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LIFERBABE
09-10-2003, 04:18 PM
This day will go down in infamy Sunday Aug 31, 2003. The day that SAB was completely shut down, brought to it's knees by a small child and a leaky pull-up. (Or so the legend goes) ( I would rather err on the side of safety in this case)

Well no one panic just yet, We are DVC!! I called Poly first and asked about Pool-Hopping and was told "no pool hopping allowed" then I clarified to add that I was a DVC member and was still told no. This was a final no, not a "sorry the pool is at capacity today" no.

What do you do in this situation? Do you take your literature/guide with you to inform CM's of the policy.
Don't want to be confrontational about a swim, but clearly all CM's are not aware of the policy and restrictions or are they?.

The BW was allowing all BC/YC/BCV guests to swim at their pool, due to the closure so we went there. Not my first choice, but had a great time nonetheless.

I know that Pool Hopping is a privilege and guest capacity may force you to leave but I would like to know others successful pool hopping tips for future reference and use.

Granny
09-10-2003, 04:45 PM
It is clear that not all CM's are fully trained on the nuances of DVC. We've also heard of CM's telling DVC members that valet parking at the DVC resorts is not free to them.

If I ran into the situation that you did, I'd probably just call back and most likely end up talking to a different CM that would tell us to "come on over". Or if we really wanted to pool hop to the Poly that day, I'd probably call the DVC sales office and have them call the Poly CM.

The worst part is you might get the green light when you call, and then they don't let you in when you get there. So always make sure you get the name of whomever said it was okay to hop that day!

pnelson
09-10-2003, 04:48 PM
Well, this might not be the popular answer, but I probably would have gone anyways. We plan on hopping to the WL when we are there in December and I don't plan on calling first as we will be at the MK that day. It just seems like with calling, your answer would depend on what cast member you ask. So, I guess if I didn't like the answer, I would probably ask a different one. I don't anticipate any problems hopping over to the WL, but you never know.

Maistre Gracey
09-10-2003, 04:55 PM
Perhaps if you asked the CM (in a polite tone) "Oh, I guess the pool is at capacity?" You may have gotten a feel for the reason they denied you. If they said "Yes, it's at capacity", then you have your answer. If they said anything but that, then you know that the reason for denial was because the CM did not know the rule.

Does that make sense? :cool:

wdwstar
09-10-2003, 04:57 PM
pnelson

:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

you go for it neighbor!

floridafam
09-10-2003, 05:02 PM
I thought we couldn't pool hop if the pool were going to was at capacity?

Did the CM just say they were at capacity because he didn't know what else to say or were they really at capacity?
:confused:

wdwstar
09-10-2003, 05:13 PM
sounds like in the op that she just got the answer "no". hmmm

she should have just called back and asked again and added that the bcv pool was closed from a leaky kid , maybe then she would have gotten a aloha :sunny:

disneycrazed139
09-10-2003, 05:43 PM
I thought it was only DVC resort pools that you could hop to. Is it all Disney resort pools?

DeeP
09-10-2003, 05:56 PM
DVC members, when staying at a DVC resort, can pool hop to any WDW resort pool except SAB at YC/BC/BCV and AKL. If pools are at capacity pool hopping is not permitted.

Maistre Gracey
09-10-2003, 06:10 PM
Why do suppose DVC would prohibit us from pool hopping at BCV/BC/YC pools other than SAB? :confused:


Pool hopping policy
Please remember that unless you're a registered Guest of Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts or Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, pool hopping is never allowed at Stormalong Bay and Uzima Pool. Quiet pools at those resorts are also off-limits, unless you are a registered Guest of the resort. There are no exceptions to this policy.

(Cut and pasted from September's Member Clubhouse. Excerpt bolded by me for emphasis.)

lat
09-10-2003, 06:42 PM
We were at Poly on 8/31 and I can understand why pool hopping was not allowed. I was told the resort was not full when we checked in while the pool was always packed. It was not a big pool and I suspect some people were not staying there.

I had to show resort ID that day to get towels at the pool, they told me they had to check because it was Labor day weekend and the pool was crowded.

