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  1. nebo

    nebo <font color=red>sharkbait<br><font color=teal>Uh o

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    chaoslobster: you may use the pools and any other ammenities of the resort you are staying at the full day of check in and until midnight the day of check out.

    so, if you want to arrive at the Poly at 6 am on check in day you can use the pool, and continue to use it until midnight the day of check out.

    but, for $600, you could stay in the little mermaid rooms at the Art or animation for longer than one night. they do have handicapped rooms, some on the 1st floor, and the Nemo pool is zero entry.

    with a room only discount, you could stay a lot more nights at the Carribbean beach (heck, even without a discount). they have a zero entry pool. it is a Moderate resort. and quite lovely.
     
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  3. chaoslobster

    chaoslobster Earning My Ears

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    I didn't know about the Nemo pool at AoA being zero-entry. That's wonderful! I did some searching on the matter via Google and the disabilities FAQ, but all the information I could find stated that the only zero-entry pools were at the Deluxe resorts (and CBR). Guess because AoA is so new. Well, it's too late for my upcoming visit, but if I'm still able to make the trip next year I'll definitely be booking at Art of Animation.

    In any case, this splurge isn't entirely about the pool. That's a large part of the reason, but my love affair with the Polynesian stretches back twenty years. As a teenager our family visited Disney and spent a week on the Concierge level at the Poly. I was too young to appreciate the experience, not to mention being only a year into my diagnosis and brokenhearted at my first-ever confinement to a chair in public. I re-visit it in my memories now (and through home movies, thank you Dad!) and savor every palm tree.

    The Polynesian is my dream vacation. I know I'm building it up into more than the sum of its parts, sprinkling pixie dust to make the ordinary extraordinary, but the heart wants what it wants, y'know? Every year, we make a point of visiting just to walk around the resort and breathe the air that smells of tropical flowers and white sandy beaches, and to eat at our favorite restaurant Ohana.

    I think I always had it in my head somehow that one of these years I'd splurge and we'd stay there for real; maybe during a summer that I'd be out of commission after major surgery, I'd skip the vacation that year and be able to save up twice as much so as to afford the Poly the next year. Or maybe my grandmother would help me with it, maybe she'd even come with us. Something, somehow, someday!

    Last year, early in the year I was hospitalized for over a month and my insurance paid out a daily stipend; thanks to that and a bit of generosity (and guilt, I'd bet) my fantastic parents gave me the best birthday gift ever by announcing that this year, my annual Disney trip would be all expenses paid. That decision wasn't made until a few weeks prior to leaving for Orlando, so I'd already saved up the necessary funds over the prior twelve months, same as I do every year. So out of the blue, I had (mumble) in my checking account that wasn't earmarked for anything in particular. You can guess how fast my imagination leapt onto the monorail and exited, watching its step and staying clear of the doors, into the lobby of the Polynesian! This was it, this was the only chance I'd get.

    It turns out I seriously, seriously underestimated how much it would cost to stay at the Polynesian even for just a week instead of my usual 10 days. I'd never actually priced it out until that moment... you don't put dollar amounts on a fantasy. I'd saved up the typical cost for my trip and my parents were willing to match it, paying this year's expenses, so I was ready to pay double the usual. But a week at the Poly cost more than double. More than triple, actually, even assuming the room-only discount I always use for my room at the Pop. It cost more for 5 days than I had or could borrow or hope to pay back.

    Short of winning the lottery I won't be vacationing at the Polynesian in this lifetime, but I refuse to let my dream evaporate entirely. I think that two days of relaxation in the beautiful pools and one night dining at Ohana and retiring in luxury is still something worthy of dreaming for. The $600 hurts (it's $585 really), but that is what it costs, and dreaming won't help. I wish the spring room-only discount was still available (I booked my 10 days at the Pop using that savings, as I do every year) but it's gone and that's that. The bright side is I have some Disney Visa points to spend because I forgot to bring the reward card with me last year, and also I'd made plans to see Cirque du Soleil this year but the show isn't running during my stay so that's two tickets I don't have to buy.

    It is a splurge, but what's life if you don't splurge once in every great while? If this is my last time visiting Disney, I sure want to squeeze every moment from it.
     
  4. memakwed

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    I started by reading the FAQ posted back on page one but see it was dated 2010. I just want to verify that policy hasn't changed and that guests at POFQ can use the pools at POR. My DS9 only likes quiet pools andto save a few dollars we were thinking of doing POFQ this time but using the POR quiet pool. We have stayed at POR the last two trips because of the quiet pool. While I would love for him to enjoy himslef at a pool with a water slide he is not a splashy kid and prefers to swim around adults and not other children so a quiet pool is a must because the noise and splash factor are more controlled then a resort with a single non quiet pool like POFQ.
    TIA
     
  5. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

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    Yes, POR and POFQ are considered sister resorts. So guests at either resort can use the pools at either location.
     
  6. godoftheWorld

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    It isn't about the pool, I'm dying of brain cancer myself. Go to the Poly and have a magical time. Get too drunk, eat too much and enjoy the pool. Then go right back to your room in the resort. Something's in life aren't about the money. It's the experience, the Poly is one hell of an experience.:cool1:
     
  7. Mindy5767

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    I completely agree with the poster above!! Go enjoy! did you go? I missed the date of your upcoming trip.

