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Pluto914
05-08-2012, 10:14 PM
Is it worth renting a Cabana at Discovery cove. We are a party of 7 and we are going at the end of August. Any suggestions or advise on the Cabanas?

floridianer
05-09-2012, 04:22 AM
As far as I know the cabana is 179$... Plus tax

A special occasion package (includes the cabana) is 229$ and has a lot of little perks (photo frame, personalized buoy brought by a dolphin and so on)

I like the little shaded areas separated from the rest of the park. We wonīt spend a whole lot of time there but at least for one hour it is nice!
Oh, youīve got an own stuffed fridge there too! :cool1:

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
05-09-2012, 06:30 AM
We have a cabana rented for our DC day in August. We wanted somewhere to escape the sun (or get out of the rain, if that's the case) so for us, its worth the extra expense. We are not doing the dolphin swim this trip so it will be a nice place to kick back and enjoy an afternoon siesta :thumbsup2 .

A couple of things you might want to know....

There are only 13 cabanas in the park. For a cabana rental only (as a stand alone and not wthin one of their "packages"), you can't reserve until 3 weeks in advance of your reservation date. Just to give you a point of reference, we are not going until August 29th, and when we booked our cabana two weeks ago (as part of a package) half of the cabanas are already reserved. And at that point, it was only April.

If you want to guarantee your cabana now, then you must reserve it within one of their packages. Like the PP said, the cheapest option is the premium package where you get the cabana rental, plus an assortment of extras (underwater camera, t-shirt, frame or stuffed toy, a themed buoy delivered to you during your swim, etc.) AND a discount on the ultimate photo package. If you are planning on getting the large photo package anyway, this is a better way to go. PLUS you get all the extras for your family to enjoy. This package can be reserved anytime (you are not restricted to waiting until 3 weeks out) based on availability,

I think you will want to check on the max occupancy of the cabanas, though. Something seems to tell me its six. If that's the case, you might need two, which would certainly be pricey.

bas71873
05-09-2012, 07:54 AM
Anyone know what the options are for the "personalized buoy"? Curious if you can get your name on it or are there just standard sayings to pick from? I'm going to book the premium package for our trip in August later today.

floridianer
05-09-2012, 08:34 AM
50 letters :)

bas71873
05-09-2012, 10:57 AM
50 letters :)

Thanks. I just went with Family Vacation 2012.


So how does the "delivery" work? Do you let you know what time to be at the cabana for delivery? My DD is going to burst with excitement!

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
05-09-2012, 11:32 AM
Thanks. I just went with Family Vacation 2012.


So how does the "delivery" work? Do you let you know what time to be at the cabana for delivery? My DD is going to burst with excitement!

If you have a dolphin swim scheduled, the dolphin will deliver it to you while you are in the water :banana:. If you have day resort only admission, it will be left in your cabana for you to receive upon arrival.

bas71873
05-09-2012, 01:18 PM
If you have a dolphin swim scheduled, the dolphin will deliver it to you while you are in the water :banana:. If you have day resort only admission, it will be left in your cabana for you to receive upon arrival.

THANKS. Can I pick your brain some more Gina?

1. We plan to arrive a bit before 8:00 AM. What is the earliest dolphin swim time? I'm kinda thinking I'd rather have that around 11:00ish so can we ask for a time when we check in?


2. Should I bring our own towels? I'm leaning toward that because we are staying at the Renaissance and will have some resort time to use their cool pool, also going to Gatorland for a day (and they have a water area for kids) and we are also doing Aquatica...all before we head over to HRH.


Any other tips you can offer. I know about the no sunscreen & no jewelry thing and I'm getting rash guards for all of us to go under the vests.

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
05-09-2012, 01:31 PM
THANKS. Can I pick your brain some more Gina?

1. We plan to arrive a bit before 8:00 AM. What is the earliest dolphin swim time? I'm kinda thinking I'd rather have that around 11:00ish so can we ask for a time when we check in?


2. Should I bring our own towels? I'm leaning toward that because we are staying at the Renaissance and will have some resort time to use their cool pool, also going to Gatorland for a day (and they have a water area for kids) and we are also doing Aquatica...all before we head over to HRH.


