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ganggreen4jc
01-03-2005, 05:52 PM
I just read on the "Best Pool" thread that pool hopping from Disney resort to resort is NOT allowed. I could have sworn I read somewhere here that pool hopping WAS allowed.

Which is correct?

jel0511
01-03-2005, 05:57 PM
Pool hopping isn't allowed for WDW guests with the following exceptions:

Pool hopping is allowed among sister resorts, ie POR and POFQ and the All Stars.

DVC members staying on points are eligible to pool hop when it is allowed, and are not eligible to pool hop to SAB or AKL.

ganggreen4jc
01-03-2005, 06:12 PM
Please???

KilleriMac17
01-03-2005, 06:14 PM
Please???

?? You asking for permisson? :rolleyes:

they dont allow the pool hopping becuase too many people that arent from the resort many times would be using the pools and people at the resort then couldnot use it. :boat:

robinb
01-03-2005, 06:16 PM
I think that pool hopping used to be allowed but it is not allowed any longer. As Lori stated, the only ones who can currently pool hop are DVC members staying at a DVC resort using points and then only to certain pools and at certain times.

cheerdancer11
01-13-2005, 08:03 PM
Hmm... Do they make you show resort ID? I would think if they saw a kid swimming they wouldn't kick him/her out of the pool be the friendly people they are. I think I might try, it they worst that can happen is they kick me out :wave:

Mary Anne
01-13-2005, 08:17 PM
Yes, they can and will kick you out. Do you really want to do that to yourself or any children that might be with you.

skiwee1
01-13-2005, 09:48 PM
Hmm... Do they make you show resort ID? I would think if they saw a kid swimming they wouldn't kick him/her out of the pool be the friendly people they are. I think I might try, it they worst that can happen is they kick me out :wave:

I've seen the lifeguards at the Poly kick out nice looking families with kids quite a bit. They were all very embarrassed about it. I can't imagine being made to look like scum and being escorted out of the pool area because I wasn't a guest!

rkmassa
01-13-2005, 10:02 PM
I have to agree. If you want to swim in a better pool, then pay for the room like the guests of the resort did. If you pay value resort room prices, you get a value pool. Moderate is a little nicer, and so on. It is not fair for the people that pay to stay at Deluxe resorts to have to share the pool with those that didn't. Hard enough sometimes to find a pool chair and room to swim with those that did.

I say this from never having stayed at a deluxe resort, but hope to someday. For now, I will consider myself fortunate to be able to stay at my favorite resort-POR.

Dreaming of the WL someday.

celtick8
01-13-2005, 10:38 PM
Thank you all for this information. I just recently started to plan my 7th trip but the first time to stay on property. One of the "Unofficial" books i am reading does state that you ARE aloud to pool hop. You all just saved me some time and maybe from an embarrasing situation. :flower1:

Sammie
01-13-2005, 11:10 PM
Thank you all for this information. I just recently started to plan my 7th trip but the first time to stay on property. One of the "Unofficial" books i am reading does state that you ARE aloud to pool hop. You all just saved me some time and maybe from an embarrasing situation. :flower1:


Thanks for asking, that is much more than some are willing to do. The Unofficial Guide books really need to get up to date on this, unless you are reading an older version.

When Disney World was much smaller and only had a few resorts and the pools were not attractions in themselves it was not a problem. That is not the case anymore. Therefore the new policy by Disney that the pool is only for the use of the guests of that particular resort. The policy is stated in materials given out at check in and posted at each pool. Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside share pools as do the All Star resorts.

Disney Vacation Club members can pool hop with restrictions to resorts except Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach Club and the Animal Kingdom Lodge pool.

I am sure regardless of where you stay your pool will be great and water parks are open to everyone and more fun. Enjoy.

