• On Jan 6, 2020
    Mary beth from DE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Moms Are the pools at Port Orleans French quarter heated meaning they are open in Jan like art of animation? Also see art of animation pools close fall 2020 for refurbishment When will they reopen? By January 2021? Thank you

    Hi Mary Beth,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We're happy to help with your vacation planning questions at any time.

    For many families, pool time at Walt Disney World is almost as important as theme park time. From the resorts to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, all pools are heated to a comfortable 82 degrees year-round. Occasionally inclement weather -- either storms or unusually low temperatures -- will cause closure of the pools to guests. But the majority of the time, you will have the option to swim, limited only by your own tolerance for the outside air temperature. (In January, when you are visiting, our average high tends to be in the low 70s with lows in the low 50s).

    I've lived in Florida a long time, so I seldom want to hit the pool in the winter. However, I've seen guests splashing away joyfully at Walt Disney World resorts when I'm bundled in a heavy jacket.

    You asked about the pool at Port Orleans French Quarter. I think Doubloon Lagoon is one of the most fun, especially for children who like to slide down the sea serpent's tongue. Of course, few can rival the Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation. I, too, have seen that it will be closed for renovation in the fall. No date has been announced for reopening. 

    Thanks again, Mary Beth, for your question. Enjoy!

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