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mketting
03-29-2006, 05:20 PM
I am wondering if we will be able to go staight to the slide if we board as soon as boarding starts or will we have a bit to wait?

BuzzNutt
03-29-2006, 05:21 PM
I hope so too. This si where I intend on sending the husband with our son as soon as we board so I can get everything else squared away!

Anyone know for sure?

PizzieDuster
03-29-2006, 07:37 PM
Yes, it will be opened. And it is the best time to go. Good planning on your part.

All past 3 DCL cruises for us, that deck was open and ready for cruisers! We have always went there first thing upon boarding (Cat 3s). Everyone goes to the buffets. To have the Mickey pool and the slide - so uncrowded, it was my favorite thing of the cruise. My teens loved being the first ones to get chicken fingers & fries. Then myDH and I would take turns going to the buffet and a cocktail server would always be there to dote on us. I believe we just went up to the bar too, everything was soooooo empty, clean and relaxing. The pool will be open and the slide too. It will be very cean too :banana:

After the drill, we always go up to Deck 10 to save our favorite table for the sail away and sit there and enjoy everything around us.

crzy4dsny
03-29-2006, 07:44 PM
We were one of the first ones to board on our cruise. When we got up to the pool deck they were still cleaning the Mickey Pool. The pool had no water in it. After about 35 min. it was filled and opened. Maybe they were just running a little late.

matsterrocks
03-29-2006, 08:43 PM
We were one of the first ones to board on our cruise. When we got up to the pool deck they were still cleaning the Mickey Pool. The pool had no water in it. After about 35 min. it was filled and opened. Maybe they were just running a little late.


I take it they don't heat the pool then:(

clovely
03-29-2006, 08:44 PM
Last week, on the Wonder, we got up there about 12:45 and it was roped off. They opened it up at 1:00.

lbgraves
03-29-2006, 09:25 PM
The pools are heated. They show the temperatures on the TV.

clovely
03-29-2006, 10:17 PM
The pools are heated. They show the temperatures on the TV.

The Mickey pool was COLD on the Wonder last week! The Goofy pool was heated though.

christinou
03-30-2006, 08:54 AM
When we went last year, they were cleaning and repainting the pool, and did not open until after the fire drill I think, my girls were so disappointed, the year before that it was open as soon as we walked on board.

nzdisneymom
03-30-2006, 09:06 AM
I think the best bet with the Mickey slide pool on the first day is to be prepared to NOT be able to go in but have your kids' swimsuits handy (or even on) so if it IS ready, everyone will think how smart you are for being able to get in so quickly! Being prepared to NOT go in will keep little ones from being disappointed if it's not ready right away.

When we went in December, it was roped off when we boarded, but it was 11:45 a.m. After lunch, it was open but we explored the ship a bit first and then went to change the boys into their swimsuits (which I had packed in our day bag thanks to the tips here on the board!). Their sandals were in another suitcase, though - but as it turned out, that suitcase got delivered just as we were heading out for the pool!

Next time, I'll pack swimsuits and sandals in the daybag. They can also change in the bathrooms up on Deck 9 if the pool opens before the cabin is available. Since it was our first cruise, we were excited about seeing the cabin for the 1st time together. Now that we're "oh so experienced" (LOL!!!), we'll be less interested in exploring the ship and more interested in maximizing our fun time! No getting turned around backwards for us any more (LOL).

gssmks
03-30-2006, 09:32 PM
This is a big disappointment. According to everything else I have read, the pool is supposed to be open when they begin letting people board. This cruise is for my daughter and the one thing she asked to do is to go straight to the Mickey pool to swim before it gets too crowded. She will be so disappointed.

