Effective immediately, Disney will begin charging a fee for use of the three covered patio areas beside the Oasis Pool at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
Covered Patios at Oasis Pool
Steve "Tikiman" Seifert from Tikimanpages.com is reporting that effective Sunday, November 13, the covered patios adjacent to the Oasis Pool will be available only by reservation.
Rates start at $26.36 (including tax) for a half day, with time blocks running from 10am to 2pm and 3pm to 7pm. A full day rental from 10am to 7pm is available for $42.60. Seasonal price adjustments apply.
Each covered patio offers a couch, coffee table, and three padded chairs. No other amenities (bottled water, fruit, snacks, refrigerator, TV, private wait staff) are included in the rental fee.
Reservations can be made by calling Disney Vacation Club Member Services or 407-WDW-PLAY.
The move is reportedly in response to complaints of guests monopolizing this poolside space. Other Disney resorts including Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offer full-featured cabanas for guest rental. Cabana rates run upward of $150 for a half day and $200+ for a full day for a private space with lounge chairs, TV, mini-fridge and other amenities.
Thanks to Wil Lovato for information used in this story!
Have to cover for ESPN one covered patio at a time.
It doesn't surprise me that there have been complaints of the patios being monopolized by guests. We've only walked around the Oasis Pool a couple of times since the pool reopened but all three patios were "occupied" even though there were very few people in the pool area. It wouldn't surprise me if some guests claimed the patios at 7:00 AM but didn't show up until later in the morning to actually use the patios.
There are plenty of cash guests at the Poly and probably a few DVC members that will think nothing of paying those amounts so their families can have shade while at the pool.
End result is that prime pool space may sit empty all day if no one is willing to pony up the bucks.
Isn't the Hawaii building used for Club level rooms? I believe that is located along the Oasis pool. I can understand someone who paid for club level and looks at the cabanas, being upset that they have to get up at ___, rush to the area to have a chance at one. Even then, it's no guarantee that someone doesn't get to them first.
Disney Polynesian Resort did have cabanas prior to DVC, it makes sense for them to offer them here. If people want to pay for it, I have no problem with that. Personally, I'm happy to sit in the shaded area by the food and bar. Maybe as we get older and spend less time in the parks, we'll even rent one some time.