The deciding factor for our family, when choosing a Walt Disney World Resort to stay at, is usually the pool area. These are The Best Pools at Walt Disney World Resorts, ranked!
The Absolute BEST Pools at Disney World!
We enjoy swimming and lounging by the pools in between hitting the theme parks and Disney Springs.
We always plan a full pool day during our stays too.
We sandwich it between park days so that we can relax and let our feet recover from all the walking!
Making a day out of hanging around the resort is also budget friendly, which is a plus for me!
All of WDW resort pools are heated to a lovely 82 degrees all year round.
Yes, even in the winter months, the pools will be open and waiting for you!
We have been lucky enough to swim in many of the resort pools over the years and I have to say that they all have something special about them.
There are pools for kids to splash and have a blast, and there are pools that are a bit more mellow and tranquil.
No matter what your needs are, there is a pool for you. Here is a list of the best ones!
Fuentes del Morro Pool – Caribbean Beach
Caribbean Beach Resort has an old Spanish colonial vibe and its pool is the ultimate place for a fortress paradise.
The pool is zero-entry which is great for smaller kids.
Two, dueling water slides make their way out of the fortress’ turrets and send you spitting out into the waiting water.
The staircases, on the way to the slide, feature working man-of-war cannons that shoot water out on unsuspecting pool guests.
To complete the pirate theme is a children’s water play area just to the right of the pool.
A shipwrecked boat with water slides and a huge dumping bucket help to deliver water fun to the smallest guests.
It’s also gated which cuts down on runaway toddlers!
Copper Creek Springs Pool – Wilderness Lodge
It’s hard to believe that this pool is man made!
The Wilderness Lodge truly feels like you have stepped out of Orlando and into the wild.
The pool area has a natural hot springs feel with large boulders and tall pine trees surrounding it.
A rugged waterfall, Copper Springs Falls, pours over rocks and into the pool below.
The waterslide is built right into the boulders for a true outdoor swim feel.
There are whirlpools nearby as well as a children’s splash pad area with water slides.
Lounge chairs surround it, to give parents a well deserved break while the kids play.
Big Blue Pool – Art of Animation
It’s hard to believe that the Art of Animation is a value resort.
The same holds true for its main pool, Big Blue.
Taking the #1 spot for the largest WDW resort pool, Big Blue holds 308,527 gallons of water!
This zero-entry pool features a Finding Nemo theme that is complete with pretty cool sculptures of the movie’s characters, including Crush the Turtle.
There is plenty of room in this pool to toss a water football or practice your backstroke.
Be sure to take a dive below the water as well because this pool has an underwater sound system!
Hear special messages from Nemo and Dory in between jamming out to some great tunes.
The Schoolyard Sprayground is just a stone’s throw away from the pool and is a fun place for kids to play in jets of water.
Nemo’s school friends call this place home.
Stormalong Bay – Yacht and Beach Clubs
This is more than just a pool, it’s a small waterpark that covers 3 acres and is shared between 2 resorts, Yacht Club and Beach Club.
The main pool truly feels like a day at the beach once you walk along its sandy shores and pool bottom.
Take a cruise on the lazy river in an inner tube or zip through the water slide from a shipwrecked pirate ship!
This New England style resort has lots of space to soak up the sun on the many tanning decks too.
Cascading waterfalls, lighthouses and over water bridges give the aquatic play area the perfect touch.
This is truly a pool area that you can spend an entire day enjoying!
The Lost City of Cibola – Coronado Springs
A 50-foot Mayan pyramid is the breathtaking main feature of the Lost City of Cibola pool.
The pool, waterslide and spas are known as The Dig Site.
The forgotten pyramid has overgrown shrubbery and a cascading waterfall flowing down the steps.
Off to the side is the 123-foot Jaguar water slide. The pool is pretty large and there is plenty of space for a variety of water activities. My kids enjoy swimming races.
The Dig Site’s claim to fame is that it has the largest hot tub in WDW, room to fit 22 people! There is a nearby kiddie pool and a white-sand volleyball court too!
Whether you have a full day to spend at the pool or just a couple hours to cool down during a park break, you’ll enjoy everything that a Disney resort pool has to offer.
Have you been to any of our favorite pools?
Which resort pool is at the top of your list?