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The Frog Family's Guide to Discovery Cove Orlando

by Mommy Frog on April 14, 2021 87 Orlando

Discovery Cove Guide - Pinterest We love the hustle and bustle of theme parks more than anyone, but as parents, it can be stressful to jump from ride, to show, to meals, to the hotel and back again. (It can be exhausting for little ones too!) That's why we consider Discovery Cove Orlando our little slice of heaven and a great way to schedule some relaxing fun in between theme park visits. It's home to 45 gorgeous dolphins, and it's a home-away-from-home for us Frogs.

Discovery Cove is part of SeaWorld parks and entertainment. But this is a different kind of park that gets you in the water to enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences. You can swim with dolphins, fish and rays, feed birds and kick back on pristine beaches. Plus your day includes unlimited food and beverages! You can escape the crowds and have a relaxing day at your own pace. Our Frog family's hopping guide to Discovery Cove Orlando will help you create a little oasis with splashing good fun on your Orlando vacation. Hop down to the bottom of this post to learn more about new health and safety guidelines in place at Discovery Cove.

Our Guide to Discovery Cove Orlando

Discovery Cove Orlando has something for everyone — and every energy level too! From underwater adventures to breezy hammocks perfect for napping in the sun, this all-day resort will make you feel like you've slipped away to a tropical paradise. We're here to give you the details on Discovery Cove Orlando so you know exactly what to look forward to.

Discovery Cove Orlando Overview

When we think of Discovery Cove Orlando, we think of all of the awesome benefits of being on a cruise ... without any of the seasickness! Imagine being in the middle of paradise with tons of cool excursions just footsteps away, and you'll find yourself at Discovery Cove. This all-inclusive day resort features unlimited food and drinks, gorgeous beaches, free animal-safe sunscreen, refreshing water and unique animal encounters.

Discovery Cove is right across from SeaWorld Orlando, and only a 15-minute drive to both Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. Parking is free for guests.

While waterways don't open at Discovery Cove Orlando until 9 a.m., check-in and breakfast starts promptly at 7:15 a.m. We recommend arriving right at 7 a.m. (but no need to arrive any earlier!) to start your day of relaxation and adventure ASAP, and to get first dibs on your choice of excursion times. Be sure to have your IDs on hand to verify your reservations at check-in, especially if you plan on indulging in adult beverages! The resort closes at 5 p.m. each day.

A huge perk of Discovery Cove Orlando is that they only let in up to 1,300 guests daily, so the park will always feel peaceful and not too crowded. In all aspects, Discovery Cove Orlando makes sure you have a delightful time.

Discovery Cove Orlando Tickets

There are quite a few options to choose from when it comes to Discovery Cove Orlando tickets, and we're here to break them down for you! Oh, and we conveniently have all of the below ticket options available to purchase at a discount on our site.

The best bang for your buck is the Discovery Cove Day Resort Package, with 14-day unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, as well. (Read that again — two weeks' unlimited admission to SeaWorld too! Woohoo!) For the ultimate experience, we recommend hopping on the ticket that includes the dolphin swim package — this tends to be the most popular choice.

But wait, there's more! Be sure to check out our options that include 14-day unlimited admission AND free parking at SeaWorld, Aquatica AND Busch Gardens too! You can grab this awesome deal with or without the dolphin swim package included. (Have we mentioned how much we love how accommodating the Discovery Cove Orlando ticket options are?)

Don't have time to take advantage of the 14-day admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica? We toadally understand how much there is to do in Orlando. Luckily, we're now selling Discovery Cove tickets with only the day resort package, with or without the dolphin swim included.

The best ticket for your family just depends on your vacation plans and how much time you have to take advantage of the awesome perks. We promise you can't go wrong! If you do opt for a ticket that includes theme park admission, as well, know that your plastic ID given to you at Discovery Cove also acts as your ticket to the other parks.

How to Book Your Day at Discovery Cove Orlando

As mentioned above, you can book both your day resort and dolphin swim packages through us. But that might leave you wondering how to add on all of the delightful extras we mention below. Well, that's easy!

Once you purchase your Discovery Cove Orlando tickets through Undercover Tourist, hop on over to the Discovery Cove site. Click "Upgrades" on the top bar and add your desired animal encounters, feedings, underwater tours, cabanas, day beds, photo packages, premium drinks or trainer for a day experiences to your cart. Be sure you select the same date for all of your choices. Voila! You're set up for a dreamy day at Discovery Cove Orlando.

We suggest booking your reservation and any add-on experiences at least two months in advance to ensure availability, as spots can fill quickly.

Experiences Included at Discovery Cove Orlando

There is so much to do and enjoy at Discovery Cove Orlando that we can easily spend a day here without adding on any additional experiences. That's definitely a "plus" in our book!

Unlimited Food and Beverages

Let's start with the important stuff ... FOOD! Discovery Cove Orlando's Laguna Grill serves up all-you-can-eat buffets.

Discovery Cove Guide - Breakfast

Breakfast is served between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. each day, with all of your favorites to enjoy. Fuel up with scrambled eggs, sausage links, French toast sticks, hash brown potatoes, buttermilk biscuits, cereal, fresh fruit, pastries and more. While it is buffet-style, employees will serve up your food for you ... in generous portions too!

