Swimming Disney Seven Seas Lagoon in 1981

Many of you have landed on this page as a result of the recent tragedy.  Please note that this post is a Vintage Disney post and refers to the early 1980’s and not today.   This is the first instance of an attack in Seven Seas Lagoon even with the past allowance of swimming.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of that child.

When Disney World opened in 1971 swimming and other water activities were allowed in Seven Seas Lagoon.  There were marked off areas for general swimming, along with sail boat rentals and water skiing.

marked off swimming areas

marked off swimming areas

In fact my mother and father rented sailboats there in 1972.  You can see they were allowed to beach the sailboat along the beaches to get out for a bit.

Also notice the teepee in the background on then open Discovery Island.

taking a break along the beach (1972)

taking a break along the beach (1972)


My siblings and I also had the opportunity to swim there in the early ’80’s.  We were lucky my Mom captured a couple of shots for us to remember it by.

My Mom was notorious for killing cameras.  I think we went through 2 on this trip alone.

Vintage Disney : Swimming Disney Seven Seas Lagoon in 1981

my sister and I in the water. (I am the one sporting the fashionable face mask)

Vintage Disney : Swimming Disney Seven Seas Lagoon in 1981

my Dad and baby brother

There have been many reasons stated why they don’t allow swimming anymore.  I heave heard everything from threat of alligators, not enough life guards to bacteria in the water.

But the consensus for originally ending swimming in the lagoon is much more sensible.  As the number of boats on the Seven Seas Lagoon increased so did the risk of swimmers to get in their path.  So for public safety they stopped the swimming.