The Big Catch: Fishing at Disney World
Take a break from a busy day in the theme parks, with an afternoon or morning fishing at Disney World. From going on guided fishing excursions in one of Disney’s many lakes to spending dockside fishing, there are a lot of ways you can spend time enjoying fishing. Whether you’re an amateur angler or an experienced one, you’ll find these catch and release fishing experiences a lot of fun for you and the whole family. So, let’s grab our fishing rods and learn a bit more about fishing at Disney World.
The Basics of Fishing at Disney World
There are several options for guests who want to go fishing at Disney World. This includes guided fishing excursions on one of Disney’s many lakes or dockside fishing at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. All of Disney’s fishing activities are catch and release programs only, which means you’ll be able to catch fish. But, you’ll be releasing them back into the waters after catching them. This is a great way for adults and kids to learn about fishing, professional anglers, and fishing conservation. Now that we know a bit more about what fishing opportunities are offered, let’s take a look at some of the important basics of fishing at Disney World.
The cost to go fishing at Disney World varies. Prices depend on where you are fishing and how long you plan to fish. At Port Orleans Riverside, dockside fishing costs anywhere from $6.00 per individual (plus tax) or $15.00 per family (plus tax) for 30 minutes of fishing time. For the guided fishing excursions, guests should expect to pay anywhere from $170 for an individual for 2 hours to $455 for a group of 2-5 for 4 hours. Prices can change, so always make sure to double-check pricing and any discounts before you book. Guided fishing excursions can be booked 180 days in advance.
Port Orleans Riverside is the only location on Disney property that offers dockside fishing. If you are interested in guided fishing excursion at the following locations:
- Boardwalk Inn Resort
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Contemporary Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Disney Springs Marina
- Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Old Key West Resort
- Polynesian Village Resort
- Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
- Port Orleans Riverside Resort
- Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Wilderness Lodge Resort
- Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Each of these locations will offer a similar experience and includes the same pricing and offerings at the other locations. The only difference will be the specific lake you spend time fishing on. So, if you have your heart set on fishing at Bay Lake or the Seven Seas Lagoon, then you’ll want to look for a location that offers fishing near them.
The times for fishing depends on the type of fishing you want to do. If dockside fishing is more your speed, plan to spend some time at the old fishing hole during the hours of 7 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Guided fishing excursions typically begin at 7 a.m. and last until 3:30 p.m. Fishing is at its best in the mornings or early afternoons. So, be sure to plan this into your schedule if you want to go on a fishing excursion.
Because most of the fishing at Disney World is located at Disney resorts, they are pretty easy to get to. Most resorts are easily accessible from any theme park by bus, monorail, or ferry. Those who are coming from another Disney resort should plan on transferring buses at a theme park, taking their own vehicle, or using a cab or ride-share vehicle.
There’s something classic and reminiscent in fishing dockside. Port Orleans Riverside offers you and your family this fishing experience daily. Spend time using cane fishing poles and relaxing on Ol’ Man Island. There you’ll be able to catch plenty of catfish, blue gill, and bass. As we mentioned, this is a catch and release program. It’s important to know that all children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. So, if you’re younger anglers want to spend some time dockside, you’ll need to go along with them for the duration. Dockside fishing is the perfect low-key, family-friendly activity. It may not be as thrilling as the guided fishing excursions. But, dockside fishing is a great way to unwind and relax.
Guided Fishing Excursions
Guided fishing excursions are the perfect way to channel your inner sportsman. There are several options that you can choose from, including spending time on a pontoon boat (which can accommodate up to 5 guests) or experiencing the thrill of tournament style bass fishing on a smaller boat for 1-2 people. There are options for families or for individuals or small groups who want to spend some time finding that next big catch.
Guided fishing excursions are a bit more involved than dockside fishing and includes several hours of fishing time. You’ll also get an experienced guide to join you along with all the equipment you need. Guests will also get non-alcoholic beverages included in the price along with a one year membership in the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and a magazine subscription. So, it’s fair to say, you’ll be a true angler after your guided fishing excursion. This fishing activity is recommended for small groups, families with older children, experienced anglers, and those who want to learn a bit more with some guidance. If a more low-key fishing experience is your speed, you’ll want to consider dockside fishing over the guided fishing excursions.
Reel in Big Fun: Fishing at Disney World
You can really reel in a big catch and big fun when you spend time fishing at Disney World. It’s an activity that can be as relaxing or as thrilling as you want it to be. And, it’s something completely different and off-the-beaten path if you’re used to spending most of your time in the parks. It’s also the perfect activity for families, small groups, and even individuals who want a bit of quiet time. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your fishing poles and experience fishing at Disney World.