A day at Stormalong Bay might be the best fun you have on your Walt Disney World vacation. It might be so nice that you end up spending more of your vacation there than planned. That’s what always happens to us when we stay at either of these sister resorts.
It started quite a few years ago, more years than I would care to admit. I planned a full 8-day vacation at the Beach Club. At that time, there wasn’t much research involved. We had visited the resort for the first time on the Christmas prior, and I knew I wanted to stay there.
During our vacation, I fell in love with the charm of the entire area. We could walk to Epcot. We enjoyed taking the little Friendship Boats to Hollywood Studios. They had this massive pool area called Stormalong Bay that had a way of making you never want to leave.
On our last full day, I even bought one of those summer must-read books in the gift shop. Completely blowing off our park plans, we spent the entire day and evening at the pool. It’s those simple things that sometimes make the best memories. Taking the time to read a book, maybe letting your children have a little freedom to meet other kids and play in the pool. They’ll probably all conspire to meet back at the pool the next day, oblivious to your vacation plans.
The thing is, Disney does an excellent job at their pools. They make you want to stay a little longer than you probably expected. And that definitely holds true to Stormalong Bay. Allow me to share with you why it’s the best.
Stormalong Bay is the feature pool at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club. The pool is actually more of a mini water park covering over three acres of ground and 750,000 gallons of water.
Guests of both resorts can access the pool during normal operating hours. Stormalong Bay pool hours are ideally from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. during the busier times of the year. However, the hours are reduced depending on many factors. The exact pool hours will be posted during your visit.
In this review we’ll take a look at the following specifics of Stormalong Bay.
Toward the bottom of this review, I’ll add a video with clips of the different pool areas.
Stormalong Bay Pool Pictures
Since you want to know more about the pool, I felt like I could show you better than I could tell you. These photos all came from early March when the weather was plenty warm enough to enjoy the pool.
The pools at Disney World are all heated to 82 degrees. As a person who has spent a good amount of time swimming over their lifetime, I can attest that 82 degrees is not warm. However, it will feel warmer on a chillier day, and children don’t seem to notice the difference when they are busy building sandcastles.
Stormalong Bay’s pool area is expansive, and while it doesn’t have too many breaks, it tends to shift from one swimming area to another. For instance, in the picture below, there’s an extremely shallow area around 2 feet deep.
However, further down, there’s a rope over the water where the lazy river begins. That is also the deepest area of the pool.
Waterfalls cascade down the rocks. There are two whirlpool spas hidden from view up in the rock area.
This large area is shallow and rarely crowded. Those steps in the middle lead up to the hot tubs. Additionally, this entire area of the pool has a sand bottom.
Between the area above and where the waterslide dumps out, there’s a long stretch of water with a volleyball net made from pool noodles.
For those of you with children who want to take place in the afternoon activities that Disney provides, you’ll want to grab a spot here early. Warning, this is usually the most difficult spot to get seating. The deck here is narrow, and there are usually two rows of seating with a few tables in the mix.
This space is on the Beach Club side of the resort and backs up to Beaches and Cream restaurant.
In the picture below, you can see one of the recreation cast members standing in front of the pool. The children on the edge of the pool are participating in some kind of game. Every afternoon usually from around 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m., there will be someone providing entertainment. They play pool games, have Disney trivia (it can be tough), and play Disney tunes.
As the day shifts to dusk, the cast members will usually invite everyone in the area to join in on campfire activities and Movies Under the Stars. Both resorts have a recreation calendar detailing which movie is playing nightly and other specifics. Make sure to pick one up upon check-in.
On the opposite side of the recreation area, there’s a private area called Bubblin’ Bay and another lagoon next to it that has whirling waters. This is near where the waterslide exits.
Lazy River at Stormalong Bay
The lazy river at Stormalong Bay is the deepest area of the pool. It is kind of off to itself with several different entrances. The main thing you’ll want to know is that the lazy river portion ranges from approximately 5 feet deep to 8 feet deep at certain points.
I know when I enter the area from the shallow side, I can barely keep my head above water. Under the bridge area, I believe, is where it gets the deepest.
