ALOHA! The Polynesian Resort Information Thread: September 2012

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  1. Mommy to Kayla

    Mommy to Kayla Mouseketeer

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    I'm sorry to hear your trip was a disaster. If you don't mind me asking, what happened?
     
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  3. disneymomma76

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    Thanks for posting merchandise pics. :) Cute, cute, cute!

    We were there June 2012 and bought the blue Hawaiian shirts and yellow tie. My youngest has outgrown his shirt and I was hoping they would still be there so we could get him a new one. YEAH!
     
  4. WDWKOOK

    WDWKOOK NOW WITH LESS TAG!

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    Yes, please elaborate on ..."The parks were a disaster.":scared:
     
  5. sjs314

    sjs314 "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and

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    Thanks for the review of the Poly I am so looking forward top my first stay there in Nov unless they have started the DVC construction which I agree will ruin a beautiful Resort. sorry you came home disappointed, it happens I came home from our last trip which was perfect except for one incident. I said no more trips to Disney and here I am returning this Nov. I think DH will change his mind.
     
  6. jaz0308

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    Love the merchandise pics! Makes me want to be there soooooo bad!
     
  7. mickeynut1

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    Love the merchandise pics.....thanks for posting them :goodvibes.

    I look forward to reading it ::yes::.

    I'm glad you loved the Poly (it's our favorite ;)), but I'm sorry the rest of the trip wasn't what you had hoped for.
     
  8. psac

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    That's why it was classified as a lagoon view and not a theme park view. Some lagoon views do give a view of MK, but not all for sure. Hope you enjoy the stay!!!
     
  9. Cindie-rella

    Cindie-rella ...Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age.

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    Well 1st of all it rained for like 4 days. 1 day it rained all day. That's not by any means a fault of Disney's, but all the same it really did put a damper on many of our plans. Of all my past trips to Disney at this same exact time of year we never had not even 1 day of rain. This trip more than made up for it. It wasn't just a passing shower or thunderstorm...it was all day gloomy steady and pouring rain ! UGH ! Ok beyond that...rides we waited in line for either closed, such as test track. Got fast passes. Waited 3 hrs for our time. Went back and fast pass line was slammed. Waited yet another hour and 10 min...our turn next, CLOSED! Ok, again b/c of rain but they couldn't even offer you another fast pass for the next day?!!! Haunted Mansion broke down twice. 1st nite at MK was stuck for 20 while inside waiting to board. We got out of there and never rode it b/c I am claustrophobic !!!!!!!! Next day DH and DGD go back and it breaks down while they are riding it! Splash Mtn. kept stopping in the middle of the ride, not briefly but for like 10 min at a time, 3 different times! And nonetheless right before the big drop! They sat and waited quite a bit again...ruined the whole excitement of the ride. Winnie the pooh broke down while in line too. Now the lines for rides were not short by any means. We would not have even been able to ride Toy Story if some kind man didn't hand us his 3 fastpasses. I have never had to deal with such crowds at Disney! Every big ride had such a long wait ! Ridiculous. We hardly rode anything all week esp. compared to other years. In the past most rides, even the "main" ones were only a 20-25 min wait ! This is no longer a moderate time of year. It was sooo crowded at times we just went back to the resort. Droves of cheerleader competitors and their friends and families, local schools had their class trips. Too many of them IMO ! Parks were filled with so many teens it was like an invasion....not kidding!
    I talked to a manager at the front desk at POLY and told him my complaints. He totally agreed with me. Said that this was usually a really good time of year to visit the parks, even him as a local and an employee "used" to love this time of year to bring their families. He then said what is happening is Disney has recognized all their "slower" times and has been trying to fill in all the gaps over the entire year by either offering the general public discounts or esp. by giving tremendous discounts to the competitors, dance, cheerleaders, sports etc. Not only to the competitor their self, but to any one who travels with them. He told me they get some really great deals. So now Disney will try and fill the place to capacity all year long!
    It was just too crowded for us. Wait lines extreme, everywhere you went crowds were uncomfortable. I have been there only 6 times before, but this was the worst I have experienced. We always had the perfect trip up until now. Our last trip before this was in 08. It was great. Low wait times, walk up to most any restaurant, character or not and get seated within 5-10 min. w/o adr's ! The free dining plan has ruined that. And if people figure it out, the dining plan is NOT worth it. At least not for a family of 3. Maybe those with lots of kids I haven't figured that out yet, but for us Disney would have gotten even more of our money. They make it sound so spectacular but we would have lost money on that and yet you have to practically order what they tell you. No thanks !:sad2:
    Bad Disney experience for us. So bad DH says no more! With spending almost $9000. we could have had a few vacations elsewhere without all the hassle we had to go thru. I really looked forward to this trip, esp staying at the POLY and all the money spent we should have left with smiles on our faces....It really has been a disappointment!
     