Any other tips you can offer. I know about the no sunscreen & no jewelry thing and I'm getting rash guards for all of us to go under the vests.

Okay....let's see......sometimes there's not much to pick :rotfl2: .....

As far as I am aware, you swim time is assigned only (no time requests). I would guess this is because they need to make up groups of 8 as people arrive, and accomodating time requests would impede their ability to keep the numbers running as they need to to get groups of 8 for each swim. We arrived at approximately 8:15 and got a swim time of about 9:45 am. We thought that was perfect because it allowed us enough time to enjoy breakfast before getting our wetsuits on and heading to our dolphin swim cabana. Then we did the swim and had the balance of the day to relax and not worry about having to be anywhere at a specific tim. That said, at check-in we were never offered a choice of times or our preference.....we were told the time and that was that :) .

Far as your towel question goes, for DC, I wouldn't worry about bringing any along. Their towels are white and fluffy and super nice :thumbsup2 . Much nicer than beach towels! And there are hundreds of them in their beautifully clean bathrooms, so you don't need to worry about them running out.

If you want to bring towels in your luggage for Aquatica, the hotel recreation facilities, and Gatorland, that probably makes good sense (when I first read your post it sounded as if you were planning on doing all that in one day and all I could think of was :eek: :faint: .... but then I realized you must mean that those activities are planned for the balance of your trip :blush: .... yup, I can be a little slow on the uptake sometimes). You will likely need beach towels for anywhere but DC.

What day are you visiting in August? We will be there on the 29th :cool1: .

mjohnson96
05-09-2012, 05:30 PM
FYI - they will only let you book a Cabana for a party of 6 or less, if you have 7 in your party they will make you get 2 of them. This includes infants as well now too. For our trip last year we had 6 + infant and we only got 1 but this trip I had orignally booked the same ppl and was told now I had to get 2, well now we have 10 so it was worth it :) but still ouch!

They would not budge at all....just wanted to give you that warning.


But otherwise....we LOVED our Cabana last trip and so it really is great to have for grandma and the baby to have a nice place to go and relax. I think the new ones also have fans in them but not to sure, hope to find out next week.

bas71873
05-09-2012, 08:29 PM
Okay....let's see......sometimes there's not much to pick :rotfl2: .....

As far as I am aware, you swim time is assigned only (no time requests). I would guess this is because they need to make up groups of 8 as people arrive, and accomodating time requests would impede their ability to keep the numbers running as they need to to get groups of 8 for each swim. We arrived at approximately 8:15 and got a swim time of about 9:45 am. We thought that was perfect because it allowed us enough time to enjoy breakfast before getting our wetsuits on and heading to our dolphin swim cabana. Then we did the swim and had the balance of the day to relax and not worry about having to be anywhere at a specific tim. That said, at check-in we were never offered a choice of times or our preference.....we were told the time and that was that :) .

Far as your towel question goes, for DC, I wouldn't worry about bringing any along. Their towels are white and fluffy and super nice :thumbsup2 . Much nicer than beach towels! And there are hundreds of them in their beautifully clean bathrooms, so you don't need to worry about them running out.

If you want to bring towels in your luggage for Aquatica, the hotel recreation facilities, and Gatorland, that probably makes good sense (when I first read your post it sounded as if you were planning on doing all that in one day and all I could think of was :eek: :faint: .... but then I realized you must mean that those activities are planned for the balance of your trip :blush: .... yup, I can be a little slow on the uptake sometimes). You will likely need beach towels for anywhere but DC.

What day are you visiting in August? We will be there on the 29th :cool1: .

Thx for the scoop. We r going August 17.

