Seven Seas Lagoon Boat ©R. Christensen


The most common form of travel at Disney World is the overcrowded buses followed closely by the famous monorails. Often overlooked are Disney’s watercraft, also move an amazing number of guests around the property each day. While we do see the buses everywhere, the boats often travel across lakes and through canals we don’t always notice. In fact, it’s possible to get to three Parks, Disney Springs, and several hotels by boat.

Traveling by boat around Disney World isn’t always the fastest, but often can be more relaxing. I’m not a fan of being packed into a bus like a sardine, so when it’s busy at the Parks I head for the boats if possible. Boats may also be a good option for some with special needs, such as sensory issues. My daughter has an anxiety disorder, so avoiding long rides on packed buses is a blessing.

Magic Kingdom can be considered Disney World’s largest port of call. There are three types of boats, from large double deckers to smaller craft, plying the waters between the theme park and surrounding resorts and parking lot. If you’re heading to the Grand Floridian or Polynesian the smaller boats are a great way to skip the lines and are often quicker than the monorail loop.

Disney’s large fleet of watercraft is more than just a useful way to get around, some routes are nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Parks. A great way to take a break from a hectic day at Magic Kingdom is to hop on a boat bound for Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge for a relaxing cruise and a delicious lunch. On a hot Florida day a cruise across Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake are the perfect way to cool off without getting wet.

Cruising across Epcot’s World Showcase ©R. Christensen

Another enjoyable excursion is the cruise down the Sassagoula river from the Port Orleans resorts to Disney Springs. The canal is mostly hidden from view and the leisurely ride through the Florida wilderness is relaxing. It’s out of the way if you aren’t staying at Port Orleans, but well worth the escape. Another lesser known canal and lake system connects Epcot to Hollywood Studios and the resorts in between. Riding along from Epcot all the way to Hollywood Studios is a fun way to see the Boardwalk area.

Looking for more fun? Disney World offers special events you can book. Kids only pirate cruises, fireworks dessert cruises, there’s even a yacht available at the Grand Floridian. These cruises can make for a fun family activity or special occasion.

Speedboats and pontoons available for rent at Fort Wilderness ©R. Christensen

What if having one of Disney’s captains haul you around the lake isn’t your speed? There are also several types of watercraft rentals available, such as mini 2 person speed boats and pontoon boats for larger groups. Guided bass fishing excursions can also be booked. For more information, click here to visit Disney’s boat rental page.

Next time you’re at Disney World, consider catching a boat to your destination or relaxing on a leisurely cruise down the Sassagoula or escaping from the hustle and bustle of Magic Kingdom for lunch. It’s a a fun way to get around and a new adventure for experienced Disney World guests.

Cruising Disney World’s Waterway