The Pools at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground has two swimming pools, a feature pool and a quiet pool. So whether you’re spending a week roughing it at a campsite or glamping in a cabin, there’s a swimming hole available nearby.
In this article, we’ll look at the pools at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. First, we’ll stop by the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool and the surrounding recreation area. Then we’ll discuss the location of the resort’s secondary quiet pool.
Who knows? There’s so much to do you might end up spending an entire day at the resort without ever visiting the parks.
So don’t forget to pack your sunscreen. We’re off to Fort Wilderness to take a dip in the pool.
Meadow Swimmin’ Pool
Fort Wilderness’s feature pool, the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool, is at The Meadow Recreation Area. The Meadow is a large area situated at the center of the resort.
In addition to the pool, this area is home to the Meadow Trading Post, The Bike Barn (fishing, canoe, bike rentals), an arcade, sports courts, a playground, and a poolside counter service.
During my visit, I noticed the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool had several entrances. Additionally, there is a small parking lot near the pool’s main entrance for those driving a golf cart.
Past the main entrance, there’s a separate entrance to an aquatic play area for children.
A sidewalk wraps around the entire perimeter of the pool. You’ll run into a playground and several sports courts if you walk around the outskirts of the pool.
Toward the back of the pool, there’s another entrance near the waterslide.
Hours for the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool are daily between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. However, those hours might be reduced during the cooler months. So you’ll want to confirm the exact hours of operation during your visit.
Related: Disney World Pool FAQS
Here is a look at the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool. It is important to note that the pool has an upcoming refurbishment scheduled.
Per Disney’s website:
“From January 9, 2023 through early April 2023, Meadow Swimmin’ Pool and whirlpool spa will be closed for refurbishment. The water play area and Meadow Snack Bar along with the Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool and its nearby whirlpool spa will remain open for your enjoyment.”
The Meadow Swimmin’ Pool has a maximum depth of 3 feet and 9 inches.
Compared to other Disney Resorts, the pool doesn’t have many upgrades or extra features.
However, the pool does have a cool, twisting waterslide.
Related: Resorts at Disney World with Waterslides
Near the slide, there’s a stand with complimentary lifejackets.
A few rules are posted by the slide.
On a busy day, expect a line for the slide. I came by a couple of times to get photos for this article. Every time I visited, the place was too packed for photos.
I could only get these photos because the pool was closed due to inclement weather. So I waited for the weather to clear and took photos as soon as the pool reopened.
Here is the water play area. It’s accessible from inside the pool or the separate entrance. Most will appreciate that the water play area is in a separately fenced area.
The children’s area is forth-themed, offering several fun water features and two mini-slides.
There’s a whirlpool spa area on the opposite side of the pool.
Lounge chairs are available around the pool deck.
You might notice a few tables with chairs spread out behind the lounge chairs. They are the ones with the green umbrellas.
Meadow Snack Bar is the quick-service dining location at the pool.
They are open daily between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Below, we’ll preview the menus. A few items here include:
- Pepperoni Pizza
- Cheese Pizza
- Garden Salad
Kids’ Meals include:
- Ham Sandwich
- PBJ Uncrustable
- Grilled Cheese
- Pulled Pork Sandwich
- Meadow’s Loaded Chips
- Wilderness Dog
- All-Beef Hot Dog with Chili and Cheese
Snacks and Desserts:
- Carrot and Celery Sticks
- Apple Slices
- Tortilla Chips with Cheese
- Mickey Pretzel
- Ice Cream Novelties
- Chocolate Cake
Additionally, beer, cider, wine, and specialty drinks with alcohol are available.
You can preview the entire menu for Meadow Snack Bar here on Disney’s site.
Around the corner from the snack bar, there’s a beverage station. If you purchased a Rapid Refill Mug, you can use this station to fill it. So don’t forget to bring it with you to the pool.
Next to the snack bar, there’s a small arcade.
This is Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Arcade at The Meadow. You’ll find an additional arcade, Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade, at Pioneer Hall.
A few tabletop games are available in a covered area around the pool.
Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool
In addition to the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool, Fort Wilderness has a quiet pool. This pool is located in the same area as the cabins.
Specifically, the leisure pool is tucked between the 2500 and 2700 addresses on the Peacock Pass loop. If you want to take a bus to this pool, you’ll need to hop on the Fort Wilderness internal bus and exit at Peacock Pass.
While the quiet pool has no slides or other features, a whirlpool spa is available. So there’s that.
Overall the pools at Disney’s Fort Wilderness offer a fun place for children to play and adults to relax. However, you’ll want to remember that Fort Wilderness is a massive resort, and the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool is often crowded.
But with so many other activities surrounding the pool, there’s plenty of variety. Many of those things aren’t available at the other Walt Disney World Resorts.
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In the Comments:
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