a lush tropical world, where everything from the fish to the flowers is brightly
colored and breathtakingly beautiful. Picture white sand beaches, warm sun
and delicious tropical drinks. Imagine all you can eat gourmet foods there
for your consumption whenever you want them. Picture yourself swimming and
snorkeling with an unimaginable variety of sea life, including dolphins. Now
imagine that you have this tropical paradise virtually to yourself, shared
with enough others to keep you company but allowing blessed solitude whenever
This world is available at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove park. Park attendance
is by advance reservation only and is limited to only 1000 guests per day.
This means that even in the middle of the popular summer season, when 30,000
guests may stand shoulder to shoulder in some of the other Orlando parks,
your privacy and relaxation will be assured at Discovery Cove.
Unlike most theme parks, your admission ticket is all inclusive. The only
financial decision you will need to make will take place when you make your
reservation -- there is an upgrade fee to swim with the dolphins. Or you could
go all out and upgrade to the Trainer for a Day program, which allows you
to participate throughout the day in training exercises with bottlenose dolphins,
birds and small mammals. Whichever package you choose, once your reservation
is made and paid for, you can simply relax and enjoy.
The only items you need bring are your swimsuit, change of clothes, and cash
or credit card for any alcoholic beverages you may wish to purchase. You will
be provided with a wetsuit or vest, snorkel (which is yours to keep), face
mask, towel, sunscreen and mesh bag. Lockers are free of charge. Luxurious
body washes and shampoos are provided in all showers. You will be provided
a continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, and unlimited snacks and nonalcoholic
beverages throughout the day.
day is truly yours to spend as you wish. The only schedule you must meet is
your dolphin swim time, which will be scheduled when you arrive in the morning.
With capacity controlled guest attendance, you never have to worry about finding
an available lounge chair. Snorkeling with stingrays, hand feeding exotic
birds (food and instruction will be provided by an expert trainer), or floating
the lazy river are just a few of your options.
This is a truly once in a lifetime experience. You will be assigned to a
very small group (8-10 people with two dolphins and two trainers). You will
attend a short land-based orientation session in which safety rules are explained
and you learn a bit about the process of training dolphins. The trainers will
then lead you into the water with your dolphins.
You will go through a series of simple commands with your dolphin, calling
it to you, sending it away, and so forth. You will also pose for pictures
with the dolphin (photo packages are available for sale at the exit gift shop
at the end of the day). After approximately 30 minutes of working with the
dolphin, the moment you have waited for will be upon you. You will swim out
to deeper water where the dolphin will be waiting with the trainer. After
a few last minute instructions, you will hold onto the dolphin’s body
for the ride of your life! Although the ride itself is quite short, the memories
will linger forever.
Coral Reef -- This is your chance to snorkel with thousands
of brightly colored tropical fish. Crystal clear water ensures a brilliant
view, and you may even catch sight of barracuda and sharks enclosed safely
behind protective glass. Swim through the underwater shipwreck, where many
of the fish enjoy congregating.
River -- Swim, snorkel, dive down, or simply float on this warm river
that encircles the park. Marvel at the underwater caves, stop off at the aviary,
or play in the cascading waterfall.
Aviary -- This free flight aviary is home to over 250 birds
of more than 30 species. Revel in the lush tropical setting as birds settle
on your palm to eat from your open hand. If you are extremely quiet, you may
even be able to approach the muntjac deer that is often found here.
Ray Lagoon -- Snorkel with beautiful cow nose rays and southern
rays that can reach up to four feet in diameter. The rays are friendly and
playful, and genuinely seem to enjoy the interaction with humans.
Resort Pool -- This is the headwater of the Tropical River,
and is also a great place to relax and rinse off the saltwater of the other
Of course, you should leave some time in your day to simply soak up the sun.
Napping in the lounge chairs is a definite option, but remember to liberally
use the provided sunscreen.
Discovery Cove is truly the closest many of us will come to a day in an island
paradise. Every need is provided for, and your job is simply to relax and
enjoy your day. Be sure to follow all instructions, especially those involving
jewelry or perfume, as they are for the animals’ safety. Discovery Cove
admission also includes seven consecutive days’ admission to your choice
of SeaWorld or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
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