Take Me Fishing… at Walt Disney World!

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World Fort Wilderness marina family photo

Me and my family at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground dock area, where our guided bass fishing excursion departed.

My family recently enjoyed a Take Me Fishing excursion at Walt Disney World! Here’s everything you need to know – what do you need to bring, and where do the boats depart? Is it worth sacrificing valuable Park time on your Disney vacation? How does fishing help the outdoors, and why is this such a great family activity?

Although my family has had a few vacations at Walt Disney World, on our recent trip we had an adventure like nothing we’ve ever experienced.  Disney World fishing and boating – now that’s my kind of adventure!

It was a moment in which all my greatest loves blissfully collided: Disney… the outdoors… adventure… my family… boating… sunshine!  It makes me giddy just thinking about it.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World My First Catch get the net

“FISH ON!!”… a grand day of fishing Bay Lake at Disney World.

I had heard that you could take guided bass fishing excursions right on the Disney World property.  And honestly, my first reaction was “I don’t think I’d want to sacrifice park time for that”. Well, I WAS WRONG.

I’m now convinced a bass fishing excursion is an ideal addition to a Disney family vacation.

Disney World fishing turned out to be a relaxing, extremely enjoyable time with my family.  We were surrounded by gorgeous scenery, along with spotting some of our favorite Disney resorts along the magical shoreline. Beautiful water birds hung around our boat, hoping for a bit of stray bait to come available.

Having a low-key outdoor adventure like this, while still in the vicinity of the Disney magic, proves to be a perfect break.

And the most exciting part… boy, were the fish biting!

Why You Should Try a Guided Bass Fishing Excursion at Walt Disney World! Take Me Fishing partners with Disney to bring this unique outdoor experience for families on Disney World vacation. Here's tips and tricks, all you need to know about this adventure, Disney resorts that offer fishing, and whether it's worth the Park Time in your Disney vacation planning.

Take Me Fishing™ & How Fishing Helps the Outdoors

The Take Me Fishing™ initiative was started by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating.

In a way, fishing is the outdoors sport that gives back.  Did you know that licensing and tax on fishing gear goes towards funding conservation projects, fish stocking, improving docks and recreation areas, and improving water ways?  As an outdoors lover, the fact that this has a direct, positive effect on protecting and restoring our aquatic resources is highly appealing to me.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World Guide Tim helping with bait

Our awesome guide Tim gets my kids set up by baiting their hooks.

I grew up in South Dakota, occasionally fishing the Missouri River with my dad.  (Ok, mostly I went along and read a book.)

Fast forward a few decades, and I have not really fished as an adult.  However, seeing how thrilled my kids were to be out on that water, and the excitement when one of us caught a fish has re-ignited my interest in this awesome family outdoors activity!

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World guided bass fishing

So relaxing to go boating on Walt Disney World’s Bay Lake!

Take Me Fishing™ Partnership with Disney

In recent years, Walt Disney World Resort has started offering guided fishing excursions right on the Disney World property.  They’ve partnered with RBFF’s #TakeMeFishing initiative, to try and help increase fishing and boating participation among youth and families.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World my familys pontoon boat with guide

My family boarding our boat for the guided bass fishing excursion. All we had to do was show up!

Doing the right thing for the earth and nature is a priority that Disney has consistently demonstrated (DisneyNature’s annual Earth Day conservation movies and associated donations are a perfect example).

Helping to promote fishing as a fun family activity means helping to promote togetherness, the outdoors, and making family memories.  These are values shared by both RBFF and Disney.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World my kids first catch

My kids had such a terrific time fishing at Disney World!

Disney World Fishing Adventure

So how about the details, and what you can expect?

When you book a guided bass fishing excursion at Disney World, you’ll have a pontoon boat for just your family and your personal fishing guide.

Everything was provided for us.  Kids ages 12 and under must wear the provided life vests.  Drinks and all the needed fishing equipment are included.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World lure provided

Our guide brought all the fishing tackle, equipment, bait, plus a cooler full of drinks. We were well taken care of!

