obsessives lovers, we’re known to do some crazy stuff to get on the latest and greatest: in-flight shower, anyone? However, I’m happy to share that you only have to get to Disney World to ride on the single coolest mode of transport ever created: the Amphicar. You can now rent an Amphicar. Disney Springs’ Boathouse Restaurant has a dock where the Amphicars set off.
Built in the 1960s, the German Amphicar quickly gained cult status and a devoted following including President Lyndon B. Johnson. The captain of my tour told the tale of how President Johnson would take unsuspecting friends on a “car ride” in his MG-looking vehicle then pretend to lose control and drive right into the lake on his property! However, like all cult favorites, production was limited to 8 years and under 4,000 cars were made before Amphicars rode off into the sunset.
Amphicar Disney World rental
At The Boathouse Restaurant in Disney Springs, 8 of the only 180 or so Amphicars remaining are available for 1/2 hour rides around Disney Springs. The tours are available everyday from 10AM-10PM, weather permitting, on a walk-up basis. With 8 cars running, during lunch on the Friday I went I didn’t see a wait but imagine once word gets out the Amphicars might get more and more popular. Out on the water we felt like celebrities stalked by Paparazzi with all of the iPhone cameras aimed at us!
I was invited on my tour by Disney but would have happily paid the $125 price tag for this one. I know it seems steep at first glance, but you can take 3 adults (or two adults and two kids) on the private tour and this is the only place in the world you can ride in an Amphicar unless you happen to have a friend with one in the garage.
And what does it feel like to drive a car into a lake? In a word, surreal. As you can see, the car looks quite ordinary (besides being a cool 60s convertible). Once you’re in the water it feels more like a motorized paddleboat. It’s not fast at all, but plenty smooth and comfortable. The best part? Sticking the landing, as seen in the video above.
What do you think of the Amphicar? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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