My Recent Polynesian Trip

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by camdensmom, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. camdensmom

    camdensmom DIS Veteran

    Jan 13, 2006
    We spent December 8-11th at the POLY MK View so I wanted to write a quick review.

    A few years ago we went 12/14-18th. We had booked a LG view, but were given a great 3rd floor room in Tahiti with breathtaking castle views which was such a special treat. However, at the time I had said that we would never do that again because the crowds were horrific. That one week earlier seemed to have made a very big difference.

    Because I had loved our room last time, I specifically booked an MK view and requested 3rd floor Tahiti again.

    I love the location because it is so easy to walk to the TTC and take the express monorail or ferry to MK and the monorail directly to EPCOT. It's the furthest building from the GCH and pool, but honestly the walk is only about 5 minutes and is so enjoyable if you walk along the lagoon.

    One thing I hadn't thought to request was that the beds face the castle. I had such fond memories of lying in bed in our former room and watching the castle lights change as I fell asleep at night. This time our beds faced the other direction so you couldn't see the castle from the bed. It seems like a small thing, but it would be worth the request if you were staying there.

    I greatly appreciated every second I spent sitting on the balcony and enjoying the panoramic view of "my happy place." I took in all the sights and sounds and cherished every second of it. I especially like how remote the Tahiti building feels because nobody is walking by.

    Check-in was outstanding. We actually arrived at 8:00 a.m. and I was told the room we requested wasn't ready (I wasn't expecting it to be), but that if I wanted a different room they had some available at that time. I thought that was amazing, but since we were headed to the park for the day anyhow we opted to just wait for the requested room.

    My kids enjoyed the pool each night. We're from Boston so it was plenty warm for us, but the pool was deserted which was nice.

    Transportation was quick and easy, but we just did the monorail. On our other trip I remember being annoyed because the lobby was so packed and the transportation (even the monorail) was so slow with people not staying at the resort. I think that one week earlier in the month made a huge difference.

    We ate at Captain Cooks for dinner one night and breakfast one morning. I do prefer the expansive food court options of the moderates for longer stays, but everyone found something to eat. It was very pricey for what we got and picky eaters may have a harder time as most everything on the menu had "something added."

    Overall, it was a great mini-vacation for us and since we were there celebrating a 40th birthday, my achieving National Board teaching certification and the culmination of a successful business year we felt it was worth the splurge to treat ourselves to the Polynesian and specifically the room we had.

    Now with that being said...

    The negatives...

    Holy need of rehab!!!

    Everything from the carpet to the wallpaper to the scuff marks on the doors and walls in the building were disgusting and I was honestly shocked that Disney is OK with the way that building looked. I know some extent of rehab is in the works and honestly the room wasn't too bad, but there is no way a building in that condition could validate the rates they charge anywhere else in the world.

    Unfortunately we were in the center of the longhouse which meant we did need to walk through the building to get in/out. I chose not to let it get to me as I felt so blessed to have the view that we had. Also, the POLY was the first Disney hotel I stayed at when I was a kid and it's nostalgic to me.

    Another negative was the parking. My inlaws are snowbirds so they met us there for the weekend and had their car. We had run out in the car with them at one point and when we returned there was nowhere to park. They ended up dropping us off and then spent 30 minutes driving around before parking in some insanely far away location. Valet is an option, but pricey.

    If not for the view and the location and the nostalgia and the fact that we allowed ourselves to validate the cost as a "celebration," I don't think I would recommend it. We have 3 children (ages 7, 3 and 3) so we were almost exclusively at the MK which made the monorail an added draw. I remember the last time we stayed that the buses stopped at other resorts and were very crowded so that is something to consider if you plan to do HS, AK, DTD or the water parks.

    Honestly, I wouldn't stay there unless it was in an MK View room. To each his own of course, but I couldn't justify the cost of the POLY to stay in a garden view least until the hotel is refurbished.
  2. 2manypets

    2manypets DIS Veteran

    Jan 28, 2005
    Thank you for your honest review. My family also loves the Poly and have stayed there the last 4 trips, but agree that the refurb is long past due. We'll be there next Sept., so all but Tahiti and Rapa Nui will be finished. The last time we stayed, I vowed not to return until it was spruced up. Not worth the money (IMHO) with the state of the current rooms. However the atmosphere, friendliness of the CM's, and location can't be beat.
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  4. Mynamewastaken

    Mynamewastaken DIS Veteran

    Nov 17, 2011
    We were upgraded to the Poly from POR when the Royal Rooms were not finished. We had a MK view and it was an amazing trip. I could never justify the cost of the room for another stay if I had to pay OOP unless upgrades were done. I loved the Poly and the atmosphere but it is just way out of my price range. It was nice to have an experience that I would normally never get. I will miss it though. We are returning in the spring and can only afford a moderate.
  5. mlittig

    mlittig DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2009
    Thanks for your honest review :thanks:
  6. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2010
    Thanks for your review! The Poly is definitely on our bucket list, but I have always canceled our bookings there and switched to another resort for this very reason. The Poly is very expensive (even with the 40% discount that we usually have), and as much as I love Disney, I just can't plunk down that kind of money on a resort in that much need of refurbishment.

