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Come Fly With Me!
Ever fancied seeing Disney’s Theme Parks from a different angle? If this sounds like your sort of adventure, you can have a bird’s eye view of Magic Kingdom and Epcot, at an altitude of between 450 to 600 feet, high above Bay Lake. Parasailing is WDW’s ultimate (and highest) thrill ride and an unforgettable experience.
Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre is based at Disney’s Contemporary Hotel. From the dock you can rent watermice, sailboats, and pontoon boats, learn to water-ski, go tubing, wakeboarding and knee-boarding. But best of all why not soar above the lake, either tandem or single, for a mind blowing ten minutes and have the ride of your life.
There are no age limits but there is a minimum weight requirement of 100 pounds for solo flyers. Those weighing less than 100 pounds are allowed to ride tandem.
You don’t need to wear a bathing suit as the uniquely designed boat enables you to have a 'dry' take-off and landing from the back of the boat. If there are no other riders at the time you go out, your friends or relatives can join you at no extra charge (they will stay in the boat whilst you parasail). There will be two instructors on board to give you help and guidance.
The first job, when you climb aboard, is to take off your shoes and socks, get harnessed up and put on your life jacket. The boat then heads out onto Bay Lake whilst you make your way to the back and onto the “deck”. You are then attached to the parachute and the driver starts to go steadily faster, you’re released from the "hold" and up you go!
The climb is very gradual that you hardly notice it at all and then all of a sudden you are flying! It is so smooth and the views are amazing. If the skies are clear you can see for miles. After about ten minutes you are slowly reeled back onto the boat.
If you have ever thought about parasailing and been too nervous to try it, just go for it! Believe me, you will not regret it and think of all the people you can impress when you get back home.
One last thing though, don’t forget to have somebody take photographs or better still take them yourself whilst you are floating around the skies. Otherwise no one will ever believe you when you tell them all about your little adventure.
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Page added on: 24 November 2004
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