Some of the fondest Walt Disney World vacation memories are resort days spent at the pools. However, considering so many resorts have spectacularly themed pool areas at Disney World, it can be difficult to choose one.
This article discusses the best pools at Disney World’s Hotels. Then, we’ll look at what features make each pool worthy of being deemed the best of the best. And I’ll throw in a few extra honorable mentions.
The factors considered in ranking the best pools at Disney are the actual pool itself, surrounding views, amenities, and children’s play areas. And don’t worry, I’ve also taken the pool bars and nearby dining options into account.
So find a comfortable spot, preferably in the sunshine, and get ready to find the resort that has the perfect pool for your upcoming vacation.
This article was updated on April 15, 2022.
Disney World’s Hotels Best Pools List
Additionally, there is a value resort listed in the honorable mention section. Unfortunately, the value resorts don’t have near the amenities at the pool as you would find at the higher category resorts.
The Best Disney World Hotel Pools
- The Feature Pool at Disney’s Contemporary
- Uzima Springs Pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Luna Park Pool at Disney’s Boardwalk
- Beach Pool at the Grand Floridian
- The Lava Pool at Disney’s Polynesian
- The Riviera Pool at Disney’s Riviera Resort
- The Lost City of Cibola Pool at Coronado Springs
- Fuentes del Morro Pool at Caribbean Beach
- The Grotto Pool at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin
- Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club
- The Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation
- Doubloon Lagoon Pool at Port Orleans French Quarter
- Samawati Springs Pool at Kidani Village
Before getting started on each pool, I wanted to mention pool hours at Disney. Pool hours are typically subject to weather and seasonal crowds.
During the summer, you’ll usually find long pool hours anywhere from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m for each resort’s feature pool. But if you visit in January, the hours might be shorter.
For instance, pool hours might run from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. if you were to visit during cooler temperatures. Therefore, you’ll want to confirm the pool hours at the resort upon arrival.
Now that we got that out of the way let’s look at each of our top ten pools and the factors that make them rank so high.
#10 The “Feature Pool” at the Contemporary
Topping the list is the feature pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. And no, you aren’t doing a double-take.
The pool is called “the feature pool.” When considering pools, I knew this one had to be added because of the fantastic surroundings and views of Bay Lake in the distance.
When I need a break, it’s not uncommon to find me sitting out here on the white sand beach, taking in those views. This area in the picture below sits directly behind the feature pool area.
Additionally, the resort is home to a stunning quiet pool that gives the illusion it’s floating out over the lake. If things at the main pool get crowded, you might enjoy spending a little time here.
One of the great things about the Contemporary is that everything is conveniently located in this large backyard area. You don’t have to trek to a separate area to find the quiet pool.
Also, kids that are old enough can easily enjoy the different activities in the surrounding area without them being too far out of sight. You’ll find there’s plenty to do here.
The main pool has a 17′ high waterslide, two whirlpool spas, tabletop tennis games, and a separate children’s splash play area.
The only downside is that the pool bar doesn’t have much of a variety of food offerings. They have items like burgers, hot dogs, and nachos, but that’s usually pretty much about it.
A full meal or lunch at the pool typically requires a walk inside the resort to pick up Contempo Cafe. Or you can walk over to the counter service at Bay Lake Tower’s pool next door.
Related: Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review
#9 Uzima Springs Pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Our next best Disney pool on the list is the Uzima Springs Pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you’ve stayed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge before then, you already know how unique the resort is in its entirety.
And the Uzima Springs Pool area is perhaps one of the most serene pool areas property-wide. One side of the pool has a zero-entry and large, shallow wading area.
The pool features a gentle 67-foot-long water slide. This slide is extremely kid-friendly because there isn’t much height involved. However, the length of the slide still makes it a fun ride.
Related: Disney Resorts with Water Slides
Near the resort side of the pool, there is a separate small wading pool for children. The entire area is extremely child-friendly. There’s even a large playground with cork flooring only a few steps away.
If a resort could get my vote for the best spa area, it would be a toss-up between here and the Polynesian. Below is one of two large, private spas surrounded by luscious landscaping.
It’s easy to walk right by and not even see the hot tubs. And trust me, after a long day in the park, you’ll need a place to relax those aching muscles.
