Best 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. 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?

Start with this 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

 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando 32830
| 4 Star Rating
Stormalong Bay at Disney Beach and Yacht Club with Huge Pools and Water Slide
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  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • 2 Bedroom Suites
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • Best Pools
  • Best Pools for Kids
  • Disney Deluxe Resort
  • Disney Lazy River
  • Water Slides
  • Heated Pools
  • Water Slide(s)
  • Near Epcot
  • Near Hollywood Studios
  • on the Beach
  • Lazy River
  • Pool Open Year Round
  • Water Slide & Lazy River
  • Water Park
  • near Disney World
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#1 – Stormalong Bay – 3 Pools, One is a Sand Bottom, Heated, 3 Acres, Water Slide, Lazy River

Lazy River with Lifeguard watching at Stormalong Bay Disney Yacht Club one of the Best Pools at Disney World

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.

Why Number 1?

Number 1 on our list of Best Pools at Disney World, would have to be the Disney Beach Club Resort. This is a little tricky because it really ties with 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 Pools at Disney World because of its size. Imagine, 3 Acres and also the different Lagoon style pools available to the resort.

Disney Art of Animation Resort Pools

 1850 Animation Way, Orlando 32830
| 3 Star Rating
Disney Art of Animation Resort Cars Pool with Cone like Cabanas 600
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  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • Best Pools
  • Best Pools for Kids
  • Disney Value Resort
  • Family Suites
  • Heated Pools
  • Near Epcot
  • Near Hollywood Studios
  • Kids Pool Area
  • Pet Friendly (Disney)
  • Pet Friendly
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#2 – 3 Themed Outdoor Pools, Underwater Music, Kids Splash area

Marlin and Nemo Keeping Watch the Big Blue Pool at the Art of Animation Resort 960

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.

Can a Value Resort really make it to #2?

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

 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista 32830
| 4 Star Rating
Large Swimming Pool wiht Volcano Water Slide at the Disney Polynesian Village Resort Orlando wide
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  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • 2 Bedroom Suites
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • Best Pools for Kids
  • Disney Deluxe Resort
  • Water Slides
  • Family Suites
  • Water Slide(s)
  • Near Magic Kingdom
  • Kids Pool Area
  • Pool Open Year Round
  • near Disney World
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#3 – Volcano Pool with Water Slide, Kids Water Play Area and Quiet Pool

Waterfall at the lava pool at Disney Polynesian Resort 960

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.

Volcano water slide: Need we say more?

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. The splash park makes a huge family addition and adds the Polynesian to our Best Pools at Disney World.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Pool

 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Lake Buena Vista 32830
| 4 Star Rating
Lifeguard stands at the Sumawati Springs Pool Kidani Village at the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge 1000
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  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • 2 Bedroom Suites
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • Best Pools
  • Best Pools for Kids
  • Disney Deluxe Resort
  • Water Slides
  • Family Suites
  • Water Slide(s)
  • Kids Pool Area
  • Pool Open Year Round
  • near Disney World
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#4 – 2 Large Pool locations with 2 Large Water Slides, Kids Zone

Waterfall at the lava pool at Disney Polynesian Resort 960

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.

Animals from your Balcony

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

 1251 Riverside Dr, Lake Buena Vista 332830
| 3.5 Star Rating
Water Slide splash down from a distance at the Ol' Man Island at Disney Port Orleans Riverside Resort 960Plenty of Seating at Ol' Man Island at Disney Port Orleans Riverside Resort 600
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  • Best Pools
  • Best Pools for Kids
  • Disney Moderate Resort
  • Water Slides
  • in Lake Buena Vista
  • Heated Pools
  • Water Slide(s)
  • Near Disney Springs
  • Near Epcot
  • Near Hollywood Studios
  • Kids Pool Area
  • Pool Open Year Round
  • Pet Friendly (Disney)
  • Pet Friendly
  • near Disney World
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#5 – 3.5 Acre Swimmin’ Hole and 51 foot Serpent Water Slide

Waterfall at the lava pool at Disney Polynesian Resort, so much fun at also one of the Best Pools at Disney World

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.

Shared Pools, water slides and kids splash park

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. Having 2 pool areas for different age goups puts this one on the top shelf of our Best Pools at Disney World

Not an Easy Decision

As you can tell, it is no simple task to choose 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 of 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

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