I thought I read in the most recent DVC e-mail that pool hopping is only allowed when the pool is not at capacity.

I think the resort guests should have the first priority before everyone else. Sorry that SAB was closed.

LIFERBABE
09-10-2003, 07:15 PM
thought I read in the most recent DVC e-mail that pool hopping is only allowed when the pool is not at capacity.

Lat,
I agree that this is the policy, and understand it's concept. I did not expect priority at the Poly because SAB was closed. Even if it were open, the Pool Hopping policy is applicable, when pools are not at capacity.

The Poly CM stated No so flatly, and made no reference to pool capacity even after I stated I was a DVC member. I did not pursue it further, as she was so curt. If I was told the pool was at capacity and they were not allowing pool hopping that day, I would have understood and called the next resort.

I am a new member, and would like to know any nuances other members use when requesting to pool hop, as it does seem it depends on whom you ask. I do like the idea of calling back, but what if no one knows? And I don't want to feel like we are sneaking into a pool that our membership allows us access to. I can do that for free!! (but choose not to LOL)

I prefer not to be in an overcrowded pool, so the policy, as stated, is not a bone of contention. I just want to make sure that I'm receiving correct info when I call (as instructed by the policy) and the most tactful way to bring a CM up to speed on Policy when they give you wrong info.

Thanks for the replies so far!

Dean
09-10-2003, 07:32 PM
At this point you don't know if the answer was correct or not, I would have asked for a manager or supervisor to be certain.

Chuck S
09-10-2003, 07:40 PM
Well, I'm sorry the CM seemed short to you on the phone, but maybe he/she was extremely busy, it was after all, Labor Day weekend, and I doubt the sole responsibility of this CM was answering the phone for DVCers trying to pool hop. Imagine how many calls they must have been getting if SAB was down.

Perhaps Labor Day will soon be added to the "No Pool Hopping" rules like some other busy times.

lat
09-10-2003, 07:51 PM
I find that different answers can be given by different CM and it can be frustrating.

I saw your thread and cannot help feeling the frustration while I was there. It was not a big pool and I actually heard someone telling me that people would just walk over from TTC to use the pool.

I wish Disney can use wristband or something for all their pools so that the resort guests can get full benefit of what they pay for.

I remember seeing a thread saying people at the FW campground going over to WL to use their pool. Same issue.

LIFERBABE, the comments weren't directed at you. I just wanted you to know that the pool was at capacity that day. It was probably at capacity the whole time we were there, given how hot the weather was, the pool was the hopping place.

PamOKW
09-10-2003, 07:58 PM
Is there any chance we were in a "no hopping" date? I can't find the previous "Clubhouse".

Also, the latest one specifically adds "all" Beach Club and AKL pools as being off-limits to pool hopping, not just SAB and/or the main AKL pool. That's a new clarification.

Johnnie Fedora
09-10-2003, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by LIFERBABE
This day will go down in infamy Sunday Aug 31, 2003. The day that SAB was completely shut down, brought to it's knees by a small child and a leaky pull-up. (Or so the legend goes) ( I would rather err on the side of safety in this case)

I'm still confused as to why all of SAB was closed (or was it just the kiddie part). Personally, I don't know why Disney would close the entire pool for an "accident". After the physical clean-up, there is not much more that can be done, so why close down the entire pool for an extended time. On any given day, I wonder how many "little swimmers" have been playing in the water with soiled pull-ups. My guess would be several, and there is no pull-up made that "seals" tight enough to keep E. coli inside.:rolleyes: :rolleyes: Seems like an over reaction to me, especially if the water has the proper chemicals.

PKS44
09-10-2003, 10:06 PM
From the latest Member Clubhouse-

"Due to the high occupancy that is expected, Members may not "pool hop" from November 24 - November 30, 2003, and December 20, 2003 - January 3, 2004. On other dates, if you're pool hopping at another resort, you may be asked to leave in order to accommodate registered Guests staying at that resort. Please call ahead to the Front Desk of the destination resort to check pool availability, and visit dvcmember.com for updates."

