And They Lived Happily Ever After - A June '11 Disneymoon TR! THE END - NEW PTR!

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  1. alliebelle3

    alliebelle3 Mouseketeer

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    I just LOVE the Poly! You definitely made a great choice for your Disneymoon :thumbsup2

    Even if you didn't get the upgrade, it's almost better to have a convenient location than a great view. That was so nice of your dad to try and get you the upgrade though! How nice!
     
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  3. kjungrl1971

    kjungrl1971 I've Earned My Ears

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    I can't wait to see how the Disneymoon turned out! I loved your TR on the Nov 2010 trip went. We always travel to WDW in Nov. for the holidays so I love reading other TR's during that time.
     
  4. Jennifer48

    Jennifer48 Not a Disney bride but engaged and honeymooned at

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    I'm sorry you didn't get an upgrade but sounds like you got a great location!

    Is Miguel watching Bones?! I love that show! :rotfl:

    Great start! :goodvibes
     
  5. IheartDDuck

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    Okay, I'm here!

    Your wedding pictures are just beautiful. You look stunning in them!

    I'm so glad you were happy with your decision to stay at the Poly. It is by far my favorite resort of all. I love the fact that they gave you real flower leis.
     
  6. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

    SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE DIS Veteran

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    It did all work out! I was so pleased with Rarotonga! :thumbsup2

    Thank you! :goodvibes Everything about the Poly is beautiful! The rooms are really nice - and big too!

    Thanks! :goodvibes

    Aww, thank you! :goodvibes We are Poly converts for sure, now! We LOVED it!
     
  7. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

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    The rooms at the Poly are so nice! I was a little worried at first because some people have mentioned a "70's" look, but I didn't see that at all. The bathroom is really pretty! It has a beautiful green marble in the shower. :thumbsup2

    Thank you! Thanks for joining in! And congrats on your upcoming honeymoon! :goodvibes

    Thank you! I'm so glad you are enjoying it! :goodvibes

    Yay! Glad to have you joining in! Thank you! :goodvibes
     
  8. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

    SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE DIS Veteran

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    I love the Poly, too! It's such a beautiful resort! I think I could have had a view of the parking lot and I still would have loved it! :lmao:

    He definitely does! I am the only child, though. ;)

    I already want to go back, but it's usually out of our budget, too. Maybe if we go during value season and get a discount. :confused3

    The Poly is amazing! If you get the chance you should definitely stay there! :)
     
  9. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

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    Thank you! :goodvibes

    I swear, Miguel took more naps on this trip than I think he has since I met him! Disney really wore him out this time! :lmao:

    I don't think we could have picked a better resort. The Poly is definitely the perfect spot for a honeymoon. :cloud9:

    I'm glad you're joining in! And I'm glad you liked the November TR, too! This one will hopefully be even better! :goodvibes

    I'm not sure what Miguel was watching. :confused3 Come to think of it, I don't think he was actually watching anything since he was snoozing away. :laughing: It might have been the DVC show, though.

    Yay! Glad you're joining in! Thank you so much! The Poly is a favorite of ours now, too! :goodvibes
     
  10. lilpapsgirl

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    I'm sorry I am so late getting in Courtney. I have been trying to get things together for school and it hasn't been going very well. I am so glad you are staying at the Poly, I have always wanted to stay there and it looks like an amazing resort. I really love the tropical feel of it. I also really liked you and Miguels tropical outfitts. I love your dress, do you remeber where you bought it?
    I am looking forward to the next update ad the rest of your disneymoon. :thumbsup2
     
  11. disneychic

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    popcorn:: Loving your TR so far & can't wait to read more! My DH & I had our Disneymoon 10 years ago at the Grand Floridian & boy, time sure does fly!
     
  12. NeverlandClub23

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    I just loved your past TR's and am so looking forward to this one! I LOVE the Poly, so romantic. Can't wait to read more! Congratulations on your marriage! :lovestruc
     
  13. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

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    I'm so glad you made it over! We're just getting started! :goodvibes

    I'm about to start back to school, too (less than a month away) so I completely understand how much time and energy that takes!

    I actually found my dress in the junior's section at Target! It was only like $18. :thumbsup2

    Thank you! I'm so glad to have you following along! :goodvibes

    :welcome: And thank you! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the past reports! :goodvibes
     
  14. Lady Lallie

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    I've just caught up on your updates to your TR so far. I really can't wait to hear more about your awesome trip. :goodvibes
     
  15. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

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    Thanks for joining in! I see you have a new PTR! I'm going over now to check it out. :goodvibes
     
  16. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

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    ARRIVAL DAY – Pt. 3

    After getting settled into our room at the Poly and changing out of our travel clothes and in to our “island gear” Miguel and I were ready to head out for our first meal at Disney: ‘Ohana! Miguel and I first fell in love with ‘Ohana after eating there for the first time on our January 2010 engagement celebration trip, and from the very beginning of my planning I knew that I wanted our first night at Disney to consist of dinner there followed by Wishes on the Poly beach!

    It was on our way to dinner that we realized just what a great location Rarotonga was. Since we got a bit turned around getting to our room, I don’t think we were aware just how close we were to everything, but it literally took about 5 steps to get from our longhouse to the GCH. We quickly made our way up the stairs and over to the ‘Ohana check-in podium. We were handed our buzzer, and thankfully only had to wait about 5 minutes before it went off!
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    On a side note – they have now moved the check-in podium to over by the stairs instead of by the bar, and I think it really helps. The check-in/waiting area seems much less crowded now!