Discovery Cove Guide - Lunch

Between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., you can enjoy lunch at your leisure. The menu often rotates, but there is always something for every palate. During our visit, we savored turkey wraps, macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, salmon, jerk chicken, burgers, salads, French fries, steamed vegetables and tons more. Everything was a hit, and we especially appreciated how there was yummy food for grown-ups and tadpoles alike. Oh, and don't get me started on the desserts ... the cake flavors alone are practically endless: chocolate chip, tropical, carrot and even strawberry cheesecake.

We mustn't forget about the all-day snack stations! Throughout the park, you'll find snack stands serving up yummy goodies all day. Assorted chips, soft pretzels, cookies, fruit and more will give you all the energy you need to adventure (or to put you into a nice beach hibernation). You can also help yourself to bottled water, soda, coffee, hot chocolate and our favorite — the Icee machine!

Discovery Cove Guide - Snack Bar

Drumroll please ... bottled beer and wine ARE included with your admission for adult frogs ages 21 and up. The premium drink package ($40) includes unlimited signature cocktails, a fully stocked liquor bar, craft and domestic beers, seltzer and red and white wine. (If you don't have the premium drink package, you can purchase drinks that aren't included with regular admission at an extra cost.) Just be sure to drink responsibly. Last call for alcoholic drinks is at 4:45 p.m.

With tons of food, sun and fun, it's easy to froget to drink water. Be sure to stay hydrated in order to best enjoy your day.

If you have allergies, be sure to let an employee know upon arrival. (We also recommend giving them a heads up when booking your reservation.) They'll set you up to meet with the chef and develop custom meals to meet your needs for the day. The online dining menu shows gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly and vegan-friendly options.

Explorer's Aviary

Discovery Cove Guide - Birds on Woman's Head

As a frog, I didn't expect to love meeting birds in the Explorer's Aviary as much as I did. Not only was I impressed at the gorgeous environment and our laid-back feathered friends, but it made my heart leap to see the joy on Tad's and Lily's faces as they fed these gorgeous creatures.

Little bowls of fresh, healthy bird food are provided to entice the tropical creatures to get close to you for a fun encounter and perfect Discovery Cove Orlando photo-op. They aren't shy and may even land on your head! (So, if you're not really a fan of feathered friends, consider skipping this experience.) Check out the bird identification guides posted throughout the aviary for a bit of education on what species you're checking out (at this time, the guides are digital, and you can scan a QR code on your phone to view them).

Wind-Away River

Discovery Cove Guide - Wind-Away River

Discovery Cove Orlando is home to our favorite "lazy" river. Grab a noodle to make it a relaxing coast through the water as you enjoy the scenery of waterfalls, caves, rainforests, beaches and more. You might even see some cool creatures along the way ... but they're separated from the river itself, so no need to worry about them hitching a ride with your frog squad. With the combination of relaxation, fun and breathtaking scenery, this is one of those activities that really allows you to enjoy your family time.

We lovingly call Wind-Away River the "not-so-lazy" river, because there are no rafts or inner tubes to nap on here. The river gets up to eight feet deep at some parts, so even frogs like us like to grab onto a noodle to help float us along. The river is absolutely safe for little ones, but we do 100 percent recommend grabbing a complimentary life jacket for tadpoles — even those who are used to flipping their fins — though it's not required. It's easy to get distracted by the scenery and as we always say, better safe than sorry. Bring a mask and snorkel along to view the scene below the surface of the water.

Serenity Bay

Adventuring not your style? We're not here to judge! Discovery Cove Orlando is the perfect place to unwind, and there's nowhere better than Serenity Bay. Lounge on a beach chair or grab one of the hammocks for a nap in the sun in between dips in the tropical swim freshwater area. The 85-degree water is so welcoming! Have your cameras ready to catch the new flamboyance of flamingos as they journey across the white sand beaches in front of Dolphin Lagoon on their way to Laguna Grill in the morning around 9:15 a.m.

The Grand Reef

You won't want to miss a single sight! If you wear glasses, pick up a pair of complimentary prescription goggles at guest services.

Discovery Cove Orlando's Grand Reef is probably the most unique, exciting and "worth it" of the included experiences. Grab a complimentary snorkel and goggle set (blue bags for adults, yellow for children) and jump in to check out thousands of various, colorful fish through a coral reef. You'll encounter reef sharks, colorful angelfish, velvety rays and so much more! The Discovery Cove animal experts are on hand to answer any questions.

Small Mammal Viewings

Once or twice a day, professional animal caretakers will bring out a furry (or not-so-furry, or feathery) friend to visit with you at Conservation Cabana. We've been lucky enough to meet an armadillo and owl on our visits, and hope to meet a sloth sometime soon! This is a prime form of edutainment, as the animal experts will answer every curious question your little ones may have, while they get the chance to touch some interesting critters.