If the CM correctly reported that the pool was not available the worst thing that would happen is that you would either not get in or you would be asked to leave....so long as you accepted either gracefully I don't see the big deal...you pack it in and head elsewhere--by the way -did you try any other pools? Like Coronado Springs? that would be a reasonable substitute for the Poly.

Desperado
09-10-2003, 10:46 PM
Originally posted by PamOKW
the latest one specifically adds "all" Beach Club and AKL pools as being off-limits to pool hopping, not just SAB and/or the main AKL pool. That's a new clarification.
Yes that is new. I didn't realize dunes cove was exclusive. It does seem reasonable that limitations might happen at labor day and there are three other pools onsite.

OneMoreTry
09-10-2003, 11:39 PM
I would've gone to the Contemporary Pool. The heck with the crowded, overrated volcano. The contemporary pool has a slide that is just as good -- just not stuck inside a fake volcano. The pool area is open and spacious -- overlooking the lake and not nearly as crowded. The boat rentals are there and a bar if you are so inclined. Also close to the fast food restaurant with refillable mugs and the famous Contemporary video arcade.

And once they didn't make us pay for valet parking -- go figure.

Hey, but that's just me.

Nanajo1
09-11-2003, 06:19 AM
I think I'll just call the front desk and ask "how crowded is the pool?" If the answer is "not very" then I'll say "great we'll be over."

slp87
09-11-2003, 07:26 AM
I'm still confused as to why all of SAB was closed (or was it just the kiddie part). Personally, I don't know why Disney would close the entire pool for an "accident". After the physical clean-up, there is not much more that can be done, so why close down the entire pool for an extended time.

We had an accident similar to this at our local pool and our state has a policy that now requires that the pool go through an entire cycle before swimmers can be readmitted. I'm not sure what Florida policy entails or what the cycle consists of, but it took 3 hours for this to be done.

The one time we decided to pool hop we went to CSR and discovered that they had had one of these accidents as well. We never did get to get in the pool.

SnowWitch
09-11-2003, 07:55 AM
When we visited the Poly pool in Dec. I tried to call and ask and they had NO clue what I was talking about. We had already planned on dining at the Kona that night and watching the fireworks so we threw caution to the wind and headed over. The pool had maybe 15 people in it. So we proceded to allow the kids to swim. I walked over to a lifeguard to let her know we were DVC members. Again, NO CLUE! Then I notice a gentlemen with a management title under his name. So I intorduce myself and tell him of my attempts of being a responsible DVC member, calling before, letting know I'm there, blah, blah. He was very nice and we chatted a good hour. He told me anytime I'm getting the run around to ask for the pool or recreation manager, which would have been him at the Poly. He then went over and explained to the 2 lifeguards the poolhopping privelege allowed to the DVC members.

marymrg
09-11-2003, 08:09 AM
I was also staying at the Poly on 8/31 and when we went back in the afternoon for a swim, (around 3-3:30) the pool was very crowded. However, there were a number of lounge chairs available. I would guess that the CM didn't know about DVC pool hopping privileges.

RE: Valet Parking - I had to remind the BW attendant once that DVC gets free Valet. He said, oh, that's right. Maybe it doesn't happen that often??

PKS44
09-11-2003, 09:19 AM
SnowWitch's story is further evidence of what I have always believed--that poolhopping is not a very significant activity for most DVC members...if it were more CM's would have encountered these situations and known about the policy....

LIFERBABE
09-11-2003, 11:53 AM
When we visited the Poly pool in Dec. I tried to call and ask and they had NO clue what I was talking about. We had already planned on dining at the Kona that night and watching the fireworks so we threw caution to the wind and headed over. The pool had maybe 15 people in it. So we proceded to allow the kids to swim. I walked over to a lifeguard to let her know we were DVC members. Again, NO CLUE! Then I notice a gentlemen with a management title under his name. So I intorduce myself and tell him of my attempts of being a responsible DVC member, calling before, letting know I'm there, blah, blah. He was very nice and we chatted a good hour. He told me anytime I'm getting the run around to ask for the pool or recreation manager, which would have been him at the Poly. He then went over and explained to the 2 lifeguards the poolhopping privelege allowed to the DVC members.

