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Old 07-31-2002, 09:07 PM   #31
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they do have wet suits to wear but get there early as
they run out, not sure about big feet, my husband has 11
but, we did not use flippers, just the mask
and snorkel.
they give everyone a snorkel they get to keep!!
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Old 08-05-2002, 05:59 PM   #32
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We ( me, dh, & 14 month old ds ) go to Dis. cove on 3rd Dec.
After reading this I really can't wait.
What exactly can my ds do there ? Would he be allowed in the lazy river, or to float around the coral reef with me and his Dad ?
It would be lovely to experience it as a family, and not to have to keep swaping the baby over ( obviously we would have to for the dolphin swim. )

One more question - How much footage is actually taken of the group dolphin swim?

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Old 10-18-2002, 03:13 AM   #33
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I visited DC in January this year with two other "mature"adults and readily agree with all the comments in this thread its a not to be missed day.A bonus for us was the fact that the day we went there was only 300 visitors and the weather was surperb.
One of he first things we saw once inside the park was the sight of about a dozen trainers with dolphins out on the water.Each trainer was holding on to a dolphin which was laying on its back,the trainer appeared to be stroking the dolphins belly.We all thought how sweet it was that they were doing a bit of bonding.We were told later that the trainers were taking urine samples,lovely!!


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Old 10-18-2002, 07:38 PM   #34
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Thanks for a laugh to start the weekend cslogg.I heard that will now be part of the new Dolphin Swim.Let the Tourists do it.
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Old 10-24-2002, 12:50 PM   #35
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Don't hesitate! We called it a once in a lifetime thing - but my DH has already said we will go there again!

We were in the 'sand dollar' cabana with a 10:15 swim! The weather was beautiful - our dolphin Tyler was awesome! The trainers were great! DH got awesome pics and video footage! We also chose to buy the $100 cd of 5 pictures (split with friends we were with!) so we have the 'rights' to our photos.
They even let DH and DS (2) come down for a pic with the dolphin and DS loved petting the dolphin! Guess what I'm sending out for christmas cards!

DH loved the lazy river! even though they had to close it for a while (first we heard something about a snake then it looked like they were replacing a broken light fixture or something

the food was excellent - well exceeded our expectations of 'buffet' LOVED the oroe cheesecake!:D

all in all it was a great r-n-r day! My only regreat is that we didn't take better advantage of the Sea World days! 10 days was not enough for us! WE only got to spend 1/2 a days at sea world - but loved it!

I think if you figure out the actual price including sea world - lunch, one free picture, etc. youll realize it isn't that bad! WEll worth every penny!

fell free to ask any questions - I'll do my best to answer!
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Old 10-28-2002, 07:47 AM   #36
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My DD would love to do DC. I still am unsure. A couple questions. When do you make your reservations? I can get tickets through the goverment a little cheaper. Do I book the day through them when I buy my tickets. Or do you call DC to set up a date? Also how far in advance do you need to book? Thanks for any help or info you can offer....amy
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Old 10-28-2002, 12:47 PM   #37
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Hi Amy!
I called Discovery Cove directly - the number is on their website. I know they only allow 1000 people a day. If you have a specific date you want I would book early! When you call you can book for those swimming with the dolphin (199 or so) and those who are not (119ish). I believe it was 25% down the remainder 30 days before.
I don't know how the government discout works - but I am sure if You called DC they could answer your questions!
They mail you a confirmation that you bring with you - (everything is prepaid 30 days out usually) - when you arrive you check in they take your photo for id and assign you to a swim area and swim time.
There are many things to do BESIDES swimming with the dolphins! Our whole family loved it!
If you decide to do it I hope you have as good a time as we did!
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Old 10-28-2002, 01:02 PM   #38
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Thanks for your help. It sounds like I will not be sorry if we decide to do this... thanks again...amy
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Old 12-30-2002, 11:20 PM   #39

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We have done Discovery Cove twice, so I guess that speaks for itself. The first time, we all went on the dolphin encounter. The second time, just my two daughters.

If you stand on the beach, you can get some pretty good pictures if you've got some kind of zoom. My camera only has a 3x zoom and took this picture of my girls' dolphin "CJ" leaping:

It's a great experience...and the best "vacation" day of our vacations!!
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Old 01-02-2003, 11:52 PM   #40
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I took my 8 year old daughter to discovery cove last august.

