With admission to Discovery Cove limited to around a thousand people a day (advance reservations only), those lucky enough to get in will have the interactive experience of a lifetime.
A very high staff to guest ratio ensures you get lots of attention.
This truly unique concept for Orlando is, in a word, ‘superb’ – a day you won’t forget in a hurry. Everything is taken care of. You don’t even need to know how to swim (but it does help).
Discovery Cove theme park is a wonderful place to interact with sealife on a personal scale! Swimming with dolphins is something you will never forget, and so it's well worth booking tickets in advance to secure your place.
You can see our more detailed guide on this amazing family adventure park at our Discovery Cove guide here.
There are designated smoking areas where you can smoke in Discovery Cove. You can find out more on the official Discovery Cove website: https://discoverycove.com/orlando/faq/
There are bouyancy jackets provided for non-swimmers, and lots of knee deep water to play in for those who aren't confident. You can also do the Dolphin swim with a jacket on, which is perfect for non-swimmers. You will still have a fantastic time!
You cannot stay at Discovery Cove itself, but there are two Partner hotels that are only a 5 minute drive away, which are the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at Seaworld, and the Residence Inn at SeaWorld.
Yes Discovery Cove is excellent for toddlers, offering a whole host of activities to keep them entertained, and they can join in with all of the main experiences, such as swimming with Dolphins (ages 6+). You can also head over to the SeaWorld and Aquatica theme parks which have fantastic rides for younger children.
No Discovery Cove is part of the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and is not part of Walt Disney World Orlando.
Discovery Cove is a 10 minute drive from Walt Disney World Resort Florida.
The areas where fish swim are not heated (including the salt water lagoon, and the dolphins pool), but the big lazy river is heated to around 80 degrees.
Discovery Cove first opended on the 1st July 2000.
Yes towels are included with your Discovery Cove ticket. They also provide a mask, snorkel, and beach chairs to relax on. You also get all you can eat and drink from the park food and drink stalls.