The Pools at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
It’s no secret that Disney’s Coronado Springs is a resort worth bragging over. The beautiful resort has a lot going for it, including the pools.
For starters, The Lost City of Cibola Pool is themed like a Mayan Ruins. The pool sits at the base of a 50-foot pyramid with a 123-foot waterslide called the Jaguar slide.
Or you might enjoy one of three leisure pools spread out over the resort’s luscious landscape. These are all considered “quiet” pools and have nearby laundry facilities.
There’s no shortage of pool options at Coronado Springs. This article will look at each pool in detail.
So pack your swimsuit (don’t forget the sunscreen) and get ready for a splashing good time on your Disney World vacation!
The Dig Site
We’ll start with The Dig Site, which is a name you’ll probably want to remember. The Dig Site sits toward the center of the resort, across the lake from El Centro.
This pool area is typically open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. However, it might have reduced hours during the winter months.
The Dig Site is a large recreation area where you’ll find the following:
- The Pool
- Jaguar Slide
- The Ruins
- Explorer’s Playground
- Iguana Arcade
- The Ball Court
- The Spa
- Children’s Pool
The Mayan Ruins aren’t an actual “thing to do.” However, the pyramid with the water feature makes the place impressive.
Indeed, the pool is massive.
This pool is commonly referred to as The Lost City of Cibola Pool.
It’s approximately 4’9″ (four feet nine inches) at its deepest point.
On the far side of the pool, you’ll find the entrance to the Jaguar Slide.
A few rules are posted. Note that sliders should slide feet first, either sitting or lying on their back.
The pool depth at the slide exit is 3’6″ (3 feet and 6 inches).
You’ll climb up a couple of stairs near the back of the pyramid to get to the slide entrance.
You can see the jaguar as it sits ready to pounce on an unsuspecting rider.
I’m just kidding about the pouncing part.
Anyway, I walked up to the top so you could get an idea of how far the slide is from the pool.
The slide is long and fast, but it doesn’t have any significant drops.
Take a seat and wait until the light turns green when it’s your turn. Then you’re off!
When my son was younger, we stayed at Coronado Springs often. He always enjoyed this slide.
You can tell the path of the slide isn’t too adventurous. But the speed will give it just the right amount of thrill.
All the moms, dads, and grandparents are waiting at the bottom.
Sometimes letting your children do the slide on their own is a big step for us parents to take, right?
Here is a look at the kiddie pool at Coronado Springs. Unfortunately, this pool is usually reasonably busy, so I never get a great picture of it.
However, it is nice that it’s separately fenced, and a few lounge chairs are available nearby.
Speaking of crowded pools, the hot tub at Coronado Springs is always busy. Unfortunately, this is another terrible photo, but you can tell that it’s sizable.
One of the things I love about The Dig Site is that there are other immediate things to do nearby besides swimming. For instance, here is a photo of the sand volleyball court.
Toward the backside of the pool, you’ll find several outdoor table games.
And further back, there’s a large playground.
The playground is divided into two spaces. The area in the photo above is geared more toward toddlers. The play area in the photo below is for a little older children.
As you may already know, nearly all of the resorts at Walt Disney World have an arcade. Iguana Arcade is the one at Coronado Springs. It’s also located at The Dig Site.
Here’s a look inside.
As far as dining goes, Siestas is the pool bar and quick service at The Dig Site. The far left side offers bar service, while the right-hand side has a window to order food items.
Unfortunately, Siestas is still operating on a reduced menu. However, the menu options here are freshly prepared, which is more than I can say about the resort’s primary quick service.
Related: El Mercado de Coronado (Food Court)
Maybe we’ll see the return of a few favorites as things improve. The former Mahi Mahi tacos were an excellent option.
Related: Restaurants at Disney’s Coronado Springs
Quiet Pools at Disney’s Coronado Springs
In addition to the Lost City of Cibola Pool, Coronado Springs has three separate quiet pools spread out between the villages.
These leisure pools are open between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. There is no lifeguard on duty.
The quiet pools have a maximum depth of 5′ (five feet). Additionally, there are life jackets available for children at every pool.
Here is the pool at the Casitas section of the resort. The Casitas section is closest to El Centro and the convention center. Many of the rooms here fall in the preferred room category.
Related: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Review
The next section of the resort is the Ranchos section. This section sits between the Casitas and The Dig Site. Here is a look at the pool at Ranchos.
And finally, on the opposite side of the resort sits the Cabanas section. The Cabanas section sits between The Dig Site and Gran Destino Tower.
Here is the quiet pool at the Cabanas.
Gran Destino Tower does not have a leisure pool. So if you’re staying in the tower and would like to use a quiet pool, the Cabanas pool is the closest to your room.
Related: Gran Destino Tower Review
You can probably tell why they are called quiet pools by the photos. These were all taken around 5:00 p.m. on a hot day in late May.
Overall, Coronado Springs has excellent pool options with plenty of recreational activities. As a result, it easily ranks high on our list of the best resort pools at Disney World.
Those planning a stay at Coronado Springs might enjoy our complete guide to the resort. It lists all of our coverage to date for the resort.
Or you might enjoy these other articles:
- Panchito’s Gift Shop at Coronado Springs
- Coronado Springs Transportation Guide
- Disney World Resort Pools with Water Slides
- Best Moderate Resorts at Disney World
In the comments: What are your thoughts on the pools at Coronado Springs? Do you prefer to hang out at a larger pool like The Dig Site area or one of the quiet pools?