Discovery Cove - General Information


Universal Fan-atic
Apr 10, 2012
Post last updated - July 12, 2019
Prices last verified - July 12, 2019

This post provides general information about Discovery Cove.

All prices quoted in this post are subject to change; please check park website for current information.

Discovery Cove is a unique reservations-only, all-inclusive park. The park restricts attendance to about 1,300 guests per day and so is able to provide a more intimate, resort-like experience unlike any park in the world today.

As part of the basic Day Resort Package, guests are able to snorkel with tropical fish and rays in The Grand Reef, wade beside marmosets and otters in the Freshwater Oasis, hand-feed parrots, toucans, and other exotic birds in the free flight Explorer’s Aviary, and relax in the large resort pool and swim along a tropical river.

Other amenities include freshly prepared breakfast and lunch, unlimited snacks and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), usage of towels, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner and body wash, free equipment rentals and a souvenir snorkel.

There are many upgrades and add-on's available including the dolphin swim experience, the SeaVenture experience (an underwater walking tour), trainer for a day, ray feeding, massages, etc. More information on these and other upgrades follows below.

General information
The entrance to Discovery Cove is located just across the street from SeaWorld near the intersection between International Drive and the Central Florida Parkway. Click here ( for location and directions information.

Address & Contact Info
6000 Discovery Cove Way
Orlando, FL 32821
Phone: 407-513-4600
The park map is available at:

Self-parking at Discovery Cove is complimentary.

Park Hours
Discovery Cove is a full day adventure with water ways open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily.
Check in and breakfast begins at 7:15 am

Since Discovery Cove limits attendance to about 1,300 guests per day, it is highly recommended you make a reservation for your visit. Also, if you are planning on visiting during the summer or near a holiday, you should book your reservation at least two months prior to your intended visit to ensure availability as these timeframes tend to book early.

See below under Packages for a description of the three main packages that are available to book.
Discounts are available for Sea World annual pass-holders and Florida residents.
There are also several available upgrades and add-ons.
Admission is free for guests 2 years old and younger.

Vacation Packages
Admission to Discovery Cove can also be booked as part of a vacation package at an "Official SeaWorld Hotel" or a "SeaWorld Hotel Partner”. Guests who book these packages receive exclusive benefits that add significant value to an Orlando vacation experience as outlined on this page:

To book a vacation package, visit the Vacation Packages page of the Discovery Cove website:

Inclement Weather Policy
Discovery Cove closely monitors weather conditions and for the safety of guests, team members, and animals, may suspend operations during periods of inclement weather, including thunder, and lightning. During these periods guests may be asked to evacuate pools, reefs, and dining areas to seek shelter.

Water activities will still continue during rain storms, including:

• Dolphin Lagoon and Interaction
• Freshwater Oasis
• The Grand Reef
• Serenity Bay
• Wind-Away River

In the event a named tropical storm or hurricane is predicted to approach Orlando, Tampa, or a guest's hometown, within 7 days of the scheduled visit, Discovery Cove will reschedule or refund any vacation package booked online or from the call center. They will not apply any cancellation or change fees for this service. For any additional information, call 407-513-4600.

Changing or Canceling a Reservation
If your vacation plans do change, due to any other unforeseen events, Discovery Cove accommodates this by allowing our guests with one complimentary date change prior to your visit. Further changes to your itinerary will be provided for a nominal charge of $50 per change. Bookings made within 7 days of the 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.

Please note: If you decide to cancel or re-book your Discovery Cove reservation within 30 days of your visit there is no refund. If the cancellation notice is provided more than 30 days from your originally scheduled arrival, you will receive a full 100% refund. If you have to change or cancel your reservation, please contact the Discovery Cove reservations center at 407-513-4600.

Lockers are provided at Discovery Cove free of charge.

Guests should bring their own swimsuits, and, if they choose, water socks or rubber pool shoes, hat, sunglasses and cover-up or dry clothes.
Guests participating in the Trainer for a Day program are required to wear footwear during some portions of their day.
With the exception of watches and wedding bands, Discovery Cove guests may not wear jewelry, for the safety of the animals.

Swim Masks and Goggles
Discovery Cove provides all guests with a mask and snorkel. Guests may use their own masks and snorkels if they prefer, but may not bring any other diving or swimming equipment into the park.

Wet-suits and Swim Vests
Discovery Cove provides all guests with swim vests and/or wet-suits. These are required to be worn at all times while in the water.
Life jackets are also available.

