Parasailing while on vacation is a great way to experience thrills at the Walt Disney World® resort. It is a fun break from the parks or adds excitement to a non-park day.
For our July 2014 trip, my 15-year-old niece was the lucky one to experience taking flight. As I was trying to explain to my 7 & 8 year-old what parasailing was; the best explanation I could come up with is that she was going to fly like a kite. A kite (parachute) is attached to a boat.
Parasailing takes place at the Contemporary Resort and is operated by Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre.
There are 2 options. The 450 feet flight runs $95 per single or $170 per tandem. The deluxe flights are 600 feet and cost $130 per single and $195 per tandem. These prices are before tax. There are requirements to be able to parasail. All fliers need to be over 6 years old and the weight on the parachute needs to be between 130 to 330 pounds. A child under the minimum weight can be combined with another flyer as long as the combined total does not exceed the maximum weight allowed. Gratuities are encouraged for the boat driver and the safety guy that gets you set-up for your flight. You can book by calling or submitting an online form.
Our original game plan was to parasail during our afternoon break on our Magic Kingdom day. The Contemporary is a quick walk or monorail ride over from the theme park. We had a 2:30 pm flight scheduled. When we went over, we were notified they couldn’t operate because of high winds. They rescheduled us to a morning a couple of days out. The tip that they told us is morning parasailing is better. Not as windy and rarely gets canceled in the summer months. Good to know for next time as this seems to be turning into a family tradition for us. Travel Agent Dad and my nephew did this on a previous vacation.
Parasailing day now was on our sleep in morning. Travel Agent Dad, my sister, and my niece now needed to get from the Animal Kingdom Lodge over to the Contemporary. The free option is to take a bus over to the Magic Kingdom and then either walk or ride the monorail over to the resort. They decided to take a taxi. The cost was $25 including tip. Considering that by this point in our vacation we were getting tired of all the bus riding, the taxi with its ease was worth the money.
When you arrive at the Contemporary Resort, you check in near the marina to the left of the pool area as you are walking out from the resort. They can take 6 passengers including those who are flying. While it is not guaranteed the extra members of your party can ride along on the boat, as long as it is only a couple of people you should be safe. Our niece did the 600 ft deluxe option. The website states flight time is 10-12 minutes. It seemed closer to 15 minutes. Our niece had a good time and even bought a t-shirt as a souvenir.
I found this YouTube video that Disney Parks has featuring their water sports.