Disney supplies life vests in different sizes right at the pools. This may not be what you need (you mention the shade too) but it's worth knowing about. I read the 3/29 review on allears where the AoA guest says "Liked how a coffee/soda station was set up midway from LM section to Animation Hall." One thought on this would be, is the person referring to the refill station at the Drop Off bar? Problem with this thought is if the review's details are accurate, the location isn't midway and doesn't (or didn't) have coffee. But maybe this is what the person is referring to. If not, maybe Disney is responding to feedback and setting up some kind of station, even temporary? Interesting.