Walt Disney World Water Taxi Sunrise

Disney World Water Transport

Walt Disney World Water Taxi Sunrise
Copyright © 2014 Will Chen.

Photo of a sunrise over the Seven Seas Lagoon, taken onboard a water taxi in 2012.  My family and I were on our way to the Magic Kingdom for the Morning Magic Hour, a perk for staying on-premise at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge.  Not only did we get to hit the rides at Magic Kingdom an hour early before the park open to the general public, I got this shot as an added bonus.

The Seven Seas Lagoon is the man-made lake in front of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. The lake reaches a depth of 14 feet. The lake connects with the adjacent Bay Lake.

The Seven Seas Lagoon is used for boating activities at the resort. Fishing was not allowed in the Lagoon until the mid-1990s, some 25 years after Walt Disney World’s opening. However, the plan had existed from the start and fish were set free in the lagoon in 1973. Swimming was originally allowed, but has since been prohibited for safety reasons due to the operation of the rental boats. The lagoon is also the site of the Electrical Water Pageant.

The Seven Seas Lagoon was originally configured for artificial waves, tall enough to allow surfing. The machine began operation with the opening of the resort in 1971. However, it was soon disabled after causing severe beach erosion to the Polynesian Village Resort, for which the machine was installed.