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Old 09-13-2010, 11:57 AM   #151
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If you look at *************** they have video and pics. It is most certainly a sectioned off part of the beach, complete with a wall.
The part about the cabanas is in the updates at the top


(FYI: In the link you provided, the website came up as ******* which means the website is banned from being mentioned on DIS. Please do not try to get around the board filter by using another name or a variation of the website. Thanks, jilljill)
Oh goodness gracious! Trying to tell people where to get info from a website of people who post on this board. Yeesh. If someone wants to know the website, tough luck I guess.
Never expected that website to be banned!

Sorry y'all I tried to point in the right direction. don't PM me either as the link is also blocked there. I would suggest googling it as this website is the only place I have seen decent photos of the cabanas. It's a shame that the information is not allowed.
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Old 09-13-2010, 12:34 PM   #152
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There are some websites/TA's that are banned on the Dis. It is what it is. If you type a name of a website or TA agency and it comes up with ******* that means the website is a banned one. We, as mods, don't make up who gets banned and we have no control over the ****** as it is an internal filter.

If you don't like the policy you can certainly contact the websmaters about it.

If you want to pass on a filtered website feel free to do it via email.

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Old 09-13-2010, 12:49 PM   #153
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I have pictures that say there is a private beach. I haven't tried posting the website, but if anyone is interested, please email me at Mickey7879@hotmail.com with "Disboards" in the subject line and I will send you the info.

Also have a youtube video of what the inside of the cabanas look like and says there is a private beach.
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:26 PM   #154
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Here is a link to a YouTube video that is out there. :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5P14UJpqdU
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:28 PM   #155
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The family beach cabanas are definitely not on a private beach. I have seen them and have several photos of them and can assure you that they are all sitting on the family beach. Also, according to the Disney press release http://disneycruisenews.com/AssetDet...9-e41b217f4668, they are located on the family beach.
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Believe me, the cabanas are a distance from Pelican Plunge and I am sure the beach in that area will be for cabana persons only. It won't be a problem as I saw it. They even had a barrier up last spring and it was a non-issue.
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:00 PM   #157
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Believe me, the cabanas are a distance from Pelican Plunge and I am sure the beach in that area will be for cabana persons only. It won't be a problem as I saw it. They even had a barrier up last spring and it was a non-issue.
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:25 PM   #158
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Believe me, the cabanas are a distance from Pelican Plunge and I am sure the beach in that area will be for cabana persons only. It won't be a problem as I saw it. They even had a barrier up last spring and it was a non-issue.
When we were there in April, the cabanas were pretty much finished, and yes they, and a small part of the beach, were blocked off. However, once the Dream and Fantasy start stopping at CC, there will be another 1500 guests on the island, so blocking that part of the family beach would be completely against DCL's stated reasons for enlarging the family beach. I really can't see them blocking off a large section of the family beach for only 100, or so, guests.

Just my $.02 worth........
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Believe me, the cabanas are a distance from Pelican Plunge and I am sure the beach in that area will be for cabana persons only. It won't be a problem as I saw it. They even had a barrier up last spring and it was a non-issue.
Interesting. For whom was it a non-issue? For the regular guest capacity of the Magic or Wonder who normally fit comfortably on the old family beach, and now have an extra 150 yards of expanded family beach to roam? Or the 1600 additional passengers who are going to come off the Disney Dream in a few months and wonder if they are supposed to fit in that 150 yards of beach while 100 of thier shipmates stretch out on the other 150 yards of private beach.

Honestly, I only see a video from a guest who is taking a self tour of a cabana and then says in an offhand way that there's a private beach. The photos do seem to show a fence separating that part of the beach, so perhaps that's an accurate description. Or were they just trying to keep that part of the beach empty while they put the finishing touches on the cabanas? I still haven't seen anything official that says anything about a private beach. Possibly could be a soft-opening test to see if a private beach would work, and by not advertising a private beach they've left themselves the chance to go back and open it up to all families in case they decide it won't work.
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The private cabanas at Serenity Bay do not have a private beach area. They are about 1/2 way down the beach where all the chairs and lounges are setup. Give or take a bit, no sense of distance!

If the ones at the family beach have their own private beach area too, we might have to chance the family beach area next time.
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Interesting. For whom was it a non-issue? For the regular guest capacity of the Magic or Wonder who normally fit comfortably on the old family beach, and now have an extra 150 yards of expanded family beach to roam? Or the 1600 additional passengers who are going to come off the Disney Dream in a few months and wonder if they are supposed to fit in that 150 yards of beach while 100 of thier shipmates stretch out on the other 150 yards of private beach.
Well, according to Disney's own press release from August (or whatever you call it), the family beach is being expanded by 700':

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/wh...-enhancements/

It's definitely much bigger and i cant imagine it being all private--it has to be largely "public" wouldn't you think? As an aside, it appears that there will be a back road to the cabanas, but for what I have no idea, because there was signage past the bike rental area on a road that said "welcome cabana guests". I wish I snapped a pic. Anyone else see that?
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I would think that the 700 ft is the old Castaway Rays area
just past Pelican Plunge

That area was packed on 9/7, with very few open chairs, compared to the gaps on the family beach between the two tram stops.

my guess being that the tram now stops there.
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I would think that the 700 ft is the old Castaway Rays area
just past Pelican Plunge

That area was packed on 9/7, with very few open chairs, compared to the gaps on the family beach between the two tram stops.

my guess being that the tram now stops there.
Yup...looks like they eliminated the teen beach (extending it a bit) and took over the stingray area. We actually never made it to the beach this time between the kayak tour (awesome) and riding bikes. Now I wish I had.
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The area aroung Pelican Plunge would all be family beach area. The small area by the cabanas (which are at the very end of the beach area) would probably be 'private.' It actually looked like it wrapped around the point. It just didn't look to me like anyone would walk all the way to the end of the beach when there were so many chairs everywhere else. Once you get to the cabanas, you are a long way from everything else ie. Pelican Plunge, Heads Up Bar, Stingray Beach etc. It just didn't seem to be an advantage to me to hike all that way for a little bit of sand. I don't know the exact footage but it didn't look like more than 100 ft to me (could be wrong). Many of the cabanas are set back quite a ways and only a few were close to the water. Anyway, it wasn't anything I would lose sleep over. I am sure all passengers should be able to get along!
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This might help. I posted this here back in May.

So the half of the new beach in front of where Pelican plunge is now located used to be Castaway Rays, right? And the other half (pretty much where the cabanas are now) was the teen beach. So Disney says the expansion totals 700 ft. That's even smaller than I measured (300 yards). Assuming any private area will be in front of all the cabanas - which is about half of the new area - that leaves just about 100-125 additional yards for the family beach and the additional people from the bigger ships.
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