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Old 04-12-2007, 11:20 AM   #211
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Wow, thanks for the fast help on the food info!
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Old 04-21-2007, 07:59 PM   #212
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I am taking my DH for his B-day to DC in September 07 and have purchased a standard birthday package. When a dolphin pushes out the happy birthday sign, does anybody videotape this? I am quite sure we are going to buy the video but want to make sure that we are in it at least at the most important moments.

Also, a b-day cake is included in the package Ė how does this all work? Do they bring it out to the birthday boy/girl or do they just slap a piece of it on your plate?

I know itís been talked about many times, but if I am not a good swimmer, is swim vest enough to allow me to float? I mean to not having to kick and just hang vertically in the water?.. I know itís a ridiculous question, especially from a person who lives by the beach !!
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Old 04-22-2007, 07:21 AM   #213
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I do not know the answer to the birthday questions but I'm sure if you call, they can tell you. I know that they do video tape your entire dolphin experience even without a birthday so Im SURE they will for something that special. What a great idea! Have a great trip!!
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Old 04-22-2007, 10:48 AM   #214
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I know itís been talked about many times, but if I am not a good swimmer, is swim vest enough to allow me to float? I mean to not having to kick and just hang vertically in the water?.. I know itís a ridiculous question, especially from a person who lives by the beach !!
For the most part, when you're with the dolphins, you're in the shallows. You go out "deep" once - but you don't have to, they'll give you a "shallow ride" if you prefer. The water is very salty so floating is easy and the vest helps. There is a trainer in the water with you when you're with the dolphins who will help you if you need it.

In the other areas, I'm afraid you will have to keep yourself afloat.
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Old 08-01-2007, 08:05 AM   #215
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Discovery Cove was worth every penny that it cost and then some!!
Here is a slide show of our trip.
http://www.flash-slide-show.com/share/flash_album_1/2006-09-09/{83299179-E356-4F76-B455-62C7D2D96A0F}.swf
hi there fellow Marylander,

would love to see the slide show but when I post it to web browser, get a 'page cannot be displayed'.

Can you post some pix?


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Old 08-08-2007, 06:08 PM   #216
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hey this place is the best went when i was 8 i will never forget it! the name of our dolphin was rascal! the most memorable part when i got to kiss the dolphin! i really do recomend it!
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Old 08-11-2007, 08:18 PM   #217
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Our day there -- today -- was amazing...

These boards helped a tremendous lot...thanks for all the great info...it is just a perfect day and the staff goes out of their way to be so accommodating that sometimes I did a double take. We arrived by 8:15, stood in line about 15 minutes and then off to the entry speech, lockers, wetsuits, vests and hung around until our kids dolphin swim at 9:45. So many on here suggest the wetsuits but it was so hot that most people got the vests for the day. I got a wetsuit and it helped me get in the water to snorkel really fast -- but the rest of the time it was hot. I could have switched to the vest but just kept it on and my family didn't complain about the vests at all. They had the smallest dolphin Nate but we got a family picture with Capricorn. We got the photo CD with pictures for $143 with tax and glad we did that because now the pictures are all uploaded at home.

The food was fabulous and plentiful - new things to try - the snorkeling was fantastic and loved the lazy river. The aviary was ok - the guides seem to be catering to the little kids when we were there (don't forget that teens still like attention too!) but we just got back in the water. Taking pictures along the river and the mini cave was great. We were done by 3 but waited to get some pictures from the stingray lagoon swim so by 4:30 we were back in the parking lot and on our way back home.

It took 3 years to convince my husband to make this trip/day and now we are all glad we did. It is worth every penny (and yes, they take a lot of them!) - but it is a special day for the entire family. The grounds are lush and very easy to get around. And yes, someday we will return!
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:46 AM   #218
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[QUOTE=sbp59;20241269]These boards helped a tremendous lot...thanks for all the great info...it is just a perfect day and the staff goes out of their way to be so accommodating that sometimes I did a double take. We arrived by 8:15, stood in line about 15 minutes and then off to the entry speech, lockers, wetsuits, vests and hung around until our kids dolphin swim at 9:45.. We got the photo CD with pictures for $143 with tax and glad we did that because now the pictures are all uploaded at home.