Amenities

Half of the beauty in Discovery Cove Orlando is that they have pretty much everything covered for you. All of the below resources and perks are included at no extra cost:

Discovery Cove Guide - Lockers

  • Large lockers to stow your gear
  • Showers complete with shampoo, conditioner and body wash (both private indoor or public outdoor showers available as showering is required before entering any animal living space), as well as hair dryers to use
  • Fresh towels practically everywhere you turn
  • Animal-safe sunscreen (Skip bringing your own, and use this to protect the wildlife!)
  • Wet suits and vests with sizes for everyone (Employees do a GREAT job of estimating your size, but don't be shy in asking for a size up or down.) You can also find life jackets of every size along the shore.
  • Snorkeling gear, with prescription goggles available upon request
  • Changing facilities
  • Food and beverage, including snacks plus beer and wine for adults 21+
  • Complimentary self-parking

Special Accommodations

You might not expect that guests with disabilities would be able to experience much of the aquatic fun at Discovery Cove Orlando, but the resort does an incredible job of including everyone wherever possible. We recommend calling Discovery Cove Orlando ahead of your trip at (407) 513-4600 to reserve wheelchairs and make a note of any necessary accommodations in your reservation. The Discovery Cove Orlando team will do everything they can to make your visit as adventurous and fun as possible. Discovery Cove is also a Certified Autism Center. The park offers specialized services to guests with autism and other special needs.

Wheelchairs are provided with special wheels to help guide you through the sand and on wet terrain. (Sneak a peek at the stroller photo below for an idea of what those sand-friendly wheels look like. They work like magic!) There are remarkable viewing areas of the reef that are wheelchair-accessible, and as much assistance as needed is offered by Discovery Cove Orlando employees to help you experience as much as you are comfortable with. Special structures and handrails are even built into the dolphin lagoons to be as inclusive as possible.

Discovery Cove Orlando - Stroller

Specially wheeled strollers are also complimentary to make your day with little ones that much easier ... and to help avoid a sandy mess in your car later on!

Service animals (dog or miniature horse) are welcome and may access the resort areas except for the Aviary, Grand Reef, Serenity Bay, Wind-Away River, Freshwater Oasis and Dolphin Lagoons. Attended service animals are allowed to wait at least 30 feet from the water's edge of these areas.

Discovery Cove Orlando Upgrades and Add-Ons

Discovery Cove Guide - Dolphin Lagoon

We mean it when we say you can thoroughly enjoy a day at Discovery Cove Orlando without any upgrades or add-ons, and you can keep busy with the included wildlife and activities! However, some of the neatest animal encounters (and luxurious relaxation additions) do come at an additional cost. We find these once-in-a-lifetime experiences to be both reasonably priced and worth it.

With any of the animal encounters, one of our favorite parts is learning from the animal ambassadors and educators. The Discovery Cove Orlando team members are truly passionate about what they do, and it shows! It will touch your heart to see them interact with their beloved animal friends, and it's super fun to learn so much about the wildlife!

Dolphin Swim 

Discovery Cove Guide - Posing with Dolphin

The dolphin swim is our favorite part of every visit to Discovery Cove Orlando, and is especially enchanting for first-timers. In small groups, you get to meet a dolphin to touch or hug before taking a swim alongside him or her. The dolphins are ready to pose for solo and group shots, including one with a kiss on the cheek! You even get to help the trainers encourage the dolphin to perform some of their coolest behaviors.

I'm sure you want to know more about this unfrogettable experience. Our tween, Tad, shares all the deets in his Discovery Cove Dolphin Swim Experience and FAQ.

For the time being, the Dolphin Experience is modified to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unvaccinated guests must wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing (though you're allowed to pull the mask down under your chin for photos). Dolphin interactions take place in shallow water. You'll need to make a reservation to do this experience. Call (407) 513-4600 to add this experience to your reservation.

SeaVenture - Starting at $49/person

We've never had an experience like this outside of Discovery Cove Orlando! Available for ages 10 and up, this underwater walking tour uses unbelievable "astronaut" helmets (as Tad called them) to experience the sea in a whole new light. Spend 20 to 25 minutes underwater with an oxygen helmet that will make adventuring underwater practically as easy as taking a stroll on land, guided by an animal expert that will give you fun facts along the way. You'll have an opportunity to touch sea life and be surrounded by gorgeous fish, rays and sharks. Fair warning: This experience is not meant for the claustrophobic! However, it was much easier to adjust to than I anticipated. If any problem arises, you can use hand signals at any time to return to land. Each dive is limited to nine people. You should not drink alcohol before your tour or fly within four hours of participating, so schedule accordingly! Personal GoPros are allowed, or you can borrow an underwater camera to take photos, which can be added to a photo package or purchased separately.

Cabanas - Starting at $199/cabana for up to eight guests

Discovery Cove Guide - Cabana

We were lucky enough to splurge on a cabana during our most recent visit to Discovery Cove Orlando, and we loved every second. Cabanas add a new level of privacy, convenience and luxury to make your visit even better. Each cabana has its own table and chairs, chaise lounges, private locker, fresh towels and unlimited snacks and drinks. There are different levels of cabanas. The top-level (but pricey) VIP Cabana comes with gifts, a photo package, an exclusive animal encounter and a VIP Cabana Host! We recommend asking for a cabana with the best view of the dolphins! Not only is it a peaceful area, but admiring the fantastic dolphins will keep your tadpoles entertained.

