Sammy Duvalls - Parasailing Questions

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by h&D3, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. h&D3

    h&D3 Mouseketeer

    Jul 13, 2008
    I emailed Sammy's with these questions, but I just got their standard reply email back.... and they didn't answer some of my questions. SO, I'm hoping that someone else may be able to provide me some answers....

    My DS would like to parasail for his 12th birthday (we will be down there on his actual birthday) He weighs enough for the single person flyer, so that is not an issue. (he's about 5'6" or 5'7" and about 130#+ so he is not a little kid for being almost 12.... He's going to be one tall adult... just like mom and dad!)

    I have the following questions that I am trying to figure out....

    1.) What times does the parasailing run during the day? For those of you who have done this, what time do you/did you prefer? I was thinking first thing in the AM due to the unpredictable Florida weather in August.

    2.) Our daughter who is 6 also wants to try this.... she will do a tandem with DH. What happens if she chickens out and we've paid for a tandem flight. I suppose that DS and DH could do it together. But they might be pretty close to the weight limits... (my son and DH are not small people!)

    3.) What is the refund/cancellation policy

    4.) How far in advance can I make reservations? Do I pay in full now, or is it held on a credit card until the actual day?

    5.) I would like to be on the boat to get some video but they told me that flyers take priority. Has anyone ever been denied to board the boat IF the rest of their family is flying. I'm not sure if I am brave enough to do this.... I think once I would be up there I would be fine... it's just the getting up there point that scares me..... I think the video and photos would be spectacular from up there.

    6.) How far up do they actually take you? Is it in feet or is it rope length that they figure this from? (not sure what that means but my DH said for me to ask)

    Any other tips that anyone could provide would be appreciated.

  2. heidijanesmith

    heidijanesmith DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2010
    I can answer some of your questions, but not all as my family went parasailing while I did the Backstage Magic tour.

    We were staying at the YC and the tour takes off from the Contemporary marina. The easiest way to get to there was a Taxi. I am not sure where you are staying or if you have a car. Drive your self if possible, Taxi next or if your staying at a Monorail resort take the monorail.

    The kids have been parasailing before and really loved this one. You take off from the boat and land on the boat. They said it was smooth and fun.
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  4. strmtroopr96

    strmtroopr96 DIS Veteran

    Dec 29, 2003
    Hi there! My 6 yr old DD and I just did the parasailing in September. I had booked it online through their website a few months prior. In July, there was an Orlando Groupon for Sammy Duvall's parasailing so that was a nice discount. Sign up for the Groupon alerts since I they do pop up from time to time.

    We did the Deluxe Flight which takes you up 600 feet for 10-12 minutes. We had also bought the photo package for $25 but since we had booked the first flight of the day (9:00 am), the camera hadn't adjusted to the heat yet and they weren't able to get any pictures. They happily refunded us the $25 though.

    My DD had been saving and waiting to do this for months (well really she wanted to go skydiving so this was a nice starter LOL) and she loved it. I thought it was fun too. There is a great view up there and it is just so quiet. It runs from 9 am to about 4ish. There was another couple on the bot with us. So we had my family of 4 and the couple who were all allowed to ride the boat although only 3 of us were actually parasailing at no extra charge.

    All of the Sammy Duvall employees were super nice. I would think that if your DD did decide to not do it, then they would refund you. Also, your DS and DH may be able to ride together. We were told that depending on wind conditions, etc that they can allow higher weight limits to fly together.

    When I booked, they didn't ask for a credit card or anything. We didn't pay until we got there that morning. You can choose the 450 feet for 8-10 minutes or the 600 feet for 10-12 minutes.
  5. pigletto

    pigletto DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2007
    Most of your questions have been answered already but I'll fill in what I can:)

    DH and ds (8) went in the summer and loved it!!
    We used a Groupon that was offered for Orlando last June or July so we booked quite close to the actual date. My husband and son went on their own and booked the first appointment of the day to avoid any chance of rain. They LOVED it!
    So my tip for you is to make your reservation now but watch for the Groupon in case it's ever offered again. There is also a coupon for 10% off in MYW package booklets, or a small discount for AP holders if you qualify for either of those. Worth looking into :)

    ETA) I just checked Mousesavers and apparently there is a 15% off coupon in the new Birnbaums Walt Disney World 2013 book. So that's a bit better than the 10% offers.

    Even at full price the boys would have said it was worth it, but it is pricey so hopefully one of these offers can shave a few dollars off for you :)
  6. LovinPooh

    LovinPooh DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2008
    Do they weigh u before? I noticed there is a 330lb tandem weight limit. Dd n i will come close. I just dont wanna step on a scale on vacation lol.
    I booked online too...just used cc as a hold.
    I m thinkn of gettin birnbaums. We r doin a fishing excursion as well and i hear its got a coupon for that in there as well.
  7. budafam

    budafam DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2009
    They never weighed us and honestly, between me and DH, we had to have hit that limit! They only asked which one of us weighed more so they could balance out the seat for us.
  8. LovinPooh

    LovinPooh DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2008
    What a relief! I have a bunch of buffets booked. I dont plan on stepping on a scale for atleast 6 months lol
  9. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    My son and his girlfriend were under the 330 lb limit. They were not weighed but they were told that they were over the weight limit and they would have to ride single.

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