Fuhnuh
05-10-2012, 07:41 AM
bas71873,

I was reading this thread and noticed that you are going on August 17. I believe that is the day my DW, DD11, and I will be going. Perhaps we will be cabana neighbors. It will be our third August visit to Discovery Cove. We had a cabana last year and thought it was great. On our previous two trips we arrived right before 8:00 and I believe received a 9:30 time on a slow morning and 10:30 on a busier one. We will also be visiting Gatorland and Aquatica, so if you see us at multiple places, we really aren't stalking you. You might also see us pool hop to HRH.

floridianer
05-10-2012, 08:09 AM
Well, actually you canīt request a swim time BUT they were always very helpful if you WISH to do it early or late :worship:

This year we are going to try Sea Venture aswell... Letīs wait how it is :cool1:

As you are going in August I would suggest to pick the EARLIEST time they can offer you because normally the storms come in later in the day.

bas71873
05-10-2012, 08:14 AM
bas71873,

I was reading this thread and noticed that you are going on August 17. I believe that is the day my DW, DD11, and I will be going. Perhaps we will be cabana neighbors. It will be our third August visit to Discovery Cove. We had a cabana last year and thought it was great. On our previous two trips we arrived right before 8:00 and I believe received a 9:30 time on a slow morning and 10:30 on a busier one. We will also be visiting Gatorland and Aquatica, so if you see us at multiple places, we really aren't stalking you. You might also see us pool hop to HRH.

HAHA. That's funny! I am really looking foward to the DC day. I wasn't going to get the cabana, but then decided it would be a nice treat for ourselves. We will be a party of 3 as well....very TALL people :)

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
05-10-2012, 09:03 AM
also going to Gatorland for a day (and they have a water area for kids) and we are also doing Aquatica.

We will also be visiting Gatorland and Aquatica.

Since you are both travelling before me, I hope you will pop back and give trip reports for both Gatorland and Aquatica.....we have both on our agenda for our week in Orlando and we have never visited either venue.

Looking forward to having you share you best tips when you return :thumbsup2.

Fuhnuh
05-11-2012, 08:18 AM
bas71873,
We are an average height family. The only standout characteristics we may have is DW's pink hair and DD11's dark brown and whatever color streaks she will have at that time. I'll be the graying brunette. DD11 enjoys emailing in anticipation of her trip, so if your DD is interested in exchanging emails and past experiences, PM me and I can give you her email. Enjoy your stay at HRH, I wish we were going back there, but RPH restaurants work with DD11 allergies much better. DD11 is pretty excited about the future addition of the Freshwater Oasis at DC.

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina,
My daughter's name is Zoe, but I have been trying to convince her that her full name is Zoezoeboboe Bananafanamomoe Memimomoezoe to know avail. I should be better about trip reports, maybe this year I'll give some back to the board. All I know is my parents took me to Gatorland as a kid and I can't stay away as an adult. We don't have many alligators here in the Pacific NW.

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
05-11-2012, 08:52 AM
Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina,
My daughter's name is Zoe, but I have been trying to convince her that her full name is Zoezoeboboe Bananafanamomoe Memimomoezoe to know avail.

:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

My son (who's 16, a "jock" and uber-cool :cool2:) is mortified (and yet not surprised) that I have such a silly user name on the Disboards :rotfl: . Yet it suits me to a "T" :goodvibes . I like to laugh....its therapeutic. Life is too short to take yourself too seriously. ::yes::

Have a great time at DC and Gatorland. Our vacations will be here before we know it!!!

JimShockz
05-11-2012, 09:20 AM
Is it worth renting a Cabana at Discovery cove. We are a party of 7 and we are going at the end of August. Any suggestions or advise on the Cabanas?

We suggest that if a cabana is available to jump on it,for the florida sun can take its toll on one,so book it if you can.:)

-JH

Fuhnuh
05-12-2012, 03:05 PM
To answer one of OP's questions. Discovery cove is one of my favorite cabana experiences. They surround the snorkeling lagoon and offer a place to meet throughout the day. That being said, we did not rent a cabana the first time and I do not remember any negatives from that trip. We essentially spent most of our time exploring. If you are someone that really enjoys cabanas, it is a pretty good value (compared to the pricing of others). But if it doesn't work out for you, I wouldn't worry about it, DC does not seem to get overcrowded because of their sensible limitation on the number of guests. I never felt like I couldn't find a place to sit. We are a party of three though. Getting 7 loungers together may be a taller order.

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina,

Now that DD is 11, she not so hip on her dad being goofy. I get a lot of eye rolls. Sometimes I respond by acting like what she thinks a normal dad would for a while. She likes this even less.

