Most Walt Disney World guests come to the most magical place on earth for one reason: the theme parks. And we don’t blame them! But it’s worth putting aside a day (or even part of a day) as a “resort day”, to explore your home-away-from-home. After all, WDW resorts are simply spectacular! And one of our favorite elements at every WDW resort? The pool(s)! From the serene to the whimsical, your favorite Disney pool is out there, just waiting to be discovered! Here are some of our favorites.
8. Doubloon Lagoon: Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Doubloon Lagoon at Port Orleans – French Quarter continues the resort’s superb Mardi-Gras theming. You can’t miss the huge sea serpent water slide (he’s lovingly referred to as “Scales”), where you can slide down his tongue under the watchful gaze of King Neptune. Keep your eyes peeled for jazz-playing alligators and seashell water features! The fun continues with the hot tub and Mardi Grogs pool bar, and for King Neptune’s youngest fans, there’s a special water play area.
7. Silver Creek Springs: Wilderness Lodge Resort
It’s not the biggest main pool at a Walt Disney World resort, but this wild ride of a pool at Wilderness Lodge Resort sure holds its own! Where else can you follow a creek from your resort’s lobby down an outdoor path to a massive water slide? If you’re looking to escape the rat race, there is nature galore here, as well as not one, but two, hot tubs. We love that you can relax poolside and watch the resort’s resident geyser erupt every hour.
6. Lava Pool: Polynesian Resort
This tropical pool area has everything you need to make a splash! An enormous – and recently rebuilt – volcano towers over the pool, and immediately transports guest to a faraway island paradise. Enjoy a zero-depth beach entry to the pool, and lounge on the new, enlarged deck. Tiny island explorers will enjoy the Kiki Tikis Splash Play area, which is full of miniature-sized fun! There’s an exhilarating 142-foot long waterslide, and even a hot tub with a bonus feature: an infinity edge, which hasn’t been seen before anywhere in a Walt Disney World resort!
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5. ‘Ol Man Island: Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
We recently made our first visit to Port Orleans – Riverside, and spent a glorious afternoon lounging around the rustic pool area, ‘Ol Man Island. It’s designed to look like an abandoned old sawmill, and it’s accessible by several wooden bridges, which just add to the fun! You’ll find lots of millworks leaking water, providing fun opportunities to get wet. There’s a waterslide, plenty of hammocks, a fishing hole, and a well-shaded pool for little adventurers.
4. Leisure Pools: Port Orleans – Riverside
If you’re staying at Port Orleans – Riverside, and find ‘Ol Man Island too busy, don’t worry – there are five smaller leisure (or “quiet”) pools scattered throughout the resort, and they’re never very crowded. These leisure pools are common at resorts where guests may have a bit of a trek to get from their room to the main pool, and we love these understated pool areas! Our favorites are the two pools in Magnolia Bend, which have all of the grace and simple elegance of a colonial mansion, including classical columns. These off-the-beaten-track pools offer a lovely respite from the often-chaotic main pools.
3. Fuentes del Morro Pool: Caribbean Beach Resort
If you have aspiring pirates in your party, they’ll have a great time at the Caribbean Beach Resort’s main pool, Fuentes del Morro. As the name suggests, the pool is designed to look like an old Spanish fort, and it comes complete with water cannons, two water slides, and towering turrets. For Walt Disney World’s youngest swashbucklers, there’s even a pirate-themed splash pad. The whole pirate-themed complex looks especially amazing at night!
2. Stormalong Bay: Beach and Yacht Club Resorts
For even more pirate fun, stay at Walt Disney World’s Beach Club or Yacht Club Resorts. The pool complex shared by these sister resorts, Stormalong Bay, is simply fantastic, and trust us, you’ll want to reserve a full day to enjoy it! Its centrepiece, a 230-foot-long shipwreck, is pretty hard to miss, and it forms one of the biggest water slides on property. There’s also a beach area, and a zero-entry, sand-bottomed pool. And don’t forget the lazy river, three whirlpool spas, and water volleyball/basketball pool area! It’s hard to beat this WDW pool fave.
1. The Lost City of Cibolo Pool: Coronado Springs Resort
As amazing as Stormalong Bay is, Coronado Springs Resort’s stunning pool complex just edges it out of the number 1 spot. We love this Mayan ruins themed pool area, and we could look at the enormous 50-foot pyramid with its rejuvenating waterfall and jungle vines all day long! Photo opps just abound around this massive pool. There’s a fun 123-foot long water slide here, and when pool fun is done, relax in one of two hot tubs (one of which is the biggest on property!). For landlubbers, there’s a sand volleyball court, an arcade and a play area. Even if your room is a bit of a hike to the pool complex, it’s worth it!