Day 12 of Hibiscus & Holly At The Poly 2017, the latest of my Disney Trip Reports, is here! Today we had a chill out day at the pool, followed by an evening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Firework Show, and dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse.
The Hibiscus & Holly at The Poly 2017 Trip Report Index tells you a bit about the planning of this trip, as well as some info about me and my family (the Cast Members!) In short you have me, Michelle; Steve, my husband; and Liam, my son. It also, of course, has the full list of days for the trip.
Day 12: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
Pool Time / Lunch at Oasis Pool Bar & Grill / Hollywood Studios /Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Firework Show / Dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse
December 18, 2017
You will be able to find all of the images from Hibiscus & Holly At The Poly 2017 in my Flickr Collection of albums from this trip.
To see just today’s photos, you can view this Flickr Album.
Hibiscus & Holly At The Poly: Trip Report Index | Pre-Trip Report
With the hot temperatures returning for our last few days at Walt Disney World, we decided to have a pool day and make the most of the sunshine before having to go back to freezing cold England!
There are two pools at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – the Lava Pool, and the Oasis Pool. The former is the large, main pool with the volcano waterslide and is usually (always) busy.
The Oasis Pool is the one closest to the DVC Villas, is smaller and usually (in our experience) very quiet. This is the pool we always go to because of its proximity to our room, but also because you don’t get as many kids at this pool so it’s great for adults.
It is a pool that is open to all of Poly’s Resort Guests, and not just DVC Members, so if you want a less busy swimming pool, then head over here.
One end of the pool is a zero-depth entry point. Think of it like being at the beach gently sloping into the sea. It makes entering and exiting the pool easy for all. For disabled access for those that require it, there is also a pool lift.
At the other end of the pool are some wide steps with handrails. There are also more steps in front of the cabanas.
Speaking of the cabanas, when we visited in 2016 these were free to use on a first-come, first-served basis. This year however they had to be reserved in advance, and I believe for a fee too. I can only guess that people were hogging them all day long and not really using them, hence the change.
There are plenty of recliners and seating around the pool, including tables and chairs. We’ve never struggled to find somewhere to sit!
A large hot tub is also available – one of the bigger ones that we’ve found at the different Disney Resorts we’ve stayed at. Be warned, this one is particularly hot!
You don’t have to go far for food and drink when you’re at the Oasis Pool as there is the Oasis Bar & Grill where you can get fish tacos and Polynesian-themed burgers, along with tropical cocktails, wine, Hawaiian beer, and assorted beverages. If you have a refillable resort mug you can fill up here too.
We ordered some food for lunch and hung out at the pool till late afternoon. Not much to report on that other the food we had!
Oasis Bar & Grill
Me: Oasis Salad with Shrimp – served with Edamame, Vegetables, Crispy Wontons, and Citrus Vinaigrette ($12.99)
Me: Lava Smoothie – Raspberry Purée blended with flavors of Coconut and Pineapple ($5.59)
Him: Teriyaki-Glazed Angus Chuck Burger – topped with Pork Belly and Grilled Pineapple and served with a choice of French Fries or Green Cabbage Slaw ($13.49)
The Boy: Angus Chuck Cheddar Cheeseburger – served with choice of French Fries or Green Cabbage Slaw ($11.29)
To Share: Fried Wonton Chips – served with Spicy Duck Sauce ($3.49)
The food was nothing out of the ordinary – standard Disney quick-service fare and it filled a hungry hole! We also grabbed a couple of Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches (one of my favorite Disney snacks!) which are around $4.50 each.
The Lava Smoothie was yummy – like a non-alcoholic Piña Colada!
Oasis Bar & Grill » Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Bill: $46.85 + Tax: $3.05 + Tip: $9.10 = $59.00
TiW Discount: $n/a
Total Paid: $59.00
We headed over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios early evening to watch the Christmas fireworks – Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
These fireworks take place behind, and around the Chinese Theatre at the top of Hollywood Boulevard, and projections are beamed onto the theatre and the surrounding buildings too.
Disney Movie Magic
Before Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! there was a pre-show of sorts called Disney Movie Magic. A projection show with that paid tribute to many of Disney’s most loved live-action movies including Pirates of the Caribbean, Mary Poppins, Guardians of the Galaxy, and many more. It lasted about 10 minutes and was fun to watch.
It has since changed to Wonderful World of Animation (May 2019) as part of the park’s 30th anniversary celebration. Projections onto the Chinese Theatre start and ends with Mickey Mouse, and features the history of Disney’s (and Pixar’s) unforgettable moments from beloved films—like Sleeping Beauty, The Incredibles, Coco and many more.