I have not experienced the new lobby in person yet, and look forward to the eventual completion of the re-imagineered area to be able to pass complete judgement. The only way I will be able to form an honest opinion is to visit in person and see if I feel what I felt all the times I stayed at that resort, as well as the many times I made the trek over because I love it so much.
Many of the additions are a big plus to this resort, including Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, the new pool area (even though it will be gated off to the non resort guest) including a hot tub, and hopefully the reopening of the Tangaroa Terrace in some way. I just hope all the good will out way the things I feel detract from what the resort used to represent.
Today was the day I actually came to the realization that I will never have the opportunity to stay at the resort that I grew up loving so much again. I have been completely priced out of the resort I gerw up staying at most of my childhood. The Polynesian was synonymous with Walt Disney World for me. Even when was was older and had to make my own way to Walt Disney World, I made it a point to spend the extra money and stay where I loved when I could. Now with discounts few and far in between, only the families with a significant disposable income will be able to afford even the lowest priced rooms, which is a real shame.
Anyhow, enjoy my last trip around the Great Ceremonial House with me and store it in your memory banks because that, and youtube, are the only places to see it anymore. Thanks for watching!