• On Apr 2, 2011
    Helene from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Family loves the beach - staying @ WL Villas - how is the beach? Don't think you can swim but any beach close-by to swim at? Don't have waterpark option. Does Ft. Wilderness campground have a beach and if so, is it similar or can you swim there?

    Hi Helene!

    Thank you for sending your question to the Moms Panel! 

    Unfortunately, you can not swim in any of the lakes at Walt Disney World.  While there are beaches at some of the resorts, such as the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness, there are signs clearly stating that swimming is not allowed.  Disney Cast Members will ask you to get out of the water if you try to go in.  Also, there can be exotic animals in the lakes such as snakes and alligators; while I've only seen one alligator during the past several years, I have seen lot of snakes in the water!

    If you really want to go swimming, you can drive to either coast.  I recommend driving to Cocoa Beach or Cape Canaveral National Seashore on the Atlantic Ocean.  It's about an hour east of Walt Disney World and very easy to get there if you have a car!

    Enjoy planning your magical vacation and write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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