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Old 08-30-2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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Stormalong Bay!

In response to several questions about Stormalong Bay, I took the following photos. First, skelooch created a wonderful and extremely helpful map of stormalong bay, which appears on the first page of the BC/YC thread (click my signature below.)

Stormalong Bay is divided into several different parts, which are all labeled on skelooch's map:

1) Sinking sands/bubbling bay/whirling waters/slide exit area. Most of this area is 3ft to 4ft deep. The deepest area is 5 ft. It is entirely disconnected from the deeper areas of the lazy river.











2) The lazy river area. This area is as shallow as 4 ft in some areas and reaches up to 8 ft in one part. Again, this area is entirely disconnected from the more shallow areas of the pool, and the deepest area is roped off. Signs on the overhead bridges warn guests that the water is deeper in that area.













3) The sandy, zero depth entry shallow area. This area is wonderful for little kids. Most of this area is 2 ft deep all the way across. There is just a pocket in the corner where the depth reaches three feet. Again, it is entirely disconnected from the deeper sections of the pool.













This walkway separates the zero depth area from the deeper section of the pool:







This is the deepest area of the sandy zero depth entry area, at only 3 ft deep:



4) Kiddie slide/pool at the base of the pirate ship. This pool overlooks the lake and is 2.8 feet deep.





5) The small, circular wading pool. BC replaced the playground with additional chairs.



6) Three hot tubs. (Sorry, no photos!)
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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Additional SAB information

In response to a request from natebenma, I investigated the locker situation, tube rental, pool noodle cost and the permissibility of "arm floaties." SAB provides lockers free of charge! Tube rental is $3/hr. and $10/day. Pool noodles are available for purchase at $4.95 each. A lifeguard reported that arm floaties are permissible.



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Old 08-30-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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We've also seen several questions about getting from the pool area to the larger Jib Slide that starts at the top of the pirate ship and goes into the pool. Guests must exit the main area of SAB and cross the pathway to get to the slide entrance.











Here's the view of the slide entrance as you exit the main area of SAB:



And here's the path along the side of the ship to the slide entrance:



Here's the stairs up to the top of the slide entrance:

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Old 08-30-2011, 06:48 PM   #4
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Great pics of SAB!! My 20 mth old was looking at them with me and justsaid pool for the first time! We are super excited!
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:36 AM   #5
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Are you allowed to bring your own inner tube? I know that I can buy those for under $4 and pack them flat.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:04 AM   #6
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Are you allowed to bring your own inner tube? I know that I can buy those for under $4 and pack them flat.
I understand that guests may only use the inner tubes from the poolside gift shop, but I've always seen people swimming in that area without the tubes and with their own pool noodles.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:50 AM   #7
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:41 PM   #8
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Great pictures Pixarmom! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait!
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:06 PM   #9
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We'll be staying here for our Jan/Feb vacation next year! I love looking at pics of SAB! Thanks for sharing .
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:13 PM   #10
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Over the years, we've set up camp in many different areas of SAB. I've spent a lot of time near the zero depth sandy area. Sometimes, if our boys are sliding a lot, we set up camp at the base of the slide. Other times, we're over near the kiddie pool that overlooks the lake. I usually avoid the rows of chairs right in front of the volleyball net - a bit too hectic for me.

In the past few years, I decided that the quiet area to the right of the hot tubs - sort of to the left of Beaches N Cream is my favorite area to swim. There's a little waterfall, part of it has a sandy bottom, and it's very rarely crowded at any time of year. And there are a few chairs to the right of that area that offer a nice view of different areas of the pool. It's a central location, but a bit tucked away. Now that all of our boys are strong swimmers, it's a nice spot for us.

A few photos - but don't let it get too crowded!









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Old 02-08-2013, 06:50 PM   #11
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First, our boys report that the Jib Slide no longer hurts their backs, and we had to literally pull our 6-year-old off it at the end of the day. Here's a photo path from the slide exit to the stairs:

Slide exit:



Hop out of the pool and follow the path:



Here's what you'll see when you get to the end of the path out of SAB:



You'll turn to the right and walk toward the ship:



Then you'll turn to the left and walk along the side of the ship:



Keep walking along side the ship:



Make a U-Turn and head up the stairs!

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Old 02-11-2013, 09:23 AM   #12
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Thanks for the pics, pixarmom. Looks like nearly a water-park-sized walk for the big slide. But I like your quiet place, since what I like best about Stormalong Bay are the waterfalls!
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