  10. mmmears

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    Thanks for posting the Poly-specific merchandise! I love it! If they had more items like that last summer, Disney would have gotten some more of our money. :rotfl:
     
  11. jw50

    jw50 <font color=purple>I might make it sound more emba

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    This thread is not by year, but the DIS limits threads to 250 pages so as soon as this one hits 250 page it will be closed and a new one will be started.
     
  12. rcraw45425

    rcraw45425 <font color=darkorchid>I'm a 43 year old mom with

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    I'm sorry you didn't have a good time but I'm having a hard time imagining spending almost $9K on any domestic vacation, especially one that was only a few days long......... :confused3
     
  13. disneydreamin247

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    I spent close to 9k the last 2 years. :confused3
     
  14. Alli76

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    We probably spent that much too with airfare dining and all extras... That being said
     
  15. Alli76

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    We probably spent that much too with airfare, dining and club level. That being said we had a much better time. We were there the same time and although I HATED the rain (Started about the same time as our cabana reservation) , we had a great time. We were able to ride many of the major headliners more than once. Had some ride breakdowns even on things that we would never expect like Pooh.. And splash mtn was crazy how many times we were stopped for brer fox and brer bear causing commotion. I already can't wait to go back... The question is when and where. I think that i am going to go back to work and we hope to be moving next year.. So 2014 is probably out. 2015 planning is already in my head.. Poly will depend on construction. Maybe I will try a new resort - YIKES!
     
  16. AstroDad

    AstroDad Earning My Ears

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    Depends on a lot of factors, but here is the breakdown for our October trip coming up:

    Family of 5

    7 nights at the Poly, 8 day park tickets, Park Hopper, Reg DDP = $7,193
    Flight $1,221
    Bags $125
    Tips $200
    Photopass Plus $150
    MNSSHP $330

    Total $9,219

    That doesn't include any incidentals, meals/snacks not covered by DDP, souvenirs, etc., so I am totally expecting things to end up over 10k. Hoping for Free Dining...that would knock that down by $1,400 for us, but keeping it either way and I assume if we don't get FD there will be some other offer to save us at least $750 - $1k.
     
  17. disneydreamin247

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    Mine was after a 51% discount! lol
     
  18. jw50

    jw50 <font color=purple>I might make it sound more emba

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    I don't think she said how long they stayed, but unless they were staying CL TPL or in one of the suites it had to be more than a few days to be $9K for a family of 3.

    In 2007 we spent over $7K for two of us for 8 nights at the Poly on the Platinum Plan, and that was value season and a regular GV room. ;)

    I think you would be surprised how many people spend $9K or more on a trip to Disney.

    A week vacation for two at the Poly can easily run more than $6K when you factor in all that you spend while you are on vacation, especially if you like to eat well while you are there.
     
  19. AstroDad

    AstroDad Earning My Ears

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    Based on her previous posts it looks like she stay 8 nights with Lagoon view wit park hoppers and water park.
     
  20. valenrandy

    valenrandy From Astroworld to Disneyworld

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    Hello!!!

    Very happy to join you fine folks tonight:-)

    I'm happy to say that we just booked poly for 4th of July week for 7 nights (sat-sat) and we are very excited!!!! Funny thing is about an hour earlier I had booked contemporary TPV but the wife balked lol! So Poly Lagoon view it is. We used our AP discount so it was a little easier on the wallet. I do have some questions I figured y'all can help me out with :-). .....

    1. I know requests are not for certain but... What are the odds that I get Tahiti if I request it considering the long houses that will be MIA for the refurb during that time frame???

    2. Would you prefer a 3rd floor balcony or a 1st floor patio for a lagoon view room?

    Thanks!!! I hope our room has a nice view of the park :-) TPV was not available for our dates but I have seen some promising looking lagoon view pictures. Anybody care to share any???

    Thanks!!!
     
  21. valenrandy

    valenrandy From Astroworld to Disneyworld

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    One more thing lol....

    In your opinion, what would be the ideal room/location request for a lagoon view room?

    Thanks again!
     
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