Cameras and Recording Equipment
Guests may use their personal cameras and recording devices throughout the park, with the exception of the dolphin lagoons (for the safety of the animals and your photo equipment). Other party members who are not in the lagoon may take photos and record video of the interaction from the beach areas. Photography and video packages are also available in a range of selection and pricing.

Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas as indicated on the park map.

Swimming Ability
Discovery Cove has plenty to offer even non-swimmers.
Relax on the white sand beaches or one of our many hammocks or visit and hand feed the exotic birds in the Aviary.
Life jackets are provided so even tentative swimmers can enjoy the waterways as well. The devices are designed to keep you afloat, so you would still be able to snorkel with the fish in The Grand Reef or take a journey down the Wind-Away River. The life jackets can even be worn in the Dolphin Lagoon!


Discovery Cove can accommodate guests with disabilities who are able to maneuver themselves with limited assistance (or with the aid of a personal assistant) during their dolphin experience and in the various wading locations. Discovery Cove also offers specially-designed outdoor wheelchairs with over-sized tires for easy maneuvering on the beach. The wheelchairs are not self-maneuverable and guests will need assistance operating them. Wheelchairs can be reserved by calling 407-513-4600.

Service Animals
Discovery Cove welcomes service animals. According to federal and state law, a "service animal" is defined as a dog or miniature horse that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Service animals may access all areas of Discovery Cove with the exception of the Dolphin Lagoon, Explorer’s Aviary, Freshwater Oasis, Serenity Bay, The Grand Reef, and Wind-Away River. Service animals are prohibited from entering these areas due to safety reasons, the nature of these attractions, and the presence of other animals. However, attended service animals are welcome to wait at least 30 feet from the water's edge of these areas. For more information on service animals, visit the discovery cove website at:

Expectant Mothers
No restrictions are placed on expectant mothers; the decision is left up to each individual. However, guests should take the following into consideration: the day will involve swimming with water depths ranging from 3 to 15 feet. In addition, if you have chosen to participate in the Dolphin swim experience, it will be with a live animal weighing more than 500 pounds. The experience will involve up-close activities such as kissing and touching of the dolphin, along with being towed 12 feet through the water while holding onto the dorsal fin of the dolphin. Therefore, Discovery Cove asks that you consult a doctor prior to your visit and that you ensure that you explain the nature of the interaction and activities to receive a proper assessment.


Dolphin Lagoon
The location of the Dolphin Swim, Discovery Cove’s signature experience.
Depth: Shallowest Point – 0-1 feet; Deepest Point – 12 feet
Water Temperature: 80 F (26 C)

Explorer’s Aviary
Venture beyond the beaches and waterfalls of Discovery Cove and enter a hidden treasure, the Explorer's Aviary, where an inspiring natural habitat sings with the rhythm of wings and the melodies of birdsong. Watch as hundreds of colorful birds soar above and around you. Feel your heart soar as a feathered friend glides in to meet you and nibble fruit from your hand.

Freshwater Oasis
Features wading adventures and face-to-face encounters with playful otters and curious marmosets. Designed with a rainforest canopy above and sparkling-clear springs below, Freshwater Oasis is a natural fit within Discovery Cove’s tropical vibe. You can relax and explore. You’ll wade, wander, and float in the water-filled trails. No matter where you turn, you’ll find endless discoveries.
Depth: Shallowest Point – 0-1 feet; Deepest Point – 7 feet
Water Temperature: 85-86 F (30 C)

Serenity Bay
Slip into the refreshing 85-degree temperature of Discovery Cove's immense and immaculate Serenity Bay. Go for a swim in this pristine pool or simply soak up the sun as you enjoy the sparkling serenity of this fabulous freshwater playground.
This is where the lazy river, Wind-Away River begins and ends.
Depth: Shallowest Point – 0-1 feet; Deepest Point – 4 feet
Water Temperature: 85-86 F (30 C)

The Grand Reef
Families can seek discoveries along the water’s edge or cross a bridge to see sharks swimming below. Play hide-and-seek with thousands of beautiful fish, from small colorful wrasses to velvety rays. Further out in the reef, stunning habitats create the feeling of swimming right alongside sharp-toothed reef sharks safely behind glass. You can even take paths and bridges to the reef’s islands and hidden grottos as they delve into the reef from above, around and below.
This is also the location of SeaVenture.
Depth: Shallowest Point – 0-1 feet; Deepest Point – 12 feet
Water Temperature: 76-77 F (25 C)

