Is achieving peak relaxation on your Disney vacation to-do list? Me too! Even though Walt Disney World Resort may not be the first place that comes to mind when a relaxing vacation is mentioned. Don’t discount the Most Magical Place On Earth.
After all, relaxing poolside or playing with your family in the pools, hot tubs, and splash pads are great ways to recharge on vacation. Sunny Florida is the perfect place to stay if you want to soak up some rays and play in the pool. If you want to enjoy a day at Disney Water Park, there are fun options. But in my opinion, the best pools at Disney World are at Disney World Resorts.
Planning days at your Disney Resort Hotel is a great way to have fun, relax and even save money on your vacation. So, you may be asking – where is the place to stay if pools are your priority? The great news is that Walt Disney World Resort delivers on pools in a big way. From Value and Moderate Resorts to Disney Deluxe Resorts, you’ll find fun pools with extra special features across the property. Still, I have my favorites. This Resort pool countdown is sure to have you ready to book a summer trip to Walt Disney World! Here are the Disney Resort pools you need to visit.
Pop Century Resort
Don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll only enjoy pools at Disney’s Moderate Resorts or Deluxe Resorts. Pools at a Value Resort can be just as fun and better suited to specific families. One of my favorite Value Resort pools is at Pop Century Resort. The adorable theming of the Pop Century Resort pools makes them a hit with Guests. Larger-than-life features like sixties-mod flowers squirting water or Juke Box pools make swimming a fun-themed occasion.
Travel through the decades as you cool off poolside. Three pools are available for Guests to enjoy at Pop Century. The Hippy Dippy pool is, you guessed it, a 1960s-themed pool. Characters from classic Disney films surround the massive bowling pin-shaped pool in the 1950s section of the Resort, while the 1990s Computer Pool at Pop Century Resort has a floppy disk and keyboard for Guests to play near. This large Resort consistently impresses Guests with its variety of pools and the convenience of pools near each section of the Resort, reducing the pool to Resort room walk time.
The leisure pool area at Pop Century Resort is all about fun. Nothing beats a dip in the pool after a hot day in a theme Park. Lucky for you, there is even a pool bar nearby where you can enjoy a frosty drink.
Art of Animation Resort
Another terrific Value Resort pool you will not want to miss is Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Three pools are available for Guests to enjoy at this large Resort. The Flippin’ Fins Pool is The Little Mermaid themed; The Cozy Cone Pool is the perfect fit for fans of Disney Pixar’s movie Cars and the Big Blue Pool is reminiscent of Finding Nemo surrounded with characters from the movie.
Bright orange traffic cone cabanas, underwater speakers in the Big Blue Pool, and underwater orchestra characters are just a few features at Art of Animation that set apart their pools. Art of Animation is a bright, fun, character-laden Resort perfect for children and any other Disney movie maven. Resort rooms and pools are character-themed, allowing Guests to immerse themselves in classic Disney movies.
Caribbean Beach Resort
This Disney pool is one of my favorites. Fuentes del Morro Pool looks like a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean. This Disney World Moderate Resort is situated right on the Disney Skyliner line, but the Resort is so beautiful you may not even want to leave to visit a Disney Park.
The pool resembles a Spanish fort, complete with two water slides and a play area for small children. The nearby Banana Cabana makes it simple to enjoy a poolside drink while relaxing in one of the hot tubs that surround the pool. The pool is located right outside the Old Port Royale food court, so dropping in for a lunch or afternoon snack during a day at the pool is super convenient.
Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a gorgeous representation of the South Seas, with lush ferns, flowers, and totems around every corner. You can feel the Disney magic around every corner of this Resort, and that magic extends to the feature pools too. An opening day Resort steeped in theme and Disney nostalgia, you must plan a Resort day when staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
The tropical design culminates with the pool that sits alongside the Polynesian Beach and Bay Lake. Guests can gaze at Cinderella Castle and enjoy Magic Kingdom fireworks from the pool while taking an evening swim. The Lava Pool boasts a volcano slide and zero-depth entry point to ensure it is accessible for all Guests. The Oasis Pool is a quieter swimming option also available to Guests at the Polynesian.
Port Orleans Resort French Quarter
Port Orleans Resort French Quarter exudes southern grace and hospitality. Stroll the property, float to Disney Springs via boat or relax in one of the bars or restaurants. The perfect home away from home after a Disney Park day, you will love this Moderate Resort. Bonus points – the pool was my childhood favorite. Something about that sea serpent water slide and a band of musical alligators posted around the pool keeps Guests coming back for more. This Mardi Gras-themed pool includes hot tubs and a kiddie pool for smaller Guests.
Mardi Grogs pool bar is nearby, so Guests can enjoy frozen drinks in between trips down the fifty-one-foot slide. The pool is just a short walk from the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, so enjoying hot beignets poolside is an option for hungry Guests seeking a taste of New Orleans.
Yacht Club Resort & Beach Club Resort
The Yacht Club Resort and Beach Club Resort pool tops the list of Disney pools for me. The sand-covered floors of the pool are reminiscent of the beach and match the nautical New England theme of the Resort. Two water slides, numerous hot tubs, a lazy river, and a kiddie pool keep Guests yearning for more pool time. The life-size shipwreck replica on the beach houses a smaller pool for Guests to enjoy.
Hurricane Hanna’s Grill is a poolside eatery that offers favorite lunches like chicken tenders and fries served in plastic pails complete with shovels for playing in the sand. A quiet pool in the garden area of the Yacht Club and one near the beach club property are options for Guests hoping to have a more serene swim.
Adequate lounging space alongside the pools and lazy river makes the Yacht & Beach Club pools the ultimate Walt Disney World pool.
You don’t need a ticket to a Disney Water Park to cool off and chill out. Book a stay at any of these Disney Resort Hotels to unwind poolside!