ALOHA! The Polynesian Resort Information Thread: September 2012

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  1. pixarmom

    pixarmom DIS Veteran

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    Samoa would be my first choice and Tokelau my second. (Well, Hawaii would be my first choice, but I can't book it due to the renovations - boo!) I like the location of Samoa (near GCH and Captain Cook's) and the fact that the 3rd floor rooms facing the volcano pool have such an amazing view. But if Samoa isn't available, I think the quiet pool side of Tokelau would be great for both view and the central location between GCH and TTC.

    Anyone know about the views on the other side of Tokelau?

    Tikiman's site still has the renovation for Samoa listed as Jan-March, and the renovation for Tokelau listed as March-May, so if that's confirmed at some point soon, it may be a Tokelau request for me!

    P.S. I would simply list the factors that are important to me - balcony, nice view, near GCH. But "nice view" is subjective and "near GCH" could put us in Fiji, and I'd prefer a location like Tokelau or Samoa so that we're not far away from TTC. Not a big deal - nothing is that far - but if we're talking about ideal location, those two buildings meet the criteria!
     
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  3. Masonmj84

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    At the Poly now.

    Just finished dinner at Citricos followed by Wishes on the beach.

    Had breakfast at Kona and dinner at 'Ohana yesterday.

    The Monorail has been down all evening.

    Hope it's up and running by tomorrow morning as we have an 8:15 am ADR at Crystal Palace.
     
  4. kathie859

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    Take the boat that leaves from the beach dock. It's super quick and drops you right by security check. I'd call and check if it'll be running that early.
     
  5. sandym718

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    We've stayed in Tokelau 4 times, twice on each side. I love the East side ( not facing the quiet pool). We stayed there in 2007and 2009, first floor. Both those trips the kids still napped. DH and I loved having the lawn area off the patio. We stayed on the patio if we wanted shade, but for sun, we just pulled the chairs onto the lawn in the sun. Just a step off the patio and there's a water view! The walkway on that side is also very far from the building, so that's nice as well.

    In 2011, we were on the pool side, in the end room that's really more of a lagoon view. It honestly wasn't my favorite, but it was fine. I just felt like the walkways were close and we couldn't really exit the patio because of the bushes. Whereas the other side, DH and I could take turns going for a walk, to get a snack, etc without having to go through the room and disturb the kids.

    This year, we were again pool side and at first I was disappointed, but I ended up loving it. We were about in the middle of that wing (toward the lagoon) and it was such an easy hop to the pool. Just the last one out had to go out the regular door ;). We went with a group this time and spent a lot of late afternoon time at the quiet pool with cocktails.

    So, after all that.... Both sides of Tokealu are Great!!! Both sides have their pluses. For us, having that building and first floor is most important. We'll be returning in 2014 and I don't think I'll request East side as usual, we'll just take what we get (well, as long as it's Tokelau, first floor!)
     
  6. Masonmj84

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    Am on the East side of Tokelou now (first floor) now. Very quiet.
     
  7. guitarob

    guitarob Polynesian Obsessed

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    Home... Home again... I like to be here, when I can...

    We're back in the Hawaii building and it's wonderful as usual. We had a great lunch at the Kona, and are taking it easy for the afternoon before heading out to Narcoossee's for dinner tonight. It's good to be back!
     
  8. Napria

    Napria It really *is* the Happiest Place!

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    How's the weather? Do you come back from the parks cold and tired? Is it good to warm your bones beside the fire? Sorry, couldn't resist, lol.

    Seriously though, is it warm enough to swim?
     
  9. pixarmom

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    Sandy and Mason, thanks for your Tokelau info - very helpful! Mason, enjoy your stay!

    guitarob, enjoy! (And let them know we'd be very appreciative if they would just hold off on that renovation for a few weeks so that we can change our reservation to Hawaii!!!) :) Have a great time!
     
  10. pokes1613

    pokes1613 Earning My Ears

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    29 more days til first trip to Poly for marathon weekend!! Can't wait!!
     
  11. TinkerBelle_325

    TinkerBelle_325 Magical Musing Meg

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    I will be arriving at the Polynesian on Friday morning :) staying in Club Level through to the 21st :goodvibes
     
  12. guitarob

    guitarob Polynesian Obsessed

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    The weather is ok. It was in the upper 70's and lower 80's all day, overcast and as usual, humid. We had a little rain this evening. I would swim if the water was warm enough, but I didn't check it. Maybe I'll look into it more tomorrow if the mood strikes me and the situation allows. There were plenty of people in the pool though. It wasn't what I'd call crowded, but there was a good sized bunch of people there.

    :lmao: I'll mention it, although I doubt it'll do much good. They were actually telling us about the building closing for rehab at check in this morning. It's not so hush-hush anymore, so my best guess is that it's definitely happening in January.

    Thank you!! We will have a great time!!
     
  13. princessap

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    So I checked availability this morning for our trip in March and there is none left for the room only discount....does this mean it will be crazy busy when we go??? It is only a two night stay so we are planning to enjoy the resort on check in and out days and then MK for the new fantasyland and BOG restaurant on the park day! just wondering if it will be packed!
     
  14. longhorns2

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    Depends on when in march! It can be really busy with Easter and spring break.

    But is suspect there were limited RO discounts available- not that the resort is booked out already.
     
  15. smiths02

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    :lmao:
     
  16. princessap

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    We are there March 4-6 so I don't think any holidays are on at that time!
     
  17. clanmcculloch

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    anybody?
     
  18. i_heart_the_mouse

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    I don't know if it is standard procedure, but the cabana attendant wasn't able to get any food for us on our 2 cabana days. We were directed to call the private dining line and have food from room service delivered. Definitely way cheaper to go get CC or sushi to go for yourself.

    We did order drinks from the bar that the cabana attendant delivered but that was it.

    I hope others can chime in with there experiences as well. :goodvibes
     
  19. clanmcculloch

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    Thank you! That's exactly the kind of stuff I wanted to know.
     
  20. guitarob

    guitarob Polynesian Obsessed

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    Merry Christmas from the Polynesian :)

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  21. monami7

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    It s beautiful! I wish we were there!
    1 More month!
     
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