Am I the only one who finds Stormalong Bay to be overated?
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Am I the only one who finds Stormalong Bay to be overated?
From what I have read I know that a lot of people seem to very much enjoy Stormalong Bay. However I was wondering if there is anyone else out there like me who found it to be overated? Don't get me wrong it's got a nice theme and etc, however the whole area is very much spread out and it's always jammed packed, although since it shares with the Yacht Club/Beach Club/Beach Club Villas I can see why. Finally just because the pool has a sand bottom does not impress me.
Personally my favorite Pool in WDW is Luna Park at the Boardwalk Inn/Boardwalk Villas because I happen to enjoy the Clown theme and it's never as busy compared to Stormalong Bay.
It used to be better. Before down by where theslide dumps out and by the whirlpool is there used to be bubbling geysers but they have stopped that for a few years now. Which is kinda sad for we loved going over there for fun. The mini lazy river is cool...but not enough for me to rent tubes or such. I like Stormalong for they have little hidden parts in the pool that have waterfalls and such. And its great for people with little kids for the kiddie pool doesnt go that deep and they can try to make sand castles (but its not like beach sand) and keep themselves occupied better than a regular pool. Then again, it may be difficult to pull them away as they are having too much fun!
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We love it. It is a resort pool, not a water park or anything, so for what it is, I think it is great. My husband wants to go back to the Beach Club next year, and Stormalong Bay is one of the reasons.
I noticed that you are a big Boardwalk fan (here and in other posts), so it is natural you would prefer their pool. We find the clown theme kind of creepy , but to each his own. That is why all of the resorts are themed differently - there is something for everyone.
I know what you mean. It's a fantastic and wonderfully pool, but it's not the only awesomely themed pool. Have you ever seen Ol Man Island at Port Orleans Riverside? Absolutely wonderful pool. So is the clown at the Boardwalk, I don't like it but it's themed beautifully.
The pool area closed so early when we were there and it was not that great to us sure wouldnt stay there just for that reason. Nice to be able to walk to Epcot and it was a really nice resort, but we were in the villa pool more.
Love the Magic of Disney Thanks Dad for our first 5 trips.
We love it because of the sand bottom area especially the area for little children, it's nice to be able to sit there with my then 3 yr and 1 yr old boys and I wasn't as worried as I have been in other pools. I like that the area is large with many different nooks so not to feel as if we are all on top of each other, plus the fact that the bigger kids daily pool games were in another section than that of my little ones made it a very pleasant experience for us. We also tend to go in September so it was hardly crowded which was another perk I can't imagine how crowded it must be during the peak times of the year.
I'm not the biggest fan either. Too crowded and I can't be doing with the whole wristband palaver. I prefer the quiet pool at the other end of the resort. Same lovely location, much less people. Interestingly, so does Kat.
Your not the only one. I love the water and when we first stayed at the Yacht Club I was looking forward to the pool. Well the first thing that happened is we went to go in the pool one night and it was closed. We were used to the Polynesian pool that we could go in all night. Then the day we finally got to the pool it was very crowded. We rented the tubes and the water was so warm that we could not cool off so we got out. Then I went to do the slide and I was underwhelmed by it in comparison to the Polynesian slide. If I had a kid back then it would have been very hard for me to keep track at SAB. Not that it is a bad pool but it was just nowhere near my expectations after all that I read about it online.
Just got back, and here are my thoughts about SAB:
a. We didn't have to rent tubes, the two teenagers and my husband floated around to their hearts content and loved it.
b. Upon arrival the entire section with the slide was closed so we were sad, but we lucked out and it was repaired and opened up the next day.
c. Both teenagers and my husband went on the slide, after all that waiting, and it turned out they didn't love it, because they said that the seams really could be felt on their back when they came down.
d. I liked the hot tub choices, but many people, including myself were disappointed because we wanted the water to be much warmer. Many people were saying that they thought the pools were heated at Disney and were hoping for warmer water.
e. We loved the beauty of it, the sand is fine, and there are many different areas around the pool to sit. Even though it was crowded there was always a chair to be found around 2:00-4:30ish.
f. We didn't mind the wrist-band thing. What's the big deal, show your room key and get a wrist-band - no problem!
g. There was some repair work going on with blocked off areas (minor spaces), and the bridge area was being painted, no biggie. I wonder what they were doing in the construction zone? I was surprised they were doing this in April, why not January or February?
h. The slide area was being repaired because they found something wrong that they thought would be repaired overnight, but apparently they needed more time to fix it. I think it was down for about 3 days, but I could be wrong.
As many have said, there's a resort and a pool for everyone's taste. A square pool, or one with little them or interest doesn't do it for me. SAB is beautifu and intersting. Also the whole clown theme does creep me out as well, and I have heard that from many other people also!
Last edited by musicteachermom; 04-20-2012 at 09:03 PM..