Poly vs. Contemporary...?
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I have already booked a Magic View room at the Poly for our trip, but I was running some numbers, and thought that if the 40% Military rate was continued again this fall that it would actually be CHEAPER to stay at the Contemporary on the Conierge level with a Magic View room.
Anyone stayed on this level before?
It would still be in the tower correct?
Does the room have an outside balcony?
What about the concierge service, food/snack choices, etc.
Any opinions from someone who has stayed at both would really be helpful.
We LOVE the Poly, but perhaps change is good....hmmmmm....?????
You'll have to make sure that those rooms are available under the military rates because sometimes they limit the number of type of rooms so call right away if they release something.
Also, make sure it says "Magic Kingdom View" if that's what you want because if it says "theme park view" that doesn't necessarily mean Magic Kingdom, it could be a view of anything in the park; including the peak of Space Mountain; etc.
Concierge level service anywhere is delightful, it's a luxury of course. The lounges offer food pretty much all day long. There are breakfast items, lunch items, dinner items. Here is a link to some of the other amenities Pixie Michele : Amenities Pixie Michele : Lounges
I would say that if you can do the CL at Contemporary give it a try...why not?!?!
I had booked one of those contemporary concierge rooms with a park view under what use to be called "the Grand Plan" now the "Platinum Plan". Instead of a tower room we were given a room in one of the far wings with a key for the concierge level. We were EXTREMELY unhappy with this. They gave us some free stuff to try to make up for it, however we were so unhappy with the experience that we have not stayed there since. It worked out well because we LOVE the Poly.
The moral of my story is: Just make sure that when you book the room that it says that it is in the main tower and not just a concierge room with a park view.
Here is a link to a website that has all things POLY. http://www.tikimanpages.com/ The guy that runs the site is a member of passporters and often posts information and responds to questions about the resort. He is one of the best resources I have ever found for the resort.
Thanks so much!
I was unaware that Theme Park view didn't necessarily mean a castle view.
I have been looking all day on this subject and am also considering club level castle view at the Poly, but I read their 2nd floor do NOT have balconies. Is this true or has it changed recently?
Being able to step outside to see the water parade and fireworks is a huge selling point.
Thanks in advance!
When the Polynesian added the room category “Magic Kingdom View” they made sure all the rooms under this category had unobstructed views of the castle. They actually stood inside each room and looked to see if they could see the castle. In the last few years they changed the name of the category to “Theme Park View room” and yes they all can see the castle. Lagoon view rooms all face the castle but some have partly or totally blocked views of the castle. The only other category is garden view. Second floors in club level do not have balconies but you can still open the sliding glass door just like in a 1st and 3rd floor room. We actually prefer the ground level so we have a larger patio and can walk on the grass and out to the beach. In fact you could get a lagoon view club level on the ground and just walk out to the beach to watch the fireworks or just sit on the grass in front of your room. You can also just sit in the lounge and watch the fireworks and they pipe in the music.
We love the Poly and really like staying in the Hawaii longhouse (CL) but one thing that is really great about the Poly is that there are so many places to view the castle!! We usually like to book CL Garden View Patio because we like walking out our patio doors straight for the quite pool. These rooms are less than the MKV rooms in other longhouses and you have CL! If you want to see a view of the castle, just go to the lounge (best view ever) or walk around the longhouse and sit at the beach or volcano pool!!
We got a free upgrade one year to MKV from our GV room and while it was nice to just open the patio curtains to see the castle, we didn't spend a lot of time sitting there starring at it. It costs a lot to have that view from your room and we just don't use it enough to justifify the cost difference!
What ever you decide, I would always prefer the Poly over the Contemporary as the themeing just doesn't do it for me there.
I ended up booking the Club Level with Magic Kingdom View today with my 30% pin code!
It was the only CL they had available, plus the only way my daughter would fall asleep after an exciting day every night was to lay on the balcony and watch the fireworks and the water parade, (plus admittedly, some of my best memories of the trip were opening and closing the curtains each night and every morning looking at the castle.... .
Still kinda hoping the military rate comes along for that extra 10% off, but I'm not banking on it.
It's our first time staying CL at a Disney resort so I am super excited!
Now to decide On rolling the dice and let the Concierge do our ADR's or keep the control freak in me comfortable and just do them again myself this year.