VIP Dolphin Experience + Trainer for the Day

Discovery Cove

Orlando Dolphin Program  – From $455+tax per Adult/Child, – Must be 6 years old+ 8am everyday   

Immerse yourself in a Full Day of Activities which includes the VIP Dolphin Swim & Trainer of the Day program. The Trainer for a Day program is an all-inclusive Discovery Cove day with some exciting extras, you will have two (2) chances to go into the water with dolphins and explore a man-made tropical reef, private beaches with plenty of lounge chairs, plenty of fun for the young and old that will put a smile on everyone’s face. Don your swimming gear and frolic all day in the water and be with the bottlenose dolphins and all their aquatic friends. Relax and take time to enjoy all the wonders that Orlando’s Discovery Cove Trainer of the Day has to offer you.


  • A 15-20 minute educational presentation prior to entering the water with the dolphins.
  • First, you will have a 30 minute shallow and deep water experience including touching, playing and training with a dolphin. You will also swim into deeper water and will get a dolphin ride across the water with a dorsal fin ride. For the non-swimmer, you will be able to substitute your dolphin ride for an extra shallow water behavior.
  • A second enhance deep-water interaction with dolphins including a private photo session with 2 dolphins. Professional photographers present for all dolphin interactions. Photo packages available for additional purchase.
  • Each Dolphin session is unique, based upon the guests and dolphins.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of all Discovery Cove support areas.
  • Shadowing a trainer for the day.
  • Feeding tropical fish in the The Grand Reef.
  • Special meet-and-greets with tropical birds and small mammals.
  • Trainer for a Day program is limited to groups of no more than 9 Guests. Smaller Groups may be combined to create a group of no more than 9.
  • Each Trainer for the Day group is provided a digital underwater camera for the duration of the program. The SD card is provided complimentary at the conclusion of the experience.
  • A wetsuit and life jackets will be provided.
  • Snorkel gear, sunscreen, lockers, towels, changing facilities, and parking
  • Snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays.
  • Come eye-to-eye with sharks through a 10-foot-tall panoramic window.
  • Encounter playful otters, curious marmosets, and hand-feed exotic birds.
  • Enjoy white sandy beaches and freshwater grottos.
  • Float along a scenic crystal-clear river.
  • Freshly prepared breakfast and lunch .
  • Unlimited snacks and beverages, including alcohol.
  • Observer, Day Resort Guests, get to do everything except go into the water or touch the dolphins.
  • All Participants must be 6 years old and up
  • Any Participant within 6 – 12 years old, must have a paid Adult participant (An Adult is anyone 18 years or older).
  • No Refunds or Changes or Cancellations within 7 Days of the Activity Date.
  • Program goes on Rain or Shine.
  • Open Most Days a Year.


When you are experiencing the Trainer for a Day program, please plan to meet with your dolphin trainer at 8 a.m. in the Guest Reception Lobby (check-in should occur before this time). Trainer for a Day participants must be in good physical condition and at least 6 years old.  This is a FULL day of activities.

  • 8am – Gates Open


The Dolphin Facility is next to Sea World Orlando with easy signage to find from all major highways and roads. You will get complete written directions with your online ticket.


Driving Times: These times are approximate from the location listed below to Sea World / Discovery Cove area, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

  • Disney Resort – 30 – 40 minutes
  • Universal Resort – 30 – 40 minutes
  • Tampa Bay  – 1 1/2 hours
  • Clearwater – 2 hours
  • Sarasota – 2 hours
  • Cocoa Beach – 1 hour


  • Free Bus and Van Transportation Available from Sea World Resorts.
  • Taxi and Private Cars.

You can get the best rates in the Fall Month. You will click on the booking calendar to see the best deals you can get.

Dolphin World Online Promotions:

  • To Get a 5% Rebate check – you need to call to make your reservation. You need to need to mention the 5% rebate check in order to get this promotion.

Redemption Instructions

Upon arrival, please proceed to check-in window, present your dolphin program confirmation number or your last name, which you will receive after making your reservation.

