Leaving Stormalong Bay out, who has the best pool.

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by dchronister, May 20, 2013.

  1. dchronister

    dchronister DIS Veteran

    Oct 12, 2007
    We have 5 nights booked at WLV, but the way our airline flies, Friday to Friday, we need to book to more nights somewhere. My DSinL wants to book somewhere with a really good pool for my DN7, WL pool is okay, no complaints, but it is kinda plain compared to some. We can't stay at Beach Club and have stayed at BWV, so my question is: not considering Stormalong Bay, which resort has the best pool, things that a 7 year old would like. Thanks, Dena
  2. 2kidsForMe

    2kidsForMe Dreams of being a Guest without a Bag

    May 27, 2010
    My kids can't get enough of the volcano pool at the Poly. :woohoo:
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  4. CajunMomof3

    CajunMomof3 DIS Veteran

    Aug 28, 2010
    My boys love the volcano slide too, but I think their favorite is the clown slide at the BW.
  5. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    Our favorite is the volcano pool at the Poly, which we actually like better than SAB.
  6. Disney/Universal Fan

    Disney/Universal Fan Mouseketeer

    Jan 13, 2007
    Others may think I am crazy, but I think your 7 yr. old niece would really enjoy the pool(s) at Pop Century, not to say, she would really have fun at the resort. It is absolutely great for kids, and the adults would enjoy it as well. The pools at the Boardwalk and at The Polynesian are nice as well, but I think she would enjoy Pop Century the best. You may even save a little bit of money!
  7. Grace&Carolinesmom

    Grace&Carolinesmom DIS Veteran

    Jun 15, 2005
    We really liked the Dig Site pool at CSR. The slide there is AWESOME, the pool is huge, they do fun afternoon activities with the kids, lots of tables/loungers, nice poolside bar that also serves food, a playground right off the pool area, and very nice restroom/shower facilities. Whole family really enjoyed it :thumbsup2 They also do the movies and marshmallow roast in the evenings and there is an arcade too but we did not take advantage of those while staying at CSR.
  8. pamkat1820

    pamkat1820 DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2011
    My vote after SAB would be either CSR or POly :beach:
  9. clapton

    clapton DIS Veteran

    May 1, 2010
    New pool at GF is beautiful along with the Alice in wonderland splash area. Looks great for little kids.
  10. pigletto

    pigletto DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2007
    My pool loving 9 year old would rate them in this order..

    1. Port Orleans Riverside and Coronado Springs (tied)
    2. Animal Kingdom Lodge
    3.Old Key West
    4. Poly.

    He felt the Poly pool slide was too small and the pool was too crowded when we were there. I personally would have loved the pool but again, there was just no room.
  11. Polybound

    Polybound Mouseketeer

    Apr 10, 2013
    I'd say the Volcano pool at the Poly, not only for the kids, but also for the parents. The lush tropical setting, with lots of shade if you want it, and lots of sun around the sand beach, if you want that is as well. Very well designed. You just have to get there early, because the best lounge chair locations get taken pretty quickly.
  12. Kim1964

    Kim1964 <font color=teal>Was intimidated by her bug, but d

    Aug 21, 2006
    We are big Stormalong Bay fans because of the slide, but my kids were also very happy at CSR and the Digsite Pool.
  13. disd55

    disd55 Mouseketeer

    May 11, 2013
    The best are probably BWI, Poly, POFQ, POR CBR And CSR.
  14. DisneyDmbNut

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    Oct 10, 2003
    My DD loves the AKL pool..large and zero entry.. Nice slide and it's very relaxing when the bamboo sways and creaks
  15. EagleScout

    EagleScout Mouseketeer

    Aug 14, 2012
    Csr pool is fun, as is dolphin. Also, I assume you know this, but yacht club also has access to sab.
  16. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    I would say CSR. I like the Polynesian but always felt crowded at the Volcano Pool. We finally just stopped going to that pool and used the quiet pool instead.
    I also like the pool area at POR. But, the pool slides at the moderates tend to be shorter/smaller than at the deluxe resorts. So, be advised as to that.
  17. Lewisc

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    May 23, 2000
    Grotto pool (Swan/Dolphin) is probably the second best pool on property.
  18. Anniefrances

    Anniefrances Mouseketeer

    May 15, 2010
    For that age I would consider CBR for the pirate themed pool. My kids (then ages 6 and 8) loved it when we stayed last summer.
  19. Tinkerbellie16

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    Apr 3, 2009
    The volcano pool at the Poly is my favorite - even over Stormalong Bay.

    Keep in mind that value resorts will not have a pool slide so if that is important to you, don't book a value.

    And here is WHY I like the Poly pool best because it contains our requirements. This might help you refine your requirements and decide on a pool:

    - Must have a slide and we prefer a partially enclosed slide.
    - DH or I should be able to see the entire pool from our vantage point so we can keep an eye on the kids.
    - Easy access to a pool bar and quick service food.
    - No walking on public walkways to get to any part of the pool.
    - Easily accessible to get to the pool, in and out of the pool area, and close to a 'quiet' pool.
    - Cool theme (why stay at a plain ole pool if they offer cool ones???)
    - Nearby shade - natural and man-made.

    At Poly, these are the extras we enjoy that go above and beyond our requirements:

    - View of the castle while you are swimming!!!
    - No hut tub - YUP, that's a plus for us! They are a cess pool of germs and usually it is full of a bunch of kids so you can't relax anyway. And it prevents us from having to monitor the kids. We don't restrict them from going in, but our rule is only 1 minute for every 1 year they are. So they can stay in for 9 minutes at 9 years old. The problem is that they want to go back in again and again and it dehydrates them too quickly. Without the hot tub, I do not have to 'fight' that battle of how often they can go in!
    - The tropical setting
    - The waterfall into the pool - one of our favorite features!!
    - Really good quick service nearby (um yes, I'll have another dole whip please!)
    - A beach next to the pool
    - Zero entry part

    So Stormalong Bay, while vast, is too vast for us! I can't keep my eye on the kids and just sit in one chair and relax. As the kids become teenagers though, this might be a better spot. I also HATE crossing a public walkway to get to the slide.

    CSR has an AWESOME slide - the best I've been on at Disney - it is long and fun. And the pool is shaped so you can pretty much keep an eye on your kids from one spot. Unfortunately, this was the most crowded pool and a dirty pool and the quick service is not so quick. We went in July so I'm sure that had something to do with it but it didn't sit well with me. The movie IN the pool was really cool though!
  20. StitchandPooh'sMom

    StitchandPooh'sMom <font color=magenta>Now if only I could think of s

    Feb 27, 2006
    My kids rank the CSR pool a close second to SAB. After that, they liked AKL-Kidani. They didn't love Boardwalk or OKW.

    The Poly pool is nice if you are going during a slow time, but it much too small for a full resort. My kids did not like the Poly slide nearly as much as the CSR slide, though.
  21. TheShea's

    TheShea's Mouseketeer

    Apr 3, 2010
    Our Kids loved the Clown pool at BWV, especially the slide. They were 9/7 at the time. We're staying across the water at BCV in August and looking froward to SAB.

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