Day Beds - Starting at $69/day

Discovery Cove Guide - Day Bed

If you are not ready to splurge on a cabana, but you want a comfortable oversized Day Bed to call your own for the day, two adults (with a maximum of four guests) can relax on a nice bed. For larger parties, you may purchase additional day beds.

Animal Trek - $79/person

Take a private 30-minute tour with Animal Ambassadors for a behind-the-scenes experience with some of the birds and small animals at Discovery Cove Orlando. Fun fact: Otters are our favorite animals ... other than frogs! Actual animal experiences may vary as the tour has been reduced from 90 minutes down to 30. Animal Trek and Shark Swim take place at the same time, so you will need to pick between the two experiences if you're interested in both.

Ray Feeding - Starting at $59/person

Available for only a limited number of guests per day (talk about VIP!), be sure to book this cool experience in advance for family members ages 6 and up. Put on a wetsuit and hop in the water to feed Cownose and Southern Stingrays, along with thousands of tropical fish, their morning meal during a private swim in the Grand Reef. It includes a Q&A session with an aquarist. While about 30 to 45 minutes will be spent in the water, allow at least an hour and 45 minutes for the entire experience.

Flamingo Mingle - Starting at $59/person

"Flamingle" with flamingos, as the perfect way to kick off your day. This early-morning experience begins and ends with a private stroll with the flamboyance (aka a group of flamingos). You'll go to the shore to feed them one-on-one before wading in the water with them. Professional photographers will be there to capture the moment, and experts will be there to share fun facts and answer questions.

Shark Swim - Starting at $129/person

Yet another über-exclusive experience for guests 10 and up, the shark swim puts you side-by-side with over 20 sharks for a free swim after a shark talk and training session with one of Discovery Cove Orlando's expert aquarists. Tad is begging to try this new offering, and we can't wait to check it out! Personal cameras are not allowed for the safety of the animals, but other party members are allowed to take photos and video of the interaction.

Trainer for a Day - Starting at $199/person (and must be booked in addition to Signature Dolphin Swim admission package)

The most ultimate in upgrades, this Discovery Cove Orlando experience is perfect for animal lovers ages 6 and up. Included in this small-group experience are a second enhanced dolphin interaction, fish feeding in the Grand Reef, special meet-and-greets with tropical birds and small mammals, a private session in the otter habitat, a behind-the-scenes tour of Discovery Cove Orlando and shadowing a trainer for the day.

Premium Drink Package - $40/person

Discovery Cove Guide - Drink

Just in case the unlimited wine and beer weren't enough, you can always upgrade your drink package to include signature cocktails, a fully stocked liquor bar, craft and domestic beers and upgraded red and white wines. Of course, this is only available to guests 21 and older!

Photo Packages

Keep memories of your special day alive with photos while keeping your phone and camera dry and safely locked up. There are several photo packages to choose from at Discovery Cove Orlando. You can see them all here.

Discovery Cove Orlando Tips

  • Arrive around 7 a.m. to be first in line for check-in. You'll have the best choice of times for activities such as the SeaVenture or Dolphin Swim. However, you don't need to arrive any earlier, as you will not be allowed to enter the park until 7:15 a.m.
  • Discovery Cove Orlando does a great job of handling that unpredictable Florida weather. If a named tropical storm or hurricane approaches Orlando, Tampa or your home town within seven days of your visit, you can reschedule or get a refund. Call (417) 513-4600.
  • If you're not diving in for the dolphin swim, be sure to at least watch them play. Between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. is the best, most active viewing time!
  • Are you a bird lover? Head directly toward the Explorer's Aviary bright and early. The early bird gets the worm, as they say! In the morning, birds will be at their hungriest and excited to interact as long as you have a bowl of (provided) food in hand.
  • We'll say it once, and we'll say it again: Use the provided sunscreen! As aquatic creatures ourselves, we know the importance of respecting wildlife. And hey, using Discovery Cove Orlando's sunscreen will save you a couple bucks rather than using your own or buying some just for the trip!
  • With that being said, go easy on the sunscreen. It is much thicker than standard sunscreen, so start with less and build up as needed.
  • Be kind to the wildlife. The Discovery Cove Orlando team does a stellar job of caring for these beautiful animals (Did you know they even stay behind in hurricanes to make sure the wildlife is safe and sound? And there is someone on-site 365 days per year, even holidays?) so be sure to follow the experts' instructions and give the animals some space, unless otherwise instructed.

Discovery Cove Guide - Flamingos

  • Plan no more than two "big" activities in a day. During our last visit, we conquered the wow-worthy SeaVenture and amazing Dolphin Swim, and had just enough time for all of the great included adventures, as well. Discovery Cove Orlando is a place for relaxation ... so don't bite off more than you can chew!
  • On the other hand, we absolutely endorse biting off more than you can chew — so to speak — when it comes to dining. Every cuisine is so delicious, you'll want to try it all! Get a smorgasbord of entrees and share among your family.
  • Bring grandma, grandpa, great-uncle Jeremiah ... Discovery Cove is the perfect destination for a multi-generational trip, with the right amount of adventure and relaxation to keep everyone happy and enjoying their time together.
  • We frogs are very H2O-dependent, so we can't remind you enough to stay hydrated. You can grab a water bottle at any snack station, and this will help you feel energized in the Florida sun.
  • If you have a GoPro (or other waterproof camera), there is NO better place to bring it than Discovery Cove Orlando. You can't bring it with you during the dolphin or shark swims, but you will catch unbelievable footage in the Grand Reef, Wind-Away River and SeaVenture.
  • Be sure to start your lazy river journey before 4 p.m. if you want to circle around the entire river. The back part of the river closes at 4:30 p.m. to allow enough time for people to complete the entire river before the park closes at 5 p.m. By the time we entered the lazy river around 4:20 p.m., we didn't quite make it around by the time they closed it off.
  • Starting around 3 p.m., when more people start leaving for the day, Adventure Photo forms longer lines, due to people selecting their photos. If you have a dolphin swim earlier in the day and don't anticipate getting photos from any other experiences from Discovery Cove's professional photographers, we'd suggest picking out your photo package before the end of the day rather than on your way out.

