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Old 12-25-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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Why the age difference for Atlantis vs Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim?

Does anyone know why the Atlantis Dolphin Swim age requirement is 10, but the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim is only 6? My son is almost 8 and I would much prefer to do the Atlantis version.... It looks like our only option for the swim is to book Blue Lagoon.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:59 AM   #2
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Why usually has to do with the private tour operator.

DCL is TOTALLY strict about the ages listed for excursions. THere is no wiggle room, not even one day! For a great dolphin experience, spend a little time in Orlando and do Discovery Cove. It was better than anything we did on any island.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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Blue Lagoon Island was Fantastic

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Does anyone know why the Atlantis Dolphin Swim age requirement is 10, but the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim is only 6? My son is almost 8 and I would much prefer to do the Atlantis version.... It looks like our only option for the swim is to book Blue Lagoon.
Sorry for the late reply, but we just returned from out of town. My DD (8 at the time) and DH did the dolphin swim at Blue Lagoon Island this past February. DD is a real animal lover and I knew that the shallow water encounter would not satisfy her. The excursion was a fantastic experience from start to finish. The participants spent quite a bit of time in the water and experienced a wide variety of interactions with the dolphins. The trainers were knowledgeable and fun. The foot push at the end was the icing on the cake. I went as an observer and got lots of great photos, but we did buy a couple of their photos as well. It was a wonderful experience for all of us, and one that I know my DD will never forget!
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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A friend of mine did Discovery cove about a year ago and had nothing but glowing reviews. I know my kids would prefer the foot push and such to just being able to basically pet the dolphin(which is my understanding of what Atlantis is)

Does anyone have pricing on Discovery Cove in FL? Never mind. Found it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:56 AM   #5
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A few years ago we took a trip to Atlantis. My DS8 (at the time) also loves marine life. We did the shallow encounter due to age restrictions set by Atlantis. The trainer asked us why we weren't doing the swim as my son was so involved and knowledgeable (and big for his age). I told her he was only 8 and she acknowledged that it was too bad, he had to be 10 for the swim. On this same trip I booked the Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim (knowing the encounter would not be enough for my DS). It was amazing. We danced, hugged and got kissed by the dolphins and also received a foot push (DS received his footpush from Jake, who starred as 'Flipper' in the movies. So much interaction and a beautiful island. There are different levels of interaction at Blue Lagoon too (observer, encounter and swim). Enjoy!
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