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Old 03-05-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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Best Pool Area for 1 year old?

In your opinion which DVC resort offers the best pool experience for a 1 year old? Our son who will be 1 year and 4 months when we visit Disney in July loves the water so I want to make sure we pick a resort that he can really enjoy! You can just post the resort name, but if you would like to tell us why you think its the best that would be wonderful! Thanks everyone.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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My grand-daughter just loved the Kidani pool area. She was 21 months on her trip last August. We also stayed at BCV and she liked the pool there as well. But I believe Kidani was her favorite
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:16 PM   #3
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In your opinion which DVC resort offers the best pool experience for a 1 year old? Our son who will be 1 year and 4 months when we visit Disney in July loves the water so I want to make sure we pick a resort that he can really enjoy! You can just post the resort name, but if you would like to tell us why you think its the best that would be wonderful! Thanks everyone.

A bucket of water in the bathtub will make any 1 yr old happy! My point is he will be happy anywhere you pick.

I would select a pool with sand if you think he will enjoy that as well. BCV is an immediate thought except the pool can be very crowded. Bay Lake has a kiddie area plus beach plus contemporary pool besides BLT's pool (not to mention walk to MK). I'm sure you will end up with suggestions of every pool! More than the pool just enjoy the time and the photos that you'll take!
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:57 AM   #4
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I don't think you can go wrong but a couple of things stand out in my memory. SAB is crazy busy, very active, it was not the best match for me/us, and maybe something for you to consider. We are die hard BWV fans but my DD's still love OKW. It has a lovely atmosphere, that is probably not at all how they would describe it though, lol.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:04 AM   #5
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We have taken several trips with toddlers the past few years. We spend a lot of time at the pool. Based on our experience I would review them this way:
Kidani splash area is awesome for a 1yo. Plus there is a zero entry pool and a tiny water slide, great overall pool for a toddler.

SSR has two fantastic pools for toddlers. The new paddock pool is AWESOME for little ones. My 1 and 4yo loved spending the afternoon there last Fall. The splash area there is easy and safe for little ones to climb on and the little water slides are a lot of fun for them. Plus an adult can go down those slides with toddlers on their laps easily and safely. I did it about 50 times, lol. Both the paddock pool and the main pool at SSR have a zero entry too. The Donald splash area at the main pool is small but my kids loved it.

OKW is fun because it has a sandy beach area, but the pool isn't zero entry and there is no small slide.

BWV is tougher with a toddler without a zero entry and there isn't a splash area either.

WLV was fun, but I wouldn't pick it first for a 1yo (no zero entry, no splash area)

My vote would be SSR first and AKV second based on pools. We haven't tried SAB at BCV yet, I have been nervous about keeping an eye on my little ones at a pool so big (they are 7, 4 and 1).

We haven't tried BLT either, the pool looks fun for toddlers but it looks so much smaller than either AKV or SSR!
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:21 AM   #6
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Kidani and SSR would be my choice. Great splash areas and zero entry. BCV does have the sand bottom pool area but is really busy and doesn't have a great slash splash area. If you choose SSR stay in the Paddock area for the new pool.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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I would agree with Kidani and SSR. Kidani would be my first pick though. We stayed there when DD was 1.5 yrs old and she loved exploring the splash area and she spent alot of time on the kiddie slide at the main pool too.

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BWV is tougher with a toddler without a zero entry and there isn't a splash area either.
BWV has a kiddie pool (& small playground) just off to the side of the larger pool.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:30 PM   #8
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All three themed pools at SSR are lots of fun for kids. Paddock, High Rock Springs and Grandstand.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:34 PM   #9
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BWV has a kiddie pool (& small playground) just off to the side of the larger pool.
Yes, but it isn't a splash playground and there is no zero entry. Chasing a climbing 1yo near the edge of a pool can be challenging (more so since I am keeping eyes on my other two on top of that). They are less likely to fall and get hurt when they can easily run in and out of the water on their own.
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All three themed pools at SSR are lots of fun for kids. Paddock, High Rock Springs and Grandstand.
I second this! Just got back from a trip at the THVs at SSR with a 1, 2, and 3 year old and they all LOVED the pools at SSR.
The Paddock pool is zero entry (LOVE!) and has a separate, gated splash area
The Springs is also zero entry and has a splash pad area with a Donald Duck
Grandstand is not zero entry but has a splash area.

As OP said, bring a cup and he will be happy with almost anything, but my DS has always loved the zero entry feature (which a lot of the DVC pools offer).
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:37 PM   #11
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Yes, but it isn't a splash playground and there is no zero entry. Chasing a climbing 1yo near the edge of a pool can be challenging (more so since I am keeping eyes on my other two on top of that). They are less likely to fall and get hurt when they can easily run in and out of the water on their own.
When you have just one little one to look after however, the kiddie pool works out just fine.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #12
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Kidani then SSR were our little one's favorites.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:00 PM   #13
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SSR by far!
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:38 PM   #14
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When you have just one little one to look after however, the kiddie pool works out just fine.
The kiddie pool at BWV is absolutely just fine. Just not IMO the most enjoyable to take a 1-2yo baby when compared to SSR or Kidani. I'm not trying to knock the BWV pool, it's my 7yo's favorite. She loves the clown slide and we all enjoy the BW area
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:23 PM   #15
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SSR! The zero entry and Donald splash area are great plus there are plenty of tables and chairs with umbrellas for for you to sit with the baby close by. Kidani Pool is nice but small and crowded. Not a lot of places to sit near by. we were at Kidani last summer but own at SSR and I'm glad we spent the time at the SSR pool when our boys were smaller. This is the first summer in 15 yrs that we are not going to WDW and I'm a little sad. We are headed to Aulani for a change but I know I will miss WDW recreation!
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