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New Walt Disney World Restaurant Offers Amphicar Rides

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/15/2015 Alex Nishimoto

Few cars can claim to be both land- and sea-worthy. The Amphicar of the 1960s is one of them, though just barely by some accounts. But with roughly 4,000 units made between 1961 and 1968, few have had the pleasure (or displeasure, depending on who you ask) of riding in one of these bimodal vehicles. But now you can! A new restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., is offering Amphicar rides for a fee.

New Walt Disney World Restaurant Offers Amphicar Rides

The Boathouse, a new nautically themed restaurant located in the Disney Springs area of Downtown Disney, has a fleet of Amphicars that guests can ride in for $125. That price gets you a Car Captain (driver/skipper), seating for three, and a tour of the lake that lasts around 20 minutes. That's pretty steep for just a dip in the water, but where else can you experience what it's like to drive straight into a lake?

The original Amphicar model 770 was powered by an 1147-cc four-cylinder engine from a Triumph Herald that made around 43 hp. Later models received larger engines, but power never got above 75 hp. A specialized four-speed manual transmission drove both the rear wheels and a pair of propellers. It's unclear if Disney's Amphicars are restored originals or replicas, but judging by the photos they're in very good cosmetic shape.

The Boathouse will also offer rides in other classic watercraft, including an Italian water taxi and many rare 1930s-1950s boats sourced from museums and private collections. Amphicar rides will be available starting soon. So if you want to be able to drive into a lake and (hopefully) drive back out, a Disney vacation may be in your future.

Source: Disney

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