As part of its mission to protect animals and habitats worldwide, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has announced that its 12 theme parks have removed all single-use plastic drinking straws and single-use plastic shopping bags.
Recent news and studies have shown alarming consequences of the growing threat of plastics to our oceans and wildlife.
Florida residents wanting to visit Orlando’s Discovery Cove will get discounted rates this fall, plus the added benefit of unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Waterpark through January 31, 2017.
If you are a Florida resident, you can take advantage of special rates at Discovery Cove through December 31, 2013.
A day at the park includes snorkeling among thousands of tropical fish and rays and encountering playful marmoset monkeys and Asian otters, as well as a tropical bird aviary.
A Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package is $219 plus tax. A Day Resort Package, which includes a full day stay without the dolphin swim experience, is $149 plus tax.
Both packages include a freshly prepared breakfast and lunch, plus snacks and beverages throughout the day. Guests also receive swim gear (mask, snorkel and swim vest or wetsuit), towels, locker, sunscreen, complimentary self-parking, and a complimentary photo portrait of the guest and their party upon entry.
Florida Residents can enhance either package with SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour where guests, wearing dive helmets, find up-close encounters with sharks, one-on-one touches with unique animals and schools of fish and gentle rays. The upgrade is an additional $49 plus tax.
Both packages also include unlimited admission to both SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica through Jan. 31, 2014, valid after the date of Discovery Cove visit. That right there is an amazing deal.
Proof of valid Florida residency is required upon check-in at guest reception. Book online at DiscoveryCove.com or call 1-877-434-7268 for more information.
For the first time in SeaWorld’s history, a Cesarean section has been performed on a shark. The groundbreaking procedure was performed on a whitetip reef shark at SeaWorld Orlando’s sister park, Discovery Cove.
Six months into the shark’s gestation, the park’s animal team noticed a complication with her pregnancy and determined an emergency C-section was necessary. Four healthy pups were born, each weighing less than three pounds at birth.
Discovery Cove guests can see other whitetip reef shark through glass while snorkeling in The Grand Reef or when participating in SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour where guests — wearing dive helmets – are able to explore life under the sea.
Members of the reality TV shows Survivor and Love in the Wild spent Friday at Discovery Cove here in Orlando.
During their visit, they met Jenny, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Thanks to Discovery Cove for the photo:
Pictured here left to right, back row: Kim Spradlin (winner of Survivor: One World), Summer Mack (Love in the Wild), Ozzy Lusth (Survivor: Cook Islands, Micronesia, South Pacific), Christina Cha (Survivor: One World), Sabrina Thompson (runner-up Survivor: One World); right, front row: Kat Edorsson (Survivor: One World), Andrea Boehlke (Survivor: Redemption Island), Chelsea Meissner (Survivor: One World).
Discovery Cove is a really unique park in Orlando in that you get to have real interaction with a lot of marine animals. You don’t just get to look in the tank, or maybe stick a hand in. You suit up and actually get to be in the water with the marine life yourself.
This week, on Friday, June 10, Discovery Cove opens up a new section, called The Grand Reef. You can wade in the shallows, snorkle deeper to see the fish or you can actually be under the water.
In a new experience to the park, guests can take park in SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour. Guests will wear dive helmets so they can walk along the deep bottom, encountering schools of fish, rays and even see lionfish and sharks (behind massive panoramic windows). Participants do not need to be scuba certified.
If you’ve never been to Discovery Cove. it’s a full-day experience where you can swim with marine life, hand-feed exotic birds, snorkle or just relax on the beach surrounding the lagoons. I’ve done it, and it’s so much fun!
Florida resident rates for a day at Discovery Cove start at $199, and includes your meals, snacks and beverages, wet suit rental and swim/snorkle gear. The price also includes a 14-day unlimited pass to Sea World, Aquatica or Busch Gardens Tampa (it must be used in conjunction with the Discovery Cove admission), and a swim experience with the dolphins.
For $50 more, you can upgrade that 14-day pass to include all three extra parks. There are also discounts for children and for visits without the dolphin interaction.
Add the new Grand Reef SeaVenture to any package for an additional $59.
SeaWorld’s sister park Discovery Cove has announced plans for a new interactive area of the park called Grand Reef.
Inspired by reefs from around the world, the experience will offer different levels of exploration for guests.
For the timid, simply stepping into the water will offer a chance to interact with the fish. Explore a little further by snorkeling in the deeper areas.
But for the full experience, guests will have the opportunity to take the optional underwater walking tour called SeaVenture.
Guests who pay an additional fee will be able to strap on dive helmets and walk underwater. They’ll come across lionfish and sharks (safely behind massive panoramic windows), one-on-one touches with unique animals and schools of fish and gentle rays swimming by.
Plans are to have Grand Reef open for guests in 2011. No word if admission prices will raise when this new attraction opens.
Discovery Cove announced the Grand Reef with this video on YouTube: