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5 Great Walt Disney World Pools for Preschoolers

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All the Walt Disney World resort hotels have pools for use by the entire family. However, there are a few resorts with pools or water play areas that are particularly appealing for folks with preschool-age kids. Here’s a tour.

Art of Animation

The Art of Animation is a Disney World value-level resort, with many of its rooms classified as “family suites” that sleep up to six people. This makes this a popular choice for young families with smaller children. The pool area is perfectly geared to their needs, with zero-entry access, a splash area, and a playground all in the same complex.

Port Orleans French Quarter

Port Orleans French Quarter is a moderate-level Disney World resort with a New Orleans theme. The slide here is small enough to be fun and accessible for a four year old. The bright colors make it particularly inviting.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village

The Kidani Village area of the Animal Kingdom Lodge is all villa-style rooms, with kitchenettes or kitchens. This, combined with the on-site animal viewing, make this resort a haven for folks with young kids. There’s a zero-entry pool and a terrific interactive water play area.

Grand Floridian

The Grand Floridian may seem frou-frou, but there are water features for everyone, even small kids. There are two large pools (one with zero-entry access) and a fantastic Alice in Wonderland-themed water play area.

Yacht & Beach Club

The Yacht and Beach Club resorts share one giant pool complex called Stormalong Bay. In addition to a slide sized just right for preschoolers, an entire section of the pool area is about a foot deep with a real sand bottom. This is the perfect place to learn the art of sand castle building without the fear of a wave knocking over your creation.

One Thing More

All Disney World hotel pools have little-kid-sized life vests available to borrow free of charge. Of course pool-side parental supervision is always necessary, but this may give you an extra level of comfort.

Do you have a favorite resort to stay at for pool time with your young child? Let us know in the comments.


First published August 10, 2019. Updated September 23, 2021.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

4 thoughts on “5 Great Walt Disney World Pools for Preschoolers

  • We just finished a stay at Kidani, and I was blown away by the pool complex. Beautifully landscaped with lots of natural shade, the fun water play area, a long slide, two hot tubs, and the pool itself is pretty big. And since it’s right up against a natural wooded area, it feels very calm and secluded (especially at night). Very impressive, and the kiddo loved it.

  • This really looks very interesting, on my next trip to these I’ll definitely try this beach with my daughter.

    • @nina The Stormalong Beach pool is fantastic, but it is only open to guests of the Yacht & Beach Club resorts. You’ll have to show hotel ID to swim there.

  • What about Caribbean beach?! That is great for young kids.


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