View Full Version : Has anyone actually taken the ACTUAL disney Aquaadventure?
01-20-2009, 02:53 PM
I am taking my girls alone and right now(one adult/2 kids) it really isn't saving me much to try the CS route. (Rates are high, probably because it is the Friday before Thanksgiving) Plus unless I can find someone else on my cruise going, I would prefer to go with disney transportation then to take a cab by myself.(daddy isnt' coming on the cruise).
So has anyone actually taken the DCL Aquaadventure??? How long is the tour part of it??? Is lunch that is included just near the pool area(all we are looking for is sandwich/fry kinda thing?) What time do they pick you up? I also considered doing a day pass, but worry the hotel may be full and they won't issue any, then my kids would be truly disappointed. Oh.. and how much is locker rental??? Thanks...
01-20-2009, 03:26 PM
We did the Atlantis Aquaventure excursion through DCL last February and had a blast.
I think we left the ship around 9:15 or so and returned around 4:30pm. You will leave the ship as a group; but you may return at your leisure. I believe the buses run every 30 minutes or so. Your Atlantis guide will tell you where to catch the the return bus. That person will also tell you what time the last bus will depart Atlantis.
As far as the tour, we politely excused ourselves at the beginning with a number of others who had been to Atlantis before. The guide was very nice and made sure we had the return details before we headed out to the pools.
If you opt out of the tour, make sure you stop and get a map at guest services in the hotel (or print one from the website and take it with you). The place is HUGE.
Our lunch vouchers were good at 2 or 3 fast food type places. I think there were burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, and chicken sandwiches to choose from. Maybe a salad or wrap too. The portions we got were large. One order of fries would have been enough for all 3 of us. I was glad lunch was included, the food is wildly expensive.
We didn't rent a locker, so I can't help with that.
It was a great day. I hope you enjoy it!
01-20-2009, 05:31 PM
Thanks a bunch... I think I will probably go this route as I feel more comfortable taking the disney bus, rather than taking a cab by myself... unless someone ever joins my disboard cruise link.. I am a loner there, haha. I too like the food included. So you felt safe to keep your ID/Credit card just by the pool area???? tks again!
01-20-2009, 05:34 PM
I recommend opting out of the tour and just grabbing a map, whether you've been there or not. :) The tour just takes WAY too long... waiting for other people to take long bathroom breaks with seventeen children, all of us having to wait in line at the lockers together, etc.
The place IS huge, but you can figure things out with your map, and the employees are really nice and helpful.
01-20-2009, 06:03 PM
I have to agree with pouncing pluto, the tour is ridiculously long and waiting for a herd of people to use the restroom is not that much fun. We skipped it and don't feel like we missed a thing. Others said the tour was more like a walking advertisement for the retail businesses.
As far as my KTTW card and credit card, I wore one of those plastic card size water safes. On the slides, I just kept it around my neck and slipped it down the front of my swim suit (sorry to be so direct...). None of the employees noticed, or if they did it wasn't a problem. We left the rest of our stuff by the pool. In February it wasn't crowded so there were plenty of available tables and chairs. I only took stuff that I wouldn't miss terribly if it went missing. We also took a disposable water camera that I wrote our name on in black permanent marker (which I thought MIGHT deter a casual theft or help to eliminate any mix-ups). Our stuff was fine. I guess no one wanted our old t-shirts and flip flops. LOL :rotfl2:
Have a great time! We would do this excursion again. It was expensive, but we loved it.
01-21-2009, 07:35 AM
So you get the armbands early enough and can skip the most of the tour??? That is a good idea, my kids aren't going to be interested too much in the shops and casino anyhow...:rotfl2: Thanks much for your advise.
01-21-2009, 07:49 AM
I believe we got the wristbands and lunch coupons even before we left the port area. Someone from Atlantis met us at the ship.
01-21-2009, 08:54 AM
We've done the Atlantis thing on our own with a room at Atlantis. It was something like $149 in August, but for our cruise in April, I can't even get the Comfort Suites for less than $500, so we are going with the Disney excursion for $440 including lunch and the transportation.
Great thead--thanks OP!
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