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Disney's Polynesian Resort, Orlando, FL (hotel)
mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2015-01-12 10:51 am   Permalink

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On 2015-01-10 22:23, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
According to "preliminary unconfirmed pricing information," expect to pay between $2,100 and $2,900 per night, depending on season, for one of the bungalows.
http://www.wdwmagic.com/resorts/the-villas-at-disneys-polynesian-resort/news/09jan2015-how-much-you-can-expect-to-pay-for-the-new-bora-bora-bungalows-at-disney's-polynesian-village-resort.htm



*raises eyebrows*

Well, I guess we'll be staying elsewhere when we visit Sam's.


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2015-01-14 12:37 am   Permalink

This is one of the six symposiums just announced for The Hukilau 2015 in June ...

“Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily present: Prefeb Paradise.” The artists known for their retro-themed creations and collaborations with Disney take guests back to the 1970s for a virtual vacation at the resort once touted by Disney marketing as a “prefab paradise,” Walt Disney World’s original Polynesian Village.



Symposium tickets are $25. More info on the event here:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/01/13/the-hukilau-announces-six-historic-symposiums-ticket-sales-for-june-event-in-fort-lauderdale/

Official site: http://www.thehukilau.com

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finky099
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Posted: 2015-01-14 11:28 am   Permalink

Cool! Wishing I could make the Hukilau this year EVEN MORE now. Maybe they'll find their way back to TO in August?



 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2015-02-23 6:23 pm   Permalink

The latest update from Tikiman on Facebook:

"From some information I got there is some indication that the pool will be ready by the end of March or beginning of April. I can't discuss the details of the info and I would not say they will finish the pool area by April but I will say that is the plan. If everything goes well and weather cooperates, you may see the pool area and Trader Sam's open by April 1."

"I can't stress enough that there are always possibilities of it opening later but for now I believe they are shooting for April 1 and can accomplish that goal."


 
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2015-02-23 9:08 pm   Permalink

I really hope there are no delays. The plan after our wedding at the Mai Kai on April 18 is to spend a couple days at the parks and stay at Cabana Bay but we haven't booked our rooms yet because the whole trip depends on whether or not Sam's will be open.

 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2015-02-24 10:05 am   Permalink

Mike, I would be sorely surprised if Grog Grotto wasn't open by then. I'd say you're safe.
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2015-03-08 9:41 pm   Permalink

Here's a full recap of all the latest news on construction, along with a bunch of photos of the new Great Ceremonial House and Trader Sam's construction ...









Disney World rushes to finish Polynesian Village Resort renovations, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Though an official announcement has not yet been made, fans of Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort are salivating at the prospects of the long-awaited Tiki bar Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto opening as early as the end of March.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2015/03/09/disney-world-rushes-to-finish-polynesian-village-resort-renovations-trader-sams-grog-grotto/


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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2015-03-22 12:13 am   Permalink

New merchandise announced on the Disney Parks Blog ...
http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/03/preview-of-new-merchandise-coming-to-disneys-polynesian-village-resort-at-walt-disney-world-resort/


Looking forward to the mugs, pins, and of course the Trader Sam's aloha shirt.



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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2015-03-23 10:11 am   Permalink

The Poly Tiki just went up today ...

Photo from Mousesteps Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mousesteps/109846392426483

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kkocka
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Posted: 2015-03-23 11:40 am   Permalink

Today is an official open house for cast members to tour the entire resort (renovations + Trader Sam's Grog Grotto).
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2015-03-24 12:33 am   Permalink

Lots more photos (and video) of the Poly Tiki here:
http://www.mousesteps.com/extra-features-mainmenu-64/parkresort-updates-mainmenu-65/1576-tiki-icon-added-to-disney-s-polynesian-village-resort-lobby-fountain-as-resort-gets-ready-for-dvc-debut-bungalow-interior-pics-lava-pool-more

Plus a ton more photos of the bungalows:
http://www.ourfloridaproject.com/first-look-at-new-disney-polynesian-bungalows/

http://www.wdwmagic.com/resorts/the-villas-at-disneys-polynesian-resort/news/23mar2015-photos---take-a-complete-tour-through-a-completed-bora-bora-bungalow-at-disney%27s-polynesian-village-resort.htm



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Posted: 2015-03-24 06:53 am   Permalink

Tiki Shrug looks good. I really like him.

It's a shame that the falls are gone, though. THAT was the optimal thematic centerpiece for the resort. WDW lost a lot of charm when they removed that bit of history.


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2015-03-29 12:59 am   Permalink

Interesting back story on the Poly Tiki, aka Tiki Shrug. Perhaps we should be calling him Maui. This is courtesy of Steve "Tikiman" Seifert (http://www.tikimanpages.com)

From a 1972 Disney document:

“The folklore of Polynesia contains no more colorful adventures than those of Maui. His exploits are told and retold across the island world, from Hawaii to Bora Bora to New Zealand.

Maui, born of the gods, lived among the people of the South Seas. His pranks and tricks provided the islanders with a constant source of new tales.
How Maui, with his magic fish hook, pulled the islands of Polynesia from the depths of the sea.

How he discovered the secret of making fire, and taught it to his people, and happiest tale of all, how Maui achieved his greatest feat, capturing the Sun! Legends say Maui snared the Sun with a specially woven net, refusing to release it until he secured a promise that the Sun would pursue his course across the sky more slowly. This of course meant more daylight for all. For all who live in Polynesia.

So now you know why people of every Polynesian Village remember “The mischievous one” the playful god of the people….Maui”


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According to Seifert: In Hawaii, a Maui Tiki typically holds the sun over his head, so that may explain the sun around the head of the Poly Tiki. It also explains something that was not described in the Disney story. The signs around the resort have four Tikis around them. The legend of Maui was that Maui was actually four brothers who each had the name of Maui. The youngest of the four brothers was the prankster. The youngest was also the one who discovered fire and pulled up the islands and harnessed the sun. Maui was a demi-god of all of Polynesia and not just a Hawaiian legend. The story of Maui can be different across the islands of Polynesia because of the distance between them all. Not only was Maui a legend but a real human and an ancestor of the first King of Hawaii, Kamehameha.

There are many interesting stories of Maui and his supernatural powers as well as the real person that this was based on. For us it puts a name to the face that will greet us as we walk into the Great Ceremonial House.


 
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Ken Kanaka
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Posted: 2015-03-30 12:08 pm   Permalink

Jim -- thanks for posting this.

I was chatting last week on Twitter with Steven Miller of Disney's merchandise development group about the possible origins of the Polynesian's logo mascot. I thought he looked like the Oceanic Arts New Guinea shield that hangs outside the Kona restaurant and he countered that it reminded him of Disneyland's Maui from the Enchanted Tiki Room garden. That sparked a memory so I went back through my files and found the 1972 card, which I had mistaken for one of those slips of paper that you often get when you buy a tiki statue.

Thanks to him, I was able to put two and two together and finally determine that it was a card handed out to guests and the mystery of Maui's identity was finally solved. How in the heck everyone at Disney managed to forget his name, we may never know.

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