Growing up, no matter which trip we were on, my parents always made sure our hotel had a pool. Leap and I have continued that trend with Tad and Lily. There's nothing better than hopping in the pool!
That especially holds true on our trips to Walt Disney World. We frogs have stayed at many resorts and hoppily splashed at the pools. We've even ranked our favorite pools at Disney World. If you're planning a pool day, here's everything you need to know for a perfectly cool outing.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the perfect pool day at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel!
Everything for a Pool Day at Disney World
1. Every Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Has a Pool
That’s right — no matter which Walt Disney World Resort hotel you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy a dip in the pool!
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2. Some Resorts Have Multiple Pools
While every resort has a main pool or "feature pool," some of the resorts have additional "leisure pools," which are considered quiet pools. The number of pools depends on the type of resort and the size.
3. Certain Pools Have Extra Features
Many resorts will have a separate splash pad just for tadpoles to enjoy! You’ll find slides and hot tubs at the moderate and deluxe resort pools, but not at the value resorts. All pools are outside and operational all year-round in Florida. That’s right — pools at Disney World are heated during the winter!
4. Pool “Hopping” Is Not Allowed
You may only use the pool at the resort you are currently staying at, so you may not utilize the pools at other resorts. Resort guests may need to scan in to access their pool. Be sure to have your key card or MagicBand handy just in case a cast member needs to scan it (since it’s also your room key, you’ll want that with you anyway).
Note that certain “sister” resorts share amenities, so you can go to either pool if staying at resorts, including:
- All-Star Movies Resort, All-Star Music Resort and All-Star Sports Resort
- Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House and Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- Walt Disney World Swan Resort, Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort and Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
Disney Vacation Club Members are able to use any of the DVC pools on property.
5. Hours Can Vary
Often the feature pools are open for an average of twelve hours, typically 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and sometimes going to 11 p.m. in the summer. Be sure to check with your specific resort. Leisure pools are typically open 24 hours since they are considered “quiet” pools.
6. Lifeguards Are on Duty at the Feature Pools
There will always be at least one lifeguard on duty while the main feature pools are open. The leisure pools do not have lifeguards present.
7. What to Bring (or Not to Bring)
Some resorts provide towels at the pool, while others will need you to bring them down from the hotel room. Complimentary life jackets are available at all resort pools in a variety of sizes. You are allowed to bring your own pool toys, but there may be limitations and it is up to the cast members' discretion, as they cannot interfere with other guests or the lifeguards. There are often lockers near the pool area available for use. Sounds like it's time for a dip in the pool — don’t froget the sunscreen!
8. Pool Chair Seating Is First-come, First-served
All the pools have regular pool chairs to relax in. There is no advance reserving of seats, so your family may claim your chairs once you arrive. Poolside cabana rentals are available for guests staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Beach Club Resort and Disney's Yacht Club Resort.
9. Enjoy Food and Drink at the Pool Bars
Nearly every feature pool has a themed pool bar next to it, offering up limited appetizers and a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Have the perfect afternoon break from the parks with a drink by the pool!
10. Participate in Poolside Activities
Throughout the week, cast members will host a variety of poolside activities! Enjoy pool games, trivia, tie-dye, movies, campfires, crafts and more. There may even be themed pool parties in honor of Disney World's 50th anniversary! Check with your resort for an activities schedule. We love the extra magic that comes with staying at a Walt Disney World Resort!
Does your family spend time at the pool while staying at a Disney World Resort hotel? Let us know in the comments below!
Related: A Deep Dive into the Best Pools at Disney World