Escape the Mousetrap

Outdoor Life Inside Mouse World

You've just spent the day being chased by aliens. Dropped down water chutes. Hugged by a giant pants-wearing rodent. Had enough?

Believe it or not, even inside Disney World you'll find something approximating the great outdoors. So when sensory overload hits, head to Disney's lesser-known spots for the following activities:

Canoe, Hike, and Fish

At Fort Wilderness, you'll find 700 acres of cypress and pine forests wrapped around Bay Lake. Yes, there are plenty of people! But, rent a canoe and paddle the narrow waterways, and you'll be surrounded by thick foliage and dripping cypress branches. A short nature trail also offers a quick getaway hike into the real world of trees, plants, and animals.

Back in the 1960s, Disney folk stocked Bay Lake with 70,000 bass. Today, perky (what else would you expect?) Disney guides will take you out on a two-hour guided fishing excursion (no license is needed to fish Disney waters). The heaviest largemouth bass caught and recorded at Disney World was 14 pounds, 6 ounces. Don't count on landing one that size, but the odds of snagging a 6- or 7-pounder are pretty good.

Rock Climb

Interested in doing a little rock climbing? So what if you're in pancake-flat Florida? Sign up for a rock-climbing course at the Disney Institute to learn techniques on the Park's faux granite. The Institute also offers outdoor courses in photography, gardening, and more.

Scuba Dive

Certified scuba divers can take a 30-minute plunge into the 6-million-gallon aquarium at Epcot's Living Seas Pavilion for about $150. Dives are allowed daily at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Call (407) 939-8687 for reservations.

Water Sports

Rent boats at Sammy Duvall's Water Sports Centre, located at Disney's Contemporary Resort Marina, where wakeboarding, parasailing, skiing, kneeboarding, and innertubing are offered.

Walk and Bike

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort has a 1.4-mile promenade around its lake, and Fort Wilderness offers a 2.3-mile course with exercise stations. Bike rentals are also available at a number of Disney resort areas. For more information on Disney World recreation opportunities, call (407) 824-4321 or visit

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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