8 Best Resort Pools at Walt Disney World

Grab your swimsuit, flip flops, and towel, and let’s go swimming! There’s nothing better than a refreshing dip in any of the amazingly-themed pools at the Disney World resorts. Whether you’re taking a morning swim to start the day, a mid-afternoon refreshing plunge to cool off after a fun time in the parks, or a relaxing moonlight swim, the pools can’t be beat. Taking a day off from the parks and spending the entire day enjoying the pool area is a popular idea too among resort guests. While you’re there, check out the lively pool activities coordinated by Disney cast members each afternoon. Guests are invited to participate in popular dances on the pool deck, Disney trivia games, and water fun.  Don’t forget to enjoy the hot tubs in the pool area too!  While the resorts feature one main pool, many have smaller leisure pools for guests as well. Another great idea is to grab a chair and watch a great Disney movie by the pool in the evening on the big screen.  Many guests book their resort based on the pool and its amenities. With over 30 resort pool areas to choose from, which one is the best? Check out my list of the eight best pools at Walt Disney World and get ready to jump in!


1. The Dig Site

Get ready for a Mayan swimming adventure at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The pool area is constructed around a fantastic 50-foot Mayan pyramid replica. Enjoy the water streaming down the pyramid steps, or splash down the waterslide themed with a jaguar! If you’re ready to relax, the hot tub holds 22 people, the largest one in Walt Disney World.

2. The Lava Pool

A tropical paradise awaits at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Wade into the Lava Pool with its zero-depth entry and enjoy the refreshing waterfall. An impressive volcano is the backdrop for a refreshing dip and zip down a 142-foot waterslide. If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, head over to the Oasis Pool, located conveniently close to the Oasis Bar & Grill.

3. High Rock Spring

A gentle stream trickles down the rocks into sunny High Rock Spring pool, the main pool at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. Featuring a zero-entry area and a fun waterslide that twists and turns through the rocks, this pool guarantees a fun time. Don’t forget to check out the quieter Grandstand Pool and its whimsical horse cannon area, the Paddock Pool and its waterslide set atop a water tower, and two more leisure pools located in the Congress Park and Treehouse Villas areas.


4. Copper Creek Springs

Copper Creek Springs pool is always a hit with guests with its gorgeous backdrop of Wilderness Lodge. Younger guests will love the new water play section, and Geyer Point Bar and Grill serves up cold drinks and snacks. The nearby Boulder Ridge Cover pool is perfect for guests looking for a more tranquil swim.

5. Bay Cove Pool

Splash down the 148-foot waterslide into the Bay Cove Pool or step its refreshing waters with the zero-entry area. Located at the elegant Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, this lush oasis offers a great view of the hotel and Bay Lake. Take a break at the nearby Bay Cove bar and enjoy refreshments and a bite to eat. Take a dip at Bay Cove Pool at night and swim in the glow of the neon Mickeys on the waterslide tower. Guests at Bay Lake Tower can also enjoy the terrific pools at the Contemporary Resort.

6. Stormalong Bay

Always a favorite among guests young and old, the Stormalong Bay pool complex at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort is truly amazing. Float along the lazy river, slip down the impressive waterslide, or have fun experiencing the sand bottom of the pool. With three acres of water fun, there’s definitely something for everyone here!

7. The Big Blue Pool

Want to swim underwater to your favorite Disney tunes? Dive on over to the Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort! The beloved characters from Disney’s animated film, “Finding Nemo” embellish the pool area guests are treated to Disney music from underwater speakers. This ocean of fun holds the distinction of being the largest pool on Walt Disney World property.

8. Samawati Springs Pool

Cool off in Samawati Springs Pool, a lush paradise tucked away at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani. Younger guests have a blast at Uwanja Camp, a water play area with water cannons, a rope bridge, leaky buckets, and much more. A nearby bar offers poolside drinks and snacks. At the nearby Jambo House section of Animal Kingdom Lodge, explore the Uzima Springs Pool, another oasis that faces the Uzima savannah.

About Melissa Fegely

I have been a professional writer for over 18 years with degrees in Biology and English. I am a lifelong Disney fan and a Disney Vacation Club member of over nine years. Having visited Walt Disney World several times growing up, I really caught the Disney bug after many trips with my husband. Now I am happily addicted to taking our son to Walt Disney World as often as possible and watching him experience the magic and Mickey Bars as he grows up. Traveling to Walt Disney World twice a year, I enjoy attending the Flower and Garden festival held in the spring and strolling around the World Showcase, as well as exploring all of the hidden gems that all four parks have to offer. I love helping my family and friends plan their next Disney trips based on my experiences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, attended Shippensburg University, and current live in suburban Philadelphia with my husband, son, and two cats.