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familyfirsttimer
08-01-2006, 01:46 PM
Aren't the resort pools all in the sun? So, sorry if this sounds silly, but how are you taking a break from the Fl sun by going to the resort pool? Is it just being in the water will cool your body temp enough to cool you down? Just wondering what everyone usually does, we are going at the dend of this month (WOW!) and I know we need to plan breaks because of the weather.

TIA!

LBelle
08-01-2006, 01:55 PM
Aren't the resort pools all in the sun? So, sorry if this sounds silly, but how are you taking a break from the Fl sun by going to the resort pool? Is it just being in the water will cool your body temp enough to cool you down? Just wondering what everyone usually does, we are going at the dend of this month (WOW!) and I know we need to plan breaks because of the weather.

TIA!


It is a NECESSITY to schedule in your resort breaks!!! :sunny: Yes, the pools are in the sun but today in the middle of this 110 deg. heat wave as soon as I hit my pool I feel fantastic!!! :banana: Same goes for WDW but even MORE so!! That heat will suck the life out of you within about 3hrs!!! We ALWAYS plan our days like:


Theme Park (9am-12pm)
Resort break (1-4)
Early Dinner (5pm if possible)
Theme Park (6:30-?)

I know for a 'first timer' you may think that this is not going to be enough time to see and do everything you would like but you'd be surprised how much you CAN get done! :thumbsup2

Take it from those of us who know...we can't ALL be wrong :confused3
It's soooo easy to pick the groups/families who DO NOT heed this advice because you'll see them in a park around 7pm have TOTAL MELTDOWNS!! :furious:

Feel free to ask ANY questions on the DIS....nothing sounds 'silly'!!! :)

ducklite
08-01-2006, 02:11 PM
It's not just the cool down, it's the relaxation--getting away from the hustle and bustle of the parks and jsut sitting and relaxing for a bit.

Anne

Skroops
08-01-2006, 02:28 PM
Pool time is "park- down" time. I suggest you actually get into the pool, kick around and stretch your muscles. Then you'll have to dry off and replace your morning sweaty clothes with a new set. You won't believe how much better you'll feel when you head back for your evening at the parks. To feel even better, add an hour nap!

Enjoy!

CRSNDSNY
08-01-2006, 02:33 PM
It's not just the cool down, it's the relaxation--getting away from the hustle and bustle of the parks and jsut sitting and relaxing for a bit.

Anne

That's pretty much what I was going to say. No waiting in lines, no fighting the crowds, etc.

Caitsmama
08-01-2006, 03:26 PM
And, not all of the pools are in the sun.. I know at Stomalong Bay (Beach Club) there are some spots that are shady. Plus the water is just so REFRESHING!! And like someone else said, it feels good to swim around and stretch..

JustKryssi
08-01-2006, 10:13 PM
It is a NECESSITY to schedule in your resort breaks!!! :sunny: Yes, the pools are in the sun but today in the middle of this 110 deg. heat wave as soon as I hit my pool I feel fantastic!!! :banana: Same goes for WDW but even MORE so!! That heat will suck the life out of you within about 3hrs!!! We ALWAYS plan our days like:

Theme Park (9am-12pm)
Resort break (1-4)
Early Dinner (5pm if possible)
Theme Park (6:30-?)


This is exactly how we do it and we don't even have any kids with us. It's the only plan that seems to work with all of this heat!

LWcalif
08-01-2006, 11:33 PM
It is a NECESSITY to schedule in your resort breaks!!! :sunny: Yes, the pools are in the sun but today in the middle of this 110 deg. heat wave as soon as I hit my pool I feel fantastic!!! :banana: Same goes for WDW but even MORE so!! That heat will suck the life out of you within about 3hrs!!! We ALWAYS plan our days like:


Theme Park (9am-12pm)
Resort break (1-4)
Early Dinner (5pm if possible)
Theme Park (6:30-?)

