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Old 04-01-2013, 09:19 AM   #2611
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I assume many of you have seen by now but photos of the reopened Courtyard Pool have been posted on www.wdwmagic.com !!!
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:39 AM   #2612
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I assume many of you have seen by now but photos of the reopened Courtyard Pool have been posted on www.wdwmagic.com !!!

I am guessing due to people "pool hopping" the perimeter fencing is necessary but I am not in love with it myself
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:33 AM   #2613
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Isn't the new pool supposed to be zero entry? I can't tell from the photos posted which side is zero entry now. Also, are the hot tubs still there?
It looks like the zero entry is on the former shallow end, nearest the Conch Key end of the building. The hot tub is still at the courtyard pool, and I assume the one at the spa is still there, too.

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Supposedly they were making the pool approx 4 feet deep. Personally I think it stinks.
Me, too!! We loved the deep end, it was our favorite area to relax. One of the few things we were not in love with at the US/IOA resorts was the shallower pools - now, the WDW pools are going the same way.

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I assume many of you have seen by now but photos of the reopened Courtyard Pool have been posted on www.wdwmagic.com !!!
Thanks for the link, I had not seen these yet.

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I am guessing due to people "pool hopping" the perimeter fencing is necessary but I am not in love with it myself
I'm not a fan, either. I hadn't realized they were adding a fence, the GF never seemed to have as many hoppers as other resorts and I can't imagine the courtyard pool would be anyone's destination pool choice. I love it, but I certainly never feel the urge to visit it when we are staying elsewhere!
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:49 AM   #2614
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Belated pool pics

Here are a couple of my pool pics. It was also the view from the verandah of my 3rd floor outer building, garden view room in Big Pine Key, which I was happy with.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46057621@N00/8610326876/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46057621@N00/8610327354/
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:19 PM   #2615
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I am guessing due to people "pool hopping" the perimeter fencing is necessary but I am not in love with it myself
I don't like it either. I guess I can see why it was necessary, not just for poolhoppers, but for liability protection and to protect small kids who get away from their parents from getting to the pool and accidently falling in. Seems like I read that Florida had instituted some new regulations or laws regarding the fencing of pools in the last year or so, so maybe they had to do it to get the permit to redo the pool. Maybe they can place more bushes or flowers and greenery to make it look at little better.

I also have to wonder why the "slippery when wet" sign is IN the pool on the side in one of the photos. That would seem to be a no brainer. Makes me wonder if that is a step or ladder area where someone has already had an accident in that spot, and they have a slickness issue they need to remedy with some more texturing or strips.

It does look a lot smaller in the photos than the old pool. Hopefully, someone will be along soon who has been there in person and can confirm whether that is the case. Maybe it is just the angle of the photos or the fence making it appear smaller when it isn't.

Glad it is finally reopened though!
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:35 PM   #2616
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It looks like the zero entry is on the former shallow end, nearest the Conch Key end of the building. The hot tub is still at the courtyard pool, and I assume the one at the spa is still there, too.



Me, too!! We loved the deep end, it was our favorite area to relax. One of the few things we were not in love with at the US/IOA resorts was the shallower pools - now, the WDW pools are going the same way.



Thanks for the link, I had not seen these yet.



I'm not a fan, either. I hadn't realized they were adding a fence, the GF never seemed to have as many hoppers as other resorts and I can't imagine the courtyard pool would be anyone's destination pool choice. I love it, but I certainly never feel the urge to visit it when we are staying elsewhere!
That fence!! I hate it. And the lack of the deep end is going to send me off the deep end.

Ok, its really not that bad. Change is progress, I get it. Now that this project is complete, how do we get an adult quiet pool added over by the new villa building?
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:45 PM   #2617
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Can you guys share your favorite buildings/floors for garden view rooms? Are the chances pretty slim I'll be stuck with a view of a construction crane and a half finished dvc building?

I know I could request Sago Cay, but I feel like the view of the monorail instead of the view of the rest of the resort would not be as nice. I'd love boca chica facing the courtyard pool, at least I think that's the best garden view option?
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #2618
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I'm going to miss the deep end as well. And the pool does look smaller in the photos (but maybe it's really not?)... It's probably going to be really crowded now with it being so shallow and the zero entry.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:16 PM   #2619
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Here are a couple of my pool pics. It was also the view from the verandah of my 3rd floor outer building, garden view room in Big Pine Key, which I was happy with.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46057621@N00/8610326876/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46057621@N00/8610327354/
Thanks for posting

It does look a lot smaller and I too, will miss the deep end. It was nice to have a side that people who couldn't swim couldn't use
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:34 PM   #2620
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It looks smaller to me, too, I hope it's just the angle of the photos.

ao23 - thanks for the links to the photos!

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That fence!! I hate it. And the lack of the deep end is going to send me off the deep end.

Ok, its really not that bad. Change is progress, I get it. Now that this project is complete, how do we get an adult quiet pool added over by the new villa building?
Maybe a petition? We may be the lone voices in the wilderness. lol

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Can you guys share your favorite buildings/floors for garden view rooms? Are the chances pretty slim I'll be stuck with a view of a construction crane and a half finished dvc building?

I know I could request Sago Cay, but I feel like the view of the monorail instead of the view of the rest of the resort would not be as nice. I'd love boca chica facing the courtyard pool, at least I think that's the best garden view option?
The marina views in Sago Cay and Conch Key are considered garden view, if that appeals to you. The pool views in Boca Chica and Conch are garden view as well, though Boca has a better view of the pool from more rooms.

In fact, I'm not sure how many garden view rooms DO have a view of the DVC construction - the Big Pine Key rooms that look toward the new villas are mostly lagoon view. (I think Cali-D may have better info on room categories by building) So having a garden view probably helps lower the chances of a construction view.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:42 PM   #2621
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Just got back from 8 nights at the GF. 3 in a Deluxe Garden and 5 in a Theme Park View. The property is fabulous, but the beauty of the exterior and grounds does not carry through to the rooms themselves. The rooms, while fine, are more of a 1994 interpretation of Victorian decor. The phones in the bathrooms are 3 different colors of oxidized plastic. There are no HDMI connections on the TVs. There are no DVD players in the room. The carpets are tired. The fabrics are tired. The wifi is barely 2mbps on a good day. Ie, it's time for a big redecoration/renovation of the interiors IMO in order to match the quality of the exterior and grounds, so that the beauty isn't just skin deep. Anyone else?
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:03 PM   #2622
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Thanks for the pool pics. I think it's sad too that every time there is a pool rehab, it's to make the pool shallow 4' is just too shallow. But I'll bring my pool noodle so I can stay submerged in the August heat without having to crawl around on my knees . This worked pretty well last August in the AKL pool which is sallow too with the exception of a very small deep area.

I don't know what the point of that fencing is? Will it be locked and need kttw to open it?

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I heard chatter on property that you will need a GF key to get into the pool so that it doesn't get overrun by DVC from the villas.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:27 PM   #2624
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The fencing will certainly add to the commute time from say, Boca Chica to the main building. We've always enjoyed taking a little short cut through the pool area to get back to our room when coming from the main building.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:06 AM   #2625
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If that is true that you will need a card for the pool, Do you think they will limit the amount of people from DVC that will be hard to do being there is no pool for DVC I Have a feeling it is going to be so crowded not like the pool of old times and I don't like the fence too
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