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  1. Melissa
    November 9, 2015

    I see your site recommends the Polynesian for those that can afford it yet the trip advisor reviews for the property lately are not as high as wilderness Lodge and some of the other properties. Do you still so highly recommend it?

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    • Dave
      November 10, 2015

      Melissa, there’s no tactful way to put this…I’ve stayed in 118 different WDW-owned hotel rooms/studios/villas/suites/cabins/campsites, including 65 in the last 36 months, and based on that experience have no reservations about my recommendation of the Poly.

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  2. Sue
    August 24, 2015

    I hope they re-emerge! Thanks for your quick response! And by the way, I completely agree with you on the “no wow-factor” of Bay Lake Tower. Loved being so close to Magic Kingdom, but the property itself was kind of a yawn. Especially compared to Kidani and Wilderness Villas!

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    • Dave
      August 25, 2015

      Everything is a yawn compared to AKL and WL!

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  3. Sue
    August 21, 2015

    Hi Dave!
    Love love love your website! I have told everyone that I know that is going to Disney World that your website is a must to checkout! Such a wealth of information you have! So because of all this inside info you seem to have ?, I’m going to ask you if you know of any plans of the Polynesian to have 1 bedroom villas in their DVC section? I stayed at the Poly when I was a kid back in 1980, and would love to go back, but I’m worried that a studio or regular room would be a little tight for our family of 5, even though it says it can fit that many. We have been to Disney 3 times with our kids and have stayed at Kidani in the 1BR, Wilderness Villas in the 2BR, and actually just got back this past Wednesday from our most recent trip at a 1BR at Bay Lake Tower. We have always liked the kitchen and laundry, so the DVC seems to be the only way to go! And since we just got back, I figured I best start planning for the next one in 2 years! Lol! Thanks so much for whatever info you have!

    Sue

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    • Dave
      August 23, 2015

      Hi Sue and thanks! I don’t know of any such plans (they were part of the original plans, then junked), but I would not be surprised if they re-emerged.

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  4. Debbie
    June 3, 2015

    Hi Dave, Thanks for the great review! When completing online check-in, what type of room recommendations can we make for a studio at the poly? We want to be in a third floor room in Tokelau. Lastly, when can we make our candlelight dining package reservations for 2015? Thanks in advance!

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    • Dave
      June 5, 2015

      Thanks, Debbie!!

      When I booked I did not get offered building choices–perhaps because Tokelau was not open. You can always call…

      Polynesian Village Studio On Line Check In from yourfirstvisit.net

      Last year the Candlelight package started booking in early July.

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  5. Ashlee
    May 10, 2015

    We are planning a Disney vacation the first week of December and already have a reservation for a studio at the Polynesian Villas. My question is this… Is the Polynesian Resort always crowded? I have never stayed there before, but every time I have ever visited the resort it seems that way. I am especially concerned about the pool areas (if it is warm enough to swim). My family usually prefers a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere on vacation (we stayed at Kidani Village 3 years ago & LOVED it), so I am a little worried that the Polynesian will be somewhat overwhelming for us.

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    • Dave
      May 11, 2015

      Ashlee, with recent 90% occupancy figures, all the Disney resorts are crowded–it’s less noticeable at spaces like Kidani because there’s so much more square feet per person thanks to the villas. The Poly then gains extra crowds because it’s so easy to access, people want to see it, and dining there is popular…

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  6. HeidiBTX
    June 5, 2014

    Thank you so much. I hadn’t really envisioned us swimming much in December, but I guess they probably heat the pools this being Disneyworld and I should plan for some pool time. We will aim for the Wilderness Lodge. I like the price better anyway and my son/daughter will prefer bunk beds to fighting over who get s the queen and who gets the daybed. Thanks again!

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    • Dave
      June 6, 2014

      Cool, Heidi! You probably already know this, but bunk-bed rooms are a separate class at WL–you specifically reserve them.