    One reason that I love the Poly so much is that I think it is the ONLY Disney resort that is just like it was in 1972 when I first visited Disney World. Its the only place on property that can throw me right back into the 70's...I know there have been changes and such, but to me, its still 1972 in there!

    The Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation IS a zero entry pool. I noticed recently that there are special handicapped chair things on an extension arm that can lower a handicapped person into the pool. I noticed their installation at several pools, but have not seen one in use. I am pretty sure I saw one at Pop and I know I saw one at AoA. They must be installing them resort-wide.
     
  8. glocon

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    Chaoslobster- Just wanted to ask if you wrote for a living. Your post was so vividly descriptive and imaginative that I was at the Poly while reading it.
    I think I want to go to the Poly now!

    I hope you have fun and enjoy every minute of your time at the Poly!
     
  9. disrailfan

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    I have a question that is kind of pool related but not really. When we stay at a DVC resort they have Bathrooms with Showers at their pools that come in handy for us travelers that drive straight through from Indiana. We typically if our room isn't ready we will just use the pool showers to clean up before we head off to the park. My question is this, does every resort have showers like this at their pools? We are likely staying one night at Pop Century on our upcoming trip and would like to be able to have this option if our room is not ready.
     
  10. Mindy5767

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    I have stayed at the Pop Century many times. I am afraid that I do not recall seeing showers at any of the pools there. I can picture the laundry room, as there is one. I don't recall seeing a shower in the bathroom area. I will double check for you and edit this with the answer.::yes:: The answer is Yes...there are showers at the Pop's pool. I got this answer from a very reliable source. Just viewed photos of the Pop Century pool bathroom lockers too...so you will be all set!
     
  11. smidgy

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    I'm pretty sure that all the resorts have showers in the restroom bldgs at their main pools.
     
  12. Princess_Nikki

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    I would love a real good sound answer to this, too. We were encouraged by a few CM's to go over to AOA while we were staying at the POP. One CM exclaimed how much fun my DS6 & DS4 would have at the Cars Lazy Cone pool and also asked if we have checked out the underwater music at the Big Blue pool. :confused3 The bridge takes you right by the Cars area! We did go to the Cars pool for a few hours one day. Decided to get the boys lunch at the AOA food court that day as well. Our POP RFID card work everywhere at AOA, even the Big Blue Pool. :confused3

    Perhaps Disney is considering allowing the POP/AOA to use both resort pools since they are both considered value resorts AND that the All Stars are able to use all the All Stars pools, too...Sport, Movies, & Music. :confused3
     
  13. Deb & Bill

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    No, it has already been announced that Pop Century guests cannot use AoA pool.
     
  14. Larnmerv

    Larnmerv Earning My Ears

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    Ok, so we're headed to WDW next week but staying off property. We plan to take a ride over to AofA and check out the place, have dinner, photo ops etc. We have 2 young boys 3 and 1 and would love for them to at least be able to use the playgrounds. Is it possible for them to play on the dry playgrounds located throughout the resort or do you need a guest key to gain access to them as well? We're not interested in pool hopping whatsoever, we have some great pools at our resort. I'd love to hear what previous guests or visitors have to say....thanks!
     
  15. dansdad

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    It sure is possible and even encouraged! :thumbsup2
     
  16. mse

    mse Earning My Ears

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    thank you for the info
     
  17. Meldev

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    If you stay DVC at Jambo house can you use the Kidani pool?
     
  18. Deb & Bill

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    It is all one resort. JH and KV comprise AKL/AKV.
     
  19. datoths

    datoths Earning My Ears

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    First post to the forum. We are Disney veterans of about 15 or so trips in the last 20 years... I think. I lost count. Anyway, we always loved to pool hop and we were never approached to show a resort ID. I have heard that they have been cracking down lately. Friends of ours just stayed at PORS and they were asked to show proof of stay. We are going again in this June, staying off props this time, and we were planning on making an evening of Pop Century and Art and Animation. Dinner, looking around again (we have stayed at both resorts already), and maybe a quick swim for my two boys. Has there been any word of cast members checking for proof of stay at the Nemo pool in AofA? I know it is gated... but when we stayed the gate was never closed. You didn't need the key card to get in. Just wondering.
     
  20. smidgy

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    when we stayed at AOA the gates were always closed and you needed a key card to get in. soon they will fencing in all the pools at WDW.

    it is not fair to those who paid to stay at that resort. it was difficult to find the lounge chairs we needed as it was, let alone a table.

    youa re free to go over, check it out, eat there. but not swim there.
     
  21. Diva1981

    Diva1981 Earning My Ears

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    Some time ago there was discussion on the boards here that they would be closing the pools when no lifeguard was on duty and not allow guests to use them at their own risk. This was due to a young girl drowning after pool hours when her parents were with her. Does anyone know if this has become true or not? We are staying at AKK Feb 17 - Mar 1 and we like to go swimming and hot tubbing after the parks. So we are usually in the pool around 11 - midnight. Just curious if anyone has stayed recently and knows the answer to this. Thanks! :)
     

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