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Old 09-11-2013, 09:18 AM   #3136
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Guess everyone likes the new swamp motif at the Poly. Cool.
I'm thinking they haven't bothered doing anything about it because of the planned construction.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:40 AM   #3137
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I'm thinking they haven't bothered doing anything about it because of the planned construction.
I was thinking that as well but that would not account for the growth over by the beach in front of Aotearoa. I noticed it several years ago and its now all over the place. Really detracts from the look of the Poly beach IMHO. Hoping they clean it up during the construction as well.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:48 PM   #3138
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I was thinking that as well but that would not account for the growth over by the beach in front of Aotearoa. I noticed it several years ago and its now all over the place. Really detracts from the look of the Poly beach IMHO. Hoping they clean it up during the construction as well.
We live on the shore of Lake Huron. The last couple of years a very invasive (and tall!) species of grass has been invading the beach. In some areas it's completely taken over. Our local municipal council had to hire consultants and research the best methods to eradicate this grass. When they found a solution they had to apply to the ministry of natural resources for permission. I would assume Disney would have to undertake a similar process since it is part of a wetland. Since they have been considering and are now beginning construction maybe they decided to wait and take care of it all at the same time (even the stuff that is not on the beach affected by construction). At least here I know it's not as simple as just going out and hacking the grass down.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:18 AM   #3139
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Bumping us back up from half way down the second page because I am super excited. We just finalized plans for a surprise Christmas trip to WDW for our girls! For several years we have saved and had our family vacation in the fall at WDW. This year my DH wanted to do something different, so we cancelled our fall trip and booked a cruise for March. We were going to add a few days at WDW on at the beginning of that trip. However, now that it's fall we're all missing WDW and the Poly (especially with all of the changes coming) so we've booked a short trip with the room only discount for the first week of December (and will cancel the WDW portion of our cruise trip). While it won't exactly be at Christmas, who cares? It's Disney and what a great way to get into the spirit of the season! Did I mention I'm excited?!
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #3140
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Bumping us back up from half way down the second page because I am super excited. We just finalized plans for a surprise Christmas trip to WDW for our girls! For several years we have saved and had our family vacation in the fall at WDW. This year my DH wanted to do something different, so we cancelled our fall trip and booked a cruise for March. We were going to add a few days at WDW on at the beginning of that trip. However, now that it's fall we're all missing WDW and the Poly (especially with all of the changes coming) so we've booked a short trip with the room only discount for the first week of December (and will cancel the WDW portion of our cruise trip). While it won't exactly be at Christmas, who cares? It's Disney and what a great way to get into the spirit of the season! Did I mention I'm excited?!
Enjoy your trip! I would take the first week of December over Christmas week a million times over. You can have all the holiday spirit without the massive crush of humanity in the parks!
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:58 AM   #3141
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Bumping us back up from half way down the second page because I am super excited. We just finalized plans for a surprise Christmas trip to WDW for our girls! For several years we have saved and had our family vacation in the fall at WDW. This year my DH wanted to do something different, so we cancelled our fall trip and booked a cruise for March. We were going to add a few days at WDW on at the beginning of that trip. However, now that it's fall we're all missing WDW and the Poly (especially with all of the changes coming) so we've booked a short trip with the room only discount for the first week of December (and will cancel the WDW portion of our cruise trip). While it won't exactly be at Christmas, who cares? It's Disney and what a great way to get into the spirit of the season! Did I mention I'm excited?!
Awesome!!! Growing up we always went the 2nd week of December. I think the 1st week will be perfect. It will be WAY less crowded than Christmas!!! All Christmas decor will be up and you won't know it's not Christmas day. How long is your cruise in March? I cannot wait to go on another cruise. We have a 7 night planned for the end of August and trying to figure out a way to afford a 3 night in May.

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Old 09-12-2013, 11:29 AM   #3142
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Awesome!!! Growing up we always went the 2nd week of December. I think the 1st week will be perfect. It will be WAY less crowded than Christmas!!! All Christmas decor will be up and you won't know it's not Christmas day. How long is your cruise in March? I cannot wait to go on another cruise. We have a 7 night planned for the end of August and trying to figure out a way to afford a 3 night in May.