Discovery Cove COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

Discovery Cove is committed to the health and safety of guests, employees and animals. If you visit while COVID-19 is still out there, you can expect to see some of the same guidelines you might expect at the other Orlando theme parks. These protocols and guidelines will be modified as the situation, industry standards and public health guidelines evolve.

Face Coverings

Based on the recently announced guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, face coverings will no longer be required for guests at Discovery Cove who are fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC guidance. Discovery Cove does not require proof of vaccination, but asks guests to respectfully comply with the revised policy. All Discovery Cove employees will be required to continue to wear face coverings at this time.

Face coverings are still required for unvaccinated guests 2 and older at the park entrance, retail areas, food and beverage areas and other designated areas, such as Explorer's Aviary. Face coverings are not required in the water (such as the lazy river and all other water attractions) except during the Signature Dolphin Swim Experience. Masks must cover the nose and mouth and be secured under the chin, as well as secured either with ear loops or behind the head. Masks with exhalation valves, mesh or holes of any kind are not permitted. No costume masks.

Discovery Cove Guide - Temperature Check

Here's a look at some of the other enhancements to ensure employee and guest safety:

  • Temperature screenings — Guests and employees must have a temperature of less than 100.4.
  • Physical distancing — Signage throughout the park (and on the ground) reminds guests to stay 6 feet from other guests. Lounge chair seating is modified.
  • Efforts to reduce contact —  The park encourages contactless payment, and plexiglass provides a physical barrier in some locations.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitation.
  • Hand sanitation stations installed across the park, especially in high-contact areas.
  • Employees are required to stay home if feeling sick and follow CDC guidelines for isolation and symptom-free period for retuning.
  • Employees receive additional COVID-19 training to cover new operating procedures.
  • Restaurants arrange seating to accommodate physical distancing. Tables and chairs are sanitized. Condiment stations are closed and the park has increased grab-and-go options.
  • Shops have signage, defined entrances and exits and altered bagging procedures to minimize contact.
  • Animal meet-and-greet/photo opportunities are modified or removed.
  • You can book with confidence through 2021 with one complimentary date change up to 48 hours prior to your reservation date.

We're already hoppin' to head back to Discovery Cove Orlando, and we hope you're ready for your first or returning visit too. Have any questions about what's included in your resort day here? Shoot us a comment.

Related: Tad's Rad Discovery Cove Dolphin Swim Experience & FAQ

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 15, 2021 at 4:30 a.m. Jill Says...

If you leave right when they are closing will you still be able to get pictures on the way out? Also should I prepay for a package or wait till I get there? We are doing the dolphin swim. thanks

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May 17, 2021 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill,

The gift shops remain open for a bit after the waterways close at 5 p.m., so you would be able to get the photos on the way out. If you're interested in the Discovery Photo Package or Premier Photo Package, we'd recommend buying in advance, as it saves you some money.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 24, 2021 at 8:06 a.m. Lauren Says...

Hello! We have a VIP cabana scheduled for our upcoming visit. I see that you recommended asking for the one with the best view of the dolphins. Did you ask for that at checkin or did you add it to your reservation at the time of booking?

Thank you,

Lauren

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Mar 26, 2021 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

All VIP cabanas have a view of the dolphins, but you can toadally request the very best view! We'd recommend doing it at both booking and check-in. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2020 at 5:27 p.m. cari serpas Says...

Does anyone know what the weather at Discovery Cove is like in late december?

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Sep 21, 2020 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cari!

You can expect an average high of 75 degrees and a low of 55 degrees in December (layering weather for sure!). At Discovery Cove, certain areas, such as the saltwater habitats, The Grand Reef and the dolphin lagoons, are maintained at a constant temperature year-round for its inhabitants (about 76 degrees). The freshwater areas, The Wind a Way river and Freshwater Oasis are heated in the cooler months to a minimum of 82 degrees. Others in the Frog Pond may be able to weigh in more with tips on visiting Discovery Cove in the cooler months :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 2, 2020 at 9:03 p.m. Rachel Says...

Hi! Do you happen to know how much the a la carte alcoholic beverages price range is? Debating upgrading to the premium package or just buying as we go when we go in a few weeks. Thank you!

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Jun 3, 2020 at 5:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

We don't, unfortunately - if you'll be having more than a couple of the premium drinks, we'd imagine that the cost of the package is worth it ;) Otherwise, some beer, wine and frozen drinks will be included with your admission! Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 2, 2020 at 6:42 p.m. Brenda Maahs Says...

