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Best of the Best Ways to Enjoy Disney on the Water


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #331 for the week of July 28, 2013.

We’ll step outside the Walt Disney World theme parks for a bit this week, and look at some of our favorite ways to stay, play, relax and enjoy one of my favorite (often overlooked) aspects of the resort – Disney on the water. We will explore the Best of the Best Ways to Enjoy the Water in Walt Disney World. On, in and around the resort’s many waterways, we’ll will look at some of the many ways to do everything from boating to fishing to even some of the best ways to enjoy fireworks from the water for a truly memorable Walt Disney World experience.

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– Lou Mongello

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15 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #331 – Best of the Best Ways to Enjoy Disney on the Water”

  1. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    My favorite body of water is the World Showcase Lagoon. I love how it is the centerpiece of the World Showcase with all 11 of the pavilions circling it. I also have watching the reflection of the Illuminations fireworks on the surface of the lagoon.

    my favorite activity on the water is simply sailing on board the friendship boats as they make the journey around Cresent Lake stopping at Hollywood Studios, The Swan and Dolphin, The Yacht and Beach Clubs, the Boadwalk, and Epcot before making the same journey in reverse. It is so relaxing and is a great way to get off your feet for awhile.

    I’m to chicken to ever para-sail but I would love to take a fireworks cruise sometime most likely for Wishes.

  2. Kim H. says:

    The Seven Seas Lagoon – There is nothing like riding that ferry from the Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom. It’s wonderful to watch all the little kids see the castle up close for the first time.

  3. Wes Snyder says:

    My wife and I take the ferry boat at least once every trip. It’s so nice to just slow down, relax, enjoy your time, and get great views of the area.

  4. Matt says:

    Love the show about water activities in WDW you however missed the portion of water under it. Dive Quest is a great SCUBA adventure in EPCOT.

  5. Jeremy says:

    We love taking the boat from Hollywood Studios to the Yacht and Beach Club. It’s such a relaxing ride along the river to Cresent Lake.

  6. Justin Eckstein says:

    What about surfing lessons??? I figured you would hit that as a relaxing activity?

  7. Kevin Linn says:

    Our favorite resort is the Port Orleans Riverside and the water taxi from the resort to Downtown Disney is a big part of that experience. Taking the boat in the late afternoon down the Sassagoula River past the golf course and the tree houses is so relaxing and so quintessentially Walt Disney World that just thinking about it takes me away. I have so many memories with my family and is an experience that must not be missed.

  8. Chris Yansick says:

    I loved hearing about the fire works cruises. One little known fact is that on December 31, 1999, Disney also offered fire works cruises from other resorts. We were lucky enough to take one from Old Key West that night.

  9. Julia — we were trying to stay away from water-related activities that were in one of the parks, including the water parks — but that’s a great suggestion!!

  10. Lisa Petersen says:

    I have 2 favorite water activites: the water mice from the Contemporary and the boat from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney. My bucket list: kayaking. I love to kayak at home and would love to try at WDW.

  11. Gretchen Miller says:

    I really enjoyed this show. Our family goes to Disney quite often and always enjoy all the various boat rides all over the place. The fireworks from the Polynesian beach are not o be missed. I do think Lou missed the boat – so to speak – on one thing. Moms like to fish too. To give the impression that fishing is to been enjoyed only be men and dads is a shame. As a mom who wouldn’t step foot in a spa it was disheartening to hear Lou never give a mention to how moms – not only dads – can build memories with their children through fishing.

  12. Chauncey Frend says:

    I was so happy to listen to this podcast. In fact our next trip I am letting my wife go wild in the parks while I enjoy some fishing and other water fun on Disney property.

  13. Jennifer O'Callaghan says:

    We hired the Grand One for 2 hours a couple of years ago after hearing about it on this podcast. After a little hiccup we were on our way with cake and champagne watching wishes. It was AWESOME 🙂

  14. Elaine says:

    Our family LOVES to camp at Ft Wilderness. It’s so exciting to wait at the dock (after a yummy breakfast at Trails End) and wait for the launch to the Magic Kingdom! The Florida mornings, sounds of water lapping against the pier, the launch’s horn blowing as it approaches are all part of our Disney experience. We also get to ride past the “ruins” of River Country and Discovery Island which used to be our favorite places to go when our children (and Disney World) were small. What a wonderful way to start and end a day. We stay up to watch the Electrical Water Pageant on the Ft Wilderness beach, then off to bed in our tent for sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep.

  15. Chuck Zitta says:

    Yes, we really enjoy using the boats. A very relaxing way to get away from the crowded parks or even to get to some of the parks. A few examples of what we have used on past trips:

    1. Taking the boats from MGM to Epcot.

    2. Taking the boat from Beach Club resort to MGM.

    3. Using the boats to get from the Magic Kingdom to the Poly for lunch and back again.

    4. Using the boats to get from the MK to the Wilderness Lodge for dinner, then back to the MK for a fun evening.

    I know there’s so much more. Looking forward to checking out more of the “on the water” experiences our next trip down.

    Thanks again for another terrific show, Lou and Chuck!!!