Theft inside the bubble?

yorkieteacher

DIS Veteran
Joined
Oct 4, 2014
I have previously believed that folks who went to Disney were all pixie dust and happiness, lol (more or less!). At the resort pools I would leave my pool bag containing my phone and small bills for drink tips on my chair when I got into the pools. Now with videos of fights in the parks and such, I sadly see WDW also reflects the real world. I know on the cruise I will need my phone. I frequently go to the adult pools, aqua duck and hot tubs without my husband. I am thinking I need to get a waterproof pouch and keep my phone attached to my lanyard some way if I ride the Aqua Duck or make sure to never take my eyes off my pool bag when in the pools and hot tubs. Is this over thinking it? Have you heard of or experienced any theft on a cruise?
 

MomOTwins

The Mommy Fairy
Joined
Mar 5, 2018
We always use a waterproof pouch for phones. Someone did take a magnet from our door one time but I found it several doors down—likely some teenage prank. I also had someone once dump my cover up and flip flops on the wet pool deck so they could take my seat while I was at the restroom—glad I didn’t leave my phone there. Just pointing out there are reasons beyone the risk of theft to keep valuables with you.
 

insureman

DIS Veteran
Joined
Oct 3, 2008
We were on a cruise some years back and someone had stolen a camera from a lounger at Castaway Cay. I think one of my daughters said it was the parents of one of their friends in the kids club that were the victims. You have to be aware of your surroundings and DCL is not immune from crimes. It's not all bunny rabbits and butterflies at Disney.:)
 

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  • mzspaz

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Nov 16, 2004
    The only thing i will add is I have gotten my kids a waterproof pouch with lanyard for
    Aqua duck. Works very well.
    Which one did you get? I lost the one we used last time and need to get a new one. I would prefer one that has been Aqua Duck tested LOL.
     

    tvguy

    Question anything the facts don't support.
    Joined
    Dec 15, 2003
    Why would you need your phone? Check the app before you leave your room to make sure you know your game plan for the next few hours, leave the phone there until you are done at the pool.
     
  • Kwami

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Aug 30, 2021
    Why would you need your phone? Check the app before you leave your room to make sure you know your game plan for the next few hours, leave the phone there until you are done at the pool.
    Perhaps the kids are elsewhere and you want to keep the phone around in case they try to contact you? I could think of a few other reasons, too.
     

    tvguy

    Question anything the facts don't support.
    Joined
    Dec 15, 2003
    Perhaps the kids are elsewhere and you want to keep the phone around in case they try to contact you? I could think of a few other reasons, too.
    Wow, they can't just walk down to the pool? Sorry, I can't believe how dependent some people are on their cell phones. Of course, for us, our cruises with our kids were a time to be with our kids. Lord knows at home during the school year and with after school sports, we might see them for 2 or 3 hours a day. Our cruises were our time to be a family together for a week.
     

    MomOTwins

    The Mommy Fairy
    Joined
    Mar 5, 2018
    Wow, they can't just walk down to the pool? Sorry, I can't believe how dependent some people are on their cell phones. Of course, for us, our cruises with our kids were a time to be with our kids. Lord knows at home during the school year and with after school sports, we might see them for 2 or 3 hours a day. Our cruises were our time to be a family together for a week.
    Not if you are at the adult pool where kids aren’t allowed. Also, if kids are in the Oceaneer club, you need your phone so the club staff can contact you. Wave phones are no longer provided—club contacts you via the app.
     

    belle032

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Apr 6, 2011
    Why would you need your phone? Check the app before you leave your room to make sure you know your game plan for the next few hours, leave the phone there until you are done at the pool.
    Some people take photos? Some might want to make a dining reservation or see what time an activity is? It also doesn't have to be a phone to be valuable. I bring my Kindle to the pool to read. It's not a cheap thing to replace.
     

    DCLCruiseFan09

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Apr 25, 2019
    I have previously believed that folks who went to Disney were all pixie dust and happiness, lol (more or less!). At the resort pools I would leave my pool bag containing my phone and small bills for drink tips on my chair when I got into the pools. Now with videos of fights in the parks and such, I sadly see WDW also reflects the real world. I know on the cruise I will need my phone. I frequently go to the adult pools, aqua duck and hot tubs without my husband. I am thinking I need to get a waterproof pouch and keep my phone attached to my lanyard some way if I ride the Aqua Duck or make sure to never take my eyes off my pool bag when in the pools and hot tubs. Is this over thinking it? Have you heard of or experienced any theft on a cruise?
    Honestly, I bring my Phone up to the pool deck every time. I usually put it under my T shirt or in my bag while in the pool to keep it out of sight but I always have my eye on the bag/our stuff. Thankfully we haven't experienced any theft on the ships but at the same time we are cautious. I try to keep it in range of my watch to still get text messages.

    They sell little combo lock bags you could always keep in a back pack or something to put your phone in if you leave it unattended. I have a friend who has one that she can actually cable on to a chair/table leg if needed.
     

    Jsoenning

    Enjoying the Magic
    Joined
    Dec 29, 2012
    On embarkation day, my wife left her cell phone on the table where we ate lunch, realized it as we were walking out of the restaurant and it was stolen in that time frame. My guess is by the crew as there were not new guests at or near our table. Never turned in and using the locate my phone app just showed it was on the ship. I don't trust anyone anywhere anytime sadly.
     

    Jsoenning

    Enjoying the Magic
    Joined
    Dec 29, 2012
    Wow, they can't just walk down to the pool? Sorry, I can't believe how dependent some people are on their cell phones. Of course, for us, our cruises with our kids were a time to be with our kids. Lord knows at home during the school year and with after school sports, we might see them for 2 or 3 hours a day. Our cruises were our time to be a family together for a week.
    In fairness Disney has pointed us this way by putting everything on the app and getting rid of paper navigators. And what others said about wanting to take photos of your kids having a good time at the pool.
     

    roselj

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Dec 1, 2021
    Which one did you get? I lost the one we used last time and need to get a new one. I would prefer one that has been Aqua Duck tested LOL.
    Ours is Gecko brand - available at sportinggoods stores and probably online. It seals very well, pictures are pretty clear through it, and it floats if it somehow gets free. My son even took it snorkeling for pictures. They sell one similar on Castaway Cay.
     

    nancipants

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Nov 18, 2013
    Wow, they can't just walk down to the pool? Sorry, I can't believe how dependent some people are on their cell phones. Of course, for us, our cruises with our kids were a time to be with our kids. Lord knows at home during the school year and with after school sports, we might see them for 2 or 3 hours a day. Our cruises were our time to be a family together for a week.
    I'm a planner. I look at the navigator a lot, especially the menus. My husband and I would always sit down and discuss what we were going to have for dinner that day.

    My phone is my camera.

    When we travel with extended family, we are not always doing the same activity and like to touch base every so often or make plans for a later activity. This will be especially true on our next cruise, our first with a toddler, because his grandparents will offer to watch him while we hang in the adult areas. And no, they can't come talk to us in the adult pool without annoying everyone else there.
     

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