Anyone who has visited Disney World knows that it's VERY humid, especially during the summer. By the time you're ready for lunch, you're going to be in desperate need of a cool down; and what better way than taking advantage of Disney's fantastic resort pools or waterparks?
Just like everything at Disney, their pools and water parks are top notch with a story, theme, and great design. Consider Yacht and Beach Club's Stormalong Bay, with its massive, sand bottom pool, a lazy river, and a water slide that looks like a ship's mast! One of our favorite pools at the value level is the Bowling Pin pool at Pop Century. It's actually shaped like a bowling pin and the 50s decor is really cool! Also, it's usually less crowded than the flower power pool.
Disney's water parks are some of the best water parks in the world. Typhoon Lagoon is made to look as if a tropical storm swept through and left everything windblown and in disarray; and the wave pool here is amazing. You could come here just come here for the wave pool and have a blast. Blizzard Beach has probably the most unique story of anything at Disney. Supposedly a freak snow storm in Florida led some entrepreneurs to build a ski resort; but when it began to melt, they turned it into a water park. Although, all the remnants of the ski resort are still there, along with some left over snow! Be sure to take the ski lift to the top of mountain for the full experience!
Here are some tips and things you need to know when you go to cool off at the resort pools or water parks:
-Eat a big breakfast before you go to a water park. Water and slipping down slides can make you hungry fast so fill up before you go!
-Don't bring pool toys to the resort pools or water parks. Disney doesn't allow them. It's good to know this before your kids get excited about bringing their stuff.
-Know that you can rent a locker at the water parks. Some guests don't realize that you have this option; but also be aware that there is a rental fee and a deposit. A small locker costs around $8, but we recommend you invest a large locker since it's only $2 more.
-Try swimming at a resort pool at night for a cool experience!
-Bring Crocs or water shoes to the water parks. The pavement is always scorching hot!
-If you want to visit a park in the morning and head to the water park during the heat of the day, wear your swimsuit under your clothes or put your swim trunks in your park bag, along with your suncreen and watershoes. Then you're set for the water park!
-Pack a plastic bag in your park bag to put your wet suits in after your visit to Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. This will keep your other items from getting wet.
-Life jackets and tubes are free at Disney water parks.
-Don't bring a towel down to your resort pool. Disney has towels there to use; but they ask that you don't bring them back to your room or take towels from your room. However, at the water parks, you have to rent towels. It may be more cost efficient to bring your own beach towel if you plan to visit a water park.
-Blizzard Beach is the best place to go if you want lots of slides and activity; but Typhoon Lagoon may be best if you want a more relaxing experience. However, both parks offer something for everyone so you can't go wrong with either.
-Disney resorts often offer a "quiet" pool in addition to their main pool. These pools are usually smaller and have little personality, but they may be a great alternative if you want to escape crowds and noise.
-Disney water parks get really crowded on the weekends so you may want to visit them during the week. However, if weekends are the only times you can experience them, Typhoon Lagoon may be your best bet as the wave pool doesn't require waiting in line and Blizzard Beach will likley be the most crowded.
-Be sure to relax. Float around a lazy river at one of the water parks or just chill by the pool. Enjoy what Disney has to offer and get relief from the heat! You will enjoy your vacation even more if you do.