    Unfortunately, I am not one of those people who will allow the ambience, or location make me forget that things are rundown, etc....

    We are hoping to stay at Poly in Feb 2014 (after the rehab), but until then, we will stay elsewhere on site. :)

    TXGRMAMA Earning My Ears

    Jul 3, 2012
    "One thing I hadn't thought to request was that the beds face the castle. I had such fond memories of lying in bed in our former room and watching the castle lights change as I fell asleep at night. This time our beds faced the other direction so you couldn't see the castle from the bed. It seems like a small thing, but it would be worth the request if you were staying there."

    You must understand that the people making the room assignments may have no idea which way the beds face in a particular room. The room descriptions do NOT list that information. It will list what the view is from a room, but not where in the room you have to be to see that view. So a request for that will not really do you any good.
  8. gogo

    gogo DIS Veteran

    Aug 27, 2007
    We stayed at the Poly a couple of years ago. I booked a standard garden view room but there was a problem with it. I requested another location (garden view) of course. The room assigner upgraded us to TPV Hawaii bldg. This was an unbelievable upgrade and totally unexpected.

    This second room's view/location was absolutely gorgeous and the room was pretty nice as far as space and comfort plus it was in good shape. But, I can relate to you regarding the overall condition of the bldgs. and hallways. I thought the first bldg., Toleaku, (sp?) and the Hawaii bldg. were on the depressing and drab side. It honestly took a while to get used to seeing the dingy hallways. I probably would not consider the Poly until the rehab is completed. It is so expensive.

    Thanks for the review.
  9. auprincess

    auprincess DIS Veteran

    Jun 18, 2011
    Glad that overall the trip was good!!

    Congrats on National Board Certification ~ that is a BIG deal :cheer2:
  10. spiceycat

    spiceycat dvc-blt

    Oct 26, 2000
    confused - did not think they were doing a rehab - what happened to completely rebuilding it- thought has was suppose to start in 2013???
  11. camdensmom

    camdensmom DIS Veteran

    Jan 13, 2006
    Thanks!!! It is something I am very proud much. work!
  12. wdw4rfam

    wdw4rfam DVC member

    Feb 25, 2011
    :thumbsup2Same here, we have had it booked twice, as it is on our bucket list also. But then when it comes down to it...we decide to go back to moderate because we can stay twice as long for the same price. We had it booked for this year, and then after reading how bad the condition of the rooms were.....and POR just having been refurbed, we are going back there. I think we may give it a try in 2014 also.
  13. jemmouse

    jemmouse DIS Veteran

    Jan 10, 2010
    I am a frequent stayer at POLY, but I also so agree, a makeover is in dire needs. But it seems as if the powers at Disney have heard and are in the process. Tikiman on his website has some pictures of what the new roos will look like. Brighter, new bedspreads(which once I get in a room they get folded up and put in the closet until we check out), lighter bamboo, double sinks in ALL rooms, new carpet,basically a mild facelift but it will go miles as to what it is now.

    We are going in March and I currently am torn between POLY and FQ. I love the convenience of POLY and the MONORAIL is just a blessing! But the cost to pay for it when it is so run down, and also our last 2 years we stayed there so kind of tired of it. We used to stay FQ and loved it, but HATED the busses. Then we switched to POLY. We stayed at CR before rehab and oh boy that was bad, but even now my DH travels for work and he feels it just reminds him of a business trip. We also did Yacht Club but the sand in the pool caused a rash on my son and so we won't go back....SO we are limited. I know tons of hotels but not interested in values. And only really like POFQ, others are to large and for this girl who has knee issues after long day at the parks I don't want a long walk to the food court for an orange juice or milk for my son....I would be interested in GF but to much construction going on...

    Its a good kind of confusion one I feel fortunate to have but nonetheless when you pay for Deluxe you expect DELUXE...Personally I even think POLY should'vebeen done before POR...

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