Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Oct. 14, 2013, 2:42 pm
For the few lurkers and drive-by registered members and Guests who visit Disney Echo anymore….
Former Polynesian Resort Forum Moderator "Tikiman", who has deep sources at that WDW resort, is apparently announcing as of October 8, 2013 he's stepping back. He cites his website is outdated, no new photos, hard to go through and keep it all updated, newsy, etc.
Sounds familiar to Rich and I. Rich and I don't have time anymore either to keep Disney Echo fresh, newsy, updated, and to be available 24/7 to answer the few questions that do get posted.
I completely understand Tikiman's explanation since we live some of that about our general purpose Disney fan site ourselves. Websites aren't as visited anymore as social media places like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. are. Those sites send out auto-generated feeds and notifications, and when you're a mom-and-pop fan site it's hard with family raising and jobs to keep up with it all.
Tikiman refers his fan folks to Len Testa's Touring Plans website (associated with the Unofficial Guide to WDW by Bob Sehlinger published paper guidebook) for those who want guidance about the Polynesian Resort.
And when he can get to it Tikiman will post to his Facebook unofficial fan page about the Poly. But that's when he gets time. Don't bet the farm on regular posting by him.
I would separately point you to the following websites as supplemental resources, joust look up Polynesian Resort :
--Deb Will's AllEarsNet.Com fan site for WDW, it's onsite resorts and the Polynesian's features and amenities
--Orlando Sentinel "The Daily Disney" blog on the newspaper's website
--Zagat Dining Guide for Orlando, whatever the most recently published year would be
--Mouse Planet, MiceAge and The DIS Boards
--The guidebook Passporter and their discussion boards regarding WDW and their on-site hotels.
--TripAdvisor.com as a way to get postings from people who've stayed there and see room reviews
--The usual search engines and News search engines like Bing, Yahoo and Google. Try the regular sites then the News sites of those.
You'll see lots of rumors in chat forums and on juicy Disney Rumors fan sites. The only sure bet is if/when Disney itself issues a press release and mainstream news media carries news of Disney's news release. Otherwise it's just gossip and rumors. The key is you search on Yahoo, Bing and/or Google to "confirm rumors" (keyword "confirm") and nothing pops up. Sure facts and publicly announced facts always will pop up in a search engine search and be corroborated. If lots of references pop up, it's likely a fact you can bet the farm on. If hardly anything is there, or on a lone site you never heard of, it's likely only gossip or rumor, unfounded, not proven, not substantiated. Tantalizing but not necessarily true or gonna happen yet. If you can "find it" in a news article in a bona fide news media source you've heard of, then it's a fact you can count on. Walk away from and ignore the juicy gossip and rumors 'til a bona fide news media source confirms it.
Wishing Tikiman "Thanks!" for his years of service to the online Disney fan community, especially the niche community of people who like to stay at WDW's Polynesian Resort. He brought his fan base to Disney Echo for awhile and it made our site quite lively ! We'll always be thankful for that special time he and his followers were here, and for ongoing letting folks online know about one of the great fun places to stay at WDW along the monorail line to Magic Kingdom.
I'd take Tikiman's suggestions at his site plus the ones I posted, and plan yourself a great time !
One last observation : "It's a theme park, not a museum". The Polynesian as a long-time resort is a favorite and fun monorail resort leading folks to the Magic Kingdom, a luau dinner show, great fine dining and family dining, a child care center for WDW guests to use, and the famous tropical adult drink the Lapu Lapu. But Disney has every right, since Disney owns the place, to remodel, renovate, tear some things down and build new things up, take out the familiar and beloved, put in new and unfamiliar new things, freshen up and update the place to current tourism and hotel hospitality industry standards, etc. "It's a theme park, not a museum." Disney in so doing may make some longtime fans of the Poly mad… In reading Tikiman lately he's none too pleased. But "it's a theme park, not a museum". Sad but true, true but sad, change is tough, but change comes to us all, particularly a beloved WDW onsite major resort. Let it play out, reserve judgement, then see how the new changes look. In the meantime there will be construction there, and the old romantic tropical feel will give way to construction walls and muss and fuss and dust and "pardon our progress for your future enjoyment" signs on those construction walls. Bear with it, or stay somewhere else 'til it's over.
Last observation : While Poly construction takes place, ultimately it's Disney you're doing hotel business with. Contact Disney directly, such as at Polynesian Resort Guest Services, for any questions or expressing opinions to Disney you may wish to offer Disney for help, or venting. Pick up the phone and call Disney directly, they are happy to help answer. Then take it from there. And again, keep open minds about the changes to come, they might have a way of being nice and you enjoy that hotel in a whole new way once the construction is over and the place has a grand reopening someday.
Good luck to Tikiman, though, and again "Thanks !"