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Old 07-07-2012, 04:53 PM   #2896
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We arrive Monday first timers for our 30th wedding anniversary.
Couple questions:
we booked thru aaa do we still need to check in before hand?
best way to get to downtown Disney from poly?
anyone know how big the Mini-fridge is in the rooms?
Anything else I need to know before hand?
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Congratulations on your 30th!

You never have to check in before hand. On-line check in is optional (if that is what you are referring to by "checking in before hand") If you don't do on-line check in it just takes a little longer at the desk because they won't have your cards ready ahead of time and there is often more of a line for the regular check in.

Definitely drive or take a cab to DTD if you can. The bus can be painfully slow.

The mini-fridge is the same as a normal small bar fridge, probably about 30" high & 18" wide. They usually struggle to keep things cold because of poor air circulation due to the cabinet. If you leave the cabinet doors open it will work a lot better!
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:24 PM   #2897
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We took the bus to downtown disney and did not have any problems. Actually it was the quickest we had ever had. We just got back on Monday, we were there for 10 days.

We actually took the boat to MK more then we ever had. It is a quick shot across and beats walking all the way up to the monorail.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:44 PM   #2898
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How dare you cut off our debate!
The toilet is kind of tucked in behind a little wall. It isn't really visible from the sink and definitely not from the shower, but someone using the toilet would have no privacy from a sound perspective!

Here's a picture I found that shows the layout pretty well:
The picture says it all for me. I showed hubby and he has agreed its manageable. Thanks to everyone that's been responding to my inquiries.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:13 PM   #2899
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Thanks for the reply
36 hours and counting


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Congratulations on your 30th!

You never have to check in before hand. On-line check in is optional (if that is what you are referring to by "checking in before hand") If you don't do on-line check in it just takes a little longer at the desk because they won't have your cards ready ahead of time and there is often more of a line for the regular check in.

Definitely drive or take a cab to DTD if you can. The bus can be painfully slow.

The mini-fridge is the same as a normal small bar fridge, probably about 30" high & 18" wide. They usually struggle to keep things cold because of poor air circulation due to the cabinet. If you leave the cabinet doors open it will work a lot better!
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:18 PM   #2900
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So, I was hanging out on the CL thread and saw that there are refurbs coming!! We're booked TPV CL in December, so I figured I'd better come back to my fave resort thread on the DIS and stay up to date!!
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:18 PM   #2901
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No problem! Have a wonderful trip and hopefully you get a little pixie dust for your anniversary!
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:39 PM   #2902
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So, I was hanging out on the CL thread and saw that there are refurbs coming!! We're booked TPV CL in December, so I figured I'd better come back to my fave resort thread on the DIS and stay up to date!!
Hi Jess!
Based on Tikiman he doesn't think the room refurbs will start until the new year, but both he & Carlnix have said that a hot tub installation will begin "towards the end of the year", where the premium cabana currently sits. They will also be expanding the pool deck a bit and then enclosing the whole thing with a fence.

And start saving your pennies because the word is Poly DVC is coming! (Tikiman's story is that the GCH will come down & it will be replaced with an Aulani-style building that includes DVC)
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:01 AM   #2903
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Hello Poly experts!

I hope you don't mind a few rate related questions. DH and I have finally decided to go big or go home and do the Poly for the next big family trip. He was last there as a 6 or 7 year old (over 40 now) and I was fortunate enough to get Pixie Dusted last year and get to stay for the Princess Half Marathon.

We are THRILLED to share this wonderful resort with our kiddos!

Does anyone remember what your AP or AAA discount rates for the Poly over the past year? I know they are not guaranteed, I know they can be different every year, I know it's all "wait and see" but I'm impatient and trying to ball park a budget!

I have an AP and we are AAA members. In general web searches I have seen discounts from 5%-40% posted in the past, but I cannot remember if the Poly was ever included in those levels.

If you don't mind sharing when and what your discounts were, I would appreciate it.

We are trying to go end of April-May, or possibly open to the summer if rates were dramatically cheaper.

Can't wait to start planning our Poly stay!
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:28 AM   #2904
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:44 AM   #2905
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We had an AP rate in January that was 40% off. We used a bounce back rate for our June trip. It was 35% off. We have a AAA discount for our October trip, and it is 15%. I'm hoping to be able to switch to an AP rate, but 15% is better than nothing.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:55 AM   #2906
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Last September our AP rate was 30% off.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:29 AM   #2907
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Thanks guys! This is great info. You guys are on the ball this morning.

And it looks like I should save for the full amount, and if anything gets discounted it will be a bonus. Pulling for the AP discounts to be nice and generous again this year though! 40-35% would buy some nice extras to spend while we are there!

But possibly minimum 10% with AAA. I've never booked through them so I wasn't sure what the discounts looked like.

I'm traveling in Feb to the World but staying at AOA possibly (probably) The bounceback offers are usually for the same level of hotels, right? So I may not get a bounceback that would work for the Poly if I stay at a value. Or does it matter? Anyone have experience with bounceback wording?
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:36 AM   #2908
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I also had the AP 40% off in January. Since then the AP rates have been at 20% for Spring and 5% for Summer. The BB was 35% and yes, you can book it for the Poly even if you are at AOA. Assuming the dates you want are available.
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I also had the AP 40% off in January. Since then the AP rates have been at 20% for Spring and 5% for Summer. The BB was 35% and yes, you can book it for the Poly even if you are at AOA. Assuming the dates you want are available.
Brilliant! Thank you so much.

Assuming it's offered and available, of course. Fingers crossed for favorable Poly winds to blow my way.
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Hi Jess!
Based on Tikiman he doesn't think the room refurbs will start until the new year, but both he & Carlnix have said that a hot tub installation will begin "towards the end of the year", where the premium cabana currently sits. They will also be expanding the pool deck a bit and then enclosing the whole thing with a fence.

And start saving your pennies because the word is Poly DVC is coming! (Tikiman's story is that the GCH will come down & it will be replaced with an Aulani-style building that includes DVC)
Interesting and good to know!! Now, I've been hearing rumors about the GCH. Would be bittersweet to see that happen. However, I've been putting off buying because we're a Poly family, but this could change that for sure!!

And it would be fantastic to be able to relax in the hot tub at the Poly!! The pool changes sound exciting! I'll have to go poke around Tikiman's site.
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