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Boating

Boating is a very popular activity at Walt Disney World.  Virtually every Disney resort has a marina and some watercraft for rent.  Canoes, pedal boats, pontoon and canopy boats, sailboats, and water sprites (miniature speed boats that are just a blast to ride) are available at many of the resorts.  Of course, depending on the body of water one which a given resort is located, the selection of watercraft may vary.   Sprites, for example, are not available at Port Orleans where the Sassagoula River just isn't suitable for that type of craft.  Reservations are not necessary...just show up at the resort marina of your choice, and prepare to board!

Here's a list of watercraft rentals, all prices are approximate and can vary slightly from resort to resort where you rent the craft:

Canoes (Fort Wilderness Campground, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans, Villas at the Disney Institute): $6/half hour

Canopy Boats, eight (8) adult capacity (Downtown Disney, Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club, Old Key West, Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach Resort): $20/half hour

Pedal Boats (Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans, Villas at the Disney Institute, Old Key West, Coronado Springs, Swan & Dolphin): $8/half hour for single boats, $16/half hour for double boats.

Pontoon Boats, ten (10) adult capacity (Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge):$29/half hour

Sail Boats, two to six (2-6) adult capacity (Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge):$6-10/half hour

Water Mice (Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club, Fort Wilderness Campground, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Downtown Disney):$19/half hour

Fishing

Fishing is available at several Disney resorts, too.  All fishing is catch & release (no frying up the catch for dinner), but can be very fun nonetheless.  Bass is stocked in Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, the Fort Wilderness canals, World Showcase Lagoon (and connected waterways), and the Sassagoula River.  Fishing expeditions on the lake are available or you can put a pole in the water from land at Fort Wilderness or Port Orleans Riverside.

Costs for this activity vary from $3.00 to rent a pole to $150.00 or more for a two hour (for up to five people) trip.  Reservations for guided trips from the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, or the Marketplace must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling WDW-PLAY (939-7529).

Health Clubs / Spas

Many of the Disney resorts have health clubs available for a nice workout.  Four of them are available to guests that are staying at other WDW resorts: the Fitness Center (Contemporary Resort), La Vida Health Club (Coronado Springs Resort), Muscles & Bustles (Boardwalk Resort), and Ship Shape (Yacht & Beach Club Resorts).  Passes (which allow access to all four clubs) cost about $10 per day, $20 for an individual for the length of their stay, or $35 for a family (of up to five people) the length of their stay.

R.E.S.T. at OKWR is available free of charge to all WDW guests, but is much more limited in machines and facilities than the above listed health clubs.

Also, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and the Disney Institute both have spas that are available for your enjoyment.

Horseback Rides

Fort Wilderness is the place to go if you want to enjoy a short trail ride.  The cost is approximately $25 for a ride lasting about an hour.  Information and reservations can be made by calling calling WDW-PLAY (939-7529).

Miniature Golf

Two courses are currently available.  Fantasia Gardens is a typical miniature golf course themed according to the 1940 Disney classic film.  Fantasia Fairways is a very interesting course.  It's much more challenging than a typical miniature or adventure golf course.  It truly is a "fairways" course, but you still play the entire 18 with a putter.  The typical fee is $9.00 per round (a little less for kids).

My favorite fairways hole is the fourteenth, where I had a beautiful hole in one a couple of years ago.   It was a nice air shot that struck the pin several inches above the hole and just dropped in...it was gorgeous, if I do say so myself.  PMGA here I come... 

Parasailing

Parasailing, water-skiing with a hang glider (so you soar up into the air) is available at the Contemporary resort.  Prices cost about $75/person or $115/tandem ride for ten minutes of air time.  Parasailing is limited to a few time slots in the morning, so make your reservations early if you want to do this!

Stock Car Racing

The "Richard Petty Driving Experience" is an expensive, but unique, hands-on tutorial on stock car driving.  Only a handful of attendees are permitted, so make reservations early if you're so inclined.  Options include a ride-along (about $100.00), a rookie three-hour session (up to approximately $400.00), and a three session "Experience of a Lifetime" (as much as $1100.00).  Information can be gleaned and reservations made by calling (800) 237-3889.

Tennis

Although WDW is not well-known as a tennis resort destination, with 25 courts spread about, you can surely get in a match if you want to.  Also of interest, the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships are held in the Spring at the Wide World of Sports Complex.   Reservations for court time, lessons, and/or equipment rental (ball machines and racquets) can be made by calling WDW-PLAY (939-7529).  Court hours are typically 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Clay courts are available at Disney's Racquet Club (WDW's premier tennis spot) located at the Contemporary resort (6 courts), The Disney Institute (4 courts), and the Grand Floridian (2 courts).  Clay court time costs $15.00 / hour.

Hard courts can be found at Old Key West Resort (3 courts) and the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Boardwalk Resort, and Fort Wilderness (2 courts each).  Hard court time is free of charge.  (Note:  There are also 4 courts shared by the Swan & Dolphin.)

Water-skiing, Boarding

Arrangements for the water daredevil can be made at the Contemporary Resort's marina or by calling calling WDW-PLAY (939-7529).  Most of the water-skiing slots are in the late morning (before the worst of the guest-guided marine traffic hits the lake).  Time slots are limited, so don't delay if you want to enjoy these activities.

 
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