Wishes viewing from polynesian - now for hotel guests only

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  1. keith

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    Well apparently to stand on the beach of the polynesian and watch wishes, you must now be staying at the polynesian. This is something new and no one's sure if it's permanent or only until the refurbs are done but it's certainly causing an outcry amongst people who used to go there to watch.

    What do you think? Should things like the polynesian beach be offlimits for non-guests like the pool?
     
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    Wow, what a cheek, it's a beach which is open to everyone, unless they put a gate on it, how can they make it for Guests only :nono: I wouldn't be happy at all.
     
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    I've never been there. Is is usually crowded? Is that why they might want to restrict access?
     
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    when we saw them, they were going round everyone trying to get there and asking to see their room key card. They scanned it and if not staying at the polynesian it was sorry but no
     
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    It's not been crowded in my experience but I guess there's a LOT less beach accessible now they've blocked a lot off to build the DVC stuff
     
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    it probably wasn't an issue when people didn't use the internet to research their holiday and find out about it but now with the restricted beach it probably will be. I would be annoyed if i couldn't get a spot and I had paid a lot of money to stay there so i think it's fair enough:shrug:
     
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    I think it's fair. Surely that should be one of the perks of staying at the Poly. :)
     
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    I agree, but it's something I've always wanted to do and never got round to. Guess I won't at all now :-(
     
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    What happens if you're eating at the Poly, are you not allowed to go out and and watch?
     
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    Hmmm. If that`s the case, do folks just amble next door to the GF thus making it very crowded I wonder ? :unsure:
    There always seemed to be lots of non residents congregating by the marina during Wishes even before the Poly construction work began, so I normally go to my "secret" viewing spot where me and my DW are on our own. [Not that I`m anti-social mind. :lol:]
     
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    We went to the Poly beach years, and years ago (Herself's Da was still alive) to watch the fireworks over MK... it was one of those "free Disney things" that people in the know could do back then.

    I guess it's a sign of the times, exclusivity for the resort, regardless which resort. I understand, but I do hate to see the "free Disney things" being closed off, or ended, or otherwise disappear. :sigh:
     
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    Sadly, with the advent of the internet, there are few 'secret' Disney things any more. Pity.
     
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    I was planning to visit during my visit in September.

    Never mind
     
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    Somewhat undecided on the "fairness" of it all, but I am certainly sad to hear this is true. Some of my favorite memories in the last couple of years have been having dinner at Kona and timing the end of dinner just perfectly to amble out onto the beach and watch the fireworks. I've never noticed it being "overly" crowded (translated: there's always been available lounge chairs).

    I'm hoping perhaps this is only temporary given the construction/refurb.
     
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    It could well be temporary :yes:

    I too am somewhat undecided. I understand the pool for guests only thing, but things like watching wishes from a beach, getting the bus/boat to a different resort and looking around and those other little disney treats which made it so special have always been little delights. I think it'll lose something if they all go "guest only".
     
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    So if I spend $200 dollars on a dinner at Ohana I am not allowed to watch the fireworks from the resort... Somehow that doesn't seem fair.
     
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    yeah that was said quite a lot at the time by various people and one of the CMs said unfortunately having a meal at a resort doesn't give you access to its guest only facilities like the beach, pool etc.
     
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    I've been to the beach a number of times and it has never been crowded. I would think this new rule is due to the refurb. I know they will only let you park at the resort if you are staying there or have a dining reservation. They were absolutely strict on that earlier this month.
     
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    My guess is it's temporary. With the construction not only on the beach, but in the GCH and taking up over half the parking and three longhouses, they're probably trying to limit the number of non Poly guests on the property due to space. Plus with guests still paying normal rates at the resort during all this construction they're wanting to give these guests as pleasant an experience as possible.
     
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    This is a very good point. I have not read a lot of "magical" reviews of the Poly since the construction become heavy. Many people are either switching their reservations, or wishing they had.
     

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