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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Is It A Boat? Is It A Car? It's An Amphicar!

Guests at Disney Springs, the shopping and dining destination in the Walt Disney World Resort, can have a unique experience of riding in an Amphicar! 

Want to ride?  Find The BOATHOUSE Restaurant and head to The Boatique shop and ask for a ride.

The 20 minute tours are offered 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily, dependent on the weather.  The coast is $125 with discounts available with dining specials or Chase Disney Visa holders.

We had a dining reservation at The Boathouse and knew we wanted to take an amphicar tour, so arrived a bit early for our reservation.  A rain storm had just passed so we were fortunate enough that the tours were just beginning to operate again after the storm.

We had a photo taken in front of our amphicar with our captain or is it driver?

We climbed into the car for photos, were given some directions about where life jackets were located, not  put our hands in the water--snapping turtles and dirty water, and off we went down the amphicar launch!

What I had not anticipated was that our photos were going to be taken and if we had Memory Maker, those photos would be added to our account for no additional expense.  I just headed to The Boatique at the end of our ride and our MagicBands were scanned to connect the photos to our account.

After going down the ramp, there was a big splash--the water went up to the windshield and we experienced the spray, and we were off!  The wheels were no longer in operation and were now moving via boat propeller.

Our captain, or is a driver, gave us some history of amphicars.  The story goes that many amphicars were produced to be used in Europe for cross country travel where roads readily collided with streams and having an amphicar made travel easier.  Over time, the product stopped being made and sold and the amphicars aged and were in disrepair.  Then, and investor/owner of The BOATHOUSE searched for them and repaired the fleet to offer this experience in Orlando at Disney Springs.

In addition to this experience being incredible fun and memorable, we also got great views of Disney Springs from the water.

All too soon, our ride came to an end and we returned to the Amphicar Launch and felt the wheels engage with the pavement. 
We thanked our driver and headed into The Boatique to get our photos--see the kiosk below.
And, of course, after our amphicar tour, it was time for dinner at The BOATHOUSE.

Want to know more?  Check out The BOATHOUSE website!

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