Day 4 ~ June 2nd ~ DISCOVERY COVE!!!:nemo:
We got up very early for Discovery Cove. I heard the earlyier you get ther the better! So we were in a cab on our way by7:30! Even driving up to DC was gorgeous!! My DH was sure we would be the only ones there that early, well he was wrong:happy: (I love that).
So we checked in pretty quickly and got an 11 am swim time with the dolphins!! As you walk into the park there are employees to greet you and guide you along the beutiful pathway. You take a compllimentary picture and then you are greeted by a “guide” who explains where everything is and then sends you off to breakfast!!
Breakfast was a good continental breakfast. While were eating the birds were everywhere you kinda had to guard your food:huh: My youngest DD was not really very good at guarding hers and a bird stole a croissant right off her plate!!:eek: It was hilarious:laugh: ( She did not think so:mellow: )!
Anyway we had a while before the dolphin swim so we got a place on the beach and visited first the Stingrays! That was very cool!!! The stingrays in this area were not very big! If you have done the Stingray swim on Castaway Cay these were very small in comparison. It was still amazing to walk in the water with these creatures and they were not shy at all, they rubbed up against you constantly!!!:happy:
Then we went to the snorkle lagoon. It was amazing!! And the Stingrays in there were HUGE!!! There was an area where they all seemed to hang out and it was a little eerie swimming thru there:blink: ! You could see the barracudas and the sharks behind the glass, they looked like they were in the same water with you and were huge too. Then on to the “pool” area. The area was sooooo cool, it was very warm water with a very unique “lazy” river!! It was very deep in spots and had very natural looking water falls and rocks on the bottom! It was fun! The kids loved the pool and river area!
After that we had a snack, it was great that you just had to walk up and get what ever you wanted!! Kinda felt like a cruise!! The it was off to wlak thru a couple of shops and go for our dolphin swim!! They give you some instruction and put you into groups. Ours was our family and another family of three. Then you head to the dolphin pool!!!:happy:
Our kids were so excited, me too. First they bring the dolphin in for you to pet then they have you direct the dophin to do some tricks, and each person gets to do a dolphin kiss. At some point you individually interact with the dolphin several times! You each get to feed the dolphin too. My youngest DD did not wat to touch the fish so she fed the dolphin ice cubes:redface: . Then you got to each have the dolphin pull you around the pool. That was amazing and so priceless to see our kids do it.
At he end they said they were going to give the dolphin a “TOY”! So they picked to people to get the toy from the dolphin! They pick my DS and youngest DD(The reason they picked them is we paid for a special birthday package for the two of them) So they giave the buoy’s to the dolphin and the dolphin brought them to my kids The buoy’s read Happy Birthday Cody/Jessica and they got to keep them!! It was fun. Then when we came out of the dolphin pool there was a lady with a birthday bag with a tshirt and water camera and they each got a free picture and DVD of the swim. They loved it. Then later they got a cake too and a little celebration too. I was glad I paid for it!!!
Then we went to lunch, which was unbelieveable! Very yummy! We guarded our plates more carefully this time!:laugh:
After that we snorkled more and swam some more and then went shopping! We picked up our pictures and DVD’s and then were off to the hotel again. We had the same guy pick us up he was great!
The day at DC was wonderful and amazing!! I would do it again someday! I liked that it was never crowded anywhere you never waited for anything!! And the treatment was incredible too, the only time we were not at Disney where I felt the treatment was top notch! It is very much worth the $$$$$!