Just Back From a Split Stay -- Grand Floridian and Polynesian -- My Thoughts on Both!

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  1. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Hi there! :goodvibes Glad you are enjoying the report!

    I used to say the same thing - wanted to stay at the Poly, but didn't want to spend the money to stay there. But let me tell you - it is worth every penny!! ::yes::
     
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  3. jaz0308

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    Hi! Thank you for the wonderful trip report! I stayed at the poly 2 years ago and absolutely loved it! We are booked for a split stay at SOG /Poly this summer and I'm so excited! What scares me are the rumblings of construction at Poly. I am sadly thinking of switching to beach club. Have you heard anything about construction on the pool or GCH area? Thank you if you have any info!
     
  4. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Hi! :) Glad you are enjoying the report, hope it's helpful to you!

    I have heard rumors about Poly construction/rehab as well. Not sure how much of it is true though. :confused3 I know they are giving the rooms a rehab, one building at a time. Which really shouldn't even be noticeable to the guests, since they will be closing each building as they work on it. But I have heard rumors of them closing the volcano pool and doing some rehab there as well was adding a hot tub. I'm thinking that will come as soon as they get the GF courtyard pool done, this spring. And then there are always the rumors out there that they are going to demolish the GCH and rebuild it to include DVC rooms....but who knows about that one! :faint:

    Personally, I am going to stay away from the Poly in 2013 because I don't want to have to deal with any type of resort construction. Especially since I will be going in the summer and don't want to be without the pool! But hopefully sometime soon we will hear official word of what they are doing and when...
     
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    Thanks for the great reviews and pics! I could almost smell the GCH as I looked at your pictures. We will be there in August, I hope the volcano pool won't be closed then. Imagine only a quiet pool in Disney summer heat! Gawsh Mickey, that's not nice!
     
  6. disneydreamfan14

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    Joining in the discussion, I'm enjoying reading your trip report!

    I have to say, the Alice in Wonderland water play area looks fun, but its definitely more suited for a value, not the GF! To me, the GF symbolizes elegance, not a loud splash area.
     
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    Not sure if this has been answered already, but Mizners is normally the bar/lounge (really for adults). While the regular QS is being refurbished, they've temporarily set up the QS location in Mizners.
    It's a real shame, because Mizners was/will be a wonderful place to have a pre or post dinner cocktail with the jazz orchestra right outside the entrance. There is a very small bar area just inside Citrico's, but it's just not the same. I was surprised that of all the spaces in the GF to set up a QS location, they chose to temporarily close the only real lounge in the entire resort.
     
  8. Momof2Disneyboys

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    You're welcome! :)

    I hope the volcano pool isn't closed for your stay!! :eek: That would be bad. But I would think they would try real hard to get it done before summer. That would only make sense!


    Welcome! Glad you are enjoying the reviews! :goodvibes

    I agree with you on the Alice on Wonderland water play area. ::yes::



    I don't know if too many people are even using it. It was completely empty when we peeked in.
     
  9. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Pool pics! :goodvibes

    The view from my lounge chair, looking at the lagoon ~

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  10. ddluvsdisney

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    Love your pics of the Poly Shelly! Wish I was there right now!!!!

    I'm sure your review is really helpful to someone who has never stayed there. :)
    I also agree with a pp who said the Alice splash thing belongs in a value. It does kinda ruin the elegance of the GF.
     
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    Hi Shelly! I'm finally finding some post-Christmas DIS time & found your resort report! Sounds like you had a great trip... at least as far as the resorts go. Sorry about the lack of sleep at the GF though. Can't wait to read the full TR!!

    Sad to hear about your step-mom. I hope she gets out of the hospital soon & recovers from the cancer quickly!! Sending my thoughts your way!
     
  12. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Thanks!! Wish I was there too! :cloud9:

    Yeah, it's really too bad about the changes at the GF. :(


    Hi Amy! Hope you had a nice Christmas. :santa:

    Yes, we had a wonderful trip. I can't wait to tell all about it. Hoping to get the TR started very soon!

    Thanks. It's not too likely that my step-mom is going to recover. It was found too late and is stage 4. :sad2: Right now we are praying for peace and comfort for her.
     
  13. jenniferma

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    love your report!

    I think you should have your own blog.

    Quick question-- we are staying at Poly January 15-21. Would you recommend tokelau to avoid construction mess? We were debating between Tokelau and samoa.. are people staying on the quiet pool side of Samoa right now.. overlooking the ugly fence mess?

    thanks!
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    First, great review with VERY helpful photos and updates. I've been staying at Poly for nearly 30 years, but this recent construction is throwing me off a bit. Really appreciate all the details - thank you!!!

    Now that's really funny, because I just posted this exact same question on the Poly thread last night! (And I'm also from NoVa!) We're arriving at Poly on January 26 and we requested Samoa, volcano pool side, 3rd floor (I know, tall order.) But I was considering Tokelau as a backup. My husband currently has a strong preference for Samoa based on the location and volcano pool side view, but I'd appreciate any additional construction information/recommendations!
     
  15. Momof2Disneyboys

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    Thanks!! I hope to start a full trip report very soon, after I get the rest of my Poly pics posted here and get this wrapped up!

    That's a good question...I can't really say if I saw anyone going into any of the rooms on the other side of the hall or not. I just asked DH and he is pretty sure he saw someone going into the room right across from us once. So those rooms must be open. And I actually think if you were on that side on the top floor it would be okay, because you could look out over that mess. I don't think I would want to be on the second floor, and I sure hope they aren't putting people in the first floor rooms there.

    But yes, if you wanted to avoid it all together you could request Tokelau.



    Well hopefully my response to jenniferma helped you some. I'll have to head over to the Poly thread and see what response you got there!


    Good luck to both of you, I hope you both get the room you want and have an awesome vacation!! pixiedust:
     
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    On our last day DS11 and I went on a little Poly tour! :goodvibes

    First we walked out to the boat dock and then headed towards the GF.

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    As we walked back towards the Poly we saw another wedding happening right there, right off the sidewalk!

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    And last but not least, Ohana pics!

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    Okay, guess that's it! :goodvibes Hope you have all enjoyed. I will post a link here when I get my TR up!

     
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    Can't wait for the TR!! :)

    I just realized that I can make my ADRs next week- YAY!!!!
     
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    Working on the TR now!! :cool1:

    YAY for ADR's! What are you going to book? popcorn:: What are your dates again??
     

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