One of the big perks of Disney World’s Resorts is their impressively themed pools.
From whimsical pools featuring beloved Disney characters to serene and relaxing pools, there are a lot of different options in the mix! But, not all Disney World pools are created equally, so we asked YOU, our readers, which resorts have the very best pools. These were the winners.
Stormalong Bay at Yacht and Beach Club Resort
No surprise here! Stormalong Bay was far and away the most popular answer when we asked which pools are the best. As a matter of fact, four different respondents said, “Yacht and Beach Club, duh.” Off the bat, we already had some strong feelings for Stormalong Bay.
And honestly? That comes as no surprise! Stormalong Bay has SO much to offer. With its lazy river, 230-foot long waterslide, and three acres of water attractions, it’s way more than just your basic pool. Plus, the pool has a sand bottom! One reader said, “The lazy river makes it a mini water park.”
And its waterslide is pretty impressive too! It’s one of the highest resort slides in all of Disney World, and it’s designed after a shipwreck. People were seriously convinced about Yacht & Beach Club having the best pool — one reader expressed, “Beach Club, is it even a question?!”
If impressive, expansive pools are your thing, you might want to book your next stay at the Yacht Club or the Beach Club!
Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is known for its larger-than-life Disney characters that really make you feel like whichever movie is featured in the section of the resort where you’re staying. You can be transported into The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo — and that’s where the pool comes into play.
The Big Blue Pool makes it feel just like you’re swimming along with Nemo and friends! The buildings surrounding the pool are painted to show different parts of the ocean, like coral, fish, and sharks. This perspective makes guests feel like they’re right there in the ocean!
In the pool area, there are huge sculptures showing popular characters from the movie like Squirt and Mr. Ray.
One reader shared, “I love the Finding Nemo pool and splash pad.”
The pool itself is the single largest pool in all of Disney World and features zero-entry points. Check out those huge jellies!
The pool was recently refurbished, so now it’s all freshly updated for guests to enjoy as we get closer to the summer months!
Doubloon Lagoon at Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter
Like most things at Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter, the Doubloon Lagoon pool is styled after Mardi Gras! You’re surrounded by an alligator band that would just make Louis from The Princess and the Frog so incredibly envious. These guys are a hit with some of our readers too! One person said, “Love French Quarter with the alligators playing the instruments.”
Another popular feature is the 51-foot-long sea serpent slide with King Neptune riding up top!
The whole pool area feels like a big party, just as Mardi Gras should! You can relax in the whirlpool or grab a drink at Mardi Grogs nearby.
Dear Disney, please take this token of appreciation as a sign to reopen this resort (It’s STILL closed since Disney World’s reopening!).
Ol’ Man Island at Port Orleans Resort — Riverside
Port Orleans Resort’s other pool is pretty popular among our readers too! In comparison to Doubloon Lagoon, Ol’ Man Island has a more relaxing feel to it. It’s designed to represent a swimming hole along the Sassagoula River. A reader said, “It’s cozy and so well-themed!”
You can have some fun under the pool’s waterfalls or take a trip down the 95-foot slide that’s inspired by a rustic, old mill. We miss you, Port Orleans.
Lava Pool at Polynesian Village Resort
If you’ve ever wanted to swim next to a volcano, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort allows you to do just that. The Lava Pool feels like a tropical hideaway surrounded by palm trees and tiki torches. The 142-foot waterslide offers some unique views of Magic Kingdom — one reader said, “Love seeing the castle from the top of the pool.”
The pool practically overlooks Magic Kingdom, which is pretty special in and of itself. Besides the views, the waterslide is pretty fun too! Another reader shared that her kids still talk about the volcano slide.
Along with waterfalls and zero-entry points, kicking back at this pool is the perfect way to relax when you need a midday break from Magic Kingdom.
Lost City of Cibola Pool at Coronado Springs Resort
Another Disney pool with a massive monument can be found at Coronado Springs! The Lost City of Cibola Pool is recognized by its huge pyramid with water trickling down its steps. The rest of the pool falls in line with the theme of Mayan ruins.
This pool’s waterslide is designed to represent the spirit of a jaguar which definitely isn’t something you see every day. And, not too far from the pool, you’ll find the largest hot tub in all of Disney World!
Fuentes del Morro Pool at Caribbean Beach Resort
If Pirates of the Caribbean were a pool, it would probably be this one at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Its theme is inspired by colonial Spanish fortresses, and we have to say, it works quite nicely.
Guests can take a ride on not one, but two waterslides! There are also water cannons throughout the pool that might spray unsuspecting swimmers.
For little ones, there’s also a play area that looks like a shipwreck! If there’s too much activity going on here for you and you’d prefer something quieter, there are five other “quiet” pools scattered throughout the resort.
Uzima Springs Pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge — Jambo House
Another popular response from our readers was the Uzima Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Who wouldn’t want to swim in a pool that’s just feet away from a savanna filled with exquisite animals?
And, this pool is 11,000 square feet, meaning there’s plenty of space to roam and relax.
And like the pools at Disney’s other Moderate and Deluxe Resorts, there’s a waterslide!
If these awesome pools weren’t enough proof, we’re here to reiterate the fact that you should definitely carve out some time during your trip to relax poolside! If you stay at a Disney-owned resort, you’re shelling out major dough to stay there, so you’d better be taking advantage of what that price tag includes.
Especially if you’re the type of family that’s always on the go in Disney World, it doesn’t hurt to take a minute to relax! Even if it’s just for a half-day. Plan it into your schedule, and make a commitment to kicking back (you’ll thank yourself later!).
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