Great Pools at Disney World Resorts

Going to Disney World is an exciting trip to plan but you want to make sure you pick the perfect place to stay for your family, right? In that decision making process, knowing the Best Pools at Disney World Resorts is probably a good starting point. Also, be aware that the Best Pool at a Disney World Resort is highly subjective based on the needs and wants of each guest.

What Level Resort are you booking?

This is the first key question? If you did not know already, the Disney World Resorts are sectioned in to 3 major groupings, Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Knowing your budget and the type of vacation you are planning, helps you determine the correct Disney Resort Pool as well.

Top 5 List of Disney World Resort Pools and What Makes Them Stand Out

Disney Beach Club Resort Water Slides and Pool

#1 - Stormalong Bay - 3 Pools, One is a Sand Bottom, Heated, 3 Acres, Water Slide, Lazy River
Stormalong Bay at Disney Beach and Yacht Club with Huge Pools and Water Slide wide

Disney Beach Club Address

 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando 32830

Water Park Amenities:

  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Kiddie Area
  • Lazy River
  • Zero Entry
  • Water Slides
  • Wave Pool
  • Water Sports
  • Lifeguards
  • Cabana

Beach & Yacht Club Pool Information:

  • Number of Pools: 6 Pools
  • Pool Themes: Stormalong Bay Water Park with 3 Lagoon style pools (one being a sandy bottom) and 3 additional Quiet Pools in more private courtyard setting.
  • Largest Pool: Stormalong Bay – 3 Acres in size
  • Fun Facts: The Water Park has Zero-entry, a Lazy River and a Huge Water Slide that starts at the Sandy Beach Pirate Ship and splashes down at one of the main pools
  • Pool Hours: Daily 7am – 11pm
  • Kids Splash Park: Easy access to the Sand Bottom Pool or shallow water at the Pirate Ship Pool with Small Water Slide.
  • Towels: Towel Bins located at each Pool
  • Notice: Pool hours can change without notice. Always check with the front Desk or call Disney for the updated hours to the pools.
  • Lifeguards: There are Lifeguards at all of the Disney Beach and Yacht Club Pools.

Number 1 on our list would have to be the Disney Beach Club Resort. This is a little tricky because it really ties with Number 2 on our list, the Disney Yacht Club Resort. This is due to these 2 Resorts sharing the amenities of the Water Park Stormalong Bay. This has to stand out as the Best Pool at any of the Disney World Resorts because of its size, 3 Acres and also the different Lagoon style pools available to the resort.


Art of Animation Pool

#2 - 3 Themed Outdoor Pools, Underwater Music, Kids Splash area
Disney Art of Animation Resort Cars Pool with Cone like Cabanas 960

Disney's Art of Animation Address

 1850 Animation Way, Orlando 32830

Water Park Amenities:

  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Kiddie Area
  • Lazy River
  • Zero Entry
  • Water Slides
  • Wave Pool
  • Water Sports
  • Lifeguards
  • Cabana

Art of Animation Pool Information:

  • Number of Pools: 3 Pools
  • Pool Themes: Cars, The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo
  • Largest Pool: The Big Blue Pool – Finding Nemo – Over 308,000 Gallons
  • Fun Facts: Kids are fascinated by the under water Disney music that plays at the Big Blue Pool (Adults will as well) Zero Entry makes it easy to get in and out of the pool.
  • Pool Hours: Daily 7am – 11pm
  • Kids Splash Park: Sprinklers and Pop Jets
  • Towels: Towel Bins located at each Pool
  • Notice: Pool hours can change without notice. Always check with the front Desk or call Disney for the updated hours to the pools.
  • Lifeguards: There are Lifeguards at all of the Art of Animation Pools.

Making the List at #2 are the Pools at the Art of Animation Resort. This Disney World Value Resort Pool easily makes the list because of the Themes and Size of the main pool. Actually, the main pool has a feature that none of the other pools at Disney World have, underwater music. It is fascinating to hear and the kids are just amazed how this can even work. Of Course the kids will be astonished by the life size Characters around the property like Cars, The Lion King and even Nemo. A splash park is located near the large Family Pool


Disney Polynesian Resort Pool

#3 - Volcano Pool with Water Slide, Kids Water Play Area and Quiet Pool
Large Swimming Pool wiht Volcano Water Slide at the Disney Polynesian Village Resort Orlando

Disney Polynesian Village Resort Address

 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista 32830

Water Park Amenities:

  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Kiddie Area
  • Lazy River
  • Zero Entry
  • Water Slides
  • Wave Pool
  • Water Sports
  • Lifeguards
  • Cabana

Polynesian Pool Information:

  • Number of Pools: 2 Pools
  • Pool Themes: The Main Family Pool is built around a Volcano
  • Largest Pool: The Volcano Pool
  • Fun Facts: Climbing the Volcano and going down the Water Slide in to the big pool below is a huge thrill. The kids water park with small slides and plenty of interactive water features will keep them going for hours
  • Pool Hours: Daily 7am – 11pm
  • Kids Splash Park: Children’s Water Park with smaller water slides and sprinklers
  • Towels: Towel Bins located at each Pool
  • Notice: Pool hours can change without notice. Always check with the front Desk or call Disney for the updated hours to the pools.
  • Lifeguards: There are Lifeguards at all of the Polynesian Pools.

