When thinking about Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando, Florida, it’s only normal to think of the 4 theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. But there’s more to it than Space Mountain, It’s a Small World, and Expedition Everest. Why not try one of the many water sports available? Soar above the Seven Seas Lagoon, while parasailing. Rent a rod and reel, and try your hand at fishing, or rent canoes, Sea Raycers and pontoon boats at a number of resorts on property.
Parasailing excursions can be found at the marina in the back of the Contemporary Resort. Each 10 minute flight runs $95. for a single rider, or $175. for a tandem ride. This is a great way for the thrill seekers in your family to spend some time. Fly high above the Seven Seas Lagoon. You will have views of the Magic Kingdom, and the resorts that surround the lagoon: the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, the Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, and the Contemporary Resort. Reservations are necessary. They can be made up to180 days in advance.
Spend a lazy morning fishing in the canals of the Fort Wilderness camp grounds, or at the Fishin’ Hole on Ol’ Man Island at Port Orleans Riverside. Rods, reels, and cane poles are available for rent. Or, try one of the many fishing excursions offered on Bay Lake or Lake Buena Vista. There are even programs for kids, ages 6 – 12. If not on a guided excursion, Disney is strcitly catch and release. The waters of Disney are stocked with 2 – 8 pound bass. Reservations for excursions can be made up to 180 days in advance, or as little as 24 hours in advance.
Finally, rent one of several water craft offered throughout Walt Disney World Resort. If you are in the need for speed, try a Sea Racer. These speedy, little boats hold up to 2 people, and have the ability to cover quite a bit of territory in a 30 minute period. The cost is $35. for every half hour, and they are loads of fun. Feeling tired, or sluggish, why not rent a pontoon boat, and cruise the lakes in quiet comfort. They hold up to 10 people, and cost $48. per half hour. These boats are perfect for families, and allow guests to take in the beautiful, Florida scenery and wild life. Need exercise, then try a pedal boat. They run $11. an hour, and are available at: Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans Resorts, Coronado Springs, and Old Key West. You are sure to get a workout, if the winds are low.
Fishing reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-2277 or (407)WDW-0754 for parasailing.