As the Summer temperatures in Orlando begin to soar, finding a perfect place to cool off becomes mighty important. Luckily there are over 60 amazingly themed pool scattered about Walt Disney World Resort to help visitors relax and unwind. Though every pool on Disney property is perfect in its own way, we here at Disney Addicts do have a few favorites that we thought were worthy of mention. So if a good pool is important to your family, you’ll want to give one of our fantastic top 7 pools a try during your next visit to the Mouse. .
1. Surf Pool – Typhoon Lagoon – (pictured)This behemoth of a wave pool actually covers over 2 1/2 acres of Disney property providing the ultimate place to relax, unwind and even catch a few waves. That’s right. The Surf Pool is so massive and the waves solid enough that Typhoon Lagoon even offers surf lessons!
2. Stormalong Bay – Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort – Believed by many to be the best pool on Disney property, Stormalong Bay feels more like a water park than a resort swimming pool. Among its features are a sand-bottom pool, a 230 ft waterslide found in a replica of a sunken ship and a lazy river that winds its way around the property. There are also 3 hot tubs and a Shipwreck Pool for tiny tots features its own miniature water slide. This pool area is also an expansive 2 and 1/2 acres which means that you can easily spend an afternoon or even a day enjoying everything that it has to offer!
3. Uzima Pool – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Located at Jambo House this 11,000 sq ft oasis is the perfect place to cool off after a long day at the parks. Here you’ll find a zero entry pool with a 67-foot long waterslide. There are also 2 hot tubs tucked away among the trees and a children’s wading pool perfect for those just learning to swim! The Uzima Springs Bar is also on site offering up some delicious cocktails that are perfect for enjoying poolside.
4. Fuentes del Morro Pool – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Perfect for swashbucklers of all ages, the pool at Caribbean Beach resort is, in my opinion, one of the big selling points of a stay at this tropical-themed moderate resort. The area is designed to resemble a Spanish Fort and features a zero entry pool with duelling water slides and water cannons perfect for all those Jack Sparrows in the making. For those with small children, there’s also a shipwreck play area with mini slides and crows nest that tips and spills water ensuring that your tiny tots will be screaming with delight. A note of caution for guests considering a Summer visit, Caribbean Beach is undergoing extensive refurbishments just now. Though the pool remains open, a lot of work is being carried out throughout the property.
5. Hidden Springs Pool – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – If there’s one thing that has us really excited about the recent renovations over at Wilderness Lodge, its the new Hidden Springs Pool area. New this Summer, the pool is rich with backstory and was constructed on the site of an abandoned rock quarry. Central to the area is a giant water tower with mining and railroad artefacts are scattered throughout to carry out the Pacific Northwest theming of the property. Among the features of the updated pool area are an expanded sun deck and zero depth entry pool.
6. Big Blue Pool – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Though it doesn’t have a waterside (because none of the Value resorts do) it makes up for it in amazing Imagineering. Here guests can swim surrounded by your favorite friends from Finding Nemo with larger than life characters appearing around every corner. The Big Blue Pool also holds over 308,527 gallons of water making it the largest hotel pool on Disney property. There’s also a couple of other neat features that make it a stand out including the fact the music is piped underwater for your little ones to hear as they swim along. There’s also Schoolyard Sprayground, a water-play area for small children, as well as the Drop Off Pool Bar perfect for those looking to unwind poolside with a cocktail or two.
7. Lava Pool – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort– Set at the foot of an inactive volcano, this pool area wins in the ambiance department. Think towering volcano, waterfalls, and a 142 foot waterslide. There’s also a zero depth entry pool and a lounge that serves light bites and drinks. A favorite with families and little ones alike, the Kiki Tiki’s Splash Play area is where you’ll find lots of hands-on waterplay activities. There’s also a semi-secluded hot tub for the grown-ups. It’s also worth pointing out that those swimming once the sun goes down, may even be able to catch a glimpse of Happily Ever After fireworks over Magic Kingdom or the Electrical Water Pageant, giving it big points in this swimmers book.
So if pools are big on your family’s must-do list, you won’t want to miss a chance to give one of these fabulous swimming areas a go. Whether it’s for an hour or an afternoon each one of the pools on our lists promises big doses of Disney magic so dive in!
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