Is Pool Hopping Allowed at the Walt Disney World Resort?
We decided to ask The Walt Disney World Resort to clarify this for everyone, once and for all.
Our original email asked:
“What are the official Walt Disney World Resort Pool Hopping rules? I can’t find them anywhere online and everyone seems to have a different opinion regarding pool hopping and what both Resort Guest and DVC members can or cannot do.”
The response we received from The Walt Disney World Resort was:
Thank you for contacting the Walt Disney World® Resort.
We are happy you are coming to visit us! Each guest has access to the pool of the resort they are checked into. Guests are not able to visit other resort pools during their visit.
If you have questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact us.
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PLEASE NOTE: All information is subject to change without notice and should be confirmed just prior to your visit.”
At times, guests staying at Disney’s All-Star Resorts (Disney’s All-Star Movies, Disney’s All-Star-Music, Disney’s All-Star Sports) are allowed to pool hop between those 3 resort pools only, however, during peak seasons this is restricted. There is however No Pool Hopping Allowed at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (AOA). AOA’s pools are only for AOA guest, with no exceptions.
Guests staying at both sections of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter (POFQ) and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (POR) are usually allowed to swim in the pools at either section of that resort, however this too will be restricted during peak seasons.
Also, if the resort hotel you are staying at is having its pool refurbished for any reason, you will always be given (as a guest) pool hopping privileges at another specific resort, but only that resort.
Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Owners have always had some pool hopping privileges included with their membership, but even these have been restricted as DVC ownership increases, DVC Resorts are refurbished, and as attendance at The Walt Disney World Resort increases.
The restrictions for DVC members are as follows:
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort (Storm Along Bay) has been a popular pool for years and for that reason as been only for guest at those resorts for a number of years.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Uzima Pool) has always been restricted to only guests of that resort
DVC – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village (Samawati Springs) has always been restricted to only its guests.
DVC – Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Bay Cove Pool) has always been restricted to only its guests, however if this pool is full, DVC members staying at Bay Lake may swim in Disney’s Contemporary Resort‘s pools too.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Villas at Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Span Villas (DVC) – No restrictions
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort & DVC – Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows (Nanea Volcano Pool) after its 2015 refurbishment, this pool was restricted to only guests staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows (DVC)
Pool hopping is available Disney Vacation Club members and their guests when using points for any Walt Disney World resort or Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. A Magic Band or DVC member ID card may be requested to confirm eligibility. Members may be asked to leave if the pool reaches capacity. Pool hopping is suspended during a series of high-occupancy block out dates.
Block out dates for 2015 are as follows:
- January 1 – 4, 2015
- February 14 – 21, 2015
- March 21 – April 5, 2015
- June 27 – July 11, 2015
- September 5 – 7, 2015
- November 22 – 29, 2015
- December 19 – 31, 2015
Have A Magical Vacation!