Every Disney World Vacationer has their favorites; favorite ride, favorite restaurant, favorite parade. My favorite pool area on Disney property is the Samawati Springs Pool. Samawati Springs Pool, located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani Village, is probably the best resort pool for families. Here you will find water fun for all ages-and by all ages I really do mean all ages. Samawati Springs consists of a main, 4,700 square foot, zero-entry (fancy pool term for “you wan walk right in”) pool, a 128 foot water slide, a splash pad area and a baby pool.
The pool area itself is beautifully decorated with canopy and palm tress as well as African themed accents. The main pool offers zero entry into a multi-depth pool. At one end, you will find the large 128 foot water slide. There is also a smaller slide for those who are not yet ready to brave the big one. The pool area offers great water fun for everyone-even non-swimmers, as they provide life jackets in various sizes for those who are not yet proficient swimmers.
The splash pad area offers a fun way to cool off. From water canons to aqua buckets to waterfalls, in this splash area you are sure have a
great time getting wet. My kids love being able to “get dad” with the water canons and let me tell you, Dad has a great time getting them back! While the pool, the water slide, and the splash pad are incredible, it is this baby pool that really seals the deal for me.
Usually when we vacation, My husband takes the older kids to swim while I usually find a spot to hang out with the baby (yes, with having five kids, there has always been a baby). I’m not much of a swimmer but more of a poolside lounger. So as you can imagine, an infant or toddler isn’t really into the whole “laying out in the sun” thing and tends to want something to do. While my kids all love to be in the water, as babies, they were never those little ones you see on the box for the baby floatie. You know the ones where the baby is happy to be sitting in this little inflatable containment unit, totally ecstatic to be in the pool with his/her mother. Not my kids. My kids catch sight of one of those floaties and immediately try to make a break for it–similar to how your cat reacts when you pull out the cat carrier to go to the vet. Come to think of it, trying to get the kid into the baby boat is just like trying to get the cat into the carrier too! My children do not see these cute little baby boats as fun but rather as a tourtuous imprisonment. They never sat in it an smiled but rather sat for a moment to plan their escape and quickly figured out how to climb out of them. So no baby floaties for us. Our next option is the baby pool. Now, I have never been a big fan of baby pools because they are usually enclosed circles with brick edge. My kids are..well…quite clumsy. They tend to trip on their own two feet, making a little brick wall dangerous for my wobbly toddlers. The baby pool at Samawati Springs is one unlike anything I have seen. The pool itself is almost of a semicircular design with an open area for little one to walk in. There is a consistent but gentle flow of water which not only keeps the pool clean and filled, but is also provides hours of entertainment as it moves boats and duck and any other “guys” your little one tosses in. Because of its design, the kiddie pool offers a safer area for water play for not-so-steady toddlers which means less stress for mom and dad!
While every Walt Disney Resort offers a family friendly place where kids and grown-ups alike, Samawati Springs Pool at Kidani Village is my family’s favorite spot to cool off after a busy morning at the park. Some day when the kids are older and we no longer have an infant or toddler, our preferance may change. Until then, our visit to Samawati Springs is one to which we ALL anxiously look forward.Share