TnkrBellPixiDust
01-14-2005, 02:17 AM
I read on allears.net that @ the WL if the pool becomes over crowded they may ask to see your resort key to verify that you are staying at that paticular resort. But the site says that they only do this if it becomes over crowded. :)

stemikger
01-14-2005, 05:38 AM
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goofy4tink
01-14-2005, 05:56 AM
My fil's sister was going to WDW last year and knowing what a WDW nut I am, we were talking about her upcoming trip. Well, she said she couldn't wait to try out the new pools. When I told her that pool-hopping wasn't allowed, she was quite taken aback. Told me that she had always pool-hopped. That when they went to a park for the day, they would pack a big bag with their suits in it and leave it in a locker and then take a bus to one of the resorts for a quick swim. They had never had a problem. When I asked when she had been there last I was told 'oh, about 12 years ago.!!' She was surprised to hear the change. When I explained the reasons she did say it made sense.

So....do people do this? Yep. But, be advised that I have seen people asked for resort IDs and then they have had to pack up and leave. I don't understand why you don't swim where you stay. As a DVC owner I have the option to pool hop but I don't think it would be worth the hassle.

cheerdancer11
01-14-2005, 06:25 AM
thanks 4 ur help! just fyi i can't pick which hotel im staying at since im going on my senior trip and we have to stay at the same hotel. my mom said she always did this when she was a kid but that was forever ago. i doubt ill have much time to swim ne way. Just curious if they actually enforced this or looked the other way! thanks again.
michele :wave:

Mary Anne
01-14-2005, 06:31 AM
Michelle, I just want to tell you I hope you have a great Senior trip. Trust me you'll be so busy you won't even have time to think about pool hopping, never mind doing it.

DisneyMim
01-14-2005, 07:22 AM
Darn those unoffical guides. That's why I never liked any of them. I think the problem is that when WDW first opened pool hopping was allowed. Many people still have fond memories of their early visits and just have never readjusted themselves. Disney changes constantly and pool hopping is not allowed at all anymore (except us DVC people and even we are limited). The real big change happened when they built SAB. There was a huge problem with people using the pool, on-site guests, off-site guests and locals. They had to do something. You get what you pay for. It's the only fair way.

kaceyisme
01-14-2005, 07:43 AM
I don't know why anyone would even want to pool hop, it seems like such a hassle to me. I like to be able to go right back to my room and shower and change right away. To have to get on a bus or in a car to travel back to another hotel seems like a lot of effort to go swimming. I know that at the Universal hotels, they do allow pool pool hopping.

peepsmama
01-14-2005, 10:17 AM
I know at YC/BC they check your room key almost as soon as you enter the pool area. Then you and your children are given wrist bands to wear to identify you as a resort guest.

ganggreen4jc
01-14-2005, 10:54 AM
I'm the OP here and since I started this thread I've switched ressies from POP to POFQ. Thus, I get to pool hop (even though it's only between POR/POFQ)...and it's OK!!!

:D :D :D

Tigger&Belle
01-14-2005, 12:51 PM
POR and POFQ have nice pools--my 5yo enjoyed them a lot. The POR slide was a little steeper.

T&B

cheerdancer11
01-14-2005, 02:07 PM
Thanks maryanne! I have a ?, how can I start one of those trip count down things? let me know thanks! :cheer2:

cra-z-4-dizney
01-14-2005, 03:33 PM
Thanks maryanne! I have a ?, how can I start one of those trip count down things? let me know thanks! :cheer2:

You can find out how to do a timer on the technical board....it's not that hard...good luck :D :flower:

PratersloveDW
01-14-2005, 03:54 PM
Some resorts will ask to see your room key as you enter the pool deck to varify that you are staying at that resort. I have stayed at a good many resorts and it varies as to wether or not I get asked. It seems to depend on the time of year. The busier times of the year, many pools will have someone checking all ID's as you enter. The Yacht and Beach are very strict on this. This pool is among the more popular and can get VERY crowded!

Chester Copperpot
01-16-2005, 01:05 AM
If your staying at a Disney hotel you can easily pool hop as the key cards don't show which resort you are a guest at so In theory you could stay at the value resorts and use the pools at the deluxe.

Sammie
01-16-2005, 01:17 AM
If your staying at a Disney hotel you can easily pool hop as the key cards don't show which resort you are a guest at so In theory you could stay at the value resorts and use the pools at the deluxe.

Actually they do, as they are coded to each Resort. Those checking ID's at the pools are aware of this.

Chester Copperpot
01-16-2005, 01:57 AM
I didn't know that, thanks for the info. I've never seen them check anyone at all, Is the abuse of the system that bad in the peak season? Wristbands seems like the cheap/quick system to identify resort guests. I also noticed the sign at Boardwalk about not using the car park for Epcot/MGM so the car park - resort hopping must also be another problem.

DVC-Don
01-16-2005, 07:47 AM
If your staying at a Disney hotel you can easily pool hop as the key cards don't show which resort you are a guest at so In theory you could stay at the value resorts and use the pools at the deluxe.

The first 3 numbers on the resort ID are the resort code and the CM's know the code for the resort they are at. I've seen people "carded" at the BC/YC, BWV & WL pools. BC/YC all the time and spot checks at the others.

Nysie
01-16-2005, 10:01 AM
Don't try it at SAB- you will need to show your resort id and then they give you a wrist band!!

Laugh O. Grams
01-16-2005, 10:55 AM
Funny but I've never been asked for ID at any pools and never been asked for my AP at checkin to confirm my AP resort discount. After reading how many of you are actually ID-ed at the pools and for discounts, I've come to realize that I must have a very honest face. :D Honestly, I always assumed that it just wasn't that important to WDW, they just want their guests to be happy with as little harrassment as possible. That would be something if an army of CMs went beachchair to beachchair, asking every guest for ID at every pool!

skiwee1
01-16-2005, 12:30 PM
Funny but I've never been asked for ID at any pools and never been asked for my AP at checkin to confirm my AP resort discount. After reading how many of you are actually ID-ed at the pools and for discounts, I've come to realize that I must have a very honest face. :D Honestly, I always assumed that it just wasn't that important to WDW, they just want their guests to be happy with as little harrassment as possible. That would be something if an army of CMs went beachchair to beachchair, asking every guest for ID at every pool!

I've never been IDed either at the pool. I have seen plenty that have though. I've also never been asked for my AP at check in. At the pool there was a group that came over from the MK just to swim at the Poly. They sat right next to me so I heard them talk about not even staying onsite. Thankfully a lifeguard came over and found out they were not Poly guests and gave the riffraff the boot.

dreamflight99
01-16-2005, 01:12 PM
LOL...we've been visiting WDW so long, I recall when they used to ask for RESORT ID when you boarded a BUS!!! I guess way back when the resorts were all fairly new, and the properties were rapidly expanding, a favorite thing for the locals was to drive to a resort, park and hop a bus to a park, etc. Most every driver requested to see our resort ID, as we boarded the bus. Of course over time, too many complained about the "hassle" and this procedure was halted.

As someone else mentioned, when SAB was built, they immediately encountered numerous problems. The pool was overcrowded with pool hoppers, (many merely walking in through the international gateway, and hopping in the pool). We saw families with their suits on underneath their clothing, walking in from Epcot in droves! It was a mess, and not very enjoyable for paying/staying guests. Disney promptly began issuing wrist bands, and checking *(more diligently) room keys. :love:

Even today, people continue to visit different resorts and swim *(or at least TRY to) in the pools. Aside from completely fencing these pools in, (barbed wire surrounding the top), and implementing a security check at the main/only entrance to the secured area...pool hopping is extremely difficult to prevent. :sad2:

I just don't see the need/desire to swim in a pool, which is not in the resort you have selected! It's like having a one-park/one-day pass to the MK...and attempting to SNEAK into the Animal Kingdom in the afternoon. :earboy2:
Or paying for one movie in a theater, and then SNEAKING into another for a FREE show! It's aptly called "theft of service" in the business industry. If you desire this level of service, and wish to swim in a pool other than the one you have selected...then you should MOVE and check-into the other property. Amenities, such as themed pools with slides, health clubs and room service features are specifically planned and associated with specific properties. The costs associated with these resorts, directly reflect these perks. :cloud9:

Some people tend to believe, because they are already ON-PROPERTY guests, and paying what they deem "premium prices" to stay on site...they are entitled to USE any facility at ANY resort. I'm happy whenever I see the CM's check ID's, and continue to maintain a sense of security/order at the respective pools. I believe the current fencing at SAB helps prevent a lot of abuse from prospective "hoppers" , entering from the EPCOT PARK area. I also recall the POLY as another resort which experienced tremendous problems with such violaters over the years. At least most here on this forum are clearly aware of the problems associated with POOL HOPPING, and respect the policies in place by Disney. :D

