THE LITTLE THINGS AMPHICARS
The transformation of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs has a renewed emphasis on the waterfront, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the lake in new ways. None of those ways is more unique than taking a leisurely drive on the water in a car.
That's right. I said in a CAR.
In the 1960s, a German company built around 4,000 “Amphicars”: cars designed to be driven on land as well as on water. Amphicars resemble classic convertible cars of that time period, except that they are a bit smaller and noticeably higher off the ground. They have propellers under the rear bumper and while in the water, the front tires act as rudders so the car can be steered the sameway it would on the road.
In the 1960s, a German company built around 4,000 “Amphicars”: cars designed to be driven on land as well as on water. Amphicars resemble classic convertible cars of that time period, except that they are a bit smaller and noticeably higher off the ground. They have propellers under the rear bumper and while in the water, the front tires act as rudders so the car can be steered the same way it would on the road.
Former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson famously owned an Amphicar. He loved to surprise unsuspecting guests by taking them for rides where he would pretend to lose control of his car and yell out that they were about to crash into the water, only to end up cruising along the lake's surface.
Today, Amphicars are rare collector's items, but you don't have to be a celebrity or a former U.S. President to experience the thrill of riding in one of these vintage machines. The BOATHOUSE restaurant at Disney Springs has a small fleet of Amphicars that take guests on tours of the Disney Springs waterfront every day. They are in vintage condition and adorned with Rubba Ducks on the dashboard for a splash of personality.
You'll certainly feel like a celebrity as your Captain and his crew get you set to depart on your tour. The sight of the Amphicar being readied to depart usually draws a crowd of onlookers taking pictures and video as you drive down the launch ramp and into the lake. For many, seeing you riding in the Amphicar along the waterfront will be the first time they have seen such a sight.
Amphicar tours are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, from 10am to 10pm, weather permitting. Guests can book their Amphicar tours in person at the Ship's Store adjacent to The BOATHOUSE restaurant, located in The Landing area of Disney Springs. Each tour costs $125 and lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. Tours depart from The launch ramp right outside the BOATHOUSE restaurant and return to the same spot when they are completed.
Each car is piloted by a Captain and can accommodate 3-4 guests. In most cases, the limit is 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children. Life Jackets are not necessary, but can be provided at your request.
The BOATHOUSE is currently running a "Lunch & Launch" Special where after enjoying lunch from (11am to 3pm) you can present your receipt at the Ship's Store before 3pm on the same day to get a $25 off your Amphicar Tour. Cash, Credit and even Disney Gift Cards are accepted as forms of payment. Hours and prices are subject to change. You can call 407-939-2628 for more information.