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Old 08-04-2014, 01:30 PM   #1651
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I need some help or opinions from those who have stayed at the Poly before or are currently staying there during the construction. I am currently booked at the Beach Club for the second week of September. We are taking our little boy, who is two for his first trip. I originally picked he BC because I thought he would love the pool, and I liked the idea of walking to Epcot. Well, turns put my little boy doesn't care about swimming he loves watching videos of the monorail. I tried to change our reservation to the GF, but they are full ( this is a trip win, so the availability is a little different ). The only monorail resort left is the Poly, and I am considering g it. My son has two favorite things right now- constructions sites and trains. So, essentially it would be his dream vacation! On the plus side, with the resort being half empty I could probably bet on getting a room with everything I want- king bed, day bed and balcony. So anyway, a few questions? Is there still a quick coffee/ counter service area for a quick bite? Is there more than one beach area where my son could play in the sand? Also, which buildings are good to stay in right now- I don't care about a castle view, just something pretty and quiet. Anyway, just thinking out loud I guess and trying to weigh my options. Maybe I should just stay put...and stop over thinking it
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:44 PM   #1652
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Forget it, after looking at some current photos, I will just stay put. Maybe for our next trip!
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:56 PM   #1653
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Hey Tikiman - (oh yeaaaah)

For the back walkway/Nanea pool work will ALL of that remain closed until the pool is complete or do you think they'll reopen the walkway before the pool is done?

I'll be out there at the end of December (NYE) and while I knew the pool and GCH would be under construction, the pool wasn't going to be an issue (quiet pool would suffice if we swim at all) and I was hoping that most of the GCH work would be done (at least the lobby) by that point but the back walkway threw me for a loop.

At the very least I'll be in Hawaii with a TPV room (I just have to figure out how to score a 3rd floor room coming into the middle of Christmas Week. )
That’s going to be expensive. Over $1000 a night during that season.

If you mean the path between the GCH and the pool area I would only be guessing at this point but I would have to guess that it will not be open until the pool is. The reason I am saying that is because the pool deck is to be extended towards the GCH, maybe even as far as where the outside seating for Captain Cook’s use to be so until that is completed I would expect that access between the GCH and the pool area will not be open. It is possible that the doors out of the GCH on the back side will be open if they complete the Gathering Place and the Pineapple Lanai so you may be able to exit the GCH from the back. I can’t say for sure at this point though. I don’t have enough information.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:28 PM   #1654
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That’s going to be expensive. Over $1000 a night during that season.
Ya don't say... (I booked the rooms last March to make sure I'd get them but don't think that's a problem now! It's a once-in-a-lifetime family trip. My family wanted to do Christmas at Disney sometime and I'd have preferred just doing it in Nov/Dec but most of my family works retail and getting anytime off during that time is impossible for them. But that's why I'm only staying 2 nights. 30 and the 31st. ) If it weren't for the fact that Hawaii TPV has some of the best views of the NYE fireworks I'd probably be relocating elsewhere.

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If you mean the path between the GCH and the pool area I would only be guessing at this point but I would have to guess that it will not be open until the pool is.
That's what I was thinking - I was hoping it was just to install a new water feature out back to fit with the new arrangement and that had a chance of being done by then. Although I'd think with Captain Cooks opening in a coupla months that they'd have to open up the back partway to make it accessible from the GCH? Otherwise, anyone staying east of the GCH would have to go through the GCH and back around to get to it.)

We're not going to be too much at the resort anyway except for the latter part of NYE - (The plan is to stay far away from the parks at that point!)

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Old 08-04-2014, 03:44 PM   #1655
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Ya don't say... (I booked the rooms last March to make sure I'd get them but don't think that's a problem now! It's a once-in-a-lifetime family trip. My family wanted to do Christmas at Disney sometime and I'd have preferred just doing it in Nov/Dec but most of my family works retail and getting anytime off during that time is impossible for them. But that's why I'm only staying 2 nights. 30 and the 31st. ) If it weren't for the fact that Hawaii TPV has some of the best views of the NYE fireworks I'd probably be relocating elsewhere.



That's what I was thinking - I was hoping it was just to install a new water feature out back to fit with the new arrangement and that had a chance of being done by then. Although I'd think with Captain Cooks opening in a coupla months that they'd have to open up the back partway to make it accessible from the GCH? Otherwise, anyone staying east of the GCH would have to go through the GCH and back around to get to it.)

We're not going to be too much at the resort anyway except for the latter part of NYE - (The plan is to stay far away from the parks at that point!)

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Anyone staying east or west of the GCH will have to go through the GCH to get to Captain Cook’s when it first opens because that outside patio will be part of the pool deck and the patio on the other side will be the patio for Trader Sam’s. That won’t be completed until February so I would guess there will still be no access along the north side of the GCH other than out the back doors of the lobby.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:25 PM   #1656
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:36 AM   #1657
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Any idea when they will be finished with DVC and allow guests to start booking the studios and villas?
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:20 PM   #1658
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Booked my return trip to the Poly for June 8-17, 2015. Can't wait to see all the changes. We booked at rack rate because AAA doesn't have a room discount for 2015 (which I hope will change). I will be waiting to see spring 2015 pins to try to get a better rate.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:14 AM   #1659
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Booked my return trip to the Poly for June 8-17, 2015. Can't wait to see all the changes. We booked at rack rate because AAA doesn't have a room discount for 2015 (which I hope will change). I will be waiting to see spring 2015 pins to try to get a better rate.
Congrats!

I was just coming to post if there is any speculation on what the resort would be like at that time. Pool and GCH should be done?
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:08 AM   #1660
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video of opened captain cooks

Here is a video and small review. Looks about the same overall to me.
New food additions and way that you order.


http://blog.wdwinfo.com/2014/08/14/p...efurbishment/#
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:29 AM   #1661
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looks like CC is in the same space, just with new decor, or am i wrong on that?
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:35 AM   #1662
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looks like CC is in the same space, just with new decor, or am i wrong on that?
No, you are not wrong ... same place, same size. They just freshened up the décor, apparently took out the ordering kiosks and added some new menu items.
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:40 AM   #1663
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i miss the dole whip but overall looks good to me
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:46 PM   #1664
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I'm sure this has been discussed before but I haven't been back in a while and I'm starting to ponder our next trip to Poly now…

We go to WDW and stay at the Poly every year for my kids' bdays, usually at the end of Jan. We've stayed in both Hawaii and Tokelau several times. We love the quiet pool and the convenience of the monorail from both the GCH and TTC (we have a DD in a wheelchair so accessibility is key). With all of the construction happening, is it still worth it to stay at the Poly? What will still be closed at that time? Tikiman, your advice been incredibly helpful all these years so we appreciate anything you have to say on the matter. Thanks!

Oh and I haven't missed any deals released for that time yet, have I? I think it's usually Oct.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:45 AM   #1665
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So torn between the Poly and WL during the week of Xmas. Any idea of how the resort will be at that time? Will the quiet pool be open? I see there is a small bar there (unfortunately my favorite bartender Tim left). Any other changes? We would prob stay GV CL if we stay. We are taking friends who have never been!! We have stayed at the WL last two years at Xmas and this summer at the GF. I just love being on the monorail. So easy to go back and forth and so many dining options.
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