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  • On Jun 6, 2012
    Stacie from MD Asked

    Could you please describe to me the pools at AOA? We will be traveling with a 9, 13 and 17 year old. Would the pools there be a bit boring/young for them? We are also considering CS and POFQ. Would one of these be better in terms of pools for those ages?

    Hi Stacie,

    When AoA is fully opened, there will be three pools: two "quiet" pools and the main feature pool, the "Big Blue Pool."

    At nearly 12,000 square feet, the Big Blue Pool is the largest non-water-park pool at WDW. There is an interactive splash zone that's appropriate for toddlers up to about mid-elementary-school age. The unexpected wow in the main pool is an underwater sound system that projects music and dialogue from the Finding Nemo film. You can hear whales singing and Dory speaking, but only when you're under water. If you're interested in seeing video of this you can head over to the independent website insidethemagic.net. Search there for an article called, "Big Blue Pool at Disney's Art of Animation Resort Brings Finding Nemo to Life."

    As you can see, the Big Blue Pool is loads of fun, and if your children were a bit younger I'd send you there in a heartbeat. However, I also have teenage children and frankly, yes, they might find the pool scene at AoA to be a little young for them. At both Coronado Springs and Port Orleans French Quarter, there are slides fewer bold primary colors, so the pools do seem more mature. A bonus of POFQ is that guests there can also use the pools at Port Orleans Riverside, greatly expanding your swim options.

    However, given all that, I'm not sure I'd make the pool the deciding factor in my resort choice. With a family like yours, you'd need to get two rooms at either of the moderate resorts you mentioned. At AoA, most of the rooms are family suites that sleep up to six and have two bathrooms. I found these to be quite spacious. There's also a great arcade at AoA, if that's something your kids are interested in. Also, the food court at AoA is top notch. If you'd like more info on that, head over to the independent website DisneyFoodBlog.com and search for an article called, "Food Photo Tour: Art of Animation Resort Landscape of Flavors Food Court."

    Just let me know if you need more information.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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