The backside of the lazy river is near Hurricane Hanna’s, the pool areas counter service dining area.
The lazy river has clear inner tubes for guests of the pool to use. The river itself is not long by any means. But it does provide a nice place to float around.
There is always a good number of lifeguards in the area.
The lazy river doesn’t have much deck space around it for guests to sit. I’m sure this makes it easier for the lifeguards to monitor the area.
Naturally, the river does have a bit of a current that keeps you moving. Personally, I enjoy the lazy river when I have a float, but it is a bit of a workout if you decide to swim in it without one. There’s a nice little ledge in the water you can sit on. It is situated within the rocks on the other side of those stairs in the picture above.
Flying Jib Water Slide
Stormalong Bay has one of the best waterslides at Disney World. It’s in a shipwreck that sits out across the walkway from the pool.
The shipwreck is poised out on Crescent Lake.
A private path comes out here and crosses the main walkway over to the shipwreck.
Here is the pathway on the other side.
You’ll climb up the stairs into the hull of the ship.
Then ascend up the spiral staircase to reach the top of the mast.
You can look over and see Stormalong Bay in the distance.
The slide is fun as it shoots out over the walkway and dumps you back out into the pool. I can recount from my last experience that it is speedy, much more than a resort gal like me ever expected. It’s called the Flying Jib for a reason.
Below is where it dumps out into the far side of Stormalong Bay.
Parents can wait here for their children if they don’t want to participate in the slide.
Kiddie Pool at Stormalong Bay
One of the things that I tend to forget is that there is a kiddie pool inside the shipwreck at Stormalong Bay. Having only done the waterslide one time a few years back, I was surprised to see this pool when I was recently taking photos for this review.
Inside the ship, there’s a large kiddie pool with its own waterslide.
You can tell there’s not much height involved making it perfect for the little ones!
It’s a wonderful area to enjoy and there’s no sand involved at this pool.
And the views from up here are pretty amazing.
Back on the Yacht Club side of Stormalong Bay is the other kiddie pool. This is a large wading pool with a sand bottom and a huge mound of sand in the middle.
Additionally, Stormalong Bay’s third hot tub resides next to this area.
Your children are probably always going to remember the Beach Club after you spend some time here. They will always ask you if they can go to that place that had the sand pool.
They will not want to leave when it’s time to get ready for your dinner reservation. And if you take them to the pool early on in your Disney vacation, they will whine every day in the parks that they want to go back to the pool.
People talk about living their best life doing this or that. These children are living their best life at Stormalong Bay. Let them enjoy it. And you enjoy it as well.
Do you want to build a snowman? I mean sandcastle?
There is plenty of sand available. This is the Beach Club after all.
This entire area of the pool is shallow.
Out next to the children’s sand pool there are cabanas available for rent. Per Disney’s site, they come with the following amenities:
- Dedicated Cast Member providing service to the cabanas
- Cocktail service
- Ceiling fan
- Padded furniture, including chairs and couch
- Television with cable access
- Charging outlet/USB
- Mini refrigerator stocked with complimentary sodas and water
- Fruit basket (may not be available without advance reservation)
- Plush towels
- Cabinet safe
If you are interested, more details are available here on Disney.
Towels for Stormalong Bay are provided at the pool. There is no need to bring them with you on a Disney vacation.
There is also a locker area for guests of the pool. The area was not in service on the day of my last visit. It will hopefully return in the future.
The pool decks usually have plenty of tables with chairs and lounge chairs available. However, sometimes, you might have to watch out for a table and chair to come open on a busy day.
I also like that Stormalong Bay has wonderful shaded spots for guests to enjoy. If you are spending a resort day at the pool, you probably aren’t going to want to be in full sun the entire day.
Final Thoughts on Stormalong Bay
I hope you enjoyed this review of the Stormalong Bay pool. Maybe it provided you with the details needed to schedule a full resort day here while on your Disney vacation.
I put together a video featuring the different area areas of Stormalong Bay Pool if you would like a little different perspective.
Those that would like to learn more about this resort or the other Epcot Resorts in the area, might enjoy these articles:
Make sure to leave me a comment below and share your thoughts on Stormalong Bay or staying in the area!