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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Love the Poly, and for me, the charm of it has always been the kitchy 70's theme even after the updates. We've stayed on a couple different 9 day trips and I would always consider going back. I hope nothing too drastic occurs....it's one of the icons and a link back to the earliest days of WDW.

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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by Serkazong View Post
    Love the Poly, and for me, the charm of it has always been the kitchy 70's theme even after the updates. We've stayed on a couple different 9 day trips and I would always consider going back. I hope nothing too drastic occurs....it's one of the icons and a link back to the earliest days of WDW.
    Cool,a 9 day trip to WDW! We did it once,I loved it.After 3-4 days I thought I needed to go to wally world and get a mailbox.LOL!Wish I could set up residence there!
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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by NC_WDW_Daddy View Post
    I'm thinking a DVC addition, though space there is tight,so there may be a reduction in the current resort space.
    And it seems you were correct! Or at least the plans that are floating around this month that do have some details to the rumors. It was only two weeks ago that Disney Confirmed the DVC at the GF so not likely that there will be a press event or release anytime soon.



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    For the longest time the resort CMs and managers were telling me DVC was looked at and decided it was not possible. Even today you will get CMs that say there is no way DVC is going to happen. Well I think we all know DVC is going and it will be done in multiple phases. Now as we know timing and details can change with Disney so some of this might end up different but I will tell you what I know as of now.
    The GCH we already know has to be fixed and redone. They said in the layout that the center water feature was gone from the design but I have not been told what is in its place yet.
    Looking from an [COLOR=#F3933B !important]aerial view
    of the resort it will have phase one expanding towards the Wedding Pavilion with a T shaped building where Luau cove is now. The top of the T will be parallel to the beach and the building will be 5 stories tall. It will be DVC rooms.[/COLOR]
    The next phase will remove Rapa Nui and the parking lot next to it and put in another 5 story T shaped building with the top of the T facing away from the beach and towards Shades of [COLOR=#F3933B !important]Green. Tahiti will remain in front of it and will be turned into DVC. The area where the Tangaroa Terrace and the garden area between Tahiti, Rapa Nui and Tokelau will become a new pool area with lazy river modeled after the one at Aulani.[/COLOR]
    In addition 15 over the water (like in Tahiti) huts will be built off the beach of Tahiti and will be grand villas. They will each have their own docks from the beach.
    It looks like the remaining longhouses will remain the way they are with a new room design. I am sure there will be more details but that is the grand scheme that they have planned right now.”
    Although Disney has not made the official announcement you can bet that the expansion is coming, just like at the Grand Floridian.
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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Never stayed there but always visit it thanks to the monorail loop lol its great just to walk around and if you get lucky watch wishes from the sand
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    Ok.... I am officially getting excited!!! I have been a DVC member since 1994 (best money I ever spent) and have been waiting for a Poly DVC. I bought at BLT and we stay there every other year with a MK view on the 7th or 8th floor and it is amazing! But I love TIKI and love the resort. I'm not sure how it can all work with limited area, so anxious to see.... but the grand villa on the beach is calling my name!!!
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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by HauntedGabe View Post
    It doesn't sound as if they are planning something else for the Poly just a new Poly or partially new Poly and gutted. Or so the rumors are going.

    I love the Poly. I'd likely like a new Poly too. Ewww, I can add a rumor maybe a Poly DVC with the new Poly. Yep, I'd love to buy into that one.
    And maybe my dream is going to come true.

    from the Tikiman
    (for the members that are not familiar with him, his inside info is spot on and a long time guru of everything Poly at WDW)


    I hear that the plans for the DVC at the Polynesian is still to start this year and finish by 2015 or 2016 but they are not going to do as much as was in the original design. Also major changes to the GCH and addition of Trader Sams. I hope to have more I can share soon.

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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Trader Sams would be a great addition. But taking out the atrium waterfall would be a colossal negative in my book. It's one of my favorite things in WDW.
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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Removing the waterfall would be quite possibly the biggest misstep they've ever made. Though it's not quite as impressive to me since we've stayed at the Gaylord Opryland several times, it's the most impressive feature in any of the resort lobbies and tends to be an attraction all its own.

    Not to mention a great photo opportunity.

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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by weepstah View Post
    Trader Sams would be a great addition. But taking out the atrium waterfall would be a colossal negative in my book. It's one of my favorite things in WDW.
    I can't imagine what would make a better first impression than the atrium. I've always said I'm not interested in a DVC however the Poly always was that tucked away feeling of wanting a DVC at the Poly. Love the theming, it reminds me of my Springs spent in Florida during my Childhood. But after reading some of the Tikimans posts over the last several days there is the potential to gut this resort and it come out sad in the end.

    If I were the Empress of the Poly I'd be replacing a major chunk of all the buildings (they are so old and have not held up well after all these years) and I'd build new but replicas. Same for the GCH. I'd hate for the charm to be beaten out of the Poly. Trader Sams would indeed be a great addition.
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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    I sure hope the Poly isn't under construction in Nov. of this year since we'll be staying there then. Might have to change that reservation if that occurs.

    But I had always told my wife if they ever build a DVC at the Poly that you better prepare yourself to get into some debt because we would be buying there.
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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorhead View Post
    I sure hope the Poly isn't under construction in Nov. of this year since we'll be staying there then. Might have to change that reservation if that occurs.

    But I had always told my wife if they ever build a DVC at the Poly that you better prepare yourself to get into some debt because we would be buying there.
    Sounds like you are in my camp. I'd hold out hope that November will be OK. I haven't seen any permits filed.
    If they really do float some villa's in the water I wonder what that will do the view of the MK night time shows from the buildings and beach front. Sure hope they don't mess with all this resort has to offer. Fingers crossed.
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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorhead View Post
    I sure hope the Poly isn't under construction in Nov. of this year since we'll be staying there then. Might have to change that reservation if that occurs.

    But I had always told my wife if they ever build a DVC at the Poly that you better prepare yourself to get into some debt because we would be buying there.
    Yep, there are some walls up. Also take a look at this, not pretty..........

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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Get in your last look at the waterfall in the lobby. I would expect it to get walled off this week or next going by those working on the project and Cast Members at the resort.
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    Re: What is going to happen to the Polynesian Resort

    Quote Originally Posted by Tikiman View Post
    Get in your last look at the waterfall in the lobby. I would expect it to get walled off this week or next going by those working on the project and Cast Members at the resort.
    Ugh.

    Kinda breaks the heart. Fond memories from a small child of the Old Poly. Wouldn't want to stay there though during all the messy construction though.

    Hoping when they are finished she comes out even greater on the other side, but I am reserved and braced. But no matter what they do, she isn't going to be quite the same 'ole gal. Thanks for keeping us updated, appreciated.
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