Pluto914
05-15-2012, 09:33 PM
I want to thank everyone for your reply. You were right mjohnson96 they will not let you book a Cabana if you have 7 people. I tried really hard too. We are now booked for 2 Cabanas and can't wait to go. Even though it is extra money, in the grand scheme of things, we are spending enough money as it is we might as well suck it up and pay for the extra Cabana to ensure we are comfortable and have a great time. Thanks Again!!:thumbsup2

mjplantz
05-20-2012, 05:10 PM
Are the cabana's spread out throughout DC? Based on the park map:

http://discoverycove.com/Explore/ParkMap.aspx

It looks like all the buildings with white roofs are pretty scattered. Just worried that we would get one near the grand reef and would end up being further away from all the other key areas or is the distance not a big deal?

bas71873
05-22-2012, 02:14 PM
Did you guys see that now your DC ticket gets you in to BOTH Aquatica & SW. I saw it on Facebook and I also got an email this morning that said even though I have already purchased my tickets, we get to take advantage of this offer too. We hadn't intended to do SW again, but we may have to squeeze it in now. I'm also glad I've already bought & paid for our day in August because I just checked and my day has gone up $30/pp.

lauriegs
05-31-2012, 12:23 PM
I just booked a regular cabana for hubby since we will be there on Father's day - now I'm wondering if I should have done the premium package..not sure what we will want to do for the dolphin swim photos - probably get the cd and dvd, but printed pics don't matter as much to us, since we can have them printed at home, and I do alot of digital scrapbooking.

just wondering if I'd be able to upgrade to premium while I'm there, or would it have to be done ahead of time?

Debs Hill
06-04-2012, 07:25 AM
Hi guys! we are considering a cabana for our July trip.........can anyone tell me where they are located? Do you get to choose or are they just allocated? Any photos?!! Is there sun and shade or are they completely shaded? What does it include?

We are not doing the dolphin swim this time so just want a standard cabana, not a package, what is the earliest I can book this?
Debx:upsidedow

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
06-05-2012, 07:18 AM
Hi guys! we are considering a cabana for our July trip.........can anyone tell me where they are located? Do you get to choose or are they just allocated? Any photos?!! Is there sun and shade or are they completely shaded? What does it include?

We are not doing the dolphin swim this time so just want a standard cabana, not a package, what is the earliest I can book this?
Debx:upsidedow

The cabana has a fridge and a locker inside, if I remember correctly.

You can book a cabana without one of their packages 3 weeks out from your reservation, if there are any still available. If you want to book more than 3 weeks out from your arrival date, then you need to book the cabana as part of a package (you don't need to be doing a dolphin swim to do so....we are doing the day resort only this next trip, and we were able to book a package/cabana no problem.......they will just leave your bouy in the cabana for you to pick up when you arrive).

Hopefully someone else will have photos for you and be able to answer some of your other questions.

chimo2u
06-05-2012, 02:29 PM
Hi Gina :) Fellow Canucker here! :goodvibes I chose to do Discovery Cove on October 1, due to Epcot being a not recommended park due to the birthday celebration/ projected crowds..... Originally our DC day was going to be Tue Oct 2, but changed it when crowd calenders began predicting Epcot as a not recommended park on Oct 1. So...... There will be 4 of us.....my 19/16 yo sons, my BFF and myself. We have been to DC once before in Sept 2009, and LOVED it, one of the most memorable days of our trip for everyone! My BFF has always had a bucket list dream of swimming with the dolphins, so I booked her and I a dolphin swim with my SW annual pass discount....got a crazy great rate! (I think it was around $169 ea) with our discount! I bought the boys non swim resort days when they where on sale with the discount for $69.......so for 4 of us, it was around $500, which is amazing because i paid over $1,000 for my family of 4 in 2009.

My question, is there shady areas to relax if I don't buy a cabana?? or would you recommend the purchase of the cabanna? I don't do well in Florida sun, and would like some place shady to relax....however, I seem to remember last time, there was so much to keep us busy, that we rarely if ever where out of the water!!! I am thinking it might be a waste of money if there are other places to relax that are shady and free. Is there a discount with SW annual pass for Cabana rentals??

