Hello, although I have been reading both this and the Disneyworld forum off and on for a couple of months now, this will be my first post and wonder if anyone can advise please?
I've been thinking of taking my wife back to WDW for our holiday this year in late Sept / early Oct. We would stay on site as we do not drive. We last visited 11 years ago for our second wedding anniversary, staying for two weeks at Port Orleans Riverside, same time of year. We found POR suited us at it was very quiet and peaceful, we did not use the main pool as that was too busy and noisy for us but we did enjoy one of the quiet pools. We found the rooms to be adequate but would have preferred a balcony.
With this in mind I have read quite a few TA reviews on some of the deluxe resorts and also on POR, realising things may have changed since our last visit. I have also watched walk through videos on You Tube of most of the WDW hotels and all seem to have LOUD music playing at the main pools. Whilst I expect the main pools to be noisy from children, I'm sure the loud music / activities weren't going on when we last visited. On the POR video the loud music could still be heard when the "cameraman" was over on the other side near the Mansion buildings, possibly meaning that the "quiet" pools aren't actually quiet? Animal Kingdom Lodge doesn't appear to have a quiet pool and on that video the pool noise could be heard almost everywhere the cameraman went.
What we are looking for is the safety and convenience of staying onsite but in a quieter atmosphere. We would not be visiting the parks all the time so want to be able to spend quiet days around the pool.
My questions then are these:
1) Is what we want possible at a WDW hotel and if so where? We liked POR and also like the look of AKL? Not sure about somewhere like Saratoga Springs although many TA reviewers say it is very quiet.
2) Does the loud music go on at all WDW main pools and does it go on all day or just at certain times of the day? If it is only at scheduled times we could plan our pool time to avoid it could've we?
3) Can the music from the main pool be heard at the quieter pools?
Thank you for any information or advise you can offer.