Great Disney Pools – What’s All the Fuss About Stormalong Bay?




Welcome to those of you joining me from Heidi’s Head and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail and this month, in honor of summer begin almost here, we’re sharing our favorite Disney pools!

Often touted as THE best pool on Walt Disney World Resort property, I thought it would be a good idea to take a good look today at Stormalong Bay, the enormous and beautifully themed swimming complex that is shared by the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.


A mini-water park in it’s own right, Stormalong Bay is a sprawling swimming area that boasts several different areas for both play and relaxation.  One of the coolest features of this pool is its unique sandy-bottom.  Unlike traditional pools, guests at Stormalong Bay massage their tired toes in a layer of soft sand on the bottom.  In keeping with the seashore theme of the Yacht and Beach club, a sandy beach is located on the Yacht Club side of the complex.

WDW-899The beach area, with a zero-entry into the water and a maximum depth of  2-feet, is the ideal place for younger children to splash, wade, and build sandcastles while parents relax in a nearby lounge chair sipping a cocktail.  And if you didn’t bring your sand toys, eating lunch by the pool will solve that problem as cute, green buckets are used as the serving containers Hurricane Hannah’s, the pool bar that is right next to the sandy beach.

The pool itself is huge at over 750,000 gallons, and wends its way through the two resorts past waterfalls and under bridges with large, open areas for swimming.


Another favorite feature is the lazy river, a winding water path right in the center of the complex complete with a gentle current that allows you to float along comfortably on one of the many inner tubes available.  The water depth in the lazy river area is about 8-feet, so parents of younger children will want to take advantage of the floatation vests that are provided by each Disney resort pool.


Another fabulous feature of Stormalong Bay is the incredible 150-foot slide that begins across the walking path from the pool in a giant shipwreck and sails over the walkway below depositing riders into the main pool on the other side.  You do have to exit the main pool area to access the slide’s entrance and parents of the younger bunch will want to accompany their kids.  Within the shipwreck area there is also a kiddy slide that is completely contained within the shipwreck and exits in a smaller splash pool that is right there.


As with all of the Disney Resort pools, Stormalong Bay offers numerous Cast Member run activities throughout each day.  My kids absolutely love participating and as mom and a former teacher I have been nothing but impressed by fun games and crafts that are offered and by enthusiasm of the Cast Members.  Some of my girls’ favorites are name that tune, theme park history bingo, critter round-up, and hula hoop contests.  A day spent at Stormalong Bay is like a day spent at a great summer camp!  And while the kids are engaged, adults will enjoy relaxing in one of the spas tucked into private areas around Stormalong Bay, especially after a long day in the parks.


I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that location of the Beach and Yacht Clubs in Disney’s Boardwalk area.  I have stayed in this resort area several times and as much as there’s nothing like staying at a Magic Kingdom monorail resort, I absolutely love the Boardwalk area–a charming, seaside vibe, lovely white sand beach surrounding Crescent Lake, talented strolling entertainers, numerous restaurants and an easy walk to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios makes it a really fabulous location.  And after a day spent at the pool, families should make a point to pop into on of my favorite spots, the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop, for dinner and one of their incredible frozen delights–the perfect way to end a magical day!

Thank you for joining me today.  Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Nouns!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~  DIStherapy – Disney’s Polynesian Resort
2nd Stop ~ Heidi’s Head – Ol’ Man Island at Port Orleans Riverside
3rd Stop ~  In the Mouse House (You are here!)
4th Stop ~  Disney Nouns – The Grand Floridian
Final Stop ~ The Disney Mamas – Wonderful Pools on the Disney Cruise Line

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Green this month. We will be back on July 10th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.





  1. Sand on the bottom and a lazy river… this just may change my mind about public pools! Nice article.

  2. Excellent post on Stormalong Bay! I would love nothing more than to stay at the Beach Club one of these days. I love the Epcot resorts. It would totally thrill me to wake up in the morning and walk to Epcot!

  3. Wow! This is a GREAT resort pool! I need to check this out myself :) Great post!

  4. This resort (Beach Club) is on my bucket list .. and part of that reason is to get the change to experience this amazing pool! I also have not had the pleasure of dining at Beaches and Cream.. another bucket lister! Great Post! Thank you :)

  5. We can’t wait to get to stay here some day! It seems like such a wonderful pool area, and your post just makes me want to stay at Beach Club even more!

  6. Our kids were 5 and 1 when we stayed at the Beach Club. We spent most of our time in the zero entry area. Hopefully we’ll be able to stay again when they’re older so they can enjoy all the other areas, especially the water slide.

  7. When we want some built-in savings during our Walt Disney World vacation, we book a room at either Disney’s Yacht or Beach Club Resort and skip paying for a day at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. Stormalong Bay is a full experience for any family! From the pool and shovel crowd to the teen slide lovers to the adult beverages served at Hurricane Hannah’s, everyone is happy, happy here. Thanks for educating us on the daily poolside festivities; I assume they are listed in the resort activities calendar?

  8. One word- GORGEOUS!!!! I think the pool alone makes the price worth it. I loved reading this. You can have a day at the beach without having drive away from Disney!

  9. Thanks for these great details! I have yet to stay at the Yacht or Beach Club, but that pool area is so appealing!

  10. We just came back from there and I think the boys would have been happy to never leave the pool. The littlest dug in the sand for hours while the oldest kept dragging dad on the big slide.

  11. This post really makes me wish I was at the Beach Club right now! We’ve only stayed at the resort once and it wasn’t warm during our stay so we never visited the pool. I think I need to make another reservation. :)

  12. I love this pool! Each time we visit Beaches and Cream, I drool over this pool!! It’s so pretty and looks amazing. My boys would LOVE It!!

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