This question is from Russ, who asks “What value or moderate resort has the best pool? Which hotel has the slides and more to do?”
Russ: Thanks for your question and for reading Chip and Co. This is a tough question to answer because it mostly comes down to personal taste.
All resorts in the same price category have similar pools, so there’s very little difference between a pool at one moderate and a pool at another moderate other than theming. Same with the values. All resorts have activities, often something that goes with the theme of the resort. For example, All Star Movies shows movies at night by the pool. One thing that differentiates value from moderate pools is that the moderates have slides and more elaborate theming. All moderates also have hot tubs except for Port Orleans Riverside. The moderates are more grown-up looking, while the décor of the values is super kid-friendly; this doesn’t appeal to everyone. The values all have two pools each whereas the moderates have a central pool and several other “quiet” pools. Since the values are super kid-friendly, the pools can also be louder and busier than most.
Of the moderates, the pool at Coronado Springs is a hands down favorite, consistently rated high among Disney guests. It’s big, beautifully themed, has a huge slide, and fun activites. Some folks prefer the pool at Port Orleans French Quarter because it’s a bit quieter and has a hot tub. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus regarding pools at the values, although some cite the lack of school groups at Pop Century as a plus.
To help you decide which resort is best for you, ask yourself what kind of theming you like? Do you like a resort that feels like you’re in your own little world or do you want to be part of the action? How do you feel about your resort sharing a bus with another resort (as you would with the All Star resorts)? If you stay at a resort like Coronado Springs, you’ll have access to some nightlife and a sit down restaurant, but you’ll also be sharing your resort with(potentially quiet!) convention visitors. At FOFQ or Caribbean Beach, you’ll find more families.
Finally, think about how much time you’ll be spending at the pool. Since I don’t spend a lot of time at the resort, the pool is a secondary consideration. I can say with confidence that there isn’t a pool on Disney property where families can’t have fun, so think about things like access to food, transportation and location when choosing your resort.
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