After your responses to my earlier post about Polynesian Club Level ,I knew the Polynesian Chronicles must continue. I think the most burning question I got from your responses is: “Is it worth the extra money?” The answer: That depends entirely on you.
Staying Club Level will not save you money on food unless you don’t purchase any food, at all, while on vacation. That may even be stretching it. (So if you’re using savings on food as a way to justify the expense, it won’t work.) The rooms are no bigger or better in the Hawaii building. The suites, located in the Tonga longhouse are larger and more expensive.
What are the perks, and do they justify the cost of Club Level?
Club Level Concierge — The front desk is located on the first floor of the Hawaii building. Open 7 .am. -10:00 p.m. It offers personalized service. This is a more intimate front desk service than the front desk service located in the Great Ceremonial House. The cast members are very friendly. You know they’re top notch if Disney is allowing them to work the front desk in Hawaii. They’ll make Advanced Dining Reservations and more for you. They’ll offer you tips to make your vacation more enjoyable. While this sounds like a great perk, if you are reading this post, you know it’s imperative you plan before you leave home.
Wildlife Discovery Excursion – $45 per person – Is a small guided behind the scenes tour for up to 14 people.
Turn Down Service – I love it. Cast members place chocolate on your pillow at night. Here’s my complaint: I have had cast members come as early as 4 p.m. I don’t need my bed turned down at 4 p.m. Disney needs to rethink this. I’m sure there is no perfect answer, but 4 p.m is ridiculously early. Sometimes they won’t return to do it at a later time. Had that happen. This little perk is one I enjoy immensely. Please, Disney, iron out the details on this. Assume everyone wants to return to their room at night with chocolate on their pillow and fresh towels.
The Lounge – This is the number one reason I love Club Level. I love the convenience of being able to eat whenever I want (between the hours of 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.) 24 hours a day coffee is available and coffee beverages. They have a nifty machine that makes lattes, cappuccinos, hot chocolate etc. Cans of Coke products are in a refrigerator that you have access to and they usually leave out some water.
The Food in the lounge is delicious. Breakfast – just what you’d expect, but the convenience of walking down the hall to get a bowl of oatmeal just makes me happy. It’s the evening offerings that keep me coming back. On Saturday evenings, the offerings usually include barbecue pulled pork, scallop bacon wraps with O’hana mustard, chilled pineapple vegetable soup. Please see my friend, Steve Seifert’s website Tikimanpages.com for a detailed listing of the culinary offerings. Wine and beer are offered too.
Is Club Level worth it? Can you get past the cost and not have buyer’s remorse? Know you won’t save money on food. The service isn’t always an upgrade either. It should be. The number one reason to stay Club is the convenience. If you don’t mind paying a premium for convenience, then by all means stay Club Level. A luxury once tasted becomes a necessity. Are you going to take a bite?
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