Spring Break will be here before we know it. Then Memorial Day weekend, endless weeks of summer break, Labor Day weekend and more!
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!
n the afternoon we took a pontoon boat onto Bay Lake to try to catch some bass. We were told that we would catch at least one fish during this experience and would have two hours to learn and enjoy. We left from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and headed off with our guide. Since I grew up fishing and casting a rod, they had me go first so that our guide could help others learn the ins and outs of a pole. The moment my rod hit the water it dove straight down. We hit the jackpot and I nailed a medium sized bass. We had a blast as the five of us were excited each time someone’s rod sank from the pressure of the fish. We stopped catching bass after our boat reached number 24 and decided to take a tour of the lake. In the end, I caught 5 bass fish and got over my fear of putting my hand in it’s mouth!! --The fishing includes equipment, rod, reel, bait, and beverages starting at $235 for 2 hours.
At dusk, we took a TakeMeFishing.org pontoon boat into Epcot. The boat was docked right outside of the Yacht Club hotel within the boardwalk and was very easy to get to. The pontoon had a front row seat into the IllumiNations firework show. It was a great experience to see.
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.
Did I mention that it wasFood and Wine Fest at Epcot when I was there? Oh yes --- :)