Personal Watercraft Tour in Disney World
UPDATE: Sammy Duvall's Watersports is closing permanently on August 31, 2018.
If you are looking to add something fun, exciting and unique to your Disney World vacation, do we have a suggestion for you! The Personal Watercraft Tour at the Sammy Duvall Watersports Centre is truly like no other experience. You can rent Jet skis just about anywhere there is water, but this is the only way you can pilot your own personal watercraft around the seven seas lagoon, checking out the resorts, the Magic Kingdom, ferry boats, water launches, Discovery Island and more.
The Magic Kingdom Area Personal Watercraft (PWC) Tour is a follow-the-leader guided adventure around Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. The guide will stop along the way at points of interest with highlights including: Discovery Island® Area, Magic Kingdom® Park as well as the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort. You never know what you might see on this adventure, you might even spot a Bald Eagle, River Otter, or other Florida wonders! Tours depart at 9am (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and 10am (all year) for this one hour adventure.
The Sammy Duvall Family
The cast that makes up the Sammy Duvall Family make everything soooooo easy. You need to arrive approximately 20 minutes ahead of your reservation, but they take it from there. The tours have to leave on time, and you don't want to waste tour time filling out releases and getting your personal flotation devices. You'll also want to know who is riding with whom. Each PWC can hold up to 3 people with a combined weight up to 400 pounds. Each driver must be at least 16 years old and must present a photo ID at check in. With a maximum of 4 PWC, you'll want to consider this carefully before you arrive. All the equipment is in fantastic shape, and they step you through piece by piece, tailoring the activity to your experience level, whether this is your very first time driving your own jet ski, or you were born on the water with wind in your face...
Your first stop is to pick up your personal flotation device. They help you get the right size, but make sure it is comfortable. Too big, or too small each have their own problems. Next you head down to the dock to check out your personal watercraft. Have each person pay careful attention to the safety briefing and equipment operation. This is particularly important if you have never driven before. It is very easy, but you do want to listen and practice. Once everyone is started and cast off, you will rally out by Bay Lake Tower.
This is where the real fun begins :-) Please forgive the lack of action shots... The photographer (me) was having fun too, so most of the pictures were when we were stopped or very slow. This tour is follow the leader, but you have A LOT of leeway. My son-in-law (guy in the orange hat) and I were constantly circling around, crossing wake and checking things out as we made our way from one location to another.
We started at old River Country (the original Disney World water park) then investigated Discovery Island, the water overpass, Wilderness Lodge, the seven seas lagoon including the Magic Kingdom, the Grand Floridian Resort, the Polynesian Village Resort then back over to Bay Lake to some of the Conservation areas.
While you are out and around, you can get pretty close to the resorts, the islands and other launches and boats. I had fun zipping around, crossing behind the boats and swapping howdies with people on the back of the Ferry Boat, in the water launches and at the Polynesian Village Bungalows.
How often do you get a chance to see the Magic Kingdom, the boat docks , the train station and the castle up close and personal like this? Sure, you can see the sites while riding one of the other boats, or driving a sea racer. One of the things I like to do outside the parks is ride the boats around Bay Lake and seven Seas Lagoon.. But, the power and freedom of the See-Doo GTX gives it that extra kick :-)