The Pool at the Disney Polynesian Resort makes number 3 on our list for a couple of reasons. First, the backdrop of having a large Volcano at the main pool is quite impressive to look at if nothing else. Add in a Water Slide where you get to climb the Volcano so slide down to the splash zone and it makes this easily get to the top of the list. In 2015 Disney also added a kids splash park with additional slides as well as a huge hot tub.


Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Pool

#4 - 2 Large Pool locations with 2 Large Water Slides, Kids Zone
View of a Large Pool with Water Slide at the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World 960
| 4 Star Rating

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Address

 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Lake Buena Vista 32830

Water Park Amenities:

  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Kiddie Area
  • Lazy River
  • Zero Entry
  • Water Slides
  • Wave Pool
  • Water Sports
  • Lifeguards
  • Cabana

Animal Kingdom Pool Information:

  • Number of Pools: 2 Pools
  • Pool Themes: Both Pools are wrapped around African Culture
  • Largest Pool: Uzima Pool is larger but the Sumawati Pool has a longer Water Slide and the Kids Splash area
  • Fun Facts: Both Pools are great family fun. A water slide is located at each of the pools and a kids splash area is at the Sumawati Pool
  • Pool Hours: Daily 7am – 11pm
  • Kids Splash Park: Children’s Play Zone with sprinklers and interactive play items is at the Sumawati Pool
  • Towels: Towel Bins located at each Pool
  • Notice: Pool hours can change without notice. Always check with the front Desk or call Disney for the updated hours to the pools.
  • Lifeguards: There are Lifeguards at all of the Animal Kingdom Pools.

It was not a difficult decision to add the Animal Kingdom Lodge to this list of Best Pools at Disney World Resorts but the placement is certainly a chore. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is surely one of the Premier Disney Resorts and when it comes to their pools, they do not falter. The Animal Kingdom Lodge Pools cover 2 very different areas and have something for everyone. The Jamba House Uzima Poolis huge with 11,000 square feet of water and a 67 foot water slide while the Sumawati Springs Pool has a much larger water slide reaching 128 feet in length. The Sumawati Pool also has a large kids splash area with plenty of fun sprinklers and fountains to go around.


Disney Port Orleans Riverside Pool

#5 - 3.5 Acre Swimmin' Hole and 51 foot Serpent Water Slide
View of the large pool with water slide at Disney Port Orleans Riverside 960
| 3.5 Star Rating

Port Orleans Riverside Address

 1251 Riverside Dr, Lake Buena Vista 332830

Water Park Amenities:

  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Kiddie Area
  • Lazy River
  • Zero Entry
  • Water Slides
  • Wave Pool
  • Water Sports
  • Lifeguards
  • Cabana

Port Orleans Pool Information:

  • Number of Pools: 2 Pools
  • Pool Themes: The 3.5 Acre Family Pool is styled like an old Water Hole where you would hang out with your friends
  • Largest Pool: The Ol’ Mans Island Pool at 3.5 Acres
  • Fun Facts: The Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resorts share water fun amenities with each other. Smaller kids will enjoy the colorful Serpent Slide at the French Quarter while the older kids and full families will like the large water slide and additional space at the Riverside Pool
  • Pool Hours: Daily 7am – 11pm
  • Kids Splash Park: The Pool at the French Quarter is geared more towards the smaller kids
  • Towels: Towel Bins located at each Pool
  • Notice: Pool hours can change without notice. Always check with the front Desk or call Disney for the updated hours to the pools.
  • Lifeguards: There are Lifeguards at all of the Port Orleans Pools.

We had to add one of the Disney World Moderate Resorts and we felt like the Disney Port Orleans Riverside Resort was a great contender for the number 5 spot on the list. If you stay at Disney Port Orleans Riverside, you also have access to all of the amenities at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort too. This gives you the 3.5 Acres of Water Fun at the Ol’ Mans Island with long water slide or the Serpent Slide at the French Quarter. The Pool at the French Quarter is designed with the smaller kids in mind.


Not an Easy Decision

As you can tell, it is no simple task to choosing the Best Pools at Disney World Resorts. Each location has its own theme and choosing is simply a matter of preference. Above are the highlights to many pools we consider the top choices at the Disney World Resorts. Below you will find all of the Resorts so you can look at all of your options.

Full List of Disney World Resorts with Slides

Disney Deluxe Resorts


Disney Moderate Resorts


Disney Value Resorts