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Suggestions for killing time

Hey gang! Happy Friday. So our October trip is fast approaching, and pretty much all of our ducks are in a row. I'm looking for suggestions around what to do with a party of 8 to kill time between dinner at O'Hana and the surprise Wishes cruise I booked. Our ADR is at 5:05 and we are meeting the boat at the Poly marina at 8:30. Having never dined at O'Hana before, I have no idea how long we will be at the table eating. Do they try to push you through pretty quickly or are you able to sit and enjoy a longer meal? If they are trying to move you through, does anyone have any suggestions on what to do for the time between dinner and our boarding time at the boat? Typically, I would just take the monorail over to the MK for a bit, but it happens to be an MNSSHP night, and we do not have tickets, so they would be asking guests without tickets to leave the park by 7:00 PM. Our party of 8 consists of 6 adults and 2 kids. Thoughts?

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O'hana serves family style foods but I have never felt rushed. You could make dinner a 90 min to two hour event easy. But this does leave you will some time after. A monorail trip of the resorts could eat up some of this time. A stop at Mizners lounge at Grand Floridian for an after dinner drink. This could take an hour easy. Very nice lounge and the band will be playing.

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The poly has a neat gift shop you could check out. Great places at both hotels for after dinner drinks and lovely grounds to stroll around.

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The Poly has some pretty great shopping, so be sure to hit all of the shops. Maybe stop at the Pineapple Lani for Dole Whips, or find an outdoor table on Trader Sam's patio and enjoy the live music while sipping after dinner drinks. Walk around the grounds to see the new bunglows, maybe stop and see if they are roasting marshmallows on the beach. Take your time, relax and have fun!

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All sound like great suggestions. Thanks, gang!

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If you're finished with dinner in about 90 min., maybe do a monorail loop. If your traveling companions have never been to GF, it might be fun to check out the flagship resort. Actually, you can walk there if you prefer. There's not much to do as far as touring/shopping at Contemporary, but I'm a fan of the arcade there if that's fun for you. You could also hop one of the boats on the Poly/GF/MK loop...although you're doing a fireworks cruise later, so maybe that's boat overkill.

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To kill time, it's sometimes fun to hang out in or near the lobby and heckle people doing the walk of shame. You know, the ones rolling their suitcases towards the Magical Express going home. Say stuff to each other just loud enough that the people leaving can hear like:

"I just can't believe we're here for whole 6 weeks!"
"I don't know what we're going to do for another 4 weeks here, oh well, I'm sure we'll come up with something."
"Man, I'd hate to be going home today."
"Yeah, the bungalow is okay, but staying in the castle last week was better."

The kids should get a kick out of it too.

Of course, when its your turn to do the walk, try and be as discreet as possible. Pick early morning flights so nobody sees you leave.

I'm kidding of course! wink

Seriously, just walking around the resorts can be a nice way to kill time. Walk over to the GF from the Poly and check out both resorts. Or as others suggest, ride the monorail and memorize all the announcements including the famous "Por favor" etc.

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KenJ, you crack me up! I actually love that idea! Would be very funny!

Alicemouse, I didn't realize you could walk to the GF from the Poly. Thanks for the tip!

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Kris1971 wrote:
KenJ, you crack me up! I actually love that idea! Would be very funny!

Alicemouse, I didn't realize you could walk to the GF from the Poly. Thanks for the tip!

Oh it's a great walk Kris! We walk to breakfast at the GF from the Poly all the time. It's only a few minutes. You walk right by the Weddng Chaple too.

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KenJ wrote:
To kill time, it's sometimes fun to hang out in or near the lobby and heckle people doing the walk of shame. You know, the ones rolling their suitcases towards the Magical Express going home. Say stuff to each other just loud enough that the people leaving can hear like:

"I just can't believe we're here for whole 6 weeks!"
"I don't know what we're going to do for another 4 weeks here, oh well, I'm sure we'll come up with something."
"Man, I'd hate to be going home today."
"Yeah, the bungalow is okay, but staying in the castle last week was better."

The kids should get a kick out of it too.

Of course, when its your turn to do the walk, try and be as discreet as possible. Pick early morning flights so nobody sees you leave.

I'm kidding of course! wink

Seriously, just walking around the resorts can be a nice way to kill time. Walk over to the GF from the Poly and check out both resorts. Or as others suggest, ride the monorail and memorize all the announcements including the famous "Por favor" etc.

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