Work around the resort
So there are always things being improved or replaced around the resort and most of the time you don’t even realize it. Lately you might have noticed some work on the rope railings along the marina. Jay Mitlas was nice enough to get some photos of the new netting being put up between the rope railings. I am guessing this is to prevent any little kids from taking a quick dip in the marina.
Well starting at the beginning of this year I was getting emails from guests complaining about the pool side activities and how loud the music was. It got so bad even CMs that work other areas complained about it. After a while I heard they reduced the level of the music and it got a little better. When I was there in October it was not only loud but it seemed like kids were not really interested in doing the activities. I listened to the girl trying to get the kids to participate by yelling over the microphone for 20 minutes before a single kid would play. I have to say I don’t see why they need a microphone to talk to kids that are 3 feet away from them. Then the music was so loud that the bartenders could not hear the guests. I heard some comments from guests that were no happy and left the pool deck area.
Just a few weeks ago I was sent photos of the activities being moved over to the quiet pool for a few days. I spoke to the Polynesian about this and they said it was not successful. They had many complaints about it being over there so it was moved back. That same week it was observed that the activities were back at the Volcano pool but with no music and microphone. In past years they use to do the kids activities on the beach with no microphone and if they wanted some music a small boom box was used and was not disturbing anyone that I could see. I think the kids activities are fun and important but to have them be that disruptive is not a good idea.
When contacting the resort they said no one had sent them any complaints about the music and they even checked through the last 100 comments with none mentioning it. If everyone that contacted me would contact the Polynesian they would have a better idea of what may or may not be a problem at the resort. They really do read the comments so make sure you let them know about your experience, good or bad.
Holidays at the Polynesian
Update as of Nov. 22
‘Ohana will replace the Chicken on the skewers with turkey and will be extending its hours. from 11/19 to 11/27 breakfast will be offered a half an hour later (11:30am) and dinner will be a half an hour earlier (4:30pm) with extended hours on Thanksgiving (2:00pm to 10:00pm)
The same extended hours for breakfast and dinner will be observed on 12/18 to 01/01)
The menu for Kona has not been finalized but an example of what they did in 2010 is they had a special Thanksgiving menu with a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast added to it. It included:
Sliced fresh roasted turkey
Mashed and sweet potatoes
Sautéed green beans
House-made gravy and pumpkin cheesecake.
Christmas Decorations are up and the tree in the lobby is now located at the back of the GCH.
Holiday versions of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto will be by the tree on December 17 and 21 from 4:45pm to 8:45pm.
Holiday Lilo and Stitch will be at the tree on December 19 and 23 from 4:45pm to 8:45pm.
Groups will preform on November 25 and 26, December 14, 16, 18, 20 and 22 in the lobby from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Santa will be in the lobby at the tree on December 24 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
In addition to the holiday entertainment, they will also be serving cookies, raisins, and beverage option in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00pm on December 24 and December 25.
Lost Concept art?
Here is a link to the story.
October trip report
Yes it is still coming. I have hundreds of photos to get through along with my other updates and just being busy but most of the report is written. I hope to have it ready soon. A lot of interesting stuff happened while I was there.