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Old 05-23-2013, 02:19 PM   #31
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I thought it was closed for renovations??
The Spa was closed for awhile for renovations but the fitness center stayed open and I am pretty sure that the Spa has reopened.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:06 PM   #32
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Since the Poly is where you have always wanted to stay and it's just you and your DH for your 10th year anniversary, I would go with the Poly. Also, keep in mind, almost all the longhouses will have been refurbished at that point. We have stayed at the Poly the past 3 yrs and the pool has not been crowded, we stay the 1st week in Sept.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:40 PM   #33
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Both Resorts are nice, Poly has a slightly more romantic feel, but YC/BC is close to Epcot and HS and Boardwalk which is nice for early evenings. There are going to be big changes happening around Poly over the next few years so that might influence your decision. For info on those changes, check out tikimanpages. Which parks will you be going to more? What about a Disney Cruise?
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:45 PM   #34
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The Poly is amazingly romantic.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:29 AM   #35
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Which longhouse to choose?

My husband and I finally decided to go with the Polynesian after looking at tons of pictures of both resorts. We also checked prices and, in the end, it was not that much more for Poly rooms since the 30% discount is not available on garden view rooms at BC anymore. However, we are going to try to stay at BC next trip with the kids. It seems more family oriented resort with the sand bottom pool and Beaches and Cream. Polynesian just has that tropical romantic feeling that we are looking for. Thanks for every ones help.

Now that I have chose can anyone suggest the best longhouse to stay in when booked in a standard view room.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:36 AM   #36
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My husband and I finally decided to go with the Polynesian after looking at tons of pictures of both resorts. We also checked prices and, in the end, it was not that much more for Poly rooms since the 30% discount is not available on garden view rooms at BC anymore. However, we are going to try to stay at BC next trip with the kids. It seems more family oriented resort with the sand bottom pool and Beaches and Cream. Polynesian just has that tropical romantic feeling that we are looking for. Thanks for every ones help.

Now that I have chose can anyone suggest the best longhouse to stay in when booked in a standard view room.
I'm glad you went with the Poly! I would suggest you pick the Tokelau longhouse. We had a standard view, which ended up having a view of the quiet pool. It was nice and close to the food court and not that long of a walk away from the main pool.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:53 AM   #37
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My husband and I finally decided to go with the Polynesian after looking at tons of pictures of both resorts. We also checked prices and, in the end, it was not that much more for Poly rooms since the 30% discount is not available on garden view rooms at BC anymore. However, we are going to try to stay at BC next trip with the kids. It seems more family oriented resort with the sand bottom pool and Beaches and Cream. Polynesian just has that tropical romantic feeling that we are looking for. Thanks for every ones help.

Now that I have chose can anyone suggest the best longhouse to stay in when booked in a standard view room.
We have stayed at the Poly many times. Our last visitwe felt with hit the jackpot with the view - we were also booked in a standard room. We requested Fiji and had a beautiful view overlooking the grounds in front of Luah Cove and the lake. Another great plus was the 1 minute walk to the Grand Ceremonial House. You made a great choice. I am always torn to try another resort and in the past when we did, my heart would always ache to be at the Polynesian
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:11 AM   #38
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My husband and I finally decided to go with the Polynesian after looking at tons of pictures of both resorts. We also checked prices and, in the end, it was not that much more for Poly rooms since the 30% discount is not available on garden view rooms at BC anymore. However, we are going to try to stay at BC next trip with the kids. It seems more family oriented resort with the sand bottom pool and Beaches and Cream. Polynesian just has that tropical romantic feeling that we are looking for. Thanks for every ones help.

Now that I have chose can anyone suggest the best longhouse to stay in when booked in a standard view room.
You won't regret choosing the Poly.....it's an awesome resort .
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:29 AM   #39
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I've stayed a Polynesian Concierge and Yacht Club Concierge. I found the Yacht Club to be "too stiff" for me. I enjoyed the Polynesian themeing a whole lot more.

That said, I know the rates have really gone up. Honestly, the rooms at the Polynesian are just ok. Nothing all that special. It's the rest of the resort that you are paying for. (in my opinion) The rooms (comfort of beds) at Swan are much better in my opinion - but the magical feel is missing.

If I was going to choose, I might try the Beach Club - especially if the price was better. Walking around the boardwalk and Epcot is very romantic. Don't put too much weight on the fact that the Beach Club has a better fitness center (As my now ex husband said, "I've spent all day walking in a theme park..I don't feel like exercising". Good point.)

But, if in your heart you want the Polynesian (and it won't put you in debt) ...go for it because it may be a once in a lifetime trip? If it means being in debt $800 and that is a hardship, choose the Beach Club because you will have a spectacular time there too.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:46 AM   #40
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My husband and I finally decided to go with the Polynesian after looking at tons of pictures of both resorts. We also checked prices and, in the end, it was not that much more for Poly rooms since the 30% discount is not available on garden view rooms at BC anymore. However, we are going to try to stay at BC next trip with the kids. It seems more family oriented resort with the sand bottom pool and Beaches and Cream. Polynesian just has that tropical romantic feeling that we are looking for. Thanks for every ones help.

Now that I have chose can anyone suggest the best longhouse to stay in when booked in a standard view room.
Great choice!!!! I recommend the Fiji longhouse marina view. You have a view of the GCH, back of the volcano pool, and the marina. It's a very short walk to the GCH and also a short walk to the boat that will take you to MK. This past year we had a room on the 3rd floor and we loved relaxing on the balcony with the great view and the resort music playing in the background!
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:50 AM   #41
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I think the Poly is crazy expensive. There are a lot of great meals you could get for the amount you're spending there. I LOVE the Beach Club and being able to walk to 2 parks is wonderful. You can be inside the gates of Epcot in about 5 minutes. I would probably stay at the BCR over the Poly even if they were the same rate.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:13 PM   #42
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I would split and stay at both (but we like split-stays). I have stayed at the Poly, the BC and the YC. YC is more "adult" in a way, but I agree with you that the Poly (with it's gardens, the beach, the hammocks, the fireworks at night...) is a more romantic resort.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:14 PM   #43
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for standard rooms i've stayed in tokelau, tahiti, and rapa nui. i like tokelau when we're spending time in the lobby areas (like doing regular breakfasts, using the pool a lot etc...) but still want easy access to the transportation ticket center and bus area. But I really love tahiti and rapa nui when we're there in the cooler months or aren't with a pool going group, have someone with us who has stroller aged children, or are there for things like food and wine in which we'll be doing all our eating inside the park. tahiti and rapa nui are not just quiet but they're close to parking and crazy close to walk to the transportation ticket center. it makes it fantastic for hitting the monorail for either wdw on the express train or directly to epcot without having to change trains. it's also a short walk to the bus station.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:43 PM   #44
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I would pick BC hands down. Of course the Poly doesn't appeal to me all that much, but with the Boardwalk and Epcot right there at the BC we would have so much more to do for us. We just stayed there with the kids and more than once did I wish we could take advantage of some time there alone, just the two of us. If I wanted to spend that extra 800 bucks I'd spend it on things we could do together not just our resort.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:46 PM   #45
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I would pick BC hands down. Of course the Poly doesn't appeal to me all that much, but with the Boardwalk and Epcot right there at the BC we would have so much more to do for us. We just stayed there with the kids and more than once did I wish we could take advantage of some time there alone, just the two of us. If I wanted to spend that extra 800 bucks I'd spend it on things we could do together not just our resort.
Just playing devil's advocate, but the OP could stay at the Dolphin and save half of that $800. Some times it is the intangibles that make us pick the resort we pick.
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