Snow Witch this was exactly my feeling about them not having a clue, but being new I did not know whom to ask!

I really did not want to start a Pool Hopping thread as much as a "how do I work with in the costraints of the policy thread"

I don't expect for the Resorts to have a designated Pool Hopping authority, but if the Resorts are not aware of the DVC policy it makes it difficult for the member to benefit from this Perk.





SnowWitch's story is further evidence of what I have always believed--that poolhopping is not a very significant activity for most DVC members...if it were more CM's would have encountered these situations and known about the policy....

PKS44, I agree! We would not have even tried to Pool Hop that Day if SAB had not been closed. I'm sure many members don't Pool Hop which makes the policy even more obscure to the Resort CM's. That's why I wanted to know if anyone takes that section of the guide or informs the CM regarding the policy to clarify.

We were moving to the Contemporary on Labor Day so that's why we didnt try to hop there. We were able to swim at the BW, so it was not a big deal regarding the Poly, just want to be better prepared if we are in that situation again. I understand it was Labor Day weekend, but that is not a black out date for pool hopping for DVC. Whether it should be is up to DVC and I will follow the policy.

We were told that SAB would take 6-8 hours for the water to fully circulate after the shocking. The quiet pools were packed as a result. The BC front desk did state that the Health Department would not allow the Pool to continue to operate so Im sure they were following code.

I have gathered alot of great information from this thread and appreciate all the input!

OneMoreTry
09-11-2003, 12:19 PM
From another forum I learned that crashing the Poly pool is an amusement for quite a few Orlando locals. I suspect that problem causes some of the staff to become jaded.


I agree that pool-hopping is not a common thing. What a hassle to go to another resort's pool. Even after you've been to SAB a couple of times it gets old. We used the Contemporary pool a lot last trip but only because we were over there renting water mice quite often -- family plan.

BUT we didn't call the hotel or let anyone know we were DVC members. I suspect most DVC members DON'T. That may be part of the reason the hotel staff are largely clueless.

(THe contemporary pool is a great pool with a very good slide and not crowded at all in mid-June. On one occasion CM actually asked us if we were Contemporary guests. Probably because we had 6 kids -- 5 of our own and a niece, ruffians all -- and that seems to be quite the exception at WDW. .)

LIFERBABE
09-11-2003, 01:21 PM
The more I read, the more I think I'll make up some "Policy Flashcards" before we go to reflect current DVC policy.

I will put the policy ie, Valet, Pool Hopping, etc and the DVC phone number on them if they should have further question they can call.

If the policy changes while Im there or does not apply, it will be an honest mistake, and I will gracefully accept it.

I know more DVCers use the Dining Perks, but what if you're CM serving you did not know the policy that you receive a 10% discount or whatever it may be? You'd have to escalate to the manager and hope they are aware of it. If it's too much of a hassle, most people just won't use them.

Especially with new Perks being added monthly, I could see not everyone being brought up to speed. I can barely keep up myself, and missed out on several opportunities because I did not know about them.

I know the main reason we joined DVC is for the accomodations, but the Perks are used as a selling point (subject to avail.) and are posted in our monthly newsletter, so we should not be leary to use them.

OneMoreTry
09-11-2003, 05:04 PM
Originally posted by LIFERBABE
The more I read, the more I think I'll make up some "Policy Flashcards" before we go to reflect current DVC policy.

I will put the policy ie, Valet, Pool Hopping, etc and the DVC phone number on them if they should have further question they can call.




