From Value resorts to Deluxe Villas, Disney World resorts all have amazing pools. One of the most common questions that guests have is about pool rules, and specifically pool hopping.
There are two types of pools at Disney World Resorts. The first is known as the Feature Pool. This is the pool that hosts activities and games during the day, and often has live music playing. It will also be the pool that has a water slide if you are staying at a Moderate or Deluxe Resort.
The other type of pool is known as Leisure Pool or Quiet Pool. These pools are still all ages, but you won't find music, games, or water slides at these pools. They tend to be more geared towards adults.
The pool rules can be found listed around every Disney World pool. Here are the rules for resort pools:
Other than these basic pool rules, Disney does a great job of making sure guests remain safe while swimming. Life guards are often present at the pools, but lifeguard availability vary by pool and time of year. So be sure to check with a Cast Member.
Also know that life jackets are available at no cost for children. You'll find them at each pool in various sizes.
Each resort will also have either a zero depth area or a splash pad area so that smaller children, and kids who can't swim can still enjoy the pool area safely.
Pools at Disney World are open year round, and the pools will remain heated all year. Depending on the time of year the pool hours may change. Check with a Cast Member to confirm pool hours at your resort.
Disney has thought of everything when it comes to having a relaxing pool day. Here are some of the things you can expect at each resort:
Every Deluxe Resort has towels at the pool for you to use. Many Moderate and Value Resorts have towels as well, but if they do not you can use towels from your room.
You will find lockers available at each resort for guests using the pools. You'll find those near the main "feature pool" at your resort.
Every resort will have at least one pool side quick service stop. You'll usually find alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks along with a limited menu. Check your resort for menu details.
You can use pool noodles and small toys at Disney Resort pools. You can usually find these items at the resort shops. Don't expect to be able to use large rafts that you brought from home.
Moderate and Deluxe resorts at Disney World have water slides at their resort pools. While the slides are nothing compared to the big slides at Typhoon Lagoon, you'll still want to make sure that your kids are good swimmers before allowing them to ride on the slides. You will not be able to go down the slide with a small child. Water slides are 1 rider at a time.
A common question about Disney World pools is, "Can I resort hop to take advantage of other resort pools?"
In most cases, the answer is NO. You will need to scan your magic band to get in to the pool area, so if your band does not match the resort you are at, you will not be able to enter.
That being said, there are a few exceptions where you CAN pool hop:
If you arrive to your resort before your room is ready, or if you have a late flight and have checked out of your resort room before it's time to head back to the airport, you can use your resort pool.
If you arrive before check in, and have checked in online, your Magic Band will grant you access to your pool. If you need to check in at the front desk, you'll be able to use the pool once you've checked in (even if your room is still not ready).
The same is true if you check out, but have a late flight. Once you check out you can still use the pool for the rest of the day.
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