Every time the fam went to WDW, we would ALWAYS ALWAYS stay at the Polynesian. When we were very little, we stayed in the Hawaii building (not sure what it was called then) on the first floor. That way, my little sister and I could run right out from our patio and play on the beach of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Back then, there was a roped off section you could swim in - and we did.
We'd also dig in the sand and play on the grass nearby. (For a story on what happened to me when we played a little to hard on the grass, check out this post). That thick, rough grass will always remind me of the Poly - it's not your usual lawn grass! I haven't told you yet about the treasures we found one year when playing in the sand, but I will!
I miss the old pool - I remember being scared of the slide when I was very young, but then I got over my fear and it was so fun! The old pool:
(The photos aren't the best quality, sorry 'bout that!)
As we got older, my parents upgraded us to the Concierge level. We got to stay in the King Kamehameha suite a couple times. This is pretty much what it looked like. We just LOVED those ceiling fans!! View from the King K suite 2nd floor verandah (before the volcano pool was built):
Every time, we'd order room service at least once and get the old school Mickey pancakes. They were a Mickey-shaped pancake with a small orange slice for a mouth, one cherry for the nose and two brown M&Ms for the eyes. I always saved the M&Ms for last of course!!
I also got to go "backstage" once and met with the hotel manager. It was really neat to see but I will also save that for another post.
Every time they change the Poly from my childhood memories, it breaks my heart a little bit. But I still love it and can't imagine staying anywhere else! (Even if I can't exactly afford the King K suite at this time. LOL!)
Hop on to the next stop!