As for the best part of the Uzima Springs pool, it’s a toss-up. First, the views are gorgeous, and you are only steps away from the savanna where animals are grazing.
Secondly, the food options are good at the Uzima Springs Pool Bar and The Mara. If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know I love The Mara.
You can read more about the dining options in our Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurant Guide. Or try our full resort review.
Related: Animal Kingdom Lodge Review
#8 Luna Park Pool at Disney’s Boardwalk
The Luna Park feature pool at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is our next choice for the best Disney World pools. You can probably see why!
This fun pool features a roller-coaster-themed water slide that’s 200 feet long!
While a bit of a staircase is involved in boarding the slide, the entire area is extremely child-friendly. In addition, you’ll find a kiddie pool, playground, and pool bar within the enclosed feature pool area.
Related: The Pools at Disney’s Boardwalk
The only drawback is there aren’t any good dining counter service options nearby. It’s the only downfall of staying at this hotel.
However, there are plenty of excellent table service options that require reservations. But when it comes to counter service, you’ve got the Boardwalk Bakery, which is hit or miss, and hardly anything else.
You would think all of the people at the pool might want to eat?
Related: Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Review
#7 Beach Pool at the Grand Floridian
Back over at the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, we look at the beach pool at Disney’s Floridian. We can all agree that it’s one of the prettier pools at Disney.
The Beach Pool has a water slide, waterfall, and zero-entry pool area. And there is a stunning white sand beach overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon with Magic Kingdom in the distance.
Sitting beside the pool is a fun, Alice in Wonderland-themed aquatic play area for children.
As for food items here, there are several good items at Beaches Bar and Grill.
In addition, you can walk over to Gasparilla Island Grill if you would like to mobile order food to pick up. While it’s not close to the pool, you don’t have to walk inside the main building to pick up your meal.
For more information about staying at the resort, we have an entire resort review.
#6 The Lava Pool at Disney’s Polynesian
You probably thought that the Polynesian would be in Disney’s top five best pools, didn’t you? If it weren’t for a newer resort and a bit of a surprise for our number two choice, it would be.
With that being said, I don’t have many complaints about the Polynesian Resort’s pool.
Well, except for one. The Poly’s pool is usually more crowded than I would like.
Don’t get me wrong, all of the pools can get crowded. But with the volcano taking up one side of the pool, it’s a little awkward to get around.
However, the Lava pool does have a pretty cool waterslide that travels under a footbridge. Additionally, there’s a zero-entry area, and a waterfall feature runs off the volcano into the pool.
Related: The Pools at Disney’s Polynesian
The Lava Pool is one of my top choices for whirlpool spas at Disney World. The sizable spa at the Polynesian sits toward the back of the pool. It has an infinity-edge facing out toward Cinderella Castle. Nice, right?
Oh, and there’s a large interactive aquatic playground for children on the front side of the Polynesian Resort’s pool.
For more details, try our full review of the resort.
Related: Disney’s Polynesian Resort Review
# 5 The Riviera Pool at Disney’s Riviera
For many reasons, the Riviera Pool at Disney’s Riviera Resort has landed a spot on our list of the best Disney World hotel pools. Those reasons include efficiency, food offerings, and pleasant views.
As you can probably tell, this beautiful pool has a pleasant layout and a pretty cool waterslide.
There is a nice variety of loungers and tables surrounding the pool. One of the things I’ve noticed during my visits is that everything is nicely spaced out.
Related: The Pools at Disney’s Riviera Resort
In addition, the Riviera has a large tower water slide with a fun circular staircase to access it.
And I think the kid’s water play area is the best one available at Disney. It is too cute and fun for kids with its twisty slide mimicking the larger one.
You can’t go wrong at either!
Related: Disney’s Riviera Resort Review
#4 The Lost City of Cibola Pool at Coronado Springs
I went with the Lost City of Cibola Pool for our number four pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This pool is located at The Dig Site, the resort’s large recreation area. It is tremendous in size and centered around this Mayan pyramid replica.
These steps on the far side lead up to the Jaguar slide. It’s a whopping 123 feet long!
In front of the pool sits the largest hot tub on Disney’s property. Additionally, a kiddie pool sits beyond the hot tub in a shaded area.
