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The Pools at the Hilton Buena Vista Palace, Disney Springs Resort Area



By Dave Shute

The pool complex at the Hilton Buena Vista Palace has somewhere between two and three and a half pools. Despite my counting failure, I can affirm that it is the best pool complex among the seven Disney Springs Resort Area hotels, with only the pools at the Wyndham and the Hilton even close.

What is clearly here is a large pool next to the outdoor bar and grill to which adults gravitate, and a separate lazy river pool which sees more families and kids. The third pool is in another location, barely visible except from the lobby bar and rooms near it, which has not been open during any of my visits. And the half pool is an appendage to the lazy river pool which functions like a toddlers pool.

The pool complex is between the main tower and the Island buildings.  From the main tower, you get to the pools from the lowest level, which is also where most Hilton Buena Vista Palace dining and other amenities are located.

The first thing you’ll note is this event lawn, which–if not being used for some convention-y thing (the Hilton Buena Vista Palace is a major convention resort) could have a variety of games set up on it. At one my visits it was just cornhole games–another time, it also had a badminton/volleyball net.

Deeper in the complex you’ll find the bar and grill on one side…

…a large hot tub off in a corner…

…and next to the bar the first pool.

The propinquity to the bar (in the right background) and the simplicity of its offerings makes this the pool adults will prefer.

Another view of this pool–some of the Island rooms are in the background.

Off to the right you’ll find another pool, a lazy river pool.

Another view of the lazy river pool. See the top of the page for yet another view.

There’s a zero entry to the lazy river, accompanied by a set of handrails, making it easily accessible.

Just to the right of this is a much shallower appendage with water sprays that functions well as a toddler splash area.

Another view of this area, which is my “half pool.”

The final pool is in a different area (although on the way from the lower floor of the tower to this complex). On my visits it has been unsigned, inaccessible and unused (so far as I could tell).

It is visible from the outside seats of the lobby bar, and from the rooms on this side of the tower.  I don’t know what’s up with it–my guess is that it is an event space–but on my next stay in the Hilton Buena Vista Palace, I will force myself to go to the lobby bar and inquire!

Even without this mystery pool, the rest of the pool complex at the Hilton Buena Vista Palace has something for everyone, and more to offer than any other pool set-up in the other Disney Springs Resort Area hotels.

 

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