This past summer, I had the great fortune of having my three best friends come down to Walt Disney World for a reunion weekend. We had no Park tickets. We just booked three nights at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and decided to take the days as they came. As it turned out, we all wanted to do the same thing: relax by the pool and just enjoy our time together.
Value Resorts feature some of the largest and most fun pools on property (specifically in regards to the Art of Animation Resort’s Big Blue Pool in the Finding Nemo wing).
Guests at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club can enjoy Stormalong Bay which is more than a pool… it’s like having a water park at your Resort! Three acres made up of a lazy river, a 230-foot water slide (which launches from a pirate ship), a gorgeous sundeck for relaxing, and a sand-bottom pool (which — I’ll be honest — I thought might be kind of icky, but turns out it’s actually super awesome!).
For our part, we had an excellent time going back and forth between the pool at Ol’ Man Island (as seen in the first photos) and the quiet pool beside Acadian House, our Resort building. We loved the fun slide, festivity, and music at Ol’ Man Island (the main pool), but really enjoyed having a little more quiet and some more swimming space at the quiet pool (several Resorts – primarily the Moderates due to their sprawling size — have a few “quiet pools” in addition to the main pools to accommodate more guests. While they don’t feature large slides, they are still a lovely place to relax.)
You know, the funny thing is that I’d forgotten this item was “on The List” while we were together. It just happened. I hadn’t even remembered that it was on my list until after the fact. I love planning Disney vacations and having so many interesting and fun things to do and see. But it’s always a good thing to remember that some of the best magic at Walt Disney World happens in those unplanned moments, and the best moments are those spent with people you love .