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Parasailing above Walt Disney World!

When I decided to take my eight year old brother to Walt Disney World in Florida, I imagined us spending fun-filled days exploring the Disney theme parks. Parasailing never came to mind.

While I was planning our vacation, I discovered the website for Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre (at Disney’s Contemporary Resort). After looking over the activities offered there, I thought that it might be fun to try parasailing. I showed my brother the pictures of people parasailing from the website. "Would you like to do that?" I asked him. "Oh, yeah!" he exclaimed. I booked a flight.

When we arrived for our parasail, we could see other parasailers flying high above the lake. And I do mean high! Although the watersports centre website says that parasailers reach altitudes of 450-600 feet, I hadn’t really thought about how high up that was. I started to have second thoughts. My little brother, on the other hand, was psyched.

We boarded a speedboat along with a family of four. The father and son were the first pair to fly. They took off their shoes and were strapped into harnesses, clipped to a parachute and then practically disappeared into the sky as the boat sped forward. After a few minutes, they were reeled back to the boat where they landed gracefully, smiling from ear to ear.

I was still having doubts when the guide invited my brother and me to the back of the boat. I handed my camera to the father and son team as they had agreed to take some photos of us during our flight. Once we were strapped in and ready, the boat sped forward. In an instant, the boat became a tiny toy boat on the expansive lake. The lake was surrounded by a blanket of tree tops. Nearby, I could see the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. I easily spotted Cinderella Castle, Space Mountain and Spaceship Earth. I could feel a gentle breeze on my bare feet. All was peaceful and quiet. This must be what it’s like to be a bird, I thought.

Although I’m sure that we were in the air for the promised eight to ten minutes, the ride felt like it came to an end way too soon. Our boat got closer and closer until we landed gently on the back, just like Peter Pan!

Although, just as I had imagined, we had a great time at the Disney theme parks, it was our flight above them that turned out to be the highlight of our trip to Walt Disney World!

I did this in 2006 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Dr. Jen (California, USA)

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