Our family tried a trout fishing place at Disney before and the kids caught nothing. They were so discouraged. My husband didn't want them turned off of fishing so we came here on our vacation. First our 10 year old son caught a fish and it was like the best moment of his life. Then his little 7-year-old sister caught one and it was a great day for her plus another great moment for him because she was scared and he had to swoop in and help her reel it in and get it with the net. I like the fact that it was not crowded (it was a Tuesday afternoon), I like that it seemed so safe (great for this worry-wart mom. Not once did I feel like the kids would fall in or anything because it's 3 little ponds on flat ground), and I like the fact that you can use as many rods as you like. I opted to take pictures rather than fish but all 7 of us could have fished if we wanted.
The downside was that you have to keep what you catch. This is not ideal for 2 vegetarians and 2 meat-eating-but-non-fish eating people. However, the other 3 people in our party do like fish on occasion so it was worth it to them to pay $6.95 per pund plus 50 cents cleaning fee per fish. I think it came to about $30 but everyone had fun. There was a reviewer that complained about their daughter being scared and the employees laughing about it. I could totally see that happening. They almost laughed at us for not eating fish. And they were amused by me and my daughter not wanting to see the fish cleaned.
I say that if you are looking for a nice experience for your kids in the fishing part, this is a good place. If you think they might be grossed out by the bloody part, don't go near the bucket or the cleaning (like me). I saw some families taking part in the mining and they seemed to like it but we went to Foggy Mountain GemMine for that last year and it was so much better than what it seemed at Grandfather Trout Farm.
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