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06-07-2003, 11:14 AM
Originally posted by Bbethparsons
go to the Atlantis in Paradise Island. It is unbelievable. You can pay $25 and get all the tours, use 7 pools, which include a beachy area with sand, pools, lazy river, slides.....everything you can imagine, including their beach area too. I looked for information before we cruised about this, but couldn't find out much info. :cool:
Did the requirements change??? It used to be you had to get room to use the pools etc. Only the aquarium was available for $25...
06-07-2003, 11:40 AM
I don't know about before, but now you can use all the pools. They give you an arm band and you show it to the lady in order to access the pool area. They even have someone come drag you a chair where needed. It was an area as good as Castaway....:p
06-07-2003, 12:30 PM
Who and where do you pay to use the pools and slides?
Did you enjoy the pools and slides?
Were there long lines for the slides?
I had once read also, you must get a room at comfort inn hotel to have access to the pools and slides costing as much as $200. If that is true costing only $25 a person to use the pool and slides, were all in.
06-07-2003, 12:47 PM
You go into the casino to purchase your armbands. This was a vacation with just hubby and myself without children for the first time ever...so to be honest, we saw the slide, but never went close enough to see lines. We love our children, but since they weren't with us, we wanted to avoid all children if possible. LOL We have cruised Disney Magic 3 times and decided to try another line without kids.
The resort is beautiful, you can go to atlantis.com (I believe that is correct) and see pictures of everything. It was VERY relaxing, it was Disney for adults. Beautiful resort, art, and aquarium....
i'm so surprised to hear that $25 will get you everything you described.
it seemed that all that was usually included in that price was the aquarium and the dig.
has it really changed?
if so, it's going to be really packed! esp since people were willing to pay hundreds of dollars to rent a room they never used just to use the pool and slides.
06-07-2003, 12:56 PM
When we went into the casino, the girl explained that the pools were included too. When we outside, there was a lady that checked to see that we had an armband. When we got down to the beachy area, a young man even pulled a chair out for us. We saw several other families from Royal Caribbean there also, we could tell by the colors of their towels. There were lots of people snorkeling, jumping on trampolines, and riding in paddle boats. Hey, it was that they on June 3, 2003!
06-07-2003, 12:57 PM
Thank you, we are also going without childern. We are meeting another couple from Houston,Tx that are good friends. We are both celebrating thier 5th and our 10th anniversary.
06-07-2003, 01:54 PM
I just spoke to someone with Atlantis and he said you are suppose to rent at least a room for the day to have access to the pools and slides. His tone and the way he said it, made it sound as if it is or may not be totally enforced. Depending on the employee I guess or where your at that they may let you use the pool or slides.
06-07-2003, 02:00 PM
Well apparently everyone else, with the exception of the reservation desk, will let you use their facilities. Like I said, the ladies in the casino that sold us the armband, said, "You have access to pool areas with this armband!" Even when entering the pool area, the lady looked at our armbands and told us to make sure we applied sunscreen. I will go there again and use their facilities if they let me. !!!
i guess the trick then would be NOT to go to the reservation desk?
06-08-2003, 12:33 AM
Just want to make sure I get this right. Who exactly do I go to in the Casino to buy the armband?
06-08-2003, 12:43 PM
They have a station there in the middle where you purchase your armband, she explains it to you....The person at the front door directed us to go there.
06-09-2003, 04:11 PM
We spent about $250 for a room in the Coral Tower just to be able to use the slides, pools, etc. We knew about the Comfort Suites, but wanted to be in the resort.
After hearing this, am I upset? Heck no! That was the best money ever spent.
After hearing this, would I do it again? Heck yeah! We enjoyed it too much to risk the possibility of not getting a room if one is really required.
I honestly do not think they have changed things. I think perhaps you got a new recruit at the Casino and she has since been shown the err of her ways!
Wishing on a star
06-09-2003, 09:01 PM
It does seem odd that the Atlantis would go thru all the trouble of even admitting that they offer Day Rooms at $200.00 plus... And having employees man the 'guest only' areas, etc... Just to hand out armbands like treats..... Something tells me that this is not the norm????
06-09-2003, 11:51 PM
what we were told when we were there, is they have different armbands.....there is an armband that allows you to use the slides and a different armband that allows you access to the dig and beach area.....
the slides are VERY tightly supervised so i wonder whether anyone could just slip by with the wrong armband....it seems unlikely to me....
