The only way to be able to access the pools and slides is to be a guest there. There is also another hotel where you can be a guest and have use of the Atlantis facilities as well, but its pricey.
Unless they have put fences up, you don't need to be a guest there. I stayed across the street at another hotel & you just walk right in. Beaches / pools are all open. Nice lazy river ride also. But this is going back about a month before the Atlantis was open.
We were there a couple of years ago and they have people at the entrances checking for armbands. You can't get in without one.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
Would it be possible to get a room at the comfort suites - even though we will not be staying there over night - to get the armbands for the pools and watersides? This may be cheaper than paying for an excursion for 6 people (4 adults, 2 children)? Is it easy to get cab to Atlantis and back? Cabe fare $?