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Old 12-14-2004, 02:12 PM   #91
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I second that thought its great we where so impressed we are going back this january its worth every penny and then some
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Old 12-15-2004, 01:03 PM   #92
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Our trip in August was brilliant! My son had a wonderful birthday and it was very relaxing for all of us. If you are not strong swimmers, this is not a problem as you can get life-vests which make you float like a cork in water. Both my boys used these even though they can swim short distances, it meant we didn't have to worry at all about them.
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Old 12-15-2004, 09:19 PM   #93
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I'm going to discovery cove in early Jan, will it be freezing? Take into consideration I'm used to English weather!

Has anyone taken part in the trainer package or know anyone who has? If so, id it worth it?

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Old 12-16-2004, 02:01 AM   #94
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Hi Reems,

Sorry I can't tell you about the weather in January (I went in August), but the water for the dolphins, rays and fish is fairly cool but the water in the main snorkle area and "river" is warm. I don't know how the temperature of these different areas is regulated. Maybe someone can confirm? If the weather is cool then the water in the dolpin, ray and fish areas might not seem so bad!
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Old 12-16-2004, 08:49 AM   #95
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Someone a few months ago did a report on the trainer package and they thought it was great, try looking through some of the old threads on this forum it should still be there.We also will be at DC in early jan I've looked at the previous january weather patterns and I think it should be ok for us brits
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Old 01-01-2005, 09:05 PM   #96
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This was by far the most incredible experience. It was beautiful and exotic. I totally forgot that I was in the middle of a city. The atmosphere was like being in a tropical getaway. I was snorkeling in the big lagoon when a huge school of 40+ fish the size of a dinner plates came up from behind me and swept around me and kept going. I tried to catch up but couldn't. I had to laugh and smile. Then I dove down to the bottom and swam with these stingrays that were 5 feet across. I have never in my life had an experience like that. You will absolutely love it!

My DD (7) wants to go but I am waiting until she is really great and handling the mask and snorkeling. I don't want to spend the whole experience fixing two sets of masks. Maybe get a mask and snorkel for the bathtub to give your child a lot of practice a head of time.

The only drawback was the water temperature. We had our dive at 9:00 am and it was so COLD. We went the first weekend in May. Pick an 11:00 time.

Have a fantastic time!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 01-17-2005, 12:21 AM   #97
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We are trying to decide wether to surprise my now 8 yr. old with
a once in a lifetime swim with her all time favorites--
DOLPHINS.
We will be Orlando on her birthday and thought this would be
awesome
I am imaging it to be like being in Hawaii??

any words??
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Well it isn't Hawaii that is for sure. But it is a great place !! We liked DC so much after one trip that we planned our next trip entirely around DC. WE have done two days back to back there before. Just one hint - if you don't want to smell like fish then do not be in the Ray pool during feeding time. Personally, I don't mind so I get in and feed them.

The place is a wonderful respit from the normally high energy rush of doing the Universal, Disney parks...and there are no crowds at DC - even when they are fully booked.

We have been four times - your kid will love it! Unless she hates fish..
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Old 01-27-2005, 05:50 AM   #98
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My sister & family will be in Orlando in FEB. and added discovery cove to thier vacation plans due to the awesome reports on the boards! Thank You.
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I have given the kids the option of flying to Disney or doing Discovery Cove. And while thwy decide I am looking for more info.
I was wondering if the kids(10&12) can do the Dolphin swim without an adult(we would be on shore).
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We did the DS and there was a girl of 10 or 11 doing it herself and her parents where on the shore videoing it so u will be fine
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Old 02-10-2005, 03:56 PM   #101
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Thanks for such a quick response.
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:32 AM   #102
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We were at DC on 2/21 and found it to be completely relaxing. My DD calls it paradise. We loved the lazy river and practiced our snorkling there. The swim with the dolphin was great. We had Capricorn. He is a big sweetie. Just wished we could have been with him longer. The meal that we had there was very good. The free photo they took when you entered the park was the best picture of our whole family the entire vacation! It was a great day and we will plan to do it again on a future trip.

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Old 03-14-2005, 02:54 PM   #103
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We went to Discovery Cove in May 2003. It was fabulous. My DS (now 12) just reminded me of it again the other day and said it is still the best vacation he's ever been on. The day at DC was relaxing and something very out of the ordinary. We actually planned it because we had moved to FL and our DD's favorite thing was dolphins. We knew she would love it, but was pleasantly surprised how much DS enjoyed it. That says a lot when they are both coaster fanatics. We actually threw in a day at Busch Gardens just so we could all get our coaster fix!! It was certainly worth the expense for some wonderful memories. Our dolphin was Rascal....and had just a little rascal in him.

The only thing I wish I had known before we got there was how much the photos/video cost. I was quite surprised when I walked out of there nearly $200 poorer with a video and a CD with photos on it. There wasn't any way I was leaving without the photo memories though. Worth every penny; just wish I had known ahead of time.
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Old 03-21-2005, 08:56 PM   #104
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I was a apprehensive about going because I dont feel comfortable with extended periods under water.

I am so happy I went, I had a blast and conquered a big fear. The best part was how warm the water was, a luxury you won't find anywhere else.

I elected to not to the dolophin swim. While it looked awesome, I enjoyed watching others. The lunch was very good, too even for picky eaters.

It was so nice to be somewhere in FL that wasn't crawling with people.
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We are going in August with DD7 and DS8 would an early morning dolphin swim be best (thinking of all those thunderstorms in the afternoons)
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