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Old 01-10-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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Pool at RPR

Our trip is booked for the end of June, so I am expecting it to be HOT HOT HOT!

I do not really care for the heat, but that's when my sons b-day is!

How do you like the pool at RPR?

Does it have room for a lot of people? Heat + Busy season = Crowds!

Are there areas with shade?

Do people claim their loungers at the crack of dawn? I really hate that!

Are there activities for 12 and 13 year olds? Last year at Disney, POR's pool activities were really just for the 6 and under crowd. My kids weren't interested.

Should we consider a pool hop day over to the hard rock?
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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Well, I can help with some of your questions...

The pool at RPR is beautiful and large. One of the bigger pools in Orlando, I was told. It can accommodate a lot of people. The hot tub is spacious too.

Some lounger areas are shaded, but I think most are in the sun.

Don't know about people claiming loungers early in the day. We were there in February, and the pool was empty.

Don't know about activities for kids your age either. We were in the parks most of the time. But there is a neat water play area your kids should like.

The Hard Rock has a great pool too, and the rock n roll vibe might be fun. There is a large pool slide at the Hard Rock that is good for older children and adults.

Both pools have outdoor bars with food and beverage service.

Hope this helps. RPR is an amazing hotel, one of the best we've stayed at in Orlando. Have a good one!
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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I bet your son would LOVE the HRH pool. Definitely hop there at least once.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:37 PM   #4
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this last universal trip we didn't pool hop (dec) but we usually go in spring, and the best thing about universal resorts (besides the express line) is the pool hopping..

we think the pool at RPR is one of the bigggest and prettiest in Orlando.. however.. the slide at hard rock is one of the best . now with teens, you might like this pool better, cause WE thought the music at the pool was too loud... we really liked the slide at portofino pool, too.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:24 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone!

I debating on staying at the HRH, but for 7 days the price difference adds up!

Well have to pool hop and check it out though!
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If you don't like the sun and the heat, another option is to rent a cabana. They're a little pricey ($200, 25% less for club level guests). But we actually skip the parks for a day because my boys could be in the pool. It's probably actually less expensive than going to the parks.

The description from Loew's website is:

Private cabanas available for rent. Cabana amenities include a ceiling fan, phone, TV, a refrigerator with water, soda and a fruit bowl. Please call 407-503-3235 for cabana reservations today!

I have one reserved for early July. The reservation line made some recommendations on which cabana would be best (they're really just in different locations). Since there is an outdoor pool movie playing that night, we reserved a cabana with a good view of the movie. Also, when we've done this in the past, usually there is bar/food service with menus.

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