I know for a 'first timer' you may think that this is not going to be enough time to see and do everything you would like but you'd be surprised how much you CAN get done! :thumbsup2

Take it from those of us who know...we can't ALL be wrong :confused3
It's soooo easy to pick the groups/families who DO NOT heed this advice because you'll see them in a park around 7pm have TOTAL MELTDOWNS!! :furious:

Feel free to ask ANY questions on the DIS....nothing sounds 'silly'!!! :)

Ditto for us! We get to the parks when they open, stay for a few hours and then hit the pool. We are then refreshed and ready to have dinner and do either a park, PI, BW or DTD at night. :)

LBelle
08-02-2006, 05:54 AM
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LBelle
08-02-2006, 05:57 AM
This is exactly how we do it and we don't even have any kids with us. It's the only plan that seems to work with all of this heat!


I don't think we could handle any other type of schedule...you really do NEED to just remove yourself from the madness, even for a short time!!

LOVE the 'ears' in your photo and you are now 'that girl' I hate because of ALL YOUR TRIPS TO WDW....all THIS YEAR!! :cloud9: :cloud9: :cloud9:

LBelle
08-02-2006, 05:59 AM
Ditto for us! We get to the parks when they open, stay for a few hours and then hit the pool. We are then refreshed and ready to have dinner and do either a park, PI, BW or DTD at night. :)


It's amazing the difference in how you feel, isn't it??!! I mean, just to even change your clothes, shoes, etc......you really DO feel like a new person! :)

eeyoreiscool
08-02-2006, 06:14 AM
We do it so the kids will have a little break. They love going to the swimming pools and it will help tire them out.

BlindTyldak
08-02-2006, 07:08 AM
While my family all went to the pool, I'm not a water-puppy so I always just took a nap in the A/C. I would have put 2 years olds to shame with my whining if I didn't have my nap! :lmao: yes, that break IS neccessary, and the family says "who cares if it is in the sun, the pool still feels good".

LBelle
08-03-2006, 08:00 PM
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Scraper
08-03-2006, 08:32 PM
Yes the heat drains me but the pool water gives us back our energy and somtimes a quick nap. We hit the parks early when crowds are low take a break in the hot middle day and head back to close the parks. WE DON'T SLEEP MUCH AT DISNEY:jumping2: :jumping2: :jumping2: :jumping2: :jumping2: :jumping2: :drinking1 :drinking1 :drinking1 :drinking1

Disneyhappy
08-03-2006, 08:40 PM
We usually go to WDW in the Summer, Easter, and springbreak times when it is warmer weather, but mostly in the summers. I did not realize how much the heat sapped my energy until our trip this past January when it was f-f-f-frrrreeeeeezzzzing! I had on my Micckey hat, scarf and mittens. In the morning and night we could see our breath! But guess what? We were still in the parks at 3 PM. Usually in the summers, we are leaving by noon because we are exhausted. So that afternoon break in the heavy heat of summer is very important to get your second wind for the evening. Enjoy the pool. We also find riding the Sea Raycers to be energizing with a jump in the pool afterwards.

Cass
08-03-2006, 09:07 PM
On extended trips (10 days+++) we only do half days at the parks

(ie) 9am- 2pm-ish at the park
the rest of the time at the resort

or

all morning/afternoon at the resort
late afternoon/evening at a park.

Sometimes people forget to have a holiday - during their holiday.

clonetothebone
08-03-2006, 09:53 PM
On extended trips (10 days+++) we only do half days at the parks

(ie) 9am- 2pm-ish at the park
the rest of the time at the resort

or

all morning/afternoon at the resort
late afternoon/evening at a park.

Sometimes people forget to have a holiday - during their holiday.

This is the way to go in my opinion. Past trip was 8 days in the parks and we tried to see everything we could so made for some long days. DW and DD6 took afternoon breaks everyday except 2. We decided the only way to see everything we wanted and still relax during the summer is to go 12 days with a day on either side to travel. This way we could spend a lot of time by the pool which the kids love almost as much as the parks.

ms.ojo
08-03-2006, 10:03 PM
When it was just me, dh and ds2.5 we would return for a quick dip and an afternoon nap. It was wonderful. We then would have dinner and be able to stay in any park for late night Wishes, Illuminations, etc.

