My Friend Is Staying In A Hotel That Has A Great Sense Of Humor

A lot of my friends say they like to live vicariously through my travels. That’s a pretty cool thing to hear but even cooler is when I get to live vicariously through someone else’s travels. I’m doing that right now.

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If Auckland Airport Can Do This, Why Can’t Our Airports Do It, Too?

Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. It serviced over 21,000,000 passengers by their March 2019 year end, which puts it approximately on par with Phoenix (PHX), Houston (IAH) and and Miami (MIA) International Airports in the United States (latest data for them is Dec. 2018). Definitely nothing to sneeze at.

Like many airports, ALK has had an app for several years but it was pretty basic – just flight and parking information. Well, they’ve just done a refresh of the app and I now have airport app envy. Look at everything it can do…

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Could This Finally Be The Fastest Way To Load A Plane?, Another Flight Infected With Measles, Classic Marriott Hotel Sold, & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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What Flight Staff Knows About You, More Legroom Announced, Last Chance EVER For This Experience, New Way UBER’s Charging More, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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How To Visit The Islands Of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

When Walt Disney World opened the Polynesian Village Resort in 1971, the world was a much smaller place. Tiki bars were popular because they offered a taste of the islands when most people had no idea what the Polynesian islands were like. This is why restaurants like Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale have been able to offer people a taste of Polynesia, which, while being not 100% culturally accurate, might be the closest people will get to visit any of these islands. If you’ve never seen this show, it’s amazingly similar to the Luau at the Polynesian (which opened 20 years later).

Here are the building names from when the Polynesian Resort opened in 1971:

  • Bali Hai
  • Bora Bora
  • Fiji
  • Hawaii
  • Maui (renamed Maori in 1978)
  • Samoa
  • Tahiti
  • Tonga

Oahu was added in 1978 and Moorea and Pago Pago were added in 1985.

By 1999, people began to realize that Disney was presenting an idealized vision of Polynesia so the buildings were renamed to more accurately represent the cultures of the islands. The names were also reassigned to more accurately represent the islands geographic positions:

  • Tonga
  • Niue
  • Fiji
  • Samoa
  • Rarotonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Aotearoa
  • Hawaii
  • Tokelau
  • Tahiti
  • Rapa Nui

In 2015, with the DVC addition of the Bora Bora Bungalows, the Tahiti and Rapa Nui buildings were changed back to their original names, Moorea and Pago Pago respectively.

While it might have been difficult to visit all of the islands of the original resort since Bali Hai is a fictional location from South Pacific, it’s totally possible to visit all of the islands named in the resort today, but it won’t be easy.

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