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Old 04-06-2009, 06:27 AM   #76
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Only three more sleeps until we leave! I can't wait!

I just have to fine tune how I'm going to spring the surprise on the boys and I'm all set. Still have to pick up note cards to write down the rough schedule and the ADR's and get cash from the bank for the daily envelopes though. I'll try to do that today so I can unpack and repack again.

Thanks for all of the info from julibee and BCV23 on the monorail wait times too! I'm still getting used to the idea that I can hop with a ferry and a monorail to get where I want to go. I'm not at all used to that!

Everyone loves the monorail but the ferry is far too often overlooked. It usually can be quicker than the monorail and just as fun!
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:02 AM   #77
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WOW! I miss a day, the old thread is closed and the new thread is already on page 5 or 6....So glad everything got started over quickly though.

For those of you in Michigan, I hope the winter storm passes you by. I live in SE WI and they said we were going to get 5-7 inches of snow. We got nothing, nada, zippo, zilch. I will pass along warm thoughts that you have the same luck. We are so sick of winter here too!

Good luck and safe travels for all ya'll leaving this week for the Poly. I can't wait to hear how your room assignments turn out especially if you are using the online check-in. I have decided not to use it and will just go thru regular check-in. I have never had a problem standing in line and always had good luck with that so I am going to take my chances.

I am freaking out over our trip in 2 1/2 weeks. I STILL have to go shopping for me and oldest DD because we have nothing to wear. I am so busy with work I am about to pull out my hair. I am a Realtor and I seem to have buyers and sellers crawling out of the woodwork. Where were all these folks last year when I was twidling my thumbs? I shouldn't complain but I SO need this vacation.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:19 AM   #78
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Another miserable Michigander here waiting for the blizzard.....Looking forward to my Poly trip in June

Nice to see the new thread this morning, just icing on the cake of Tikiman's site yesterday

We are planning a trip in August free dining promo(after my DD trip, see sigie below) and get to stay at the beautiful Poly. This will be the 1st time for DH, 2nd for DD16 and DS19 and 3rd time for me! Absolutely one of my favorites!

What happeneded to Tikimans site, is it gone? When I clicked on the link, it said page not found - I had it book marked??? Hopefully, he just changed the address, if so does someone have it???!!! Thanks All! Lisa
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:03 AM   #80
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We're outside Chicago and got about three inches last night. It was on top of some sleet so it looks like a Winter wonderland but it is April!!!! It's melting fast on the sidewalks and streets though. But all of you headed down in a few days are so lucky!

Unfortunately, that laughingplace calculator has so many errors in it. Most people on the transportation forum including me think its worthless.

For instance, plugging in Polynesian to Epcot it lists three routes.
bus to Epcot... 19 minutes but there is no bus to Epcot
monorail to TTC and monorail to EPCOT ....45 minutes...bad idea to monorail all the way around unless it's pouring and you're room is close to the GCH
boat to GF and then bus to EPCOT...47 minutes.....oh, please.

But it's great that it worked well for you, juliebee.
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The snow did not miss us. It is very beautiful and white this morning. We have a few inches of wet snow sticking on all the trees (my poor blooming daffodils may not recover) and large flakes of snow are still falling. I don't have to drive anywhere today so it is not bothering me. But I'd much rather be at the Poly!
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Luckily for us Tikiman didn't shut down for good. Here is the link to his new site.

http://www.tikimanpages.com/tiki/
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Luckily for us Tikiman didn't shut down for good. Here is the link to his new site.

http://www.tikimanpages.com/tiki/

Thank you very much!
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You are very welcome!! It looks like it will be even better than his old site. His info was a lifesaver for our trip last year to the Poly!!
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We'll be heading to DTD on our first day and we don't have a car so we'll have to brave the buses. Hopefully it won't be too bad. We never made it to DTD on our last trip. I've never been shopping at DTD before. I did go to PI once way back when I was in college and I don't remember much, except learning to do the macarena there.
Oh thank goodness the thread is still alive!!! Just when I was finally posting I was worried by that last post - and then whew, there was the new thread!

So it sounds like there is definitely some differing opinions on DTD - but isn't that great that there is so much to do at WDW that we can pick and choose what we want to do???

I personally like DTD and make it a point to go once during each trip. I love to shop and I like to find good deals. While the latter isn't always found at WDW, I can tell you that there are some items you can find everywhere and there are some that you can only find at certain spots. I do like the kitchen store and the huge World of Disney store in DTD. I'm also excited to try out the t-shirt store this year and the new Trend-D. And you can not beat Earl of Sandwich for a delicious, cheap sandwich or Wolfgang Pucks (on the marketplace side) for a fabulous meal at a 'quick service' price! And if you make it in the evenings, you can have some yummy drinks and enjoy any entertainment they have. But I do agree that if you have a very limited time and are deciding over a park or waterpark (which you already paid for), go to the parks.

But if you have that morning or evening free, take that "leisurely - FREE" bus ride, eat something inexpensive and spend a little money on a yummy Nemo cookie at Goofy's candy and check out all the fun things they have (I collect the necklaces and that is all I wear to work - $12 - $20 for subtle disney charm that is close to my heart!)
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We just finished cleaning house and all packing is done other than bathroom items. We are getting so excited! Can someone tell us what dole whip is and tonga toast? or what is in them?? We might want to try them.
I know you've already gotten some responses but I wanted to add that while you definitely want to TRY these, only get one and make sure you really want everyone in your party to get one. The Dole Whip is good and all but I like it better swirled with vanilla. And the Tonga Toast is fine but it was way to sweet - and I love sweets! I was glad when we tried the Tonga Toast, that we got it at Capn Cooks and got some other stuff as well so my family shared a mickey waffle (the best), bacon & eggs, and the tonga toast. That way we got to try the tonga toast but not be committed to it! Of course, you may love it the way a LOT Of people do and want a whole one for yourself!!

Have so much fun - I'm so envious of all of you on this thread that are going in a few days!! I hope mmears is feeling better
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I have 20 days left, and I can't wait!!!

It will be my first time staying on site- something I always wanted to do since I drove past the poly in the monorail on our way out from WDW when I was a kid.
torian - we'll be there at the same time! It will be my second stay at the Poly and that is saying something! I'm always up for trying a new resort but the Poly really can't be beat. It is so nice to be on the monorail and close to the TTC monorail to Epcot. And the afternoon swims can NOT be beat! You'll see me and my family at the pool every afternoon. And oh! The beach in the evenings - let the kids play in the sand and you can sit back and relax (anyone thinking pina colavas right now???)
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To Seaspray and all the contributors of the Poly thread, I owe a debt of gratitude. We have stayed at different on site resorts, usually AKL, and though I wanted to try the Poly my husband wasn't keen......that is until I started showing him some of the info and pics on this tread. We are now booked at the Poly for this year's trip.
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I confess... it has been many months since my last posting.
But... I am officially jumping back in! My 2nd Poly trip is set for August 30-Sept 6. And I have lots of thinking and planning to do! We booked under last years bounce back program so we do have the free dining.
So my question is this.... tell me everything I have missed in the past 5 months or so...
Seriously though.... looking forward to catching up with all of you, wondering if there are any Poly changes from last year, and very interested to see if anyone is vacationing during the same time as me

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I'm so envious of all of you on this thread that are going in a few days!! I hope mmears is feeling better
Thanks for the kind words...... I'm starting to feel better. And your turn is coming up so soon -- not too many more days to go!
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