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Old 08-30-2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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Stormalong Bay!

In response to several questions about Stormalong Bay, I took the following photos. First, skelooch created a wonderful and extremely helpful map of stormalong bay, which appears on the first page of the BC/YC thread (click my signature below.)

Stormalong Bay is divided into several different parts, which are all labeled on skelooch's map:

1) Sinking sands/bubbling bay/whirling waters/slide exit area. Most of this area is 3ft to 4ft deep. The deepest area is 5 ft. It is entirely disconnected from the deeper areas of the lazy river.











2) The lazy river area. This area is as shallow as 4 ft in some areas and reaches up to 8 ft in one part. Again, this area is entirely disconnected from the more shallow areas of the pool, and the deepest area is roped off. Signs on the overhead bridges warn guests that the water is deeper in that area.













3) The sandy, zero depth entry shallow area. This area is wonderful for little kids. Most of this area is 2 ft deep all the way across. There is just a pocket in the corner where the depth reaches three feet. Again, it is entirely disconnected from the deeper sections of the pool.













This walkway separates the zero depth area from the deeper section of the pool:







This is the deepest area of the sandy zero depth entry area, at only 3 ft deep:



4) Kiddie slide/pool at the base of the pirate ship. This pool overlooks the lake and is 2.8 feet deep.





5) The small, circular wading pool. BC replaced the playground with additional chairs.



6) Three hot tubs. (Sorry, no photos!)
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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Additional SAB information

In response to a request from natebenma, I investigated the locker situation, tube rental, pool noodle cost and the permissibility of "arm floaties." SAB provides lockers free of charge! Tube rental is $3/hr. and $10/day. Pool noodles are available for purchase at $4.95 each. A lifeguard reported that arm floaties are permissible.



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Old 08-30-2011, 06:33 PM   #3
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We've also seen several questions about getting from the pool area to the larger Jib Slide that starts at the top of the pirate ship and goes into the pool. Guests must exit the main area of SAB and cross the pathway to get to the slide entrance.











Here's the view of the slide entrance as you exit the main area of SAB:



And here's the path along the side of the ship to the slide entrance:



Here's the stairs up to the top of the slide entrance:

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Old 08-30-2011, 06:48 PM   #4
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Great pics of SAB!! My 20 mth old was looking at them with me and justsaid pool for the first time! We are super excited!
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:36 AM   #5
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Are you allowed to bring your own inner tube? I know that I can buy those for under $4 and pack them flat.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:04 AM   #6
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Are you allowed to bring your own inner tube? I know that I can buy those for under $4 and pack them flat.
I understand that guests may only use the inner tubes from the poolside gift shop, but I've always seen people swimming in that area without the tubes and with their own pool noodles.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:42 AM   #7
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What's the bathroom situation, if I may ask? Most resorts I've gone to, there's a place right near the exit to change if you're so inclined, but someone somewhere was saying the only thing they didn't like about Stormalong Bay was the "walk of shame" through the lobby in a dripping suit.

And thanks for the most informative post! I guess I should go to the other thread and thank skelooch for the map, which wasn't there when I read through the thread, but OTOH I never would have seen it without you mentioning it.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:05 PM   #8
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What's the bathroom situation, if I may ask? Most resorts I've gone to, there's a place right near the exit to change if you're so inclined, but someone somewhere was saying the only thing they didn't like about Stormalong Bay was the "walk of shame" through the lobby in a dripping suit.

And thanks for the most informative post! I guess I should go to the other thread and thank skelooch for the map, which wasn't there when I read through the thread, but OTOH I never would have seen it without you mentioning it.
A few different ways to address this:

1) We usually walk out the "secret entrance" near room 1501 (see the thread for details) and down the path to access SAB. We rarely go through the lobby.

2) Depending on room location, we sometimes exit through one of the doors in the corners of the quiet pool and then down the path to SAB.

3) If you want to change at the pool, there are bathrooms located on the side of the quiet pool building facing out to the lake, bathrooms in SAB near the lazy river and bathrooms outside SAB along the walkway where the BC turns into the YC (near the health center and salon.) If I had to choose, I'd say the bathrooms outside SAB near the health club are the most clean and dry. But again, we always access SAB from either the "secret entrance" near room 1501 or one of the exits near the quiet pool.

Hope that helps!
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:33 PM   #9
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Hope that helps!
Yes it does, thank you. We toured all the DVC resorts last time we were out, and the ONLY one hubby showed any interest in was the Beach Club -- because of Stormalong Bay. So the Beach Club just moved way up on my DVC list. Now if we could just take an Orlando trip with a smaller entourage...
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:48 AM   #10
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pixarmom- Thank you so much for the fantastic pictures!!!


Great thread!!! You know I will be using it!

I will link to the first page of the FAQ thread. I have run out of room on the number of pictures I can post to this section (limited to 25), so a link to this thread will be very helpful!

I will also try to put the locker picture somewhere on the front page.

Keep reading and scrolling! More great pictures on Page 2 from pixarmom and from pixeldust.

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Old 09-02-2011, 08:50 AM   #11
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:41 PM   #12
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Great pictures Pixarmom! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait!
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:06 PM   #13
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We'll be staying here for our Jan/Feb vacation next year! I love looking at pics of SAB! Thanks for sharing .
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Thank you for the excellent photos and descriptions of the entire area! Can't wait to see it up close and personal next year! *cheers*~ Rebecca
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Thank you for the excellent photos and descriptions of the entire area! Can't wait to see it up close and personal next year! *cheers*~ Rebecca
If you want to kill some time between now and then, come check out the Beach & Yacht Club FAQ thread. More photos, info and fun over there.

You can click on the link in my signature.

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