We started out fishing in Bay Lake, after departing from the marina at the Fort Wilderness Resort dock.  Most of our Disney World Fishing Adventure morning was spent in Bay Lake, with a view of both Disney Wilderness Lodge and Contemporary Resort.

Later we moved over to Seven Seas Lagoon, which was a nice boat ride and added to the fun.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World magical scenery

What a beautiful September day it was!

So What Did We Catch….?

Disney World Fishing what fish do you catch

Fort Wilderness marina signage displays what fish are in the area lakes.

The fish started biting literally within minutes.  This is strictly catch-and-release fishing.  Most of the fish we caught were bass.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World daughter My First Catch

Grand total for our 1 ½ hour adventure (with 5 fisherman having lines in the water) was 16 fish! Every single person caught at least one fish.  We caught a total of 15 bass, plus my son caught 1 crazy looking bullhead that the guide insisted on handling for us.  Just another perk of having an expert along.

I can’t even tell you the excitement when someone had a “fish on”!  Yes, I’ll admit I was previously a fish-holding wimp…. But even I had to hold my catch for a photo.

Colorado Mountain Mom Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World

He wasn’t very big… but I was still proud of my catch.

Later we moved over to the Seven Seas Lagoon, right in front of Magic Kingdom.  Cruising through this area on your own pontoon boat, on a beautiful Florida day, is pretty amazing.

We navigated past the entrance to our favorite Disney Park, and selected a spot within view of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World My First Catch near Grand Floridian

We didn’t have quite as much luck in that spot, but the change in Disney scenery was worth the trip over.  Some impressive water birds joined us.  Watching them was almost as entertaining as catching fish.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World water bird

Guided Bass Fishing Excursion Rates & Details

Take Me Fishing offers both 2-hour and 4-hour excursions at Walt Disney World. There are lots of locations from which you can try guided bass fishing at Disney World.

We went out for 2-hours, and although my kids would have loved to fish longer… I thought it was a good amount of time.

Take Me Fishing Fishing at Disney World How Many Did you Catch

“How many fish did you catch?”

Fishing excursions are available at the following Disney World locations:

Here are the Guided Bass Fishing Excursion rates, as posted at the Fort Wilderness Marina.

Disney World Guided Bass Fishing Excursion rates

Guided Bass Fishing Excursions
Up to 5 Guests included in price

$270 – two-hour trip (7 am or 10 am)
$235 – two-hour trip (afternoon)
$455 – four-hour trip (7 am or 10 am)

Call (407) 939-BASS or (407) 939-2277 to make a reservation. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance.

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If you are considering a Disney World trip with your family, check out my best planning tips:  Easy Disney World Planning 101.  We can’t wait to go back and try Disney World fishing again!

And in the meantime… we will definitely be fishing as a family at home here in Colorado.  🙂

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My family was hosted for this experience by Take Me Fishing and Walt Disney World.  All travel expenses were paid for.  No compensation was paid in addition to that.  All opinions are my own.

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Hi, I'm Tami! Writer, Influencer, and mom of two who loves travel, the outdoors, staying active, photography, reading books, and eating desserts. We are pretty much always planning our next trip to Disney World.

Comments

  1. I’ve often thought that would be fun to do – looks like you all had a great time!

  2. Looks like everyone had a great time. We loved the bass fishing excursion when we went many years ago. Definitely, a must do!

    • Agreed! We will definitely work this in to another future Disney World trip. Great addition to a vacation!

      Thanks for swinging by, Deb <3

  3. That’s awesome! What a fun way to experience a little part of the WDW resort! I’ve never even thought to do this, but my boys would LOVE it!! Great review!

  4. Hello Tami!

    Looks like you had so much fun during your vacation. We have been to Walt Disney World a few times before but never thought of taking the kids to go on a fishing adventure. Thank you so much for sharing this. It gave me an idea for our next family bonding trip.

    • Yaaay! I’m so happy you like the idea… we had such a wonderful time. Awesome addition to a Disney trip!!

      Thanks for stopping by, Emily! 🙂
      Tami

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