Top Five Theme Park Resort Hotel Pools

by Jul 25, 2019

Theme park vacations often mean lots of hours of time spent in line, thousands of steps counted on your health app, too many extra snack and ice cream calories to think about, and of course, a lot of happy memories made with family. Spending time together is what vacation is all about, and one of the best places to relax and have fun is the resort swimming pool. It gives you a chance to cool off and recharge for the rest of your evening in the parks.

Resort hotels pools have really come a long way, and there are so many great options when thinking about where you are going to stay during your next Orlando Theme Park vacation. It was hard to pick just five – but here is what the Key to the World Travel® Advisors picked as their top choices. Let’s see if our list matches up with yours!


Number 5 – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort™


Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel pool is a music lovers dream! With live music, DJ’s spinning the tunes, and an underwater sound system; you never have to miss a beat! This 12,000 square foot pool comes complete with a sand beach, two hot tubs, a sand volleyball court, interactive fountains, a play area for kids and a 260-foot pool slide.

They offer lots of pool games, hula-hoop contests, water balloon tosses, and even ping pong tournaments. And when you get hungry or thirsty, the Beachclub bar and grill is only steps away. The drinks are delicious, and definitely try the chicken sandwich – you will be happy you did!

For a true VIP experience, you can rent one of their exclusive cabanas, which come completely equipped with a ceiling fan, HD plasma TV, refrigerator with 6 sodas and 2 bottles of water, wireless internet, and of course, a server to bring you drinks all day long. Not enough rock star treatment for you? Take it to the next level and upgrade to a themed cabana and spend the afternoon in “The Yellow Submarine” or Stevie Wonder’s “Musiquarium.” 




Number 4 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa


There are actually a few pools to choose from at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The Beach Pool overlooks the Seven Seas Lagoon and features 111, 261-gallons of fun. There is a 181-foot water slide, waterfalls, a zero-entry area, and a walking bridge that allows you to take great pictures of your family coming down the water slide! There is also a nearby aquatic play area for the kids, an on-site lounge and bar, and cabana available for rent.

The Courtyard Pool is the spot if you are looking for a more leisurely swim. It is located behind the main building and offers a zero-depth entry for ease. The pool has a maximum depth of 5-feet and also has a nearby whirlpool spa.




Number 3 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort


If two pools are good, three is even better! As a guest at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, you are immersed in the storytelling that only Disney and Pixar can deliver, and the pools continue that storyline perfectly!

The Big Blue Pool, located in the Finding Nemo section of the resort is the largest hotel pool in all of Walt Disney World® Resort. Inspired by the Disney•Pixar hit, this huge, zero-entry pool contains over 308,527 gallons, larger-than-life-size characters from the movie, and there are even underwater speakers blasting out your favorite tunes!

After spending some time on Route 66, you will want to pull in to the Cozy Cone Pool for some rest and relaxation! This kid-friendly and handicap accessible pool is surrounded by cone-shaped cabanas modeled after the Cozy Cone Motel featured in the movie Cars. Ka-chow!

If mermaids are more your style, you can make a splash at the Flippin’ Fins Pool, located in The Little Mermaid section of the resort! This 103,642-gallon pool features the “Under the Sea Orchestra” conducted by Sebastian along with other popular characters from the film.



Number 2 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort


The Lava Pool, located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort gets its name from the towering volcano located at its center, where water cascades down, and guests find thrills in the 142-foot waterslide. Located behind the Great Ceremonial House, and right off the beach, this zero-depth entry pool is popular for both young and young-at-heart. Kids can play all day in the aquatic play area featuring interactive water features, while adults can work on their tans and enjoy treats from the nearby lounge and bar.

If you are looking for a quieter spot to cool off and relax, the Oasis Pool is the spot to be. This leisure pool is open to all ages and is set in a lush tropical garden. If pampering is what you are looking for, an Oasis Patio may be perfect for your family.

Here you can relax in your own private shaded area close to the pool—complete with cushioned lounge chairs, and towels plus you can order your snacks and drinks to be delivered directly from the Oasis Bar & Grill! Oasis Patios accommodate up to 6 guests and are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.



Number 1 – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts


Stormalong Bay is less hotel pool and more beachside water park!  With 3 acres of fun for the whole family, it is easy to see how Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Resorts made it to the top of our list! Here you can climb on board a life-sized shipwreck replica and slide down a whopping 230-foot tube, float your way around the lazy river, catch a current in the sand-bottomed pool, hit one of the 3 hot tubs, relax in one of the secluded coves, or just work on your tan on the elevated deck. Kids have their own waterslide in Shipwreck pool and have lots of fun playing on the sandy beach. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the complex of pools that make up Stormalong Bay!

In addition, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts have 3 leisure pools for guests to enjoy. Disney’s Beach Club Resort Tidal Pool is located in a garden area on the far end of the resort facing Crescent Lake. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort’s Admiral Pool can be found in its own quiet garden area, and the Dunes Cove pool is located at Disney’s Beach Club Villas, but all Resort Guests are welcome to enjoy it. All of these pools also have hot whirlpool spas, so they are all the perfect place to relax your legs and feet after a long day in the parks.




So there you have it, the top Best Hotel Pools in Orlando as chosen by Key to the World Travel® advisors.  How did our list line up with yours?






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