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||Posted: May 17, 2004, 5:47 am
Shopping for Polynesian SouvenEARS at the Polynesian Resort
Here's a look at just a few of the shops that add to the tropical flavor of the Great Ceremonial House and the Outrigger Assembly House which connects to it.
News From Polynesia, located on the first floor of the GCH, is where you can find all sorts of great souvenEARS.
Perhaps Stitch is upset because his ukelele is broken... I don't think it is supposed to be that way.
Head out of the shop to your right and you'll see this:
This inviting scene with its native-style boat filled with treasures beckons you to head towards it down the hallway from the Great Ceremonial House to Maui Mickey's.
And here's the Big Kahuna himself, the Main Mouse on the Island, Maui Mickey! Tropically-attired Minnie Mouse is right beside him.
The Polynesian Princess is right next to Maui Mickey's and has island-themed clothing for women. A men's shop is just down the hall, too.
Here's a wider view of the Polynesian Princess with Maui Mickey's in the foreground.
All this shopping's giving me an appetite! Look to the right of the Polynesian Princess and you'll see this sign over the entrance to Captain Cook's Snack Company.
Yes, that's Captain Cook, who sailed the South Seas -- and not Captain Cook who you might think of when you see this pirate ship and seagull etched into the window of Captain Cook's.
This bewitching enchantress seems familiar, as if Peter Pan's Mermaid Lagoon is her home.
Right by the entrance you'll see what kind of grub the good Captain has waiting for you inside.
There's only one style of refillable mugs at the Polynesian Resort and all of the mugs have the same color handles and lids. But it sure has a very pleasing design:
Besides the blue lid and handle, the rest of the mug is white with a colorful scene of Minnie enjoying her lapu lapu refill (I know it's the refill because it is in the cup, not the pineapple) on a hammock between two palm trees on the Polynesian Resort beach as Mickey surfboards into the scene.
On one side of the cup, Mickey's "hangin' eight" (inside his yellow shoes) on his surfboard. Don't get your gloves and shoes wet, Mickey!
Minnie relaxes on the other side of the cup, lounging in a hammock with her lapu lapu refill.
If you'd like more to eat than what Captain Cook's has to offer, you can also choose from 'Ohana, the Kona Café, and the Spirit of Aloha dinner show. Let's go outside now to Luau Cove where the Spirit of Aloha dinner show takes place each night.
Oops! Looks like we got here a bit too early. The sun hasn't even set yet.
I don't think the Tiki gods will mind if we take a look around in the daylight. Besides, we might be able to look at some things that are harder to see at night.
Ah! Here's the dining area where Guests can feast on all-you-care to eat luau-style food and all you can drink, uh, drinks -- while watching the show.
Those sitting furthest from the stage have a raised floor to give them a slightly-better view.
You'll know you've had too much to drink when these Tikis look perfectly straight to you.
The food is placed on those boat-shaped raised platters. Don't worry about tipping them over: they're attached to the tables.
Here's something you won't see during the nighttime performances -- my DS Michael doing the chicken dance on stage!
But if outdoor dining's not your thing, let's go inside the Great Ceremonial House again and take a look at 'Ohana and the Kona Café.
Here's a brief look at 'Ohana, where there is a Character breakfast with Mickey Mouse and friends in the mornings and nighttime has dinners featuring meat cooked over an open fire pit:
You can actually see the monorails go by outside the windows at the Kona Café, but you might not notice because you'll be concentrating on the great food and the restaurant's Polynesian decor.
Unique rotating fans on the ceiling make this a "cool" place!
Michael found the Power Rangers Ninja Storm featured on the kids menu when we were there in April 2004.
Lilo and Stitch didn't fall into a vat of chocolate -- they're carved out of it!
No licking allowed!
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