Some of the
boats are open-sided, and we really enjoy riding those. Whenever
possible, we choose them over buses. The boats are a pleasant way to
enjoy the nature of Disney and some great views while getting to your
Some boats are
enclosed with a large seating area inside and a small outside seating
area in the back. We find these boats uncomfortable and only take them
if necessary. Unless it’s a very cool day, the outdoor seating area in
the back of the boat can be uncomfortably hot. Depending on the sun’s
position, it can beat down on you for your entire trip. We also find
that there are heavy gas fumes in this outside area. The indoor area is
usually not well cooled and there is no hope of a breeze. Frankly it’s
miserable in warmer weather, but hey—you’re in Florida!
In any case,
you may find yourself onboard one of these boats at some point during
your visit to Disney. Once aboard, you may be asked to navigate into the
indoor area, or you may be asked to park in the outdoor section in the
back of the boat. If we have to park outside in the back, we leave the
chair and try to find seats in the indoor section. Although it’s not
well cooled inside, it’s cooler than outdoors in the full sun, with
fewer gas fumes as you move further toward the front of the boat. Those
who are sensitive may wish to bring a cloth to breathe through.
To board, we
usually try to get in front of the crowd so the boat driver can see us.
This is not always possible with the boat queue lines, but when it is,
it allows the driver to board us first. Boarding is accomplished with
the boat driver placing a ramp from the dock to the boat. On some boats
you will just drive right in and go straight to your spot. Others
require some maneuvering. The boat cast member will direct you.
Several times we’ve had a boat driver tell us we did not need the ramp,
even as the boat was bobbing and the dock was several inches higher or
lower than the boat! Sarah was very adamant that the ramp was
necessary, and they always gave in. I suspect they were tired of
carrying the heavy ramp. It’s a good idea to insist on the ramp for
safety and to avoid jolts.
At times Sarah
has had trouble backing the chair out of the boat, as she was unable to
turn her head to see behind her. Usually I do it for her. If you must
do it yourself and find it difficult, remember to take your time and ask
the cast member for assistance. They can coach you on how to steer.
Don’t get stressed. The other guests will wait.
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