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Disney's Polynesian Resort, Orlando, FL (hotel)
TikiTikiTavi
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From: Exotica
Posted: 2004-07-13 05:48 am   Permalink

donhonyc,
Can any bar/resort/restaurant measure up after a visit to the Mai Kai? That place is fantastic!


 
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donhonyc
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From: The Quiet EAST Village
Posted: 2004-07-15 10:25 pm   Permalink

TikiTiki-

No...nothing can quite measure up to the Mai Kai. The only thing that runs a very close second is the Trader Vic's I have been to; L.A. and Atlanta. I went to the L.A. one a while back, and my memory is a little fuzzy on the details, but I remember it being cool.

I was sort of expecting more of the over the top Disney experience, like the one you get at the Magic Kingdom, at the Polynesian Village. I was really expecting it to be as cool as the Mai Kai. I mean it was cool, but it wasn't on "11" to borrow a term from Spinal Tap. If they offered a really cool TikiFarm type mug at the Polynesian, like the ones you get at the Mai Kai when you order a 'Mara-Amu' that would have scored points for me. And knowing Disney and all of their character merchandising, I sort of expected that type of thing.

Now....I just have to get back out to California one of these days and check out the other TVs AND TikiTi, Tonga Room, etc. Mai Kai might be in Florida, but Cali seems to be the land of vintage tiki bars.

Oh yeah....I also forgot to mention: in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom, they offer Mickey Mouse tiki 'mugs' in the souvenir shops near The Tiki Hut. Once again though....surprisingly, not impressed. Basically they were plastic 'mugs' with plastic Mickey Mouse ears with a hole for a straw in the top like the Mr. Bali Hai mugs. The features of the actual 'mug' were a cross between a traditional tiki god and Mickey himself. Now if they had THAT in ceramic I would have definitely got it. Plastic Tiki barware is so...Target/Home Depot. Authentic? Uh....don't think so.

[ This Message was edited by: donhonyc on 2004-07-15 22:33 ]


 
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TikiTikiTavi
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From: Exotica
Posted: 2004-07-16 06:07 am   Permalink

I thought the gift shop at the Polynesian Village could have used some Tiki Farm merchandise also. I was surprised last year at the price they wanted for a polo shirt with the Polynesian logo on it... $50.00!!!

This spring we were driving through Orlando on International Drive and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a small sign with the word "TIKI" in it. Funny how those things catch your eye. It was a sign for a Tiki themed miniature golf that was set off the road in the back parking lot of a hotel. Without that sign at the side of the road, I never would have seen this place. The driveway was sandwiched between two other businesses and the minigolf was easily 500 feet from International Drive. I cannot remember the exact location but there was a fancy looking McDonald's not too far away from it.

We turned around and went back to play. The place had tiki's galore and a huge volcano that erupted periodically. The flame was impressive and threw off a lot of heat. In the gift shop at the last hole, they had a lot of Tiki Farm merchandise marked down so we picked up several different mugs. If you are in Orlando and love tiki, check this place out. Maybe a local could provide the exact location.


 
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2004-07-16 5:22 pm   Permalink

Wow. I didn't kinow about that Tiki golf course, and I don't know when I'm going to be visiting Disney again. Damn! I usually visit the Magic Kingom, etc. like once every five to ten yearson the average. The only Tiki golf place that I have seen is in Wildwood, NJ. It's also a pancake restaurant, listed by the way in 'Tiki Road Trip'. The most interesting thing to me about the place you saw in Orlando was that it had Tiki Farm merch. marked down. That sounds worth the visit right there.

 
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TikiTikiTavi
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From: Exotica
Posted: 2004-07-18 12:00 am   Permalink

I just looked at our photos and the place was called Tiki Island Adventure Golf. I found the address on a miniature golf website:

Tiki Island Adventure Golf, 7460 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
407-248-8180


 
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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2004-07-19 06:25 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-07-18 00:00, TikiTikiTavi wrote:
I just looked at our photos and the place was called Tiki Island Adventure Golf. I found the address on a miniature golf website:

Tiki Island Adventure Golf, 7460 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
407-248-8180



When you get a chance, please create a new Topic here in the Locating Tiki section with this info along with some pics. I'd love to see 'em.

-Z
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Kenike
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From: McKinney, TX
Posted: 2005-04-15 7:36 pm   Permalink

I'll be returning to Disney between 7/28/05 and 8/04/05. If anyone is interested in hooking up at the Polynesian for some Mai Tai drinking please let me know. My only means of transportaion will be the Disney bus so I'm sort of limited to where I can go in Orlando.

 
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Pomaika i
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From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2005-04-18 10:06 am   Permalink

Juno-
We'd love to meet up with other TCers. I haven't been back to the Polynesian in awhile. We like to go and sit on the fake beach and watch fireworks from the Magic Kingdom.


 
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joefla70
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From: Fort Lauderdale
Posted: 2005-04-19 11:41 am   Permalink

Has anybody been to the Royal Pacific hotel over in Universal? How does it compare to the Polynesian at Disney? I know Emeril has a restaruant over there... which I'm sure is good. I just wonder if it has the same ambiance.

 
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Palama Tiki
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From: Lake Wales, Florida
Posted: 2005-04-19 1:16 pm   Permalink

the Poly is one of our favorite Disney resorts; my wife and I drive up often to have lunch or dinner at the different resort restaurants. Ohana's is a fun place to take the family for dinner.

check out this website for good detail on the Polynesian past and present:

http://www.tikiman2001.homestead.com/index.html

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TikiTikiTavi
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From: Exotica
Posted: 2005-04-20 7:40 pm   Permalink

Palama Tiki,
That was a great link. I've been a fan of the Polynesian for years and found the website to be very informative. Thanks again for the link.

TTT


 
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Kailuageoff
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Posted: 2005-04-21 12:07 pm   Permalink

Palama Tiki,
That's a fantastic site! Excellent resource.
Mahalo.
KG


 
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Palama Tiki
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From: Lake Wales, Florida
Posted: 2005-04-26 12:59 pm   Permalink

you are very welcome.. it is a great site. i first found TC in his links page.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2005-04-27 12:17 am   Permalink

Some recent photos, culled from the Usenet:









 
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Palama Tiki
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From: Lake Wales, Florida
Posted: 2005-04-27 06:03 am   Permalink

Also see this Michael C. Flint website of Disney Resorts; here's the Poly page..

http://dizneyworld.net/resorts/polynesian.htm

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