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History of the Polynesian Pools

polyoldpoolpoly-toon-back-bright-1200Let's take a look at what the Polynesian has for cooling off. The original Polynesian pool was the Nanea Volcano pool. It was the only pool from 1971 until 1978. As you can see from the old postcard (left), the pool use to have a diving board at the deep end. This board was later removed. This pool was not the first volano slide in Florida but it was the most copied. Later in 2001 the pool was removed and the whole area from the back of the Great Ceremonial House to the beach was redesigned into a New Nanea Volcano Pool area. They added a huge volcano structure that housed a water slide and bathrooms. The Barefoot Bar was relocated from its original location to the side of the volcano. This is still the location of the bar in the latest version of the Lava pool that opened 2015. To see a great collection of photos from the 2001 pool construction you can click here.

eastpool04SANY2306The second pool (the East Pool) was added in 1978 and was nicknamed the quiet pool. It was called the quiet pool because it has no slide and even after it was put in, it never was very popular with the kids. We all know where there are kids there are parents so now they were still all over at the Nanea pool.

In the begining of 2011 the East Pool was drained and the deep end was filled in. It went from about 8 feet deep to 4 feet 6 inches in the middle and 3 feet at the wall. New tile work was done and it reopened May 2011. July 13, 2015 the East pool will close for a complete redesign along with a bar and grill being added to its location. The East pool will become the Oasis Pool and is expected to reopen Spring 2016.

Even after they added the second pool the Nanea pool was still very popular. Many liked it for its location right next to the beach and because of the slide, but it was not very big and there was not much seating around the pool. This became the resorts largest complaint. Because of these complaints they started construction on a new volcano pool in October 2000.

polyopool2005On March 10, 2001 the new Nanea Volcano pool opened. The area from the Great Ceremonail House to the beach had a whole new look. They added a stream that starts at the Great Ceremonial House and winds its way down to the pool. The new pool has a 40 foot high volcano that has a 142 foot water slide inside of it. When the volcano first opened it use to erupt throughout the day with steam coming out of the top of it every 15 minutes or so but it only lasted a few years.

Some other features of the new pool and volcano are the underwater jets, warmer water areas, in pool seating and at the beach end of the pool is a zero-entry area.

Off to the side was a new kids wet play area with a honu (turtle) shaped pattern that shot water up from the ground. The pool was placed so that Cinderella's Castle is the backdrop for all your pool activity.

Lava Pool Information

2015-07-06 7-28-06The new Lava Pool (opened March 2015) has the same pool and slide as the last version. The rock work around the slide is modified to no longer look like a volcano and not be quite as large. Other additions to the pool area will be a new Kiki Tikis kids splash area added south of the Lava pool. The pool deck is bigger to allow for more seating and the area that use to be the kids wet play area is now the rock formation that has the Infinity Hot tub overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon.

received 10153502407414684received 10153502406889684The Barefoot Bar will remain in its same location. The pool is surrounded by a fance but one side of the bar will have access from outside the fenced off area. The bar serves drinks and snacks until fireworks and will continue to stay open if there is a demand for drinks. The Barefoot Bar not only has a great selection of beers and tropical drinks but it is a great spot to hang out and visit with the friendly bartenders. Make sure you say Aloha to Steve. This year they intruduced some new drinks to the Barefoot Bar. The reports have been good from those who have tried them. You can see them on the Pool Side Service menu below.

2015-07-02 07-38-20Rules state that the pools are exclusively for Polynesian guests only. To gain access to the pool area you have to scan your Magic Band with a Polynesian Resort Reservation on it. Access will be allowed the entire day of check in and check out. Both pools will be for Hotel and Disney Vacation Club guests but Disney Vacation Club pool hopping will not be allowed at eithr of the Polynesian pools. With the addition of the hot tub and the kids splash area, there are new rulkes for those areas. The most enforced rule is the "children under 12 must be supervised". When 2015-07-02 07-37-33groups of kids have gone into the hot tub without an adult they have been asked to leave the hot tub unless they return with an adult. As for the new kids area the rules say that no kids under 48 inches are allowed but bigger kids can go into the area and play as long as they do not get too rough and they are not allowed down the smaller slide. Kids must also have an adult watching them when in this area.

There is a bathroom under the volcano with lockers and a changing bench. There are also new bathrooms located at the building next to the Barefoot Bar. To gain access to the bathrooms you must also scan your Magic Bands.

poolviewThere is a great view of the castle from the pool and is a favorite spot to be during the fireworks. During some busy Holidays they have been scanning bands and handing out writs bands so they can identify who have been checked.

FB IMG 1434895030099The pool also has a PVC wheelchair available under the lifeguard tower for use to roll into the zero entry area as well as a platform for those who want to get out of the wheelchair and into the pool. There is also a lift into the pool for those that do not want to use the wheelchair.

The Lava pool during the summer is open 9 A.M to 11 P.M. During the colder months is was open 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. 

They provide life jackets at the pools. Diapered children are required to wear swim diapers and can be purchased in the Polynesian stores.

Oasis Pool information

received 10207349967900892The Oasis pool was called the East Pool and nicknamed the Quiet Pool. It closed in July 2015 to be completely redone and will re-open in Spring of 2016. The pool area was completely redesigned. Everything from the old pool area was removed. Even though the new pool looks the same as the old one, it is much different. It is about the same depth at the deep side but the other side of the oval is a zero entry with bubblers in the water. Also the pool has no lip to it. The water level of the whole pool comes up to the level of the pool deck. Another unique feature will be that the pool will not be chlorine. It will be a salt water pool.

