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Old 07-09-2012, 03:26 PM   #2041
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I am going to be staying at SSR in late October on rented points (using David's). I am a bit nervous about it, but apparently it's done often so I am just paranoid.

I did have one question - it seems I do not want to be in the Carousel. Is there upside to this area I am not getting? My real question though, is how can I make a request for a specific area? Do I ask the owner to make the request now or I do I do it during the 10 days ahead check in?

Thanks for you insight
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Hi all

I am going to be staying at SSR in late October on rented points (using David's). I am a bit nervous about it, but apparently it's done often so I am just paranoid.

I did have one question - it seems I do not want to be in the Carousel. Is there upside to this area I am not getting? My real question though, is how can I make a request for a specific area? Do I ask the owner to make the request now or I do I do it during the 10 days ahead check in?

Thanks for you insight
We just returned and these are my observations with 2 boys traveling with us. The Carousel section would have been more convenient for us since our pre-teen boys enjoyed the breakfast, pool area and activities. We were at Congress Park because it was closest to DTD, but the stop there as with any other stop was disorganized, people were waiting for the bus and others would show up and cut in front when the bus showed up that we ended up hopping on a different bus for a different park. We adapted, however at the carousel, Disney had an attendant keeping track, thus more orderly.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:20 PM   #2043
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Hi all

I am going to be staying at SSR in late October on rented points (using David's). I am a bit nervous about it, but apparently it's done often so I am just paranoid.

I did have one question - it seems I do not want to be in the Carousel. Is there upside to this area I am not getting? My real question though, is how can I make a request for a specific area? Do I ask the owner to make the request now or I do I do it during the 10 days ahead check in?

Thanks for you insight
We just returned and these are my observations with 2 boys traveling with us. The Carousel section would have been more convenient for us since our pre-teen boys enjoyed the breakfast, pool area and activities. We were at Congress Park because it was closest to DTD, but the stop there as with any other stop was disorganized, people were waiting for the bus and others would show up and cut in front when the bus showed up that we ended up hopping on a different bus for a different park. We adapted, however at the carousel, Disney had an attendant keeping track, thus more orderly.
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I am sorry, but I was unable to read through all 137 pages, I am sure someone has answered my question already. DH and I bought into DVC at SSR last year on our trip and we are SO excited to be staying there for hte first time in February 2013. We will be there with a total of 8 adults and 3 kids (3 and under) in 2 treehouse villas. I am geting a little bit confused as to what each pool has to offer. I think there are 4 (?) pools and I don't know which ones have what stuff (splash area, playground, dining options, refillable mug station) Can anyone answer my question or direct me to a previous post that answers it. Thanks.
PS - we are planning on spending a decent amount of time enjoying the resort (we go into the parks at least 2x per year and DH is not a huge park fan, but a big resort fan) and we will have cars.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:10 PM   #2045
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New pool?

What are people's thoughts on the new pool/counter service in the Paddocks section? We are staying at SSR starting on the 20th and I have not requested a section. We really like Grand Stand because it is close to the Carriage House, main pool and the bus picks up first and drops first. Does anyone know where in the route the Paddocks are picked up? I can't remember. Thanks
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I am sorry, but I was unable to read through all 137 pages, I am sure someone has answered my question already. DH and I bought into DVC at SSR last year on our trip and we are SO excited to be staying there for hte first time in February 2013. We will be there with a total of 8 adults and 3 kids (3 and under) in 2 treehouse villas. I am geting a little bit confused as to what each pool has to offer. I think there are 4 (?) pools and I don't know which ones have what stuff (splash area, playground, dining options, refillable mug station) Can anyone answer my question or direct me to a previous post that answers it. Thanks.
PS - we are planning on spending a decent amount of time enjoying the resort (we go into the parks at least 2x per year and DH is not a huge park fan, but a big resort fan) and we will have cars.
Congratulations on buying DVC! I can't sing its praises enough.

The pool at the THVs is a quiet pool, no slide. Congress Park's is the same but with a playground nearby. The Springs has the main pool, High Rock Spring, which has a nice big slide. You can fill your mugs at the Artist's Palette which is right next to the main pool. I don't know much about the pool at the Grandstand, but there is one there. And the Paddock just had a revamp and now has a slide and playground nearby. I think you might be able to refill your mugs at the Paddock since there's a food area, but I'm not certain about that.
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I am sorry, but I was unable to read through all 137 pages, I am sure someone has answered my question already. DH and I bought into DVC at SSR last year on our trip and we are SO excited to be staying there for hte first time in February 2013. We will be there with a total of 8 adults and 3 kids (3 and under) in 2 treehouse villas. I am geting a little bit confused as to what each pool has to offer. I think there are 4 (?) pools and I don't know which ones have what stuff (splash area, playground, dining options, refillable mug station) Can anyone answer my question or direct me to a previous post that answers it. Thanks.
PS - we are planning on spending a decent amount of time enjoying the resort (we go into the parks at least 2x per year and DH is not a huge park fan, but a big resort fan) and we will have cars.
The below link will show you pictures of the resort and the pools:
http://allears.net/acc/g_ss.htm

The Grandstand has a water play area, pool with a pool bar. The Springs has the main pool with large slide, kiddie slide, zero entry and water splash area. It is near the main building close to table service and quick service dining. Congress Park and THV have quiet pools, and Congress Park has a playground next to its pool. The Paddock has the new pool that is zero entry, has a slide, water play area for the kids and quick service dining.