Wind-Away River
Ride the soothing currents of a tropical river as it winds past sandy beaches, through a dense rain forest, beneath the rocky terrain of cascading waterfalls, and through an underwater cave. Glance down as you travel and take in the wonders that exist beneath the surface of the crystal-clear water.
Begins and ends in Serenity Bay.
Depth: Shallowest Point – 3 feet; Deepest Point – 8 feet
Water Temperature: 85-86 F (30 C)


Day Resort Package
Basic Day Resort Package includes:
  • All day unlimited access to Explorers Aviary, Freshwater Oasis, Serenity Bay, The Grand Reef, and Wind-Away River.
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch, plus unlimited snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic & alcoholic) throughout the day.
  • Use of lockers, sunscreen, snorkel gear, wet-suits, swim vests, shower and changing facilities, including shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
  • Souvenir snorkel.
  • All day self parking.
Prices start at $149 and are subject to change. Prices can be higher during high demand periods and availability decreases.

Day Resort + Dolphin Swim Package
Includes all features of the Day Resort Package plus:
  • 30 minute long interactive dolphin experience in the Dolphin Lagoon preceded by a 10-minute orientation session led by Discovery Cove's expert dolphin trainers to discuss safety and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions.
    • Small groups wade into the shallow water of the Dolphin Lagoon for the in-water experience with the dolphins.
    • At the end, one at a time, guests and a trainer will swim into deeper water for a personal "dorsal tow" back to shore.
    • After the water experience, guests can view photographs and video of their interactions and talk about their experience with trainers and other participants.
Children must be at least 6 years old to swim with dolphins.
Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who also is participating in the dolphin swim experience.
All minors under the age of 18 will require a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to the dolphin interaction. See the Discovery Cove website for more information on these waivers:
Prices start at $199 and are subject to change. Prices can be higher during high demand periods and availability decreases.
Pictures and video of your dolphin interaction available for purchase at an additional charge.

Trainer for a Day +3 Parks Package
Includes all features of the Day Resort + Dolphin Swim Package plus:
  • Spend the day with a dedicated animal trainer by your side, sharing knowledge and special behind-the-scenes tours, in an intimate group of no more than 9 guests
  • Get an enhanced, additional deep-water interaction with dolphins
  • Feed tropical fish in The Grand Reef
  • Enjoy special hand-on interaction with tropical birds and small mammals
  • Each group is provided a digital underwater camera for the day; photos from that camera provided digitally at the end of day are included
  • 14 days of unlimited admission and free parking to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens
Trainer for a Day participants must be in good physical condition and at least 6 years old.
All participants under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paid "Trainer for a Day" adult.
All participants or their legal guardians are required to sign a liability release form before beginning the program.
Participants of the Trainer for a Day program are asked to meet with your dolphin trainer at 8 a.m. in the Guest Reception Lobby (check-in should occur before this time).
Prices start at $445 and are subject to change. Prices can be higher during high demand periods and availability decreases.


Other Parks
When you book your day with Discovery Cove, you have the option of adding on 7 days of unlimited access to SeaWorld and Aquatica; or to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.
Prices start at $21 per person for a 2-park add-on and $46 per person for a 3-park add-on.

Embark on an innovative experience is an underwater walking tour in The Grand Reef where, while wearing a dive helmet, you’ll feel right at home under the sea. Experience includes a 20-minute underwater walking tour and one-on-one encounters with unique animals, schools of fish and velvety rays.
The program is about 45 minutes long in total including a 20-25 minute orientation.
SCUBA certification is not required.
Children ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a supervising companion 14 or older who is also participating in the SeaVenture experience.
Pricing starts at $49 per person and is limited to guests age 10 and up.

See Discovery Cove’s SeaVenture Medical and Minor Participant Information at

Ray Feeding
Join Discovery Cove’s expert aquarists early in the morning and help them as they feed the amazing Cownose and Southern Stingrays. You will also have the opportunity to feed thousands of beautiful tropical fish their morning meal before venturing out on a private, guided swim of The Grand Reef.
This experience takes place Thursday through Monday mornings from 7:00-8:45 am. This includes check-in and preparation time; the full in-water experience will be approximately 30-45 minutes.
Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who is also participating in the Ray Feeding experience.
All reservations must be purchased in advance. Please plan to arrive by 7:00 a.m. for check-in and proper scheduling of your day.
Pricing starts at $59 per person and is limited to guests age 6 and up.