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We went the first week of December in 2010 and we loved it. Since it's been 3 years we're hoping it will especially exciting for the kids to go back during the holidays (mind you we're usually there around Halloween/F&W, which is pretty awesome too!) We are going to do our darndest to keep it a secret right up until we leave. This will be their Christmas present!

We are taking a 7-day western for our cruise in March. We've been told many times how fantastic it will be. I have to admit I've never been very interested in cruising, but I'm optimistic that so many people can't been wrong!
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:38 AM   #3143
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We live on the shore of Lake Huron. The last couple of years a very invasive (and tall!) species of grass has been invading the beach. In some areas it's completely taken over. Our local municipal council had to hire consultants and research the best methods to eradicate this grass. When they found a solution they had to apply to the ministry of natural resources for permission. I would assume Disney would have to undertake a similar process since it is part of a wetland. Since they have been considering and are now beginning construction maybe they decided to wait and take care of it all at the same time (even the stuff that is not on the beach affected by construction). At least here I know it's not as simple as just going out and hacking the grass down.
That's very interesting. Wonder if it's a similar situation. Maybe it's another way to keep people from swimming in the lagoon. Either way, it looks horrible! Guess I'm dwelling on it but I've been going to the Poly since I was a kid in the 70's and I hate any reduction of it's beauty.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:46 AM   #3144
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We went the first week of December in 2010 and we loved it. Since it's been 3 years we're hoping it will especially exciting for the kids to go back during the holidays (mind you we're usually there around Halloween/F&W, which is pretty awesome too!) We are going to do our darndest to keep it a secret right up until we leave. This will be their Christmas present!

We are taking a 7-day western for our cruise in March. We've been told many times how fantastic it will be. I have to admit I've never been very interested in cruising, but I'm optimistic that so many people can't been wrong!
That's the one we're taking the end of August, the 7 night western. You will love it!! The 4 night Bahamian cruise we just took was my 1st cruise and I'm hooked. We always loved going to WDW but after the cruise we decided to just stick with the cruises the next few years, we loved it that much! The CM's on the cruise were amazing!!! I will say, I was more excited for the resort stay but ended up liking the cruise much better!!!

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Old 09-12-2013, 12:28 PM   #3145
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Bumping us back up from half way down the second page because I am super excited. We just finalized plans for a surprise Christmas trip to WDW for our girls! For several years we have saved and had our family vacation in the fall at WDW. This year my DH wanted to do something different, so we cancelled our fall trip and booked a cruise for March. We were going to add a few days at WDW on at the beginning of that trip. However, now that it's fall we're all missing WDW and the Poly (especially with all of the changes coming) so we've booked a short trip with the room only discount for the first week of December (and will cancel the WDW portion of our cruise trip). While it won't exactly be at Christmas, who cares? It's Disney and what a great way to get into the spirit of the season! Did I mention I'm excited?!
Good for you!! We went in December last year and loved it, especially the storytellers at Epcot. The weather was great and crowds were manageable. We're going end of October this year for F&W and Halloween party.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:34 PM   #3146
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Good for you!! We went in December last year and loved it, especially the storytellers at Epcot. The weather was great and crowds were manageable. We're going end of October this year for F&W and Halloween party.
We've traded trips! We usually go the last week of October and hit MNSSHP and F&W. Love that time of year. The fall decorations are great, the weather is usually beautiful and the crowds are good.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:28 PM   #3147
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We are Poly bound tomorrow!! That is if we can escape all of this flooding at home. It's crazy - I've never seen so much water. My kids got a "rain day" today because we had so much rain that the roads are closed. I've lived in Colorado my whole life and have never seen this. I sure hope our plane can take off tomorrow!
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We are Poly bound tomorrow!! That is if we can escape all of this flooding at home. It's crazy - I've never seen so much water. My kids got a "rain day" today because we had so much rain that the roads are closed. I've lived in Colorado my whole life and have never seen this. I sure hope our plane can take off tomorrow!
Good luck! Poly bound Saturday, maybe we will run into each other!

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Does the Poly have the new mug program with the RFID?
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No construction as of yet we have checked daily...
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