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  7. HeidiBTX
    May 28, 2014

    Hi Dave,
    We are planning our first ever family vacation to Walt Disney World. The travel agent I have been consulting is concerned that renovations at the Polynesian could dramatically impact the quality of a stay there. That being said, I am kind of tempted to see if we can get one of the refurbished rooms there. Any updates on the refurb status and how it might impact a trip in December 2014? Thanks!

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    • Dave
      May 30, 2014

      Heidi, the rooms are all refurbed. Of concern then will be the pool. My advice is that if you have doubts, avoid it…

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  8. Jeannie
    February 5, 2014

    We just switched our reservation from AKL to The Polynesian, we are annual pass holders and we never splurge on hotels since we are only about an hour or so away. My question is about the restaurant options, can we bring breakfast back to the room from the quick service restaurant? Also, we are due to arrive on Friday, do you think they may be able to get us a reservation for O’hana or the nightly luau? Thanks in advance! This is a great site (especially for someone that like to have ALL of the info ahead of time! )

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    • Dave
      February 5, 2014

      Hi Jeannie, and thanks! Yes, you can get your breakfast at the quick service to go. And I don’t know about ‘Ohana or the Luau Friday…

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  9. Mary Beth
    December 31, 2013

    Hey, Dave, this is the first time I’ve seen this site, and I have to say I am VERY impressed! I am taking my 3 children for what will probably be our last trip to Disney for quite a while, the oldest will be 15, and childhood is just about over… I have usually stayed at Moderates, Caribbean Beach was a favorite, but we also stayed at All Star Music once and the Contemporary once.
    It has always been my dream to stay at the Poly, and this is our year! We will be going in mid- August, and I know you can’t really know what will be happening with the closures by then, so I really would just like your recommendation for which longhouse to request. Thanks!

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    • Dave
      January 1, 2014

      Hi Mary Beth and thanks! I still go with Tokelau!

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  10. Aunt Rosie
    October 24, 2013

    Dave,
    If I get to the Poly in late Sept 2014 and find the main pool is closed for rehab. Will I be able to change resorts?

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    • Dave
      October 24, 2013

      Well, you can always change resorts if there is capacity elsewhere…

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  11. Mary
    July 9, 2013

    Im not happy about the changes at the poly, i love it just the way it is

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    • Dave
      July 10, 2013

      Yeah, Mary, a lot of people agree with you!

      Follow yourfirstvisit.net on Facebook!

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  12. Allison – Agent with Destinations in Florida
    June 27, 2013

    I am super excited about this expansion. It is going to be amazing!

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    • Dave
      June 28, 2013

      Allison, I can’t wait to stay in a 2 bedroom villa with a Magic Kingdom view!!

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  13. DISining Memories Jenn
    June 26, 2013

    Oh, this prospect makes me so excited! A tri-fecta of monorail DVC locations would make my dream come true!

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    • Dave
      June 26, 2013

      Jenn, I agree, it’ll be really fun!

      Follow yourfirstvisit.net on Facebook!

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  14. DIStherapy
    June 26, 2013

    I have such mixed feelings about this Dave. Complete change coming to my 1972 “home” will be a bit tough to take, but I try to balance that sadness by dreaming of a night in a new Tahiti room! Great overview (literally)!!

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  15. Heidi
    June 26, 2013

    And my dream of staying at the Poly one day lives on . . .

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    • Dave
      June 26, 2013

      🙂 Heidi!

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  16. Kuleen @TheDisneyKids
    June 25, 2013

    I love the ariel view map. I can see where I got married at Sunset Pointe- that little bump at the top right with the walking path that leads up to it. 🙂

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    • Dave
      June 26, 2013

      I bet that was wonderful, Kuleen!

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  17. Mary @ Capturing Magical Memories
    June 25, 2013

    I love the idea of the grand villas along or in the lagoon. Can you just imagine the competition to get those rooms?

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    • Dave
      June 25, 2013

      Yeah, Mary…my guess is they will be astonishing!

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