A Bird’s Eye View of Walt Disney World Offered at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre

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Have you every wondered what it might be like to have a birds-eye view of Walt Disney World from the sky?  Well wonder no more. Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre, located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, offers a variety of parasailing experiences.

You can choose packages to include one person, or the whole family.  Each experience offers a one, or two, person adventure.  The parasail boat can carry six people for each excursion.  Guests lift-off, and land, from the boat without getting wet.  You will reach a height of between 450-600 feet above Bay Lake and have views of the Walt Disney World Resort that are second to none.

Upon arrival, you will check in and sign a waiver.  Once you board the parasail boat you will have a safety briefing from your First Mate as the Captain begins to pull away from the boat dock.  You will be fitted for a life vest and then be placed into the harness straps. Once the boat has reached a specified location on Bay Lake, you will go to the back of the boat to be attached to the parasail lines. While this may generate a moment of speculation, never fear because in just a few moments you will be airborne.  The lift-off is quite smooth and similar to riding Soarin’ with a bit of added excitement.

My Captain was Dave and my First Mate was Mike.  These two guys make a great team and are very knowledgeable about parasailing. Dave took charge of the boat and Mike gave me the safety briefing.  They were both very good at making me feel at ease as I told them this would be my first-ever parasailing experience. Mike explained everything from where to hold onto the straps, if I felt the need, to how to place the harness straps around the backs of my legs while airborne.  Next I went to the back of the boat, sat down, got strapped to the parasail line, and up I went.  I was able to see the Walt Disney World Resort with a 360 degree view.  I could see the four parks, the new construction at the Wilderness Lodge, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in all it’s glory.  One of my most nostalgic moments was seeing River Country, Disney World’s first water park, which closed forever in September 2001.

I would recommend that you bring a Go-Pro, if you have one, to capture these 10 minutes of your life.  It is windy up there so I would not recommend bringing your phone or camera as many of these items have been lost to Bay Lake, never to be seen again.  If you do not have one then you may want to consider purchasing the digital camera package that is offered.

As a person who is typically afraid of heights, I can honestly say this was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.  Now I know why birds like to soar and fly.  If you are looking for a lifelong family memory, a new adventure, or that next magical moment then Sammy Duvall’s Parasailing at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the way to go.  Happy sailing!


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Lisette R lives in Orlando, FL and is a local writer for Chip and Co. She loves all things Disney. She can primarily be found exploring the Walt Disney World Parks, Walt Disney World Resorts, and Disney Springs. When she is not at Walt Disney World she enjoys spending time researching and planning her next cruise on the Disney Cruise LIne or a visit to Disney Land.
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