Can we purchase the premium drink tickets for Discovery Cove from you vs. $40.00 from them?

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Mar 4, 2020 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda!

We don't currently offer drink tickets for Discovery Cove, unfortunately. Thanks for checking with us first!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 1, 2020 at 9:25 p.m. Karla Massmann Says...

I bought the three park package. Is parking included with that package at all three parks or just Discovery Cove?

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Jan 3, 2020 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

If you purchased the Ultimate Package, parking is included at Discovery Cove and its sister parks (SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens). Other tickets only feature complimentary parking at Discovery Cove.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 30, 2019 at 3:04 p.m. Katie Says...

My husband and I are going in feburary. I wanted to do swim with dolphins, feed the Ray's and the seavenutre. Will there be enough time in the day to do all that? And check out the rest of the things there?

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Dec 2, 2019 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie!

Yes! Because there is a limit to the number of people allowed in, you can have a more relaxing and enjoyable experience and should have enough time to do all of it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 23, 2019 at 5:20 p.m. Tracey Says...

Your site indicates that Alcohol beverages are included. However on the discovery Cole website it indicates that a $40 ad on charge is required for alcoholic beverages?

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Nov 25, 2019 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey!

A selection of beer and wine are included with your day. However, there's a package upgrade available if you'd prefer premium cocktails, beer and wine instead. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2019 at 6:49 p.m. Cherie Says...

When you pick your day for Discovery Cove, does the 14 day unlimited pass to the other parks have to be after that date. How would the pricing work for this? Would the pricing for the Discovery Cove date to when you would first use it at one of the other parks because the dates I'm looking at have a price decrease mid week. Hope this makes sense...

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Oct 29, 2019 at 4:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cherie!

The prices for the Discovery Cove packages change based on seasonality. The pricing will be based on the date of your Discovery Cove reservation, rather than the first day that you visit the other parks. For the unlimited pass, all visits must be used within a 14 consecutive day window of the your reservation day at Discovery Cove (can be before or after, or a combination of both). You'll want to book your ticket for the day that you'll be visiting Discovery Cove. Hope this makes sense - have a wonderful time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2019 at 2:18 a.m. Mandy Says...

I'm planning on bringing my kids in March 2020. I'm looking at places where to stay and the packages. Is there a package that allows us to do 2 days in a row?

Thanks in advance!

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Sep 23, 2019 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy!

You can book two days in a row, but we think they'd need to be booked separately (as in, there aren't any packages offered currently that offer two days to Discovery Cove).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 30, 2019 at 4:35 p.m. Laurent Says...

Hi, my son love otters, do we need to take the animal trek upgrade to see otters or not ?

Another question : without upgrades will I see rays, sharks, doplhins or sharks or not at all ?

cheers and thank you for all these great advices.

Laurent (France)

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Jul 31, 2019 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laurent!

Otters are included in your admission price in Freshwater Oasis (yay!), as are sharks and rays at the grand reef. Swimming with sharks or dolphins would be extra, but viewing the them is included in your base cost for the day. Hope this helps - and that your little otter-lover has a wonderful time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 21, 2019 at 2:10 a.m. Benjamin Says...

Just curious, do you have to upgrade to the premium drinks to try the special tropical drinks or can you just buy one whe you go?

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Jul 23, 2019 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Benjamin!

You can purchase the specialty drinks without the upgrade. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 28, 2019 at 8:58 p.m. Brandi Says...

Thank you for all of the detailed information. My husband and I are surprising our 3 children ages 10, 9, and 4 for our week long vacation in July. I’m super excited and thanks to your blog have all of the necessary information I need to make this one of the best vacations for our children.

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Apr 29, 2019 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Brandi! We are just hoppy to help. Have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 5, 2019 at 5:15 p.m. Jo Ann Macek Says...

I am trying to plan maybe a 3 day adventure there for 3 children, 11, 7 and 5 and 4 adults. Is there any packages for that length of time or what would be the best. We will be flying in from up north Thanks

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Apr 8, 2019 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo!

Thanks for stopping by! We have a lot of great planning resources for you, which you can find here. Within this same area, you can find information about specific theme parks, touring plans and tips. Let us know if you have any questions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2019 at 3:01 p.m. Michelle Says...

Was wondering how December normally is as far as weather? We plan on coming Dec 19 and wasn’t sure if we’d be able to enjoy the water during that time of the year?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

The highs are typically mid-70s for December. That said, the water is heated in many of the pools, and there are wet suits available for use!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 3, 2019 at 12:47 p.m. Erica Says...

Hi! Whats included with the dolphin package? We were thinking about just swimming with the dolphins and then going to seaworld.

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica!

The dolphin package is an add-on, so you'll get access to Discovery Cove amenities, plus a dolphin greeting, a learning session with an animal care specialist, and a one-on-one dolphin interaction, followed by a swim with a dolphin.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 31, 2019 at 12:12 p.m. Flo Says...

When is the best time of year for a vacation avoiding hurricane and extreme heat ?

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Apr 1, 2019 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Flo!

January - April are good times weather-wise.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 23, 2019 at 4:05 p.m. Deb Says...

