Discovery cove

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  1. Trixster

    Trixster Mouseketeer

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    My DW mentioned to me last night that she would like to swim with the dolphins in our 2010 trip, preferably on 4th July. There would be 3 of us that would do this and would come out at about £540 which is very steep for a one day excursion.

    Is this worth the £180 each to do?

    How far in advance would you book the 4th July - now too early?
     
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  3. supameanie

    supameanie Earning My Ears

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    I to am going to discovery cove and found it hard to justify, until my mum pointed out that, if i got the ultimate package its a little more for 14 days out....and if we was to pay for 14 days out in the uk it would cost us well over a 1000 pounds so that settled it for me.....
     
  4. eeyorefanuk

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    I feel the same, but two people in my work have been and said it was wonderful.

    Also because we want to go to seaworld, aquatica and busch gardens, we have bought a ticket with all four together (14 day pass to all except discovery I think) .... this might be another option for you
     
  5. wayneg

    wayneg Moderator Moderator

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    Difficult one, although we have been twice and thinks its an amazing day I don't think its worth £180. If you asked my DW & DS they would probably say yes it is, they are Dolphin mad, I am not, I love the rest of the park, fish lagoon, aviary, lazy river, rays and all you can eat food and drink. Last time it cost me about £70 without dolphin swim, to me its not worth the extra for 25-30 mins with a dolphin.
    We have been lucky getting dicounts with Annual passes, 1st visit only cost £100pp incl dolphins, 2nd trip cost more, only gave $30pp off.
    Its a great experience and if you have the money then yes do it, my choice to spend £540 would be a 4 day cruise, I guess DW would go for Discovery cove, DS would say do both:goodvibes

    Welcome to DISboards supameanie :welcome:
     
  6. JohnnySharp2

    JohnnySharp2 No man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a

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    If you decide to go it's vital you spend the whole day there and take advantage of the food provided also, which is included in the price.

    Our only trip there provided mixed memories, mainly down to the cooler weather we encountered in our March trip 2005. It was freezing and we also had to wait 2 hours for a thunderstorm to leave the area.

    Discovery Cove is a unique experience, and only you can decide if the outlay is worth it, if you do decide to go and want an early swim I would aim getting there no later than 8am. If you go any later than that you probably will have to wait for an afternoon slot.

    If you can afford it I would go for it, but if it will impact on other aspects of your holiday you may decide it's a luxury.
     
  7. dolphingirl47

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    We have been 6 times now and are about to go on our 7th visit. I am dolphin mad and do the dolphin swim, but DH usually just does the non-dolphin swim package. When we stayed offsite, we definitely get our money's worth out of this. We used to get the package that included admission to Seaworld and Busch Gardens. I usually spend at least 2 hours every day at Seaworld and the price also includes the shuttle bus to Busch Gardens. Now that we are staying onsite, it is not quite such a good deal for us, but it is our happy place and we still visit Seaworld at least once. This year, we initially had no plans to go, but DH said he really would miss it if we didn't. I also want to spend our second day in Florida at Seaworld. Looking at the ticket prices, just getting a day ticket to Seaworld would cost me $75. So that makes going to Discovery Cove a more attractive proposition. Add to that that we get two meals and unlimited drinks and snacks and it is not such a bad deal at all.

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  8. pacman9a

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    We went in August and we all 4 of us said it was the best day of the whole holiday!

    Loved the dolphin swim but all the other parts of the park are great too particularly the coral reef that you can snorkel around.

    As someone else said if you get the ultimate package with the 14 day tickets for Seaworld etc included then its not too bad.

    We booked about 3 months prior to going, as soon as we'd decided that we were definately doing it. I guess for 4th July it might be busier so probably better to book sooner rather than later
     
  9. scottishgirl87

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    I went to Discovery Cove on my trip in 2003 and swam with the dolphins and it was amazing! The whole place is just, wow! Swimming with the fishes is so bizarre. I'd definitely do it again in a heartbeat!

    I wanna go next year when we go but BF can't swim and doesn't wanna pay for the money for it :confused3 I see his point as it wouldn't be much fun for him I don't think. If you can afford it I don't think you'd regret it!
     
  10. chocomochamouse

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    We - me, DH, DD12 DS 6 - did DC in august and it was one of our best days! Dolphin swim was fantastic and was worth the extra money just for the look om my kids faces!
    The day was so relaxing and it was just what we needed after a week of pounding the parks. Wouldn't hesitate to do it again :)
     
  11. Trixster

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    Thanks for all the replies, seems like my DW will enjoy it. I'll probably get many browny points as well for doing this. Always good to bank those points in case I want to do something in the future.

    One question:

    Are you allocated a time slot to swim with the dolphins when you book, or is it on a first come first served basis, therefore better to go at 8am?

    Thanks
     
  12. JohnnySharp2

    JohnnySharp2 No man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a

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    First come first served as far as I am aware, unless there are any exceptions. Our son is disabled but we still couldn't get an early slot when we arrived on the day, however it was past 0830 or so I think, so if you really want an early swim definitely get there before 8am.

    Any later than that and you will be looking at lunchtime onwards.
     
  13. scottishgirl87

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    I'm not sure if they've changed it since I last went but I'm sure we were given a specific time slot for the swim with dolphins.
     
  14. wayneg

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    Yes you get a time but only when you checkin on the morning, not before you arrive.
     
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    You are allocated a time slot,which can change depending on the weather.
    It's an amazing day make sure you spend the whole day there..the food was delicious.:thumbsup2
     
  16. Beth__WDW23/6/02

    Beth__WDW23/6/02 <font color=deeppink>you can never mock anything u

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    Correct..:thumbsup2
     
  17. tttessa

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    Be careful if you are booking for kids though..... my Aunt took my nephew (7) and he , who was keen to do it before they travelled - TOTALLY refused to get in the water. With dolphins, with fish, with anything - and when they got back to the villa he would not go in the pool as he saw a leaf and thought it was a fish.

    I won't be going as I know my kids , though old enough now, would be scared (also I have ethical problems) but I think my eldest put it the funniest - "who wants to swim in a pool full of fish wee...":lmao:

    I guess you either love this sort of thing or hate it....

    Tessa
     
  18. tinks86

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    Has anyone done the dolphin swim at Epcot? Only I am having exactly the same debate and saw the Epcot one was only $150 so about £80-90 - anyone ever done this or know anything about it?
     
  19. dolphingirl47

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    I have done Dolphins in Depth at Epcot last year. It is not a dolphin swim. In fact, the dolphin interaction is not guaranteed. Here is my trip report from last year:

    Corinna
     
  20. Tinks1984

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    We did DC last year and DBF and I loved it, really enjoyed our day there. It seemed to go by very quickly though!

    We got there around 8.30am and we were given a 2.15pm dolphin swim, so I suppose it can vary as to what time allocation you're given. I didn't mind this time though, I had a theory that the water would warm up through the day - my theory proved to be incorrect :lmao: Still very cold!

    It is a lot to shell out for and you need to be brave and try everything I think to get your moneys worth. As others have mentioned, make sure you eat and drink, as everything's included and the food is very nice. I don't think we took advantage enough of getting cool drinks throughout the day, I think we were too much in awe of each area we visited.

    I loved the bird aviary, the fact you could feed them and they'll come and sit on your arm and shoulder was great. One of them took a shine to my DBF and took to cleaning his neck and shoulders :rotfl2: The trainer told us that the bird was taking the salt off his skin :)

    You'll enjoy the day if you go - we did, we're going back again next May with my Mum, Dad and Brother also.
     
  21. wayneg

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    A few pics, long time since I posted them. DS looks young here.

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