just ask a kid what they think of the pools on a Disney boat

Kid Review - a look at the family pool deck on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

Kids are always the hardest critics.  What you think they would love often turns out to be boring.  So I am going to let my son take the reigns on what he thinks is the best.

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Orange Loop. Today the kids are answering the question, which Disney pool is the best?

so what is a the best pool for kids

When  I asked my son what he thought was the best pool at Disney he quickly replied ‘AQUADUCK’.  As I began to interview him on ‘why it was his favorite’ I quickly realized that a video might be the way to go.

Here is why John like the pool deck on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream the best.  Better than any of the pools on land.


what are the pool options for kid

Mickey and Donald each have their own

There are two pools that kids of all ages have access to.

Donald’s Pool is the deeper of the two and is 5 feet deep across the entire length.  Because the depth is constant and there is no stair entry it may be scary for swimmers that aren’t too strong (or for parent’s watching on).

The other pool, the Mickey Pool, is only 2 feet deep and perfect for all ages.  This pool is always full of activity and is the central meeting place for most kids.

John mentioned the fact that he loved putting his face under water and seeing the picture of Mickey there.  He would bounce back and forth from the Mickey hand slide and the Mickey Pool.

Note: only children that are potty trained are allowed in any of the pools on a Disney boat. This is for sanitary reasons. For those that aren’t potty trained there is Nemo’s reef splash area.

no adults allowed

During his interview, John made it perfectly clear that the Mickey Hand Slide is for kids only.  And I can attest to that.

Technically I meet the height requirement (just over 5 feet) but the lifeguard would not let me go.  Even though I begged and pleaded.  So my son is right – kids only!

Disney Dream - Mickey Pool and Mickey Hand Slide

You will see a line for this slide all day long.  Good news is it goes pretty quickly and the kids will just bounce back up and go again.

John rode that ride for half of Lilo and Stitch (what I got to watch from my chair since I could not go on the slide).

So it is high on his recommendation list.

this hot tub isn’t just for kids

There are also two family hot tubs on Deck 11.  I would not classify these as hot tub temperature; more like bath tub temperature.  So kids of any age could easily enjoy it.

The best part for John was the glass bottom of the hot tubs.   You could see right down to the ocean.  And many people get freaked out walking on that part of the hot tub.

Note:  Hot tubs get CRAZY CROWDED during prime pool hours.  This is something you will want to enjoy first thing in the morning or late in the evening.

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy Family Hot Tub on Deck 11


what is this Aquaduck thing you speak of

As the title of this article boasted the best part of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy pool decks is the Aquaduck.   To this date John talks about the Aquaduck and how he wants to go on another Disney Cruise just to ride it 100 times!

Disney Dream and Disney Fasntasy Aquaduck on Deck 11

Inspired by the Crushin’ Gusher at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World, The AquaDuck is a 765′ water roller coaster slide. This means you can go up and down!

Guests 42″ and taller ride a double in a raft through a clear tube that takes you 12 feet off the side of the ship.  That’s right, you are riding about the waves.  16 decks above the waves (that’s about 150 feet)!!!

Kid Review - a look at the family pool deck on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

Kids under 54″ in height can not ride alone and must ride in front.  So make sure you have an adult present to go with them.

Another really cool thing ( John’s words) is that the inside of the tube has light like a rainbow.  You can really see them at night but from inside the ride you can see them all day.

Disney Dream and Disney Fasntasy Aquaduck on Deck 11

Early in the morning and during dinner are the best times to ride the Aquaduck.  Not much of a line compared to during peak hours where you can see a line all the way from the Deck 16 start point to the Deck 12 entry.

Tip: To make the Aquaduck raft go faster push forward with your feet and pull the edges of the raft in.  You are trying to make it longer and skinnier.  This makes it speed up.


a monster is born

I hope you had a chance to watch the video as John’s review of the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream pool deck is much more fun than me going through all the facts.

Unfortunately I may have made a YouTube fanatic in the process.  He is already asking about his next review.

Kid Review - a look at the family pool deck on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

By |2017-10-12T12:43:35+00:00June 27th, 2016|

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Full time working mom making the most out of time with my family through travel, crafts & photography. Owner/designer of Capturing Magical Memories® and co-owner of the Magical Blogorail travel co-operative. In my free time it is all spas, wineries and concierge.

4 Comments

  1. Jennifer Kaufman July 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    We are HUGE fans of the pools (and Aquaduck!) on the cruises, too! This is such a great post – tons of wonderful information, and the videos are so much fun. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I’m even more excited about our next cruise!

  2. Lisa Cameron July 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Great review! He sure does know a lot about the cruise pools. Unfortunately one of my kids was too short and the other not daring when we sailed on the Dream, so there was not Aquaduck for them. We’re hoping next time. But they did love the Mickey Slide!

  3. Kimberly July 13, 2016 at 12:29 am - Reply

    My son loves the Aqua Duck, too, and at age 12, he can go by himself, but he still prefers to ride with mom and dad. We love to go when in port and the line is a little shorter. We give this review two thumbs up!

  4. Greg May 25, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    These pools seem amazing!

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