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Old 09-20-2010, 04:46 PM   #76
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I really don't think its necessary unless this suddenly becomes a real problem. I can't see say, Beach Club, Boardwalk or Saratoga members even wanting to pool hop over to CR. Their pool is a bit boring Our own pools are better. If I were that guest that is already over there... I'd instead hop on the monorail and hit the Poly pool. At least its a fun pool.
ITA with this!

We stayed right at BLT this summer and had no desire to pool hop to CR. If we had wanted to hop somewhere, we would've headed over to the Poly.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:25 PM   #77
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Since the pool at Bay Lake Tower, Stormalong Bay and the pool at the Animal Kingdom Lodge are three of the pools which not even DVC members can pool hopp to, should the Contemporary pool be added to that list? My reasons for adding it are as follows. Since any guests staying at Bay Lake Tower are allowed to swim there if they want to and the fact that their whole pool area doesn't have a lot of pool chairs, I feel the Contemporary pool should be on that list. For example let's say some DVC members tried to swim at Bay Lake Tower but didn't realize they couldn't swim there, well they might say let's go swim at the Contemporary pool since it's within walking distance. Well because they already let Bay Lake Tower guests swim there and the fact they don't have a lot of pool chairs, what if one day there is no room for any Contemporary guests? I am sure that would not be fair to anyone staying there. So what do you all think?
CR has two rather large pools - one themed, the other not. This is very similar to all the other resorts that DVC members can hop to.

As long as it remains a perk for DVC members, the guests at the resorts where members can pool hop to will just have to let it go. DVC members are supposed to get approval to swim, they are supposed to leave if the lifeguard asks them to because the pool is too congested with guests from that resort.

During the busier holiday times, pool hopping is blacked out for DVC members anyway.

I don't think you are going to have to worry about DVC members taking over the CR pools to the detriment of CR guests.
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CR has two rather large pools - one themed, the other not. This is very similar to all the other resorts that DVC members can hop to.

As long as it remains a perk for DVC members, the guests at the resorts where members can pool hop to will just have to let it go. DVC members are supposed to get approval to swim, they are supposed to leave if the lifeguard asks them to because the pool is too congested with guests from that resort.

During the busier holiday times, pool hopping is blacked out for DVC members anyway.

I don't think you are going to have to worry about DVC members taking over the CR pools to the detriment of CR guests.
While their main pool maybe big they still don't have enough pool chairs for the size of the Contemporary, which I think others seem to forget. Plus if they blocked pool hopping for DVC members to the Bay Lake Tower pool, I think it should also be done for the Contemporary pool.
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While their main pool maybe big they still don't have enough pool chairs for the size of the Contemporary, which I think others seem to forget. Plus if they blocked pool hopping for DVC members to the Bay Lake Tower pool, I think it should also be done for the Contemporary pool.
Well, I guess unless your name is Jim Lewis, you don't get to decide. Sorry.
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While their main pool maybe big they still don't have enough pool chairs for the size of the Contemporary, which I think others seem to forget. Plus if they blocked pool hopping for DVC members to the Bay Lake Tower pool, I think it should also be done for the Contemporary pool.
Well, why won't they just buy more pool chairs? duh... press the easy button!

Exactly WHAT is the THEME for the Contemporary themed pool and how is it that the other one isn't themed. I know that the Grandstand pool at Saratoga is one of the quiet pools, not the "Feature" pool, and it is very well themed. So I wouldn't say that only the main Feature pool at all resorts is themed.
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Well, why won't they just buy more pool chairs? duh... press the easy button!

Exactly WHAT is the THEME for the Contemporary themed pool and how is it that the other one isn't themed. I know that the Grandstand pool at Saratoga is one of the quiet pools, not the "Feature" pool, and it is very well themed. So I wouldn't say that only the main Feature pool at all resorts is themed.
Themed pools are usually the ones with the slides and lifeguards.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:42 PM   #83
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Themed pools are usually the ones with the slides and lifeguards.
Slides and Lifeguards are a theme? Its gotta have a contemporary "Jetson" like theme.. right?

Personally, I think the giant volcano at Poly and the big sand castle at OKW are pretty good themeing. I think the maniacal clown slide at the Boardwalk is "good themeing" per se... but boy is it scary!
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:23 AM   #84
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Hooray!!!!

