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Did you hear the one about the kid whose favorite thing about Disney World was the hotel swimming pool? The old cliché holds a lot of truth; children just love to play in the water and the highly themed pools at Disney World Resorts are nothing short of tremendous.
While every pool at Disney World is pretty wonderful, here are a few of the best:
Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts
Disney's Yacht Club and Beach Club resort near Epcot shares 795,000-gallon Stormalong Bay, a gorgeous three-acre aquatic playground with a seaside-themed pool, lazy river, and 230-foot-long waterslide that zooms out of a replica pirate ship. Kids can wade into the zero-depth entry of the sand-bottomed pool as if it were a gently sloping beach.
Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort near ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex pays homage to four beloved Disney and Disney/Pixar films from recent years: "Finding Nemo," "Cars," "The Little Mermaid," and "The Lion King." The Nemo-themed Big Blue Pool is the largest of any pool at a Disney World resort, with fun, oversized characters and sculptures to make guests feel as diminutive as a clown fish. The coolest thing about this pool? Swimmers can hear the voices of Dory, Crush, and other characters through an underwater sound system.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
The sprawling Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge complex has two spectacular pools. At the main lodge, the Uzima Pool is an 11,000-square-foot tropical oasis with zero-depth entry and a 67-foot-long waterslide. A short walk away at Kidani Village, the 4,700-square-foot Samawati Springs Pool features a 128-foot waterslide and zero-depth-entry. It's adjacent to the Uwanja Camp water playground, which features cargo crates, splash pads, a water tower, and water cannons.
Caribbean Beach Resort
At Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort near Epcot, the zero-entry Fuentes del Morro Pool is a pirate’s paradise, themed like a colonial Spanish fortress. There are two fun water slides, man-of-war-cannons, and a fabulous shipwreck play area for little one, complete with mini slides, a crow’s nest, and a tipping bucket.
Polynesian Village Resort
The showstopping Lava Pool area at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort near the Magic Kingdom features a waterslide, a children’s water play area, an enlarged deck, and a hot tub with expansive views of Seven Seas Lagoon and, at night, Magic Kingdom fireworks.
For nature lovers, there's nothing better than Silver Creek Springs Pool at the majestic Wilderness Lodge, which was inspired by the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. From the resort lobby, a bubbling “hot spring” flows outside and over a rocky waterfall and into the heated pool that's surrounded by pines and boulders. There's a geyser that erupts on the hour, a 67-foot waterslide built into the rocks, and hot and cold whirlpool spas.
Harkening back to an amusement park of the 1920s, the whimsical Luna Park Pool invites you to make a splash under the spouting trunks of grinning elephant statues. Adults will enjoy the serenity of the whirlpool spa while little ones can splash it up in the kiddie pool. The seaside boardwalk-inspired theme is evident everywhere, whether you're gliding down the roller coaster water slide or grabbing a drink at the carousel themed pool bar.
Coronado Springs Resort
A 50-foot Mayan pyramid is a centerpiece for the Lost City of Cibola Pool at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort near the Animal Kingdom. Kids can zoom down a 123-foot-long waterslide featuring a spitting Jaguar spirit animal. When you want something quieter, the resort also features three other leisure pools.