We were on a meal plan. Roaring Fork was indispensable for counter service meals. Whispering Canyon provided its own kind of entertainment. I even like hanging around the lobby and listening to the themed music. Even though it is not on the monorail line, its boat launch provides its own special service to and from the Magic Kingdom.
I even got to take the train off the main line and put it on the spur line back to the roundhouse (which is square) underneath the monorail storage bays.
That would not have been possible with any of the other locations. The coolness factor of having the monorail go through the building has to be offset by the fact that the monorails do make considerable noise when they are on the beam.
Still, pretty much everything here is top of the line. If you're merely "resort hopping" to take a look around WDW's accommodations, this place should be on the list.
Still, the upgrade to Captain Cook's was overdue. They even have dinner items which were most welcome after an exhausting day at Universal (see trip report). I've been to Hawaii a number of times over the years. The theming, even down to leis distributed at check-in, are, as always at Disney, immersive. Somehow, it still felt warm enough even though morning temperatures dipped to the 40s. I think the ukulele and steel guitar music may have had something to do with that too.