So, you’ve been to Walt Disney World Resort more times than you can count on both hands. You want more than just rides and shows. You’ve seen all that you think there is to be seen at your favorite park, and now you’re looking for a more special experience. Perhaps it’s time you take one of the many guided tours offered at Walt Disney World Resort.
The Walt Disney World Resort has recently added a brand new tour, Escape to Walt’s Wilderness Tour. This new tour will give you an inside look at what it was that convinced Walt Disney that Central Florida was the perfect setting to accommodate his grand dream of the Walt Disney World Resort.
The journey begins with a pontoon boat tour from Disney’s Contemporary Resort marina with a Disney guide who shares stories about Walt’s love of the outdoors and nature. Imagine you that you are about to walk in Walt’s footsteps and actually see for yourself why he was determined to choose this place for his next Disneyland. Central Florida had personal appeal to Walt as this was where his parents met many moons ago. After you push off the dock to explore Bay Lake you will also learn that while Walt never had the chance to see the completion of Walt Disney World Resort, he did indeed sail across this same lake before he passed.
The adventure continues with a quest for native Florida wildlife. Two pontoon boats carrying about ten guests each are equipped with wildlife guides and binoculars to seek out the many varieties that call Bay Lake home. Birds and bald eagles soar, dragonflies buzz about, fragrant moss and lily pads connect you to the surroundings and allow you to reflect on the sheer beauty of the environment. You will explore nature, just like Walt loved to do.
Once the boat is beached, the group is welcomed by a giant bonfire and camp-style breakfast. Locally sourced citrus salad, egg frittata, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, granola, coffee and juice make for a nice feast. And what’s a campfire without marshmallows for roasting. Next, a pair of field horses pulling a wagon enter the scene for transport to an archery lesson in a woodsy field at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. A short hike in the woods past the train tracks from the former Fort Wilderness Railroad is where you’ll discover Walt’s fascination with trains.
Next stop is Tri-Circle-D Ranch where “ranch hands” share stories about how horses have been incorporated into Disney theme parks since day one. Guests have a chance to view the horses in a natural environment, learn about how they are cared for, and get up close with these majestic animals. There’s lot of surprises throughout the immersive, half-day trek, especially the legends and tales that unfold along the way.
The program is typically offered two days a week from 8 a.m.– 1 p.m. on select days. The cost is $109, plus tax for ages 7 and older. Complimentary transportation to and from the experience is provided for guests staying at Disney owned and operated resort hotels.
So if gliding across the lake on a peaceful morning, hiking through the wilderness, sharing stories about Disney heritage, or riding in a horse-drawn wagon sounds appealing to you, you will love this new tour. The new Escape to Walt’s Wilderness offers an off-the-beaten-path experience ideal for the whole family. Contact your Our Laughing Place Travel Pixie for more information and to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation today!