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.

Want to know more about the Walt Disney World water recreation and activities? Click here.

Disney Pools

Disney Pools

Kidani (11)

During a visit to Walt Disney World, scouts will be able to complete these elective requirements while swimming at the resort pool:

  • Show that you can put on and fasten a life jacket the correct way.
  • Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the water, and do a prone glide.
  • Visit a local pool or public swimming area with your family.
  • Explain to your den leader/parent why swimming is good exercise.
  • With qualified supervision, jump into water that is at least chest-high, and swim 25 feet or more.
  • Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
  • Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive headfirst into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.
  • Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, or elementary backstroke.
  • Demonstrate how to correctly fasten a life jacket that is the right size for you. Jump into water over your head. Show how the life jacket helps keep your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the water, remove the life jacket, and hang it where it will dry.

LifeJackets at AOA


Want a little more Disney magic?  Experience the ultimate in Disney World swimming at one of the Disney Water Parks: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.

Want to know more about the Disney Resort hotels and pools? Click here.

Religious Freedom and the American Adventure

Religious Freedom and the American Adventure

The American Adventure Pavilion and feature attraction takes guests on a trip through America’s history. The 30 minute show chronicles Americas illustrious past and promising future through audio-animatronics, film and music.

Beginning with the landing of the Mayflower, watch and see how the American ideals ~ Freedom, Innovation, Independence, and Compassion precipitated more key events like the Boston Tea Party, the winter at Valley Forge, the penning of the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War, industrialization and the Great Depression. Along the way, you’ll also meet inspiring Americans:

Susan B. Anthony
Alexander Graham Bell
Chief Joseph
Frederick Douglass
Thomas Jefferson
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King Jr.
Will Rogers
Teddy Roosevelt

The American Adventure Pavilion also includes:

  • quotes from famous Americans
  • paintings of American life throughout history
  • the Hall of Flags exhibit, a display of the different flags throughout U.S. history 
More Pilgrim references in the American Pavilion, Epcot

The Pilgrims were among the first Americans to look for religious freedom.

Seeds of Hope | Painting This painting portrays a Native American teaching the Plymouth Pilgrims how to plant corn.

Freedom | Pilgrim Statue Statues personifying various American ideals are located throughout The American Adventure theatre.

Church Services at Disney?

Church Services at Disney?


Would your family like to incorporate family worship and church services into your vacation planning? While Disney does not regularly offer on property church services, there are a variety of ways your scouting family may worship while on vacation.

Attend a local church service

An excellent choice would be Trinity Christian Center, a non-denominational, Bible believing fellowship of Christians, which meets in the Theater of Life (inside the Temple building) in the center of the park. Services begin at 10:30 AM.  Please note: The Holy Land Experience exhibits are closed on Sundays.

A list of area churches and denominations is available here.

Private family worship

While on vacation, consider having private family worship time. A simple private service may include reading from the Bible, singing a favorite family hymn and prayer.

In your Disney resort room, you will find a Bible placed by Gideons International, each member of the family could take turns sharing their favorite Bible verses.

If your vacation time happens while your scout is completing their faith core adventure, consider using this workbook to plan a simple service with a scouting twist. Please note the size of the workbook and only print pages as needed.

Faith Core Adventure requirements:

During the Holidays

Disney traditionally offers church services in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for Easter and Christmas.

There are usually three services, a Catholic Mass at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m and a Protestant service at 9:00 a.m. Please check with your resort concierge to verify times and locations.

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.

Ready to plan your visit to the parks? Click here.


Identifying Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Identifying Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


Wildlife Field Guides are available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. As you enter the expansive lobby of the Jambo House, there is a gigantic picture window with a view to 30 acres on the Savannah, enjoy the African animals from the elevated viewing area, Arusha Rock.   

All three Savannahs were specially built for the lodge animals, which are cared for separately from the Animal Kingdom Park animals. Alcoves in the hallways and additional viewing spots are available througout the resort. To find the largest variety of animals, search at both Jambo House and Kidani Village.

Want a little more Disney magic? Chat with an Animal Kingdom Lodge Cast Member, ask them questions about their country and their traditions. Many are on a cultural exchange program and it is like having your own personal guide into African life and the land. Cast Members are usually available on the overlooks and trails, especially at sunset on the overlook near the pool where a number of night vision goggles are shared for viewing the animals.

Would your scout like a preview of the AKL Wildlife Field Guide? Request a PDF copy here:

Disney Campfires

Disney Campfires

Disney Campfires are a great way to unwind after a busy park day. Enjoy a crackling campfire and many activities including stories, sing-alongs, and marshmallows.

Campfire activities available at:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Come for the Campfire – Stay for a Movie!
Disney invites guests to cozy up for outdoor screenings of their favorite Disney films immediately following the campfire activities, at select resorts.

Want a little more Disney magic?  Experience the ultimate Disney campfire at Chip ‘n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long. Bring your own marshmallows and sticks, or purchase a s’mores kit from the Chuckwagon Snack Bar.


Ready to plan your Disney Vacation campfire experience? Click here.

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.

Ready to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World? Click here.