If we have to do this there is a MAJOR problem. I refuse. I'll just let them know the policy when the time comes -- verbally.

zzotto
09-11-2003, 07:50 PM
Just a qoute from the member benefits page on the web site:

"Pool-Hopping Information for 2003

Members and their Guests staying with them at Disney's Old Key West Resort, Disney's BoardWalk Villas, The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and Disney's Beach Club Villas are permitted to use other Disney Vacation Club and Walt Disney WorldŽ resort hotel pools (in addition to the resort hotel at which you are staying) if the resort hotel pools are not at capacity. If the pool you are visiting reaches capacity, you may be asked to leave in order to accommodate Guests of that resort hotel. Please check with a Host/Hostess at the Front Desk of the resort hotel you wish to visit to find out about pool-access availability. You must present your Walt Disney WorldŽ Resort ID card with your "DVC Member" designation on it to use the other pools. This offer is not available at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. "

JudithM
09-11-2003, 08:13 PM
I was at OKW over Memorial Day weekend & I believe I read we could not pool hop during that time. So why should LAbor Day weekend be any different? It was a holiday weeknd, so I probably would not have expected to be able to pool hop.

SnowWitch
09-11-2003, 08:42 PM
We have only once tried to use a DVC dining discount. And that was at the Cape May Cafe, our waiter had no clue and I was in no mood to deal with him. He's a jerk we've had him several times. Oh sorry back to the point. I don't think DVC perks are widely known regardless of what it is. The only time I have ever not had a dumb founded look was at Winterland /Summerland when we recieved discounts there.(Which was a few years back)

CRobin
09-12-2003, 07:05 AM
Originally posted by LIFERBABE
The more I read, the more I think I'll make up some "Policy Flashcards" before we go to reflect current DVC policy.

I will put the policy ie, Valet, Pool Hopping, etc and the DVC phone number on them if they should have further question they can call.



I guess I'm not on board with that approach.

I've seen a number of CMs with "Earning my Ears" on their ID badges, and have stumbled onto a number of CMs who just weren't up to date with the current perks being offered to DVC members.

My take is that it's practically impossible to educate a cast of thousands in the day to day policy changes effectively, so I just go with it.

When I submit my card, I just ask, "Do I still get the DVC discount?", or "DVC members are still allowed to pool hop, right?" or "Do DVC members still get free valet parking?" . 99 times out of 100, they say "Sure".

If they say "NO" or "I don't know", then I say, "Boy, I thought that was the case, could you check with the manager and see if I'm wrong ?"

Works like a charm. Give it a try.

MiaSRN62
09-12-2003, 07:35 AM
Please check with a Host/Hostess at the Front Desk of the resort hotel you wish to visit to find out about pool-access availability. You must present your Walt Disney WorldŽ Resort ID card with your "DVC Member" designation on it to use the other pools.
I'll admit I have never checked with anyone when we pool-hop. Most recently, just walked right into the Poly pool. We had our DVC Member room keys and were prepared to show them to the CM if they asked, but now I'm wondering if we should make a habit out of checking with someone in the lobby before going to the pool area ? I honestly never read the "fine print" about checking in first at the Front Desk.

castleri
09-13-2003, 02:47 PM
We didn't check in when we went to CS but then the pool was almost empty that day so guess you're not the only one who does that. I can't remember which trip it was but do remember getting a little fold-out pamphlet called portable perks that I carried around in my fanny pack in case I couldn't remember which places gave discounts. Also just looked at the paper that was in our folder at check in last year and it listed just about everything- not a good size to carry around though.
SAB seems to be about the only place they check for a room key that I have been so far. Overheard two women talking while sitting on a beach chair there last year - They were irate that they couldn't use the pool after they had paid to stay at a Disney resort (didn't mention which one). I was watching for the lifeguard with the wristbands before venturing into the pool and when I asked for one he looked at me and said oh you already have one so you're all set. He was giving out white ones and I had a bright orange one from doing the family boat and bike plan
earlier that day at another resort so even that system isn't perfect. I did have my room key in hand but he didn't really look at it.

