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Old 08-08-2011, 07:46 PM   #676
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OK, I'm doing the last-minute second-guessing.

I never made a request for a Longhouse for this trip.
Even when we have made requests in the past, they often weren't granted and what we got turned out really great anyway.
Then last year at the CR, I had made no requests and we got a surprise upgrade at check-in to a huge hospitality suite! I know it was not because I made no requests, but it made me superstitious!

But now I am second-guessing my decision. We were in Rarotonga last time and really liked it. If I were going to make a request that would be it. But we might like another building even better. Is it even too late to call in a request to be added to our ressie now anyway?

What do you guys think?

Unless there is a longhouse that would make you really UNhappy then go with the suprise. My last trip there I requested top floor near TTC. They gave me top floor Aotearoa facing monorail. I was very unhappy because I did not want to see the monorail and I wanted an interior resort view preferrably near TTC. They did search for quite a while and gave me same building--Aotearoa--with opposite view towards lagoon. We LOVED it. Turns out I was happy NOT to get my original request of near TTC. We had such an amazing view (thru a wimpy tree which is why it was still classified garden view) of the castle and even some fireworks. We could hear the soft luau music at night and people watch on the balcony as folks walked to the luau. It was a great experience. We still love being near TTC but now I know Poly has lots of great longhouses and each has its own unique "view personality and experience."
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:31 PM   #677
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Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful pictures! We can't wait to be back and thinking of doing the cabana for one of the 1/2 days. With such a short trip I don't think we can spend a full day at the pool. However, may do a full day in June 2012.

Is there a maximum capacity for the regular cabanas? What about the larger one?
Not that I was told or read anywhere, not listed on WDW, or Tinkiman's website. I would assume 4-6 in regular cabana and 6-8 in Premium based on comfortability. You will definitely enjoy-- whether half or full day! I will again in March, probably half day also because short trip.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:33 PM   #678
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Just checked in at the Polynesian we have a 3rd floor room overlooking the volcano pool in Samoa
YAY, exciting!
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3 more days of work

4 more days until we fly to Florida (We have a wedding to go to first)

THEN POLY!!!!!!
Let us know how the crowds are and everything lucky you !
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YAY, exciting!
Wow fill us in on things are going
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Unless there is a longhouse that would make you really UNhappy then go with the suprise. My last trip there I requested top floor near TTC. They gave me top floor Aotearoa facing monorail. I was very unhappy because I did not want to see the monorail and I wanted an interior resort view preferrably near TTC. They did search for quite a while and gave me same building--Aotearoa--with opposite view towards lagoon. We LOVED it. Turns out I was happy NOT to get my original request of near TTC. We had such an amazing view (thru a wimpy tree which is why it was still classified garden view) of the castle and even some fireworks. We could hear the soft luau music at night and people watch on the balcony as folks walked to the luau. It was a great experience. We still love being near TTC but now I know Poly has lots of great longhouses and each has its own unique "view personality and experience."
I thought the TTC was on the other side of the Polynesian near Rapa Nui ?
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:09 AM   #682
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Wow+++++

I thought POLY was expensive, OMG (My DH hates when I say omg) Aulani's airfare alone for family of four is more than the resort itself....Crazy, I'm sure it will be worth it, but come on...Delta Vacations, so far has best prices. I hope they (Disney)will have discount codes for Aulani soon!!!!(prob not) Excited anyways!
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I requested a marina view its what i love it so much when we went to eat Breakfast at Ohannas. Seeing those boats out there thought it would be so nice to have a room with that view. Whats the chances of actually getting It?
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:17 AM   #685
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4 more days.

It will be an interesting trip with our 7 year old (Disney World and Disney Land veteran) and 18 month old who is a handful (first Disney trip, first flight).

Hoping for some magic as we are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year.
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:29 AM   #686
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I thought POLY was expensive, OMG (My DH hates when I say omg) Aulani's airfare alone for family of four is more than the resort itself....Crazy, I'm sure it will be worth it, but come on...Delta Vacations, so far has best prices. I hope they (Disney)will have discount codes for Aulani soon!!!!(prob not) Excited anyways!
I know what you mean! We went to Hawaii two years ago, and we were lucky because we were staying with family who lived on Oahu, so we didn't have to pay for a resort or rental car. But, just the airfare was very expensive for the four of us.

It made WDW seem like a bargain! Hawaii was really a once-in-lifetime thing for us. This is too bad, because I would LOVE to go again and stay at Aulani! So congrats and have fun!
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I requested a marina view its what i love it so much when we went to eat Breakfast at Ohannas. Seeing those boats out there thought it would be so nice to have a room with that view. Whats the chances of actually getting It?
Easy: Request Ground or 3rd floor Fiji!
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Not that I was told or read anywhere, not listed on WDW, or Tinkiman's website. I would assume 4-6 in regular cabana and 6-8 in Premium based on comfortability. You will definitely enjoy-- whether half or full day! I will again in March, probably half day also because short trip.
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Hi Everyone,
We're 8 days out from being able to check in online, but I hear mixed reviews about whether or not to do this. I've heard you have a better chance at upgrades if you wait, and that online check in doesn't save time at the Poly. Help? Opinions, please.
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I thought the TTC was on the other side of the Polynesian near Rapa Nui ?

It is. They gave me half of my request(top floor) but put me in a longhouse furthest from TTC. That was sorta my whole point. It wasn't what I wanted but turned out to be a godsend because it gave us a whole new Poly experience.(our previous stay we had been in Tokelau). We LOVED the location. If they HAD given us both of our requests, we would have never had that wonderful new experience
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