Sammie
01-16-2005, 06:52 PM
Funny but I've never been asked for ID at any pools and never been asked for my AP at checkin to confirm my AP resort discount. After reading how many of you are actually ID-ed at the pools and for discounts, I've come to realize that I must have a very honest face. :D Honestly, I always assumed that it just wasn't that important to WDW, they just want their guests to be happy with as little harrassment as possible. That would be something if an army of CMs went beachchair to beachchair, asking every guest for ID at every pool!

We have been asked for both and I don't think it means anyone has a dishonest face, it means they happened to be there during a time they were checking them. Some resorts check more than others, and they check more during peak times.

Yes Disney wants their guests to be happy and that certainly includes the guest that paid big bucks to stay at a resort and enjoy the pool without it being overcrowded.

agnes!
01-17-2005, 05:51 PM
A year or two ago, when we were staying at Port Orleans/Riverside, there was a very nice family at the pool enjoying themselves. We chatted, our kids visited a bit, they seemed very nice.

Turns out that they were staying off-site & packing the kids/pool stuff/gear into their rental car & using our resort pool without paying a dime for it. The utter gall - it felt like they were saying "yeah, we're stealing from you but we don't care if your room rates go up because of our theft of services because WE are happy."
The callous disregard that some have for the repercussions of their actions never ceases to amaze me.

I think if I ran into the same behavior today (& I don't care if the resort was value or moderate or deluxe), I would probably go find a lifeguard or a member of management to take care of the situation.

To me, pool-hopping is the same as shoplifting. It might be a "petty" crime, but just because you don't get caught doesn't make it right.

JMHO,
agnes!

dreamflight99
01-17-2005, 09:26 PM
To me, pool-hopping is the same as shoplifting. It might be a "petty" crime, but just because you don't get caught doesn't make it right.

JMHO,
agnes!Absolutely! :D And just think, Agnes...what these people are teaching those children they pack into the car to drive to WDW property and "sneak" into the pool area!! Disparaging...truly. :sad:

Docsknotinn
01-18-2005, 07:39 AM
I absolutely agree. That's the worst part about any of this sort of behavior. Those who teach their kids the "me first" mentality is ok even if it involves petty theft, cheating, lying etc.

Trekker
01-18-2005, 09:00 AM
The OP's question has been answered about the rules for pool hopping at WDW resorts. Please do not turn this into a thread where other posters think they are being call liars, cheats and thieves! This is just not the right place for that type of responses.

Thanks - Have a Disney Day, and we hope you enjoy your stay at the (CyberMagicKingdom) happiest place on the web!

twinscandc
01-18-2005, 10:18 AM
Okay........take a deep breath....


So....for another question.....what resorts can DVC guests pool-hop to? Is it only other DVC properties or is it any pool (of course, other than YC/BC & AKL pools)?

skiwee1
01-18-2005, 10:19 AM
Okay........take a deep breath....


So....for another question.....what resorts can DVC guests pool-hop to? Is it only other DVC properties or is it any pool (of course, other than YC/BC & AKL pools)?
DVCers can hop to any pool except the ones you listed. A great perk for DVCers!

twinscandc
01-18-2005, 10:31 AM
okay....so now I'm putting on my fire suit...... :firefight

I'm almost afraid to ask for being totally berated by people.....so, here goes....

We are renting points for our upcoming trip, we are not DVC members yet. That is why we are renting points this time around to check things out, etc.
I know I'm a guest of the person I rented from (although she was a stranger at first, we have become pretty good email buddies! - she is a stranger no longer!! - couldn't have asked for better!)

I know I've heard that our KTTW card will say DVC on it....will we get to pool hop...? :scared:

waiting....waiting...waiting... :bitelip:

skiwee1
01-18-2005, 10:32 AM
okay....so now I'm putting on my fire suit...... :firefight

I'm almost afraid to ask for being totally berated by people.....so, here goes....