I am very much looking forward to this day at DC....I will be getting my son a Sea Venture experience since he will not be doing the dolphin swim this time. I think he'll really enjoy Sea Venture. I am also looking forward to seeing the new oasis that has been put in since our last visit, and the new reef as well....
Hoping for sunny skies and nice weather on our October day :cloud9:

~Marie

morehousemommy
06-05-2012, 04:16 PM
I just booked a regular cabana for hubby since we will be there on Father's day - now I'm wondering if I should have done the premium package..not sure what we will want to do for the dolphin swim photos - probably get the cd and dvd, but printed pics don't matter as much to us, since we can have them printed at home, and I do alot of digital scrapbooking.

just wondering if I'd be able to upgrade to premium while I'm there, or would it have to be done ahead of time?


We just went to DC on May 23. We rented a cabana with the premuim package! It is definately worth it. The cost of the photo cd and dvd would be $200 because we purchased the premuim package we received 25% off of the ultimate photo package(includes dvd, cd, 16x24 photo, 7 6x8 photos, 4x6 with 2 key chains and a photo alblum that holds the 6x8 photos) the package ended up costing $175 after tax. Plus with the premuim package you get a nice quality backpack, a very nice class frame, a tshirt or stuffed animal, underwater camera plus the bouy delivered by the dolphin during your swim!

We loved DC and can't wait to go back! We will also rent a cabana again in the future!

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
06-05-2012, 08:33 PM
Hi Gina :) Fellow Canucker here! :goodvibes I chose to do Discovery Cove on October 1, due to Epcot being a not recommended park due to the birthday celebration/ projected crowds..... Originally our DC day was going to be Tue Oct 2, but changed it when crowd calenders began predicting Epcot as a not recommended park on Oct 1. So...... There will be 4 of us.....my 19/16 yo sons, my BFF and myself. We have been to DC once before in Sept 2009, and LOVED it, one of the most memorable days of our trip for everyone! My BFF has always had a bucket list dream of swimming with the dolphins, so I booked her and I a dolphin swim with my SW annual pass discount....got a crazy great rate! (I think it was around $169 ea) with our discount! I bought the boys non swim resort days when they where on sale with the discount for $69.......so for 4 of us, it was around $500, which is amazing because i paid over $1,000 for my family of 4 in 2009.

My question, is there shady areas to relax if I don't buy a cabana?? or would you recommend the purchase of the cabanna? I don't do well in Florida sun, and would like some place shady to relax....however, I seem to remember last time, there was so much to keep us busy, that we rarely if ever where out of the water!!! I am thinking it might be a waste of money if there are other places to relax that are shady and free. Is there a discount with SW annual pass for Cabana rentals??

I am very much looking forward to this day at DC....I will be getting my son a Sea Venture experience since he will not be doing the dolphin swim this time. I think he'll really enjoy Sea Venture. I am also looking forward to seeing the new oasis that has been put in since our last visit, and the new reef as well....
Hoping for sunny skies and nice weather on our October day :cloud9:

~Marie

Hey there Marie :wave2:,

We did not rent a cabana on our January 1st visit, either. Like you guys, we were never out of the water.....too much to see and do!! :yay:

For this visit, we opted for the cabana simply because we figure that the heat and humidity will be a big issue for us the last week of August (where it wasnt during January). We wanted a guaranteed place to kick back and relax that was out of the blazing sun if it happens to be a real scortcher that day. Since we booked with the passmember discount and got our admission for just $69 pp, it was definitely able to be fit into the budget. I would guess you would have little difficulty finding a shady spot to camp out if you arrive early enough, so the cabana quite honestly is more of a personal preference than a necessity.

Have a great time, whatever you decide! :goodvibes

chimo2u
06-06-2012, 10:00 PM
Hey there Marie :wave2:,

We did not rent a cabana on our January 1st visit, either. Like you guys, we were never out of the water.....too much to see and do!! :yay:

For this visit, we opted for the cabana simply because we figure that the heat and humidity will be a big issue for us the last week of August (where it wasnt during January). We wanted a guaranteed place to kick back and relax that was out of the blazing sun if it happens to be a real scortcher that day. Since we booked with the passmember discount and got our admission for just $69 pp, it was definitely able to be fit into the budget. I would guess you would have little difficulty finding a shady spot to camp out if you arrive early enough, so the cabana quite honestly is more of a personal preference than a necessity.

