As of January 1, 2019, we have closed our forums. This is a decision we did not come to lightly, but it is necessary. The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk. The server software itself must be updated, and it cannot be without removing the forums.
So it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our long-running forums. They came online in 2000 and brought together so many wonderful Disney fans. We had friendships form, careers launch, couples marry, children born ... all because of this amazing community.
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There are other changes as well.
Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:
We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.
It's time to move on and move forward.
PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.
But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.
So we are retiring this newsletter, as we simply cannot keep up with it. Many thanks to Mouse Fan Travel who supported it all these years, to All Ears and MousePlanet who helped us with news, to our many article contributors, and -- most importantly -- to Sara Varney who edited our newsletter so wonderfully for years and years.
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I've seen quite a few rumors lately pointing to the possibility that WDW is considering razing much or all of the Polynesian and rebuilding it from the ground up. I've also read occasional speculation regarding a DVC resort at the Polynesian.
Some of you may follow Steve Seifert's "Tikiman Pages" website, which is a spectacular resource for guests/fans of the Polynesian. Steve seems to have a bit of an inside angle at the hotel, and I thought it might be worth reposting a recent post from his news/rumors section. The following info is taken directly from Steve's site:
So a rumor was going around about a few things at the Polynesian. The rumor was that the Polynesian was going to close down next year to take down the buildings to rebuild them and remove asbestos. Also that maybe the new buildings would house DVC. From what I am told there are no plans or reason to take down the longhouse buildings. If you look at my history page you will see that in 2002 they gutted the rooms and I would have thought that all asbestos materials were removed then.
As far as DVC is concerned, it has been rumored for years but every person I talk to says that Disney determined that there is no room to expand the Polynesian and there are no plans to turn existing rooms into DVC.
The only thing I have heard is that the Great Ceremonial House is in need of work to the extent that it might have to be taken down. The details of this I will be keeping to myself until I get more facts. Right now it is just a lot of rumors going around.
Do I think at some point Disney will totally redesign the Polynesian to be more modern and more like the new resort in Hawaii, I believe that will happen at some point. The feeling around the resort is that something big is being planned but nothing is for sure. At this point I think you need to enjoy what is there and remember that nothing last forever.
Walt Disney World has become a touchstone for me, a constant in a world where everything changes. Again and again I have come back to this place, grounding myself, communing with all the people I've been.
Wow...that would be a huge undertaking and expense, but then again, it's a prime location - arguably the best in WDW. It's my favorite resort we have stayed at, so I hope they don't change it too much!
15 total family trips with stays at the Poly, AKL, Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club, Swan, Dolphin, POFQ, Pop Century, All Star Music, Movies & Sports, and Coronado Springs.
I think Tikiman's analysis is pretty much on target. I don't think Disney has the kind of fundamental problems with the Poly that would require a complete tear-down. Folks love the place. I don't see the kind of weak demand that would drive Disney to make a huge change (rather than tweaks). Few, if any, think it seems to be too old. The addition of the volcano pool brought it up to Deluxe standards. There are no structural problems that might require major reconstruction. Room size is greater than current standard - under-sized rooms are a good reason to rebuild, as they're harder to sell at Deluxe rates, but there's no problem selling over-size rooms. And Disney doesn't have the kind of guest room shortage that would lead them to build a lot more. They prefer a slight shortage of rooms to a slight surplus. OK, it lacks a true signature dining experience, but that falls into the "tweak" category.
As the oldest resort (along with the Contemporary Tower), it will probably be on of the first hotels to be razed and replaced. It'll happen some day, but I don't think it'll be anytime soon.
Co-Author, PassPorter's Walt Disney World, PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line, and PassPorter's Disneyland and Southern California Attractions
Just one more argument in my favor when I try to convince my DH to go back to the Poly next year. (I got him to try the BC last year and now he's a BC man, not that I don't LOVE BC, but I want to go to the Poly one more time)
Interesting. I'd be surprised if the Polynesian didn't end up with one longhouse housing DVC villas eventually.... There are already rumours about the next DVC resort being at the Grand Floridian and that would leave the Polynesian as the only existing deluxe resort without any DVC involvement. I could see that being on the list in the future....
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