when we were there there weren't a lot of people in the lounge.

We were a little disappointed with check-in. When we got off of the ME bus we were escorted into the GCH. We told the girl on the desk that we were staying CL and thought we were supposed to be checked-in in Hawaii. She said normally yes, but that the CL check-in was too busy so they took care of it in the GCH and then walked us over.

Our room is great. There are no signs of wear anywhere and the mousekeeper has kept things nice. She also leaves plenty of toiletries. For those who have been asking, in Hawaii at least, they are the new single brew pots. I'm not a coffee drinker, but my sister says they are worse than the nescrape in the lounge.

We had dinner at 'Ohana last night. Our reservation was early, so we were seated shortly after they opened. The food was delicious and hot. We did not get leis as we have at previous 'Ohana dinners, but really that was no big deal.

For those of you arriving soon, the weather has been great. Sunny with a few clouds mixed in to keep it from getting too hot with temps in the low 80's.

We've been having a great time hanging out with BreezysMom. I know woodkins is here now too, although we haven't run into her yet. Hopefully we will see her and some of our other arriving Poly peeps soon! Pictures to come (when I get a chance to upload to photobucket). Off to get ready for the party now ...
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:15 PM   #2256
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DH and I have yet to experience Disney without our boys as we started going when they were 6 & 8 (and they are now 16 & 18 ). Now that they're older, they go off together while DH and I shop or just walk around the parks together, but I know it's totally different actually going there without kids. Part of me is excited to do that once they are out of college and on their own, but part of me will miss them because I love being at Disney as a family and it will be so different not having them there .

Glad to see I could help and glad to hear the Poly is still a surprise for your DS . What a great surprise it's going to be.....and I have to say that I would be crying too......just the thought of how exciting it's going to be would make me cry .
Our kids grow so fast and it makes me very sad. Our DS is a sophomore in HS so we have a couple of years left with the three of us traveling together. Kind of sad on one hand but then on the other hand, DH and I can go to Disney whenever we want and not have to work around his schooling.

Hey, I almost got caught yesterday because I was on the WDW web site looking at the Poly and was starting to cry when he came in the room. He looked at me and said, having a bad day. I said yes. He gave me a hug. If he only knew.


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AWWWW I cry like that too. DH still thinks we are at CSR and my DD CAN keep a secret...I hope I can do it...he will figure it out once we get on the DME bus I guess
Oh you are so close to going, hang in there. At least your DD can keep a secret.

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Finally finished downloading our pics from our October trip and thought I'd share these of the Poly with you all ...
Great pictures Cdn Friends of Pooh. Thanks for sharing.

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FINALLY... I get to do the single digit dance
So excited to be going back to the Poly.
Single digit happy dance for you DebbyLof428
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Hope you have lots of fun at the party tonight. Thanks for the update.

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:07 PM   #2259
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:26 PM   #2260
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Welcome back Tinkerbellie! We had issues with our room to, but not enough to keep us away!!!

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For those of you arriving soon, the weather has been great. Sunny with a few clouds mixed in to keep it from getting too hot with temps in the low 80's.

We've been having a great time hanging out with BreezysMom. I know woodkins is here now too, although we haven't run into her yet. Hopefully we will see her and some of our other arriving Poly peeps soon! Pictures to come (when I get a chance to upload to photobucket). Off to get ready for the party now ...
Jealous and glad you are having such wonderful weather! Have one for me ladies!!!
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:41 PM   #2261
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:50 PM   #2262
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:56 PM   #2263
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Finally finished downloading our pics from our October trip and thought I'd share these of the Poly with you all ...
Thanks for sharing.....I love seeing pics of the Poly .

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So excited to be going back to the Poly.
You will be there in no time .

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While everyone has a nap before MNSSHP tonight I thought I would take a few minutes to check in ...

We are in Hawaii, 3rd floor TPV. The view is magnificent - the castle is dead on across from us (without the island partially in the way as it was in our previous TPV stays in Tuvalu).

This is our first CL stay. With two kids we love having the lounge as extra "living space." We will definitely stay CL again. We have not been here for the dinner time food offerings yet, but have had both of our breaksfasts so far in the lounge. For us it has been perfect - we aren't huge breakfast eaters, so the oatmeal, pastries & fruit has been great. We also love coming in from the parks and stopping on our way up to grab a drink & a snack. We spent some time in the lounge last night. Although we didn't want dessert, there did not seem to be tons of food out. We did arrive around 8:00, so it is possible that the swarms descended at 7:00 and gobbled everything up. They also ran out of punch and said that they didn't have anymore. This was disappointing because when we were there there weren't a lot of people in the lounge.

We were a little disappointed with check-in. When we got off of the ME bus we were escorted into the GCH. We told the girl on the desk that we were staying CL and thought we were supposed to be checked-in in Hawaii. She said normally yes, but that the CL check-in was too busy so they took care of it in the GCH and then walked us over.

