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T1NK3RP00H!
06-10-2007, 01:52 PM
Okay, my family is going to Disney World in 12 days and my sister isn't sure if she wants to do the shark reef yet. Well she wants to know if you get a life vest, how deep the water is, and how far do you have to swim to get to the other side? SHe is just so confused!:confused3

Loves Disney
06-10-2007, 02:01 PM
Shark Reef is one of the most unusual water park attractions you will ever come across. As you enter the area, CMs behind the counter will hand you a face mask, snorkel and life vest. (No extra charge!) You pass around the reef and along a rock cliff wall. At the entry point, you sit on the ledge and are given instructions on how to use the mask and snorkel. Then its into the chilly salt water to ogle the tropical fish and yes, live sharks. (They're small and harmless.)

Unfortunately, lingering is not encouraged here and you will probably be required to swim straight across the 60-foot pool -- and out. Less hardy souls can view the goings-on from the portholes of an old, upside-down freighter that conveniently sank right in the middle of the pool.

http://www.allearsnet.com/btp/faq_tl.htm

The water is 10 and a half feet deep.

selmuir
06-10-2007, 02:07 PM
I cant wait to swim across this its going to be awsome

:banana:

polysisterchick
06-10-2007, 02:08 PM
I've always wanted to try this.. but we've never gone to T.L.

selmuir
06-10-2007, 02:15 PM
I cant wait :rotfl:

T1NK3RP00H!
06-10-2007, 02:25 PM
Thanks, I'll be sure to tell my sister!:banana: And I hope she wants to do it 'cause I'm up for anything!!!:fish:

MuNkY
06-10-2007, 02:33 PM
I've done it before. You get a life vest. Water isn't that deep. You swim maybe 30 feet or so.

My only complaint is the water is cold. REALLY cold.

Sparx
06-10-2007, 02:35 PM
I've always wanted to do it.

EeyoreFan1
06-10-2007, 02:40 PM
I've done it before. You get a life vest. Water isn't that deep. You swim maybe 30 feet or so.

My only complaint is the water is cold. REALLY cold.

Yep.


I came out and my lips were blue, and it took 20 minutes in the sun for me to stop shaking. Its THAT cold.

T1NK3RP00H!
06-10-2007, 03:04 PM
Is it really that cold?!?!

EeyoreFan1
06-10-2007, 03:06 PM
My. Lips. Were. Blue.


:p So yes. It was that cold! Think about taking a bathtub and filling it with only ice, then fill with the coldest water possible, sit in that. Its colder tham that.

DramaQueen
06-10-2007, 03:25 PM
Yeah it's pretty cold.

and MAKE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR SNORKEL THING ABOUT THE WATER!!!

because my sister didnt and she got salt water in her mouth and choked.
so DONT try and go under.



im REALLY REALLY REALLY (x 1293082) scared of fish and sharks and sting rays and stuff.
but i did it, it's not TOO bad, i was terrified getting in, but as i went along it was okay.

it's fun. it's definitley a cool expirience, you can tell you're sister that.

Loves Disney
06-10-2007, 03:59 PM
I did this when I was really little. That 60 feet you swim across goes by very fast (tho, I didn't get all the way across - lol long story). The water is, as everyone says, bitterly cold. But don't think about that lol. Also remember that nothing in there is out to hurt you. You would not be allowed to swim in anything that had harmful animals in it. Disney is very good about that. Plus, there are lifegaurds there and CMs in the water.

T1NK3RP00H!
06-10-2007, 04:03 PM
I'll be sure to tell her that 2!:thumbsup2

T1NK3RP00H!
06-10-2007, 04:05 PM
I did this when I was really little. That 60 feet you swim across goes by very fast (tho, I didn't get all the way across - lol long story). The water is, as everyone says, bitterly cold. But don't think about that lol. Also remember that nothing in there is out to hurt you. You would not be allowed to swim in anything that had harmful animals in it. Disney is very good about that. Plus, there are lifegaurds there and CMs in the water.

:confused3 CM: is that a cast member???:confused3

EeyoreFan1
06-10-2007, 04:09 PM
:confused3 CM: is that a cast member???:confused3

Yep.

T1NK3RP00H!
06-10-2007, 04:35 PM
Oh, okay I was just a little c-o-n-f-u-s-e-d!!! :confused:

Loves Disney
06-10-2007, 04:54 PM
Yes, It's Cast Member, I'm sorry about that lol.

Lil_Tink
06-10-2007, 09:24 PM
I love it. I have swam with sharks in the ocean, so their is nothing to be scared of with little leapord sharks.

CheerExtreme
06-10-2007, 10:28 PM
Oh, ok they are just leopard sharks? Last year we were on our yearly disney cruise and in cozumel we went snorkeling. I love the water and fish and everything (i want to be a marinebiologist). It was sad b/c a little earlier in the year it was devestated by a hurricane, so the water had like pieces of house stuff in it. Well back to the story. The sky started to turn dark and the water was getting choppy.(i am thinking ok. something isn't right) well then the tour guide(some mexican dude who was like oh i am not mexican i am eduardian or something) was like everyone please slowly move back to the boat. Well if you look down there were just a couple of sharks down there. Well haha that just makes you want to smile! not. Nobody on the little boat wanted to do anymore snorkeling after that. He said that the sharks have been out towards the coastline ever since the hurricane. Yeah I am afraid of sharks just a bit now. but I am better now. Ok that was really OT.