Barb
09-13-2003, 10:36 PM
Is it possible this was a last minute suspension of pool hopping privleges? Seems to me I was at WDW at a not too busy time once and was told upon check-in that pool hopping had been suspended for the time being. Doesn't this happen on occasion? So maybe this was the case this time.

chips
09-17-2003, 11:06 AM
Wilderness campground does pool hop to Wilderness. The hotel pool has two jacuzzis. When I was there one was not heating properly. We were left with one jacuzzi and a troop from wilderness campground camping out at the jacuzzi.
They said they usually went to the villa jacuzzi but that was down too. After two nights disney fixed the jacuzzis and although the same crowd came to the pool it wasn't a problem because of the additional capacity.

pnelson
09-17-2003, 12:49 PM
Well, not to add any more controversy but I noticed a little kink in my plans. We plan on spending the day at MK on November 30 and then heading over to the WL for dinner and such. I was going to let my son swim since he loved it last time we were there. Now I notice that pool hopping is not allowed through November 30. So here is what I plan on doing-I'm going to stick with the original plan and check it out when I get there and then ask. Possibly the crowds will have headed out by Sunday evening and they will allow it, otherwise not, I guess. If not, we can still hang out and I suspect my son will be just as happy with some time in the arcade and such. Does that seem fair or should I just avoid it because of the date?? Normally I would just do it, but since it is one of the dates where it is not allowed, I'm hesitating.

castleri
09-17-2003, 05:36 PM
Just curious - is the pool hopping from wilderness campground an official benefit of staying there? I thought only DVC members had pool hopping privileges.

floridafam
09-17-2003, 05:48 PM
castleri,

I don't believe that people from FW are allowed to pool hop to WL but it happens all the time. I think they are even told at check-in that it is okay to go over to WL and swim. It makes for some crowded pools at certain times. Usually, I don't really care about anyone else's business but I was told last October from guests staying at FW that the CM's over there said the WL was a "sister resort" and that the pool was open to them.


Does anyone know the official policy?

PKS44
09-17-2003, 08:28 PM
I don't know the "official" policy but it seems to me to be BAD business to ask your deluxe resort guests to share their deluxe pool with campgrounds guests. Sorry -but that is not how I would run my deluxe hotel...

TIdoublegaER
09-17-2003, 08:42 PM
The literature given at check-in clearly states that the pool at WL is for the exclusive use of guests of WL and VWL. We were at VWL over 4th of July and the pools were so packed I don't see how anyone enjoyed themselves. There were people pool hopping over from FW. I commented about this on the survey I received from Disney and received a call from WDW PR. The lady I spoke with stated that this was absolutely not allowed, that WL management was aware it was a problem and would be trying to address it in the future.

tiggerguy2000
09-17-2003, 10:12 PM
It all matters when your in Disney.I was over at the Poly Pool during the 4th of july and I also wondered into the BC while you need the green band on.I found all kinds of straglers that are not even staying at the Boardwalk was in the pool so why im I going to be limited.They did check one day but why not everyday?That day the pool attendance was cut in half.I seen people that were in the pool tuesday turned away wed.I think all resort pools should have a check point or at least the epcot area because people floating from Epcot and MGM wonder over and fill up the tables and chairs at the pool.I have had families tell me that they are staying outside Disney and do this every trip.
Who knows what's right and wrong!
tiggerguy2000

prince of thieves
09-21-2003, 11:43 PM
I'm still confused as to why all of SAB was closed (or was it just the kiddie part). Personally, I don't know why Disney would close the entire pool for an "accident". After the physical clean-up, there is not much more that can be done, so why close down the entire pool for an extended time. On any given day, I wonder how many "little swimmers" have been playing in the water with soiled pull-ups. My guess would be several, and there is no pull-up made that "seals" tight enough to keep E. coli inside.:rolleyes: :rolleyes: Seems like an over reaction to me, especially if the water has the proper chemicals.

In the type of incident that happened that day made it required to close the entire pool for the day... The way it works is that the cleaning system for SAB cleans all three pool areas which includes the quiet pool (where the incident happened), the lazy river, and the larger pool area where the slide empties out to. That means that all the water will be filtered in and out to all three pools at the same time so therefore there could be a chance that the fecal matter would go through all three pools. Also, after an incident like this happens the pools must be "shocked" with chemicals which means that a lot of chlorine is put into the pool and guest must wait for the Ph levels to go back down to an acceptable level.

