• On Jan 13, 2010
    Marcie from TN 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.

    We are traveling to WDW for our first time Jan. 23-Jan. 29, 2010. We are staying at Port Orleans-Riverside. Our children are 11 and 6 . Are all the pools outside or are any indoor pools? Do people usually swim in the outdoor pools this time of year?

    Hi Marcie,

    All of the swimming pools at Port Orleans (and all of the Disney resorts) are outdoors.  The good news is that they are heated, year-round to a comfortable temperature, so bring along bathing suits for your kids!  As for whether your family will think it is warm enough to swim, the answer is, it depends on your personal preferences and the weather during your trip.  I have travelled to Disney in January when it was unseasonably warm (and we were in the pool every day), average (in which case we went to the pool several times during the afternoon, when the sun was high) and unusually cold (in which case, we skipped the pool and spent more time at the parks).  I do suggest bringing along a thick bath robe, towel or other cover-up to help your kids warm up after swimming.

    No matter what time of year you visit, you will generally find people enjoying the pools at Walt Disney World.  In fact, I just returned from a December trip during a real cold-spell.  Nevertheless, the pool at my resort was packed with kids (and a few brave adults) having a blast!  My two boys were among them!

    Have a magical trip!


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I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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