Do you want to know what the best pools at Disney World resorts are?
As a solo traveler there’s nothing better than getting done at the parks because you followed the ThemeParkHipster touring tips and getting back to the resort to find an empty pool because all of the families staying at your hotel are still at the park.
Spending time at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is one of our favorite things to do, and one of the best places to spend an afternoon is at the hotel pool.
Each of the Disney hotels have a distinct theme and that theme extends to the pool at the hotel.
Today, we’re breaking down the best Disney pools and why they are worth jumping into on hot Florida days.
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1. Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club
Why This is One of the BEST Pools at Disney World: The sand bottom pool is always one of the highest rated pools at Walt Disney World and is often a major factor is why people stay at these two resorts, besides being within walking distance to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The pool has a wrecked ship-themed slide that goes over the walkway around Crescent Lake and drops off at the edge of the pool.
The pool area does fill up quickly over the weekends and on holidays so be sure to get to the pool early if you want to get a good spot. Once inside the gate you can pick your own seat and enjoy a day of fun in the sun.
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2. Copper Creek Springs Pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Just off the main building at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the Copper Creek Springs Pool.
The heated pool has plenty of room for you to spread out your things and enjoy a day immersed in nature.
Why This is One of the BEST Pools at Disney World: at the pool area you can also enjoy a hot and cold spas and a 67-foot waterslide. Be sure to watch the geyser go off every hour on the hour between the pool and Bay Lake.
3. The Lava Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one of my favorite places to explore and the Lava Pool near the main building is perfect for a break from exploring the resort or the parks. The pool is a zero-entry pool with a massive volcano coming up from one side.
Why This is One of the BEST Pools at Disney World: The volcano is actually where the slide is located, which is fun for adults and kids. On the other side of the slide there’s a kids splash zone and splash tower.
Don’t forget to get a drink from the pool bar, where the special is usually a Dole Whip lime margarita!
4. Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Swimming with Nemo and his friend from the reef is easy at the Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The pool is widely considered Disney’s best value resort pool and with good reason.
Why This is One of the BEST Pools at Disney World: When you’re under the water at the pool you can hear the soundtrack to Finding Nemo making it one of the best pools at Disney World resorts!
For kids, there’s an adorable splash pad themed to the jellyfish scene in the movie. Just like Stormalong Bay, the Big Blue Pool gets busy very quickly as people start moving around for the day, so if you plan on getting a seat be sure to get to the pool early.
5. Uzima Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo House
One of the more unique pools at Walt Disney World is the Uzima Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo House. The pool overlooks the savanna and even has direct sight lines to the flamingo habitat.
Why This is One of the BEST Pools at Disney World: This pool is zero-entry , which is nice for days when the weather is hot but you still need to get used to the water temperature slowly.
There is a 67-foot water slide at this pool, and there’s usually just a short line to get on and slide down.
6. The Dig Site Pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
The Dig Site Pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is the main pool at the hotel.
Why This is One of the BEST Pools at Disney World: Once inside the gates of the pool you’ll find a small beach volleyball court, a pool bar that serves food and drinks, and a fun Mayan ruins-inspired slide area.
The pool is quite small for how many rooms the resort has now with the addition of Gran Destino Tower, but it’s still worth heading to in the morning or after a long day in the parks.
7. Fuentes Del Morro Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is one of the most sought after resorts right now due to the addition of the Disney Skyliner, which can take you to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Why This is One of the BEST Pools at Disney World: The pool at the resort has two slides, water cannons, a shipwreck play area and a huge hot tub.
The pool is themed after Caribbean fort ruins and the glittering waters are always inviting making it one of the best pools at Disney World resorts!
Top 3 Tips for Visiting the Best Pools at Disney World:
- All Disney pools require you to scan in with your MagicBand, which will unlock the gate. Even if you use your phone to unlock your hotel room door bring a MagicBand because the My Disney Experience app cannot unlock pool gates yet.
- You can bring your own food and drinks into the pool area, as long as the drinks aren’t in anything glass that can break around the pool deck.
- Because of limited capacity at the Disney World pools its best to get to the pool early if you plan on being there for most of the day, or want to find the best spot to lounge around.
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Final Thoughts on the Best Disney World Pools
I hope this travel guide helps you plan for the best day possible on your Disney trip! For more tips and tricks, join us over on YouTube!
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About the Author
Megan is a theme park expert and frequent traveler to magical places. She covers all things Disney and Universal and runs marathons for fun.
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(Original Article Date: September 13, 2021/Updated by Editor on April 22, 2022)