The Most Amazing Pools at Disney World Resorts

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 we would agree that every pool at Disney World is pretty wonderful, here are our favorites:

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    Disney's Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts

    ••• Stormalong Bay. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Near: Epcot
    Disney's Yacht Club and Beach Club resorts share 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. See them on a map.

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    Disney's Art of Animation Resort

    ••• The Big Blue Pool. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

    Near: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex 
    Disney’s Art of Animation Resort pays hommage 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. See it on a map.

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    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

    ••• Uwanja Camp. Walt Disney Parks

    Near: Animal Kingdom
    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 a 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. See it on a map.

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    Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

    ••• Fuentes del Morro Pool. Walt Disney Parks

    Near: Epcot
    At Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, the zero-entry Fuentes del Morro Pool is a pirate’s paradise, themed like a colonial Spanish fortress. There are two fun waterslides, 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. See it on a map.

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    Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

    ••• Nanea Volcano Pool. Wikimedia

    Near: Magic Kingdom
    The showstopping Lava Pool area at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort features a waterslide, a new 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. See it on a map.

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    Wilderness Lodge

    ••• Silver Creek Springs Pool. Walt Disney Parks

    Near: Magic Kingdom
    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.

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    Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

    ••• Lost City of Cibola Pool. Walt Disney Parks

    Near: Animal Kingdom
    A 50-foot Mayan pyramid is the centerpiece for the Lost City of Cibola Pool at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. 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. See it on a map.

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