And the pool bar, Siesta’s, is a true hidden gem counter service location at Disney World. They have anything from fish tacos to standard items like burgers and fries. You can read more about it in our Coronado Springs Restaurants Guide.
And for more information about the resort, try our entire review.
Related: Disney’s Coronado Springs Review
#3 Fuentes del Morro Pool at Caribbean Beach Resort
Coming in at the number three spot on our list of the best pools at Disney World is the Fuentes del Morro pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
This pool has two waterslides, which gives it a slight edge over Coronado Springs. One slide is 102 feet long!
Besides, who doesn’t like a pirate-themed pool area? Especially one that has a spa tub that sits up to 12 guests.
Related: The Pools at Caribbean Beach
Toward the back of the pool, you’ll find a separate children’s water play area.
The Banana Cabana is the pool’s dedicated bar area that offers a counter service menu. But Centertown Market is only a few steps farther and will have a greater variety of offerings.
Related: Caribbean Beach Restaurant Guide
Overall, this pool is worth a spot near the top of the best hotel pools at Disney!
#2 The Grotto Pool at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin
Surprise! While Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort are not owned and operated by Disney, the resorts still make up part of the Epcot Resorts Area. And that alone makes it worthy of a mention in our top pools at Disney.
Additionally, the Grotto Pool itself is worthy of taking our number two spot. Like its name, the pool has an alluring grotto tucked behind the waterfall.
If you prefer the coolest place to sit on a hot summer day, you’ll want to snag a spot underneath the waterfall feature! Trust me, chairs in this area are difficult to find before 5:00 p.m.
And the pool continues on and on around the large recreation area. Several bridges cross over the pool. Additionally, there’s a volleyball area, children’s pool, and whirlpool tubs.
This is truly one of the most pleasant places to spend a pool day at Disney World. Over the years, we’ve spent many a day here and are always the better for it.
If you would like to learn more about this resort, read our complete resort review.
Related: Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Review
#1 Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club
Drumroll, please! We have finally made it to the BEST POOL at Disney World, Stormalong Bay.
While it might have been difficult to rank some of these Disney pools, there was never any question about which pool would come in as the top choice. In fact, I hate to even call this a pool because it’s really more of a mini water park than anything.
When we stay at the Beach or Yacht Club, we rarely visit a water park because there isn’t any need. There is plenty to do right here at the resort.
For example, Stormalong Bay has a lazy river, a sand-bottom pool with a play area, and a tremendous water slide.
There are even private cabanas you can rent!
There is a kiddie pool at the base of the slide with a miniature slide for the little ones!
As for dining, there’s Hurricane Hanna’s, which usually has a lot of good options.
While I can’t cover everything about the pool in this post, I have an extensive review covering all of Stormalong Bay here.
Additionally, this is our favorite resort at Disney World. If you would like to learn more, we keep an updated review.
Related: Disney’s Beach Club Review
Honorable Mentions for Best Disney World Pools
When I initially drafted this review, I felt like there were a few pools at Disney World that were worth mentioning, even if they didn’t make the top 10. The first is The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation.
You won’t find a waterslide here. However, this is still a fun pool that holds over 300,000 gallons of water!
The nearby Schoolyard Sprayground is super cute and fun for the kids!
And if you love animated films, the resort is also home to the Flippin’ Fins Pool and the Cozy Cone pools. They are all fun!
Next, we have a second honorable mention, the Doubloon Lagoon Pool at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. This pool has a sea serpent water slide!
This pool is excellent for those traveling with younger children. I have found that everything here is so child-friendly. And the resort has the cutest aquatic play area.
Lastly, the Samawati Springs Pool at Kidani Village is another fabulous option when traveling with younger children to pre-teens.
The pool has one of the most fun slides, and there’s an extensive children’s play area nearby!
Related: Kidani Village Review
Hopefully, this article provided you with a good overview of the best Disney World hotel pools. If you plan to enjoy significant pool time during your vacation, you’ll have an excellent time at any of these options!
For other Disney World planning, you might enjoy the following articles:
- The Best Off-Site Disney World Hotels
- Best Table Service Restaurants at Disney
- The Best Jogging Trails at Disney World
- The Benefits of Using a Travel Agent for Disney World
This wraps up our best pools at Disney World list! Now that you’ve read over all of them, do you have a pool you favor?