Rank the pools!

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by bom_noite, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. bom_noite

    bom_noite <font color=blue>DVC-Trivia Contest - April, 2006:

    Apr 17, 2003
    Our kids have supplied the following ranking:

    1) SAB (By a large margin)
    2) Luna Pool (BWV)
    3) Grand Floridian
    4) Polynesian
    5) Port Orleans / Riverside
    6) Coronado
    7) Wilderness Lodge
    8) Carribean Beach
    9) OKW

    Note: Have not been to the pool at AK, Contemporary, Pop Century or All Stars. The new pool at SSR, with a 50 foot slide, should make it's way high up on the list.

    Can anyone provide input on the pools we missed? How do they rate? What is your ranking?
  2. nuthut

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    Nov 23, 1999
    I wouyld say you are right on target, except that we really like the pool area at CS. The volleyball court is the best we found on property. The pool is vedry large, great play area, slide and easy eating at the pepper market. Maybe move it to #3....
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  4. DSNY FN

    DSNY FN <font color=darkcoral>DVC is the place for me<br><

    Sep 18, 2000
    I agree with the sentiments about Coronado Springs they have a great pool area.
  5. Doug Wolfe

    Doug Wolfe Beach Club Villas/DVC Owner Since 2002

    Apr 18, 2002
    Great pools at CS & Poly.::yes::

    But of course, my all time favorite is Storm-A-Long Bay!:wave2:
  6. BWVDee

    BWVDee DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2004
    Well, we have been to them all, so here's our ratings from best to worst resort main pools; according to our likes/dislikes:
    1. SAB
    2. AKL
    3. BWV
    4. Poly
    5. GF
    6. WL
    7. CSR
    8. POR
    9. Contemporary
    10. POFQ
    11. CBR
    12. Disney Inn (pre SOG)
    13. ASMo
    14. ASMU
    15. Pop Century
    16. ASSp
    17. OKW
    18. FW
    19. Disney Village Townhouses (pre SSR)

    Our ratings were based on theming, pool size, pool slide, hot tubs, pool bar and snack bar, surrounding atmosphere/views, pool amenities: i.e.life guards, float rentals, playground, etc., pool side food and beverage service, convenience from resort rooms, etc.
    Can you tell we are pool people??? LOL!!
  7. niks81

    niks81 Let's just say I wasn't the 'only one'!<br><font c

    Jun 18, 2001
    We haven't been to that many of the pools....but here are the ranks :)

    1) Stormalong Bay (YC, BCV stay)
    2) Poly
    3) BWV
    4) VWL/WL
    5) OKW
  8. robinb

    robinb DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 1999
    Here is my ranking of the pools I have been to. Some pools you can not pool hop to, but I thought I would be complete :).

    1) SAB -- just the best!
    2) Polynesian -- great pool and view!
    3) AKL -- very nice, but can't pool hop :(
    4) Wilderness Lodge -- nice!
    5) Luna Pool -- I don't like the scary clown!
    6) Grotto Pool at Swan/Dolphin -- nice areas that can be cold, can't pool hop :(
    7) OKW -- will be better after the new slide goes in :)
    8) Carribean Beach -- have not been back since update, uninspired years ago
    9) Contemporary -- lame-o pool and slide, hot tub was broken last trip
    10) All Star Sports -- yuck, yuck, yuck ... but my 4 year old is fine with any pool :)
  9. crisi

    crisi DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2002
    I think it really depends on what you are looking for....

    For instance, SAB is a really, really cool pool, but will age a mother of a three, six and ten year old about four years in an afternoon.

    The MK hotel pools have the advantage of being close enough to the MK to make an after lunch swim and back at the MK by 3:00 possible. The Epcot are hotels have that advantage with Epcot and MGM.

    The pool is just a body of water, and the slide tame, but true to everything about WL, the pool has some of the best theming. The pool grounds provide the best stroll and the geyser is a nice touch.
  10. kathleena

    kathleena <font color=FF99FF>Because everyone needs a Fairy

    Jan 27, 2001
    1. SAB
    2 tie - AKL, BWV First one for atmosphere, second for the slide
    4. CSR
    5. WL
    6. OKW (could rise with the new slide and especially if the calypso music goes away)

    On my list to visit

  11. SSRex

    SSRex Mouseketeer

    Dec 15, 2003
    For those of you that have been to SSR, where would you put the High Rock Springs pool on this list. Certainly not above SAB, but?

