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Old 01-30-2014, 08:19 PM   #1
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Opinions on Stormalong Bay

Is Stormalong Bay worth the extra money? We are planning on a split stay, first 4nights at either SSR or OKW and then 5 nights at AKV our Disney home I would love to stay at Beach Club Villas and be able to spend time at Stormalong Bay but it's $540 more vs staying the 4 nights at SSR or OKW....I'm trying to stay within budget the best I can but willing to spend some extra money if it's worth it
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:25 PM   #2
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If it's a great pool you're looking for - yes, it's worth it. It's definitely the most unique and best pool complex within any Disney Resort (my opinion). I find most of the other pools at Disney hotels very "eh" and not impressive.

With that said, if there's a budget issue, there are a lot of offsite hotels that are far cheaper with just as great pools.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:27 PM   #3
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Is Stormalong Bay worth the extra money? We are planning on a split stay, first 4nights at either SSR or OKW and then 5 nights at AKV our Disney home I would love to stay at Beach Club Villas and be able to spend time at Stormalong Bay but it's $540 more vs staying the 4 nights at SSR or OKW....I'm trying to stay within budget the best I can but willing to spend some extra money if it's worth it
Everyone's opinion is different and while we enjoyed trying SAB, it isn't worth an extra $540 to me (but that's just my opinion). The BC is nice and SAB is a nice pool, but it's not one of our favorites and there are quite a few others we prefer. With that said, if the extra cost is doable and you want to try BCV as well as SAB, I say give it a try as you won't know if it's worth it to you until you try it for yourself. Good luck.
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Unless your children are excellent swimmers, you will be all over the place watching them. You won't want to let the younger ones out of your sight. There are some very deep areas in SAB (eight feet deep or more) with a swift current. And the deep areas come on very suddenly if you don't know where they are. The area for the little ones, shallow play areas with a kiddie slide, is on the YC side. The big slide is across the sidwalk from the Beach Club, as are the sinking sands and other areas.

You may need a few more adults to keep an eye on the younger kids.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:49 PM   #5
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For DH & I it wasn't worth the extra money. We tried the lazy river which is what I really, really wanted to do, but it was so much more than I could handle. The hot tubs were always full & the regular pool was quite busy. We did enjoy the quiet pool, but overall if that's the reason you're choosing to stay there I'd try a different hotel. We chose it because we were doing Food & Wine & having quite a few family members getting together.

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Old 01-30-2014, 10:06 PM   #6
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Hmm maybe I'll try a different resort...I've always wanted a theme park view at BLT!! When it comes to the pools my kids are most interested in the slides thy have. They love AKV pools especially at Kidani. If SAB isn't much better then the other pools then I think I'd rather spend our money at a new resort like BLT or BW..
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I own at BCV and have stayed there more than the other DVC resorts. As an adult I don't think SAB is worth it. My grand kids think it's great. They like it much better than the AKV/AKL pools but they are both very strong swimmers and are old enough to cross the public sidewalk unsupervised to use the slide.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:07 PM   #8
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When it comes to the pools my kids are most interested in the slides thy have.
IMHO, BW has the best slide on property.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:36 AM   #9
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It is a fantastic pool but my weird kids complained about the sand. We're not beach people I guess!
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:46 AM   #10
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Hello, for our family it is worth the extra $$. We loved our stay at BC! My family enjoyed the pool. My DD is disabled and loved the size of the pool and the waterfalls! I do not swim so I did not go in the deep end, which is clearly marked. My DH enjoyed the lazy river. I do agree its a big pool and you have to watch your kids. I do like the sandbar, the kids can sit and play. Parents can relax the water is shallow. Its a beautiful spot!

We also enjoy the location of the BC! We like being able to walk to Epcot. We also walked from HS! We are returning this year!

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I am an adult...well sort of...and love SAB. It all comes down to money. If you plan to return soon (especially during off peak times) you will most certainly find cheaper prices at the clubs and could opt to go there then.
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I did not like SAB. At all. I think it would be great for older kids or very little kids. But for my age kids (who are around the same age as your older kids), it was awful for us. I hated the way the stairs to the slide was all the way across the public path. It meant one of us had to get them over to the stairs and the other would wait and spot the pool. So annoying.

I found the layout extremely confusing. It was SO crowded, couldn't find a seat ever. I didn't like the way the QS food was all the way outside and it felt like I had to walk a mile back in around all of the ropes.

I would pick a regular deluxe pool with a water slide any day over SAB. Now I could see that for older kids, it would be fun. And little kids who would like the sand.

I love the OKW pool by the way, we love that slide and it's very relaxing and peaceful.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:49 AM   #13
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Unless your children are excellent swimmers, you will be all over the place watching them. You won't want to let the younger ones out of your sight. There are some very deep areas in SAB (eight feet deep or more) with a swift current. And the deep areas come on very suddenly if you don't know where they are. The area for the little ones, shallow play areas with a kiddie slide, is on the YC side. The big slide is across the sidwalk from the Beach Club, as are the sinking sands and other areas.

You may need a few more adults to keep an eye on the younger kids.
Yes, this, exactly.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:34 AM   #14
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I think it's a very cool pool in theory. However, I did find it a bit stressful with a 4 and 9 year-old. The 9 year-old wanted me to do the lazy river and slide with him, while the 4 year-old only wanted to play in the sand. A couple times, DH wasn't with me (doing laundry, whatever) and it was difficult to manage because the pool is just so big. It wasn't very relaxing from my perspective. My DS9 did like the slide but he declared the OKW slide more fun later in the week because it was faster. I know some people don't enjoy the BLT pool because it's a bit small, but we loved it! You can easily keep track of your children and the slide is pretty cool. Plus, you can use the CR pool as well. My favorite pool is probably either of the pools at AKV though!
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:05 AM   #15
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For me, it's not worth the extra cost if that is the only reason you would be choosing the Beach or Yacht club.

It was a nice pool and it's very large. The problem for us was we didn't really make good use of the pool. We spent most of our time in the parks or downtown Disney. We did dedicate one afternoon/evening to swimming at Storm along bay, but we had to plan it into the trip to make time for it.

We chose Beach Club for many reasons, but the pool was one of the factors that helped us choose the Beach Club. The pool would not be anything we considered in making our choice now unless the pool at a resort was scheduled to be closed.
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