We are renting points for our upcoming trip, we are not DVC members yet. That is why we are renting points this time around to check things out, etc.
I know I'm a guest of the person I rented from (although she was a stranger at first, we have become pretty good email buddies! - she is a stranger no longer!! - couldn't have asked for better!)

I know I've heard that our KTTW card will say DVC on it....will we get to pool hop...? :scared:

waiting....waiting...waiting... :bitelip:
No need to don the flamesuit! You have a valid question! I have no idea the answer though but I'm sure someone here does.
PS: I love that little fireman!

Scoootch
01-18-2005, 10:32 AM
Okay........take a deep breath....


So....for another question.....what resorts can DVC guests pool-hop to? Is it only other DVC properties or is it any pool (of course, other than YC/BC & AKL pools)?
We can hop to any of the WDW resort pools with the exception of SAB at Y &B and the Uzima pool at AKL as mentioned but...there are restrictions. You can't just be a guest of a DVC resort. You have to be staying on points not cash and we have blackout dates as well as we can be asked to leave if any particular resorts pool gets too crowded.

There are many of us members who often wonder how long the pool hopping perk will even last now that the new pool slide has been added at OKW. But for now, it's either follow those guidelines for members and only hopping between sister resorts for non-members. :flower:

Scoootch
01-18-2005, 10:38 AM
actually, technically renters of members points aren't suppossed to be entitled to the member perks but...because your card will say DVC member on it you may be able to get some of them. Just be aware that they are starting to ask more and more for the actual blue DVC membership card in addition to the KTTW card as proof that you are eligible for the member perks. So in answer to your question (which by the way IMO is a great question;) ) you may be able to...it all depends on if a CM asks for the blue member card.

This goes for Dining discounts,valet parking etc. Pool hopping may be kind of a tricky perk though...if they even ask at all and only ask for the kttw card you won't have any problem but if they end up asking also for the blue member card and you're already in the pool and they end up asking you to leave...could be kind of embarrassing. But again, ya never know if they will or won't ask for the blue member card.

HTH's

twinscandc
01-18-2005, 10:44 AM
Okay, I understand...... :teacher: And, thanks for not flaming me!! I've never really understood the whole pool hoping thing anyway....other than the time that we stayed in our camper at FW....now that pool is the worst!!! Now, I wonder if we could have swam at the WL...isn't that a sister resort for FW? Well, if it is, they always say hind sight is 20/20.

The only other time that we've staying on site was at the Dolphin and I thought that pool was rock'n! My only thought this trip was that we plan on only visiting the parks 4 days out of our 10 day trip....it would give us something to do and see other resorts! Our other plans include a day at DQ and a day to the beach where my DH has a cousin!

And, from what I see, the BW pool is great also....my girls will probably go down that side 10,000 times a piece!

Thanks again for the information! :goodvibes

skiwee1
01-18-2005, 10:49 AM
Okay, I understand...... :teacher: And, thanks for not flaming me!! I've never really understood the whole pool hoping thing anyway....other than the time that we stayed in our camper at FW....now that pool is the worst!!! Now, I wonder if we could have swam at the WL...isn't that a sister resort for FW? Well, if it is, they always say hind sight is 20/20.

The only other time that we've staying on site was at the Dolphin and I thought that pool was rock'n! My only thought this trip was that we plan on only visiting the parks 4 days out of our 10 day trip....it would give us something to do and see other resorts! Our other plans include a day at DQ and a day to the beach where my DH has a cousin!

And, from what I see, the BW pool is great also....my girls will probably go down that side 10,000 times a piece!


Thanks again for the information! :goodvibes

I don't believe that WL and Ft.W are considered sister resorts. The only time I think Ft.W is allowed to use the WL pool was when the Ft W. pool was under rehab.

Scoootch
01-18-2005, 10:51 AM
FW resort and campground doesn't have any kind of themed pool as I understand it.

Unfortunately, FW resort and campground and the WL and VWL resort are NOT sister resorts although you can get between them conveniently by either boat or walking path. The pool at WL and VWL actually are one of the 2nd most checked I.D. pools (next after SAB being the highest checked) tieing along with the Poly's volcano pool by the way due to it's cool pool but small size ....soooo HTH's

twinscandc
01-18-2005, 10:54 AM
what is HTH?

