Sunday, July 3, 2011

Attractions - Top 10 Pools

For many, it just isn't a vacation unless you get to spend some time splashing around in a pool. This, coupled with the warm, central Florida sun, makes fun-time in the pool a must. At Disney, the combination of attention to detail and the understanding that everything speaks brings that hint of Disney magic which turns a normal pool into an aquatic adventure.

Although we can list many reasons for staying in specific Disney Resorts, what if our only concern was the pool? Well, that is the idea behind our Top 10 Pools list for the Disney Resorts. If swimming is your "thing", consider this list before booking your Disney vacation.

1. Stormalong Bay (Yacht & Beach Club Resort): This 3-acre pool takes first place by a landslide. Featuring a 230-foot waterslide that starts inside a Pirate Ship, floating lagoon (also known as a "lazy river"), and whirlpools, this pool features something absolutely unique - sand. Yes, sand fills the bottom of this salt-water pool, giving it a tropical feel. Sliding out of the ship gives the feeling of escaping from the Black Pearl. The pool is like an attraction unto itself. That's enough for us.

2. Nanea Volcano Pool (Polynesian Resort): Overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, this heated pool puts you in the middle of the Pacific Rim. Featuring a 40-foot high volcano with a waterfall, and a 142-foot tubular waterslide, this zero-depth-entry pool makes for great Magical Moments. 3. Luna Park Pool (Boardwalk Resort): This pool features a 200-foot waterslide called the Keister Coaster. The opportunity to shoot out of the clown's mouth at the end of this roller coaster inspired slide definitely makes this slide worth getting your "keister" wet for! The circus atmosphere is completed by elephants on the pool deck that shower you with their trunks.
4. Silver Springs Pool (Wilderness Lodge): Overlooking Bay Lake, this pool appears to be carved from rock over time. You also get the feeling of swimming in a forest. This, along with the waterslide and geyser that erupts hourly, fits perfectly with the resort theme.5. Uzima Springs Pool (Animal Kingdom Lodge): Swim in this 11,000-square-foot, zero-depth-entry, natural watering hole. The 128-foot slide couples with the zero-depth-entry to make this an enjoyable spot on a hot African afternoon.6. Spanish Fort Pool (Caribbean Beach Resort): This pool's Spanish fort theme looks like a lost scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, making the pool almost and extension of a park attraction. A waterslide, waterfalls, and water cannons make anyone feel a little more like Captain Jack.
7. Mayan Dig Site Pool (Coronado Springs Resort): This 272,000 gallon pool surrounds a Mayan pyramid. It also features a 123-foot water slide and the largest outdoor hot tub in Walt Disney World. You may leave this pool in the mood for dinner at San Angel Inn!8. Old Key West Pool (Old Key West Resort): The best feature found at this pool is the sand-castle themed waterslide with a large Hidden Mickey at the opening. The mere incorporation of the Hidden Mickey design gives this pool a top 10 spot.
9. High Rock Spring Pool (Saratoga Springs Resort): A cascading waterfall feeds into this zero-depth-entry, heated, freeform pool. A waterslide rounds off the great list of features offered here.
10. Grand Floridian Pool (Grand Floridian Resort): Overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, this zero-depth-entry pool features a waterfall and a waterslide. Private cabana's are available for rental and seem to fit the luxurious, 19th century, Victorian era feel of the resort itself.
What? Your favorite is not listed here? What is it then? Let us hear it. What is your favorite Disney Resort pool? What made it your favorite?


  1. Great post, but my family thinks you missed one!! Here it is:
    It's Summer- Take the Time to Enjoy Your Hotel Pool!

  2. DISTherapy, we actually considered that one. The Grotto pool is very nice!