Happy February Everyone!
How was your week? COLD?? If so, I hope you have been able to hunker down in comfort while not being too negatively affected by the blast of cold that has gripped parts of the US and Canada.
I have something fun to share with you today. I know you enjoy seeing how I do things around my house, like decorate and craft, but my life includes so much more.
Two weeks ago, in warm and sunny Orlando, Florida I did something that I have wanted to do for a long time… as in an over 50 year long wait.
I got a ride in an Amphicar! A what?… you may be asking.
An Amphicar – Is it a car? A boat? Yes. And yes! It’s both! Guests at The Boathouse Restaurant at Disney Springs which is part of Disney World in Orlando can experience the thrill of a captain’s guided tour aboard a rare Amphicar that drives on land and floats in the water.
I first saw these cars at the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in New York. I was 5 years old and they left a big impression on me.
We take a trip to Disney every January with friends and last year when walking around Disney Springs, my heart skipped a few beats when I saw this attraction.
I couldn’t believe it, the boat/cars that I so fondly remembered from my trip to the World’s Fair with my family were lined up in front of me.
Taking a ride in the Amphicars is pretty expensive, so I opted not to take a ride.
This year, I had to do it.
Ed was on board knowing how much it meant to me to be able to experience riding in one first hand. Here we are in a turquoise Amphicar with a yellow interior getting ready to go.
The car is driven by a captain and lasts about 30 minutes. It was totally worth it, being able to wave to all the people at the restaurants that line the lake at Disney Springs made it even more fun.
This is the only place in the world to ride in these vintage vehicles, except if you are the proud owner of one. See video below.
On land one minute…
…in the water the next. We didn’t get wet, only a few splashes of water got on my right arm.
It’s a smooth ride and feels just like you are on a boat… which it is. :-)
If you ever take a trip to Disney, taking a trip to Disney Springs is worth it, even if you don’t take a ride in one of the Amphicars. There are many shops and restaurants that are open all day and late into the evening. You can even take a ride at night in one of the Amphicars. They have headlights!
It was a day I will remember forever… a fun dream come true.
There are not many of the Amphicars left, but there are some collectors and private owners of the cars still around.
Ed found this video on Facebook of an event held last year in Florida.
I can see it now in my head…parked on dock right next to our pontoon boat.
It would be the cutest boat on the lake.