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  1. alicia080979

    alicia080979 DIS Veteran

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    No one of any of our groups are DVC members. From what was posted earlier, it seems like they can still join us if our lifeguard says it is okay. I was just asking if the lifeguards ever give permission at SAB. They have a group of 9 staying at the BC and we are just 2 people that wanted to have lunch & spend a couple hours with them. They were shocked when I told them today that we weren't allowed to do that. Obviously it is easier for us to meet up with them than all 9 of them come to us. She said they are going to ask the lifeguard anyways...can't hurt I guess.
     
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  3. Deb & Bill

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

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    Just don't be surprised if they say No. They have said No in the past. If every guest asked to add just two more people, SAB would be worse than it is now.
     
  4. crostorfer

    crostorfer Gryffindor Gal

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    They will let you through to Beaches and Cream to eat, you are certainly welcome to meet them there for that, but there is no way you are getting in that pool to swim. Sorry 'bout that, but rules are rules and that is the one resort on property where they will strictly enforce them.
     
  5. daisyduck123

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    Yep - ITA. I would just figure out some other plan. A day at the waterparks together for a large group might be a great alternative.

    FWIW, I watched the lifeguard by the poolside gift shop last year "kick out" a pool crasher at SAB last July. She didn't even give him a chance to say one word after telling him to leave. She said, "you've got to leave now". He replied, "Because I'm not wearing a wristband?" (See? He knew about the policy) and she said yes & immediately radioed to someone.

    Literally in less than 30 seconds, a cm (no bathing suit, not a lifeguard) appeared. The guard pointed out the pool crasher who was already exciting the pool, & the cm followed him out to the boardwalk. :yay:
     
  6. nonnasally

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    Just read the last few pages of this thread. We are going in July for a Grand Gathering for my 60th. We have booked five rooms at the Poly ( there are 18 of us) My DB who is a single dad is meeting us for two days but staying with his son at Pop due to finances. A day around the Poly pool sounds like it is out of the question from what I have read here. A waterpark is a great idea if you like waterparks. I personally have done it all when kids were small and wasting an entire park day is not for me.
    I even rented a cabana for the little ones for one day while we are there. Any thoughts on this?
     
  7. alicia080979

    alicia080979 DIS Veteran

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    I don't expect to be able to swim after reading everything here and it is no big deal to me as we are staying there next year. I figure it won't hurt to ask but no biggie to me if they say no. We will just have lunch and have a look around to get excited about our next trip.
     
  8. crostorfer

    crostorfer Gryffindor Gal

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    Which cabana did you rent? You can't fit more than 6 people in the regular cabana's, (and that wouldn't exactly be comfortable), and I think it's 10 in the premium. You will be given a number of wristbands for the people in your cabana, who are only supposed to be guests staying at the resort. The Poly has recently adopted a wristbanding policy for their guests to kee non-guests out of the pool. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the pool will be jam packed. Please be considerate of the resort guests using the pool and don't bring your guests there intending to sneak in under the radar and swim.
     
  9. nonnasally

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    Thank you for your concern and advice about our comfort in the cabana. As an educator and very considerate person, as well as a long time guest at the Poly, I have no intention of "sneaking" my family members into the cabana or pool to swim " under the radar" All 18 in our party will have wristbands as they are all staying at the Poly, paying high dollar to honor me on my birthday. My concern was for my brother and nephew who will be guests at another Disney resort. They are still part of our Grand Gathering. The rented cabana is for the comfort of my small grandchildren and ailing husband as I am well aware of the crowds in July at the pool area and the lack of space and shade. Perhaps I miscommunicated my concern.
     
  10. CR Resort Fan 4 Life

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    I am just wondering does it actually say anywhere that you need to be staying at that specifc resort to reserve a Cabana? The reason I ask is because I remember an old thread where someone mentioned they reserved one at the Grand Floridian and they weren't staying there. Also when looking at the booking restrictions for the Contemporary Cabanas it does not say you need to be staying there in order to reserve one.
    http://contemporaryresort.net/cabana.html
     
  11. amosser

    amosser Earning My Ears

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    We recently returned from the Poly and wanted to reserve a cabana one morning. They did not have any available at the Poly but the conceirge told us we could reserve a GF cabana. We declined as I would have felt like a pool hopper but the conceirge assured me it was ok. We were able to book at the Poly on another day and loved it!!!
     
  12. CJMickeyMouse

    CJMickeyMouse Please do not disturb.

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    We specifically asked in 2010 if friends could join us at the Poly pool in July and the CM's said sure. You just have to ask. There are no wristbands at the Poly that I have ever seen - those only come into play at the cabanas. Unless things have changed since we were there! :)
     
  13. crostorfer

    crostorfer Gryffindor Gal

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    That's incorrect as of this year. The Poly now issues wristbands poolside to all resort guests. We were just there in May, and they were blue. A castmember circulates poolside and distributes them.
     
  14. CJMickeyMouse

    CJMickeyMouse Please do not disturb.

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    Good to know.... thanks for the info! :thumbsup2
     
  15. Mindy5767

    Mindy5767 Loving My DVC Membership

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    Does that mean that DVC members can't Pool Hop to the Poly anymore? Or do we just have to show our DVC card and ask for a wrist band? Poly is still on the last pool hopping list I saw. I just knew we can't hop to BLT pool, Uzima Pool and the Stormalong Bay unless of course we're staying there. What's the deal? :confused3
     
  16. Deb & Bill

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

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    No, it's still permitted there as long as pool hopping isn't blacked out for DVC members staying on a DVC reservation at a DVC resort through MS.
     
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    Last year, for my birthday, we rented a cabana at the Grand Floridian. We were staying at the Contemporary.

    They never told us until we got to the cabana on the appointed day and time, that we were not supposed to rent one unless we were staying there.

    The lifeguard let us stay, but all the cast members (bar tenders, room service people that brought food we ordered etc) made us feel like second class citizens because we were not staying at the resort.

    The funny thing was, we checked with our concierge at the Contemporary, before we headed over there, to find out if there were drinks or snacks provided with the rental. He called the GF and then told us the fridge had drinks but we needed to bring our own snacks. You would have thought that at that point maybe they would have told us we were not supposed to rent at the GF because we were staying at the Contemporary. :confused3
     
  18. CR Resort Fan 4 Life

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    Your right that when the Cast Member called over for you they should have said you need to be staying at the Grand Floridian to rent their Cabana. Although since you reserved the Cabana over there I am sure you mentioned that you were staying at the Contemporary and who ever reserved it for you did it without any problems.

    Did you also happen to know about the Contemporary Cabanas and if so why didn't you reserve them over there? As Contemporary guests I am sure the Cast Members who attend to them wouldn't have treated you like the ones at the Grand Floridian did.
     
  19. mommy4allkids

    mommy4allkids Earning My Ears

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    Thank you for all posts on rule clarification.:cheer2::thanks:
     
  20. Captain's Wife

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    I don't want to muddy the waters (haha) here, but about the DVC members/renting points thing:

    In Spring of 2008, we (non-DVC members) rented points and stayed at OKW. From check-in to check-out we were treated as though we WERE DVC members, our KTTW cards even said DVC member on them. We didn't pool hop because we had no time, but it was explained at the desk when we checked in that we could if we wanted to (but not SAB) as DVC members.

    Has this changed? Are non-DVC members staying on points handled differently now? Or were we just the lucky recipients of a happy mistake? I'm interested in a clarification.
     
  21. Sammie

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    It has changed. Also when members go to pool hop you are suppose to show your Member card, which a renter would not have.

    Also the member is suppose to let DVC know that you were a renter, not a guest.
     

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