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PostSubject: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   March 11th 2009, 04:10

ALOHA!
Welcome to the Polynesian FAQ
Spring 2010 edition







When you first arrive at the Polynesian you will be wisked away into a tropical wonderland of waterfalls and tropical foilage in the lobby of the Great Ceremonial House.

The GCH is where the check in desk is located as well as the lobby concierge desk. It is also home to the wonderful shopping at Boutiki, Trader Jacks and Samoa Sancks.

On the first floor is Captain Cooks, which offers 24 hour Counter service. On the second floor the always popular 'Ohana and Kona Grill are located for a fabulous table service dining experience!




Guest rooms are located within 11 "Longhouses", each named after an Island in the South Pacific. They are Tonga (contains only suites), Aotearoa, Fiji, Tuvalu, Rarotonga, Niue, Samoa, Hawaii (contains only concierge/club level rooms), Tokelau, Rapa Nui, and Tahiti.


There are three available categories for standard rooms. They are garden view (GV), Theme Park View (TPV), and Lagoon View (LV).

A theme park view will feature a view of Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park and the Seven Seas Lagoon. These views are reported to be the most magical on Disney property!

A lagoon view offers a view of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

A Garden view features a view of parking area, garden, pool, marina or monorail. Don't let the parking lot in the description scare you! The Poly has such lush and beautiful foilage that there is really no bad view!

The Polynesian also offers Club Level Rooms. The majority of the rooms are located in the Hawaii Longhouse and have three categories of views. Garden View, Lagoon View and Theme Park View. More information on the Poly Club Level can be found a few pages down.


All guest rooms feature Room Feature:
Two queen-size beds (king-size beds available in suites located in Tonga)
Day Bed
Small table
Chair
Ceiling fan
Bathroom
High Speed Internet access (for an additional fee)
Cable TV, includes Disney programming
In-room safe
Voice mail
Hairdryer
Iron and ironing board
I-Home Alarm clock
Coffeemaker
Refrigerator
Microwave (on request)
Pack 'n Play Playard (on request)
Bed boards (on request)
Bed rails (on request)
All rooms are non-smoking
Disabled accessible rooms are available









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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   March 11th 2009, 04:22

The GCH also has houses some of the best resort shopping on property. On the second floor of the GCH is Trader Jacks, a shop containing merchandise, gifts, toys and other Disney themed items. There is also a pin-trading cart. Next to Trader Jack’s is Samoa Snacks. Here you will find sundries, film, snacks, beverages, wine, beer and newspapers and magazines.

On the first floor you will Find BouTiki which is a wonderful shop which contains Polynesian Logo merchandise, tropical inspired clothing and accessories, gifts, swimwear and jewelry. A visit to BouTiki is a must as it has a wonderful selection of fabulous merchandise! Sampling of Mrchandise from October 2009

All shops are open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
*Hours are subject change without notice


Also on the first floor is Wyland Galleries. The store is filled with art inspired by the Hawaiian Islands by the Artist Wyland. The shop has wonderful sea inspired pictures and sculptures.


Dining


The Polynesian houses some of the most popular dining locations in Disney World. There are two table service locations inside the GCH.

Kona Café, located on the second floor and is most famous for their breakfast offerings of Tonga toast and Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes! They also serve lunch and dinner and are also famous for their delicious deserts! Their menu can be found here.

Breakfast -- 7:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Lunch -- 12:00 Noon to 2:45 p.m
Dinner -- 5:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

The second of the table service restaraunts is ‘Ohana, also located on the second floor of the GCH. ‘Ohana has a wonderful character breakfast featuring Mickey, Goofy, Lilo and Stitch. Breakfast is served family style and is made of up more of an American style fare with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links, fried potatos with onions and scallions. They also serve and assortment of warm breakfast bread and seasonal fruit. Information about breakfast can be found here.

Character Breakfast is served 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

‘Ohana dinner is also served family style which features appetizers, fresh grilled meats, salads and desserts. During dinner they have coconut races, hula lessons and of course the tranquil sounds of Hawaiian music can be heard throughout the restaurant. There are no characters at dinner, but it is still a fun experience nonetheless!


Here is some information on the dinner menu at ‘Ohana, but I must warn that we have heard conflicting reports of appetizers and side dish offerings over the last year. Dinner menu here.

Dinner is served 5:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Captain Cook’s is the Polynesian's 24 hour walk up eatery on the first floor of the GCH. The menu features egg sandwiches, bakery bar, hamburger, pizzas, hot/cold sandwiches, salads and snacks. This is where you can purchase and refill your refillable mugs and also where you can find the ever popular Dolewhip! The grill is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Captain Cook's Pictures of Menu board here.

Coffee Bar Kona Café by Day/Sushi Bar by night

Yes, that is correct! On the second floor of the GCH is the Kona Café Coffee bar which has the most highly raved coffee at WDW. It is located near the Monorail entrance so give yourself a little extra travel time and you can stop for a great cup of coffee. They also have cookies and muffins for to enjoy. In 2008 they started to transform location to a The Kona Island Sushi Bar from 5pm to 10pm. Frankly, I am not a sushi fan and have not really read many reviews so if you are a sushi lover, check it out. For you coffee lovers, you can no longer grab yourself a cup of coffee in the evening unless you are having a meal at Kona Café.

