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Access to Animal Kingdom Lodge Pools

Discussion in 'WDW Resort Hotels' started by ExtinctJenn, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. LuvtheGoof

    LuvtheGoof Proud DVC Member Premium Member

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    Hmm, well yes, they can, but my question is - should they? I don't visit any of the free events at the off-site hotels.
     
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  2. MichWolv

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    Disney sets the rules. If Disney doesn't prohibit...why not?

    Before FP+, you didn't feel bad showing up for your FP after the end of the window, did you?
     
  3. LuvtheGoof

    LuvtheGoof Proud DVC Member Premium Member

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    If they truly mean everyone and not just guests staying at that resort, then sure, no problem. If they mean only those staying at that resort, even if not specifically saying so, then integrity comes into play. Just because they do not specifically prohibit something, doesn't make it the right thing to do.

    So I would ask you the same question. There has got to be a limit for the number of people that they will allow at a campfire. If your family walks up while you are staying at AKL - paying hundreds of dollars per night - and the CM tells you that they cannot fit you in because it is full - and many people are at the campfire that are not staying at AKL - would you be upset? Or would you just be fine with it, since Disney doesn't enforce the policy?
     
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    Actually, I don't think there is a policy of "only resort guests". Nowhere has Disney posted or stated hopping for campfires is prohibited. And sites that I have reason to believe would not post information without checking have said Disney is OK with even off-site guests attending, so I think they asked and were told that it's OK. Maybe that's not true. If so, my views change with new information. I've only asked about Fort Wilderness and for that one, was told explicitly that all are welcome, FW guest or not.
     
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  5. Polydweller

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    The front desk does not control the access. The lifeguards are in charge of the pool area and the front desk will not override them. The safety of the pool area is the lifeguards' responsibility alone. If something happens, and it does albeit rarely, there would be no defence for having overridden the lifeguards.
     
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  6. 21stamps

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    My son is infatuated with Poly's Volcano Slide. We stayed at Poly in 2015, but we stayed at GF in 2016, obviously couldn't go down the volcano slide.

    I don't think it has anything to do with staying at a Value or not, just that resort pools should be for resort guests.

    Poly has a gate, and even with that, recently they were checking all pool guests magic bands and issuing another resort wrist band to Poly guests. (I wasn't there, just read/saw photos on FB).,, pool hopping must be a major problem if they are going to those lengths to prevent it.
     
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    This is where respect would have to come in to play. People should respect that there are guests of the actual resort that they are hanging out at. But, a lot don't. Because, Disney hasn't kicked them out.. so now that leads to more rules, regulations, gates, and added expense - which translates into Disney spending more money, and then raising prices for all of us. And then complaints.

    One of my biggest factors in choosing a resort is-- the pool slide. Lol
     
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  8. surfsupdon

    surfsupdon Well-Known Member

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    You can get into the pool for a swim easily, especially after dinner. Only the lifeguards will be present, the recreation crew will be elsewhere. The pools aren't busy in the evening/night, so MB scanners aren't walking around.

    I am not giving my opinion, just answering the original question. Have fun.
     
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  9. surfsupdon

    surfsupdon Well-Known Member

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    This is a top tier factor for me! I am a pool slide snob lol.
     
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    It's honestly one of the biggest reasons that I have doubts about booking a stay at the Contemporary!
     
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    OMG, the Contemporary has a terrible slide! It is slow and fully exposed, most Moderates have a better set-up. The entire pool area is pretty standard. Now I have never stayed here, but did try it out as a kid when we were at Poly. ;-)
     
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  12. ExtinctJenn

    ExtinctJenn Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Once upon a time this was a big draw for me. Then, this past November, I broke my collarbone on a resort pool/water slide (non-Disney). Now, I don't even want to be near them. :D
     
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    Get back up and do it again. Haha
     
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    I've stayed there a few times as a child, but we mostly stayed at Poly. I barely remember the Contemporary pool.. but I don't think my kid would be impressed lol
     
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    Oh my goodness!! Ouch!!!!
     
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  16. ExtinctJenn

    ExtinctJenn Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Yeah... after that pain and then having to have surgery to fix it... and now setting off metal detectors (which is a load of fun)... I'm going with no. :D
     
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    Can't blame ya!

    Sorry that happened :(
     
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  18. ExtinctJenn

    ExtinctJenn Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Meh... I had never broken a bone so I was due. :D
    I'm looking forward to going through the security checks once we are on property to see if I set off their detectors. I do the ones at our local amusement park (Carowinds).
     
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    I have a Cedar Fair Platinum pass this year.. I think Carowinds is included in that. How is it?
    I've promised my kid that we will go to several of the parks. Our home park is Kings Island

    Hopefully you won't set off the detectors.. I'm sure it might get annoying. My father has 2 metal hips and femur bone. He sets them off all of the time.. now he just laughs whenever they go somewhere lol
     
  20. LuvtheGoof

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    I'll have to concede that one. Very possible that not a lot of people go to the campfire, so they allow anyone.
     
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