That moment when you hear the cheerful whistle of the resort launch that’s about to take you across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Magic Kingdom is always one of those “Ahhh…I’m at Disney…” sort-of moments. The short trip on the lagoon is like a theme park attraction in itself, but if you want to really experience the Seven Seas, you can spend an entire afternoon on the water by renting a watercraft from one of the resorts!
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort are all on the Seven Seas Lagoon as well as Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground on Bay Lake. Each have their own marinas with various boat rental options. One of the most popular boats is the Sea Raycer – they’re often nicknamed “water mice” by Disney fans. These small motorized boats fit up to two guests and can zip around the Seven Seas Lagoon and even across the water bridge to the adjacent Bay Lake. Be sure to look for the shipwreck off of Discovery Island!
Larger parties can rent a Montauk or pontoon boat and drift lazily across the water with the beautiful resorts and Cinderella Castle in view. There are also canoes and sailboats available – and even a grand yacht at the Grand Floridian. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, you can book a guided fireworks or specialty cruise. There are fishing expeditions on offer for the anglers in the family and a special Pirate Adventure cruise for little ones. Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre at the Contemporary has a boat that will take you in the air – you can go parasailing over Bay Lake or stay closer to the spray with water skiing, wake boarding or tubing.
Taking your time and piloting your own vessel across the Seven Seas Lagoon is pretty magical, and it gives you a whole new perspective on the Magic Kingdom to see the castle from all angles on the water. Have you ever set sail on the Seven Seas Lagoon?