Disney Marinas and Boats

Disney Marinas and Boats

Boats at the Grand Floridian

During a visit to Walt Disney World, scouts will be able to complete these elective requirements:

  • Identify five different types of boats.
  • Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in boating.
  • Identify the equipment needed when going boating.
  • Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before going boating.

Water Recreation – Scouts families will be able to pilot their own adventure aboard an array of boats around lakes, lagoons and bays throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels with Marinas:

  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Transportation – Walt Disney World Transportation includes motorcoaches, the monorail and ferry boats.

Learn about the different types of ferry boats and their routes here.

Attractions & Activities – From a leisurely jaunt around Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom’s paddle-wheel riverboat to a kids only treasure hunt for pirate booty, Walt Disney World offers a variety of boating activities.

  • Liberty Square River Boat
  • Pirate Adventure Cruises
  • Ferrytale Wishes Dessert Cruise
  • Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage
  • Guided Fishing Excursions

Want a little more Disney magic?  Ask the boat captains/crew for a Transportation Card. These collectible, numbered cards feature the various modes of transportation around the Walt Disney World Resorts & Parks, including motorcoaches, the monorail and ferries.

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Sum of All Thrills

Sum of All Thrills

Scouts can build their own theme park ride!

Visit Epcots Innovention building and stop by Sum of All Thrills.  This is where scouts and their ride partner will take a turn in the Designer Lab creating their one-of-a-kind ride experience. Using an interactive touchscreen design panel, scouts can add drops, barrel rolls, twists and turns using their math, science and engineering know how. During the testing phase, adjust height, velocity and follow other recommendations to modify your ride experience based on mild to wild settings.

Once your ride design has been locked into the system, head up a short flight of stairs while your ride specifications are programmed into a 4-D robotic simulator. Buckle-up and get ready to feel every bump, twist and drop of the ultimate ride you just created – complete with the realism of high-definition video, audio and motion.

Want a little more Disney magic? After your ride, you’ll receive a card with your one-of-a-kind ride experience program. Visit MathMovesU to replay your ride on your home pc. Not visiting the parks soon enough? The MathMovesU site also has an online Design Your Own Ride and Game experience scouts may want to check out.

Disney Family Tree & Crest

Disney Family Tree & Crest

Scouts who need to complete a family tree for an adventure elective requirement or a Merit Badge requirement should start with their name and include at least two additional generations. While completing a family tree, parents and scouts can discuss the history, traditions, and culture of their family heritage.

My Family Tree for the Core Value: Faith

Faith means having inner strength and confidence based on trust in a higher power. Understanding one’s family tree, ancestors, and heritage brings stories to life of the strength and confidence of our family members. It also tells of their belief and trust in a higher power to help bring them safely to the United States. In years past, many immigrants traveled by boat. What faith they had in that boat that would change their lives!  Courtesy April 2013 Cub Scout Meeting Guide


Want a little more Disney magic?  Use the Disney coat of arms found above Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland as inspiration for creating your own coat of arms.

Would your scout like a copy of the Disney inspired Family Tree ? Request a PDF copy here:

Daily Flag Retreat Ceremony at the Magic Kingdom

Daily Flag Retreat Ceremony at the Magic Kingdom

At Walt Disney World, honoring America and it’s people are common themes. You’ll find the flag and other patriotic emblems throughout the parks.
According to Disney, one of the longest traditions is the daily Flag Retreat in Town Square on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.

This patriotic ceremony is performed daily at 5pm in Town Square on MainStreet USA at the Magic Kingdom. The ceremony typically includes the Park Security Honor Guard, including a veteran choosen daily, The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet, The Main Street Philharmonic marching band and The Mayor of Main Street.

In the video above, a daily flag ceremony at the Magic Kingdom Park includes an honor guard of Walt Disney World Security Officers, The Main Street Philharmonic marching band, The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet (singing “God Bless America”), and announcements by The Mayor of Main Street. As the Philharmonic marches down Main Street to John Philip Souza’s “The Liberty Bell,” a honored veteran carries the folded flag.

Scouts will enjoy the daily Flag Retreat ceremony at the Magic Kingdom. | ScoutingWDW.com

Wild About Safety

Wild About Safety

Wild About Safety

Have you heard? Timon and Pumbaa are Wild About Safety. Safety is part of their problem-free philosophy and they want it to be part of yours too.

