I learned the love of fishing when I was a child. Growing up in North Carolina most people begin fishing at some point in their childhood. Since Lake Norman is near Charlotte and we’re just hours away from the ocean, it is not hard to find time to get out near the water. I grew up going to the Carolina coast each year to fish for flounder. I love it and it is some of my fondest memories. The fact I haven’t been out on that boat in almost a decade hurts me to think about because it meant that much to me as a kid.
Fishing is fun, simple and family friendly. It is time invested into your children and each other. It’s a perfect activity to do on a family vacation and it is why my father shared his love of fishing with me.
In October, I was invited to go out to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida to see what their fishing experiences have to offer. TakeMeFishing.org has teamed up with Walt Disney World Resort to help connect kids and families with nature through boating and fishng.
If you’re planning on taking the kiddos to Disney, let’s talk about the family experiences you can take within the park that doesn’t include the rides or food. It’s all fun and games but how about a different experience your children can put their hands on – literally.
We arrived at the Walt Disney World Yacht Club Resort. The resort is at the boardwalk at Epcot surrounded by shops, entertainment and, of course, water. As I walked to my room, I enjoyed looking for the hidden mickey’s in the walls and carpets. I walked into the room and it was more than I expected. A beautiful nautical theme with an amazing view of the water. The fact that I got lost getting to my room was worth it in that moment. I sat and enjoyed watching everyone enjoying the beautiful 87* day. After my shower, I walked out with a bag full of goodies from TakeMeFishing.org which came in handy during the weekend!
We went to dinner the first night to learn more about the company, what TakeMeFishing.org was about and their goals for the future. TakeMeFishing.org is an organization with one main goal. They promote fishing in all aspects. Their website is user friendly and assist users in finding fishing experiences near their home. TakeMeFishing.org has a few different excursions throughout Disney including dockside fishing, excursion fishing and boating experiences. They had an adorable custom drink for the event – they know the way to my heart – and around dessert we had a special guest. There is something magical about seeing Mickey that brings out the inner child in everyone.
TakeMeFishing.org has a variety of things to do in the Walt Disney World parks. We spent an entire day enjoying the water and different ways. We began by going cane pole fishing at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - Riverside. It was so peaceful and relaxing that you would not imagine we were within a resort at Disney in this hidden gem. We picked out bait and watched the dozens of fish swim around. They had more options than just bait worms. You also had the choice between hotdogs and dough and it seemed the fish liked the hotdogs the most! We saw so many fish nibble at the bait but I think they were smart enough to avoid the hook. We didn’t hook any fish while cane pole fishing, but we had a blast. One of the children that was with their family fishing did catch one and the smile on his face was contagious.
--You can fish for 30 minutes for your entire family for just $15.00 plus tax.
You can rent the pontoon for a few hours from multiple locations throughout Disney, but if you just want a quick tour you can jump on a Sea Raycer by SeaRay. We were able to take this mini-boat from the dock at the Yacht Club and up to Universal Studios. It was nice and relaxing because the boat could only go so fast. I thought throughout the drive how much my son would have enjoyed being in this mini-speed boat while seeing all the people walking around. It was a quick 30-minute spin but the perfect amount of time to see the entire area allotted. The pricing starts at $32 for 30 minutes.
I loved learning what Disney had to offer. During lunch, we got to hear all the new ideas and experiences that they are hoping to bring to the resorts. One included a pop-up nature experience where you can learn about nature and all it has to offer while having fun. Because having fun at Disney is what it is all about!
So if you’re planning you ultimate Disney vacation for the upcoming trips, don’t forget to add a fishing and boating excursion with your family.