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Swimming with the Dolphins & Sharks at Discovery Cove!

Postby robbalvey » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:30 pm

Do you love dolphins, sharks, sting rays, and other marine life? They you NEED to visit Discovery Cove in Orlando! Part of the SeaWorld Orlando family of parks, Discovery Cove is a more 'exclusive' private resort with limited daily attendance and some of the most unique encounters you'll find in Orlando. The park offers two options - either including the dolphin swim or just visiting the park, both options are all inclusive. While the pricing may give you a sticker shock at first ($259 - $379 with the dolphin swim, and about $199 - $259 without depending on the time of year), let me tell you what the pricing does get you:

- Unlimited Admission to Discovery Cove AND the SeaWorld Orlando family of parks for several days before or after your visit (depending on time of year it's usually at least a week to 14 days)
- Breakfast & Lunch - all you can eat
- Drinks including alcohol (beer, wine, and specialty frozen drinks)
- High quality snacks (Planters Trail mix, chips, soft pretzels, fresh cookies, etc)
- Complimentary family photo
- Unlimited use of an of the water attractions (Grand Reed, Fresh Water Oasis, Aviary, etc)
- And depending on the ticket options you choose, it will include your dolphin encounter and/or SeaVenture

Discovery Cove is easily the most unique experience in all of Orlando and we highly recommend it! It's like a high-end resort destination right in the middle of all the crazy theme park world that is Orlando!

Here's a quick little video of our dolphin encounter and swimming with the fishes! Check this out:
Here we are at Discovery Cove! Let's go check it out!
Your day starts with getting your personalized admission card and a lanyard, which will also give you access to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica for the length of your visit. I also LOVE the plastic park map they give you!
We are all here and ready to swim with the fishes!
Seriously, this is such a great idea! Small little park map that can't get destroyed in the water!
Kristen's first visit to Discovery Cove! You can tell she's excited!
Can you believe we are still even in Orlando!??!?
We are all wet-suited up and ready to swim!
We highly recommend the upcharge cabanas at Discovery Cove. Great place to store your items, comes with concierge service, and even more unlimited food, drinks and more!
And here we are!
The view from our cabana was amazing! Get to watch all the Dolphin encounters!
Our cabana includes a hammock, awesome seating...
...and a fridge full of drinks!
It's time for dolphin training class! Emily gives us the scoop on what we are about to experience in the dolphin pool.
Here is one of the three dolphin pools at Discovery Cove.
We got to hang out with Capricorn, the oldest dolphin in captivity and the largest that SeaWorld has. This guy is nearly 50 years old! In the wild, they only live to be about 20. Capricorn is also a movie star! He was in Jaws 3 and played the role of one of the dolphins that saved the families at the end of the film!
Capricorn didn't mind us tickling him!
Kristen goes for her dolphin swim!
Capricorn is certainly getting his workout today! =)
"You want me to do what???"
"Just give her a kiss!" Cindy the dolphin came out for kisses!
Kristen loved hanging out with the dolphins!
As you can see, they were excited for her to be there, too!
The dolphins liked Kristen, but they put up with Robb! =)
"Don't worry Cindy, this won't hurt a bit!"
"Got to kiss a hot girl at Discovery Cove!"
You know, just hanging out with the dolphins!
Capricorn is all "I don't get fed enough fish for this!!!" lol
Kristen really LOVED the entire encounter!
The trainers were amazing and were encyclopedia's of knowledge about the dolphins.
And of course we got to watch the dolphins have a bit of fun as well!
Lynne was FANTASTIC! Thank you for all the info and everything you do with these animals!
Now it was time to go swimming with the fishes in the Great Reef!
Yup, both of us about to go in.
Kristen was having an awesome time as this was the first time she's gotten to do something like this.
Thank you to the underwater GoPro for capturing some amazing images!
The sea creatures were so much fun to swim with!
We stayed in here for over an hour!
Hey, look! A cowfish! I hear these guys make GREAT "burgushi!" ;)
Stingrays either about to kiss or go on a turf battle! You decide!
"Hey, Elissa, why don't you join us?"
Was so much fun swimming around seeing the variety of fish in the reef.
Kristen put her hand out and many of them would swim right up to her.
And yes, this is the area where you can swim with the sharks! (on the other side of the glass, of course!)
More stingrays, more fish!
Here is the lunch menu, again all food, beverage and snacks is all included in the price of the admission.
And the food was fantastic!
The pulled pork was amazing!
All this is 100% included!
And yes, unlimited beer!
Checking out the Wind Away River which is kind of the "lazy river" part of the park.
It's more than your typical water park lazy river though, it's more of an 'adventure river!'
Let's see what else we can find in here.
Oooh! We have found the Explorer's Aviary, which is part of the river!
Hello bird, how's it going?
Not sure what these guys are, but they are super cool!
Love exploring the river! Now off to the Fresh Water Oasis!
The otters were amazing! They were gathering leaves for some sort of nest!
They would come out for a moment, say hello, and then gather more!
The marmosets were cool!
Here is the habitat they live in. You can get very close and they are separated from the guests with the moat around their enclosure.
Here is one of their homes.
But you can get close enough to get some awesome photos!
"What are you looking at???"
Our little dolphin trainer in training!
Oh, did we mention... unlimited Shamu bars!!! Yesss!!!!
I loved that they had charms for all the dolphins for their charm bracelets! This was an awesome souvenir that Kristen picked out!
You are VERY welcome Discovery Cove!!! We love this park and we will absolutely be back for more!
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Re: Swimming with the Dolphins & Sharks at Discovery Cove!

Postby viking86 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:40 pm

We spent a day at Discovery Cove when we visited Orlando in September last year. It was one of the best "park days" I've ever had, so relaxing! We also did the dolphin swim, which was fantastic! I will absolutely reccomend visiting if you're in Orlando and haven't visited Discovery Cove.

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Postby Blue Turbo » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:42 pm

Great report! I've only been once before, and it several years ago, but I had a great time and would definitely recommend it as well.

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Postby Jew » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:43 pm

This has always been on my to-do list for Orlando...looks like tons of fun!

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Postby DJeXeL » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:17 pm

Seems expensive at first, but they really do include a lot! Theme Park admission is icing on the cake. The girlfriend and I are plannig a trip to Orlando in October for Food & Wine Festival and looks like I need to include this into our itinerary. Thanks for sharing, Robb.
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Postby Coastinmiller » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:41 pm

Some great pics. Klaire is certainly jealous and now wants to go!

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Postby crazydaveh » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:47 pm

GREAT Report! Discovery Cove is a great place to "get away from Orlando!" We often go without doing the dolphin interaction and just enjoy the day there. It's a great place and highly suggested!

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Re: Swimming with the Dolphins & Sharks at Discovery Cove!

Postby Brad » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:13 pm

We are totally doing this the next time I'm in Orlando.

Quick question - do you know if the SeaWorld/Aquatica admission is included before your Discovery Cove trip (for example, if it's valid for seven days, could you use 3 before and 3 after your DC visit)? We are looking at a Wednesday to do Discovery Cove but will be in Orlando Sunday-Saturday.

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Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:14 pm

That looks amazing. Such cute pictures of Kristin and the dolphin! I would love to visit this park whenever I go to Orlando, and there's so many bonuses that the price would be alright. Unlimited beer? Sign me up! :D

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Postby vuurvogel » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:32 pm

Awesome report, love to go here some day.


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