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Top 5 Pools At Walt Disney World

I love swimming and I very rarely get to do it. Is it a location issue? No,  I am a Floridian and though many think that Floridians swim weekly, our blood is thinner down here, so prime time swimming season is May to September. Now, as all of you Northerners get a good laugh at my expense, swimming at Disney is a 12 month privilege and going to Disney to swim in one of their fantastically themed pools is a real treat, even for those of us who have a pool right in our backyards. With the theming, activities and heated waters, you will love your time in a Disney pool. Some of these are just better than the rest and the quality of the pool at the resort may influence where you decide to on your next vacation! Here are my 5 favorite pools at Walt Disney World resorts!

5. The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The largest resort pool at Walt Disney World, the Big Blue Pool will make you feel like you have shrunk down to the size of a fish to join Nemo and all of his friends. With underwater speakers pumping in island music, you’ll be delighted when you hear familiar voices from Finding Nemo! This pool is huge at over 300,000 gallons of water and has a zero entry (which I love laying in for a nice tan). Beyond the pool is a play area with a giant anemone and you and your kids will play along with Marlin and Nemo and his school friends, including an “inking” Pearl. Make sure you find squirt and P. Sherman’s wristband, too!

4. The Luna Park Pool at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

Designed after theme parks in the 1920’s, I’m sure you’ve seen a picture of this incredible pool with its recognizable clown face. If you can get over that sheer terror, you are sure to have a blast at this beautiful pool. That clown’s mouth is actually the exit to the pools totally fun 200 foot waterslide that looks just like a roller coaster. Hanging out along the sides of the pool are adorable elephants that will certainly add a splash to your experience. A really great feature of this pool is that there is a ton of seating, including tables and chairs and chaise’s, so finding a place to put your towel and items has never been an issue for us!

3. Samawati Springs Pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village

There is certainly an argument for both main pools at Animal Kingdom, as the pool on the Jambo House side Uzima Pool does sometimes allow for animal viewing while swimming, which is way cool. I happen to prefer the Samawati Springs Pool because the area surrounding the pool is an entertainment complex. The pool bar allows for dining in your suits and the bathroom and work out area is beautifully maintained. The best part, besides the gorgeous pool, is the play area that is for children of all ages. Complete with drawbridges and water cannons, a leaky water tower and springs that shoot up, you will be laughing and getting soaked the entire time! And, if you like waterslides, this one delivers at 128 feet!

2. Fuentes Del Morro Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

This colonial Spanish fortress themed pool is certainly worth the number 2 spot on this list, as it has not 1, but 2 slides! Complete with a zero entry and water cannons where unsuspecting swimmers can get a soaking, this pool is only better due to the addition of the shipwreck play area. This play area is incredibly fun with mini slides, a crow’s nest and the super soaker “barrel of laughs”. The pool is in a prime location along Barefoot Bay, giving a beautiful view and is strategically located right near the food court!

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1. Stormalong Bay-Disney’s Beach Club and Disney’s Yacht Club

Did you even think another pool would be our number 1 choice? The most popular pool at a Disney resort, this one requires that you have your MagicBand on to prove you are staying at either resort as pool hopping to Stormalong Bay is not allowed. This 3 acre sand bottom pool includes a lazy river and a life size shipwreck with one of the more thrilling slides. With the sheer size of the pool, your afternoon will be booked! The connecting smaller pools that make up Stormalong Bay can include swirling jets or waterfalls, deeper waters and areas perfect for smaller kids. You’ll have a blast finding your own perfect spot in this impressive family favorite!

About Lauren Wallis

Lauren Wallis was destined to love Disney. Her Mother found out that she was pregnant with Lauren after her honeymoon at WDW. After moving to Florida in 1990, every school trip, family vacation and weekend getaway was at Disney World! Lauren attended the University of Central Florida and spent her weekends looking for the most delicious restaurants on a college budget. She and her husband have relocated and now live in Central Florida, just minutes from Walt Disney World. She has stayed at every single resort and is currently working on eating at every single restaurant! She has been on WDW property over 400 times…lucky Floridian!