When we returned w/ ds4 and dd1 we quickly discovered returning to the room didn't work. :rotfl2: They would keep each other up! Swimming in the pool only ensured they would be more tired and fall asleep enroute back to the parks not wanting to wake up for dinner or anything. Everyone was frustrated! After 2 days of this we stopped returning to the resort. dd would easily nap in the stroller and dh or I would take ds on some rides. Ds was old enough (enough adrenaline :confused3 ) to make it through the day. THE KEY, was not touring a park every day!!! We built in a rest day after every 2 days in the park. We'd sleep in, swim, maybe pin trade at some resorts or do DTD. (so it wasn't total "rest" but time away from the parks)

We went twice last year w/ kids 6 and 3....no returning to the room, but taking a day off after 2 days of touring. (we were there for 8 full days). It worked wonderfully. No cranky kids....dd still napped in stroller on some days, others she didn't but everyone stayed happy. We'd swim at the resort quickly before bedtime and everyone would fall right to sleep. :love: I hope we have a repeat this October!!!

FantasmicDreams
08-03-2006, 10:05 PM
I never thought of it that way before. They are mostly in the sun. Some have shady spots/spots to duck out of the sun. But mostly it's just the water feeling cool on your. Resort breaks are more for getting off your feet and just relaxing in the cool water and /or naps. :)

Other great ways I've used to beat the heat :
I've found the best way to keep cool in the sun are to drink a lot of water and stay hydrated. Nothing tops this.

Get into a building. The stores are a great escape from the heat and sun.

Cool stations in the parks where you can stand under a cool mist.

Indoor shows like Philharmagic and Muppet Vision. They will get you out of the sun for 15-20 minutes or so.

LBelle
08-03-2006, 11:11 PM
I've already posted on this thread but I forgot to add that, since we get up sooo early in order to get to the parks at around opening time, we NEED a 'little' nap AFTER the pool!! ONLY THEN are we ready to head out again!!

HugsForEeyore
08-04-2006, 12:07 AM
I am an oddball here, but I agree with the OP. I actually am not a fan of swimming in the sun and heat of the day. Even in a pool, I feel like I am burning, and I just need to get out of the sun for awhile. On my mid afternoon breaks, I rather take a cool shower in my room than swim in a blazing hot sun! So when I am at WDW, I tend to only swim at night, usually after 9:00 pm. It's very common for me to swim at midnight, but of course, I travel solo and can do what I please! :teeth:

TastefullyChris
08-04-2006, 01:10 AM
Here's how it goes in our family...
Kids: "We need a break...let's go back to the hotel to swim!"
Dad: "Good idea...I'm beat!"
Mom: "We can swim at home...don't you want to see more stuff at the parks?"
Kids & Dad: "NO!!!"

Dad proceeds to conk out on the bed, the kids make me take them to the pool (they are too young to go alone) and everyone gets refreshed EXCEPT ME!!!! I get more "worn out" herding everyone to the bus, back to the room, to the pool, BACK to the room, get re-dressed, back to the bus, back to the parks...whew!!! I would prefer a slower pace at the parks ALL DAY...a few shows, a shady bench, a nice lunch. Maybe if we went in June/July/Aug. it would be different. Early May was hot, but managable (under 90). Instead, I end up feeling like a crazed drill sergent! But, it's better than having sullen kids and a mopey spouse all afternoon!

hamlet35_2000
08-04-2006, 01:37 AM
It is a NECESSITY to schedule in your resort breaks!!! :sunny: Yes, the pools are in the sun but today in the middle of this 110 deg. heat wave as soon as I hit my pool I feel fantastic!!! :banana: Same goes for WDW but even MORE so!! That heat will suck the life out of you within about 3hrs!!! We ALWAYS plan our days like:


Theme Park (9am-12pm)
Resort break (1-4)
Early Dinner (5pm if possible)
Theme Park (6:30-?)

