Many people think that visiting Disney World means spending every day in a theme park, water park, or resort, but Disney has so much more to offer.
When Walt decided to set up a Disney park on the east coast, he chose Florida because of its beautiful, consistent weather and the plentiful supply of water. While flying over Central Florida, Walt saw a small island and declared that it would be the site of his next park. This island is known today as Discovery Island.
Walt Disney World has continued to work off of the assumption that guests enjoy water, and there are several water activities to satisfy the water lover in your family!
1. Dockside Fishing
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort offer dockside fishing areas where guests can rent fishing equipment and spend the day wetting their line. What’s more, the very well-stocked waters mean you are pretty likely to catch something.
Disney fishing has always been catch-and-release, so you are almost guaranteed a continual supply of large, mature fish. The many species of fish are also fed by the numerous waterways that feed the fishing areas of Walt Disney World.
2. Guided Fishing
Disney has partnered with Take Me Fishing to provide guests with guided fishing tours. These tours supply everything you need to have a successful day of fishing including an experienced guide, rod and reel, tackle, bait, and beverages. This charter also includes a one year membership to BASS, which in turn, gives you a one-year subscription to Bassmaster Magazine.
The 21-foot pontoon boat that holds up to five guests, and the Bass Nitro Fishing Excursion holds two people on a tournament-style boat. Boats set sail on Bay Lake, Seven Seas Lagoon, Village Lake, Crescent Lake, or World Showcase Lagoon departing from Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Caribbean Beach, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Old Key West, Polynesian, Port Orleans Riverside, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club resorts. Check with any of these marinas to book your two- and four-hour excursions.
If fishing isn’t your thing, you can still go out on the water and just play around. Guests taller than 5 feet and 12 years of age or older can drive a Jet Ski while younger passengers ride along.
Disney also rents Boston Whaler Montauk boats for up to six guests or a Suntracker Pontoon boat for up to 10 guests. These boats are restricted to the waterways from which they are rented, and drivers must be at least 18 years old.
4. Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre
For the more daring water lovers, Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre at Disney’s Contemporary Resort gives guests many more options including parasailing, tubing, and guided Jet Ski tours.
Tubing excursions allow up to four guests to be towed on two tubes (two people per tube) by a professional driving the boat. You can also choose from a number of other watersports including skiing, wakeboarding, wake skating, or wake surfing.
Jet Ski tours take riders to special areas including Discovery Island and Magic Kingdom. Keep your eyes peeled for some amazing natural wonders including active sea otters and the elusive bald eagle. You can also choose to ride in a private area while being supervised by a professional.
5. Specialty Cruises
Those who have deep pockets can charter a vessel for private cruises including fireworks cruises or private dining and celebration cruises on a variety of boats.
The 21-foot pontoons can hold up to eight people while the 25-foot pontoon can carry up to 10. If you’re really celebrating, up to 18 guests can board the Grand 1 Yacht for a fireworks, private dining, or celebration cruise.
Any of these cruises can be served with dining options including food, balloons, banners, flowers, and just about anything else you can think of.
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