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Old 12-26-2012, 10:51 PM   #1156
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Who is on renovation watch which is supposed to start next month?
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:31 AM   #1157
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #1158
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I can't wait to get back to the Poly in Feb!
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:24 PM   #1159
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Who is on renovation watch which is supposed to start next month?
We'll be there beginning on January 26, but I'm hoping for some reports before then! I'm considering requesting Tokelau instead of Samoa this time, due to construction. The last time we stayed in Samoa was 2011, and GF DVC construction had not yet begun. I'm thinking our beautiful Samoa volcano side view may not be so beautiful anymore with the construction. Any thoughts from recent Poly guests?
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:37 PM   #1160
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We just booked a sort of last-minute trip to Poly for the end of next month!!! I'm so excited. We will be celebrating both of my kids' birthdays there. We tried to get CL but nothing was available with the 35% room discount. It's okay...I love the Poly no matter where we are! I requested Tokelau though

I haven't been keeping up with the latest news...what and where are the renovations?
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:03 PM   #1161
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We requested Samoa in Feb. Is there supposed to be construction at that time? I will want to change our request if they're going to be working on it then.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:07 PM   #1162
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We just booked a sort of last-minute trip to Poly for the end of next month!!! I'm so excited. We will be celebrating both of my kids' birthdays there. We tried to get CL but nothing was available with the 35% room discount. It's okay...I love the Poly no matter where we are! I requested Tokelau though

I haven't been keeping up with the latest news...what and where are the renovations?
All of the longhouses at the Poly will be undergoing complete refurbs in 2013. They are starting work in January on Hawaii, that's why there was no CL available.


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We requested Samoa in Feb. Is there supposed to be construction at that time? I will want to change our request if they're going to be working on it then.
Tikiman just updated his page with dates of each longhouse's refurb. According to the site, Samoa will be under construction starting Feb. 3. Just a heads up on your request (the date for each longhouse's refurb is listed on their individual information page).
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:29 PM   #1163
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All of the longhouses at the Poly will be undergoing complete refurbs in 2013. They are starting work in January on Hawaii, that's why there was no CL available.
Ah, that makes sense. Well, I'm disappointed that we can't get an upgrade but I'm glad that Hawaii is getting some much needed renovations.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:18 PM   #1164
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I wonder how long the refurbs will take? We have requested Samoa for our stay in June. Even if we don't get Samoa, I would love a refurbished room.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:42 PM   #1165
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All of the longhouses at the Poly will be undergoing complete refurbs in 2013. They are starting work in January on Hawaii, that's why there was no CL available.




Tikiman just updated his page with dates of each longhouse's refurb. According to the site, Samoa will be under construction starting Feb. 3. Just a heads up on your request (the date for each longhouse's refurb is listed on their individual information page).
I'm not meaning to be obtuse, but I can't find the refurb info and we were hoping for Fiji and are going Feb 23. Is there any news of a pool refurbishment? That's "crucial" in the words of my 9-year-old DD. We are in a room-only reservation so only have a few more days before the special expires.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:15 PM   #1166
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I wonder how long the refurbs will take? We have requested Samoa for our stay in June. Even if we don't get Samoa, I would love a refurbished room.
I'm going to guess about 2 1/2 months. For example, Hawaii is blocked out for CL for Jan. & Feb. I was just playing with WDW website and they have availability again for CL around mid-Mar (that's 2 1/2 months). So, based on that, if they stay on schedule and Samoa starts in Feb, they should be done by June.

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I'm not meaning to be obtuse, but I can't find the refurb info and we were hoping for Fiji and are going Feb 23. Is there any news of a pool refurbishment? That's "crucial" in the words of my 9-year-old DD. We are in a room-only reservation so only have a few more days before the special expires.
According to Tikiman's site, Figi isn't scheduled for refurb until mid-May. To find the info, when you're on each longhouse's page there is a little area with stats, eg. "Native Name", "Built", etc. The refurb date is under "Next rehab".

I think the only rumoured work on the pool for the near future is a hot tub installation at some point. The last I heard about that is that a new design is being tested at another resort and if it's good they will install similar at the Poly. I have no idea when that would be, but it sounds like you will be fine for Feb.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:19 PM   #1167
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I'm going to guess about 2 1/2 months. For example, Hawaii is blocked out for CL for Jan. & Feb. I was just playing with WDW website and they have availability again for CL around mid-Mar (that's 2 1/2 months). So, based on that, if they stay on schedule and Samoa starts in Feb, they should be done by June.



According to Tikiman's site, Figi isn't scheduled for refurb until mid-May. To find the info, when you're on each longhouse's page there is a little area with stats, eg. "Native Name", "Built", etc. The refurb date is under "Next rehab".

I think the only rumoured work on the pool for the near future is a hot tub installation at some point. The last I heard about that is that a new design is being tested at another resort and if it's good they will install similar at the Poly. I have no idea when that would be, but it sounds like you will be fine for Feb.
Thank you! We have stayed at the BC & AKL the past four trips and DD chose the Poly this time, so I've been out of touch. Stormalong Bay was under pretty heavy reno last year and we would like to avoid that this time.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:44 PM   #1168
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VERY grateful for this thread. Thanks!

Hi there!! Big shout out to SeaSpray, a nice couple from New England who really helped us decide on the Polynesian and boy has it worked out. Guitarrob deserves a big thanks too. I'm really grateful because I haven't gone anywhere in 12 years and this is a BIG DEAL for my family and I. REALLY appreciate all the information.

We will be at the Polynesian from Jan 7-12 staying in the Tonga house.

I notice there are not too many pictures of the Tonga house, so I'm going to try and fill in the blanks with some pics and videos. Maybe I'll help someone the same way that all the posters helped me.

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Old 12-28-2012, 06:21 AM   #1169
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Anybody used the concierge service to book ADRs 180 days in advance? It would be less hassle for me to leave it to them, but I would like to know how reliable they are. Would I be better doing it myself (I would make sure I was online as soon as ADRs open for example - I cant see how the concierge service can do that unless they do it in advance).

I will be staying in the busy July period, so I know getting ADRs will be more difficult.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:50 AM   #1170
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We are staying at the poly from March 4-6 and have requested Samoa. Should I switch my request as refurb begins feb 3 and I doubt they will be done by then right?
We would like a balcony, close to monorail and pool so was recommended Samoa, anyone have any suggestions?
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