Our room is great. There are no signs of wear anywhere and the mousekeeper has kept things nice. She also leaves plenty of toiletries. For those who have been asking, in Hawaii at least, they are the new single brew pots. I'm not a coffee drinker, but my sister says they are worse than the nescrape in the lounge.

We had dinner at 'Ohana last night. Our reservation was early, so we were seated shortly after they opened. The food was delicious and hot. We did not get leis as we have at previous 'Ohana dinners, but really that was no big deal.
Hope you're having a good time. Have fun at the Halloween party tonight .

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Our kids grow so fast and it makes me very sad. Our DS is a sophomore in HS so we have a couple of years left with the three of us traveling together. Kind of sad on one hand but then on the other hand, DH and I can go to Disney whenever we want and not have to work around his schooling.

Hey, I almost got caught yesterday because I was on the WDW web site looking at the Poly and was starting to cry when he came in the room. He looked at me and said, having a bad day. I said yes. He gave me a hug. If he only knew.
Don't I know it......it's so very sad to see them grow up . Our oldest DS is a senior and his brother is a junior......I remember taking them to their first day of Kindergarten like it was yesterday and now they're both almost out of high school . I know it will be nice when DH and I go to Disney alone, but I will take the boys with for as long as they'll let me .

Close call with DS ......but oh how sweet of him to give you a hug . It won't be long......once the holidays come and go, June will be quick to follow .

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Yikes, I am so busy with work (traveling right now too) that I haven't had too much time to be on here. Why do I take vacations??? I have all this extra work before and after!! ARGH!!!

Anyway, I won't respond to everyone individually but to all - thank you for explaining the bug! No matter what, it was creepy and we took precautions when we got home and didn't let the luggage near our living and bedrooms (straight to the basement to be de-bugged ) but I didn't see any critters high jack their way back with us. Hopefully any Florida bug would die in the high altitude of Colorado if it did stowaway in our luggage.

I did want to respond to just a couple of things though-

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Ok, I am really annoyed because I specifically emailed the Poly IPO today asking once again about the coffee machines in the rooms and was told they were still the 4 cup brew pot type. They said only the suites in the Tonga building at the single cup "keurig" type machines. ARRRRGGGG!!!!!! I have already packed my coffee and filters, I don't understand why they told me the wrong info. If we get to our room tomorrow and its the single cup I'm going to make them go find me a regular coffee maker!!!!

I'm sad to hear about SOA. We've never done it before and have it booked for this Saturday night. Was it really terrible???

I'm also sad to hear the sushi isn't good. I was looking forward to that.
I didn't explain the coffeemakers right - they aren't Keurigs. I guess by 'pod' I think of just a small prefiltered coffee with an individual cup. So that's what I meant.

As for SOA - We never tried it before because of the mixed reviews but I wanted to go and see for myself! We used our dining plan and although they told us we were in CAT 2, they sat us in CAT 3 and we couldn't see much. It was VERY difficult. We had one table in front of us. I imagine if we sat in that CAT 3 front table, it would have been ok (because CAT 3 is up a little higher so you could see over the CAT 2 heads). I would have rather paid for this to sit in CAT 1 then use the dining plan. The show itself is a little corny but I did enjoy the fire dancer and some of the dances they did from the Polynesian islands. As for the food, it was ok. I was able to eat the food and it was not gross or anything (well, except for the dessert which was stale, sponge-like chocolate mousse). But the entire experience was not worth it to stretch our heads every which way to try to see the show, eat ok food and not to have a decent desert.

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2. I have been told they have "silent" fans - one larger fan that is triggered by the light switch and is far enough away from the room that you don't hear it. Not sure if I buy that explanation, but that's what I've been told. It's better than what they did at BLT - every time you even walk by the bathroom door, a loud fan comes on. No quiet trips to the bathroom at night there! I guess I'm used to turbo flush - we have those at home so they just sound normal to me.

4. Comfortable beds? I think CR has some of the most comfortable beds on property. I never want to get out of them in the morning! But a comfortable bed is a very subjective thing. I would imagine if you describe what makes a bed comfortable for you, someone could tell you which hotel would best suit you.

Glad you had a great time, and glad we still have some time to plan Poly trips before any big changes are made!
We had Poly maintenance in our room and they also told us about the silent fans. My DH is a contractor and does house construction and remodels and he said they were full of it Maybe they do have them, but I'm going to side with DH on this one. If there was a fan in there, the moist air and stinky smells would not linger!

I actually sleep really well anywhere and don't really mind most beds and even couches. But these were just particularly worn. I agree that they are ready for a replacement! I don't ever recall the beds being that uncomfortable the past times we've stayed there!

To all who are there now - HAVE FUN (especially at MNSSHP!!!) To those planning their trips - have so much fun and try to book a cabana - they are great!

Oh, one more thing, I do enjoy the Poly drinks but I found a new one that I really enjoyed - the Island Sunset!!! It is a frozen drink and has a bit lower alcohol content than say a lapu lapu...but it was soooo delicious! My DH enjoyed it too.
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