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Old 11-06-2012, 02:10 PM   #16
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I'm with you, i wouldn't mind a little fun time for the kids but all afternoon is a bit much. I'll be at Por in 2 weeks and was planning a somewhat relaxing day at the pool with hubby, maybe the quiet pools will be better?
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:29 PM   #17
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Back in the day before Value Resorts you got sensory overload at the parks. You went back to your resort to unwind and relax. Yes even the kids could take it easy for awhile without being entertained constantly.

Now, if a Resort doesn't have giant cartoon icons everywhere some people say it's not Disney enough or it doesn't have any Disney theming.

You used to be able to go to the resort pool and relax and listen to the kids laughing and having a great time just being in the pool, even at the Values. Not anymore. Now we have to have music blasting and CM's shouting over loudspeakers all day. Maybe if it had always been that way I wouldn't mind. But this is fairly recent and for people who can entertain themselves at the pool it's very annoying.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:31 PM   #18
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I will agree with you on this also. I have 3 kids ranging in age from 5-16, and think the noise is a bit much. Dont get me wrong, we thought the games and activities were fun, but there is NO reason for the volume level. The kids that were participating would have been able to hear if the volume was cut to a more comfortable level. Not complaining about the pool party, just maybe they could turn the volume of the speakers down a bit.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:55 PM   #19
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Back in the day before Value Resorts you got sensory overload at the parks. You went back to your resort to unwind and relax. Yes even the kids could take it easy for awhile without being entertained constantly.

Now, if a Resort doesn't have giant cartoon icons everywhere some people say it's not Disney enough or it doesn't have any Disney theming.

You used to be able to go to the resort pool and relax and listen to the kids laughing and having a great time just being in the pool, even at the Values. Not anymore. Now we have to have music blasting and CM's shouting over loudspeakers all day. Maybe if it had always been that way I wouldn't mind. But this is fairly recent and for people who can entertain themselves at the pool it's very annoying.

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Old 11-06-2012, 02:58 PM   #20
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I will agree with you on this also. I have 3 kids ranging in age from 5-16, and think the noise is a bit much. Dont get me wrong, we thought the games and activities were fun, but there is NO reason for the volume level. The kids that were participating would have been able to hear if the volume was cut to a more comfortable level. Not complaining about the pool party, just maybe they could turn the volume of the speakers down a bit.
I'll third that . We also had no problem with the activities & while the music wasn't our taste we had no issues there. It was the volume . espcially during the 3:00 "pool party" hour.
POFQ had no quiet pool to escape to and the closest one at POR was under going work so it was out of commission
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:31 PM   #21
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I will agree with you on this also. I have 3 kids ranging in age from 5-16, and think the noise is a bit much. Dont get me wrong, we thought the games and activities were fun, but there is NO reason for the volume level. The kids that were participating would have been able to hear if the volume was cut to a more comfortable level. Not complaining about the pool party, just maybe they could turn the volume of the speakers down a bit.
Agreed! No reason why the volume can't be turned down so that those participating can hear, but others can't.

And I don't understand the "shouldn't go there if you don't have/like kids" comments. Not all kids are the same. Not all kids will want to participate in the activities or like blaring music. And you know what some kids do during the day? NAP. Kind of hard to do with music blaring.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:31 PM   #22
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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!
Yes .... I absolutly hate it. I complained to a CM last trip and she told me the reason they have this activity was because some parents complained that their kids we bored while at the resort(s). I replyed, Isnt that what the parks are for? and the CM just shrugged their shoulders and said sorry.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:43 PM   #23
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The kids are bored at the resorts? So, Disney should be entertaining children at the resorts too.
We leave the parks to get some peace. Some kids need some quiet time and hence you leave the parks and go to the hotel.
Or is it maybe the parents don't have money to go everyday to the park??? Hmmm hmmmm
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:51 PM   #24
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Or as my mom would say "bored? I'll find you something to do!"
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:04 PM   #26
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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, 05:07 PM   #27
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i go to the quite pool,but understand where you are going with this. I would love to see disney do an all adult resort, I feel people would love that. I understand I am at disney and there is lots of kids, but we all know that not all kids are behaved or parents dont make them behave.I have seen tons of parents put the kids in the pool, go to sleep or drink and just let them do whatever. Just show respect.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:10 PM   #28
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I thought the pool parties were fabulous! We could have a cocktail while DS did the party. Total win win. I didn't notice the music being extra loud.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:11 PM   #29
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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 11-06-2012, 08:11 PM   #30
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Not a fan of the pool parties. It's too much, and I have two kids "of that age". Even they're not into all the racket. If a pool and the other amenities a resort have to offer are not enough to keep a kid entertained, something's amiss, IMO.

As someone who's been going to Disney since I was 5, I miss the days when you could hear the resort music and make friends on your own at the pool. The structured games and loud music take away from the opportunity to create your own fun or just wind down as even kids need to do sometimes.
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