You may have already experienced Splash Mountain (before it was closed), or Kali River Rapids, but did you know there is a type of transportation in Walt Disney World that is often referred to as the “Disney Water Ride That No One Talks About”?
In this article, we’ll be covering everything you need to know about The Sassagoula River Cruise, and showing you why this is an excellent mode of transportation for getting around the Disney Springs Resort area. Let’s take a closer look!
What Is The Sassagoula River Cruise?
The Sassagoula River Cruise is a water-based transportation system at Walt Disney World Resort. It provides a leisurely and scenic means of travel between various Disney resorts and Disney Springs, the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex on property. Named after the native word for the Mississippi river, the Sassagoula River Cruise boats offer a picturesque ride along the waterways of the resort.
This service connects various points within Disney World, including
- Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside
- Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney Springs
Ferry Routes From Disney Springs
The Sassagoula River Cruise service from the new Disney Springs Marketplace dock is categorized by flag colors. Yellow flags represent service for Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, while purple flags stand for Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. A dual yellow / purple flag indicates that a boat serves both Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans Riverside.
The blue flags signify service for Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, including the Treehouse Villas. Green flags denote service for Disney’s Old Key West Resort.
Please note that the internal Disney Springs water taxi, represented by red flags, is currently not in operation.
Ferry Boat Dock Locations
Ferry Operating Hours
The Sassagoula River Cruise boats are typically in service daily, operating on a regular schedule from 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM, with boats departing every 20 minutes. However, these hours can be influenced by weather conditions.
As part of Disney’s commitment to guest safety, the operation of the boats is suspended during rainy or stormy weather. This proactive approach ensures that all journeys on the Sassagoula River Cruise remain safe and enjoyable for everyone.
The Sassagoula River Cruise boats come in two sizes, each with a specific passenger capacity. The smaller boats can accommodate up to 32 guests, identifiable by three pairs of yellow supporting the overhead canopy. The larger versions, distinguished by four pairs of pillars, can hold up to 37 people.
Passengers are allowed to stand during the journey, if they prefer, but they are require to hold on to the handrails if standing.
The boats are also equipped to accommodate guests using wheelchairs or ECVs. These guests can remain in their seat for the journey, and the boat captain will provide a ramp for easy and safe boarding and disembarking before other guests are allowed to board.
All the boats in the Sassagoula River Cruise fleet have unique names reflecting the rich culture and history of the Southern United States. These names serve as a reminder of the inspiration behind the resorts they serve, adding an extra layer of charm to the overall experience.
The boat names include:
- Memphis Miss
- Louisiana Lady
- Sassagoula Sunset
- Bayou Princess
- Cresent City Queen
- Magnolia Blossom
- Florida Queen
- Buena Vista Queen
- Saratoga Queen
- Blossom Queen
- Jazz Lady
- Delta Lady
- Azalea Bloom
- Southern Breeze
- Jazz Queen
While the Sassagoula River Cruise is one of the lesser-known modes of transportation; but it’s earned its place at the top of the list of novel Walt Disney World experiences. Offering a tranquil journey through the resort’s waterways, it presents a unique perspective of the expansive setting that Disney built in the heart of Florida. So, next time you need to get around the Disney Springs resort area, keep the Sassagoula River Cruise in mind!
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Both Old Key West and Saratoga Springs offer access to Disney Springs by way of a unique river cruise. Between the incredible dining, the impeccable service, novel transportation services, and a little sprinkle of magic, you won’t ever need to second guess planning a trip to either of these Deluxe Disney resorts.
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