06-10-2003, 04:13 AM
I would love it if that is the way it is now! As I will be going in July. Anyone that is planning on this before July 20th how about checking it out and letting us know. What a savings this will be!
06-10-2003, 08:55 AM
There is absolutely NO WAY that they would change things. Doing so would create a theme park atmosphere, something I doubt the resort would want for its full paying guests.
Wishing on a star
06-10-2003, 09:28 AM
Yes, luvstigger, I have heard that mentioned before.. If I was a bonafide guest at Atlantis, paying a gazillion bucks for a nice room, meals, etc.. I would NOT be happy to be crowded out by throngs of cruise ship tourist, all the people staying at the cut-rate hotels around Nassau.... and everybody else imaginable!!! Could you imagine showing up trying to get an armband on a busy day.... "Okay people.... line forms to the right!!! Sorry lady, NO coolers allowed...." No way can I see Atlantis doing this. Seems like they might also be opening themselves up for a lot of liability if they were to do this.
06-10-2003, 11:18 AM
Very true Wishing!
I think the original poster got VERY LUCKY! And I say....good for them!
But I don't think anyone else should assume that they will get full use of the slides for $25 each. If you really have your heart set on experiencing the resort (which I highly recommend!) book a room!
06-10-2003, 06:01 PM
if you noticed the original poster said that she didn't try to use the slides...and that she went to the beach area...
the $25 armband does enable you to use the beach area....but not the pools and slides...
i'm sure that if she had tried to go down a slide they would have stopped her...
Wishing on a star
06-10-2003, 06:06 PM
As far as the beach area goes, I am guessing.... But, a beach is a beach... yes, anyone can walk down the beach. But, just try enjoying any of the Atlantis beach amenities, beach chairs, etc... That might be a whole different story! ;) Also, my guess is that it is not really too easy to walk from the Atlantis main entry, where the Kiosk, Casino, and The Dig, are located, to the beach, withOUT walking through the pool areas, which do seem to be closely monitered.
What is that old saying again.... "Get a room!!!!" ;)
06-11-2003, 04:08 PM
you're allowed to walk through the pool area and visit the dig if you pay $25, but you're not allowed to swim in the pools or use the slides unless you have a room...
06-16-2003, 03:28 AM
I phoned the Disney Cruise lines in reference to this information. I spoke with an associate about various excursions offered on Paradise Island, and the exclusions. She informed me of the armband available in the Casino for about $25.00. She explained this band will permit you to use most all the facilities of the resort with the exception of the pool/slides (or so she believed).
I explained another guest paid for the band, and used the pool. She sighed, and said different people will experience different things, due to different associates/factors, etc. She did encourage me to take the cab from the ship to Atlantis, and purchase the armband. The beach/Dig are wonderful, she proclaimed. The pool can sometimes be a bit crowded and loud.
So, we're cancelling the room and just going for the bands. We'll see how it goes. The pool/slide are not that big a deal for us, we have one in our backyard here at home (built in rock slide which wraps around 23 tons of a granite waterfall), and also visit Blizzard Beach...Typhoon Lagoon, etc. while at WDW. We are there to mainly "explore" and take in the sights.
Bbethparsons~I think it's wonderful you were able to access all the desirable areas with your band. What a wonderful experience. ;) Sometimes...MAGIC happens in the most unexpected places! :cool:
06-16-2003, 03:37 PM
in her post she never said that she used the slides or the pool, but merely that she had access to the pool area and the beach....
that's nothing new.....for $25/person you can have access to the pool area/dig and beach but without the use of the pools and slides....
this has ALWAYS been the policy there....at least for the last several years when we and my family have visited...
if you're not interested in using the pools/slides then no need for the room....the $25 entrance fee will suffice...
06-16-2003, 11:55 PM
And the clarification, disneyholic family. I was never informed of any such opportunity before, and thought the only way to enjoy the beach, or the digs...was to RENT a ROOM for the day! I am delighted with the $25 entrance fee. I'm also pleased with these boards, and the bevy of info I discover each and every day. Better now...than after I have paid for a room, or an excursion, only to discover it was unecessary. Thanks again. ;)
P.S. I'll be the FIRST to post on this board if they "permit" me to USE the pool/slide, etc. I'll definitely "TRY" it, just to see if they actually permit this use with this $25.00 fee. :p
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