The theme parks aren’t the only place to find thrill rides at Walt Disney World Resort. At Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, we spent the month of April surfing Typhoon Lagoon, one of the world’s largest wave-motion pools; snorkeling the Shark Reef, like a dive in a natural aquarium; and chuting down Crush ‘n’ Gusher, the only water coaster in North America with three separate rides off a single tower. We caught our breath with a relaxing float along Castaway Creek before chilling out at Blizzard Beach. There we Plummeted from the Summit, an 8-second drop down a 12-story flume; scaled Mount Gushmore, the only ski resort in Florida; and took in a Nice View, via a leisurely ride on the Chair Lift.
But you know, the water parks are not the only places swimmers can splash around. Combined, the Resort hotels have 54 pools (theme and leisure), 14 kiddie pools and 23 whirlpools. In Florida, sunny skies and pleasant temperatures invite Guests to dive in year round. Even when the air is chilly, the pools are a cozy 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
While it may be tempting, pool-hopping is not allowed. You may swim only at the Resort where you are registered. IDs are checked frequently. You are, however, more than welcome to explore other Resorts. If your head is swimming over where to stay on your next trip to the World, the pool might just be the deciding factor!
A few of the most interesting:
Stormalong Bay, the largest and most unusual water recreation area of its kind, at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort is “a 750,000-gallon, sand-bottom lagoon with bubbling fountains, whirlpools, a life-size shipwreck play area and a giant water slide.”
Nanea (“tranquil”) at Disney’s Polynesian Resort features a giant volcano, waterfall and waterslide and includes a zero-entry feature for guests with disabilities as well as near-hidden hottubs.
A grand piano-shaped swimming pool is the centerpiece of Disney’s All-Star Music Resort.
Study the effects of the sun’s rays on human skin and test sunscreen effectiveness. This ScienceBuddies.com discussion provides the full procedure (about the 5th comment box down) on how to test SPF, using nothing but hotdogs, sunscreen and a warm, sunny day.
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