Tambu Lounge is adjacent to ‘Ohana, the Tambu lounge is a tropical bar with a true island "hang loose" attitude featuring wild libation combinations! This is also where you can find the famous Lapu Lapu!

At last report, the Tambu Lounge has had live entertainment on various evenings. There is nothing better than enjoying a cocktail in the Poly lobby listening to some Hawaiian tunes!

The Tambu Lounge is open 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 Midnight. Appetizers are served until 10:00 p.m.




Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is an all-you-can-eat family style luau that features hula dancing and fire dancers. The meal consists of authentic Polynesian foods such as bbq pork ribs, roast chicken, fresh pineapple, salad and Polynesian-style rice and vegetables. They also serve a wonderful Chocolate Mousse Dessert! There is unlimited beer, wine for the adults and soft drinks included in the per person dinner show price. You can make advance ADRs for the Spirit of Aloha with Disney Dining or check with the lobby concierge if there is any seating available.

The show runs Tuesday through Saturday at 5pm and 8:15 and uses 2 Table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan.

Private Dining

Enjoy dining in the privacy of your own room. Refer to the Private Dining menu for offerings and hours of operation. Dial "Dining Options" on your in room phone.


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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   March 11th 2009, 04:27

The Polynesian's tropical atmosphere and lush scenery make you feel like you have traveled to the South Seas with the added bonus of being in the center of Walt Disney World.


One of the wonderful pleasures is the Nanea Volcano Pool which features a grotto slide and children's water play area. There is also a quiet pool. There is nothing more magical that enjoying a swim is the Volcano pool and enjoying the magical view of The Magic Kingdom's Wishes fireworks!










Adjacent to the Nanea Pool is a wonderful white sand beach. While mom and dad relax the kids can play in the pool or in the sand all while enjoying the beautiful view of the castle!

In addition to beach chairs they have a precious few hammocks to take a mid day siesta in.


They also offer campfire and movies on the beach! You will receive a schedule upon check in plus they have a sign at the pool with the list of movies shown


In addition to swimming, the Polynesian offers a marina with fun filled aquatic environment. You can rent a Sea Raycer or Pontoon boat. They also have Surrey Bike rentals for exploring the grounds of the Polynesian.



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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   March 11th 2009, 04:33

The Polynesian Resort is one of only 3 resorts that is on the monorail. The one thing that makes the Polynesian "better" than the other 2 in regards to transportation is the fact that it's right next to the TTC (Ticket & Transportation Center), via a short walkway, which offers the monorail to Epcot, in addition, of course, to the Magic Kingdom!

The resort Monorail is located on the second floor of the GCH and makes stops at the Grand Floridian, the Magic Kingdom, the Contemorary Resort and then the TTC before returning to the Poly.

You can also walk to the TTC to catch the express Monorail to Epcot.

Buses to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney can be found at the bus stop located near the Neverland Club.

There is also a motor launch that will transport you to the Magic Kingdom after making a stop of the Grand Floridian. The boat ride over to the MK is a relaxing, beautifully scenic way to start or finish your day







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PostSubject: Guest services   March 11th 2009, 04:37

Airline check-in:
On your day of departure, you can check your luggage and receive your airline boarding pass right here at the Polynesian Resort's Airline Check-In Desk, located in the lobby.

If you are departing on a domestic flight from Orlando International Airport on participating carriers, you can check-in no less than 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure flight time (flight delays do not extend the check-in time). For more details, please visit the Resort Airline Check-In Desk.

Disney's Magical Express:
If you are utilizing this service and would like assistance transporting your luggage to the motor coach departure location, please contact Bell Services.

Groceries:
A selection of grocery items is available at the Samoa Snacks located on the second floor and at Captain Cook's on the first floor of the Great Ceremonial House.

Ice:
Ice machines are located on every floor of each longhouse.

Internet Service:
High speed internet access is available in every guest room. Consult the information sheet in your room for details.

Laundry and Dry Cleaning:
Laundry bags and laundry lists are located in the closet. For same-day service, laundry will be picked up from your room. Dial "Housekeeping/Maintenance" on your inroom phone by 9am for pick-up. It will be returned after 7pm.
Coin-operated washers and dryers are located next to the Neverland Club. Vending machines offer laundry detergent.

Lost and Found:
For assistance, stop by the Lobby Concierge Desk located in the lobby, or call "Housekeeping/Maintenance" on your inroom phone.

Luggage Assistance:
Luggage assistance is available through Bell Services. Dial "Luggage/Valet Service" on your inroom phone. Gratuity not included.

Mail/Stamps:
Mail drop-off, express mail service and shipping is available at the Front Desk. Stamps are available at News From Polynesian. Dial Front Desk for information.

Privacy:
If you do not wish to be disturbed while in your room, please place the "Privacy Please" sign outside your door and bolt the special lock to exclude all keys.

