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Thanks to miles, points, and travel deals, we have been fortunate enough to visit Disney World a number of times both before, during, and after we had kids join the crew. All of those trips have been very different, but all have been great. I even found out I was pregnant with my first daughter just days before one of our Disney trips, so even though I was relegated to morning sickness and “exciting” rides like It’s a Small World for that visit, it was still a great time. In other words, Disney is always a good idea for our crew.
One of our big summer trips may be crumbling out from under us for reasons totally beyond our control, so of course I am thinking about back-up plans, and Disney bubbled to the top of possible contenders. If we do go to Disney World, it will probably be a short trip and it won’t be one of those go-go-go super planned sun-up to sun-down type of Disney adventures, but instead it will be at the pace of the almost-two-year-old, and we will take in what our resort has to offer as much as the theme parks. I did a similar trip to Disneyland when my first daughter was two years old and it was a bunch of fun.
Because of his job schedule, it is also totally possible that Josh won’t be able to go, and it will just be me and the girls. Is this sounding fun yet…two little girls, potentially only one parent, Florida summer heat, no serious advance planning, Disney insanity? There are some pain points in the plan, but honestly, heat aside, I love the idea of kind of taking it relatively easy through Disney, but… there is one very important detail that makes or breaks the plan in my view.
While I can easily again use points to stay without out of pocket costs at the Walt Disney World Swan or nearby Hyatt Grand Cypress, I have no desire to do that this time around. I either want to stay at a Disney Resort or not go. More specifically, I really, really want to stay at the Polynesian right on the monorail. I have wanted to stay there since my first visit to Disney as a kid, and that desire has not lessened as a points-hardened adult. The Contemporary is also in a premier Magic Kingdom location right on the monorail, but it doesn’t speak to me the way the Polynesian does.
I love the idea of being in a (Disney version) of the South Pacific for a couple days, eating at favorite ‘Ohanas, playing in their pools with the volcanos and slides, eating Dole Whip, and more. We could take the monorail to the park in the morning, come back for a nap in the afternoon, and then easily take the monorail right back to the Magic Kingdom for evening shows. There won’t be any buses, transfers, parking, etc. to deal with, and that coupled with the ambience and amenities makes staying at the Polynesian almost a deal breaker for me this time.
It goes without saying that the downside to all this Polynesian awesomeness is of course the cost. It is one of the most expensive Disney resorts, and that price is especially painful knowing I could stay elsewhere for far less or even for no out of pocket cost. Then again, since this is a shorter trip, it is a good a time as any to take the leap and experience what it is like to stay right on the monorail with little ones. While availability may very well not be there, maybe it is a good time to explore renting some Disney Vacation Club points to stay at the studio villas at the Polynesian for a little less…
This back-up summer travel plan may or may not come to fruition this time around, but I absolutely do want to stay at The Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World at some point. It is one of those places that may not make sense on paper, but my childish heart has loved this resort for decades, and keeps coming back to the idea of plunking down the cash to stay here at least once.
If you have stayed there or similar, I’d love to know to know your thoughts! Are you still finalizing some of your summer travel plans?
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