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Old 04-14-2013, 07:07 AM   #1
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Tell me what you love about the Polynesian?!?

We are celebrating our 10th year wedding anniversary this year and I want to go deluxe!

I've always loved the Polynesian.... (looking at it from across the bay. I was there once when I was 12, now I'm 40 and we don't have kids). I'm interested in your opinions... did you love it? Which longhouse did you love?

Our favorite resort is the POFQ; we've also done value before.... just interested in this deluxe though and I want to do something special for our anniversary.... We are also doing a four day disney cruise so this will be after our cruise.


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Old 04-14-2013, 07:29 AM   #2
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Probably what I love the most is the peacefulness. It's such an amazing counterpoint to the frentic hectic buzz of the parks. It really does transport you to a different place.

Both times, we requested (and got) a full balcony room in Tokelau. It was just perfect... close enough to the Grand Ceremonial House, but also a very short walk to the TTC for the Epcot monorail. (It's a longer hike to the Volcano pool, but that was OK... that walk wasn't at a time when we were particularly tired.)

I LOVE the Poly!!! I'm sure you will too!

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Old 04-14-2013, 07:42 AM   #3
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My favorite thing is watching the nightly Wishes fireworks on the beach. We stayed Club Level which is the Hawaii longhouse. We had a first floor patio facing the lagoon. Heaven!! Every night we sat on the patio and watched. They pipe in the music to speakers along the beach. Unforgettable.

Kids walked right from our patio to beach to watch nightly Disney movie. We truly enjoyed that resort.

Transportation can not be beat. Bus, monorail and boat options. Everything is so close. Restaurants are great too.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:08 AM   #4
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We stayed at the Aotearoa longhouse and just loved everything about the Poly! Just the special touches like, the Hawaiian music played throughout and the "Alohas" from the CMs. Being able to see the monorail, and castle from our window made us feel like we were in the middle of it all! Kids loved watching movies from the beach, and also seeing the Wishes fireworks with the music piped in, of course! It was truly magical!! Such a great experience all around!!!

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Old 04-14-2013, 09:04 AM   #5
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Thank you everyone!

I am getting excited. I've read many of the threads mentioning the poly and overall I think that we will love it...

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Old 04-14-2013, 09:13 AM   #6
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We have stayed there 3 times and love Hawaii. If you go without club level at Hawaii, hen the best house is Samoa. Close to everything and great view of the main pool. Hope you have fun. We at at AKLV in August. Love the quietness. Transportation is never an issue despite what others have reviewed.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:22 AM   #7
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favorite things:
the smell (really )
the little creek that runs from the lobby to the outside
the plants


it's a gorgeous resort that envelops you in its sights, sounds, and scents
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:27 AM   #8
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We've only stayed at the Poly once, but that was enough for us to fall in love with the resort and it's now our favorite . We stayed in Samoa and loved the location as it was just steps from the GCH, the volcano pool, the beach, and Captain Cooks. We love everything about the Poly. The rooms are large and spacious, the tropical atmosphere is beautiful, it's romantic walking around at night under the lit tiki torches, the beach is great for relaxing in a hammock while watching the fireworks, and it's magical being able to see the castle while swimming. We loved the Poly the minute we checked in and can't wait to return in December .

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Old 04-14-2013, 09:54 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Belle2007 View Post
Thank you everyone!

I am getting excited. I've read many of the threads mentioning the poly and overall I think that we will love it...
We are staying there as a split stay for the first time this July........and I also read every thread I can about it!!

I am so looking forward to staying there, it has been a dream of min for quite sometime. DH finally agreed to give it a try!!!
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:03 AM   #10
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We loved staying CL in Hawaii. The Poly itself is a beautiful resort and we loved the Volcano pool as well as the quiet pool. The restaurants are great although we do not do Ohanas as the cattle call- chaos factor is a turn off..however Kona Cafe is fantastic. As others have said watching Wishes from the beach is magical and the easy monorail access to MK and TTK is unbeatable.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:42 AM   #11
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One of my favorite things about the Poly are the beautiful grounds including the wide variety of plants and flowers, the torchlit walkways, the tikis around the grounds, etc. Also the fact that no matter what room classification you have, your room has an entire wall that is a sliding glass door, affording you a fantastic view of your surroundings. Whether your view is a top dollar MK view of the lagoon and castle or a GV with a view of the grounds, you can't go wrong.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:06 PM   #12
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Hearing about the Poly reminds me how much we love the Poly and miss it! The moment you walk in to the Poly you are transformed to another place. The music has a calming affect, the gardens are beautiful that you forget how much your feet hurt, and seeing the castle or watch wishes from the beach in a hammock is wonderful! I have never requested a longhouse except when we got lagoon view and we have never ever had a bad room or view. We love O'Hanas and the friendliness of the staff there and the whole atmosphere makes you feel like your surrounded by family. Captain Cook, a great place to grab some food and if you want to sit on the patio to eat that's even wonderful. We have had a great time at the luau and our planning going back this year but I have yet to eat at Kona's , I know! Last time we had drinks at the lounge and just hung out and talked to everyone it was so much fun. And the transportation, you can take the monorail to MK or my favorite take the boat over and you are just a short walk over to the TTC to jump on the Epcot monorail. I want to go back now!!
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I like the atmosphere and pools, plus being on the monorail. But mostly I love the restaurants. Kona Cafe is my favorite place in the world for breakfast. I have to have 'Ohana for dinner once every trip. I even like Captain Cook's better than most other quick service places...some unque offerings and even Dole Whip (but not Dole Whip floats!)
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:53 PM   #14
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The large rooms
Beautiful landscaping
fun pool
great dining options
Great transportation
Watching Wishes & EWP on the beach
Being able to see MK & Castle from all around the resort.
Kona Coffee bar
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Lobby is beautiful with all the plants and flowers, as another poster wrote the creek running to the outside. The tiki torches, the volcano pool, Kona, and Ohana is our favorite place to eat. When we are at other resorts we try to make a reservation there. The Cast Members. Transportaton, the beach. It's my wife's favorite resort and a very close second behind the WL for me. A very close second.
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