Hello, I’m Leonard Nimoy. The right pool can be an extremely important part of your day at Walt Disney World. It can serve as your afternoon or evening relaxation or a way for the kids to burn off some energy. So today we are in search of……(cue the creepy music)….the best pool at Walt Disney World.
Okay, I’m not really Leonard Nimoy. And if you’re following my stream of consciousness, I’m so sorry you’ve crossed over to the Goofy side. Now back to our topic. A great pool can keep your kids happy throughout your trip. Now you may say to me "But Joanne, we’re heading into fall and winter now *gulp*. Can we even still swim in the pool during our vacation?" Rest assured there are plenty of hot and warm days left! Keep in mind that the pools are heated, so your little one’s teeth won’t be chattering away through a huge smile as he asks for "just five more minutes"! So off I went to search for the best pool in the World. I’m not sure that I came to any conclusive answer but I certainly have some personal favs.
I really like the All Stars/Pop Century themed pools. The shapes (guitar, piano, baseball diamond, for example) are fun! The best thing about these pools is the bright colors of the huge icons that surround you at these resorts. The kids seem to love it here!
When you start looking at the moderate resorts, there are multiple pools, just like the value resorts. But you get a little extra, such as slides at some and white sand beaches (Caribbean Beach!) at others. You’ll find the theming here is just as prevelant as at the value resorts. The Doubloon Lagoon pool, for example at Port Orleans French Quarter features a waterslide with Triton riding a sea creature. The sea creature’s tongue is the water slide!
Then, as you look at the deluxe resorts, the amenities are added for mom and dad too! Think zero depth entry and multiple whirpools….ah yes!!! At the Beach Club for example, there is a three acre aquatic playground with a sand-bottomed pool (cool!!) and seven, count ’em, seven whirlpools AND a sand volleyball court. You would…..I mean, the kids would just LOVE that! (I will not hesitate to mention that Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is right there too!)
Disney’s Boardwalk features the two-hundred foot "Keister Coaster" water slide that drops you into the pool out of the clown’s mouth. (The clown is not trying to eat me! The clown IS NOT trying to eat me!)
Disney’s Polynesian’s pool is just as you would expect, Polynesian themed! The Nanea Volcano pool features a grotto slide that is a wonderful way to splash your cares away in the Florida sun.
Okay, so I did come to a conclusion. I have to go with the Beach Club’s aquatic playground, Stormalong Bay for the best pool (and so much more) at the World. Keep in mind that the Beach Club does share this pool with the Yacht Club. Grab your big Mickey beach towel, your flip flops and sun screen (watch for the pop tops) and enjoy the water. For Mouse Fan Travel, I’m Joanne. Live long and prosper.
Joanne Cascone – antispambot(‘Joanne@MouseFanTravel.com’)
I agree with Joanne the pool is a big part of a vacation. The problem I ran into was that my son loved the pool so much he didn’t want to get out! As far as swimming in the cooler months it is not for me but I sat by shivering as my son and his cousins swam in December. To make it colder they were swimming at night. The water is heated nicely and on this night is was quiet chilly so there was steam coming off the pool and they just thought was the neatest thing.
My two cents? Beach Club wins hands down. The winning factor? proximity to Beaches and Cream!!! Who can possibly resist the lure of “the Kitechen Sink’ topped with a full can of whipped cream???
oh.. right the pool.
Ya… thats nice too.
What a tough investigative assignment! I’ve always wanted to stay at the Beach Club and now I want to even more! I’ve heard that they require a resort ID to enter the pool and then heard recently they weren’t requiring it. Anybody know if they are doing that? It would stink to stay there and have everybody else coming in too!
Add another vote for Stormalong Bay at the Beach Club – don’t tell my kids but we spent a day there on a trip without them! I loved the sandy bottom and the lazy river part. It was an awesome day – hanging out in the pool and drinking pina coladas!
Shannon, they didn’t seem to be checking last time I was there. I’ll be able to verify this for sure in a few weeks! 🙂
My kids had a blast last May in Storm Along bay! Normally they would only want to stay a couple of hours at a pool – but we HAD to MAKE them get out!
Another vote for the Beach Club pool! It’s awesome! The clown at the Boardwalk is just a little too creepy for me……………