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Belle Belinda
04-01-2006, 09:29 PM
I am planning a day to rent a boat or watermice which ever is more convenient. We are 3 adults and 4 year old twins, I heard that you can rent them at the Poly or Grand Floridian and downtown disney. Does anyone have pics of them and advice on which one and the cost as well. Thanks again for your help this website is a God sent :cloud9:

gatour
04-01-2006, 10:05 PM
You can actually rent them at the Poly, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge and Contemporary and access both Bay Lake and Seaven Seas Lagoon. At Downtown Disney you can also rent them but you are limited to tooling around the lakes between there and Port Orleans. There are one or two other places to rent them but you are relatively limited where you can go.

My recommendation is to rent them at one of the hotels on the Sea Seaven Seas/Bay Lake, nothing like getting the Magic Kingdom in the background.

jw50
04-01-2006, 10:20 PM
Here are a couple of pics of the watermice at the Poly:

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d7/jw50mva/DSCN01030001.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d7/jw50mva/DSCN01020001.jpg

They are alot of fun but I don't remember what the cost was, I was on the premium package so I didn't pay much attention to the cost and it wasn't on the receipts that I have.

Azure
04-01-2006, 10:30 PM
I am going to rent one but I have to have my dad with me because he has a license. They are so much fun especially to go and explore different places on the lakes!

MNRMommy
04-01-2006, 10:33 PM
If I remember correctly (and that is iffy) we spent about 35 or 40 for an hours rental. They were a blast and well worth it. We have rented from the Poly, Fort Wilderness and WL before. We only paid out of pocket once as we were on packages the other times.

Azure
04-01-2006, 10:43 PM
I liked it when they big boats would come by they would leave a HUGE wave and than we would go over them. They do give you life jackets.

Belle Belinda
04-02-2006, 12:55 AM
thanks for the pics,,,,,,very thoughtful

Belle Belinda
04-02-2006, 12:59 AM
Anything bigger for the whole family to enjoy all together at once?

CaipiraBob
04-02-2006, 06:17 AM
Anything bigger for the whole family to enjoy all together at once?

Here's what I found on Deb's site:

Water Mouse: $20.75 - 1/2 hour

21' Suntracker Pontoon Boat(Maximum 10 passengers): $33.02 - 1/2 hour

Canopy Boat (8 person maximum): $25.00 - 1/2 hour

Cane Pole Fishing: $ 3.77 1/2 hr

Specialty Cruise (12 person maximum) starts at $120.00

Guided Bass Fishing (live bait additional) - Maximum 5 persons; $183.96 for 2 hours at 6:30am; $174.52 for 2 hours at 9:00am

NOTES: Drivers of canopy boats must be 16 years of age. Drivers of pontoon boats must be 18 years of age. Resort ID, driver's license, or passport required. A child 12 years old and above who is at least 5 feet tall may drive a water mouse alone. All drivers under the age of 18 MUST have a parent or legal guardian sign a release. Sorry, no water skiing permitted.

ccw
04-02-2006, 12:15 PM
We just got back from OKW and rented a 16 foot Boston Whaler for the 5 of us...it was a little tricky to handle because you have to go at slow speeds(steering is very "loose")...might have been better off with the pontoon boat which is what we will try next time. A delightful way to spend an hour...we had 3 teenage boys with us and they enjoyed stretching out to sun. I think the rate was right at $36 per 30 minutes with time billed in 5 minute increments after that. So you are charged based on how long you keep the boat which is kinda nice if you are not sure about how long you might want to cruise when you first get the boat. By the way, there is a DVC discount but the AP discount is better (15 % I think). Would definitely do this again! Have fun!(PS-No alcoholic beverages are allowed)

hobogary
04-02-2006, 12:24 PM
Just a hint, If you rent the bigger boats at DTD, you can go up the rivers to Po for a longer ride.

ccw
04-02-2006, 12:30 PM
From OKW, we traversed both "forks" of the waterways...turned left to go behind PO and then to the Downtown Disney lake area, past Saratoga Springs. Took right at an hour at a leisurely pace and it was fun to see the Downtown Disney sites from the water (got pretty close to Fultons which the boys enjoy seeing). The little 2 person watercraft can go there also.

GEM
04-02-2006, 03:55 PM
Different resorts have different age requirments. You do have to be at least 16 to drive the Water Mice at any of the Magic Kingdom resorts.

However, at the Yact/Beach Club and the Caribbean Beach you only have to be 12 years old and at least 5 feet tall to drive - although you have to have someone who is at least 18 sign permission for you. I just called and double checked this information with the marinas at these two resorts.

I'm not sure about Port Orleans, Coronado, etc.

Belle Belinda
04-02-2006, 09:18 PM
I've heard something about larger boats which I can go with the whole family at the boardwalk...it has a canopy on top of the boat, does that say anything to you? By the way thanks for the reply

Belle Belinda
04-03-2006, 04:27 PM
Do you mean that we have to be guests at that specific resort to rent the canopy boats?

