When you think of a Disney water park, you’ll no doubt think of Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. While Blizzard Beach isn’t open to Guests at the moment, Typhoon Lagoon is a great place to go. The tropical oasis has something for everybody to enjoy:
- raft rides and water slides for the adventurers in your party
- Castaway Creek, a gorgeous lazy river that carries you around the entire Disney Park
- Typhoon Lagoon surf pool, that brings 6-feet tall waves to Guests every 90 seconds
- Ketchakiddee Creek for the younger Guests to have fun in
- a white-sanded beach area with plenty of sun loungers to relax on
- delicious dining locations to grab lunch, dinner, and fun snacks at
But did you know there’s another Disney water park that you’ll definitely want to visit?
This exclusive Disney water park is just for the use of Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts Guests. It’s the largest of the Walt Disney World Resort hotel pools, covering 3 acres, holding 795,000 gallons of water, and located on the shores of Crescent Lake. It’s fair to say that it’s the best of all of the Disney Resort pools to enjoy, and a real highlight when staying at either of the Deluxe Resorts it is part of.
Stormalong Bay has three entrances, making it easy for Guests to access from all areas of the Disney Resorts:
- the main entrance, which is outside of Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
- the path next to the main path to Disney’s Beach Club from the walkway around Crescent Lake
- near Hurricane Hannah’s Grill
Guests of Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts, as well as the Disney Vacation Club Beach Club Villas, are required to present their Magic Band or room key on Disney Genie to enter Stormalong Bay. This is to make sure that the area remains exclusively for Guests of the Resort hotels. Cast Members at the entrance will then issue each Guest with a wristband, to provide easy access should you choose to exit and re-enter later on in the day.
Plenty of Fun to Experience
Stormalong Bay has plenty to offer, that makes it the perfect place to relax after a day in the Disney theme parks, or maybe even before an evening in your favorite Disney Park, finished off with fireworks. There are plenty of sun loungers to relax on, and tables and chairs to sit at, and watch the World go by!
The huge pool area, features a sand-bottomed pool, making it a unique experience to Guests of Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts – you won’t find another Disney pool like it! Split into different sections, Guests need to explore the whole pool to find their favorite spot to enjoy the water.
Closest to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you’ll find a life-sized shipwreck. Climb to the top of the mast to take a ride on a 230-foot-long waterslide right into Stormalong Bay. Just across from the waterslide exit, you’ll find a whirlpool, which makes for a great place to float, or take a little workout and swim against the current.
For Guests who enjoy a game of volleyball, be sure to join a side of the net, and play a game with fellow Guests. This area is also where the Pool Activities take place, hosted by Cast Members throughout the day.
Further round the pool area, towards Disney’s Yacht Club, take a plunge in one of the jacuzzis, whilst taking in the stunning views over Stormalong Bay and out towards Crescent Lake. There’s also plenty of space to swim, in the quieter areas of the water park.
If you really want to relax, then grab a tube and float along the lazy river. Located close to Hurricane Hannah’s Grill, the lazy river is the place to sit back in a tube, and let the water carry you. It doesn’t have the strongest current, but when you’re away on vacation, there’s no need to rush. Take care if you wish to swim around the lazy river, as this is where the water depth varies quite significantly, reaching to 8 feet in places.
You may be thinking, is there a beach in Stormalong Bay if it’s a sand-bottom pool? Well, you’re absolutely right! Located closest to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, you’ll find shallow waters, with its very own beach area. It’s the perfect place to build sandcastles whilst staying cool, and the very best Disney beach in the whole of Walt Disney World.
Need Some Shade?
You’ll find shade around Stormalong Bay throughout the day, but there’s also a pretty neat spot to retire to, especially if you’d rather not go in the water. Climb up to the deck area that sits atop of Hurricane Hanna’s Grill, to find more sun loungers, tables and chairs, and a pool table. Why not grab a drink from the bar to enjoy whilst playing pool, and enjoying the awesome views from this spot; watch the FriendShip Boats travel across Crescent Lake to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, whilst you’re waiting for your opponent to take their next shot.
Stormalong Bay is an awesome spot to enjoy, and a place to visit as a Disney Resort hotel Guest one day. Whilst you need to secure a hotel reservation at a Deluxe Resort to visit, Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts are beautiful Resort hotels to stay in during a Disney vacation. Not only do they offer access to a brilliant pool area, but they are ideally located to access EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and are home to incredible dining locations too, such as Yachtsman Steakhouse, Ale & Compass, and Cape May Cafe. Be sure to stop by sometime and take advantage of all that these Deluxe Disney Resorts have to offer to their Guests!