Fun on the Water at Walt Disney World

Many people travel to Walt Disney World to experience pirates, flying elephants, spinning tea cups and, of course castles and princesses.  Did you know you could spend your whole vacation outside of the parks and still have plenty to do?

One of the non-theme park activities we’ve enjoyed during our visits is taking some time to rent a boat and explore one of the many waterways at Walt Disney World. Experienced boater or not, there’s something for everyone to enjoy with Disney’s fleet of boats.

Boat rentals are available at many of the resorts as well as the Downtown Disney Marketplace. You do not have to be a guest at the resort to rent a boat at that location.

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Resorts that have marinas include the following:

Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Contemporary Resort

Polynesian Resort

Wilderness Lodge Resort

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Caribbean Beach Resort

Port Orleans Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

Old Key West Resort

From arm powered, leg powered, wind powered to motorized ~ Disney has a boat for every speed. Please note not all boat types are available at all locations. Some rentals are also available by the hour and day. Please contact guest services at the resort to check availability.

Canoes and Kayaks are a peaceful way to explore inlets and bays. Available at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Port Orleans and Caribbean Beach. $6.50 for 30 minutes.

Pedal Boats provide a relaxing ride along waterways at Caribbean Beach and Old Key West. $6.50 for 30 minutes.

12 foot sailboats are available at Caribbean Beach Resort and the Wilderness Lodge and 13 foot catamarans are available at the Grand Floridian. Prices range from $20-25 per hour.

Sea Racers are the most popular way to explore the water, especially the Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon area in front of the Magic Kingdom. These speedy little boats hold up to 2 guests. You must be at least 12 years old and 5 feet tall to drive. Younger guests may ride as a passenger. Available at select marinas. $32 for 30 minutes.

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Boston Whalers hold up to 6 passengers. Guests must be 18 years or older to drive. Available at select marinas. $45 for 30 minutes.

Sun Tracker Pontoon Boats are the largest rentals available. These hold up to 10 guests and drivers must be 18 years or older. Available at select marinas. $45 for 30 minutes.

Disney’s water patrol has a large presence on the waterways to ensure the safety of all guests.

If you book a Magic Your Way package you will receive a coupon for a discount on boat rentals in your final documents package.

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So next time you are at Walt Disney World take some time away from the parks for a leisurely float down a river or a quick zip across Seven Seas Lagoon. It’s one of the many ways to enjoy your Walt Disney World vacation outside of the theme parks!

My name is Susan Heidenrich and I would love to help your family plan their next Disney vacation. I am a Disney Destination Specialist with Travel with the Magic and my concierge trip planning services are complementary. You can contact me at or follow me on facebook for news, tips, tricks and specials related to Disney Destinations and the Disney Cruise Line.