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Walt Disney World resort pools are known for being a bit over the top, but these aren’t the only water features on property that are worth a mention. Several resorts also feature water play areas with shallow pools that are perfect for the smallest visitors. Offering the perfect combination of splash pad and pool, these imaginative playgrounds are the ideal afternoon activity for families with young children.

Please note, these play areas are typically reserved for children under 48 inches tall. If you have bigger children, never fear – the larger pools at these resorts are just as fun, with scaled-up features that everyone can enjoy.

1. The Shipwreck at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach ShipwreckCaribbean Beach ShipwreckImage via Flickr by Suzanne Lozzi

Let your inner pirate out at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. This hotel features a water play area with a massive shipwreck. Three miniature water slides offer the perfect alternative to the full scale options at the adjacent Fuentes del Morro Pool. Watch out for the giant water bucket – it can overturn at any moment, drenching those below!

If the kids work up their bravery at this shallow play space and want to try the bigger pool, this resort has an ideal option for new swimmers – the zero depth entry allows kids to wade in slowly and stop at the depth they’re most comfortable with.

2. The Alice in Wonderland Area at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Grand Floridian Alice in Wonderland PoolGrand Floridian Alice in Wonderland PoolImage via Flickr by Jeffrey Zeldman

Much of the ambiance of the Grand Floridian is refined, elegant, and altogether adult. The Alice in Wonderland water playground, however, is the one spot where little visitors can run wild and indulge their fantasies.

The relatively new play space opened in 2012. It features two small slides, a massive hat that overturns on those below, and several interactive features. Children can experiment with pull cords and turning valves to see what happens with each new discovery. The pool is surrounded by ample deck space for parents to lounge on the sidelines.

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