    As we were led to our table, we got the usual spill about the meaning of ‘Ohana and how much food we would be eating. We were very happy finally reach our destination at a table close to a window! We have been very lucky to get great tables at ‘Ohaha . This was our view.
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    We couldn’t wait to get started on the bread! I have to limit myself, though. Can’t fill up too quickly!
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    Before we could really get settled in, the entertainment lady (does anyone know her name) started her act right in front of our table.
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    Man there were a lot of kids there! It kind of surprised us because it was so late and we had never seen so many, but our table was definitely in front of the action! It was cute to watch the kids, but that lady is really annoying. I hope I’m not the only one that feels that way. :confused3

    Finally, cousin came over and we of course had to order some drinks. Miguel got his usual Lapu Lapu, but I wanted to try something different, as the Lapu is a little too strong for me since I don’t drink very often. I decided to try the Strawberry Daiquiri. The waiter looked at me like “are you sure”. In fact, he even asked “like, with alcohol???” Once I proved that I am able to have a real Daiquiri, he brought over our beverages.
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    Oh my goodness, that Daiquiri was amazing! It started quite the trend for me on the honeymoon, and it became my go-to drink during the trip. Nothing was as good as the one at ‘Ohana’s, though! So, if you like that kind of drink, definitely try one!

    It didn’t’ take long for our salad to arrive, either! This is always so tasty!
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    Yummy potstickers and chicken wings (well, yummy if you ask Miguel, I don’t care for the wings).
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    Noodles and broccoli.
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    Finally it was time for the good stuff! I am always on the brink of being stuffed when the meat finally starts coming around, though!
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    Sometime during the meat delivery, the lady started up her act again, and this time she was passing out leis to all of the kids. She was doing so right near our table, and at one point one flew out of her hand and landed on Miguel. She told him that he might as well have it, and gave him an extra one for “this 16 year old girl you have with you”. She actually sounded really angry when she said it, like she really thought I was some teenage and Miguel was just a dirty old man! I must have looked really young that night!

    Oh well, at least we got some more leis to add to our collection!
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    By the time the famous bread pudding arrived, we were both so full that even looking at food was making us sick. Yet somehow, I still managed to eat a few bites! It was amazing as always!
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    After we had stuffed ourselves silly, we paid our bill and then spent some time just exploring the beauty of the GHC.
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    Around 9:45 we decided to make our way out to the pool area so that we could get our spot for Wishes.
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    We ended up getting a couple towels and lying them on the “curb” so that we could put our feet in the sand, but not actually have to be in the sand. LOL.
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    The view from the Poly beach is absolutely beautiful at night. The lights from the GF twinkle in the distance, and the castle glows in front of you. It’s breathtaking and definitely romantic! While we waited for Wishes to start, we just soaked up the atmosphere and talked about how excited we were to finally be there – to finally be married!

    Soon enough, Wishes started! The music was piped in and everyone on the beach went silent. With the exception of two pictures, I just enjoyed the show. To prove I was there, here are my two (terrible!) pictures.
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    The view of Wishes from the Poly beach can be summed up in one word: Amazing. This is definitely my new favorite spot to see the show. You really get a whole new perspective seeing it from a distance. I noticed things that I had never seen before while looking up on Main Street, like fireworks in the shapes of stars and hearts. I hope I’m not the only one who hadn’t noticed them before! LOL

    After the show was over, we brushed the sand off of our feet and returned our towels. Before we went back to our room, we made a quick stop at Captain Cooks to buy our refillable mugs (which we LOVED, by the way. We will get them every time now!) and then it was off to bed! We had a big day the next day: our first full day at Disney!

    Up Next: Breakfast at Crystal Palace!
     
  17. dreamerchic33

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    Great update! I'm sorry about the waiter making the alcohol comment and that entertainment lady!
    Wishes looks so amazing from the poly beach and very romantic!
     
  18. arbolita

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    I love 'Ohana! I definitely think we'll have to book it again for our next trip, and try getting a spot on the beach to watch the fireworks.

    That's so funny about everybody thinking you're a youngin'! I work on a college campus, and I run into it all the time with people asking what year I am and what my major is. I'm just like, Um...I've worked here 4 years. haha.
     
  19. ronnmel

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    Ugh, how annoying that the waiter and the entertainment lady thought you were underage. I get that all the time, and most of the time I just laugh it up, but it really did bother me when it happened at Narcoossee's.

    Your first night sounds a lot like what I hope my first night to be, except replace leaving our rooms steps away from the GHC to leaving our rooms at POP, and eating at Kona instead of Ohana's. ;) I was already looking forward to watching Wishes from the Poly Beach, but you have just made me even more excited (if that's possible!). I'm hoping it will be romantic for us too.
     
  20. DisneyCrafter

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    That food looks soooo good! Nom nom nom

    I'm glad you didn't let that CMs comment get to you. I would have chimed up and said something to her. Put her in her place! Especially since she's annoying. IMO, though! :)

    I absolutely loved watching Wishes from the Poly beach back in February. It is definitely romantic.

    What a PERFECT way to start your honeymoon. :love:
     
  21. MinnieMouse880

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    The food from O'hana looks great!! and Beautiful pics of the Poly!!
     

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