Scoootch
01-18-2005, 10:54 AM
Hope that helps ;)

twinscandc
01-18-2005, 10:58 AM
LOL!!!!! I was sitting here racking my brain trying to figure that one out!! I'm usually pretty good with those acronyms (sp), but couldn't get that one.

TFYH! (that's: Thanks For Your Help!)

WorldlyWise
01-18-2005, 11:05 AM
I haven't even used the pools at my own resort when staying on property so it is just philosophical BUT I must say that hopping among the SAME CATEGORY (deluxe to deluxe, moderate to moderate) doesn't seem like a THEFT OF SERVICES. I agree that if you are off-site or not paying for that level of services then there is a moral issue. Other than that, I think you might be a little legalistic.

cheerdancer11
01-18-2005, 12:32 PM
So if I'm staying at All Star Sports I can use the Music and Movies pools too? That's plenty. I just saw pics of the pools online and they are pretty very considering the price! Thanks again.

Scoootch
01-19-2005, 07:24 AM
So if I'm staying at All Star Sports I can use the Music and Movies pools too?
Yes :flower:

Sister resorts (which would be All star Music, All star Sports and All Star Movies OR Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter ) can hop between each others pools. So, if you're staying at any of those than enjoy!:wave:

Docsknotinn
01-19-2005, 07:48 AM
okay....so now I'm putting on my fire suit...... :firefight

I'm almost afraid to ask for being totally berated by people.....so, here goes....


I can't speak for others but I certainly hope my post didn't leave you feeling berated for having a sincere question. I am only opposed to those who are blatantly breaking the rules. I certainly wasn't directing anything at DVC members or any one entitled to hop.

dreamflight99
01-20-2005, 11:27 AM
I can't speak for others but I certainly hope my post didn't leave you feeling berated for having a sincere question. I am only opposed to those who are blatantly breaking the rules. I certainly wasn't directing anything at DVC members or any one entitled to hop.Ditto. :D

Sammie
01-20-2005, 11:41 AM
I haven't even used the pools at my own resort when staying on property so it is just philosophical BUT I must say that hopping among the SAME CATEGORY (deluxe to deluxe, moderate to moderate) doesn't seem like a THEFT OF SERVICES. I agree that if you are off-site or not paying for that level of services then there is a moral issue. Other than that, I think you might be a little legalistic.

It truely is not about moral issues or theft of services, its about the logistics of pool size and staff. Disney staffs their pools based on occupancy of the resort and the size of the pool. When people from one resort move to the pool of another resort then they are adding to that mix without Disney being prepared to handle it. It over crowds the facility, making it hard on the staff, possibly unsafe and disrupts the enjoyment of the guest staying there. There are only so many people at any pool that can be there and enjoy it comfortably. There are only so many chairs based on the pool size.

This definitely is a concern during peak times and that is when you will see an increase in IDs being checked.

WorldlyWise
01-20-2005, 12:46 PM
Which is a coherent and persuasive argument for abiding by the rules (in addition to the obvious benefit of participating in a society based on such). I just thought some of the rhetoric on the subject was getting a little harsh.

wtg2000
01-20-2005, 02:35 PM
We had an ID check at the WL pool a couple Marches ago - and they sent some people packing. It was a record hot day and extremely crowded. That's the only time it's happened to me. (I was finally able to get a chair!)

cheerdancer11
01-20-2005, 03:56 PM
Speaking of pools i have a quick ?. What are the normal pool hours? I love swimming but am afraid by the time i get back from the parks theyll be closed. I'm also going to BB so I know I'll definitely get swim time there so I'll not too concerned. Thanks! :wave:

ctrezek
01-20-2005, 04:27 PM
I'm curious, is it considered pool hopping... if my brothers family staying in Port Orleans wants to visit me at Polynesian, can we hang at the pool?
They are going to the Aloha dinner with us, I thought it'd be nice if they could hang out and watch the fireworks with us too.