Disney will be giving admission (arm bands?) for a couple days, for each of my father's grandchildren,at the YC. Hooray!!!!!!
We are such are large group 40-46. We would have never been able to select a single resort,that would accomadate all.So I was confused, why meeting at a resort, was to be such a large ordeal.
They have been nothing but accomadating since we have booked our packages,and the planners have been great.Planning various meals and experiences with other families in our group.You can also pay (very expensive$$$$) a VIP service to hold seats, and provide transportation around the park.I am so relieved for my father.
I personally feel the rules are great,but I am also glad Disney is not black and white,and sees when exceptions need to be made. Just wanted to update for anyone else in this situation.
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Disney will be giving admission (arm bands?) for a couple days, for each of my father's grandchildren,at the YC. Hooray!!!!!!
We are such are large group 40-46. We would have never been able to select a single resort,that would accomadate all.So I was confused, why meeting at a resort, was to be such a large ordeal.
They have been nothing but accomadating since we have booked our packages,and the planners have been great.Planning various meals and experiences with other families in our group.You can also pay (very expensive$$$$) a VIP service to hold seats, and provide transportation around the park.I am so relieved for my father.
I personally feel the rules are great,but I am also glad Disney is not black and white,and sees when exceptions need to be made. Just wanted to update for anyone else in this situation.
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I hope for you and your family's sake that all this happens when you arrive. It ultimately is the lifeguards' responsibility at the pool not the concierge staff.
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I hope for you and your family's sake that all this happens when you arrive. It ultimately is the lifeguards' responsibility at the pool not the concierge staff.
I can only tell what happened to us. We were heading to Beaches an Cream to enjoy the famous "Kitchen Sink".
We got of the boat and took the wrong side to enter the Board Walk and ended up at th pool entrance. (Yeh we got lost but wait until you get old )
We were stopped right away and we were just send back. No discussion.
When I explained the to the pool guard we only wanted to go to the restaurant he escorted us along the pool and made sure we left.
There was NO way we could have swim there and that was very good. This was on a very slow day in May and the pool was almost empty.
BTW the pool was not even attractive to us. I guess us old farts are way better of at "our "Grand Floridian pool.

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NBenson - so glad you got that worked out. I felt common sense would prevail in the end. Disney wants happy guests, and your group represents a lot of guests and a lot of $$. A concierge is just the person to get special things done and attend to guest's individual needs that no one else can. That's exactly their purpose. Rules exist for a purpose, and a concierge knows when to bend them and has the authority to do so. Disney cares more about their guests enjoying their vacations than about keeping this family from swimming at the same resort. They have 46 guests from 1 family staying in Disney hotels. You bet they are going to let them meet for a swim rather than inconveniencing them by forcing them to change reservations. This is only basic good customer service.
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Funny...

Dont aska a question about pools unless it's in the pool section!!

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I understand both arguments...really, even staying offsite Disney will be getting a whole heck of alot of my money, is it such a terrible thing to wonder about a little convenience for a family of 4 including two children under 3?

Then again, if I was staying at the resort and it was packed with non-guests that would probably annoy me a little bit...however, I see no reason why the resorts don't sell a limited amount of day passes.

I'll be in Orlando for 10 days, 8 of which will be spent in WDW parks, touring WDW resorts, eating in WDW restaurants including the hideously overpriced Cindy's Royal Table, farting around in Downtown Disney etc. It'd be nice if we had reservations at Ohana for dinner one night if we could hang at the resort for a few hours before hand.

Terrible job by Disney...
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I understand both arguments...really, even staying offsite Disney will be getting a whole heck of alot of my money, is it such a terrible thing to wonder about a little convenience for a family of 4 including two children under 3?

Then again, if I was staying at the resort and it was packed with non-guests that would probably annoy me a little bit...however, I see no reason why the resorts don't sell a limited amount of day passes.

I'll be in Orlando for 10 days, 8 of which will be spent in WDW parks, touring WDW resorts, eating in WDW restaurants including the hideously overpriced Cindy's Royal Table, farting around in Downtown Disney etc. It'd be nice if we had reservations at Ohana for dinner one night if we could hang at the resort for a few hours before hand.

Terrible job by Disney...
But they could get a whole heck of a lot more money from you if you paid to stay at the other resort that has the pool you want to swim in. So instead of only paying for a Value resort, you pay for a Deluxe resort. That's a lot more money than a day pass would offer - unless they made the day pass really worth while to Disney and not to the guests.

Even so, the pools are designed for X many guests staying at that resort and don't really have room for the occasional "day guest with family".
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But they could get a whole heck of a lot more money from you if you paid to stay at the other resort that has the pool you want to swim in. So instead of only paying for a Value resort, you pay for a Deluxe resort. That's a lot more money than a day pass would offer - unless they made the day pass really worth while to Disney and not to the guests.

Even so, the pools are designed for X many guests staying at that resort and don't really have room for the occasional "day guest with family".
I understand the capacity element, thats why a limited number should be available, managed individually by the resort...lets face it, if you're staying on-site for a week then you're not going to be hanging around the pools most of the time, why not make it available for $25/day to others who'll be in the area but not necessarily hitting the parks?

If Disney's argument is that, "...well, it's actually an extra $100/night to stay at a deluxe resort..." then that is simply shameful in a whole host of different ways. Especially considering how they squeeze every penny out of you anyway with everything else...

I would not be paying to stay at the deluxe resort, I would be paying to use the public areas for a limited amount of time. Definitely something that Disney should think about. Wouldn't be awful public relations either considering the state of the economy and the need for some to stay in values or offsite...
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