Swim with Sharks
Have the experience of a lifetime by getting up-close and swimming with sharks.
  • Participate in a shallow water shark talk and training session with Discovery Cove’s expert aquarists
  • Swim freely alongside several species of sharks in the deeper part of their habitat
All participants must be comfortable swimming in water.
The experience must be booked ahead of time and you will be assigned a time to participate. Please plan to arrive at the check-in cabana 10 minutes prior to your Shark Swim time.
Children ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a supervising companion 14 or older who is also participating in the Shark Swim experience.
Pricing starts at $109 per person and is limited to guests age 10 and up.

Discovery Cove donates 5% of the proceeds from Shark Swim to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation which conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment.

Animal Trek
Experience a private 90 minute tour with our Ambassadors to see behind the scenes and receive additional opportunities to meet some of our birds and small mammals.
Your tour will include:
  • Private tour of the aviary
  • Meet, feed, and touch some of our small mammals
All participants must be at least 6 years old. Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who is also participating in the Animal Trek experience.
Pricing starts at $79 per person and is limited to guests age 6 and up.

Day Beds - pricing starts at $69 per day bed
Comfortable Day Beds tucked within lush landscaping and alongside pristine beaches provide a special place to relax and unwind when not in the water exploring.
Upon arrival to the park, guests will check-in and be escorted to their personal day bed location.
Day beds fit up to 2 adults comfortably, with a maximum of 4 guests per day bed.


Private Cabana - pricing starts at $199 per cabana
Reserve your own private space, tucked within the lush landscaping and overlooking waterways, with a Discovery Cove cabana, complete with:
  • Table and chairs
  • Chaise lounges
  • Private Locker
  • Fresh Towels
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks (including water and soft drinks)
  • A Cabana Host to re-stock snacks, drinks, towels and to keep the cabana clean during your visit
Cabanas are designed to accommodate between 6 and 8 guests comfortably, but no more than 10 guests will be permitted to occupy a single cabana. Parties exceeding 10 guests in size are required to purchase a second cabana. Guests ages 2 & under do not count toward the party size. Cabana locations vary and cannot be guaranteed. Limited quantities available.

Elite Cabana - pricing starts at $459 per cabana
All the benefits of a Private Cabana plus:
  • Dolphin Interaction Photo Package ($229 value)
  • A buoy with personalized message (delivered by a dolphin if dolphin swim package is booked)
  • Discovery Cove Signature Tote Bag
  • Souvenir Beach Towel
VIP Cabana - pricing starts at $799 per cabana
All the benefits of an Elite Cabana plus:
  • Dedicated cabana host/hostess during your visit
  • Reserved seating at Laguna Grill for breakfast and lunch
  • Private animal meet-and-greet with a Discovery Cove Animal Ambassador
Discovery Photo Package - $229
  • All of your digital images from your dolphin interaction
  • 6x8 prints and frame
Premium Drink Package - $40 per person
  • Selection of signature cocktails
  • Fully stocked liquor bar
  • Selection of craft and domestic beers
  • Red and white wines
Celebration Package - $129
A perfect way to celebrate that special someone's birthday, an anniversary or simply to enhance an already wonderful day.
  • A buoy with personalized message (delivered by a dolphin if dolphin swim package is booked)
  • Discovery Cove Signature Tote Bag
  • Beach Towel
  • 20% off Discovery Photo Package ($57 value)
  • Park admission is not included & is required. Limited to one (1) personalized buoy delivery per group swimming with the dolphins.

Both breakfast and lunch are served “cafeteria style” at Laguna Grill
Breakfast is available from 7:15 - 10:30 am
Lunch is available from 11:15 am - 3:30 pm

