The Disney Fantasy Aquaduck is one of the best features of this fabulous cruise ship. The Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream are the only cruise ships at sea to feature a water coaster. The Aquaduck made its debut on the Disney Dream in January 2011 and the Disney Fantasy in February 2012.The original concept was the idea of Disney Imagineers Joe Lanzisero and Bruce Vaughn.
Photo by Scott Smith
This is a great video of the Aquaduck which gives you an idea of just what it is like to experience it.
The entrance to the Aquaduck is on Deck 12. Guests climb the stairs to Deck 16 which has the launch platform for the ride.
Waits can be long. Very long. A lot of the line is not in the shade so be aware that if you are in the hot sun you really should be wearing sun screen.There are 69 steps up from Deck 12. Often it is a slow climb!
Once you reach the top you will wait until called by the Cast Member and then approach the raft. We have tried many times and there really is no elegant way to get into the raft. They are built so that either two or one person can ride at a time. The best technique to get into the Aquaduck raft is to turn around and sit in it!
To ride the Aquaduck you have to be at least 42″ tall. If you want to ride alone you have to be 54″. If children under 7 meet the height requirement,they have to ride with someone 14 and over.
The first part of the Aquaduck takes you over the water. The see through tube is positioned 12 feet out over the side of the ship and 150 above the water.
It all happens so quickly you aren’t particularly aware that you are above the ocean in a tube! You are traveling at 20 feet per second so you don’t get much of a chance to think about it. The raft is propelled by 10,000 gallons of water per minute.
The rafts are at least 30 seconds apart to make sure that there are no collisions!
The whole Aquaduck ride is 765 feet long. From the time that your raft starts to the end of the ride is around 45 seconds. We have been on the Aquaduck many times and we think there is a slight difference in speed depending upon who you have in the raft. If you want to go slightly faster, pick a lighter companion to travel with!
Around two-thirds of the Aquaduck is in the transparent tube, but some of it is enclosed. If you suffer from claustrophobia this is probably an attraction to avoid. One of the portions, towards the end of the Aquaduck is reminiscent of the lights in Space Mountain. This is one of the best parts of the ride – the only problem is that you know that you are near the end when you reach that point.
At the end of the ride the splash is pretty mild as you have slowed down quite a bit by then. They is usually a Disney Cast Member to help you out of the raft. Again, it’s not that dignified, but just do your best.
The Aquaduck is good to ride in the day, but you also have to ride it at night. The lights come on after dark and it is a very different experience. If you ride after the sun goes down it also means that you do not have to wait in line in the hot sun. The Aquaduck usually closes around 10pm.
What are the best times to ride the Aquaduck? One of the best times is as soon as you board the Disney Fantasy or the Dream. Most people are not organized enough to have packed their swim suit in their carry on luggage – if you are prepared you can have several rides on the Aquaduck before most guests have even finished their buffet lunch! The busiest times are on Days at Sea. The quieter times are whenever the ship is docked in Castaway Cay, and around 6.30pm when other guests are either at dinner or viewing a show.
The Aquaduck really is an amazing attraction on the Disney Fantasy and Dream. You should try it at least once – and they you will most likely be hooked!
Will you be experiencing the Disney Fantasy Aquaduck on your next cruise?