Discovery Cove -- All Day Adventure?

vikequeen

Mouseketeer
Joined
Aug 4, 2015
We are planning on our first visit to Discovery cove next June. We are not doing the dolphin swim, but are planning on the animal trek. Is this an all day till park close kind of park? or do people find they've done what they want by mid afternoon? The latter is usually our experience at the water park, and this experience starts even earlier. Just trying to plan ahead a little bit and think about whether we will want an evening activity.
 

CAPSLOCK

DIS Veteran
Joined
Jul 22, 2017
We spent all day and would have stayed longer if able. Granted we did the dolphin swim. But it is a relaxed, enjoyable day. For reference, we only did an afternoon at Aquatica and about 4hrs at Volcano Bay as my friend "isn't a water park person." She enjoyed DC a lot and filled the day easily. We did an escape room in the evening after DC closed at 5pm.
 

Capt_BJ

So Many Times
Joined
May 17, 2005
we've always stayed til near closing but note ... that's much earlier than typical parks .... closing at 5:30

we usually are gone by 5

Discovery Cove is a full day adventure with operating hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. If you’re participating in 3 or more add-on experiences during your visit to Discovery Cove, please plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m. for check-in and proper scheduling of your day. If your participating in Ray Feeding and your visitation date is between March 12 and November 4, please plan to arrive by 7:00 a.m. If your visitation date is between November 5 and March 11, please plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m.
 
  • mjhtvchick

    Universal Fan-atic
    Joined
    Apr 10, 2012
    I would agree with the other responses - we haven't done dolphin swim or other upgrades and still always wish we had more time at DC.
     

    Sweet Pea Reed

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Aug 13, 2012
    I'm hoping to go in February 2021 on a non-wdw day. Is it too cold to do DC in winter, if say, its 60 degrees outside?
     

    Capt_BJ

    So Many Times
    Joined
    May 17, 2005
    most water parks closed a couple of days last week when temps were near freezing at night

    it can get cold in Orlando ....

    DC has heated water, but that doesn't stop cold air . . .

    I'm sure there were people still at DC ... locally we call them tourists!!

    remember DC offers one free date change: At Discovery Cove, we recognize that vacation plans sometimes change. To accommodate this, we will allow one complimentary date change prior to your visit. Further changes to your itinerary will be provided for a nominal charge of $50 per change. If you need to reschedule your Discovery Cove visit, one complimentary date change is allowed, pending availability. Bookings made within 7 days of original reservation date will be booked at the original rate. Bookings made outside of that time will be subject to change based on seasonal rates for the new date chosen.
     
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