We booked this tour as a surprise for our 10 year old daughter. She had mentioned wanting to do it and thought it would be a nice surprise.
These tours are conducted only once a day and we had a fairly large group. The guides were very friendly and informative. We met one main guide and two of the divers that would be with us in the water. Before we entered the non-public areas if Disney, we were given the spiel about how we were now entering the real world and that we were always being watched.
We are lead through the locked doors. Needless to say, there's no Disney magic behind those doors. We were led to the aquarium and e dry thing was explained us, like info about the tank, the fish, etc. the guide said that 100% of the tour fee goes directly to the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. There was some discussion about its impact. Inspiring stuff. We are led through the public areas of the aquarium for more info about the manatees and to take a look at where we'd be swimming. It's the main viewing tank with the sea turtles.
We are led again through some stairs to a room to sign away our rights and to watch a short video about the sea life in the tank. We are escorted to our locker rooms and everything we need is in a secure locker. Adults wear short sleeved wetsuits and booties. Once dressed, everyone is escorted to the tank. We are instructed on how to put on our tanks and fins. We put everything on and learn how to breath with the breathing apparatus. It's take a bit to get the hang of it.
Once I was comfortable with it, I swam on the surface around the tank. The water was crystal clear sand the sea life was awesome. The sea turtles comes really close. You'll see rays and some small sharks and lots of fish. You can also swim close to the observation windows and wave. Some people will eve wave back!
Before I knew it, 30 minutes flew by, but it was more than enough time. After we were all out of the water, we were led by the dolphin tank and saw a mini private dolphin show. It was amazing.
Afterwards, we were escorted back to the locker rooms to take hot showers. Disney provides shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. They even have hair dryers and towels. When everyone was finished, we went upstairs and filled out a survey about our experience.
Overall, this is something you don't want to miss. This was the most amazing experience I've ever had at Disney. I know it's a bit expensive, but feel good all your money is going to a charity. With your fee, you get a bag, a pin, and plastic message bracelet. You can also get a discount if you are a passholder or have a Disney visa.
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