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Value Resort Pools at Disney World: All You Need to Know

Be sure to pack that swimsuit because we have a feeling you’ll want to take a dip in one or more of these spectacular Disney Value Resort pools. Five Value Resorts with a total of 12 pools… let’s begin the “all you need to know” about the Value Resort Pools.

NEED TO KNOW – Towels are available at the Value Resort Pools, so you don’t need to bring one from your room or pack one for your trip. Also, don’t go looking for a spa (hot tub) while staying at a Value Resort, as they are not available at any of these properties.

Editor’s Note: All-Star Music Resort is scheduled to reopen on September 16, 2021, and All-Star Sports Resort is scheduled to reopen on December 9, 2021.


1 – Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Pool Total: 3 (1 Feature, 2 Leisure)
  • Feature Pool: Hippy Dippy Pool

Take a swim in what feels like a time machine back to the 1960s! The Hippy Dippy Pool is all about the 60’s flower power with its flower-shaped pool and water jets. Bright in color and staying true to the Pop Century theme, we love this feature pool for its unique appearance and large size (over 235,000 gallons!). Shade is hard to come by unless you arrive early enough to snag a table with an umbrella.

  • Kiddie Area: Located just behind the Hippy Dippy Pool, the kiddos will surely spot the kiddie pool that offers zero entry and water fountains.
  • Leisure Pools: Enjoy 2 leisure pools at Pop Century. The Bowling Pool is cleverly shaped like a bowling pin and has a fun 1950’s theme. Check out the jukebox machine and massive Tramp from the Lady and the Tramp movie! The Computer Pool is themed after the 1990s. At this pool, you’ll spot a giant keypad and floppy disk. Much like the Hippy Dippy Pool, arrive early for a shade umbrella.
  • Pool RestaurantPetals Pool Bar @ Hippy Dippy Pool

You can’t miss the vibrant Petals Pool Bar next to the Hippy Dippy Pool as it matches the flower power theme! This full-service bar is the perfect place to enjoy a tropical drink, beer, wine, cocktail… or whatever your drink of choice may be.

2 – Disney’s All-Star MUSIC Resort 

  • Pool Total: 2 (1 Feature, 1 Leisure)
  • Feature PoolCalypso Pool

The Calypso Pool features some of our favorite characters – the Three Caballeros! Right in the middle of this guitar-shaped pool, you’ll spot the colorful Three Caballeros fountain featuring Donald Duck, José Carioca, and Panchito. The grand palms do provide some shady spots, but for the most part, you’ll want to find an umbrella location if you are seeking a shady retreat.

  • Kiddie Area: The kiddie pool is at the top of the Calypso pool guitar handle. Somewhat square in shape, this is a simple kiddie pool but does the trick for cooling off the little ones.
  • Leisure Pools: The second pool at All-Star Music is the Piano Pool. Shaped like a grand piano, this pool is not as large as the Calypso Pool but is a great place to take a dip and relax!
  • Pool RestaurantSinging Spirits Pool Bar @ Calypso Pool

Looking for a beverage to unwind with by the pool? Singing Spirits Pool Bar has you covered with their full bar selection of drinks.

The Calypso Pool

3 – Disney’s All-Star SPORTS Resort

  • Pool Total: 2 (1 Feature, 1 Leisure)
  • Feature Pool: Surfboard Bay Pool

Ready for a trip to the beach? You’ll be feeling like you’ve reached the ocean when visiting Surfboard Bay Pool. You can’t miss the giant, colorful surfboards near this wavy shaped pool. The grand palms not only provide a little shade, but they also match the theme of the pool beautifully.

  • Kiddie Area: The kiddie pool near the Surfboard Bay Pool is a simple spot for the kiddos to enjoy a refreshing dip of their own.
  • Leisure Pools: Take me out to the ball game… or well, to the Grand Slam Pool! This leisure pool is shaped like a baseball diamond and features Goofy as if he was pitching from the mound – but instead pitches a stream of water. Check out the huge baseball bats and Coca Cola cup!
  • Pool Restaurant: Grandstand Spirits Pool Bar @ Surfboard Bay Pool

It is a “grand” stand, alright! Take your pick of specialty drinks or go with your usual beer from this full bar near the Surfboard Bay Pool.


4 – Disney’s All-Star MOVIES Resort

  • Pool Total: 2 (1 Feature, 1 Leisure)
  • Feature Pool: Fantasia Pool

If you are looking for a pool that exudes Disney magic – you’ll want to check out the Fantasia Pool. Here you will find the Sorcerer Mickey fountain welcoming guests to jump in for some fun! Shade is available but not as abundant as one would hope for, so arrive early for a shady spot.

  • Kiddie Area: Kids are welcome to splash around in the kiddie pool, which is surrounding by ice blocks and located near the Fantasia Pool. The kiddie pool is set back away from the large pool, so the kids really have their own defined space to play.
  • Leisure Pools: Calling all ducks… Mighty Ducks that is – to the Duck Pond Pool, which is themed after The Mighty Ducks film. The pool resembles a hockey rink with masks and hockey sticks. Tell your family to form the “Flying V” and jump in!
  • Pool RestaurantSilver Screen Spirits Pool Bar @ Fantasia Pool

You’re on vacation, so why not pull up a chair at the Silver Screen and enjoy an adult beverage or two!

Fantasia Pool at All Stars

Fantasia Pool at All-Stars

5 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Pool Total: 3 (1 Feature, 2 Leisure)
  • Feature Pool: The Big Blue Pool

It’s a Big Blue Pool – and actually the BIGGEST hotel pool on Disney World property! This pool is spectacular and wins our hands-down favorite of Value Resort pools. The massive turtle, Crush, from Finding Nemo is hanging out near the pool which is also surrounded by favorite Nemo characters, large jellyfish and so much more that seem to bring the Finding Nemo film to life! Some shade is provided, but like the other resorts, seek out an umbrella location right from the get-go.

  • Kiddie Area: Also, our favorite kiddie area as a Value Resort – check out the “Schoolyard Sprayground” located between The Big Blue Pool and the Righteous Reef Playground. Fun jets and fantastic, colorful Nemo characters surround the pool for a kiddo’s dream come true. Can you find Nemo?
  • Leisure Pools: As if The Big Blue Pool isn’t enough for this value resort, Art of Animation also offers two leisure pools. The first one is the Cozy Cone, which is straight of the movie Cars. Try to snag a cone for a fun shade experience, and don’t forget to check out the life-size creations of all your favorite Cars characters like McQueen and Mater! The second leisure pool is the Flippin’ Fins Pool. All sorts of fins are welcome at this Little Mermaid themed pool with Ariel and Sebastian as the stars!
  • Pool RestaurantThe Drop Off Pool Bar @ The Big Blue Pool

Do us a favor and drop us off at this pool bar, please! Snacks, frozen drinks, specialty drinks, beer, wine, sangrias – they have it all at this full bar located just a few steps away from The Big Blue Pool.

We hope you make a big SPLASH at your Value Resort pool on your next vacation to Disney World.

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Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.
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