Top 7 Resort Swimming Pools at Disney World

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If your family plans on spending a fair bit of time enjoying all that your Walt Disney World resort has to offer, you’ll want to make sure that your swimming pools is up to scratch.  Luckily when it comes to Disney accommodation, there are amazing options for guests looking to soak up the sun, sip on a pina colada poolside,  and enjoy a dip in the pool or a ride on one of the many water slides.  Though each of the pools at Disney is amazing in their own way, there are a handful that stand out to us as being truly something special.  If swimming is high up on your Disney vacation priority list, you may want to book a stay at one of the resorts hosting our 7 favorite Walt Disney World Resort Pools.

7. Luna Park Pool (Disney’s Boardwalk Inn) –   With tip of the hat to Boardwalk amusement parks like Coney Island, the areas is filled with lots of lovely details: whether its cooling off by the trunk of a friendly elephant. gliding down the Keister Coaster water slide or grabbing a drink at the carousel themed pool bar, this central pool area can’t help but put a smile on your face.  And with the beautiful surroundings and the bustling Boardwalk on your doorstep, you really will feel like you’ve gone back in time.

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6. Boulder Ridge Cove Pool (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort) – The brand new Boulder Ridge Cove Pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort has taken the place of the former Hidden Springs Pool and has so much to offer.  The pool area has been expanded and re-imagined and features an abandoned rock quarry theme. Boulder Ridge Cove also includes a whirlpool spa and six shaded seating areas. In addition,  Disney recently opened the neighboring Geyser Point Bar and Grill, a brand new bar and restaurant featuringf everything from incredible cocktails to to-go items that can be enjoyed poolside. This is just one of two amazing pools on property.  The other, named the Cooper Creek Springs Pool, features a 67 foot water slide, hot and cold whirlpool spas and a water play area that the kids will love.

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5. Dig Site Pool (Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort) – I, like many Disney regulars, absolutely love Coronado Springs Resort, that being said, the resort is so huge that trekking to the central pool area can see like a mini-expedition in itself.  It’s a good thing then that it boasts an incredible pool area.  Nestled away from the guest rooms, it is a quiet oasis with a giant Mayan Pyramid with waterfall as the main focal point of the Lost City of Cibola Pool.  The central pool area features a 125 ft. spitting Jaguar Slide that weaves its way around the pyramid making you feel like you’re on an adventure befitting Indiana Jones himself.  There’s also a fantastic pool bar serving up beer and cocktails, soft drinks as well as tasty snacks because let’s face it you are a ways away from civilization.  The Dig Site is also home to the largest hot tub on Disney property which can hold an astounding 22 people.  There’s also beach volleyball courts, the Iguana Arcade, a kiddie pool and even a playground themed liked a dig site which can bring hours of fun.  So if you’re look for a resort where you can easily spend a day poolside, Coronado Springs should definitely be in the running.
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4. TIE: Samawati Springs Pool & Uzimia Springs (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge) – To me , it is absolutely impossible to pick one of these fantastic Animal Kingdom Pools over the the other, they’re both that good. Over at Kidani Village you’ll find the Samawati Springs Pool. This zero-depth entry pool encompasses 4, 700 square-feet and holds over 118,138 gallons of water, making it quite the watering hole.  It also features an amazing 128 foot water slide as well as an outdoor play area known as the Uwanja Camp.  Here guests can enjoy a water playground with something to offer children of all ages, from cargo net climbs to bubbling geysers, there’s hours of water play fun available while animals roam the savanna behind you.  The pool area is also home to a lounge bar offering light snacks and drinks.That takes us to Jambo House’s neighboring Uzima Springs pool, a strong contender in its own right.  I mean where else can you catch some rays next to a flamboyance of flamingos?  And if that isn’t enough, there’s a zero entry pool with a 67 foot long waterside, and hot tubs that are tucked away under the canopy trees. Uzima also included a children’s wading pool for your tiniest explorers.
WDW Pools3. 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.
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>2. 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.  Where else can you swim surrounded by your favorite friends from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory in a way that makes you their size and scale, allowing you to feel like one of the gang. This pool is big on character and there’s no escaping the Disney theming but who wants to! With the chirping seagulls and a 4-story Crush nearby, you’re magically transported to another place and that’s why this pool ranks so high in my book.  And have I mentioned the pool is massive? It holds over 308,527 gallons 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 perfect for the little tadpoles in your group as well as Squirt’s Righteous Reef, another play area perfect for kids who want to enjoy spending time with Nemo but don’t want to get wet doing it.  The area also contains the the Drop Off Pool Bar perfect for those looking to unwind poolside with a cocktail or two.
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1. Stormalong Bay (Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts) –  When it comes to the best pool on property, picking the top spot is a bit of a no brainer and has to be the astounding Stormalong Bay complex shared between Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts. This area, which feels more like a water park than a swimming pool features a massive sand-bottomed pool, giant replica of a sunken ship which has been turned into a 230 foot water slide and a lazy river meandering its way around the expansive area.  There’s also 3 hot tubs for older guests and plenty of room to catch some rays on the massive tanning decks.  There is hours of fun to be had enjoying all that Stormalong Bay has to offer.  Smaller children are able to wade into the main pool just like you would at the beach and can cool of in the Shipwreck Pool featuring a mini water slide for those just learning to get their feet wet.   With turn of the century soda shop Beaches and Cream just around the corner as well as fabulous character dining with Mickey and Friends at the nearby Cape May Cafe, it brings lounging by the pool to a whole new level.

So if pools are big on your family’s must-do list, definitely do not  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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