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Old 07-09-2012, 07:05 PM   #2048
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We will be at SSR for Xmas this year. Does the resort do anything special during this time? We will be there the 24th-28th.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:50 PM   #2049
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What are people's thoughts on the new pool/counter service in the Paddocks section? We are staying at SSR starting on the 20th and I have not requested a section. We really like Grand Stand because it is close to the Carriage House, main pool and the bus picks up first and drops first. Does anyone know where in the route the Paddocks are picked up? I can't remember. Thanks
The pool is a really nice but not having tables around it doesn't work to well for us. Like to sit up once in awhile and not be sitting on top of the people next to you. The food choises are good. Kids pool area is real good. The bus stop is third. I'm with you on the Grandstand section we have stayed there the last 3 visits.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:17 PM   #2050
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We were at the Paddock Pool in May. We sat at a table with four chairs and an umbrella. I didn't count them so I don't know how many they have.
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What are people's thoughts on the new pool/counter service in the Paddocks section? We are staying at SSR starting on the 20th and I have not requested a section. We really like Grand Stand because it is close to the Carriage House, main pool and the bus picks up first and drops first. Does anyone know where in the route the Paddocks are picked up? I can't remember. Thanks

My kids 11 & 8 love the new pool! We were in Congress Park so it was a little bit of a hike, but we didn't mind. The slide is fun and during the days when they have all of the activities the kids had a blast. They want to stay at SSR everytimewe go. Kind of makes me sad that we are staying at BWV's in December. My kids don't want to stay there, but they don't even know we are going so I don't have to hear about it for the next 5 months!
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I am geting a little bit confused as to what each pool has to offer. I think there are 4 (?) pools and I don't know which ones have what stuff (splash area, playground, dining options, refillable mug station)
High Rock Spring Pool
Located at the Carriage House, and closest to the Springs Section
  • Lifeguard protected
  • Pool parties, games, and other activities throughout the day
  • Water slide
  • Kiddie slide
  • Two hot tubs
  • Small water play area for kids. (Has a statue of Donald Duck with a few sprinklers around it. Also a waterfall you can stand under.)
  • Zero entry pool
  • Hydraulic Lift
  • Full-service bar with drink refill station at pool
  • Artist's Palette QS Restraunt nearby, which also has a drink refill station
  • Laundry Room
  • Arcade
  • Community Hall
  • Fire Pit nearby (Marshmallow roasting in the evening)

Paddock Pool
Located in the Paddock Section
  • Lifeguard protected
  • Pool parties, games, and other activities throughout the day
  • Water slide
  • One hot tub
  • Water play area for kids that includes several small water slides
  • Zero entry pool
  • Hydraulic Lift
  • QS restaurant with drink refill station at pool (not a full service bar, but they do have some bottled alcoholic drinks available)
  • Laundry Room

Grandstand Pool
Located in the Grandstand Section
  • No Lifeguards - swim at your own risk
  • One hot tub
  • Water play area for kids themed on a race track. (Includes a "starting gate" that sprays water and several horse heads that can be used like water canons.)
  • Full service bar at the pool with drink refill station. (Limited pre-made food offerings like sandwiches and salads.)
  • Laundry Room
  • Community BBQ area

Congress Park Pool
Located in the Congress Park Section
  • No Lifeguards - swim at your own risk
  • One hot tub
  • Playground
  • Laundry Room
  • Community BBQ area

THV Pool
Located in the South loop of the Tree House Villa Section
  • No Lifeguards - swim at your own risk
  • One hot tub
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:45 AM   #2053
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Wow Dave, Fantastic and useful!!!
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thank you so much for the helpful replies about pools, just what I was looking for!


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Old 07-10-2012, 01:45 PM   #2055
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what foods are available at the store?

I assume there is a small store with some grocery items at SSR?

We are looking to make breakfast in our villa each day and I need to decide if garden grocer, etc. would be a wise choice. I'd like to get a loaf of bread, gallon of milk, orange juice, a dozen eggs and some cheese, etc.

Can I find most of these items there? How are the prices?

Any other advice? We've never been to SSR before, or prepared our own breakfasts.

Thanks!
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