Disney Cruise Line Pools and Rules

Kids love to swim – well, most of them. One of the biggest reasons families go on tropical vacation is the ability to splash the day away. With that in mind here is a look at the water features, slides and pools on all the ships and the rules that go along with each.

Swim Diapers

I am going to start off with the biggest rule when it comes to onboard swimming pools:

Swim diapers are not permitted in any onboard swimming pool.

From Disney Cruise Line: The United States Public Health Service requires that only children who are toilet trained are permitted to enter swimming pools and spas aboard cruise ships. Children who are not toilet trained are welcome to enjoy our kids’ wet play areas and splash zones, where they must wear swim diapers. Please note: Swim diapers are not permitted in the pools, whirlpool spas, on the AquaDuck or in the AquaLab.

Please do not allow any child who is not Completely potty trained to swim in the ship’s pools.

I understand that swimming is a big deal for kids. However, swimming on a cruise ship is restricted to those who are 100% able to control their bathroom needs. The swim diaper ban is also extended to wading pools.

What happens if an accident is detected?

So glad you asked! If an accident is detected, all guests are evacuated from the pool. The pool is then completely drained, scrubbed, cleaned, refilled and tested.

This process closes the pool for approximately four hours!

You can imagine how inconvenient (not to mention aggravating and irritating) it is to have an entire water area on the ship closed. Families then scurry to other available pools, which in turn overcrowds those areas, then everyone is unhappy. It only takes three accidents to close a pool for an entire day. Three.

Splash Pads

Water fun isn’t off limits just because your little one isn’t potty trained. Nemo’s Reef, on the Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy is a covered play area on Deck 11 with water spouts, toddler sized water slides and lots of splashy fun.

This awesome splash zone is themed after the EAC – which is the East Australia Current for those who haven’t seen Finding Nemo at least a dozen times! It has soft wet-deck flooring, so it is easy on little toes and it is enclosed in glass to protect it from the wind, and it is wheelchair accessible.

Nemo’s Reef is specifically for quests up to Age 8. Adult supervision is always required.

The AquaLab

The AquaLab is a super splash zone found on the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy. The theming of this watery playground is centered around Donal’s mischievous nephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie – and all the trouble they get into!

Expect to find

  • interactive water features.
  • “paint” cans pouring water from overhead
  • Leaky pipes
Aqua Lab Disney Cruise Line
Disney Magic AquaLab

A Note on Swim Diapers in the Aqua Lab

On the Disney Fantasy: Swim Diapers are not permitted in the AquaLab. For splashy fun, families should head to Nemo’s Reef.

On the Disney Magic: Swim Diapers are allowed only in the Nephew’s Splash Zone of the Aqua Lab.

From DCL: Nephews’ Splash Zone
Created just for our tiniest cruisers, infants and toddlers 3 years of age and under, this splash-a-second play zone features pint-sized statues of Huey, Dewey and Louie spouting water in every direction. Pop jets and plenty of high-seas hijinks will keep little ones entertained for hours.

On the Disney Wonder: Swim Diapers are only allowed in the Dory’s Reef area of the AquaLab.

From DCL: Dory’s Reef
An entertaining, 400-square-foot splash deck dedicated to infants and toddlers 3 years of age and under, Dory’s Reef overflows with fountains, bubblers, pop jets and a water curtain inspired by the East Australian Current—plus some memorable characters from the hit Disney movie Finding Dory.

Please note that adult supervision is required for Guests under the age of 16.

The AquaDuck

Disney Cruise AquaDuck

The AquaDuck is more than a water slide; it’s an aqua-coaster at sea! It’s only available on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

Some important rules about riding the AquaDuck from Disney Cruise Line:

  • AquaDuck is designed for Guests 42″ or taller
  • Single riders must be 54″ or taller
  • Children under 7 must ride with someone 14 years of age or older, provided the child is at least 42″ tall
  • No snorkel equipment or swim masks are permitted

Disney Cruise AquaDuck

Disney Cruise AquaDuck

As operating hours may vary, please check the Personal Navigator newsletter or Disney Cruise Line Navigator mobile app once onboard the ship for the most up-to-date information.

AquaDunk

Do not confuse the AqauDunk with the AquaDuck. These are two separate experiences, and the AquaDunk is only available on the Disney Magic. And just for you readers, I voluntarily experienced it – just once – for you!

IT WAS AWESOME!

Alas, high winds on my sailing prevented the use of the slide at times, and it was usually the times I was on the pool deck. Though I should say, my kids went on it several times.

What is it like? Take a look at Hot 105’s James T. as he takes a turn on the AquaDunk!

