What Are Disney’s Resort Hotel Pools Like With COVID-19 Safety Precautions?

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One of the best features of most Disney resort hotels is the feature pool. Every Disney resort has a feature pool with theming and recreation. It is highly recommended that you plan in some time to enjoy your resort’s pool if you’re going to spend the money to stay at a Disney resort. Everyone needs some actual relaxation time on their vacation.

Old Key West Pool – COVID-19 Safety
Saratoga Springs Pool – COVID-19 Safety

But like everything else in Walt Disney World, some things have changed due to COVID-19 safety precautions. It is still a wonderful experience to spend some time around the pool. Your pool experience shouldn’t be impacted all that much, but it is good to know what’s different ahead of time.

  • Masks are required
  • Masks can be removed while eating, drinking, and swimming
  • Lounge chairs cannot be moved as they are spaced six feet apart for safety
  • Recreational activities are reduced, but still offered
  •  Outdoor movies near the pools are now every other night
  • Sanitizing wipes canisters are placed at the pool’s main entrance
  • Pool towels are still available
Old Key West Pool – COVID-19 Safety

Masks are required in the pool area. They need to be worn when ordering food and drinks, and when roaming the pool area. While eating, drinking, or swimming they can be removed. While I spent some time at Disney’s Old Key West pool area and Saratoga Springs pool area, many guests were wearing masks while sitting in lounge chairs. I did not see any Cast Members ask guests who were not wearing masks while seated to put their mask on. If you choose not to wear your mask and you are not eating, drinking, or swimming Disney Cast Members could ask you to put a mask on or leave the area.

Old Key West Pool – COVID-19 Safety

Lounge chairs and tables with chairs are set up six feet or more apart. It is asked that all guests leave the chairs as they are, in order to maintain this distance. Upon entering the pool areas of Old Key West and Saratoga Springs I noticed a canister of sanitizing wipes with a sign indicating that they are for use on surfaces. It might be a good idea to wipe down whatever chairs you choose to use.

One of the best features of Disney resort hotel pools is the amount of recreational activities offered. While some hands-on activities are temporarily on hold, other favorite activities like poolside trivia are offered.  The recreation Cast Members keep their distance from guests and wear their masks. Outdoor movies are now offered every other night. Be sure to check the schedule.

Saratoga Springs Pool – COVID-19 Safety
Saratoga Springs Pool – COVID-19 Safety – Recreation Cast Member
Old Key West Pool – COVID-19 Safety

Pool towels are still provided at designated areas. Some pools have designated entrances and exits so be sure to keep an eye out and take a deep breath if, like me, you walk to an entrance that is now a marked exit and you have to walk back the other way. All in all, Disney pools are still a wonderful place to relax. Like everything else there are some changes, but in the end they are there for good reason, and don’t take away from the fun.

Do you usually plan some pool time in your vacation? Do you have a favorite Disney resort pool?

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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

2 thoughts on “What Are Disney’s Resort Hotel Pools Like With COVID-19 Safety Precautions?

  • February 10, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    This is a great post, thanks.

    I was specifically wondering what the pool areas were like, right now.

    We like to spend a day at the pool, and want to know what it’s like.

  • May 3, 2021 at 8:58 am

    How hard is it to get seats at Storm Along Bay? Do we need to get in line before it opens to ensure our family can sit together in the shade? We have a long day before we fly home with hours to spend “homeless” after they kick us out of the room.


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