The food was fabulous and plentiful - new things to try - the snorkeling was fantastic and loved the lazy river. The aviary was ok - We were done by 3 but waited to get some pictures from the stingray lagoon swim so by 4:30 we were back in the parking lot and on our way back home.QUOTE]

When I phoned them this week I asked if they picked people up at local hotels to bring to DC for the swim package. (We won't have a car). DC said no they do not do that. I read somewhere - maybe on this board - that DC did come pick them up. Anyone know about this from a recent trip?

Second question for you all - if you do the early swim with dolphins and then do not do snorkeling, can you shower and change back into street clothes to finish walking around the place??? We don't want to spend rest of day in wetsuits.

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Old 08-12-2007, 06:55 AM   #219
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I am not sure about Discovery picking you up, but your hotel would probably take you? Or you can always take a taxi, I don't believe it it too expensive, I have read on here that some people will take a cab throughout the parks maybe to get to a dinner etc...

After your done swimming with the dolphins and snorkeling you can shower and change anytime you want. We stayed in snorkeling and swimming a pretty long time after our swim with the dolphin it is so much fun.

Enjoy! it is a wonderful place, I am so glad we went there.
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:02 AM   #220
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louey - thanks for the fast reply.

We will be on Disney property, and Disney said no they don't take you to anything SeaWorld. Makes sense of course. Disney sugested taxi.

Two years ago we stayed at Universal's Royal Pacific Hotel and they had a once -per-day free motorcoach to SeaWorld. I recall that was a very long bus ride - about an hour. Unfortunately we did not think to book the DC during that stay.


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Old 08-12-2007, 02:50 PM   #221
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Re: Questions

We saw quite a few guests being dropped off by taxi, one by limo and the parking lot was not full. Remember, they do serve a continental breakfast - mostly pastries - so get there early. I would imagine some hotels might offer a shuttle service but couldn't see Disney doing that!

Flexibility is key in this park. You can change as many times as you want and swap out vests and wetsuits all day long - so if you don't want to snorkel then you can change back into clothes. There isn't a lot to walk around -- except for the aviary - and past main pool, snorkel area and stingrays. My husband just liked sitting at the snack bars and getting the "free" beer. They also had new slushie type juice packets that I hadn't seen before and plenty of snacks and soft pretzels. He compared it to a cruise as the food was good and plentiful and since you don't have to have $ on you, the lines, but there weren't any, move fast.

It's a day you won't regret. My dd wants to create poster-sized pictures from several of the photos with the dolphins as they are extremely good quality and not to be missed. We are taking the one picture of my son and putting it in his dedication page for his senior yearbook. Too bad -- our day is over!
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Old 08-12-2007, 03:50 PM   #222
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You can get the 50 Lynx bus from the TTC for $1.50 - takes about 15 minutes, drops you off at Sea World. From there, Discovery Cove offer a free shuttle which takes 2 minutes Much cheaper than a cab.
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You can get the 51 Lynx bus from the TTC for $1.50 - takes about 15 minutes, drops you off at Sea World. From there, Discovery Cove offer a free shuttle which takes 2 minutes Much cheaper than a cab.
wow - this is wonderful news. I'll have to pay closer attention to the Lynx bus stops at the TCC. Do you know if there are bus schedules posted there?

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wow - this is wonderful news. I'll have to pay closer attention to the Lynx bus stops at the TCC. Do you know if there are bus schedules posted there?
A CM gave us a copy. They're every half an hour. You can check them out at www.golynx.com - timetable for that bus is here (you're going to Sea Harbor Drive)

Also I lied, it's the 50 bus (the 51 doesn't go to the TTC!).

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