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Old 07-12-2012, 07:16 AM   #2986
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Hi there Poly peeps. I am in the beginning planning stages for our WDW trip in June 2013. I've never been to the Poly, but I absolutely love everything I read about it. I have a couple questions I hope someone can answer:

1. Do the longhouses have a mini-lobby where you enter? Or is it just a side door? I haven't seen a pictures of where you enter longhouses, so I'm curious what it looks like.

2. How close are the rent-able cabanas to the pool? In pictures, they look like they sit back from the pool?

3. I know discounts are never a given and who knows what 2013 will bring, but it looks like the Poly is never discounted more than 20%. Is that right?

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Old 07-12-2012, 07:41 AM   #2987
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:45 AM   #2988
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:52 AM   #2989
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Nice to see you again - we chatted a lot on the BC/YC thread!

Dani I had to chuckle at your coffee pot comment yesterday - I think we went through this a few months back...didn't a certain poster insist they had the old 4-cup style pot when in fact they didn't (confirmed the Cuisinart pic was the machine in the room)...but then again that poster also claimed to be in CL & wasn't, and claims to be a CM.....

I think it was confirmed that all rooms had the new Cuisinart pod style machines, in the end!
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:55 AM   #2990
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3. I know discounts are never a given and who knows what 2013 will bring, but it looks like the Poly is never discounted more than 20%. Is that right?

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We haven't stayed there yet, so I can't answer your first 2 questions, but we are going in September and got a pin for 30% off. Saved us a lot of money on 7 nights!
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:24 AM   #2991
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Hi there Poly peeps. I am in the beginning planning stages for our WDW trip in June 2013. I've never been to the Poly, but I absolutely love everything I read about it. I have a couple questions I hope someone can answer:

1. Do the longhouses have a mini-lobby where you enter? Or is it just a side door? I haven't seen a pictures of where you enter longhouses, so I'm curious what it looks like.

2. How close are the rent-able cabanas to the pool? In pictures, they look like they sit back from the pool?

3. I know discounts are never a given and who knows what 2013 will bring, but it looks like the Poly is never discounted more than 20%. Is that right?

Thanks!
1. The only longhouse that has a mini lobi is Rapi Nui (sp). The rest either have a side door or a center door or both.

2. Not sure, never stayed in one but I don't think they are on the waters edge & if you are looking at the MK from the pool I believe they are on the left side.

3. I have had a good discount years ago. I just booked 10 min ago (YAY!!!) for next August & used AAA right now so that was 12%...whoopie..

Going back to the longhouses, we make sure we know the path 'home' when it rains or when it is really hot (it's summer so really hot is a given). But to etiher stay cool or dry we walk thru the longhouses to get to ours.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:29 AM   #2992
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Nice to see you again - we chatted a lot on the BC/YC thread!

Dani I had to chuckle at your coffee pot comment yesterday - I think we went through this a few months back...didn't a certain poster insist they had the old 4-cup style pot when in fact they didn't (confirmed the Cuisinart pic was the machine in the room)...but then again that poster also claimed to be in CL & wasn't, and claims to be a CM.....

I think it was confirmed that all rooms had the new Cuisinart pod style machines, in the end!
The never ending coffee pot saga.

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Old 07-12-2012, 09:32 AM   #2993
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Hi there Poly peeps. I am in the beginning planning stages for our WDW trip in June 2013. I've never been to the Poly, but I absolutely love everything I read about it. I have a couple questions I hope someone can answer:

1. Do the longhouses have a mini-lobby where you enter? Or is it just a side door? I haven't seen a pictures of where you enter longhouses, so I'm curious what it looks like.

2. How close are the rent-able cabanas to the pool? In pictures, they look like they sit back from the pool?

3. I know discounts are never a given and who knows what 2013 will bring, but it looks like the Poly is never discounted more than 20%. Is that right?

Thanks!
I'm not sure what you consider a "mini lobby" but Tokelau had a nice sitting area in front of the elevators right inside the main doors. I know because we sat there for 30 min. because theysaid the room was ready, but they were still working in it when we got there! We didn't want to head back to the lobby or pool, so we just camped out there with our luggage for awhile.

We had a 40% AP discount for Poly for this March. It was considered "AP Early Booking" and we booked in early December for March. I haven't seen 40% discounts (AP or other) after that at all.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:38 AM   #2994
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I'd say Hawaii has a "mini lobby" where you check in for CL, but don't think any other blgs are like that? I am pretty excited to do my first POLY CL check in Sept 28th!
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:19 AM   #2995
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1. Do the longhouses have a mini-lobby where you enter? Or is it just a side door? I haven't seen a pictures of where you enter longhouses, so I'm curious what it looks like.

Most of the longhouses are pretty much just straight hallways with rooms to either side. The exceptions being: Hawaii & Tonga, which house club level and suites, respectively; and Rapa-Nui, Tokelau, and I believe Tahiti, have small sitting areas.

Here is a photo of the Hawaii hallway, which is almost identical to the rest. This was taken at night, hence the black hole at the end where the door is, during the day you can see the end and the light it provides (play on words not quite intentional, hehe):
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2. How close are the rent-able cabanas to the pool? In pictures, they look like they sit back from the pool?

The cabanas sit back from the edge of the water, oh about 30 feet ("ish", maybe a little less). Looking toward the MK, the two "regular" cabanas sit to the right and are back on their own pads off of the edge of the pool deck. The premium cabana sits to the left (and probably won't be there by the time you arrive, rumor has it anyway) but it's over past the barefoot pool bar.

3. I know discounts are never a given and who knows what 2013 will bring, but it looks like the Poly is never discounted more than 20%. Is that right?

We have received discounts on club level of 35% This was in 2009 & 2010 though. I've also seen some 30% discounts in the past couple of years. But, lately 20% seems to be the go-to discount. Business must be improving.
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:41 AM   #2996
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I'm a LONG TIME WDW patron (since 1971) but this next visit in August will be the FIRST time for me staying at the Poly.

OK Poly vets...Give me one MUST DO thing at the Poly. GO!!!
Since no one else jumped in except Guitarob I'll give you my standard list ... it's too hard to pick just one!
  1. hula lessons in the lobby
  2. campfire & movie on the beach
  3. Wishes from the beach (the soundtrack is piped in)
  4. EWP
  5. rent a sea raycer (if you booked a package you should have a coupon for a discount on this)
  6. the torch lighting ceremony
  7. rent a cabana if it's in your budget (so relaxing & private )
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:15 PM   #2997
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Since no one else jumped in except Guitarob I'll give you my standard list ... it's too hard to pick just one!
  1. hula lessons in the lobby
  2. campfire & movie on the beach
  3. Wishes from the beach (the soundtrack is piped in)
  4. EWP
  5. rent a sea raycer (if you booked a package you should have a coupon for a discount on this)
  6. the torch lighting ceremony
  7. rent a cabana if it's in your budget (so relaxing & private )
Thank you very much Maiapapaya and Guitarob! Any others?

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We are staying at the poly but not going to MNSSHP. Would watching the fireworks one of those nights from the beach be something we should try to do? Would they pipe in the sounds for that too?
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We are staying at the poly but not going to MNSSHP. Would watching the fireworks one of those nights from the beach be something we should try to do? Would they pipe in the sounds for that too?
They do pipe in the sound for Hallowishes as well. Great way to get a little piece of the party without going!
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They do pipe in the sound for Hallowishes as well. Great way to get a little piece of the party without going!
Thanks for the info .... I may do this on my Oct trip.
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