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Welcome to those of you joining me from DISTherapy and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month, we’re sharing what we believe to be the best Disney pools.
Most of the time, we visit Walt Disney World during the cold PA winter. That means that, even though it’s much warmer in Florida, it’s often not what I’d call “swimming weather”. We have had opportunity to visit in May a few times, though. And, on one of those visits, we did make a point to actually spend some time in the pool at Port Orleans Riverside (our “home” resort). Since it’s the only pool that we’ve actually taken the time to swim in, it is my obvious choice for this month’s topic.
Disney describes Ol’ Man Island as a “3.5-acre refuge with a swimmin’ hole and a fishin’ hole. Fashioned after an abandoned sawmill, this pool is accessible by 3 wooden bridges and includes a 95 foot-long rustic waterslide built into the millworks.”
This pool is open daily from 9am-11pm (or 9am-9pm in the off-season). Pool depth ranges from 3-5 feet. The temperature of the pool is maintained at 82 degrees. The waterslide is 95 feet long.
I love this sign, sharing a bit of the backstory of Ol’ Man Island.
In addition to the main pool, there is also a kiddie wading pool nearby for the little ones, and a hot tub for adults. If you’re in need of some nourishment while visiting Ol’ Man Island, there is the Muddy Rivers pool bar right beside the pool area. Pool parties take place daily, and each evening there is a campfire and movie screening for guests to enjoy.
The Ol’ Man Island pool isn’t the only pool at Port Orleans Riverside, though. If you’re looking for a quieter pool to relax in after a long day in the parks, there are 5 leisure pools on property – 3 in Alligator Bayou and 2 in Magnolia Bend.
Guests at Port Orleans Riverside are also welcome to enjoy Doubloon Lagoon, the Mardi-Gras themed pool at its sister resort – Port Orleans French Quarter.
In closing, I’ll just say that there are a few pools that we’ve certainly looked at longingly on our many “resort hopping” adventures over the years. Maybe one day we’ll actually get to swim in one of these too:
- Stormalong Bay – the “shared” pool of the Beach & Yacht Club resorts
- Silver Creek Springs Pool at the Wilderness Lodge
- Uzima Pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge
What is YOUR favorite Disney swimming pool?
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is In the Mouse House.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ DISTherapy – Nanea Volcano Pool at the Polynesian
2nd Stop ~ Heidi’s Head – *YOU ARE HERE
3rd Stop ~ In the Mouse House – Stormalong Bay
4th Stop ~ Disney Nouns – Grand Floridian pool
Final Stop ~ The Disney Mamas – Disney Cruise Line (Disney Wonder)