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Swimming in the Pools
Swimming in the Pools
Cruise ship pools aren’t exactly sized for Olympic competition, but while your ship’s three pools are best described as “cozy,” it doesn’t stop them from being some of the busiest places on board. What makes Disney’s pools especially nice is that they’re fresh water, not salt; that kids, families, and adults each get their own pool; and that they have a little extra magic.
Quiet Cove Adult Pool—is on deck 9/11 forward. This is one of the many areas on the ship where adults can go for child-free relaxation. Pool depth is 48" (122 cm). Adjacent are two whirlpools, Senses/Vista Spa, Cove Café, and the Signals/Cove bar. Deluxe lounge chairs are arranged on the deck, and live musicians may be on hand. The Dream and Fantasy also feature Satellite Falls, a fountain and wading pool on the adults-only sun deck on deck 13 forward.
On Deck 9/11 midship is Goofy’s/Donald’s Family Pool, one of the busiest spots on board. Alongside are two whirlpools, quick-service dining (see page 175), and the stage used during deck parties (see page 206). A hideaway deck covers the pool during parties, and the Ariel View/Funnel Vision video screen is overhead. Pool depth is 48" (122 cm).
Mickey Pool and AquaDuck
For many years, the sight to see on the Magic Class ships was Mickey’s Kid’s Pool, with its iconic, Mickey-shaped pool and a yellow water slide supported by Mickey’s gloved hand. Alas, that is now just a memory. On the Magic Class Mickey's Pool has been replaced by AquaLab, a fabulous splash play zone and wading pool suitable for kids up to age 12. (The Mickey Pool on the Wonder morphed into AquaLab during her fall 2016 dry dock.) On the Dream Class the Mickey's Pool concept lives on as a far less fanciful, rectangular wading pool and kids-only Mickey's Slide. Kids in swim diaper can use the adjoining, glass-enclosed and fully shaded Nephews' Splash Zone (Magic), Dory's Reef (Wonder), or Nemo's Reef (Dream Class), with interactive fountains and toddler-friendly play structures. Quick-service dining (see page 175) is nearby. Note: On the Dream Class, the Mickey and Donald pools are next to each other, making it much easier to watch all your kids!
Thrill seekers on the Dream Class can ride AquaDuck, a 765-foot long “water coaster” that starts high in the aft stack and gradually descends to deck 12. Riders sit atop inflatable rafts, and water jets push them along. Solo riders must be at least age 7 and 54"/137 cm tall. Tandem riders must be over 42"/107cm, and under age 7 must ride with someone 14 or older. The Magic has AquaDunk, a short thrill slide that drops riders through a trap door! 48”/122cm minimum height. Though it doesn't qualify as "big thrills," the Magic Class has Twist ‘n’ Spout, an amped-up replacement for the old Mickey Slide that is open to all cruisers 38”/97cm and up. The Fantasy also has an AquaLab, but in this case it's a splash play zone for older kids, on deck 12 aft.
Health regulations require that kids be potty-trained to use the pools and water slides—Swim diapers are only allowed in Nephew’s Splash Zone/Dory's Reef/Nemo’s Reef.
Typical pool hours are from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm for the kids' pool and 9:00 am to 10:00 pm for the other pools and. The Family pool closes during deck parties and other events that use the retractable deck. Twist 'n' Spout/Mickey’s Slide is usually open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on at sea days, even less on other days.
Top Photo Slice: Nephews' Pool on the Magic (℗ 43282) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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