Discovery Cove

Swim with the Dolphins

Saltwater Coral Reef  Tropical Reef - Michael Lowin

Discovery Cove

The thing about Discovery Cove is that it is a small theme park that only allows around 1000 guests daily and because of that it is reflected in the cost of admission. Also there are never any large crowds to contend with and adequate sun beds and chairs are available.

Dolphin Swim

Discovery Cove gives the opportunity for their guests to “talk, touch, play and swim” with bottle-nose dolphins. Prior to the swim, guests are given safety instructions and an information session to learn all about the bottle-nose dolphin by trained dolphin adventure guides, lasting some 20 minutes, before moving to the dolphin pool. Guests are shown how to use hand signals and how to give positive reinforcement to encourage the dolphins to perform various commands before participating in a one-on-one swim.

Groups of 6 - 8 enter the lagoon with the trainers and a Dolphin comes over to you, you begin to interact with the dolphin until you eventually swim with it. If you're not the best of swimmers, don’t worry, you are well catered for as they have flotation devices for you to use.

It can get chilly at times in Orlando during the winter but not to worry as the water is heated apart from the Dolphin lagoon that is kept to a constant 72°F/22°C

There are cheaper entrance fees that do not include the dolphin swim so if some of your party are not too interested in doing the swim at can be cheaper. There are quite a few other things to do when you are not swimming with Dolphins. They are:

  • Tropical Reef: This is a large, rocky salt-water pool filled with thousands of tropical fish and offers the most amazing snorkelling experience. There are some large rays that swoop and glide over the bottom of the pool and are fascinating to observe through your snorkel mask. There are also sharks and barracudas in the pool but you can rest-assured you are safe as there is plexiglass separating you from the more dangerous type of creature.
  • Ray Lagoon: You have the opportunity to paddle amongst these cute little rays. They are harmless and you may get the chance to feed them.
  • Explorer´s Aviary: You can gain access by swimming in through the waterfall (it keeps the birds in) from the Wind Away River or walk in from the beach. There are over 250 tropical birds in here and you can get the chance to feed them.
  • Wind Away River: This warm meandering river is 800yd/732m long and encompasses the Explorer's Aviary and gives you views of sunken ruins.

Trainer for a Day

The “Trainer for a Day Package” includes the regular 30-minute dolphin session, adding deep-water dolphin interaction, private photo sessions, increased time with the dolphin trainers, and a behind the scenes tour. The dolphin interaction is between a single dolphin and a group of around eight people. This activity involves and extra cost and is not part of the Dolphin swim package. Here's what you get. You get to go behind the scenes and study the parks feeding, welfare and training programs. You see how the experts work with the animals and you get to do it with them. You get to ride with 2 dolphins pulling you along in the water, you get a souvenir t-shirt along with some other goodies. The cost for this is not cheap and as of June 2015 it ranges between $460 for the off peak times to almost $600 during the busier periods.

Special Occasions

If you will be celebrating a birthday, anniversary or perhaps you want to propose to your partner, these things can all be arranged for a fee.

  • Celebration Package: $159.00 +tax A perfect way to celebrate that special someone's birthday, an anniversary or simply to enhance an already wonderful day.
    • A buoy with personalized message delivered by a dolphin
    • Discovery Cove Signature Tote Bag
    • Deluxe photo frame and plush toy
    • 25% off Discovery Photo Package ($57 value)
  • Elite Package: £399.00 +tax. This ultimate pampering experience also includes your photo and video memories so you can take home and share.
    • A buoy with personalized message delivered by a dolphin
    • Discovery Cove Signature Tote Bag
    • Deluxe photo frame and plush toy
    • A private cabana
      • Host / Hostess
      • Comfortable seating for up to 6 guests
      • Private and stocked refrigerator
      • Private locker
      • Snack, beverage and towel service
    • Discovery Photo Package (valued at $229 including an assortment of photo prints, digital photo CD, Dolphin Interaction DVD, poster, photo frame and a photo album)
  • VIP Package: $799.00 +tax The VIP Package is the ultimate Discovery Cove experience, and includes:
    • A buoy with personalized message delivered by a dolphin
    • Discovery Cove Signature Tote Bag
    • Deluxe photo frame and plush toy
    • A private cabana overlooking one of the Dolphin Lagoons ($199 value)
      • Dedicated personal host / hostess for your group only
      • Comfortable seating for up to 6 guests
      • Private and stocked refrigerator
      • Private locker
      • Snack, beverage and towel service
      • Hammock in cabana
    • Discovery Photo Package (valued at $229 including an assortment of photo prints, digital photo CD, Dolphin Interaction DVD, poster, photo frame and a photo album)
    • Reserved seating at Laguna Grill
    • Planned itinerary escorted by dedicated host / hostess
    • Additional up-close animal encounter

Discovery Cove’s Special Occasions Packages are an additional charge to park admission and require the purchase of a dolphin swim package. By calling 1-877-557-7404 or freephone fron the UK 0800 3344 1818. You can turn any special occasion into a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime memory!

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