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Taking Walt Disney World By (In, On or Near) Water

by Tad on August 21, 2012

Taking Walt Disney World By (In, On or Near) Water - Grand Floridian Beach

As much as my family and I love the theme parks, we have a special affinity for water — we are frogs after all! It’s hard to believe, but you could almost spend your entire Orlando vacation in, on or near water, whether you're fishing, renting a boat or enjoying other water activities at Disney World. And it doesn't matter what time of year it is, because Orlando has the perfect climate year-round for frogs and water lovers alike! Even in the cooler months, November and December, when the average highs dip into the 70s, the resort pools remain open and heated! Check out our video of the awesome pools at Disney's Coronado Springs & Polynesian Village Resorts.

Without further ado, here are some of our favorite water activities at Disney World!

Orlando Water Parks

Orlando has some of the best water parks around, so all I will say about them is that my personal favorite is Blizzard Beach. I love Summit Plummet, the most awesome ride ever. Check out the video I did of it, and you’ll see why!

Water Sports and Recreation

If water sports are your thing, then you can’t beat all there is to do at Walt Disney World. Many of them are located around the resorts, so they are super convenient if you’re staying on property, and they make a nice afternoon diversion after spending your morning in the park.

If you're looking for the most fun water sporting in one place, it's at the Contemporary Resort. Parasailing (sort of a water sport), tubing, wakeboarding and watercraft rentals can all be done from the resort's marina through Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre. If you like to stand up paddle board, which is way cool, Sammy Duvall's has just introduced it at Coronado Springs Resort. Side note: I wish you could have seen Dad the first time we went SUP boarding -- he turned around to get a better look at Lily when she was finally able to stand up and ended up losing his balance and falling in!

Go Surfing

Surfing lessons are available from professional instructors at Typhoon Lagoon’s Surf Pool on select days before the park opens. Read this post on what it's like to surf there!

Boats, Boats and More Boats

Taking Walt Disney World By (In, On or Near) Water - Boat Rentals

Sea Raycers, sailboats, pontoon boats, Boston Whaler Montauk boats, pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, Amphicars and more available for rent at the following locations:


Guided catch-and-release fishing excursions and dockside fishing are available from a number of resort marinas and locations:

Chill Out by the Water

Taking Walt Disney World By (In, On or Near) Water - Beach and Yacht Club

If you want to be near the water, you can enjoy one of many Disney beaches. Swimming is prohibited, but you can play, relax or sunbathe.

Bay Lake:

Crescent Lake:

Seven Seas Lagoon:

Barefoot Bay:

Lago Dorado:

A shared white-sand beach is also located at:

  • Walt Disney World Swan
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin

Have you tried any of the water activities at Disney World? Let us know what you did and where. For more tips on what to do on your Orlando vacation, check out our Plan Your Days in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline!

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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