It is a very lush and tropical place and the staff was very friendly and efficient in checking us in. Our dolphin swim was for 1:30pm.

We had a brief tour of the facilities and were given our gear and life vests. They also take a photo of you at this point and it is free if you want it. We then found a nice spot on lounge chairs on the beach so we could watch the dolphins.

The lazy river through the aviary was alot of fun and when we left the water we had the opportunity to feed the birds. They are very used to humans and sat on our heads!

The water in the ray lagoon was cold - so we got out real quick. But there were lots of snorkellers in there swimming around.

Lunch was great - I had fajitas and my daughter had chicken fingers. There was lots of food and great desserts. They also had a live band playing calypso music while we ate.

There was a birthday at the next table and there was a cake with a dolphin on it for a little girl. The band played happy birthday to her and everyone clapped.

Our dolphin swim was with Rose.. a sweet six year old dolphin... she did some tricks and gave us all the dorsal tow.. My daughter does not swim- but she was fine with the life vest even in the deep water. We were with her for about 40 minutes - only 5 minutes one on one time.

My only complaint was the hardsell tactics after the swim to try and make us buy photographs. Whe did buy one and then later it was a mad house trying to pick them up from the photo processing desk. There were so many people and lines forming everywhere - people were cutting in and it was very disorganized.

THe washrooms and lockers are fine, there are plenty of extra towels should you need more. The changing area and locker area is very busy at the end of the day - som many people trying to leave at the same time.

Other than the photo sellers - it was a wonderful day and I would go back... I hope you decide to go - I am sure you will not regret it.
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Old 01-22-2003, 03:40 AM   #41
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where can i get info

I want to go, but i can't find any contact info, or a website. How long of a wait should you expect for reservations. I am a procrastinator, and im leaving in 2 months any chance?
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Hi there... go if you can and you will not regret it.

My 8 year old loved it and still talks about "her" dolphin ~ Rose.

There are some photos of discovery cove on my link below...

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Old 01-31-2003, 12:40 PM   #44
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My 8 year old daughter and I did the dolphin encounter on 12/9/02 It was a very chilly and rainy day and it was still the most AMAZING experience of our life!!!!!!!! It is a feeling that you cannot describe, almost like it is life altering. They gave us a full wet suit and that really made a difference. Our encounter was at 1:30 with LaToya and the day just seemed to fly. We spent 3/4 of the day with our faces under water while waiting for 1:30 to arrive. The stingray lagoon was so cool, they look as if they are flying under water. We were the only 2 in the stingray lagoon when it was feeding time so my daughter got lots of extra attention and really enjoyed feeding the rays. As far as the aviary goes I think we would have enjoyed it more had it not been raining, the bird and small animals were still out but not as friendly as they would have been had it been a nice sunny day. There was this Ibis that was so friendly, I turned around to find my daughter standing there smiling while this bird is picking at her teeth...... She thought it was the funniest thing.
It was finally time for our dolphin encounter, WOO HOO..... My daughter did the dorsal tow and I did a belly tow...... 30 minutes does not seem like a whole lot of time but you really do get alot of interaction with the dolphin..... I can't describe the feeling you get when you are looking into the eyes of this 500 lb gentle giant who has a permanant smile on her face..... INCREDIBLE!!!!! We are really considering booking this again for this December..... It was definately one of the few things in life that I can truely say is worth every penny we spent....... One thing that I would recommend for anyone taking younger children is to have them practice with a snorkle before you go it really paid off, my daughter shocked me with how well she did. She was able to stay under for about 5 minutes at a time.......
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Old 01-31-2003, 05:41 PM   #45
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Thumbs up discovery cove remembered

tmq2766 thank you so much for sharing your experience with me I am definately going to book dc, I'm just trying to do my homework first and find out about so many things befor we go in October. I am a bit worried about the snorkling bit for me, as I dont generally like masks or things over my face, but we do have a large swimming pool in our garden, so maybe I could practice this summer. do you have to ask for a wet suit or do they supply them automatically? thanks everso lynne
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