The Pools at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort
This article discusses the pools at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort. Below is a brief introduction in memory of a friend who inspired me to start this site.
Once upon a time, I spent a day at the pool at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort. If I remember correctly, I was probably on some form of social media (the one with the little blue bird) bragging about the weather. The weather, of all things.
Something in me began to awaken around that time, and things have never been the same. I wish I could credit my relaxing pool day at the Swan and Dolphin for this awakening, but I cannot.
It was him, and for that, I am forever thankful.
Anyway, you didn’t come here to read about how I got into Disney blogging. You came here (more than likely) to check out the pools at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resort.
And I figure I’m probably the best person to tell you about these pools, given the time I’ve spent at the Swan and Dolphin over the years. Let me assure you, it’s a great pool.
How great? It ranks in the top three of my choices for best pools at Disney World. That’s substantial, considering we rank ten pools and have a few honorable mentions.
Guests of Disney’s Swan and Dolphin hotels (and the Swan Reserve) get to take advantage of the tremendous pool area. When I say tremendous, I’m not exaggerating. The entire area includes five different pools covering an expansive three acres.
Related: Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Review
Disney’s Swan and Dolphin’s feature pool is called the Grotto Pool. It’s located on the Dolphin side of the resort. At the pool, there’s a waterslide and a small grotto area underneath a waterfall.
Unfortunately, the waterfall element wasn’t working on my last stay. However, I didn’t notice the waterfall was out of commission until I started updating these photos. I’m confident it’s only temporary.
Since I got to the pool early, the area was fairly empty. Therefore, I was able to snag a chair at the edge of the covered area.
This location worked well because a small rain shower came through at one point. Thankfully, I was able to remain in my seat and continue reading my book while it rained. Yes, I read.
Several bridges cross the pool area. Later on in the morning, a DJ set up his equipment on one of the bridges. At first, I was a little irritated because the atmosphere was calm and quiet.
However, I ended up enjoying the music and some of the commentary. So having the DJ wasn’t a deal breaker.
Poor guy, he mentioned someone was having a birthday. Before you know it, every other kid at the pool was either having a birthday or knew someone. Then it was one shout out after another.
Moving on, there’s a sloped stairway on the right-hand side of the grotto area that leads up to the waterslide.
Below is where the waterslide exits.
You can tell from the photo below that the covered area is a delightful place to cool off. It doesn’t hurt that it’s near the waterslide exit. If your children are old enough, they can slide while you relax nearby.
The waterfall is one of those moments of zen-type features. Not only is it pleasing to look at, but the sound of the water hitting the pool is soothing. Seriously, how did I miss that it wasn’t working on my last stay?
Related: Room Photo Tour of Disney’s Swan
There’s no doubt that these are the most coveted seats at the Swan and Dolphin’s pools.
What’s not to like? Hot day, cool water, lovely shade?
Between the Swan and Dolphin, there are four different whirlpools. Three of those hot tubs are located at the Grotto Pool.
Each one provides a semi-private space to relax.
Off the top of my head, I can’t think of another pool that offers this many hot tubs.
Here is the one at the Swan Resort. It’s only a few steps away from the Grotto Pool.
While we’ve extensively looked at the Grotto Pool area, the pool extends much further. Below is the first end of the pool. In the distance you can see the pathway that leads back to the Swan Hotel.
On the opposite side of the grotto area the pool continues.
Then there’s the Spring Pool.
Directly behind the Spring Pool is the lap pool on the Dolphin side. The lap pool is closest to the Dolphin side of the resort, and tends to be a pretty popular area.
Cabana Bar and Beach Club sits behind the lap pool. This dining stop offers table service, mobile ordering, and a walk-up bar.
Related: Cabana Bar and Beach Club at the Dolphin
For those of you with children or teens who aren’t that into swimming, you might check out this outdoor recreation area between the Dolphin and the pool area. On my last visit, there was billiards, ping pong, tic tac toe, and a basketball court.
Those with little children will be happy to know that there is a kiddie pool at the Dolphin. You’ll find the kiddie pool on the far back side of the feature pool. It’s has a zero-entry on one side.
Behind the kiddie pool, there’s a private sitting area that provides a decent amount of shade.
In addition to the pool area, the Swan and Dolphin share a beautiful white sand beach. Plenty of recreational activities are available, like volleyball, watercraft rentals, and ping pong tables.
A playground sits near the beach area. It has child-friendly rubber flooring.
However, there are a few disclaimers that the surface can get hot.
Back on the Swan side of the resort is their leisure pool. It’s similar to the lap pool on the Dolphin side.
Private cabanas are available for rent if you desire.
Related: Cabana Rentals at Disney World
A bar area (Splash) sits outside the Swan’s lap pool. They mainly serve drinks and a few snacks.
If you want to enjoy a meal poolside, you can mobile order from the Cabana Grill. All of the lounge chairs have tags on them. You’ll need to scan the tag and then place your order. A server can locate you based on the tag.
Related: Swan and Dolphin Restaurants Guide
In addition to the pools at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin, the Swan Reserve has a feature pool. It’s a beautiful pool. But most guests who plan to spend an entire day at the pool will likely want to walk over to the Grotto Pool.
Related: Photos of the New Swan Reserve
Overall, the pools at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin are some of the most pleasant you’ll find. It’s one of the few hotels where I feel like I can stay at the pool for the entirety of the day.
If you would like to know more about the Swan and Dolphin, we have a guide that lists all of our articles related to the resort: Disney’s Swan And Dolphin Resort
Or you might enjoy these articles:
- Transportation Options at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin
- The Gift Shop at Disney’s Swan
- Fuel at Disney’s Dolphin
- Swan and Dolphin Hotel Review
Additionally, if you’re comparing resorts for an upcoming vacation, make sure to check out all of the Walt Disney World Resort Reviews.
Some of my top recommendations for the best Disney Deluxe Resort include:
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort Review
- Review of Disney’s Grand Floridian
- Disney’s Beach Club Review
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Review
In the comments:
What do you think of Disney’s Swan and Dolphin pools? Does this look like a place you’d enjoy spending a resort day?
Thanks for the info. On a no kids trip which hotel would you prefer, taking into account the pools: Swan/Dolphin or Beach/Yacht Club?
This is a tough question. Overall my preference would be Yacht Club for a no-kids trip OR I would go with whichever hotel had the best price. You can’t go wrong with any of them though!