One of the reasons we love Walt Disney World is not just the park attractions or even the resorts and it's not only the restaurants or the wonderful Disney characters. As the readers of A World View know, most of what we write about focuses on these most popular topic areas.
But there IS something else about Walt Disney World that brings us back time after time, since the "World" is so much more than what visitors expect. So in my post today, and over time in future articles, I'll address some of the lesser known activities and things to do making the Disney experience so special and unique… in effect, the total package.
Taking you off the beaten path at Walt Disney World.
Carriage and Wagon Rides around the "World".
One place you might expect to find horse and carriage rides is at Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort, and you would be correct. A horse-drawn carriage ride takes place here nightly from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. These 25-minute rides leave from Pioneer Hall near Crockett's Tavern, and can accommodate four adults for two adults/three children and cost $45 for the carriage ride as opposed to a per person charge.
During the Christmas season, the carriage ride at Fort Wilderness becomes a Sleigh Ride decorated in red with garland and lights and a higher price of $60.00 carriage rental. So you might want to check out the Wagon ride.
The Fort Wilderness Wagon Rides that are at 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm every night. This 45-minute minute ride has a per person charge of $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (age 3 to 9; children under 3 are free). There are no advance reservations for this activity, and children under 9 must ride with an adult. It leaves in front of Pioneer Hall and tours the campgrounds. This is especially a nice activity during the Christmas season because of the many campsites that are decorated for the holidays.
And from JeffLangeDVD on You Tube, (also, check out his website) here is his recording in 2010 of the start of the Wilderness Christmas Sleigh Ride and some of the elaborate campsite decorations viewed during this activity.
During the Halloween season at Disney World, it's the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that is the theme of Haunted Carriage Rides at Fort Wilderness for $60.00 per ride (per carriage and not per person). The times vary depending on the dates but they leave about every half-hour. And keep a close look out for the Headless Horseman.
There is also a horse-drawn carriage ride at one of my favorite resorts, Port Orleans Riverside, near Boatwright's Dining Hall. Take a 30-minute trip up and down the scenic Sassagoula River. Each carriage can hold either 4 adults—or 2 adults and 3 small children and costs $45 per carriage. The times are similar to Fort Wilderness. There used to be a carriage ride at Saratoga Springs Resort, although I can't confirm this is still available.
Reservations for recreation activities can be made up to 90 days in advance by phoning Disney at 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529). And be aware there is a penalty charge for cancelling or not showing up for your reservation unless you provide at least 24-hour notice. As always, prices are subject to change.
By the way, if you really want to ride a horse-drawn trolley, or it's something you think your kids will enjoy, watch for the free carriage ride in the Magic Kingdom. Wait for it at the top or bottom of Main Street for short ride down the street.
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