Is the cabana worth it or does it feel limited to have to stay in one spot? And it mentioned to request a cabana by the dolphin area- can you do that when you book or you have to wait until you are there?

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Feb 28, 2019 at 3:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb!

This just depends on your family's preferences as to whether or not it's worth it. Some folks like having a central place to sit and relax out of the sun; others move around enough that the cost isn't justified. Totally up to you! If you do decide to get a cabana, you can request to be closer to the dolphin area when you make your reservation (or can call or email guest relations directly to do so).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 22, 2019 at 3:46 a.m. Marcy Gillam Says...

We are headed to Orlando in April and will be visiting Discovery Cove that week and swimming with the dolphins. I really appreciate all of the information here! I'm debating on a cabana..it's over $400 due to the date...Do you think it is worth the price or should we add on the photo package and feeding the ray feeding?

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Feb 26, 2019 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcy,

It's really up to you and what's most important to your family. If it were the cabana OR feeding the rays, I know my family would opt for the stingrays, because it's so much fun. But your family may value the added privacy, dedicated space and chill time of the cabanas. Let us know what you decide.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2018 at 12:16 a.m. LuAnn Says...

Hi what sizes do the wet suits go up to? What if the largest wet suit doesn't fit then what?

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Feb 10, 2019 at 6:57 p.m. Jenny Says...

Would I be able to watch and take pictures of my 13 year old daughter swim with the dolphins or do I have to purchase that package too?

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Oct 29, 2018 at 9:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi LuAnn!

Our friends at SeaWorld assured us that they have something to accommodate every size, so we wouldn't worry!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 22, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. MikeDemo Says...

We have Discovery Cove reservation for this 4th of July. Will the park feel busy or normal since they limit to 1200 guests?

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Great question. They do a great job of capping the number of guests so it never feels too crowded. It will be busy, but you shouldn't notice a huge difference compared to a normal day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2018 at 6:03 p.m. Mary hand Says...

R u wheelchair accessible.

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Jun 19, 2018 at 12:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

Yes! Discovery Cove is incredibly wheelchair accessible, and even offers its own sand-friendly wheelchairs to guests.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 27, 2017 at 7:40 p.m. Jessicca Says...

I am planning on bringing my 5 kiddos here ... ages 6, 7, 9, 12 and 14 ... it is only me as my husband passed away 3 years ago ... will it work for us to do the dolphin swim or does each child have to have an adult? Thanks in advance!

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Oct 30, 2017 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who also is participating in the dolphin swim experience. Check with Discovery Cove at 407-513-4600 for more information.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2017 at 3:58 a.m. Sheridan martin Says...

Done this with my step sister, was an amazing little island look alike, so beautifully done, felt sorry for the dolphins as when bot interacting with humans they are stuck in pools like a pond in a closure and they live their all their life which I find personally quite cruel to make money.. And a bit expensive 299 dollars for the package pics.. Went to the aviary where their was a women in one of the aviary with a green shirt on worker and was rude to everyone even touching a bird I mean that's what we are paying for. She was rude to almost e every tourist I heard her talking to.. Other than that food was great great guides and a beautiful place I will take my kids in a few years

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Aug 15, 2017 at 6:25 p.m. Gail Says...

We are going to Discovery Cove in October and have booked a dolphin swim. What ID do we need to take for checking in. We have a child aged 8 and myself and my husband.

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Aug 16, 2017 at 9:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gail,

Both adults will need valid drivers licenses or passports.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2016 at 5:38 a.m. Holly Says...

We have a 1, 6 & 8 year old. Can one parent do the dolphin experience w one child while the other parent and child stay back with our toddler? Then we can swap out?

Or should one parent go w both children at the same time? Then the other parent wouldn't participate in the dolphin experience and sits out w our one year old.

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Aug 16, 2016 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly,

You could do either option, whichever will work for you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2016 at 10:44 p.m. Bridget Says...

We have purchased 5 Discovery Cove passes for this November. If we purchase the $229 photography option, will all five of our family members be included in the photographs?

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Jul 12, 2016 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bridget,

Yes, you just need to let the photographer know it is for family shots.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2016 at 2:40 p.m. Akanksha Says...

Hi- we are planning on going to discovery cove in March. I've been reading reviews on trip advisor, and some have said the dolphin experience was not worth the money bc of long wait times, etc. I have 10 year old twins. Do you recommend doing the dolphin swim and the sea venture? I'm worried this may not give us enough time for snorkeling and other activities.

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Akanksha,

The dolphin experience is well worth it, but it does depend on your children's interests of course. Sea Venture is also a one-of-a-kind experience. With limits on the number of people who can do both of these experiences, as well as get into the park, you should have no problem getting time for snorkeling and all of the other experiences.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 22, 2016 at 5:32 p.m. Dave Says...

We plan to come to Orlando the last week of April. Will the water be too cold for Discovery Cove? We want to do swim with Dolphin and snorkelling

Thanks,

Dave.

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

It shouldn't be too bad. Some of the pools are kept cooler for the animals, but there are wet suits you are free to use.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 18, 2016 at 7:11 p.m. Kelly Says...

Do they have wetsuits for babies? We'll have a 1 year old at the time we visit.

