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Old 11-06-2012, 12:00 PM   #1
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Dont hate me but am I the only one that finds this annoying...

I understand that the pool activities that begin at 1:00 EVERY DAY are great and fun for the kids but I kind of found this unnerving after a while! A lot of the resorts have resort specific music that is relaxing and enjoyable until the chaos starts! We were at Wilderness Lodge last week and had to listen to rock music blaring all day with the activities girl screaming into the microphone! Do we really need to be listening to pink floyd and freebird for the kids at the pool! We moved to the beach for some peace and quite but there was no escape. I am sure this is fun for the kids but wouldnt an hour or so be fair for everyone and not the ENTIRE afternoon! Sorry just had to say it!
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:18 PM   #2
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While I understand some music may not be to your taste, I don't know that I would think of Disney if my main concern was for a tranquil, peaceful vacation. Even with all the adults who love Disney on their own, it is first and foremost for children and families. I expect to go to Disney and have my senses overloaded with sights, sounds, and music. It's all part of the experience. I'm not a huge fan of parades. But I know if I go to Disney there will be multiple parades during the day and I might not plan well enough to avoid having them cut off my access to other parts of the park.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:26 PM   #3
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You are not the only one that finds it annoying. I do also. I love the music at Old Key West and would much rather hear it than the activities at the main pool.

If your resort has a quiet pool, perhaps that would be more relaxing for you.

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Old 11-06-2012, 12:48 PM   #4
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I agree - would be different if the quiet pools were actually quiet but that is usually not the case; a whole other issue I would rather not get into right now . Just returned from POR and could hear the main pool music all the way over by Oak Manor. Everyone has their own opinion - but Disney is soooo not just for kids/families - I am middle aged and have no children and love everything they have to offer but I do not need my pool day to be interrupted by the loud microphone/dance music every day - at least they could have it maybe every other day??
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:57 PM   #5
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I'm torn on this question. On the one hand, DH and I are well past the child-rearing stage and it is just the 2 of us at WDW most of the time. I take no pleasure from hours and hours of loud music and children screaming. And a PP is correct, the availability of quiet pools at the mods does not guarantee peace and quiet (although we did find the quiet pools at CBR to be just that).

OTOH, this is WDW. I know ahead of time that pool activities are scheduled daily. And I choose to stay at that resort anyway. If I REQUIRE peace and quiet in the middle of the day, then I need to stay where I can get it. It is what it is, and Disney tries to satisfy the MAJORITY of their guests the majority of the time. Unfortunately they can't satisfy all of their guests all of the time.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:10 PM   #6
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I find it annoying too...but the good thing is that most of the resorts have quiet pools, so you have to weight the pros and cons of sticking around during the racket or trekking to one the quiet pools. It's one of the reasons why I request the 50's section at Pop - the bowling pin pool is always peaceful. At the Y/B Club you just have to select a seat far away from the kiddie area of the pool, closer to the water slide if you want to be away from the noise.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:19 PM   #7
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I am also somewhere in the middle on this. When we stayed at ASMo in March the music/activities were going on and my kids were really too young to truly enjoy or participate in it. I tuned it out for the most part but it did ensure that we stayed over by the kiddie pool area because it was very loud at the pool. Of course ASMo is a value and thinking about it, I could understand having different expectations for a mod or deluxe.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:04 PM   #8
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I agree - would be different if the quiet pools were actually quiet but that is usually not the case; a whole other issue I would rather not get into right now .
Just a friendly FYI, "quiet" pools mean there is no slide, lifeguards, or organized activities. They are not ment for slient swimming. WDW actually calls the leisuer pools.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:11 PM   #9
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Just a friendly FYI, "quiet" pools mean there is no slide, lifeguards, or organized activities. They are not ment for slient swimming. WDW actually calls the leisuer pools.
True--but in my experience, the quiet pool at BWI is VERY quiet and the quiet pool at the Poly occasionally had a few kids playing but no music so it was more relaxing than the pool with the slide and activities.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:02 PM   #10
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I agree - would be different if the quiet pools were actually quiet but that is usually not the case; a whole other issue I would rather not get into right now . Just returned from POR and could hear the main pool music all the way over by Oak Manor. Everyone has their own opinion - but Disney is soooo not just for kids/families - I am middle aged and have no children and love everything they have to offer but I do not need my pool day to be interrupted by the loud microphone/dance music every day - at least they could have it maybe every other day??
uh oh. what are the quiet pools actually like? lol my boyfriend and i will be at POR in february and i was hoping that we could stay away from the main pool to avoid all activities and loud fun! lol
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:45 PM   #11
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uh oh. what are the quiet pools actually like? lol my boyfriend and i will be at POR in february and i was hoping that we could stay away from the main pool to avoid all activities and loud fun! lol
Are you staying on the Mansion side or the Alligator Bayou section? We have stayed in both. The "quiet" pools are basically set apart from the main pool - no lifeguard, slides, music, bar, etc. We recently stayed at Oak Manor and had the pool next to our building - very quiet - very private - very nice. Both in POR are surrounded by great settings. When we stayed in the AB section, one day the pool was very quiet and the next it was as loud as the main pool with adults/kids screaming, etc. Sometimes it is hit or miss. Disney notes them on the maps of the resort as "quiet pools" but some just see them as an extra pool. To each his own - i realize everyone is paying the same to stay at the resort, etc. For me they are a place to relax, read my book, listen to my own music.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:29 PM   #12
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Play me Pink Floyd and Lynrd Skynyrd! I'm all for that! Maybe not so much when they get out the Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. But I could do without the screaming on the microphone, or at least they might turn the microphone down a bit.

