Disney World has many beautifully themed resorts and when you stay at one of the Disney resorts, you'll have access to some amazing resort pools.
From the sand-bottomed, shipwreck themed Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort to the Finding Nemo themed, zero-entry Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, there is no shortage of great options to choose from when you're ready to cool-off after a day in the parks.
But, are you able to use a pool at a resort other than yours?
The answer in most cases is no.
Resort pools are a perk meant to be enjoyed by the guests staying at that particular resort. In order to ensure that resort guests are able to enjoy their pool without overcrowding, Disney only allows guests staying at that resort to use the pool.
There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule:
- Guests staying at one of the All-Star Resorts (including All-Star Movies, All-Star Music, and All-Star Sports) are able to use the pools at any of the All-Star Resorts regardless of which resort they are guests.
- This same situation is true for the Port Orleans Resorts. Guests at both Port Orleans - French Quarter and Port Orleans - Riverside are able to use the pools at both resorts without issue.
- Disney Vacation Club (DVC) owners are sometimes allowed to pool hop, but only at other DVC resorts and only outside of scheduled blackout periods.
So, how would Disney even know if I was pool hopping?
You may think you can pull a fast one on Disney and sneak into a pool at a different resort.
But, that won't work.
In order to access many of the pools (including the ever-popular Stormalong Bay) you'll need to scan your MagicBand. If your resort doesn't match when you scan, you won't get in.
Just because you aren’t able to use the pool facilities at other resorts shouldn’t prevent you from visiting the resorts for other reasons, though.
Walt Disney World resorts are great for touring and taking some time away from the parks.
To see our suggestions for visiting the resorts, checkout our How to Tour Disney World Resorts (Even if You’re Not Staying There) post.