Taxi Service:
Dial 407-422-2222

Valet Parking:
For assistance with your vehicle, dial "Luggage/Valet Service" on your inroom phone. Please have your valet receipt available. Gratuity not included.

Valuables:
Key-operated wall safes are located in every guest room. Safekeeping boxes are also available at the Front Desk.

Facsimile (FAX):
For your convenience, facsimile services are available at the Lobby Concierge desk. Service charges for incoming and outgoing facsimiles will be applied. For incoming facsimiles, Disney's Polynesian Resort facsimile number is 407-824-3174.
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PostSubject: Polynesian Resort Daily Activity Schedule   March 11th 2009, 04:39

Here is a list of scheduled activities; as always, these are subject to change, so be sure to check the schedule when you arrive at the resort!

The activities are listed by day of the week (the Hawaiian name of the week is in parenthesis!)

SUNDAY (la'pule):
12pm - 2pm: Arts & Crafts in the Great Ceremonial House at Keiki Korner

MONDAY (po'akahi):
12pm - 2pm: Arts & Crafts in the Great Ceremonial House at Keiki Korner
3pm: Pool games at the Nanea Volcano Pool
3:45pm: Yaka Dula Keiki Hula at the front of the lobby

TUESDAY (po'alua):
12pm - 2pm: Arts & Crafts in the Great Ceremonial House at Keiki Korner
1pm: Plush demonstration
3pm: Pool games at the Nanea Volcano Pool
3:45pm: Yaka Dula Keiki Hula at the front of the lobby
6pm: Torch Lighting Ceremony; outside at the Great Ceremonial House

WEDNESDAY (po'akolu):
12pm - 2pm: Arts & Crafts in the Great Ceremonial House at Keiki Korner
3:45pm: Yaka Dula Keiki Hula at the front of the lobby
6pm: Torch Lighting Ceremony; outside at the Great Ceremonial House

THURSDAY (po'aha):
12pm - 2pm: Arts & Crafts in the Great Ceremonial House at Keiki Korner
1pm: Plush demonstration
3pm: Pool games at the Nanea Volcano Pool
3:45pm: Yaka Dula Keiki Hula at the front of the lobby
6pm: Torch Lighting Ceremony; outside at the Great Ceremonial House

FRIDAY (po'alima):
12pm - 2pm: Arts & Crafts in the Great Ceremonial House at Keiki Korner
3:45pm: Yaka Dula Keiki Hula at the front of the lobby
6pm: Torch Lighting Ceremony; outside at the Great Ceremonial House

SATURDAY (po'aono):
10am: Hula-Dancing: Join us in the Great Ceremonial House
11am - 1pm: Ho'olaulea (Open House) Held every third Saturday of the month
12pm - 2pm: Arts & Crafts in the Great Ceremonial House at Keiki Korner
3pm: Pool games at the Nanea Volcano Pool
3:45pm: Yaka Dula Keiki Hula at the front of the lobby
6pm: Torch Lighting Ceremony; outside at the Great Ceremonial House
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PostSubject: Map of the Polynesian Resort   March 11th 2009, 04:41

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   January 18th 2010, 10:06

Do the activities stay the same pretty much, or do they change frequently?

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   January 19th 2010, 22:40

i know the torch lighting and the hula dancing has been there since we've started looking into going, but the rest (arts and cafts, etc.) i'm not so sure.

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   February 24th 2010, 10:35

We should look into that, would be nice to know, that was if it is a set schedule and we miss something, we can go back and catch it again another time.

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   February 27th 2010, 00:40

i'd definitely like to look into the s'mores with campfire thing and (though its not at the poly) the movie shown on grounds. =)

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   April 8th 2010, 05:41

Where is the movie at? Thought it was at the Poly?

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   April 8th 2010, 05:56

i think at the grand floridian, i think they're bringing it to the poly though. clapping

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   April 8th 2010, 06:34

Ooo, hope they do before we go!

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   April 9th 2010, 04:33

i was right! in fact, looks like they're gonna be doing it at all the resorts! =)

oh, and for a buncha info on the poly. probably mostly stuff we already know about, but just to be safe... here it is.

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   April 10th 2010, 22:30

Cool, definitely hope that they're going to be doing it by the time we get there. Ohh, cool site!

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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   April 12th 2010, 21:54

trying to find bits of the experience at each resort. =)

fort wilderness

campfire program:

  • Join Chip and Dale nightly at the amphitheater in the forest near the Bike Barn in the Meadows Recreation Area at [b]Fort Wilderness.

  • Toast marshmallows and sing familiar tunes at this campfire show. Disney cartoons and feature films are shown after dark.

  • A variety of snacks, including hot dogs, popcorn, soda, beer, and canned frozen daiquiris are available.

  • During rainy evenings, activities take place at the porch at the Meadow Trading Post.







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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   April 12th 2010, 22:03

yacht and beach club

campfire s'mores and movies on the beach:




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PostSubject: Re: The Polynesian Resort FAQ   April 17th 2010, 23:14

Any pics of the Poly movies yet?

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