5 Best Pools at Walt Disney World Resorts

While the theme parks in Walt Disney World can be hectic and crowded at times, there is always the opportunity to cool off and relax at any of the pools featured at Disney Resorts. While no two pools are alike, some of them boast incredible views, relaxing spas, and crazy waterfalls making them an attraction of their own. Let’s take a look at five of the best pools at Walt Disney World Resorts!


1. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

With sweeping views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom in the distance, the Lava Pool at the Polynesian is the Big Kahuna of all Walt Disney World Resort pools. Recently refurbished, the pool features a massive volcano with a waterslide zooming through it and nearby serene beaches. A zero-depth sloping entry makes it easy for guests to enter and exit the pool and the nearby Barefoot Pool Bar serves up snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy (be sure to ask about the Backscratcher!). Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, you will be sure to embrace the spirit of the islands and relax at the Lava Pool.

2.     Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Located just steps from nearby Epcot, the Beach Club Resort has one of the best pools throughout all of Walt Disney World. Stormalong Bay spans a massive three acres and features a sand bottomed pool making guests feel as though they are stepping right into the ocean. Kids and kids at heart can climb high up on a shipwreck to take a zooming plunge down a twisty water slide, while those looking to relax can glide along the lazy river on an inner tube. There are even several hot tubs and a kiddie pool, so no matter what pool experience you are looking for you are sure to find it at Stormalong Bay!

3. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s newest Value Resort boasts some of the most animated and entertaining pools in all of Walt Disney World. Be sure to check out the massive Big Blue Pool which was inspired by Pixar’s Finding Nemo. Featuring larger than life statues of the characters from the film, this pool truly lives up to its name as it is the largest in all of Walt Disney World. Kids will love splashing in the Schoolyard Sprayground while those who would rather stay dry can explore Squirt’s Righteous Reef. There are also underwater speakers so guests don’t miss a second of rocking out with Crush. Be sure to check out the Big Blue Pool and hang ten with all of your favorite Finding Nemo characters!

4. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs is one of the most sprawling and relaxing resorts in Walt Disney World. Evoking the charm and romance of Mexico and the Southwest, guests are sure to feel relaxed once stepping into the lush lobby. The resort’s main pool is a definite getaway from the hustle and bustle of the parks and features a massive Mayan pyramid with a tranquil waterfall streaming down the steps. For those seeking a little adventure in their pool time, there is also a twisty waterslide featuring a jaguar- see if you can spot him while whizzing by! Nearby is also the largest hot tub at Walt Disney World which can comfortably seat over twenty people. With serene views and a calming atmosphere, this is one of the most relaxing pools in all of Walt Disney World.

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5. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Evoking the charm and elegance of turn of the century Atlantic City and its Boardwalk, guests can find a relaxing and entertaining place to cool off and spend their afternoons at the Luna Park Pool. Based on amusement parks of the early 20th century, this pool area has a carnival theme and features numerous elephant statues smiling from ear to ear and squirting water from their trunks. The highlight of the pool area is a massive water slide which resembles an old wooden roller coaster including a smiling clown’s face through which guests come shooting out of. Guests looking to relax can head over to the whirlpool spa while kids can spend their time splashing in the kiddie pool. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy and relax with at this carnival inspired pool!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.