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Old 02-27-2013, 08:31 AM   #1876
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We have a trip planned 4/21-4/26 at the BWI.

Of course, we love the Poly.

I am a little bummed that the BW bakery is closed during our trip.

How are refurbs at the Poly for this time frame? I know about the room renovation, but what about the coffee bar and Captain Cooks?


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Old 02-27-2013, 08:52 AM   #1877
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Do you have to call to book a cabana? where can I look to see if one would be available in June. if t is a washout, are you still obligated. I would assume so.

Does it get warmer in them, or does the air circulate fairly well? What time do you think is better for the 1/2 day.

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I called 407-939-PLAY to book the cabana. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy and if the weather is bad, they will refund your money. I'm not sure what they would consider an entire washout. We are going in August so I can assume we will have at least one downpour in the afternoon as is usually the case.

They look very open and I think there is a ceiling fan inside. I couldn't decide which half of the day so I booked the whole day - but I guess it depends on your other plans. If I had to choose though I would probably pick the first half.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:01 AM   #1878
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Hi!!! We just booked our trip for Oct and are excited to come back to the Poly after several years staying elsewhere. Can't wait to see the refurb Hawaii building - our first CL stay.

I have appreciated this thread - literally has answered all my questions so far!!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:24 AM   #1879
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Hi!!! We just booked our trip for Oct and are excited to come back to the Poly after several years staying elsewhere. Can't wait to see the refurb Hawaii building - our first CL stay.

I have appreciated this thread - literally has answered all my questions so far!!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:25 AM   #1880
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Here is a photo of Wishes from the pool!
gypsydoodlebug beautiful shot of Wishes from the pool, TY for posting it.

Can you hear the music at the pool like when watching from the beach?
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:31 AM   #1881
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You're welcome! There is landscaping outside our marina view but the Luau Cove side walks out onto grass.
I do think the Luau Cove side will be best, I don't think the other guests would appreciate Bob strolling past their patio in the middle of the night
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:11 AM   #1882
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Got our email from the IPO yesterday! We didn't contact them first so they must just do it automatically 90 days out from your trip. Can't wait to see Hawaii refurb pictures soon!!
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Question - When you rent a boat from the marina, where are you allowed to go? Is there a roped off area you have to stay in or can I rent a pontoon boat and make my way all around Seven Seas Lagoon?
You can go almost anywhere in the Seven Seas lagoon and Bay Lake. When you rent the boat they will tell you which areas to avoid, like where they do the water sports (parasailing, water skiing) on Bay Lake.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:52 AM   #1884
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My mouth literally dropped open when I saw that photo......what a beautiful sight!!! I am so excited for our first Poly stay in August when we'll be able to see that sight every night if we want to. Thank you soooooo much for sharing that photo! It brightened up my night!!!!
It's also a beautiful sight sitting in the pool during the day and seeing the castle off in the distance
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Aloha!!!!! Love this board. Has anyone checked at tikimanpages? Just curious. Keep all the great pictures coming....
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Mine did, too, when I saw it start! My pork nachos from Captain Cook's took a backseat. (They were not very good and cold anyway. LOL)
Awesome pic, thanks for posting!
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You can go almost anywhere in the Seven Seas lagoon and Bay Lake. When you rent the boat they will tell you which areas to avoid, like where they do the water sports (parasailing, water skiing) on Bay Lake.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:37 PM   #1888
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Hey all,
I just returned Sunday from our first stay at the kingdom as a family! We stayed at the poly, me, DW, 5 YO and 3 YO boys! plus Mother in Law… presidents day week is a busy time, but the resort felt quiet and relaxed, felt like we were one of two dozen families staying there. (aside from the busy volcano pool and Ohana in the evening) We're not rich or fancy folks, so i was definitely skeptical that we'd be able to see where all our money was going. The attention to detail must have been what costs so much, the landscaping, the staff, the pool, the movies on the beach… everything was so well managed and slick. it was truly magical there is no other way to put it!

Here are a few other thoughts:
we stayed in Aotearoa first floor lagoon side. great location, we used the patio every night, the noise from the show was a little much, especially since we had a lamp/speaker with the piped in poly music right off our patio, so the piped in music clashed with the show music (right? minor detail)

I didn't mind the workers renovating the longhouses. we hung out at the quiet pool and they were around but not much construction noise IMHO… the noise from the massive construction near the GF was much more annoying to me.

Kona was our best meal for both breakfast and dinner…. Ohana is such a gluttonous affair, just too much, (that being said we still loved it, just felt sick afterwards.)

my boys loved the movies on the beach with fireworks it was memorable.
I loved being on the monorail line, one morning we took the boat to the MK for EMH's and were the only ones on the boat, what a treat!

All in all we loved it! and hope to be back!
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:27 PM   #1889
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Is Hawaii the only longhouse with CL ? Does anyone know if it will be booked solid for the end of April/ early May? Especially considering it has been closed for a couple of months with the refurb. I have LV booked but am now considering a GV/CL since the price won't be that much of a difference at this point. Is it worth doing that if it is even possible that there are openings at this time? Or should we stick with our LV? Just not sure if CL is really worth it. We already have quite a few ADR's made. With that in mind we prob won't be eating at the lounge very much...so again I ask, would I be best to stay in a plain LV room rather than GV/CL ?
TIA for helping me un-confuse myself.
I really need to stop over-thinking everything and just learn to be satisfied with my first decisions...
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Here's Wishes via the beach movie (The Emporer's New Groove) tonight



And rum & Cokes while we watched it!

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