Cathy

twinscandc
01-20-2005, 04:31 PM
[QUOTE=twinscandc]okay....so now I'm putting on my fire suit...... :firefight

I'm almost afraid to ask for being totally berated by people.....so, here goes....

QUOTE]

When I wrote this, I wasn't referring to anyone in particular!! I just know that some people get pretty excited about things and I just wanted to ask a simple question....

Please, I did not intend on offending anyone....I got the answer that I needed.

HTH - (Thats: Hope That Helps!)

agnes!
01-20-2005, 05:10 PM
Sorry that I probably upset folks in a previous post. I guess that this is one of my hot-button issues (having dealt with unfairly crowded pools before) & I posted/sent before I thought :blush: . The OP's post was an honest question & deserved a simple answer.
Crowding of pools & then WDW not having the staff/facilities to deal with unplanned-for pool patrons makes sense.

cheerdancer11...hmmmm, not sure about pool hours. I know that during certain hours the themed pools have lifeguards & towel service - then they make a big announcement when the lifeguards leave for the day. I think that the hours vary by resort. I'm not sure the info is available online, all I can think of is perhaps asking when you check in. (The pool hours will probably also be in your check-in materials & they are usually posted in the pool areas.)

agnes!

Chuck S
01-20-2005, 06:46 PM
I'm curious, is it considered pool hopping... if my brothers family staying in Port Orleans wants to visit me at Polynesian, can we hang at the pool?
They are going to the Aloha dinner with us, I thought it'd be nice if they could hang out and watch the fireworks with us too.

Cathy

For this type of situation, it would probably be best to show your poly room ID to the lifeguard, or whoever seem to be "in charge" at the pool. Then explain the situation politely. If the pool is not busy, they may sprinkle some Disney Magic and allow it with the understanding he may be asked to leave if the pool gets busy. Then again, they may not allow it at all. But it never hurts to ask.

kermie7780
02-23-2005, 01:23 PM
I've been reading alot about this whole pool hopping concept lately and I just wanted to add my 2 cents.

I'll start off by saying I was very shocked & disappointed to find out that pool hopping is not allowed. When I was a kid my family went to Disney World a couple of times and stayed at a deluxe level resort each time. My mom liked the convenience of the monorail.

Everyday we'd be at one of the theme parks the minute they opened. Then, around lunch time - when the lines seemed longest & the sun seemed the hottest - we'd go to one of the resorts and swim for an hour or two and have lunch. Each day we'd go to a different resort for a different themed pool. At that time pool hopping must have been allowed - I remember needing to have our hotel key to get into the different pools. Then we'd go back to the theme park refreshed and stay till closing.

This was before the Disney water parks were built - either that or my parents never told us about the water parks ;D Maybe the addition of the water parks are why it's not allowed anymore. I was always under the impression that pool hopping was the biggest benefit to staying at a disney resort versus an off-site resort. Now I'm not so sure if staying on site is still worth it.

I've always thought that that was the perfect way to spend the day. My senior year in high school I even convinced my friends to leave Cedar Point around lunch time to spend a few hours at a near-by public beach and then go back. We had a blast, stayed till close (the other groups were all exhausted and went home early), when everyone else was starting to leave, we were running around to all the rides that had no wait time.

I'd now like to post my 2 cents about each of the reasons against pool-hopping:

1) People who aren't staying at Disney using the pools. - It should be easy enough for Disney to limit the pools to guests with a key to any Disney resort.

2) You get what you pay for. Deluxe pools are better than value pools. - Okay, what about structuring the pools then? A key to a Deluxe resort gets you into any pool at any Disney resort, a key to a Moderate resort gets you into any pool at a Moderate or Value resort, a key to a Value resort gets you into any pool at any of the Value resorts.

3) Overcrowding. - Okay, what about only allowing pool-hopping during the off-peak seasons?

I don't want to do anything against the rules. But the pools at each resort were kindof like mini-theme parks to me as a kid. I remember going to the different pools as much if not more so than some of the other aspects of the 4 main theme parks. It's sad that the kids now can't have the same kind of experience and memories.

Chris22
02-23-2005, 01:32 PM
Isn't pool hopping a waist of time???

