First time at Disney - Staying at Poly

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  1. MonogramMom

    MonogramMom Earning My Ears

    Jan 25, 2012
    We arrive on Saturday. We are all first timers and would love any tips or tricks. I keep reading about the refrigerator doors being tricky....
  2. StacyMarie

    StacyMarie DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2009
    If the volcano pool is too crowded or loud, the quiet pool is the best. When we stayed at the Poly, we didn't spend any time in the volcano pool. It was WAY too crowded. The quiet pool was right out our door and was never crowded.
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  4. dansdad

    dansdad DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2011
  5. heidijanesmith

    heidijanesmith DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2010
    Congrats on your 1st stay and the Poly pixiedust: pixiedust: pixiedust:

    The Poly is our favorite resort, for sure. We did have issues with the fridge not staying cold. I have read that if you leave the cabinet door open, it increases the air flow, which makes the fridge work better.

    This did not help our fridge out. Maintenance came to look at it, but it really did not keep stuff cold enough (milk and cream cheese). we brought with us two collapsible coolers. We just filled them in the AM and PM with ice and that kept all of our stuff cold.

    We liked the quiet pool better also, the volcano pool was crowded.

    Make sure you explore the resort and take the monorail to explore the other MK resorts. So much fun!
  6. TDluvsDaisy

    TDluvsDaisy DVC Member BCV

    Dec 29, 2010
    I've stayed at the Poly 3 times now. Each was a magical experience.

    Take time to roam the resort. It is so peaceful. My DH says that even though the resort may be nearly full, it never seemed crowded.

    The main pool is really fun, however the quiet pool was not busy first thing in the am. DH and DS had a ton of fun playing and swimming.

    The surry bikes are great!! (check for spiders before getting in!)

    Captain Cooks is tasty! If you want something to go ask for a paper bag if it's not out on the counter. They have lids for the plates too.
  7. tinkermommyof3

    tinkermommyof3 DIS Veteran

    Nov 18, 2011
    Congratulations! Poly was our first resort and it is still our favorite. There are so many fabulous things about the Poly as you know and will find out. However, the transportation options make it so convenient in many ways. Boat, monorail or bus. You have the TTC (transportation and ticket center) within walking distance. Take this to Epcot and save some time. Also, after a few trips we realized there was a TTC bus at Animal Kingdom Park. When the Poly bus line was very long, we walked over to TTC bus. We were dropped off just a few steps from Poly. :goodvibes
  8. Belleofthehouse

    Belleofthehouse Mouseketeer

    Aug 16, 2011
    Keeping the cabinet door open to the fridge definitely helped keep things cool for us.

    Use the TTC if your bldg is close enough. We never went to the GCH to catch the monorail, because we were sooo close to TTC!

    Capt. Cooks is delicious!

    Enjoy the quietness of the beach area in the evenings. I am NOT a fan of the MK for Wishes, but the beach is a perfect spot see the show.

    Have a great time!
  9. DisneyFansInNYC

    DisneyFansInNYC DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2012
    We have never stayed at Poly but want to. You mush eat at Ohana. It is great. We never miss it. If you don't have reservations - try to get them.
  10. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    You will love the Poly :goodvibes. The Poly is our favorite resort and we love everything about it. The grounds are beautiful, the volcano pool is fun, Captain Cooks is great for quick CS meals/snacks, and the beach is an awesome place for relaxing in a hammock :cloud9:. Plus it's so peaceful walking around at night under the lit tiki torches. Have a great trip :wizard:.
  11. woodkins

    woodkins DIS Veteran

    Feb 6, 2009
    Biggest tip is to walk to the TTC for the monorail rather than the GCH!
  12. Butterflygirl35

    Butterflygirl35 DIS Veteran

    Jul 9, 2011
    I have not stayed at Poly but I have stayed at GF.. but first I just wanted to say...

    HAVE A MAGICAL TRIP!!! pixiedust:

    The monorail is convenient but the boat launch is relaxing (if you are not in a hurry) and gives you amazing views and photo opps.
  13. DznyCrzy11

    DznyCrzy11 "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference wh

    Jun 28, 2011
    Keep the cabinet door to the fridge open, the fridge will stay cooler this way. If you are going to EPCOT, it's faster to walk to the TTC rather than taking the monorail all the way around. If you get a room with a balcony, sit out on it for a little bit and just enjoy your surroundings. If you leave MK late at night and the resort monorail is packed, take the boat. It's also nice taking the boat to MK in the mornings.

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  14. DznyCrzy11

    DznyCrzy11 "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference wh

    Jun 28, 2011
    Oh, and be sure to watch the fireworks from the beach atleast once! Have you put in a request for a specific longhouse? I would suggest a marina view at Fiji. We love Fiji because it's so close to the GCH, which we were in and out of alot. The marina view is great, especially if you get a room on the 3rd floor with a balcony. It is a little further from the TTC than some of the other longhouses but we didn't mind the walk as it's a nice, relaxing walk.

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  15. The Fox Menagerie

    The Fox Menagerie Animal Kingdom does have Foxes!

    Jul 28, 2012
    We are staying at the Poly next June for the first time. Thanks OP for the question and other posters for the great information!
  16. cmadara

    cmadara Mouseketeer

    Feb 26, 2006
    Love, love , love it!! The first time we took our DD to WDW, I had originally book the CBR. I got a call a couple of months before our trip to say they were closing the CBR for a huge overhaul. Would we mind being upgraded to the Poly for an extra $100- for the entire trip- not per night!! I said "book it!!!" We have been staying there ever since!
    Capt Cook's is great and Ohana's is fabulous!
    Have a wonderful time- we will be there in November!pixiedust:
  17. Masonmj84

    Masonmj84 DIS Veteran

    Jul 28, 2011
    Wow, that is some serious pixie dust!
  18. B's Marie

    B's Marie Mouseketeer

    Jul 29, 2007
    Great tip!!:thumbsup2

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