ReganA
04-03-2006, 05:01 PM
Are the Watermice 2 seaters only, or can an adult plus 2 children fit in one?

jw50
04-03-2006, 07:11 PM
You can rent the canopy boats from any of the marinas that have them.

The watermice are two seat boats, I don't know if they would allow you to have an adult and two kids in one, it might just depend on which marina you rent from.

PixieDust742
04-03-2006, 09:51 PM
It is 2 people per Water Mouse (now called the SeaRaycer). 2 adults and 1 child are not permitted to ride together in one boat. I would suggest the Boston Whaler or the pontoon.

katlynh
04-04-2006, 10:50 AM
We've done both the canopy and water mice and love them both. We've rented from WL, Poly and Old Key West. We perferred the Poly and WL, I guess because we enjoyed getting so close to MK. If you are planning on going on them more than once, or trying more than one type you may want to book the family package. I believe we paid $228 for the five of us for a week. We were able to go out as often as we wanted and could check back every half hour and go right back out. (This also includes bike rentals) We are going in Dec. and hope they still have the same package. Maybe someone whose went this past year may know more about this package and if they still offer it. Hope this helps. Janice

holdem
04-04-2006, 04:23 PM
what size engine do the canopy boats have? what is there approximate speed? thanks.

disneyfan67
04-04-2006, 05:06 PM
You can rent the canopy boats from any of the marinas that have them.

The watermice are two seat boats, I don't know if they would allow you to have an adult and two kids in one, it might just depend on which marina you rent from.


When I was at the Poly last May 05, I checked out renting a watermouse and they said the boats weight limit was 300lbs. So 1 moderate sized adult and one kid/young teen would be it.

JLS
04-04-2006, 05:22 PM
Does anyone know if there is an age restriction for children? I would like to take our party (4 adults) on a pontoon boat, but we have my son who will only be 15 months at the time. I wouldn't plan to have him on a watermice boat, but a pontoon boat seems OK... IF they will allow it.

Does anyone know?

Thanks.

Belle Belinda
04-04-2006, 10:45 PM
Does anyone know if there is an age restriction for children? I would like to take our party (4 adults) on a pontoon boat, but we have my son who will only be 15 months at the time. I wouldn't plan to have him on a watermice boat, but a pontoon boat seems OK... IF they will allow it.

Does anyone know?

Thanks.
the pontoon boat seems perfect for us (3 adults and 4 yrs old twins) but I was thinking of renting them at the Boardwalk or yath club what do you think?? :wizard:

JLS
04-05-2006, 03:10 PM
Belle Belinda, I would strongly recommend renting from one of the Magic Kingdom resorts. You cannot go very far on the boats or very fast in the Epcot resort area. I think the Polynesian or Wilderness Lodge are the best places to rent, because then you can boat in the 7 Seas Lagoon and also on Bay Lake.

Does anyone know if there is an age restriction for children on the pontoon boats? My son will only be 15 months.

Thanks.

MAGICinMYHEART
04-05-2006, 03:30 PM
The following information is the lastest I have from the Wilderness Lodge

***Teton Boat & Bike Rental***
Explore the Seven Seas lagoon, Bay Lake and the Wilderness Trails.
Bike Rental 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. (Bikes must be turned in by 5PM)
Boat Rental 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. (Last boat rental at 4:45PM)
Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon close at 5:00PM

Speciality Cruises:
Celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or group outings by watching the Magic Kingdoms Firework.
Price starts @ $150.00
Maximum 12 people per boat;
Food and drink available upon request (additional charge)
Call WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529) for reservations

Motorized Boats:
Sea Raycer $24.00 per 1/2 hour, $38.00 per hour
2 passenger (320 lb. max)
*Driver must be 12 years of age and be 5 ft. tall: also must be accompanied by an adult with a valid driver's license.
**Single drivers of the boats must be over 16 years old and have a valid Drivers Licensed No age restrictions for passengers.

Montauk: $33.00 per 1/2 hour
6 passengers
*Diver must be 18 years of age

Pontoon Boat: $42.00 per 1/2 hour
10 passengers
*Diver must be 18 years of age

Bicycles
Mongoose bikes of various sizes
$4.02 1/2 hour or $8.00 a hour, $22.10 a day.
Surrey Bikes
$18.00 1/2 hour-2 Seater
$22.00 1/2 hour-4 Seater
*Helmets must be worn by those 16 years old or younger

**Recreation Family Plans:
Plan includes the Water Mouse, Pontoon Boats, Canopy Boats, Sailboats and Bicycles, (Cruises and Surry Biles NOT included)
Captain Plan: 4 hours of rental per Group $138.45
Family Plan: Length of Stay Plan (10 Day Rate for Unlimited use of Equipment Listed Above) $265.19 (Up to 5 Guests per Plan)

Fishing Excursion
7am & 10am 2 hours
$225.00
1:30pm Excursion Daily 2hr
$200.00 ($395.00 4hr)
*Call WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529)