Saturday, June 8, 2013

Pontoon Boat Rental at Disney

Since this was a long trip to Disney we decided that we wanted to relax more and take advantage of some of the things offered at our resorts.    On our first full day of vacation we left the Magic Kingdom around 3pm and headed over to the Contemporary Hotel to rent a boat.

We could have chosen little water racers, a center-console whaler, or a pontoon boat.   Originally we thought we were going to rent a whaler, but we were told if we did only one person could drive.  There were also strict rules about moving around and what the driver could do (not eating, drinking, or photographing).  Both larger boat options were priced at $45/half hour with each additional 5 minutes price pro-rated.  We were eligible for an Annual Pass discount of 30% off that price.    The larger boats can hold up to 8 passengers - making this an affordable group outing to split amongst several parties.

We opted for the pontoon boat so we could take photos and switch turns driving.   We were surprised at the speed of the boat.   It was really slow!   Disney puts regulators on all boats so no one can go more than 10-12 mph.   Bummer.  Even if you can't drive fast there's still a lot to see.   We were able to go by Discovery Island, River Country, Fort Wilderness, Wilderness Lodge, the Magic Kingdom, the Polynesian, and Grand Floridian.


We were able to get some good photos from the pontoon point-of-view.   We had some more taken with the GoPro, but the memory card died later in the trip so all those shots are gone.




Photo was poorly exposed - only way we could get a decent shot of the Grand Floridian


Here's some video from our boat ride:



The trip took us about 45 minutes and the cost, with our AP discount, was $50.  We think we may do this again in January when we are down for WDW Marathon Weekend and get a group of friends from Team Allears to join us.


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