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Friday, March 5, 2021

Disney Swim Update: Art of Animation’s “Big Blue Pool” Still Under Construction

 by Beth Keating



March 5, 2021


It’s no surprise that Disney would take advantage of the colder winter months to refurbish water rides and pools. After all, only the guests from snowy northern climates are brave enough to jump into the winter waters. (You can always tell who the locals are – they are the ones wearing jeans and sweatshirts, while the other tourists are in shorts in the 70 degree climate!) Plus, in this COVID-era of lower attendance and fewer open resorts, it’s a good time to take care of updates.

Original photo courtesy of Lou Mongello of WDWRadio.com

Blizzard Beach Water Park is expected to reopen on March 7, while Typhoon Lagoon remains closed for its spruce up.  In Animal Kingdom, Kali River Rapids is getting its once-over and is expected to reopen in April.  And for the tots, the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Magic Kingdom is also splash free at the moment.


Among the resort pools, the splash play area at the Polynesian; the “Hippy Dippy Pool” at Pop Century; the “Paddock Pool” waterslide at Saratoga Springs; and the Art of Animation’s “Big Blue Pool” are getting some off-season work done.  


The Big Blue Pool isn’t expected to reopen for swimmers until early April, but here’s what construction looked like recently at Art of Animation:


Most of the resorts have additional pools available while work is going on at the main pools. Check with your resort hotel if pool closures are a concern during your stay.




Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.


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