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Sausage Links
  • Hash Brown Potatoes
  • French Toast Sticks
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruits (whole apples, oranges, bananas, mixed cubed melons, pineapple, berries)
  • Breakfast Pastries (mini muffins, petite cheese & fruit danish, cinnamon buns)
  • Assorted Yogurts
  • Assorted Dry Cereals
  • Traditional Warm Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Raisins
  • Assorted beverages including freshly-squeezed orange juice, milk, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
Lunch Entrées
  • Laguna Beach Burger - served with French Fries
  • Caribbean Spiced Salmon - served with Island Style Rice, Fire Roasted Vegetables, Pico de Gallo
  • Grilled Churrasco Steak - served with Roasted Potatoes, Fire Roasted Vegetables, Chimichurri Sauce
  • Grilled Jerk Chicken - served with Island Style Rice, Fire Roasted Vegetables, Mango Salsa
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich -served with French Fries
  • Pasta Marinara - served with Meatballs
Cold Wraps and Salads
  • Seaside Wraps - Ham, Turkey, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Spinach Tortilla
  • Vegetable Wrap - Assorted Vegetables, Red Pepper Hummus, Spinach Tortilla
  • Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Laguna House Salad - Baby Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion, Black Olives, Feta Cheese, Vinaigrette
  • Seafood Pasta Salad - Shrimp and Crab, Spicy Remoulade
  • Quinoa Salad - Quinoa, Black Beans, Corn, Shaved Red Onion, Tomato, Cilantro, Fresh Squeezed Lime
  • Kale and Wild Rice - With Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Berry Coleslaw
  • Pickle Spears
  • Pina Colada Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Decadent Cake
  • New York Style Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping
  • Carrot Cake
  • Assorted Whole and Mixed Fruit
Kid’s Lunch Menu
  • Hot Dog - served with French Fries
  • Chicken Tenders - served with French Fries
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pasta Marinara - served with Meatballs

A variety of snacks and beverages are also available at a number of locations throughout the park.

  • Assorted Chips
  • Fresh Warm Soft Pretzels
  • Sugar-Free Cookies
  • Whole Fresh Fruit
  • Assorted Snow Icee
Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Assorted Coca-Cola Products
  • Bottled Water
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Coffee and Tea
Alcoholic Beverages
A selection of beer and wine is available to guests over 21 years of age with proper ID (This will be verified when you check in and indicated on a lanyard that you are required to wear throughout the park.)

Food Preferences, Allergies and Other Dietary Needs
A number of the above options are Vegan, Dairy Free and Gluten Free. See the menus on the Discovery Cove website ( for more information or contact Discovery Cove directly at:

Guests with food allergies or special dietary needs are asked, upon arriving at Laguna Grill, to ask to speak with a Supervisor to discuss the severity of your allergens and determine a meal that will be safe for you.
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  • macraven

    Proud Redhead
    Apr 21, 2003
    Thank you mjhtvchick for doing the information packet

    I can tell you spent a good deal of time on it

    Anything that helps our readers is always appreciated

    I prefer to discuss somethings privately and not in open discussion boards

    You or any reader can contact me by PM for any discussions
  • MoLoh

    Earning My Ears
    Apr 24, 2017
    Does anyone know if with the 14 day Seaworld and Aquatica pass, can you go to both parks in the same day, or can you just go to one park a day. TIA


    Universal Fan-atic
    Apr 10, 2012
    I don't have any personal experience with this but I can't see that it would be a problem to visit both parks on one day.


    Sep 21, 2007
    Their web page isn't completely user friendly when trying to book. I can book the DC package I want with no problems but when i want to add a hotel that's the only thing it will allow me to do. Can you put a deposit down and then make payments? Looking to go next May so there's plenty of time to pay it off.
  • macraven

    Proud Redhead
    Apr 21, 2003
    I have no answers for you but can post so this thread is kept close to the top in the forum to get the attention of others


    Universal Fan-atic
    Apr 10, 2012
    Made a couple of small revisions - integrated info regarding the Upgraded Drink Package add-on.


    DIS life goes on
    Jun 11, 2000
    Anyone know what is the best time to show up in the morning? This is the experience that is kicking off our trip and we did buy the package with the Bush Gardens add on. Do we activate the package tix at Discovery Cove when we check in?


    Proud Redhead
    Apr 21, 2003
    If you do not get any replies with your with your questions, use the contact email that mjhtvchick listed in the sticky above

    Two of my friends went earlier this year and they gave themselves one hour before opening to arrive

    Might have been over kill but they were extremely excited to be there!

    They parked the car and checked in once employees were set up


    Universal Fan-atic
    Apr 10, 2012
    Anyone know what is the best time to show up in the morning? This is the experience that is kicking off our trip and we did buy the package with the Bush Gardens add on. Do we activate the package tix at Discovery Cove when we check in?
    If you have a dolphin swim booked, I would show up for the 7:15 check-in/breakfast. If not, it is really up to you...we usually get there around 8-8:30am. That gives us time to get registered, get our wetsuits, poke our stuff in a locker and grab a quick bite before heading to the water! :)

    Since your Discovery Cove day is your first day, you can use your DC "IDs" as your passes to Sea World, Aquatica and Busch Gardens. You can always bring your booking confirmation, just in case but I have never needed anything other than my DC ID.

    You are going to have an awesome day!


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