Have a great time, whatever you decide! :goodvibes

Thanks Gina for your reply :goodvibes I think we might just pass on it this time, as we are renting a CABANA at the POLY on our MNSSHP morning/afternoon for some much-needed pre-party rest :)

~Marie

Treelight
07-10-2012, 10:52 PM
Just wondering about cabana attendants....does each cabana have one assigned for the day? Or does one attendant work several cabanas? Is tipping appropriate at the end of the day?

Also, does DC honor requests for certain cabanas or areas? I would rather be near the grand reef as opposed to near the freshwater oasis.

Jenny3
07-15-2012, 11:01 PM
We just booked DC for November 11; I'm so excited and have been a total nerd researching everything, LOL

It will just be DH and I... is a cabana worth it? My DH hates the sun; are there other shady spots we can 'claim'? Does it offer any privacy? Do I get my own cabana boy? :goodvibes

brinkley07
07-21-2012, 04:47 PM
We just booked DC for November 11; I'm so excited and have been a total nerd researching everything, LOL

It will just be DH and I... is a cabana worth it? My DH hates the sun; are there other shady spots we can 'claim'? Does it offer any privacy? Do I get my own cabana boy? :goodvibes

A cabana is definitely worth every penny! Each person (not always a cabana boy...lol) does handle several cabanas and we did tip ours at the end of the day because she was so attentive. I loved the fact that we had our locker in our cabana, and a refrigerator as well. They will bring food to the cabana, and there is a table in there if you want to sit there when you snack. We have been at the dolphin lagoon with all of the times we visited, and I love that view. The cabanas are very private, but near everything at the same time. They have great foliage around them that make them seem hidden and private, though they are right in the middle of things. I did prefer having a quiet place to rest versus being on the beach with everyone else when we wanted down time. My hubby did nap well in the lounge chairs!

Jenny3
07-21-2012, 05:43 PM
Decided we're definitely going to go for it :thumbsup2

Now I'm just debating whether to suck it up and do the Premium package so we can book now, or take my chances and book one 3 weeks out. I'm not sure if the extra goodies are worth the extra $, so I'm back and forth on that.

bas71873
03-18-2013, 06:18 AM
OK. DH really wants to go back to DC this summer so I think we may go and just do the day package and not the dolphin swim since we just did that last summer. We did rent a premium package cabana and loved it (we were on the Grand Reef). Thinking this time we may take our chances and just go with a regular cabana, but I can't tell where they are on the map. Can anyone help. Also, do the regular cabanas (that you can rent 3 weeks out) have a fridge, locker & fan as well?

Also, GINA, I hope you can answer. We are annual BG pass holders (we live just outside Williamsburg) and our passes are up for renewal and I'm considering upgrading to their platinum pass. Is the discount significant for DC with a platinum pass? Right now the NON dolphin swim rate for August is $169, but I wonder if I can get that cheaper?

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
03-18-2013, 06:27 AM
OK. DH really wants to go back to DC this summer so I think we may go and just do the day package and not the dolphin swim since we just did that last summer. We did rent a premium package cabana and loved it (we were on the Grand Reef). Thinking this time we may take our chances and just go with a regular cabana, but I can't tell where they are on the map. Can anyone help. Also, do the regular cabanas (that you can rent 3 weeks out) have a fridge, locker & fan as well?

Also, GINA, I hope you can answer. We are annual BG pass holders (we live just outside Williamsburg) and our passes are up for renewal and I'm considering upgrading to their platinum pass. Is the discount significant for DC with a platinum pass? Right now the NON dolphin swim rate for August is $169, but I wonder if I can get that cheaper?

I am pretty sure all of the cabanas have lockers and fridges in them. Last August, we didn't have a premium package cabana (we had the "celebration package + cabana") and we were on the Grand Reef as well :thumbsup2 .