Added to the new pool area is a hot tub, new bathrooms and a bar and grill. There will be pool side service during warmer months that will serve the same menu as the Lava Pool but additional items will be offered at the Oasis Grill. The grill will also have a mug fill station as part of it. There will also be a bar that is only accessible to guests of the resort that have access to the gate with a room reservation. There was word that cabanas were going in at both pools but it looks like that idea was changed at the Lava pool and so far there is no indication of any at the Oasis pool other than there being 3 structures at the north end with power run to them.

Photos of the Oasis pool are in the album below.

Pool side Service

The Polynesian is trying out a pool side service. Right now they are going from 11 AM to about 5 PM and that is dependent on the weather. There are one or two servers and since this is a testing phase there may be adjustments to how long and how many servers. This service may not always be available.

Pool Side menu

Zipz Chardonnay $7.50 Zipz Merlot  $7.50

Selections may be available in Bottle, can or draft $6.25- $8.75
Pale Lager: Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Coors Light, Corona Extra, Corona Light, Heineken, Michelob Ultra, Miller Light, Modelo Especial, Red Stripe, Stella Artois Amber Lager: Kona Longboard Island Lager, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Yuengling Traditional Lager
Wheat & Wit: Blue Moon, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat, New Belgium Snap Shot Wheat Ale, Schofferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen
Amber Ale: New Belgium Fat Tire Pale Ale: Magic Hat #9, Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale
India Pale Ale: Cigar City Kai Alai IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
Seasonal: Samuel Adams Seasonal
Hard Cider: Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider

Barefoot Specialty Cocktails
Pago Pago Pain Killer: Myers’s Original Dark Rum, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice and Cream of Coconut over crushed ice $9.25
Niue Rita: Patron Silver Tequila with fresh lime and POG (Passion Orange Guava) juice $9.50
Lava Flow: Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum Blended with Strawberry Puree and Pina Colada Mix $9.00
Tonga Tea: Pau Maui Handmade Vodka, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, Hendrick’s Cointreau and POG juice with a splash of Sprite $10.25
Samoa Sunrise: Myers’s Original Dark Rum and Apricot Brandy blended with POG juice $9.25
Rocks Skinny Coconut Mojito: Skinnygirl Island Coconut Vodka, Coconut Water, Mint, fresh lime juice and Agave Nectar $9.25
Grand Margarita: Jose Cuervo Gold Tiquila, Grand Marnier, Fresh Lime juice and Sweet and Sour $10.50
Big Island Ice Tea: Pau Maui Handmade Vodka, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, Hendrick’s Cointreau, Sweet and Sour with a splash of Coca-Cola $10.25
Captain’s Mai Tai: Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Amaretto and Tropical jusice topped with a float of Myers’s Original Dark Rum $9.50
Banana Cabana: Cruzan Mango Rum, Coruba Coconut Rum, Cream de Banana, Orange and Pineapple juice with a float of Grenadine $9.50
Black Cherry Lemonade: Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, Fresh Lime juice and Grenadine topped with Sprite $9.00
Island Moonshine: Troy & Sons Platinum Moonshine, Blue Curacao, Coconut, Pineapple juice and coconut water $10.25

Frozen Drinks
Mango Margarita: Patron Silver Tequila with Mango Puree and topped with Passion Fruit-Mango Foam $11.00
Pina Colava: Bacardi Razz Rum blended with Pina Colada mix and raspberry Puree $9.25
Moscato Colada: Skyy Infusions Moscato Grape Vodka and Blue Curacao blended with Pina Colada Mix and topped with a Passion Fruit-Mango Foam $9.75

Sangria Beso
Del Sol red $9.00 Beso
Del Sol white $9.00

Aloha Pork Sandwich: Pulled Pork on a Pineapple-Coconut Bun topped with cheddar, Asian Slaw, Cucumbers and Tomatoes with Aloha chips $9.49
Traditional Flatbread: Marinara and Cheese $8.19 Pepperoni $8.79
Turkey Sandwich: Turkey with Cranberry-Walnut Pesto and Goat Cheese on House-made Beer Bread $7.29
1/3 lb Angus Bacon Cheeseburger: American Cheese, Lettuce and Tomato with Aloha Chips $9.99
Big Kahuna Sandwich: Turkey, Ham, Salami, Roast Beef, Swiss, Lettuce and Tomato on Foccaccia with red pepper spread and chips $9.19
Thai-Coconut Meatballs: Served over rice $8.49
House-made Tuna Salad Sandwich: with Thinly sliced cucumbers and tomatoes $7.29

Kid’s Meals
(guests 9 and under)
Mickey check meals (meets Disney Nutrition guidelines for complete means without substitutions)
Turkey Sandwich with carrots and grapes $5.99
Peanut Butter and Jelly with carrots and grapes $5.49
Meals below include 2 sides (applesauce, grapes or carrot sticks) and one beverage (low fat milk, small Dasani water or Minute Maid juice)
Hamburger or Cheeseburger $5.99
Hot Dog $5.99
Chicken Nuggets $5.99

Soft Drinks and French Fries may be substituted upon request
Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Natural Lemonade $3.79
Lava Smoothie $5.29
Orange Freeze $5.29
Zico Coconut Water $3.19
Smart Water $4.00
Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Sprite $2.99 Bottled Water $2.50

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