Hi Dad! I apologize if this has already been covered but I had a question regarding recreation and more specifically the bike rentals. I know we can rent bikes for a full day but what I cannot seem to find anywhere is 1) if there are bike racks throughout the Disney World resort, 2) if there are bike racks, do they provide us with the locks, 3) does blizzard beach have bike racks, and lastly 4) are there bike paths on the main road?
We are staying at Bonnet Creek and wanted to take advantage of doing a bike rental when we are there but trying to plan this out in advance is proving to be more difficult than I thought.
Taking the family on a nice relaxing, scenic bike ride at Walt Disney World is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon at one of the resort hotels. While you can rent bikes and surreys at many locations throughout the Walt Disney World resort, they are intended for use on specific resort paths, and guests are not encouraged to use these as a form of transportation to the parks.
Bike rentals are available for guests at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Cabins, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, and Disney’s Old Key West Resort. All locations offer rentals in 30 and 60 minute increments, and a few do offer daily rentals.
Each of these resorts have specially constructed paths for bikes and pedestrians that take riders on a scenic route around the resort area, but do not lead off resort property onto the Walt Disney World road system. These bike rentals are meant for leisure, not transportation.
Walt Disney World is not designed with cyclists in mind. The road system was constructed with the sole purpose of getting people in and out of the parks in vehicles. Remember, even though Walt Disney World is the size of San Francisco, Disney owns all that land, and the roads were constructed specifically as a Disney super highway, not as if they were roads in a regular city with a mix of cars, bikes and people.
There are no bike paths on the roads at Walt Disney World, and with thousands of buses and cars being routed to their destinations every day, it’s not a safe environment to cycle. Most of the drivers at Walt Disney World are more concerned with getting to Splash Mountain than watching the road for unexpected cyclists.
I have noticed bike racks at a few of the hotels, specifically the ones where you can rent bicycles, but there are no bike racks at Blizzard Beach or any of the parks. Frankly, I’m not sure you’d be allowed to enter and park your bike, and if you were there wouldn’t be anywhere to lock it up. Disney offers helmets with bike rentals, but not locks.
Since you’re staying at Bonnet Creek, they do offer bike rentals there, which you can use in a similar fashion to those at a Disney resort – along a leisure trail at the resort itself. Consider spending some time biking there or at one of the beautiful Disney resorts – Fort Wilderness and Disney’s BoardWalk are probably your two best bets for a great ride in a fun location.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Nichole, my advice is to enjoy a leisurely ride around a Disney resort or two, but stay off the main roads – safety should always come first!