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Old 07-31-2013, 08:30 PM   #1546
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Thinking about switching from YC to Poly...Do all standard view bathrooms share a sink and vanity area with the toilet and shower? TIA
Yup, we were in Hawaii and everything was in the bathroom. Hopefully someone who is in another refurbed longhouse can report back on the bathroom situation there!
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I bought the neatest GIS green nail polish today so if anyone who is there during the time we are, Aug 4-11, sees me don't hesitate to step up and say hi. Also if anybody wants to get together during that time let me know and we can figure out where and when.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:19 PM   #1548
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How close are the resorts to Universal? Are you able to walk back to them or do you have to take a bus? We are staying at Portofino Bay.
I'm guessing from a poor memory...Royal Pacific is 8-10 minute walk to IOA maybe 15 minutes or so to Studios; Hard Rock about 6-9 minutes to Studios maybe 15 to IOA. Portofino is farther away but I've never been to it.

The 3 hotels have boats and shuttles; we've ridden the boats that get to the middle of the City Walk but they don't save a lot of time. I haven't been on the shuttles. Boats or shuttle may be a better option for Portofino??
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:21 PM   #1549
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I'm guessing from a poor memory...Royal Pacific is 8-10 minute walk to IOA maybe 15 minutes or so to Studios; Hard Rock about 6-9 minutes to Studios maybe 15 to IOA. Portofino is farther away but I've never been to it.

The 3 hotels have boats and shuttles; we've ridden the boats that get to the middle of the City Walk but they don't save a lot of time. I haven't been on the shuttles. Boats or shuttle may be a better option for Portofino??
Thank you so much! I really appreciate the info.
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Yup, we were in Hawaii and everything was in the bathroom. Hopefully someone who is in another refurbed longhouse can report back on the bathroom situation there!
Here in Samoa we have refurb rooms and they have the two sinks and toilet in with the shower/tub. I love all the counter space! We ended up not needing our over the door organizer after all.
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We're here! We're here! Got out request - Tokelau 1st floor. Room was ready at 1:30 when we checked in. And we have a working fridge! Yay!!!
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:03 PM   #1552
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A couple of Poly Travel questions...

I have heard people mention a ferry and a boat launch... are these different?? I'm assuming you can take the ferry to MK? Is the boat launch for sport boat rentals??

Also, we have an 8am CRT reservation - should we take monorail that day? Any pointers on when to head out? I've just read it "unexpectedly" breaks down quite often and is not a sure method of transportation. I've never heard of this before, but that 8am ressie make me nervous for some reason.

We also have an 8am Akershus reservation for later in our stay... what time would you recommend hitting the monorail for that one? Or should we bus???
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Here in Samoa we have refurb rooms and they have the two sinks and toilet in with the shower/tub. I love all the counter space! We ended up not needing our over the door organizer after all.
Hey there! How are you liking Samoa? We love the counter space too, plenty of room for all our stuff. I can't believe we only have 2 full park days left though. This week is going by too fast!!!
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I bought the neatest GIS green nail polish today so if anyone who is there during the time we are, Aug 4-11, sees me don't hesitate to step up and say hi. Also if anybody wants to get together during that time let me know and we can figure out where and when.
We'll be there the same dates. I will keep my eye out for your nails! I haven't decided what color I'm going with yet.
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The new Room Only discounts are out!! I was really hoping to upgrade to CL but Poly discounts are very limited for our November dates.

I could switch to WL and save over $1000... But my heart is set on Poly. I've never actually seen either one in person, so what do I know?! I realize I'm asking Poly people, but please weigh in - what do you think about WL?
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:00 AM   #1557
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A couple of Poly Travel questions...

I have heard people mention a ferry and a boat launch... are these different?? I'm assuming you can take the ferry to MK? Is the boat launch for sport boat rentals??

Also, we have an 8am CRT reservation - should we take monorail that day? Any pointers on when to head out? I've just read it "unexpectedly" breaks down quite often and is not a sure method of transportation. I've never heard of this before, but that 8am ressie make me nervous for some reason.

We also have an 8am Akershus reservation for later in our stay... what time would you recommend hitting the monorail for that one? Or should we bus???
The ferry goes from TTC to MK. the resort launch goes from MK to GF to Poly to MK.
To get to MK, take the resort launch, it's a straight trip to MK. the monorail would stop at the GF before MK. Plan to be at the resort launch about 7:25 ish.
To get to EPCOT, walk to TTC and get on EPCOT monorail. For an 8 am ADR I'd be there about 7:15
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:08 AM   #1558
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The new Room Only discounts are out!! I was really hoping to upgrade to CL but Poly discounts are very limited for our November dates.

I could switch to WL and save over $1000... But my heart is set on Poly. I've never actually seen either one in person, so what do I know?! I realize I'm asking Poly people, but please weigh in - what do you think about WL?
If you can afford the 1000 without killing yourself I would go for the Poly. The Poly CL is the best in all the resorts. If you can't afford it I have heard good things about WL too. Where the Poly has the monorail the WL has a boat but I am not sure exactly what park it goes to. At the Poly you are closer to the parks, WL you are a bit farther away. I have been to the WL to eat and it is a very pretty resort. It is very rustic and woodsy.

You need to figure what is best for your budget because if you are stressing about money you won't enjoy the Poly as much as you could.
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The new Room Only discounts are out!! I was really hoping to upgrade to CL but Poly discounts are very limited for our November dates.

I could switch to WL and save over $1000... But my heart is set on Poly. I've never actually seen either one in person, so what do I know?! I realize I'm asking Poly people, but please weigh in - what do you think about WL?
No Poly Std for my dates either, WL CL was available but we booked BWI CL so no Poly this trip but I'm ok with that since our main thing is F&W this Trip.

We stayed at WL 2x and it was our favorite before we tried BWI.
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Well I talked to dh about the new codes and a trip to Disney in December. Because of my kids school schedule we would have to do several nights at rack rate. I would love more than anything to stay at the Poly in December but I have to be realistic. We are spending a ton of money on this August vacation and I can't realistically spend another 3 to 4 thousand dollars on another one in December. I think we have pretty much decided on staying at POFQ garden view. The price is right for us and it is one of the more compact prettier moderates and it has queen beds. We have stayed at CBR before but they still have double beds and we feel we would be more comfortable in queen beds. I will still visit my beloved Poly though. We have to eat at Ohana. It is a tradition on every vacation.
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