What you should know:

  • The AquaDunk is for single riders who are at least 48″ tall.
  • The slide begins with the rider approximately 14 stories above sea level.
  • The deck below you is about 37 feet away.
  • Get ready to have fun!

AquaDunk

Family Pools on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

Mickey’s Pool

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  • Located on Deck 11
  • Open daily from 8:00am-10:00pm. weather permitting.
  • Slide is open to Guests ages 4 – 14 years only.
  • No Swim Diapers Allowed.
  • Minimum Height: 38″
  • Maximum Height: 64″
  • Adult supervision is required for Guests under the age of 16.

Donald’s Pool

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  • Located on Deck 11
  • Open daily from 8:00am-10:00pm. weather permitting.
  • Open to all guests ages 3 and up. (No swim diapers allowed) Adult supervision is required for Guests under the age of 16.
  • Great place to watch movies and entertainment on FunnelVision!

Funnel Puddle

  • Located on Deck 12 (above the Quiet Cove Pool)
  • No Swim Diapers Allowed
  • Sun deck with a small splash pool, not a full immersion pool.

Family Pools on the Disney Magic

Goofy’s Pool

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  • Located on Deck 9
  • This is The Place to catch movies and entertainment on FunnelVision.
  • Adult supervision is required for Guests under the age of 16.
  • No Swim Diapers Allowed.

Family Pools on the Disney Wonder

Mickey’s Pool

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  • Located on Deck 11
  • Open daily from 8:00am-10:00pm. weather permitting.
  • Slide is open to Guests ages 4 – 14 years only.
  • No Swim Diapers Allowed.
  • Minimum Height: 38″
  • Maximum Height: 64″
  • Adult supervision is required for Guests under the age of 16.

Goofy’s Pool

Image Courtesy DCL (AquaDunk is only on the Disney Magic)
  • Located on Deck 9
  • This is The Place to catch movies and entertainment on FunnelVision.
  • Adult supervision is required for Guests under the age of 16.
  • No Swim Diapers Allowed.

Quiet Cove Pool

For Adults Only! Moms and dads (and other adult guests), your retreat awaits you. Enjoy a cocktail. Float in the pool. Relax in the hot tub. All in this wonderful kid-free zone… can you tell how much I love this space!

Every ship in the fleet has a Quiet Cove Pool, located conveniently next to Cove Cafe, the adults only coffee bar.

Outdoor seating area at Cove Cafe, the pool is to the left of the tables.

Quiet Cove Pool

How strict are they on the age limits? This is an iron clad, no kid zone. Even families with babes sleeping in a stroller have been kindly asked to leave. Having said that, there is a walking path on either side of the pool, which basically goes from the Forward elevators (by the spa) to the Midship area, where kids may walk – not stop – walk through. So, yes, kids may be in the space only if they are walking through. Logistically speaking, there is no way to avoid that. The path is the path.

All About the Quiet Cove Pool

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  • Located on Deck 11: Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy
  • Located on Deck 9: Disney Magic & Disney Wonder
  • For Guests 18 years and older only.
  • Hot tub on all four ships.
  • Adjacent to outdoor lounge and Cove Cafe.
  • Shaded seating available.

 

Satellite Falls (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy only)

Adults now have an additional retreat on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, Satellite Falls. If a waterfall into a wading pool sounds like your idea of a relaxing day, then this is the spot for you.

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Vibe Sundeck

On the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, located in Vibe, the teens-only Youth Activity Center, is a fantastic sundeck with wading pools. But this supervised area is only for teens ages 14-17!

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A Note on Pool Safety

Family pools on DCL have life guards stationed during posted hours. Always supervise your children as this is a very crowded area of the ship.

DCL Policies on Floatation Devices and Pool Accessories

  • Pool Vests
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    Complimentary pool vests are available at the pool decks aboard all ships. These vests may be worn by children only in swimming pools to aid flotation and must not be taken ashore at ports of call, including Castaway Cay. Please note that pool vests are not a substitute for the lifejackets located in Guest staterooms, nor are they a substitution for adult supervision.

  • Pool Toys and Swim Accessories
    • Coast Guard personal flotation devices (PFDs), water wings and flotation sewn into bathing suits may be brought onboard and are permitted at Donald’s Pool.
    • Floats, rafts and fun noodles cannot be brought onboard and are not permitted in the pools.
    • Swim goggles that fit over the eyes only are permitted at all pools, whirlpool spas and waterslides, with the exception of AquaDunk aboard the Disney Magic, where goggles are not allowed.
    • Swim masks that cover the eyes and nose are permitted at all pools, but they are not allowed on any slides, including AquaDuck.
    • Snorkel tubes are not permitted at any pools, whirlpool spas, waterslides or water play areas.

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