Port Orleans French Quarter Pool

The Top Seven Pools at Walt Disney World

Each resort at Walt Disney World offers multiple pools for guests to enjoy. Swimming may not be a high priority for you during your Disney vacation, but it can certainly make for a refreshing break from the hot and crowded parks. Many of the Walt Disney resort pools are beautiful creations, and offer hours of fun to anyone willing to make the time.

So which pools should be at the top of your list for an exceptional swimming experience? Everyone’s opinion may differ, but these seven pools (in no particular order) are definitely out of this (Disney) world!

Nanea Volcano Pool at the Polynesian

It’s not every day you get to swim in the shadow of a towering volcano. The Nanea Volcano Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Resort features a beach-like zero-entry, a waterfall, a water-jet play area, and a slide down the volcano itself. Best of all, this pool is an ideal location to enjoy the nightly Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

Doubloon Lagoon at Port Orleans – French Quarter

The highlight of Doubloon Lagoon is a writhing sea serpent ridden by King Neptune. This serpent curves around and over the pool areas, and guests can take a thrilling slide down the serpent’s back and out of its mouth. It’s an impressive sight especially popular with younger visitors to Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter.

The theme of the French Quarter pool is very dramatic and fun.
The theme of the French Quarter pool is very dramatic and fun.

Disney’s Coronado Springs is one of the largest of the Walt Disney World Resorts, and it boasts a spacious pool to match. The Dig Site swimming area features an extremely large pool area and hot tub with the backdrop of a spectacular Mayan pyramid.

Old Port Royale at Caribbean Beach

The theme of the Old Port Royale pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a Spanish-style fortress called Fuentes del Morro. Cannons in the fort shoot out streams of water, and guests can ride two different slides from the top of the fortress. There is even a terrific play area and kids pool featuring three more water slides.

Pool or fortress?  Caribbean Beach offers both in one great package.
Pool or fortress?  Caribbean Beach offers both in one great package.

Silver Creek Springs may be the most beautiful pool at Walt Disney World. The backdrop of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is impressive, and the pool itself is full of rocky outcroppings, lush mountain greenery, waterfalls, and even a towering spout of water named Fire Rock Geyser. A bubbling hot spring actually rises from the lobby of Wilderness Lodge before flowing out to the main waterfall and cascading down into pool.

Luna Park Pool at BoardWalk Inn

The Luna Park Pool is a colorfully carnival-themed pool with a fantastic water slide called the Keister Coaster. The cheerful, playful theming of this pool makes it a favorite among the younger crowd.

Stormalong Bay at Beach Club/Yacht Club

This list may be in no particular order, but Stormalong Bay nevertheless deserves a special mention. It is, by popular opinion, the best swimming area to be found at Walt Disney World. It is the joint pool for the Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts, and it is definitely a pool worthy of catering to two deluxe resorts at once. One of its most popular features is a sandy bottom great for digging your toes into. You can float along in the lazy river, slip down a water slide built to resemble a half-submerged shipwreck, brave the whirlpool, or explore all of the hidden nooks and crannies. It’s simply the best of the best.