Disclaimer: This experience was provided in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed about the Grand 1 Yacht in this post are entirely my own.
My Experience watching Happily Ever After aboard the Grand 1 Yacht
Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to experience a viewing of Happily Ever After, the fireworks spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park, aboard the Grand 1 Yacht!
To say I was excited to experience this is an understatement. This was a long time “Disney Bucket List” item that I was excited to cross off!
Friends, it was such a treat! The view and experience were just as special as I imagined they would be.
I never get tired of watching Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. In fact, my home has fireworks view. Yet, I enjoyed this fireworks cruise so much that I cried. Yes, I cried!
I get asked the same thing all the time, “Do you get tired of the fireworks?”
The answer is always the same, “No! I love them!” No matter how many times I see them, I always find something new.
The audio of Happily Ever After plays on the yacht’s onboard speakers as you watch the fireworks — you won’t miss a single sound!
You are encouraged to relax under the illuminated skies while enjoying the show. You will find snacks, sodas, and water aboard the yacht if you don’t book private dining.
Even for a person like me who has watched the fireworks hundreds of times, this vantage point offered an entirely new experience! I love experiencing “new” things at Walt Disney World Resort.
“There’s really no secret about our approach. We keep moving forward—opening up new doors and doing new things—because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We’re always exploring and experimenting. At WED, we call it Imagineering—the blending of creative imagination with technical know-how.” -Walt Disney
Specialty Cruises at Walt Disney World Resort
Did you know? Walt Disney World offers multiple boating options, marinas and unique experiences for specialty cruises.
Options include the Grand 1 Yacht, 21-foot pontoons, and 25-foot boats. They offer everything from dessert fireworks cruises to celebration cruises!
The celebration cruises can be decorated for birthdays, anniversaries and other special events!
The Grand 1 Yacht is the most opulent option at Walt Disney World Resort. It is a 52-foot Sea Ray® Sedan Bridge Yacht. At the present time, it is the only yacht available as one of the Walt Disney World Resort specialty cruises.
Your experience aboard the Grand 1 includes an experienced captain and deckhand at the helm. Guests can enjoy private dining and butler amenities in a spectacular setting. This spacious watercraft accommodates a total of 18 people—or 17 if traveling with a butler.
Our captain, Todd, was amazing! If you sail aboard this yacht, make sure to talk to him. He has many great stories and anecdotes that he loves sharing with Guests.
Todd is also incredibly knowledgeable about the vessel itself and has special “tidbits” to share about the price of the yacht ($1,000,000+), its purchase, and its features.
The night that I visited, it was very cold. The deckhand offered us warm blankets to use during the show and while we explored Bay Lake. I loved this attention to detail!
Our group boarded the Grand 1 Yacht at 6:45 p.m. for a 7:00-9:00 p.m. sailing around Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon. This allowed us ample time to talk, enjoy the unique views Todd shared with us, and indulge in some snacks. Todd even took us to see the progress on what used to be Disney’s Discovery Island!
Pricing and Additional Features
Pricing for the Grand 1 Yacht begins at $399 per hour, plus tax for daytime cruises and $799 per hour, plus tax for evening and Fireworks cruises.
This beautiful yacht has 3 staterooms and 2 bathrooms. Yes, it is possible to rent the Grand 1 Yacht for an entire night if you and your family or friends wish to do so!
It is also outfitted with a working kitchen, a large flat-screen television, sitting areas, a “dining” area, an outdoor deck, and so much more!
Overall, this is a great experience for those looking to treat themselves to a unique and special experience during their visit to Walt Disney World.
I think it’d make a great birthday, graduation, anniversary or vow renewal celebration! In fact, the Cast Members told us that they often host wedding receptions on the Grand 1 Yacht — so awesome!
Interested in booking the Grand 1 Yacht for yourself? You can do so by dialing (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.