  • Confirmation number is a must for entrance.
  • You do not need to have a printed voucher.
  • You must bring valid ID to get into the park.


Refunds / Cancellations and Changes:

All cancellations must be received by Dolphin World / Keys Adventure Tours, Inc. in writing by email or regular mail.

  • A 10% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations prior 31 days of activity date.
  • A 50% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 30 – 15 day period prior activity date.
  • A 75% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 14 – 8 day period prior activity date.
  • Prior 8 days of your reservation date, you may change your reservation to a gift certificate, where you would not incur any penalties except the change fee. This gift certificate will be good for 1 year from the date of the certificate.
  • NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY ACTIVITY PARTICIPANTS who cancel within the 7 day period, does not show up, are late for scheduled program(s). Once a reservation has a confirmation number and confirmed, a refund or change can only be made more than 7 days of the activity date and any change to the program date is subject to availability. Changes made to existing reservations are subject to a $25.00 per person change fee.
  • The Dolphin Swim goes on Rain or Shine.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE PURCHASE OF TRIP INSURANCE, which will cover your purchase 100% for any interruptions to your Dolphin World activities! We recommend TravelEx Insurance. Ask a Dolphin World Travel professional for advice on Travel Insurance.


Does your program go on Rain or Shine? Yes, this program goes on Rain or Shine. The dolphin swim and shows, will go on most of the time. If there is thunder, there might be a delay before the program resumes again.

What is the address of Discovery Cove?

6000 Discovery Cove Way
Orlando, FL 32821

Are reservations required to spend the day at Discovery Cove?

Since Discovery Cove limits attendance to about 1,300 guests per day, it is highly recommended you make a reservation for your visit. Also, if you are planning on visiting during the summer or near a holiday, you should book your reservation at least two months prior to your intended visit to ensure availability as these timeframes tend to book early. Once you have made a reservation, you simply check in on the date of your visit. All you need is your name, confirmation number, and a photo ID for those guests over the age of 18.

If Discovery Cove is a Day Resort, does that mean this includes an overnight stay?

Discovery Cove is a day resort as it is an all-inclusive day where meals, drinks, gear, and activities are included once you check in for your day of discovery. For information on overnight accommodations, please see our Hotel Packages options.

What is the age requirement to swim with the dolphins?

Guests of all ages are welcomed at Discovery Cove. Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who also is participating in the dolphin swim experience. This policy was established to ensure the cognitive and physical stature of the child. These factors are taken into consideration to ensure children are able to interact in a group social setting, accept instructions, and understand the trainer. Also, the physical size of the child is taken into account since he/she will be in water that is approximately 3 feet deep with large, powerful animals. Unaccompanied minors must be at least 14 to participate in the Trainer for a Day program with an accompanying adult in the park with paid admission.

  • Must be 15 to enter the park without parental supervision. Parent or Legal Guardian must sign “Authorization to Treat” forms before allowing park entry.
  • All Minors participating in the Dolphin Experience must have any and all release forms signed by a parent/legal guardian over the age of 18.
  • Any guest under the age of 18 participating in the SeaVenture experience must have liability waiver signed by parent or legal guardian after watching the instructional video.

Why is the Day resort price the same for adults and children?

Since children are able to participate in all of the park’s activities, we do not offer a children’s rate, however, toddlers age 2 and under do receive complimentary admission.

What is included with my admission?

The Day Resort Packages at Discovery Cove are all-inclusive. Therefore, admission includes the use of lockers, wetsuit, towels and mask during your stay, free parking at Discovery Cove, shower amenities, souvenir snorkel, breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks, access to the Explorer’s Aviary, The Grand Reef®, Freshwater Oasis®, Serenity Bay, and Wind-Away River. Our guests select in which activities they would like to participate. At this time, we do not offer customized packages for guests who chose not to participate in selected activities.

Do I need to be a good swimmer to participate in the various experiences at Discovery Cove?

