I went to DC last summer and just booked our second trip for June. I have parents in Florida and now I book the trip around my Discovery Cove reservations.
It was truely magical. I think it is a adventure we will make every year. DS (age 7) absolutely loved it.
My advise - the water in the dolphin lagoon is COLD. If you tend to get cold easily get a wetsuit - they are free for the asking. My son hated the dolphin encounter because he was too cold. I found out that there were wetsuits and complained to a manager. We got my son a wetsuit and they let him have an additional 10 minutes one-on-one with a dolphin to make up for it!!! Got some incredible pictures of just him and the dolphin (Ajax)!!!!!
I can't wait to get back there. Just came back from a Disney Magic cuise in May and have been dreaming of white beaches ever since then. The sand at DC is from Castaway Cay but it is better because it does not have all the shells which can be hard on the feet.
A underwater camera is a must. You cant use it with the dolphins but it is great with the stingrays in the freshwater snorkeling trail and waterfall.
We have 6 in our family and we were thinking of going to DC, but skipping the dolphin swim because of the cost. Will we be disappointed if we go there and miss the dolphin swim? Or will the day still be fun, and we would feel that we didn't miss out on too much?
We are also planning our second trip to DC in July . It was the best day of our 14 day vacation. The Dolphin encounter is really a very special time...Try hard to include it you won't be sorry..but you might be if you exclude it.....
Did the Dolphin swim with DD last Sunday. She loved it. It didn't excite me all that much. I went just for DD's sake. The trainer has everybody do something with the dolphin, when he asked me I told him I would pass. Just didn't excite me that much.
Thanks for the info. I have another question anyone. Could we have the 4 children do the dolphin swim, while Mom and Dad watch? The kids range in age from 8 to 12, and are all good swimmers and comfortable around animals. But, of course, they have never been near dolphins before!
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