Disney World’s Best Resort Pools

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Walt Disney World has over 50 pools among its many resorts. However, most people may think of Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach as the best places to cool off on property. But it’s important to remember that some Resort hotels have amazing pools with slides, sprinklers, and splash pads.

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Every Resort hotel has at least one main pool; many offer additional “quiet” pools. But which pools are the best at Walt Disney World? Let’s dive in…

Copper Creek Springs at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 

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Across the Seven Seas Lagoon from the Magic Kingdom is the Wilderness Lodge Resort. While staying at this woodsy-themed hotel, you can enjoy one of the best-themed pools at Walt Disney World. A creek that begins in the hotel’s lobby forms a winding river that leads into the main pool. In addition to glorious waterfalls and oversized boulders (with a built-in slide), the pool also has two jacuzzis, a splash play area, and a geyser that erupts every hour.

Courtyard Pool at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 

Courtyard Pool Grand Floridian

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The Courtyard Pool was once the Grand Floridian’s featured pool, but nowadays, it’s one of the more quiet pools at Disney World. It has zero entry, a nearby hot tub, and usually remains open until 11:00 p.m., hours not standard at water parks or other hotel pools.

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Lava Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Resort 

Lava Pool Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

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Another pool that sits along the monorail route to the Magic Kingdom is at the Polynesian. In addition to offering fantastic views of the Magic Kingdom, it has a Tiki-themed water play area, an infinity-edge hot tub, and a 142-foot-long waterslide that descends a volcano.

Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation 

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The Big Blue Pool is the largest hotel pool at Walt Disney World. Decorated with oversized statues of Finding Nemo characters, the pool has zero entry and plays music from built-in underwater speakers. It also offers little Guests a fun and themed splash pad to play in.

The Lost City of Cibola Pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort 


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Themed after Mayan ruins, the pool features a 50-foot pyramid with a cascading wall of water. It offers a 123-foot-long waterslide, two jacuzzis (including the biggest one in Disney World), a kiddie pool, and a sand volleyball court.

Ol’ Man Island at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort 

POrt Orleans Pool

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This pool is themed after an abandoned sawmill. It features a 95-foot-long waterslide built into the millworks and many spots of leaking water (intentionally). It has an adjacent kiddie pool that gets a lot of shade, provides hammocks for Guests, and an area for catch-and-release fishing.

Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club Resorts


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This pair of Boardwalk resorts share a mini water Park called Stormalong Bay. The three-acre water oasis features a shipwrecked waterslide at its center, holding the longest slide at Walt Disney World. It offers Guests a sand-bottomed pool, a pool for water volleyball, a lazy river, and three hot tubs.

The Riviera Pool at Disney’s Riviera Resort 

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This Resort transports Guests to the European rivieras. Its pool contains a waterslide that winds around a column tower, two water slides for kids, and an interactive water play area inspired by Europe’s grand fountains.

Fuentes del Morro Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 

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This fun Resort pool is themed after a Spanish colonial fortress. It contains waterslides, zero-depth entry, and a pirate-themed splash pad.

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Uzima Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


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Uzima is a tropical oasis with the honor of having one of Walt Disney World’s most significant pools. Like many other pools on this list, it has a zero-entry pool and waterslide. It also has a few hot tubs tucked away under trees and a convenient pool bar.

Samawati Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 

Animal Kingdom Pool

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Saving the best for last. Considered by some to be the best pool is the pool at Kidani Village. Just like Uzima Springs, it is surrounded by palm trees, which give it a rich jungle-like setting. There is the main zero-entry pool, splash areas, and water cannons for splash-based fun.

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Wherever you decide to cool off in between times at the parks, remember to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. The advice also applies to theme Park days as well!

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)