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All resorts require face masks to be worn in the pool area unless you are in the pool or eating and drinking (but you must remain stationary while doing the latter). You may also experience a wait to get into the pool area. Be sure to check in with a cast member at your resort or chat with a Park Prodigy team member if you have any questions on safety procedures!
This post is your ultimate guide to the best pools at Disney World! Down in Florida, it can get pretty warm, even during the winter months. Walt Disney World is full of unique and fun pools that will be sure to keep you cool and relaxed. With so many options, it may be hard to choose which ones you’ll be enjoying during your next trip. For us, we can’t just pick one, as we could never pick a Disney hotel with the best pool. However, we do believe there’s the perfect pick for every family.
That’s why we’ve comprised a list that breaks down the best Disney World resort pools that will make you feel like you’re swimming in a whole new world! We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Disney World be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time on your next vacation and find the cheapest Walt Disney World tickets!
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It’s important to note that some of the Walt Disney World hotels are still closed and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. If you are basing your next Walt Disney World vacation on the best pools in Disney World, be sure to double-check to make sure your hotel of choice will be open. We will also say that if your favorite Disney hotel is open that now is a great time to visit. Reduced park hours are a great way to take advantage of the best pools at Disney World.
First, let’s answer some questions you might have when booking your stay at a resort with the best pools at Walt Disney World:
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All Disney pools are open all year. Depending on the resort and its busy season, opening and closing times can vary by pool. Typically pools will open around 9AM. However, the bigger and more central pools could also open at 7AM the earliest. The closing time can also vary from 9PM to 11PM. Due to Disney’s instated policy in 2013; the main feature pool at each resort will only be open when lifeguards are on duty. The Disney pools are staffed with several lifeguards year-round from open until close. There will also be guards posted at the bottom of slide areas and at multiple points around the perimeter of the feature pool. It’s best to check with the Guest Services at the resorts, but there will be lots of signage around each pool telling you their hours.
Resorts will have various pools throughout their location, so you are free to use any of the pools at your resort. For example, guests of Port Orleans Riverside may use the pools at the Port Orleans French Quarter, and vice versa. Also, members of the Disney Vacation Club can hop to the pools located in other parts of the resort.
However, “pool-hopping” is not allowed from resort to resort. Typically, the pools are gated and you may need your Magic Band to get in. This is especially true at the Disney Beach and Yacht Club resort which is home to one of the most popular Disney resort pools on property. Guests will be asked to show their magic band every time they leave the pool area or receive a bracelet.
But don’t fret; any resort you stay at will have one of the best Disney pools.
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You can feel confident that no matter which Disney pool you choose you’ll be enjoying a nice 82 degree Fahrenheit temperature. This temperature is perfect for a cool down in the pool during the summer, but it’s also perfect to warm you up on a “chillier” winter day. This way, the best Disney World hotel pools can be enjoyed all-year long.
Now that we have covered the basics let’s jump into the best Disney World resort pools for your next trip!
Disney Pool Location: Animal Kingdom Wilderness Lodge
Did someone say Hakuna Matata? Because there will be no worries in this pool surrounded by luscious greens, realistic boulders, and a calming waterfall. This is the main pool at Wilderness Lodge. Swimming here will make you feel like you are in a secluded area, relaxing in the jungle, with the inclusion of the hotel’s geyser and Bay Lake in view. For the kinds (and the young at heart), there’s a 67-foot waterslide built into the rocks as well as hot and cold whirlpool spas, and a water play area.
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Disney Pool Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge
Located in the Jambo House, this is one of the largest and best Disney World pools. Containing 234,980 gallons of water, this Animal Kingdom Lodge pool is known for its sparkling, tropical oasis. To make things wild, there are animal viewing areas where you can view the animals at the Lodge, including the flamingoes. They also offer a 67-foot-long waterslide. For the adults; enjoy the pool bar and the hot tubs.
Disney Pool Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge
It’s pretty clear that the Animla Kingdom Lodge has some of the best Disney World pools, as there are a couple on this list! This 4,700-square-foot pool is located at the Kidani Villas, featuring a 128-foot waterslide and zero-depth entry. Plus, it includes the Uwanja Camp, a water playground with 3 distinct zones meant for kids of all ages. There’s Observation Station for children ages 4 and younger, Departure Zone for ages 5 to 7, and Base Camp for ages 8 and up.
Disney Pool Location: Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
You get to relax your troubles away at the Grand Floridian pool in Disney, containing 111,261 gallons of water, overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom. The natural springs-theme will keep you tranquil (and the poolside bar helps too). There’s also a 181-foot-long waterslide, many waterfalls, a walking bridge, and zero-depth beach entry, making the Grand Floridian beach pool the best of both worlds. For the kids, there’s an Alice in Wonderland water play area. Truly, this is one of the best Disney pools for adults, because of the peaceful upbringing and secluded location.
Disney Pool Location: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Unleash your inner Captain Jack Sparrow at this Spanish colonial fortress-style pool. To feel even more as if you’re in Pirates of the Caribbean, water cannons are included. This very kid-friendly Disney hotel pool is made up of Forts, with one including a staircase leading up to two waterslides. There’s a Shipwreck Play Area, which, of course, maintains a pirate-ship-themed splash pad for the youngest of pirates. It also has two secluded hot tubs and a pool bar for the adults. Plus, it’s close to Banana Cabana and Centertown Market.
Disney Pool Location: Polynesian Village Resort
Once called the Nanea Volcano Pool, it has now changed its name. The Disney Polynesian Resort pool is located in the center of the resort. This main pool is known for its iconic feature; the lava ruins slide, running at about 142 feet. Similar to the Beach Pool, there are also stunning views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, contains a nice poolside bar, and has a semi-secluded hot tub. Located between the beaches of the resort, you’ll feel like you’re in your own little oasis.
Disney Pool Location: Polynesian Village Resort
Speaking of Oasis, this Disney Polynesian pool is smaller in size but will make you feel quite enchanting. It’s nestled within a lush garden and located among Samoa, Hawaii, and Tokelau, which are the tropical themes of the resort. It features a zero-entry edge, a hot tub, a bar, and a grill with interesting dishes. This pool promises a more tranquil swim for those looking to relax and unwind, making it one of the best Disney pools for adults.
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Disney Pool Location: Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach Club is simply one of our favorite pools in the world not only at Disney World! And the reason for being one of the best pools at Disney World is because the complex is 3 acres in size. Plus, it features sand at the bottom along with a lazy river, making you feel as if you got shipwrecked on a tropical island. Speaking of shipwrecked, the theme comes into play on their waterslide, which is 230 feet. The Bay also features heaps of bridges and adventurous areas to explore (and of course, the poolside bar). This unique Disney resort pool is sure a show stopper and one that will make a lot of memories. Not to mention this resort is just a short walk to all of the EPCOT special events held throughout the year.
Disney Pool Location: Art of Animation Resort
Guests staying at the Cars Suite at Disney’s Art of Animation will feel like they’re in the movie. The cabanas are available for free on a first-come, first-serve basis (and yes, they’re in the shape of cones). This is one of the best pools at Disney hotels because these cabanas provide lots of shade and comfort for those looking to make an entire day at the pool. For the adults asking, “Does Art of Animation have a hot tub?” The answer is they do not, but that makes this resort one of the best Disney pools for families.
Disney Pool Location: Coronado Spring’s Resort
The Mayan-ruins-themed pool is located at the Dig Site, making it an intriguing spot for both kids and adults. Your eye will immediately catch the 50-foot pyramid and the flowing water coming from its stone steps. For those looking for a thrill, the 123-foot water slide featuring a spitting jaguar makes for one of the best Disney hotel water slides. Adults can enjoy the largest hot tub on Walt Disney World resort property and the Siesta Pool Bar. If kids need a break from the excitement of the water, there’s also a nearby play area, an arcade, and a white-sand volleyball court.
Disney Pool Location: Art of Animation Resort
Swim with the fishes at this Finding Nemo-themed pool. Nemo, Dory, Marlin, and other characters greet you throughout this large pool. You’ll also get to dance (or swim) to underwater music. Although it draws larger crowds due to its size, it’s a fun entertainment center, making it one of the best Disney pools for families.
Below is a complete list of the pools at Walt Disney World which are closed for refurbishments.
Big Blue Pool – Disney’s Art of Animation resorts pool will be closed from 1/11/2021 to Early April 2021
Caylpso Pool – Disney’s All-Star Music Pool will be closed from 10/1/2020 to later in 2021
Hippy Dippy Pool – Disney’s Pop Century Resort pool will be closed from 2/15/2021 to later in 2021
Storm Along Bay Waterslide – Closed from 2/2021 to later in 2022
While you can’t really go wrong at Disney, there are a few pools we believe could be improved. These pools are the Riviera Resort Pool and the Luna Park Pool at Boardwalk Resort. The reason for choosing these pools includes things like an outdated theme, lacking amenities, and the size of the pools. They may not be bad, but they’re certainly not the best.
The Riviera Resort is gorgeous, and though the pool is pretty, it leaves a lot to be desired. Especially in comparison to other deluxe resorts. The Luna Park Pool is just a little… unsettling. The pool has a 200-foot water slide that’s made to look like a wooden roller coaster, which sounds odd enough, right? Well, the exit to this slide is actually a giant clown’s mouth. It’s a shame because the pool area is pretty nice, but the clown makes this pool not an option if – like many people, both kids and adults – someone in your party is afraid of clowns.
A: There are actually two amazing pools at the Animal Kingdom lodge. Uzima Springs pool and Samawati Springs pool both offer something unique for guests looking for the best pools at Walt Disney World.
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