Safety is an important part of the Scouting experience. The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is to avoid getting into trouble in the first place. That requires planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility.

Timon & Pumbaa teach kids how to demonstrate good character traits, such as honesty, kindness, and taking responsibility for one’s actions!

Disney’s Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart® On the Go! Timon & Pumbaa teach kids about the four Safety Smart® points of safe travel–slow down, pay attention, use proper equipment, don’t distract–and how to apply these points to everyday transportation!

Disney’s Wild About Safety website shares tips and hints to help your vacation be a safe and magical experience. With games, videos, coloring sheets and more, Timon and Pumbaa are fun to learn with at home and while visiting the parks.

Here are a few of their THEME PARK SAFETY TIPS
The Disney Parks are filled with fun rides and attractions, and proper planning and research can help make sure your visit is as safe as can be.

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Light-colored clothes are best to help reflect the sun’s rays during warmer weather, and layers are best during those cooler months.
  • Wear UV protective sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim for blocking the sun.
  • Have fun in the sun, don’t get overdone. Don’t forget to apply sun block every two hours.
  • Apply sunscreen that protects against both UVA & UVB rays whenever you’re outdoors:
    • Adults should use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher
    • Children should use SPF 30 or higher
  • Don’t wait too late to hydrate. Hydrate before you get going and before you get thirsty. It’s a good idea to drink 4-6 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Test your child to make sure he/she knows how to contact you if they get lost. Put a note in his/her pocket with phone numbers and names to contact.
  • Designate a meeting place and time, just in case the group gets separated for any reason.

Want a little more Disney magic? Take the Timon and Pumbaa Safety Challenge at Animal Kingdom Park, stop in at guest services and ask for your copy. Safety Cards are also available to collect throughout the park. And if you visit Animal Kingdom Lodge and ask for a Wild About Safety Fun Book, with word searches, scrambles, and coloring pages, this book is a perfect for filling time while waiting in lines.

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Geocaching at Walt Disney World

Geocaching at Walt Disney World

Finding a hidden treasure is right up Disney’s alley…it’s magical! The anticipation of the hunt, the excitement of the journey, and the jubilee of discovery combine to create a thrilling game-like adventure for scouts. Geocaching at Walt Disney World is a fun activity to reinforce the Geocaching Merit Badge and Camping scouting requirements.

When the Geocaching Merit Badge requirements were first released in 2010, Bryan on Scouting highlighted these learning points:

  • Precautions necessary to have a safe time while searching for geocaches
  • Geocaching etiquette and how the principles of Leave No Trace apply
  • Geocaching terms
  • How GPS technology works
  • Steps for finding and logging a cache
  • How to use geocaching.com, the official online home of geocaching

Traditionally, geocaching involves using GPS technology and other clues to find hidden cache boxes and physically logging in your find. There are a few physical caches in the Orlando area, some very near Disney property.

Geocaching at Walt Disney World and nearby Orlando
An off property geocache location may be found near this grove of trees.

However, because of security precautions, on property geocaching is limited to virtual hunts only. Virtual hunts are also available on geocaching.com, they still use GPS reference points and may include other ‘criteria’ to complete the hunt. Bookmarked Disney hunts are available here and here.

As an alternative to traditional geocaching, scouts may also enjoy looking for Hidden Mickeys or Waymarking Disney Benchmarks.

Hidden Mickeys is a fun variation of geocaching at Walt Disney World.
Hidden Mickeys App

Hidden Mickey hunts involve finding Mickey shaped heads or Mickey shaped profiles hidden in plain site. Disney Imagineers have incorporated these shapes into the landscape, buildings, attraction ques, signs and more. Hidden Mickeys are located throughout the Disney Resorts & Parks and clues may be found using this app or in the book Hidden Mickey’s.

Geocaching at Walt Disney World with Disney Benchmarking & Waymarks
Located in Fantasyland near Ariel’s Grotto.

Waymarking is similar to geocaching as you use posted coordinates to find interesting places. Disney Benchmarks are survey markers, placed by surveyors commissioned by Walt Disney World during the land development surveys.

Read more about Geocaching at Walt Disney World here.

Read more about Waymarking at Walt Disney World here.

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