For those of you who have boarded and found it closed, did the crowds build up prior to them opening the pool, or is it pretty much free on the first day?

lisamac
03-30-2006, 10:07 PM
We were in group 3 to board the ship and my 2 kids were one of the first three to get in the Mickey pool. It was empty for at least 15 minutes and slowly got busy after that. The slide was not open at first but within the hour it was opened and my kids loved it and had pleanty of opportunity to go down it. I've got great pictures of the kids all by themselves in the Mickey pool. Thanks to the disboard tips they had their swim suits on under their clothes and were ready to go! My husband and I took turns going through the buffet. It was an awesome way to start the cruise!!! :sunny: We were so pleased to find that our dd age 3 had several opportunities to swim throughout the cruise without it being overwhelmingly crowded. There were lots of kids but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting.

Have a great time!!!

gssmks
03-30-2006, 10:50 PM
We were in group 3 to board the ship and my 2 kids were one of the first three to get in the Mickey pool. It was empty for at least 15 minutes and slowly got busy after that. The slide was not open at first but within the hour it was opened and my kids loved it and had pleanty of opportunity to go down it. I've got great pictures of the kids all by themselves in the Mickey pool. Thanks to the disboard tips they had their swim suits on under their clothes and were ready to go! My husband and I took turns going through the buffet. It was an awesome way to start the cruise!!! :sunny: We were so pleased to find that our dd age 3 had several opportunities to swim throughout the cruise without it being overwhelmingly crowded. There were lots of kids but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting.

Have a great time!!!

Were there specific times of the day that you took your DD to avoid the crowds, or were you just basically lucky? My DD has a medical condition that includes some balance and strength issues. She doesn't do well in large groups of children running and pushing.

PizzieDuster
03-31-2006, 01:03 AM
This is a big disappointment. According to everything else I have read, the pool is supposed to be open when they begin letting people board. This cruise is for my daughter and the one thing she asked to do is to go straight to the Mickey pool to swim before it gets too crowded. She will be so disappointed.

For those of you who have boarded and found it closed, did the crowds build up prior to them opening the pool, or is it pretty much free on the first day?


No, no, no, don't be disappointed. It will most likely be open... here are some pictures - although they are bad pictures, they are pictures of my daughter, being the first in the empty CLEAN Mickey Pool. We always boarded with swimsuits on. It's so great enjoying it so clean and empty.

http://community.webshots.com/slideshow?ID=538973532&key=gGJBxy

cathyscrapper
03-31-2006, 09:13 AM
It was open when we boarded (around 12:00) both times Sept. 2004 and Sept. 2005. I hope it is open this September also. My kids loved being the first ones in the Mickey Pool. :thumbsup2

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b23/cathyscrapper/Saturday--Day15.jpg

Cathy

Michelle2
03-31-2006, 01:01 PM
It looks like the Mickey pool differs at each situation...because when we went this last November, we were one of the first families up there too. The pool was open, but the Mickey slide did not open until 12, which was about a half hour away. They made it seem like they were waiting for the slide lifeguard to come on duty at 12. DH and I took turns getting lunch at Topsider's, and the kids just played in the pool until then. There were lifeguards around, just not the one that goes up to the slide area.

vpalmer
03-31-2006, 01:33 PM
We were in group 3 to board the ship and my 2 kids were one of the first three to get in the Mickey pool. It was empty for at least 15 minutes and slowly got busy after that. The slide was not open at first but within the hour it was opened and my kids loved it and had pleanty of opportunity to go down it. I've got great pictures of the kids all by themselves in the Mickey pool. Thanks to the disboard tips they had their swim suits on under their clothes and were ready to go! My husband and I took turns going through the buffet. It was an awesome way to start the cruise!!! :sunny: We were so pleased to find that our dd age 3 had several opportunities to swim throughout the cruise without it being overwhelmingly crowded. There were lots of kids but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting.

Have a great time!!!

So are you saying that your 3 year old was able to go down the slide? I have a three year old as well and I thought she would not be able to slide. I would love it if she can! :Pinkbounc

we4blairs
03-31-2006, 03:15 PM
[QUOTE=PizzieDuster]No, no, no, don't be disappointed. It will most likely be open... here are some pictures - although they are bad pictures, they are pictures of my daughter, being the first in the empty CLEAN Mickey Pool. We always boarded with swimsuits on. It's so great enjoying it so clean and empty.
QUOTE]

I keep reading about it being "clean" -does it not stay that way? Do they not clean it? Yuck!

lisamac
04-01-2006, 02:52 PM
Were there specific times of the day that you took your DD to avoid the crowds, or were you just basically lucky? My DD has a medical condition that includes some balance and strength issues. She doesn't do well in large groups of children running and pushing.

