Wednesday, February 8, 2017

16 Pictures From Disney California Adventure That Make Me Happy...

   You guys!!! It's Disney California Adventure's 16th birthday!!!! This is our third favorite domestic Disney park...just behind Disneyland and Disney's Animal Kingdom...and so I thought I'd share 16 of my favorite pictures of us enjoying this lovely park.  Here they are without comment. 

   We love you DCA!!!! Except for Tower of Terror...we're happy that you're changing...sorry, not sorry.

Monday, February 6, 2017

I Love The Polynesian Village Oasis Pool Area

   We have been fans of the Polynesian since day one of visiting Walt Disney World. But in the ten years since then we had only been visitors to the resort, that is until this past October.  We were able to snag four nights worth of DVC points to stay in one of the recently remodeled DVC rooms. We were in the Tokelau longhouse, directly overlooking the beautiful brand new Oasis pool area.  Many just know this as the "quiet pool."  At any rate, with our close proximity, and my need to relax on vacation, I basically lived here.  Lets take a look!

     The Oasis pool, like all newly constructed/refurbed pools at WDW, is gated.  You need to be actively staying at the resort to use this area. Don't be a scoundrel.  The zero entry pool isn't that much smaller than the main "volcano pool," but is infinitely less crowded.  The landscaping is immaculate, full of palms, elephant ear plants, and all else tropical. 

   Along with the standard lounge chair seating there are a few A-framed cabanas.  These are a hot commodity, so get here early if you want one. But honestly they're not that special. 

   Unlike the Volcano pool, the Oasis pool is for relaxing.  Yes, there are definitely whole families here, but everyone seems to "get it." Going along with that, there is an obscenely large jacuzzi spa.  In four days I probably sat in this jacuzzi 20 times. Often times I was THE ONLY ONE, and never once felt like it was too crowded.  This is so great compared to the often cramped (with children) Jambo House jacuzzis.  The only problem is that there is no shade whatsoever...which really sucks. 

   Probably the greatest new amenity created during the refurbishment is the Oasis Bar and Grill! Prior to this there was no pool bar located here, the closest option being the Barefoot Pool bar at the Volcano Pool. 

   The bar itself is shaded, and fairly large.  A very comfortable place to sit and relax between dips in the pool. Trust me, I became VERY acquainted.   There are plenty of tables as well should you want to eat a full meal with your family. 

   The Oasis Grill is a walk up counter service window with basic food options.  Nothing all that special menu wise, but a huge luxury for families not wanting to leave the area.  Notice the refillable mugs on the counter?

   Hallelujah! There is also a FULL refillable mug station located here as well. Not like the crappy mini-station at Kidani Village.  Even if you're just drinking iced water all day, this is huge. 

   Yes indeed. I am obsessed with the Oasis Pool area and cant wait for another stay at The Polynesian Village Resort! This area vastly improves the value of your stay, and your ability to relax on vacation.