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The nearest ocean is a good hour’s drive away in either direction from Walt Disney World. Although the Resort is landlocked, all is not lost for Guests who love the open waters.
I feel like Bubba Blue from Forrest Gump, except instead of spouting shrimp dishes I’m listing boating options. You’ve got…
- Pedal boating
- Motor boating
- Parasailing (pulled by a boat)
- Tubing (pulled by a boat)
- Water skiing (pulled by a boat)
- Wake boarding
- Specialty cruises
- And of course, Friendships and ferries
No kidding! I’m telling you, Walt Disney World truly has something for everyone. Here, Captain Mickey and Sailor Donald know they are not the only ones who like to set sail, so they’ve arranged plenty of options for your seafaring hearts.
Call me crazy (you have before!), but I like downtime at Walt Disney World. I didn’t used to be that way. The first few times my family visited Walt Disney World, we pushed ourselves to the limits, trying to do everything we possibly could. Every moment that wasn’t spent sleeping was devoted to park time. And it led to many miserable days—we refer to them as Grumpy days—when everyone’s on edge and the Disney magic is more annoying than it is uplifting. That’s when we started searching out some hidden ways to get the Disney experience without wearing ourselves thin. What we discovered is that at Walt Disney World, even the mundane is pixie-dusted.
Did you know there are fishin’ holes on property? Grab your rod and reel (or rent them on site) and kick up your heels for some old-fashioned, dockside fishing in the well-stocked waters of Fort Wilderness Campgrounds & Cabins (at the Bike Barn) or do some cane-pole fishing at Port Orleans Riverside’s Old Man Island. If that’s a little too down downtime and it just doesn’t reel you in, you can venture out on the water for a guided excursion.
Walt Disney World Guests can experience bass fishing at its finest all year round with guided fishing excursions on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, Village Lake, Crescent Lake, and World Showcase Lagoon. Whether you’re a veteran angler or an amateur hobbyist, you’ll enjoy these options. Choose from Guided Bass Fishing on a 21-foot Tracker pontoon with up to five Guests and Bass Nitro Fishing on a Nitro Bass boat for one or two people. Two- and four-hour excursions are offered, and when available, an extra hour may be added at the Marina. Solo fishermen may book an afternoon excursion at a reduced rate.
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People always tell me or post about how they never spend time in their rooms at Disney or time at the resort, and that they are only there to sleep, so they only want to stay at a value resort. Sound familiar? Well, I say the opposite (sometimes)…and you may too if you knew what you were missing.
All the Disney resorts have unique activities and some have many reasons to do more than just sleep there! I am going to explore all the ins and outs of the Grand Floridian and maybe if you book your next vacation there you will plan a “resort day” or if you are staying somewhere else, no problem, a lot of these activities are open to anyone so you can have a Grand Floridian Resort Day too!
At the Grand Floridian elegance from the Victorian era helps make the end of day relaxation much easier. The rooms are large and comfortable and the decor is flawless. The nicest thing about the Grand Floridian, besides it being a “Monorail Resort” is the staff. From check-in to check out do not have to life a finger, that is unless you want too. For instance, your bags are delivered to your room and when you are in a farther out building near the water even you are delivered via golf cart to your room. Basically, your wish is their command.
What makes the Grand Floridian so unique, other than unique people like the Teddy Bear Lady? Read on for why you should splurge and have a few nights at the Grand Dame of Walt Disney World!
1. Amazing dining options - whether you want a quick bite, a regular table service meal, or the most signature dining experience of them all…eat some meals at the Grand Floridian.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a popular, deluxe resort at Walt Disney World. Since it opened in 1994, guests have been enjoying this adventurous yet noble resort and all of its offerings. While there is a lot to see, do, and appreciate about Wilderness Lodge, check out my top 5 best things about this fantastic Disney resort!
1. Theme - Part of Wilderness Lodge’s appeal is its Pacific Northwest theme. When you stay or visit Wilderness Lodge, you truly feel as if you have left central Florida for a retreat at one of our nation’s national parks. It’s like two vacations in one! Where else can you experience the wonders of the West in comfort and luxury with a Disney twist!
2. Price - While Wilderness Lodge is a deluxe resort with close proximity to the Magic Kingdom, it typically runs cheaper than the majority of other deluxe resorts. Part of the reason for this is because Wilderness Lodge does not provide monorail transportation and the rooms are smaller in comparison to other deluxe rooms. However, for guests and families on a budget, this resort is a little more economical while still offering the deluxe experience and its benefits.
There are a lot of things to do on days you do not visit the theme parks. In this new series I am going to highlight a different option with each article. For this first time I am going to highlight boat rentals!
Water craft rentals are available at many resorts including: The Grand Floridian, The Contemporary Resort, The Wilderness Lodge, The Polynesian, Fort Wilderness, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Caribbean Beach Resort, Port Orleans, Coronado Springs, Old Key West and at Down Town Disney. The types of boats available varies from resort to resort so it is good to know what type of boat you are interested before heading out.
A discount voucher of 15% is usually included in any magic your way package so boating is an activity worth trying out!
Types of water crafts available:
Sea Raycers: are small engine powered crafts that hold two people. Though they aren’t super fast they are one of the quicker options available for rental. Price $32 for 30min or $45 for 60 minutes plus tax.
Boston Whaler Montauk: These engine powered vessels with a canopy that hold up to six guests and are quite fun to putz around on. Again, they do not go fast, but an afternoon checking out Bay Lake or Seven Seas Lagoon is meant to be enjoyed not rushed. $45 per half hour plus tax
Sun Tracker Pontoon Boat: These boats can hold up to ten passengers. They are larger crafts set on large flotation devices, called pontoons. (Pretty obvious I suppose) They are fairly easy to navigate and a great way to bring a big group out. Pack a lunch if you like! $45 per half hour
Sail Boats: You can rent these small and beautifully colored boats at certain marinas. They can hold up to two guests and the cost of rental is $20 per hour.
Canoes and Kayaks: These water crafts are a great way to enjoy the water at a leisurely pace while also getting in a work out! Canoes can hold up to 3 passengers while kayaks can only hold two. They are available for $11 per hour.
Paddle Boats: Paddle Boats can hold up to four guests. This is a great option for a family looking to spend some time together. Without breaking the bank. Paddle boats are available for $11 per hour.
Want to try some more extreme water sports? Head over to Sammy Duvalls at The Contemporary Resort where you can try things like parasailing, tubing, wake boarding and water skiing!
Go ahead! Take a day off or even an afternoon off from touring the parks and enjoy some of the other things Disney has to offer!
Have you ever been boating at Disney before?