We went around 1:30 on the day the boat was at Nassau and then in the morning of the day at sea.
It wasn't empty but it wasn't terribly full either.

Good luck! :goodvibes

gssmks
04-02-2006, 02:20 PM
It was open when we boarded (around 12:00) both times Sept. 2004 and Sept. 2005. I hope it is open this September also. My kids loved being the first ones in the Mickey Pool. :thumbsup2

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b23/cathyscrapper/Saturday--Day15.jpg

Cathy

I hope it is open for my little girl. We plan to try early mornings and maybe during dining times, but this may be her only chance to really use the pool. When a lot of children get into the pool, she'll have to get out.

When in Sept. are you sailing? We are on the Sept 16th Double Dip Cruise.

lbgraves
04-02-2006, 08:46 PM
[QUOTE=PizzieDuster]No, no, no, don't be disappointed. It will most likely be open... here are some pictures - although they are bad pictures, they are pictures of my daughter, being the first in the empty CLEAN Mickey Pool. We always boarded with swimsuits on. It's so great enjoying it so clean and empty.
QUOTE]

I keep reading about it being "clean" -does it not stay that way? Do they not clean it? Yuck!

We have never had a problem with the water getting murky like some report. We are usually at the pool by 9 am and leave between 1 & 2. Of course on port days there aren't many kids in it to dirty it up. I think that the problem with the murky water comes from too many kids not getting out of the pool when they need to use the bathroom. :rolleyes1

PizzieDuster
04-03-2006, 02:48 AM
:disrocks: Some of the "murky" water comes from sunscreen and you know just other stuff like lb says above :rolleyes1 . And you have to remember the Mickey pool is shallow and I've only experienced "murky" in the evenings..... One time I met my DH and DD5 there, I was coming down from Deck 10, it was after late dinner and was crowded and I just went..."get out" that is just gross. DH didn't notice it and probably didn't really see that the water was yellow :lmao: . My daughter said her eyes were burning and I knew it was from all the sunscreen. When you can't recognize Mickey's beautful smile on the bottom from Deck 10, it's time to get out. :confused3 I'm not saying my daughter didn't have a blast, she did. :cheer2: It was always clean the next morning. :wizard: Disclaimer: This experience was at night when it was dark, after the late night dinner. And the it was always clean the next day.

lbgraves
04-03-2006, 09:28 AM
ROFL! :) I didn't think of the sunscreen. That would have a big effect on it with that many kids wearing it.

nzdisneymom
04-03-2006, 09:48 AM
ROFL! :) I didn't think of the sunscreen. That would have a big effect on it with that many kids wearing it.

You mean you're supposed to put sunscreen on the kids??? :rolleyes1 :sunny: LOL!

TheWog
04-03-2006, 11:26 AM
I hope it is open for my little girl. We plan to try early mornings and maybe during dining times, but this may be her only chance to really use the pool. When a lot of children get into the pool, she'll have to get out.

When in Sept. are you sailing? We are on the Sept 16th Double Dip Cruise.

Try going on one of your Castaway Cay days. Head back a bit earlier than the rest and you will have the pool to yourselves. We did this on our cruise (too much sun all week). The pool was in the shadow of the funnel and very warm and DS6 and I had it to our selves for over an hour before one other child showed up.

Just a thought to enjoy it on your own.

lisamac
04-03-2006, 05:30 PM
So are you saying that your 3 year old was able to go down the slide? I have a three year old as well and I thought she would not be able to slide. I would love it if she can! :Pinkbounc

My 3 year old did go down the slide. She was just barely tall enough! :cheer2:

She is average height.