Now, about the leaky pull-ups. Yes there are diapers that seal it all in and infact it is required that all little ones that are not yet potty trained are to wear these water tight diapers. It should also be noted that if you do not have these diapers then you can purchase them at a gift area at the resort.

ArnyVee
09-22-2003, 08:15 AM
Originally posted by Chuck S
Well, I'm sorry the CM seemed short to you on the phone, but maybe he/she was extremely busy, it was after all, Labor Day weekend, and I doubt the sole responsibility of this CM was answering the phone for DVCers trying to pool hop. Imagine how many calls they must have been getting if SAB was down.

Nothing against you Chuck, but it seems that more and more in today's society that we have to 'put up' with this sort of 'customer service' or lackthereof.

I work in a customer service environment and in no way is any customer to be treated rudely or in an abrupt manner. If it's your first call or your twentieth call, a telephone customer service agent should not take that tone or be abrupt no matter how busy they are. Without the customer, this person wouldn't have a job.

Now, how to get off of this soapbox.....

d-r
09-22-2003, 07:20 PM
Hey Chips-

at the main pool at wilderness lodge, one of the jacuzzis is a hot tub, and one is a tepid tub, it is never hot - that is just the way it is by design. Ft. wilderness isn't supposed to come to wilderness lodge, but it happens a lot. Look at all the bikes parked around there. I can remember before wlv opened there would be people from ft. wilderness swimming at wilderness lodge.

About the original thing at going to the polly. Listen. We aren't big pool hoppers. But here is the thing. If sab was closed the place I would probably go if I really wanted to go swimming that day is to the polly. I'd figure that bwv is too full because sab is closed. So, if I had to travel over to polly, I wouldn't call first. You're thinking, go all the way over there and not call first? No, I wouldn't - if I got there and they gave me grief I'd get on the monorail and go to the grand floriidian. If they gave me grief I'd go to contemporary, then wilderness lodge, then ft. wilderness. The transport between all of those is easy enough I'd just go on over figuring I'd swim somewhere. Now I am only saying that because we can pool hop with dvc. If we couldn't I wouldn't dream of doing it.

Can we pool hop to the dolphin?

Hey Chips I was thinking -

"Wilderness campground does pool hop to Wilderness. The hotel pool has two jacuzzis. When I was there one was not heating properly. We were left with one jacuzzi and a troop from wilderness campground camping out at the jacuzzi.
They said they usually went to the villa jacuzzi but that was down too. After two nights disney fixed the jacuzzis and although the same crowd came to the pool it wasn't a problem because of the additional capacity."

listen. If i had been there and they told me that I would have sent them packing. The whole "we usually use the villa jacuzzi" burns me up even more - I hate saying "I pay dues for this, yada, yada" but dadgummit, I do. I'd have narced on them to a cm in a heart beat, not to ruin somebody else's vacation but because it just isn't OK.

Disney Doll
09-22-2003, 11:40 PM
We just pool hopped in July, from OKW to BWV. We didn't think to calland ask....we just walked into the pool area, went into the bthroom near the poola nd changed. Nobody said anything, and the pool was soemwhat, although not extraordinarily, crowded.

LIFERBABE
09-23-2003, 09:59 AM
The reason we called was not only because the newsletter we were given at the front desk said to call, but we also did not have alot of time to travel from one resort to the other.

Fireworks and Spectro were only being held that Sunday and we were taking a quick break from the parks. Travel time to a Resort that was not going to let us swim and back to the BC would have eaten up the time we had.

Besides, I was trying to show DH the benefits of purchasing DVC and getting kicked out of the pool on our first attempt to pool hop would not bode well with him not to mention the embarrassment and anger of being perceived as pool crashers. Not my idea of a relaxing vacation.

Being BCV owners, the only time I could see us really pool-hopping is if this situation occurred again, or if we were spending some down time at another resort, i.e. kids on Pirate Cruise etc.

The problem I identified with my first attempt at using the pool hopping privilege and other privileges, is that all CM's are not aware of the DVC privileges and omits that benefit. I'd rather be prepared.