Ever wonder what it's like to go parasailing? What's the view like from way up there? Is it scary? For the last 20 years, I have wondered the same thing. Over the years, I have watched hundreds of people parasailing over the Gulf of Mexico, just off Clearwater Beach. Until the MouseFest Cruise, I never seriously thought about trying it. I have a fear of heights and flying so I always used that as an easy excuse not to give it a go.
Let me tell you, when you go "adventuring" with Deb Wills, founder and mastermind of AllEars.Net, and Beci Mahnken, owner of MouseFanTravel.com, fear is not an option. I realized that as I was flying over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter during a thunderstorm last summer with the gang. So here I go again back up in the air but I am going to draw the line if the next great idea involves skydiving or hot air ballooning!
I decided to put my "fears" aside and agreed to be suspended hundreds of feet in the air for two reasons. The first, it's a Disney shore excursion so I figured it was safer to parasail with Disney then with anyone else. And the second and most important reason, I didn't want to look like a big chicken!
The parasailing trip (an annual MouseFest Cruise event) is one of the shore excursions that is offered to cruise passengers at Castaway Cay. The cost is $75 per person regardless if you parasail or just ride along as a spectator. The tour lasts an hour or so but your actual flying time is about 5 minutes. Annette from MouseFanTravel.com worked her magic so that our group of 18 MouseFest cruisers had exclusive use of both parasailing boats for our excursion.
Just to be clear as much as it sounds like I have been dragged onto helicopters and forced to be harnessed into a parachute and dragged behind a boat by a tow rope, these adventures do involve an additional charge and no one will make you walk the plank if you don't choose to participate. The only mandatory requirement on a MouseFest Cruise or Adventure By Disney with our group is to have a Magical Time.
Here's the view I had while parasailing. It was amazing how peaceful I felt as I dangled over the beautiful waters off Castaway Cay and I would do it again in a heart beat. Well worth the $75.
The previous post in this blog was MouseFest Day 1 -The Land Portion.
The next post in this blog is MouseFest Cruise Wednesday - Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.