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

They might, but it's doubtful. Most pools are quite comfortable and heated during cooler times. The wetsuits are primarily for the Dolphin Encounter, as that pool is quite chilly, and your daughter will not be old enough to get in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 1, 2016 at 9:34 p.m. Jess Says...

Hi we're looking to come to florida in October I have a 8 ur old and a 4 year old I no he can swim with the dolphin but would he Beable to touch them and be close to them with me? X

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Mar 8, 2016 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

Unfortunately, he will not be able to get in the dolphin pool. The encounter does take place in shallow water near the beach, and he could be there on the beach and definitely see what is going on, but he would not be able to touch the dolphins.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 3, 2016 at 6:16 a.m. Neil Says...

is there an issue if you dont know how to swim? Anything that shouldn't be done? Still purchase dolphin tics?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neil,

For visiting the dolphins, you have the option to just be up close and touch them if you didn't want to swim with them (they do do all of the work). The other pools range in depth, but there are plenty that are shallow or shallow in parts that I don't think not being able to swim should keep you from having a great time. Life jackets will also be available.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 6, 2016 at 8:51 a.m. Neil Says...

What happens if the day you book for discovery Cove it is raining?

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Jan 30, 2016 at 11:26 p.m. kerry Says...

They let you reschedule once free of charge. If you reschedule a second time they charge you 50.00.

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Jan 6, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neil,

Discovery Cove tickets are not refundable unless canceled at least 30 days prior to reservation date. As far as the experience, it is rain or shine. There are wetsuits if that helps.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 13, 2015 at 7:23 p.m. Diana Says...

How far in advance do we need to book our day at Discovery Cove with dolphin swim? I'm waiting to find out whether I'll be traveling for work over the summer, so I can't book anything until I know my travel schedule. I was aiming for August 2016 for 6-8 people.

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Dec 16, 2015 at 7:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

I would recommend booking as soon as you know. This park does reach capacity almost daily.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 4, 2015 at 1:32 p.m. Grace Says...

We are planning to visit 2nd or 3rd week of December. Will it be too cold to visit Discovery Cove and Aquatica? Travelling with 3 kids 13, 11,7.

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Jun 8, 2015 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace,

Depends on where you're coming from ;) You're looking at average highs in the low to mid-70s. The pools will be heated at Aquatica, and at Discovery Cove you will have the option of a wetsuit. For our tadpoles, that's just fine.

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2015 at 1:12 a.m. Noreen Says...

Are we able to go to Sea World and Aquatica before going to Discovery Cove or only after going to Discovery Cove?

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Jun 1, 2015 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noreen,

If you visit SeaWorld® Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark™ before your reservation date, you must present your E-Ticket and a photo ID for each party member 18 years or older at the Guest Relations/Services window located at the front gate of the sister park.

Mommy Frog

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Apr 23, 2015 at 12:30 a.m. bob Says...

I'm traveling to the area in August, 15 to 25. Tried to get the tickets but none were available for any of days of our trip. Is it possible that you more at some point? If I go to their site, there are tickets available.

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Apr 29, 2015 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bob,

We have limited inventory for those dates. Please check back as cancellations may open for additional swims!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 24, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. FROGGY Says...

What is the difference between your day and ultimate packages for discovery cove?

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Mar 2, 2015 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Froggy,

The day package includes 14-day unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica. The ultimate package adds on 14-day unlimited admission to Busch Gardens.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2014 at 12:44 p.m. gamaliel rivera Says...

cuanto es el precio para junio 3 la taquilla de discovery cove junto a sea ,bush y aquatica .

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Oct 21, 2014 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gamaliel,

The price varies by date. You can select your tickets here. Once you enter your date, you will see the price.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Oct 17, 2014 at 1:54 p.m. Margaret Says...

is the cabana extra money or part of the ultimate package only?

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Oct 20, 2014 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margaret,

The cabana is an additional fee. For 2014, it is $199.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. Jill Evans Says...

Do you sell a day pass to Discovery cove only as we have tickets for Sea World etc and if so how much are they for adults and children .

Price for swim and none swim thanks.

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Oct 16, 2014 at 7:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill,

Please reach out to our customer service team directly at 1-800-846-1302 or by email at info@undercovertourist.com.

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2014 at 4:05 p.m. Crystal Says...

Would this be a place that a 3 & 5 year old would enjoy?

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Sep 10, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. May Says...

I am taking my granddaughter to Florida and would love to see her swim with the Dolphins. My only problem is she will be 5 years 11 months when we go. She can swim and isn't scared of the water at all but absolutely loves Dolphins. Do they check ages eg. Passports etc before they allow kids to swim with the Dolphins? It would be a great shame for her to miss out on such a memorable experience for just being 4 weeks short of 6 years!

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Jun 9, 2016 at 9:04 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

queremos viajar a discovery cove, nadar con los delfines, sistema todo incluido por 2 noches para 2 adultos y una niña de 6.años 9 meses. fecha desde el 9 al 11 de septiembre.. me pueden ayudar?

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Oct 15, 2014 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

Yes, young children would absolutely love it, especially for the beaches, swimming and the animals. They just would not be able to participate in the Dolphin Swim or SeaVenture.

Mommy Frog

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