    We will be at BCV just after the pool hopping restrictions are over for the 4th of July holiday period and plan to go to BWV and SSR.
  12. palmtreegirl

    palmtreegirl Loving life in Florida

    Jan 28, 2003
    1. SAB
    2. Dolphin
    3. AKL
    4. Poly
    5. GF
    6. BWV
    7. CSR
    8. WL
    9. CR
    10. POFQ
    12. ASMo
    13. ASSp
    14. ASMu
  13. CRobin

    CRobin DIS Veteran<br><a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis

    Feb 13, 2001
    Rex, the slide alone @ SSR puts that pool at the top of my list.

    Now if they can do something about that 100 degree + temperature on the pool deck......
  14. kamgen

    kamgen DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2000
    Am I the only one in the world that does not like SAB??:confused:
    The slide is okay, but I am not a fan of the pool in general.
    I like the Luna Park Pool at the Boardwalk (Fun slide!) and the Poly pool is nice with the slide, waterfall and view of the castle.

    We are headed to SSR in September, cannot wait to see their pool!:wave2:
  15. helenabear

    helenabear <font color=deeppink>There is hope for the helples

    Oct 23, 1999
    Nope you are not the only one. We were able to pool hop to that one way back in 2000 when the Polynesian's pool was under construction. It was off season so they said it was cool for us to do. It was a nice pool, but I am not fond of the sand on the bottom really and I said to my husband, that it was an interesting pool but I would never stay there just for the pool itself. I'd rank ones as the following (either swam or hung out there enough to get a feel)

    1. Polynesian
    2. WL
    3. CSR
    4. SwanDolphin
    5. POR
    6. GF
    7. OKW
    8. BW
    9. SAB
    10. CSR
    11. PC
  16. idratherbeinwdw

    idratherbeinwdw <br><font face="comic sans MS" color=violet>I'll n

    Oct 31, 2000
    I have to say I am surprised at how high the Polynesian pool ranked on so many posts.

    Before buying into DVC the Poly was "my" resort and I couldn't imagine wanting to stay anywhere else for more reasons than I have the energy to list right now. BUT, the pool was the one thing I always whined about there. No jacuzzi? At a deluxe resort? Even after they rehabbed the whole pool a few years ago, STILL no jacuzzi?? Argh!!

    I can't disagree that the view is great, but I really feel the lack of a jacuzzi puts the Poly pool far down on my list. A personal thing obviously, and I guess since I stayed there with lagoon view most of the time the view didn't matter to me when I was in the pool. I wanted my hot tub like almost all the other resorts, moderates included, have. Especially at the rates they charged it seems like a huge lack to me not to have a jacuzzi at the Polynesian.

    I will say that the volcano theme is cute, and the zero entrance is great for those with disabilities. The slide is nice, but not, at least to me, terribly impressive. But other than the view I don't see it as an outstanding pool.

    Just another point of view, thanks for listening. Oh and my faves are BWV, SAB and POR. CS sounds nice, I'll have to give it a try.
  17. Pa@okw95

    Pa@okw95 Guest

    I would rate the small pool at South Point at OKW as being at the top of my list and it will only get better when they put the slide in at the main pool, less kids always makes for better pools. :D
  18. Sabor

    Sabor Mouseketeer

    May 1, 2001
    Just out Pools have been to. Not including DVC Quiet Pools

    #1 Old Key West Turtle Pond (Large , Quiet , Great atmosphere)
    #2 Animal Kingdom Lodge (Zero Enrty , Ntural Looking)
    #3 Polynesian
    #4 SAB (too hard with kids of varying ages , Awesome Slide)
    #5 POR Ole man Isle
    #6 Wilderness Lodge
    #7 Contemporary
    #8 AS Movies
    #9 POR
    #10 Old Key West Main Pool - Does nothing For Me
    #11 Luna Park - That Clown Face is way to scary
  19. Happy Birthday Cat

    Happy Birthday Cat <font color=teal>Wonders if the <font color=deeppi

    Mar 22, 2001
    I just let my four children vote and they said that their favorite pools were whatever ones Pa@okw95 wasn't at! Kind of ironic huh?;)

  20. kweaver

    kweaver DIS Veteran

    Feb 1, 2003
    HBC - ROFL!

    Pa@OKW95...be sure to pool hop to SSR next time you are down...there were not many kids there last week! :D
  21. cheyita

    cheyita <font color=FF99FF>If you believe in the Tag Fairy

    Apr 13, 2003
    My kids loved the South Point pool all last week - probably for the same reason you love it - not crowded with room to actually swim!

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