Loves Disney
06-11-2007, 07:02 AM
Oh, ok they are just leopard sharks? Last year we were on our yearly disney cruise and in cozumel we went snorkeling. I love the water and fish and everything (i want to be a marinebiologist). It was sad b/c a little earlier in the year it was devestated by a hurricane, so the water had like pieces of house stuff in it. Well back to the story. The sky started to turn dark and the water was getting choppy.(i am thinking ok. something isn't right) well then the tour guide(some mexican dude who was like oh i am not mexican i am eduardian or something) was like everyone please slowly move back to the boat. Well if you look down there were just a couple of sharks down there. Well haha that just makes you want to smile! not. Nobody on the little boat wanted to do anymore snorkeling after that. He said that the sharks have been out towards the coastline ever since the hurricane. Yeah I am afraid of sharks just a bit now. but I am better now. Ok that was really OT.

I would've died. I would've freaking died. :scared1:

VolleyballQt07
06-11-2007, 08:27 AM
I didi it before. I was scared to death but at least I can say I swam with sharks. :teeth:

schmitty
06-11-2007, 09:46 AM
and MAKE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR SNORKEL THING ABOUT THE WATER!!!

because my sister didnt and she got salt water in her mouth and choked.
so DONT try and go under.




You can dive under the water with the snorkle. Just hold your breath and dive and blow the water out when you get back to the surface.

VMK_KrazyLuke
06-11-2007, 10:26 AM
You can dive under the water with the snorkle. Just hold your breath and dive and blow the water out when you get back to the surface.

I think she meant to say that you can not breathe under water.. :rotfl2:

eeyore.luver<3
06-11-2007, 06:18 PM
dont wear suntan lotion on ur face (it got in my eyes)
snorkel above water (salt in my mouth)
its very cold at first, but u get used to it (either tht or ur body gets numb..)

its a GREAT experience & i highly recommend it!

T1NK3RP00H!
06-11-2007, 07:23 PM
WOW! None of the books that we've read said much of this!

PolynessianBaby
06-11-2007, 07:48 PM
My dad and I do it every year. The water is FREEZING! But I love it. It is a lot of fun! There's also like a little reef in the middle that they let you stop on so you can rest if you need to. Hope you have fun!
Taylor*

Lil_Tink
06-11-2007, 10:05 PM
Oh, ok they are just leopard sharks? Last year we were on our yearly disney cruise and in cozumel we went snorkeling. I love the water and fish and everything (i want to be a marinebiologist). It was sad b/c a little earlier in the year it was devestated by a hurricane, so the water had like pieces of house stuff in it. Well back to the story. The sky started to turn dark and the water was getting choppy.(i am thinking ok. something isn't right) well then the tour guide(some mexican dude who was like oh i am not mexican i am eduardian or something) was like everyone please slowly move back to the boat. Well if you look down there were just a couple of sharks down there. Well haha that just makes you want to smile! not. Nobody on the little boat wanted to do anymore snorkeling after that. He said that the sharks have been out towards the coastline ever since the hurricane. Yeah I am afraid of sharks just a bit now. but I am better now. Ok that was really OT.

My friend was attacked by a shark, in 2ft deep water. A 15 ft tiger shark on the coast of Makena, Maui.

CheerExtreme
06-11-2007, 10:46 PM
My friend was attacked by a shark, in 2ft deep water. A 15 ft tiger shark on the coast of Makena, Maui.

OMG was she ok? My mom was attacked when we were in Hawaii. She has some scars on her leg since it was a small shark but still. We got over it and still go snorkeling.

TinkerTracy
06-12-2007, 01:24 PM
I've done it before. You get a life vest. Water isn't that deep. You swim maybe 30 feet or so.

My only complaint is the water is cold. REALLY cold.

Yup. You get a snorkel mask and life vests. Then you get into the freezing water (but I love cold water so I am good). Then you have to float face down until the life guard taps you on your back then you are free to swim across. You swim across but you aren't allowed to kick your legs you can only use your arms, and you can't touch the fish. It's so amazing! Everything is so beautiful. If your sister doesn't want to go, but you do theres an underwater viewing area where she can watch. It's so much fun do it!


Then if you like that...you can do a tour at EPCOT where you get to go into the living seas tanks and snorkel with scuba gear in there for like 45 minutes. It's called AquaTours....it was the best experience ever! I had so much fun doing that...but that did have big sharks in it and a snapping turtle which almost touched me. So amazing I highly recommend that.

pigletgirl
06-12-2007, 03:07 PM
I really want to do that next time!

crazy2beautiful
06-12-2007, 03:20 PM
I would never do that...
I can't swim. :(
I'd die.

true blonde princess
06-12-2007, 08:24 PM
i did it. and the water is cold. yes you have a life vest, goggles, and a snorkle. and fist you stand on this little platform and then you start to swim, but it is very deep, so over your head but there are life guards in the water so if you need any help they swim right over to you. its really cool. i did it and when i go back i'm going to do it.