Disney World’s Top 7 Surprises
There's more to Orlando's Walt Disney World than theme parks and resort pools. While everyone rides It's a Small World and Space Mountain, there's a whole roster of activities that has nothing to do with long lines, FastPasses or parade times. Check out these top 7 things you never knew you could do at Walt Disney World.
Experience a ride-along around the special-built track for 2 laps. Or go for an instructional session followed by a 6-lap driving experience, complete with a professional driving instructor in the seat next to you. A video of your performance and a photo of you with your car are available for purchase following the experience.
The group is led by expert Segway pilots who guide participants into and through each World Showcase pavilion. Guests must be 16 years or older and weigh between 100 and 250 pounds. The tour takes place before the World Showcase opens, giving the group an unfettered and wide-open view of the fantastic details that make up this theme park. Pro tip: Watch out for the column bases in Italy -- they're wider than they look.
A healthy and carefully managed fishery has resulted in world-class angling in the shadow of Cinderella Castle. Excursions leave from several resort marinas, including the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Saratoga Springs, the Boardwalk Inn and Downtown Disney. Book anywhere from a 2-hour excursion to a 4-hour trip. All fishing equipment, bait and cold drinks are provided. Reservations are required.
Taking flight over the resort provides unmatched sightlines of all 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and straight into downtown Orlando. You'll know you've reached cruising altitude when the birds are circling below you. Choose from among a single flight or tandem flights.
The spa at Saratoga Springs Resort offers massage treatments, a beauty boutique and access to a health club in surroundings designed to whisk visitors to the picturesque upstate New York racing community. Mandara Spa at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin boasts Balinese tranquility while providing massage, spa and hair and nail salon services. Ask about Mandara's special teen-focused offerings and bring the family.
Crystal-clear waters, absolutely no currents and a look at the adjoining Coral Reef Restaurant from the other side of the glass makes this adventure a memorable way to spend the day at Epcot. A tour, instruction and 40 minutes underwater are available for anyone ages 10 and up.
The 2-hour session includes the expertise of 2 instructors, use of a soft-side surfboard, 30 minutes of dry-land instruction and 2 hours of surfing in the water.