Well, as it turned out, this one required a bit of improvisation… the original item on my Disney Bucket List was “Rent a Kayak at Lago Dorado.” (Lago Dorado is the beautiful lake in the center of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.)
Just recently, there was a change in the Marinas on Disney property. The Marinas at Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, and Port Orleans — Riverside Resorts have been closed. However, Marinas are still available at Disney’s Contemporary, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian Resorts, the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, and Fort Wilderness Campgrounds.
So, back to Fort Wilderness we went! Which is not at all bad since Fort Wilderness happens to be one of my absolute favorite places, not just in “the World,” but also… the world ;) .
There was one more bit of improv here, as well… when my husband and I asked the Cast Member at the Marina which was better for beginners (us!) – a kayak or a canoe – she said a canoe would be our best bet.
So, that’s how “Rent a kayak at Lago Dorado” became “Rent a canoe at Fort Wilderness!”
Fort Wilderness, by the way, is the only place where you can still rent either one of those.
At the Monorail Resorts mentioned above, larger boats, pontoons, and Sea Raycers are among the choices.
But for us, the peace and natural scenery at Fort Wilderness was just the right pace…
You do get quite close to nature at Fort Wilderness, by the way… as evidenced by this passenger who found his way to my backpack ;).
Experiencing this activity at Fort Wilderness reminded me once again of what a truly special place it is. You rarely realize that you are right next door to the most popular theme park in the world, it’s just so peaceful and serene. And I love that they offer experiences like this that allow everyone to have an opportunity to enjoy the grounds.
Oh, and next time for us, it’s the kayak… since we won’t be beginners anymore :).