Sorry, Disney is not just for children and families. All day, really, don't they have certain times when the pool activities are scheduled? So you can plan to avoid them if they don't interest you? I remember OKW had a schedule. Don't think Allstar Music did, they just had someone out in the afternoon screaming on a microphone, which was set so loudly she could be clearly heard inside rooms that weren't all that close to the pool.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:24 PM   #13
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I understand that the pool activities that begin at 1:00 EVERY DAY are great and fun for the kids but I kind of found this unnerving after a while! A lot of the resorts have resort specific music that is relaxing and enjoyable until the chaos starts! We were at Wilderness Lodge last week and had to listen to rock music blaring all day with the activities girl screaming into the microphone! Do we really need to be listening to pink floyd and freebird for the kids at the pool! We moved to the beach for some peace and quite but there was no escape. I am sure this is fun for the kids but wouldnt an hour or so be fair for everyone and not the ENTIRE afternoon! Sorry just had to say it!
I agree. We were at BLT for eight nights and the noise from the pool each day was very annoying. Too noisy to take a nap. Too noisy to sit on the balcony. And far too noisy at the pool. Made me wish we were at Old Key West at one of the neighborhood pools.

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Where did you ever get that idea? Disney is for everyone. Some families don't have children or the children are grown. Does that mean we can't go to Disney and enjoy the pool? Surely not!
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:45 PM   #14
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While I understand some music may not be to your taste, I don't know that I would think of Disney if my main concern was for a tranquil, peaceful vacation. Even with all the adults who love Disney on their own, it is first and foremost for children and families. I expect to go to Disney and have my senses overloaded with sights, sounds, and music. It's all part of the experience. I'm not a huge fan of parades. But I know if I go to Disney there will be multiple parades during the day and I might not plan well enough to avoid having them cut off my access to other parts of the park.
Very well said! If you cant handle being around families with kids, Disney is not the place for you!
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:51 PM   #15
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I understand that the pool activities that begin at 1:00 EVERY DAY are great and fun for the kids but I kind of found this unnerving after a while! A lot of the resorts have resort specific music that is relaxing and enjoyable until the chaos starts! We were at Wilderness Lodge last week and had to listen to rock music blaring all day with the activities girl screaming into the microphone! Do we really need to be listening to pink floyd and freebird for the kids at the pool! We moved to the beach for some peace and quite but there was no escape. I am sure this is fun for the kids but wouldnt an hour or so be fair for everyone and not the ENTIRE afternoon! Sorry just had to say it!
Wow, I'm with you on this one. I really didn't expect a deluxe resort to have loud rock music at the pool. We are staying at the Wilderness Lodge and really am not looking forward to something like this. Is this something new that they started at Disney? They don't do that at the BC/YC pool. At least they didn't do it all the times I've been there.
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