You're telling me I need to catch a bus/monorail or drive my car back to my resort while wet from swiming. I often wonder about some of the people who ask off the wall questions on this board.

Cindy's Mom
02-23-2005, 01:38 PM
Isn't pool hopping a waist of time???

You're telling me I need to catch a bus/monorail or drive my car back to my resort while wet from swiming. I often wonder about some of the people who ask off the wall questions on this board.

I feel the same way - it just seems like a whole lotta work just to go swimming, when you have a perfectly fine pool at your resort.

WorldlyWise
02-23-2005, 01:55 PM
Hi Diddily Dee! Yesterday mugs - today pools!!!

Cindy's Mom
02-23-2005, 02:06 PM
Hi Diddily Dee! Yesterday mugs - today pools!!!

So you're saying it would be wrong to use my mug from last year while pool hopping....

cbsunfish
02-23-2005, 02:20 PM
Having been a lifeguard myself, I tend to think there is a lot more to the whole pool hopping thing than just running out of chairs and ripping people off.

When there are a lot of small kids in a pool, it can get REALLY scary as a lifeguard. Especially since the guests at a hotel rotate constantly, you don't know the kids well, so you don't know which kids are actually capable of swimming and which kids can't.

Like someone said, they hire staff based on expected occupancy of the hotel. If other people come in from other hotels, the place is not staffed enough for the hordes of people, and it can actually be a safety issue, not just a monetary one.

Philly81
02-23-2005, 03:02 PM
Having been a lifeguard myself, I tend to think there is a lot more to the whole pool hopping thing than just running out of chairs and ripping people off.

When there are a lot of small kids in a pool, it can get REALLY scary as a lifeguard. Especially since the guests at a hotel rotate constantly, you don't know the kids well, so you don't know which kids are actually capable of swimming and which kids can't.

Like someone said, they hire staff based on expected occupancy of the hotel. If other people come in from other hotels, the place is not staffed enough for the hordes of people, and it can actually be a safety issue, not just a monetary one.

That makes perfect sense to me. Good post. :wave2:

DizBelle
02-23-2005, 04:17 PM
Wouldn't it be cool if they allowed pool hopping among same level resorts. i.e. If you were staying at a deluxe you could pool hop to any other deluxe.

I suppose SAB might be excluded because it is such a cool pool and every deluxe resort guest may show up. But, in general, I think it would be ok.

tinkerbeth
02-23-2005, 04:58 PM
So you're saying it would be wrong to use my mug from last year while pool hopping....

What about if you drink pool water out of a mug from a former visit at a resort where you're not a guest? THat would be the ultimate evil, I guess. :p :p :p :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1

sotoalf
02-23-2005, 05:25 PM
I'm not sure why people keep asking needless questions. Pool hopping is against the rules. You've heard cast members, lifeguards, Vacation Club members, and veterans all tell you why it's not idea. It's THE RULES, people! If you want to break them, go ahead: I won't report you. Just don't tell us about it.

This topic always inspires the most sanctimonious postings. ENOUGH.

pepe of ohio
02-23-2005, 05:28 PM
While staying at the YC one year, we were in the Beach side, at the pool, the gate was closed and to enter you had to show your ID or room key and got your hand stamped. Others in the pool area were checked and without ID or hand stamp were asked to leave. If they didn't police this, the better pools would be crowded with no paying or staying guest cluttering up the area for the people who paid for that resort strictly for that pool theme. Its like AS swimming at YC cause their resort is a value but the pool is nicer at the deluxe. You want the deluxe pool, you pay the preminum resort price.

cheerdancer11
02-23-2005, 05:31 PM
Haha pool water tastes very gross!

eeyore0062
02-23-2005, 05:56 PM
If your staying at a Disney hotel you can easily pool hop as the key cards don't show which resort you are a guest at so In theory you could stay at the value resorts and use the pools at the deluxe.

Actually, you CAN tell which resort you are staying at... all resorts have a number code that is on the card. The lifeguards do know which code corresponds to their resort.... so sorry.... that little trick doen not work.

littleprincessmom
02-23-2005, 06:40 PM
So you're saying it would be wrong to use my mug from last year while pool hopping....

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