So Discovery Cove isn’t Disney, but it’s a big part of our Disney World holiday as we were really excited to visit.
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 – Disney World Florida Holiday Day 3
We were up early this morning as we had a taxi booked for 8am to take us to Discovery Cove. Today was the day we were going to be swimming with dolphins!
I was anxious to get to the taxi before it had arrived in the car park as I had heard horror stories of the fare rising before you even stepped inside the taxi. Thankfully he had only just arrived before we got to the meeting point, and we were soon on our way.
Discovery Cove was only around a 15 minute drive from the Caribbean Beach Resort, and traffic was light at that time of the morning so we didn’t take long. The admissions queue was already quite long when we arrived however, and we knew we would be allocated our dolphin swim time on check in. These are first come first serve for guests, so we were just hoping we didn’t have a late afternoon swim and risk being in a storm. As it happened we got a 12.05pm swim and it was perfect for us as it allowed us to have a relaxed breakfast and explore without clock watching too much.
After having a generous breakfast from the buffet, we set off to find our locker. There are some lockers located nearer the entrance and then some further back. It doesn’t actually matter which set you choose as each set has plenty of availability and a station to collect and return wet suits and vests.
The first thing that tickled me after breakfast was the rest rooms. There were stacks of towels for guests to take a return at the end of the day, but what really tickled me was that to dry your hands, there were flannels provided instead of paper towels. We could only assume it had something to do with the water system and the animals!
Being in the wet suits was very hot when you weren’t in the water, and the ground was also quite hot, so it’s worth either wearing a vest instead of the wet suit if you’re not venturing into the cove with the dolphins where the water is colder, or wearing them to the waist only when you’re not in the water. When in the water you MUST have a wetsuit or vest on and fully done up.
We travelled over to the bird aviary first of all, as we thought the birds would be hungrier in the morning and we may get more interaction. We were given a guide card and pot of mixed food. The different birds would pick out what they wanted from the pot and each would eat differently.
Miss A managed to get more interaction than I did, and her pot was empty before too long. There were some very pretty birds we looked at as we walked through.
On to the lazy river before our dolphin swim. This threw me a little as the depths of the water were different and you really had to look at the colour on the ground to gauge the depths. It would vary from very shallow to eight feet deep. Miss A ended up using a water noodle as it was easier to stay afloat between depths without worrying too much. Next time (she says), I would put a life vest on her.
After our dolphin swim and a spot of late lunch, we went off to investigate the reef. A shallow (ish) pool with plenty of rays, fish and small baby sharks were swimming about. The water was colder here, but you could get snorkels and masks from the wet suit area and take a look at what lies beneath. There were other activities going on that we didn’t investigate, I think Miss A was more than happy to be up close and personal to the creatures she could see.
After an exhausting day we returned to the hotel via taxi again, and had a quick snooze before going down to the pool at the hotel for a swim. We spent some time in the main pool which was very busy, before realising there was a small persons area with jets and a big ship with slides that Miss A was just small enough to go in. The area was deserted as it was around 7pm so she almost had the place to herself for an hour or so.
We realised on day two that we could hear the fireworks from Epcot which was nearby at around 9pm, so we decided to stroll down to the beach near the lake and sit on a hammock to see what we could see. We actually got a really good view.
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