Discounts for SW park passholders (SW/BG/Aquatica) are far less substantial this year than in years prior. Last August, we were able to secure a non-dolphin swim day for $69 pp. This year, for the same week, it was either $109 pp or $119 (can't remember which....but I know it was one of the two). A savings off the non-passmember price, for sure, but not nearly as good of a deal as before.

bas71873
03-18-2013, 06:39 AM
I am pretty sure all of the cabanas have lockers and fridges in them. Last August, we didn't have a premium package cabana (we had the "celebration package + cabana") and we were on the Grand Reef as well :thumbsup2 .

Discounts for SW park passholders (SW/BG/Aquatica) are far less substantial this year than in years prior. Last August, we were able to secure a non-dolphin swim day for $69 pp. This year, for the same week, it was either $109 pp or $119 (can't remember which....but I know it was one of the two). A savings off the non-passmember price, for sure, but not nearly as good of a deal as before.

Thanks. Not sure that's worth upgrading my ticket (which is about double the renewal price for our regular BG/WC passes) especially since we probably wouldn't use them for any of the other parks.

We did the celebration package too, but I don't need all that "stuff" this time, KWIM, but we liked being the grand reef because that is where we spent ALL of our time. We didn't care for the other lazy river thing because the water was too warm for us. Hmmm, decisions, decisions.

I think I'm going to call and see if there is a rate for JUST the non dolphin swim WITHOUT the included passes for SW & Aquatica. We aren't interested in doing those parks again.

Jenny3
03-19-2013, 03:23 PM
To update this... we did get the cabana. Totally worth it! We loved having a space just for us; we overlooked the Grand Reef and were pretty private. We renewed our vows there :goodvibes

http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l596/jenratcliffe/9e8e8cab-1607-443a-bd58-8ca1d30ec5d6_zps9e4dc3cb.jpg

Oh and we did have a cabana boy! His name was Alex; he was excellent! Very attentive

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
03-19-2013, 03:46 PM
To update this... we did get the cabana. Totally worth it! We loved having a space just for us; we overlooked the Grand Reef and were pretty private. We renewed our vows there :goodvibes

http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l596/jenratcliffe/9e8e8cab-1607-443a-bd58-8ca1d30ec5d6_zps9e4dc3cb.jpg


Beautiful pic :thumbsup2 .

mndisneylovinmom
03-19-2013, 04:44 PM
A cabana is worth it! We didn't spend a lot of time there, but it was really nice to have a private, shaded place to go when we wanted a break. It's also nice to have a refrigerator and locked locker. We had the cabana right by the dolphin swim. It was beautiful!
I have a question though? Do you think people go in there to take pictures of their families during the dolphin swim? I caught a few people by our cabana, with a camera, looking rather guilty of something! That's the only little complaint I have about having that particular cabana -- should have a locked gate!
But, that's just our feelings!

Jenny3
03-20-2013, 01:57 PM
Beautiful pic :thumbsup2 .

Thanks! It was just DH and I, no officiant or anything. Our cabana boy took photos for us. :)

dizzyr
03-21-2013, 05:32 PM
We just booked DC for November 11; I'm so excited and have been a total nerd researching everything, LOL

It will just be DH and I... is a cabana worth it? My DH hates the sun; are there other shady spots we can 'claim'? Does it offer any privacy? Do I get my own cabana boy? :goodvibes


That's the day I'm going too!

Goofysrus
03-21-2013, 09:06 PM
We just booked May 14th!!!!! I think we got a good AP rate but with the rest of our vacation expenses we'll skip the Cabana and see how things go.
Fortunately they're not busy that week so I hope we can find a nice shady spot.

Hope I can post pictures when I get back if I figure out how to do that.....
Thanks again everyone for all your help!

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
03-22-2013, 07:14 AM
We just booked May 14th!!!!! I think we got a good AP rate but with the rest of our vacation expenses we'll skip the Cabana and see how things go.
Fortunately they're not busy that week so I hope we can find a nice shady spot.

Hope I can post pictures when I get back if I figure out how to do that.....
Thanks again everyone for all your help!

Have a great time!!!!

I am sure you will have no problem finding a shady spot to kick back and relax in. With DC limiting its daily admission to such small numbers of guests, there's always lots of beach chairs open for you to stretch out on :thumbsup2 . With or without a cabana, you will have an amazing day!

Can't wait to see you pics when you return!!!