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What are the Top 10 Disney World Resort Hotel Pools? When you stay at a Disney World resort the swimming pool can be a big factor in your enjoyment of the hotel.
You will probably spend more time at your resort pool than you think – they provide a welcome break from the Disney parks, particularly around the middle of the day.
Disney World Hotel Resort Best Pools
We have spent many happy hours in Disney resort pools, and often it is one of the highlights of the trip.
This is our choice of the Top 10 Disney World Hotel Resort Pools. We decided not to put them in any particular order as picking 10 was difficult, but putting them in order is almost impossible!
Disney World Value Hotel Resort Best Pools
You do not have to stay at the most expensive Disney World hotels to benefit from a great resort pool. The value resort pools can also be a lot of fun!
Disney Art of Animation Nemo Big Blue Pool
The Big Blue Pool at the Disney Art of Animation Resort is one of the best in the Disney Value Resorts. It also has the distinction of being the largest pool of any Disney World Resort.
A lot of the time it also feels as if it is the most crowded – with so many small children in the pool, this is not a relaxing place to hang out for the grown-ups. It is a lot of fun for the little ones though.
It is also the only Disney World Resort pool with underwater speakers. Now we are not quite convinced of what a great feature this is – they also have this at the Universal Orlando Hard Rock Hotel where we have stayed a number of times, and really we think we are missing the point. A nice gimmick, but really it doesn’t add much to the enjoyment of the pool.
The theming is excellent though and this is what the main appeal of the pool is. This one really is for the kids though so if you are looking for a quiet place to relax by the pool at a Disney Resort you would be best bypassing this one!
Disney World Best Moderate Hotel Resort Pools
There are some excellent swimming pools at the Disney Moderate Resorts.
Disney Coronado Springs Resort Lost City of Cibola Pool and Dig Site
Whilst we remember this as one of the coldest Disney World Resort Hotel pools which we have ever experienced (during a very cold January), it is also one of our favorites.
The theming is spectacular, particularly for a Disney World Moderate Hotel Resort. The centerpiece of the pool is the huge Mayan Temple Ruin which towers over the pool.
The pool is large and it has to be pretty busy to feel crowded. There is a very small kids pool with a fountain feature – not very exciting, but toddlers seem to love it.
For the kids, the highlight is the 123-foot water slide. The only problem with this is that the stairway is concealed so you can’t see your kids until the moment they actually hit the water, but it is a whole lot of fun for the younger ones.
There is plenty to keep the adults happy too. There is a large snack bar as well as a licensed bar. Plenty of pool loungers, including some with a decent amount of shade.
The Coronado Springs Resort also has the distinction of having the largest hot tub of any Disney World Hotel. You can invite up to 21 friends to join you in the hot tub!
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Hotel Resort Fuentes del Morro Pool
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Hotel Resort pool is a whole lot of fun. There are a lot of pools to choose from at the Disney Caribbean Beach Resort, but the main Fuentes del Morro Pool is the place to be.
How can you go wrong with a pirate theme and two water slides? This pool does get crowded on busy days and the one downside is that there isn’t really enough seating – but the fun theme still makes this a great Disney pool for a moderate resort.
Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Doubloon Lagoon
The Doubloon Lagoon Pool at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is one of the most strangely themed of all the resort pools.
It is a Mardi Gras theme, which is pretty difficult to achieve in swimming pool design! There is a serpent themed water slide which is the focal point of the pool. The serpent is affectionately named Scales.
There is a giant King Neptune and lots of water features disguised as Mardi Gras figures. It is certainly colorful and eclectic!
There is a new Aquatic Play Area which is a lot of fun for small children. The Mardi Grogs Pool Bar keeps the adults happy.
Disney World Best Deluxe Hotel Resort Pools
Disney Yacht and Beach Club Stormalong Bay
Stormalong Bay, the pool which is shared between the Disney Beach Club Resort and the Disney Yacht Club Resort Hotel is widely accepted as the very best pool at any of the Disney World Hotel Resorts.
The pool is huge – at 3 acres there is a huge amount of space. Perhaps the best feature is the lazy river, or perhaps it is the 230-foot water slide.
This swimming pool also has one of the best locations on Disney property as it is the Epcot Resort area. This makes it very easy to follow the advice to avoid the middle of the day in the parks and go back to your resort to relax and swim.
Stormalong Bay is a very short walk from the International Gateway entrance to Epcot – so you can easily go back to your resort to have a mid-day swim and then go back to the park in the late afternoon when the heat and the crowds are reduced.
Disney Polynesian Resort Hotel Lava Pool
The Disney Polynesian Resort Hotel has always had a good pool since the Lava pool was first upgraded in 2001. However, it is now even better since the expansion of 2015.
The setting of the Polynesian pool is gorgeous as it is surrounded by luscious tropical planting, and is a short distance away from the Seven Seas Lagoon.
The centerpiece of the Lava pool is the volcano which houses a 142-foot water slide. The recent changes have seen a new hot tub with an infinity-edge – a first for a Disney World hotel.
There is also a lot more seating around the pool than there used to be. The zero-entry pool is one of the nicest in Disney World.
The Kikis Tiki Splash Pool is also a great hit with the younger crowd and it one of the best water play areas in a Disney World Resort Hotel.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel Beach Pool
You would expect Disney’s most expensive hotel to have a great pool, and you will not be disappointed. The Beach Pool is the best of the Grand Floridian Pools.
You have a magnificent view over the Seven Seas Lagoon towards Magic Kingdom. This is a large pool even by Disney Resort standards, and also seems to be one of the least crowded and relaxing.
The pool is zero entry, and it has a water slide and a very impressive waterfall. For adults, there is a nice bar at the poolside, and for kids, there is the Alice in Wonderland water play area.
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The Boardwalk Inn is a much-overlooked resort in our opinion. It has a great location, beautiful decor, and a wonderfully themed pool.
Luna Park has one of the best water slides in Disney World. The Keister Coaster water slide is 200 feet long, and a whole lot of fun.
There are hot tubs, a pool bar, and a children’s splash pool area.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Hotel Resort Silver Creek Springs Pool
Disney Wilderness Resort is one of our favorite Deluxe Disney Hotel Resorts. Like the rest of the Wilderness Resort, the pool really does promote relaxation and a calm oasis away from the theme parks.
The source of the pool actually starts in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge Resort.
The hot spring that you see as you are inside the hotel actually runs down to the Silver Creek Pool. The setting of the pool is beautiful. The landscaping of this hotel is one of the best on Disney property, and the pool is set at the side of Bay Lake.
There is a water slide, two hot tubs, and the Trout Pass Pool Bar is close by. One other excellent feature of the pool is the Fire Rock Geyser which erupts every hour from 7 am until 10 pm.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Uzima Springs Pool
Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of our favorite Deluxe Disney Resorts. Just like the Wilderness Resort, Animal Kingdom seems a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.
The Uzima Pool is a great place to relax. It is a zero-entry pool, has a water slide and a kid’s pool. The Uzima Springs Pool Bar is close by. The one downside is that there really isn’t enough seating around the pool.
We particularly like to use one of the two hot tubs around the pool at night. Animal Kingdom Lodge seems particularly tranquil in the evening.