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Published: 06/07/2020

Working the Pools

Our very own Ben is an ex Walt Disney World Cast Member, and spent a lot of time working at the different Disney Resort Hotels.

Check out his blog below about his time working as a lifeguard at some of the Hotels along with some top tips & pool rules!


With the almost constant warm temperatures in Orlando and the sun beating down throughout the majority of the year, it’s always good to find time to visit the resort pool. For many families the hotel pool is also a major factor when it comes to choosing their Disney World resort and there are so many to choose from across Disney property.

The pools at Disney is a passionate topic for me as I spent a whole year working as a lifeguard and children’s activities cast member at the Walt Disney World resort, primarily based at one of the popular value resorts, All-Star Music. During my time as a cast member I worked at many Disney hotels across the value, moderate and deluxe resort ranges. 

From Stormalong Bay, a mini waterpark at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort, to the Surfboard shaped pool at All-Star Sports; Disney never fails to be innovative and cool in their pool designs. The style and number of pools differs from resort to resort but they’re all unique in their own ways and the Walt Disney World website or the team at Ever After Holidays will be able to talk you through the recreation options at your resort of choice.

The majority of the main pools at the resorts are fully patrolled by Disney’s team of expertly trained lifeguards. As one of those myself I know the effort and time put into training every single guard working for Disney and everyone knows how to keep you safe and react to any scenario at hand. The moderate and deluxe resort ranges also have a variety of smaller independent pools where guests can swim at their own risk. These tend to be a little quieter than the large pools so the kids may prefer the main pools for their swim.

The main guarded pools at Disney also offer a range of fantastic activities for children and adults alike throughout the day, from arts & crafts, to big screen movies on the pool deck. Be sure to take part and consult your resort map which you receive upon arrival or ask a cast member for the times of each activity offered over your holiday.

A part of the pool cast members job is making sure everyone is safe and to implement a few rules. If a lifeguard or other cast member talks to you about anything don’t worry at all, just know they’re doing what their boss Mickey told them to say. Below is a general list of some of these rules, this may be helpful so you know what you can or cannot do/bring to your resort holiday.


  1. You can’t take drinks or food into the pools. There is actually a 6ft rule the cast members adhere to, so don’t be offended if you get asked to put your drinks 6ft away from the water. This is actually mainly in place for guest safety, no one wants anyone accidently ingest any chlorinated pool water. Additionally, any food falling in the water could close the pool down for cleaning and inconvenience all guests.


  1. No diving or flipping into the pools is allowed. The average maximum depth of the Disney pools is around 5ft, which is a lot shallower than a lot of people imagine. Diving or flipping into shallow water can have the potential to lead to serious injury. Jumping feet first is allowed however, so cannonball all your like but please stay safe and don’t dive.


  1. The lifeguards work extremely hard to watch everything in their water and keep everyone safe and well. For that reason Disney doesn’t allow certain pool toys in their main pools as these can either make it harder for the guards to see everyone or can inconvenience other guests in the resort. Sadly snorkels, flippers, blow up floats, water guns and any hard pool that can be pumped up are amongst the things the lifeguards may ask you to remove from the pool. This may seem annoying at the time, especially if you’ve spent money on items to use in the pool, however these rules are just in place to ensure everyone is safe and enjoying their swim.


  1. The lifeguards are there for safety reasons but they have a lot of guests to watch over so have to keep an eye on everyone in the water unless they make the decision to blow their whistle and jump in to assist anyone in the pool. For that reason they can’t keep a watch on any unattended children and Disney prefers any child under the age of 12 or so to have supervision of another guest over the age of 16. The kids may want to go to the pool and the parents have some adult time but please stay safe and watch your children at all times.


  1. Sometimes the pools may have to close at any time during the allocated opening hours. This can be annoying and the cast members hate it to so rest assured the reason for this will be a valid one. If lightning strikes within 6 miles from your hotel you will be asked to vacate the pool deck until the storm has cleared the area but often you will only be asked to wait patiently at the sun loungers while the pool undergoes temporary cleaning after something got in the water that shouldn’t be there. The recreation staff work super hard to make the closure as short as possible and will blow their whistle when it is safe to enter the water again.

These are just a general overview of the rules Disney have in place at their guarded resort pools. These may be more relaxed at the unguarded pools but Disney suggest guests stick to these guidelines for everyone’s enjoyment and safety.

Everyone at Ever After Holidays hopes you have a fantastic upcoming Walt Disney World holiday if you have your countdown already, or you can give us a call on our free number 08003277108 to speak to one of our knowledgeable and passionate dream makers who can help make your Disney holiday a reality.



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The information above is subject to Bens time working for Walt Disney World Resort and does not reflect the current rules and guidelines in place. Please check on arrival at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel for relevant rules and safety guidelines.

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