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Review of Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove
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Ranked #3 of 436 things to do in Orlando
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Owner description: Discovery Cove is a one-of-a kind experience where you can interact with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, play inches from a family of otters and even walk on the Grand Reef floor-all in one day. Between adventures, recharge with unlimited island fare and refreshments. With this all-inclusive experience your family can unwind, explore, learn, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Loved discovery cove. The staff were friendly, helpful and very efficient. Everyone had a role and the day ran smoothly. We got there about 9 and our dolphin swim was at 2 so I advise getting there early if you wish your swim with dolphins to be early! Perfect place to relax, enjoy the wildlife and eat and drink as much as you want. My partner and I didn't wear water shoes, and I don't think we needed them, but if travelling with children I think it is a must. Grand reef was amazing I would recommend a water proof camera, mine did break but the day could not be spoilt as it was fantastic. The aviary was really good the birds landed on our hands. All credit to the staff there they really did take care of everyone. Breakfast /lunch was lovely massive variety. No queues or need to reserve sun beds as there is plenty for all. Bring a lot of money for photos as they are a must think the highest package is about 200 dollars but they are well worth it!! They cater for everything even an area to wash, with shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Towels provided all day as well as sun cream and the use of the snorkels and wetsuits. This definitely was one of the best thing I have ever done and I don't think any place will top discovery cove! A holiday must!

Thank Samantha A
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

If you want to get away from it all for a day and interact with friendly, beautiful animals, reserve your day here at Discovery Cove. My family and I always laugh because we call this a "Once in a Lifetime experience" but, since the opening of Discovery Cove, we've traveled to it many times!! Each and every time that we've gone, we've always been treated the same way so that each and every time, we continue loving it and **needing** to go back again and again. Discovery Cove is, without a doubt, one of our favorite places in the world to visit.

When you add in the free entry to Seaworld and Aquatica by purchasing the one-day Discovery Cove experience, it makes this the absolute best vacation deal anywhere.


Thank lcourchaine
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We visited Orlando 20 odd years ago and naturally expected changes. What surprised us most was the added charges compared to last time. Nobody had warned that instead of parking for free and catching the free transport from the car parks to the park entrances, there was now anything up to £12 a day charges at all of the parks, except Discovery Cove. This added between £50 and £100 to our costs. Also, there are now restrictions on what food and drink you can take in. Most allow only bottled water and individual packets of snacks (not family size?). The reason most often given is "To protect our animals". As they then sell all the usual type of food and drink at extortionate prices, this is hardly true. Most do a meal deal, which we didn't find out about until we arrived. Some of these deals are fairly good value if bought in advance, as they include food and drink all day for a set price. If you buy on the day you arrive, they are not such good value, unless you intended to eat and drink there anyway. Discovery Cove is the exception! Everything and this means EVERYTHING is included in the ticket price. Parking, towels, lockers, sunscreen, snorkelling gear (keep the snorkel, it's included) breakfast, snacks, lunch, drinks. NO hidden costs. The entry photo is included (we were given two as we were two parts of a family). If you want to buy the photos/DVDs that are taken throughout the day, this can be expensive. If, however, you have all opted for the Ultimate Package which includes a swim with the dolphins (recommended), then you will not have had anyone with you to take photos, so the package is perhaps acceptable as you will have a record of a fantastic day out. Staff are brilliant, all facilities excellent and the whole day is superior to any of the other parks, so long as you aren't expecting rides!!

1  Thank Flantheman2334
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

You have to go it is amazing there! There is so much to there you would have to spend the WHOLE day there. The things you have to sign up on line are dolphin swim and sea venture.They are both amazing! The dolphin swim is so cool you could take lots of picture with the dolphin you have. you get to kiss and hug your dolphin. The best part of the swim is when you ride the dolphin it is amazing! The sea venture is so cool too. You put on a helment and you explore the underwater sea it is SO magical.

Thank oliveoil2003
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Amazing - the day just flies by. Expensive but well worth it - best day of the holiday. Get there early and stay as long as you can, park shuts at 5.30, which just seems too early ! - great day

Thank Simon R
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