I know for a 'first timer' you may think that this is not going to be enough time to see and do everything you would like but you'd be surprised how much you CAN get done! :thumbsup2

Take it from those of us who know...we can't ALL be wrong :confused3
It's soooo easy to pick the groups/families who DO NOT heed this advice because you'll see them in a park around 7pm have TOTAL MELTDOWNS!! :furious:

Feel free to ask ANY questions on the DIS....nothing sounds 'silly'!!! :)

This is a great way to plan days--my couple of meltdowns on my recent trip were on days that I didn't get a nap during the afternoon.

Groovee
08-04-2006, 07:12 AM
When we go we always headed back to the hotel about 11am-1pm if we were doing a disney park. We'd have lunch and then have a rest in the room just chilling and having some time in the room while it was cooler in there. Then about 3.30pm we'd hit the pool. We found some shade at the baby pool at POR but the quiet pools were in the sun so we headed there when it got cooler. It just gave us the time to chill before hitting the parks at night

LuvTony0508
08-04-2006, 08:45 AM
This year we woke up whenever we wanted, except for CRT breakfast day, went to the pool, went back to the room after hours of swimming and soaking up the sun, napped/watched TV, waited for the afternoon rain to end then hit the parks on their magic hour days. I think in our 8 days at Disney we hit the parks twice before 3:30 pm. We have found this to be the most relaxing because we're not baking in the afternoon sun, we get lots of pool time for the kids, we're not running around trying to hurry for busses, it was fabulous. Going to the pool after a park and then back to a park doesn't work for me because I have to shower and clean up after the pool. We had such an amazing time and the kids hailed the pool time.

frayedend
08-04-2006, 09:11 AM
Not sure this was said but Yes, being in the pool helps cool you down a lot. I have an above ground pool here in MA. We just came off of a heat wave with over 90 for quite a few days. You would feel hot as heck and sweaty, but if you swam for even a short time, you felt very much cooled off for a while after. It's funny because you'd think the heat would get right back at you but it doesn't bother you too much after a nice swim.

One thing to remember is to re-sunblock. Once you feel cool you tend to forget the sun is still very strong.

toro
08-04-2006, 09:27 AM
Should I be looking for breaks if I am going in October?

frayedend
08-04-2006, 09:30 AM
Should I be looking for breaks if I am going in October?

October average Hi temp is 85, average Low temp is 65 (weather.com). You should be alright without a break most of the time. But it can still get hot.

mjkaferle5
08-04-2006, 09:53 AM
How are the pools a break?

The only way to really answer this is to try it yourself. Go to the parks in the morning until noon or so when you are sweating your butt off and feeling tired. Then back to the resort and jump in that pool!!! Best results are felt if you do a cannon ball!!

If you can tell me that you don't feel refreshed after that............

BeckyEsq
08-04-2006, 09:57 AM
I am not sure if the pools will be refreshing if they are over 92 degrees as was just posted in another thread . . .

LBelle
08-04-2006, 12:56 PM
I am not sure if the pools will be refreshing if they are over 92 degrees as was just posted in another thread . . .


:sunny: So, just imagine how hot it will be NOT in the pool - humidity is sometimes unbearable!!

Anyways, pool or no pool, we just find it VERY important to head out of the parks for a few hours, chill out in the room, nap, change clothes, shoes, etc. After that we always say we feel like 'new people' again!!

The only time we don't follow the schedule I posted on page 1 is on the days (after late EMH's) that we 'sleep in' (!), hang around in the morning and not head out to wherever until noon or so. I also find these types of days really break things up for us also.

The key, IMHO, is that Disney is best enjoyed while savoured in mini-doses! I would hate to have a 'bad time' spoil ANY of our WDW fun!! Paid FAR too much $$$ to allow that to happen!! :rotfl:

LBelle
08-04-2006, 09:41 PM
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