Pipe Down Out There!

Noisy rooms rank near the top of hotel guests' complaints every year. A well-designed room blocks both the noise coming from an adjacent room's television and from the swimming pool across the resort. Based on our initial tests of both interior and exterior soundproofing, and for reasons outlined on the next page, we believe that a room's exterior door is the critical component in keeping sound out.

Our test equipment consisted of a digital sound meter, a portable CD player, and a copy of The Who's greatest hits. We first calibrated the volume of the CD player until Roger Daltrey's ear-piercing wail in "Baba O'Riley" reached 70 decibels on the sound meter. Next, we took the CD player outside the room and placed the meter on top of the pillow of the bed closest to the exterior door. We replayed "Baba O'Riley" and recorded the decibel reading on the sound meter. For good measure, we also recorded the sound level in the room with and without the AC running, and around the resort in general.

Walt Disney World Onsite Hotels - Sound
Hotel Sound
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge F
Disney's Wilderness Lodge F
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House) F
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa F
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort F
Disney's Contemporary Resort D
Disney's All-Star Movies Resort D
Disney's Yacht Club Resort D
Disney's Art of Animation Resort C
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village C
The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort B-
Disney's Beach Club Villas B
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa B
Disney's Beach Club Resort B
Disney's Pop Century Resort B
Disney's BoardWalk Inn B
Disney's BoardWalk Villas B
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort B
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort B
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter B
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside A
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel A
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort A
Disney's All-Star Music Resort A
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel A
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort A
Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort A
Disney's Old Key West Resort A

Disney World Hotel Data
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