Even for non-swimmers, Discovery Cove has plenty to offer. Not only can you relax on the white sand beaches or one of our many hammocks, but we have an Aviary full of exotic birds to hand feed. More importantly, however, we do provide life jackets so you can enjoy the waterways as well. The devices are designed to keep you afloat, so you would still be able to snorkel with the fish in The Grand Reef® or take a journey down our Wind-Away River. The lifejackets can even be worn in the dolphin lagoons!

Location   Length    Shallowest Point    Deepest Point
Wind-Away River   1,600 feet    3 feet    8 feet
Serenity Bay   N/A    0-1 feet    4 feet
The Grand Reef®   N/A    0-1 feet    12 feet
Dolphin Lagoon   N/A    0-1 feet    12 feet
Freshwater Oasis®   N/A    0-1 feet     7 feet


How long is the dolphin swim experience?

The in-water dolphin experience is 30 minutes long. Beforehand, there is a short orientation session (10 minutes) led by Discovery Cove’s expert dolphin trainers to discuss safety and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions. Next, small groups wade into the shallow water of the Dolphin Lagoon for the in-water experience with the dolphins. At the end, one at a time, guests and a trainer will swim into deeper water for a personal “dorsal tow” back to shore. After the water experience, guests can view photographs and video of their interactions and talk about their experience with trainers and other participants.

What are the operating hours for Discovery Cove?

Discovery Cove is a full day adventure with operating hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. If you’re participating in 3 or more add-on experiences during your visit to Discovery Cove, please plan to arrive by 7:30am for check-in and proper scheduling of your day. If your participating in Ray Feeding and your visitation date is between March 12 and November 4, please plan to arrive by 7:00 a.m. If your visitation date is between November 5 and March 11, please plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m.

Where can I view a map of Discovery Cove?

Please click HERE to view the map of Discovery Cove.

What should I wear to the park on the day of my program?

Guests should bring their own swimsuits, and, if they choose, water socks or rubber pool shoes, hat, sunglasses and cover-up or dry clothes. Guests participating in the Trainer for a Day program are required to wear footwear during some portions of their day. Discovery Cove provides all guests with swim vests and/or wetsuits. With the exception of watches and wedding bands, Discovery Cove guests may not wear jewelry, for the safety of the animals.

What do I need to bring with me to Discovery Cove?

Discovery Cove provides a mask and snorkel, towels and beach chairs. Guests may use their own masks and snorkels, if they prefer, but may not bring any other diving or swimming equipment into the park. Discovery Cove will also provide guests with a sample of specially formulated sunscreen that is safe for use in the animal habitats. Since meals, snacks and drinks are provided with admission to Discovery Cove, no other food, beverages or coolers are permitted. Guests may wish to bring books and magazines, a music player with headset or similar items to help them relax on the beach, and a camera to catch all of their special moments.

Are cameras and recording devices allowed in Discovery Cove?

Guests may use their personal cameras and recording devices throughout the park, with the exception of the Dolphin Lagoons and Shark Swim (for the safety of our animals and your photo equipment). We do allow other party members to take photos and video of the interaction from our beach areas. In addition, we provide photographers and videographers to capture your memories. Photography and video packages vary in selection and pricing.

What is the temperature of the water in the pools?

The temperature of our pools remains constant throughout the year. The fresh water Serenity Bay, Freshwater Oasis and Wind-Away River are maintained around 85-86 F (30 C). The salt water Dolphin Lagoon and The Grand Reef® is maintained around 76-77 F (25 C).

Will I need to wear a wetsuit?

While in the water, we do require guests to wear either a wetsuit (short or long depending on the season and guests preference) or a swim vest. This ensures our lifeguards are able to see guests as they swim underwater, thus, enhancing safety.

*Sizing ranges from toddlers through 18XL.

What should the air temperature be like during my visit?

Month   Average High       Average Low      Warmest Ever      Coldest Ever      Average Precipitation (inches)
 JANUARY 72 50 87 24 2.1
 FEBRUARY 73 51 90 28 3.1
 MARCH 77 55 92 31 3.5
 APRIL 83 61 96 40 2.6
 MAY 88 67 100 52 3.0
 JUNE 91 71 100 60 6.5
 JULY 92 73 100 67 8.1
 AUGUST 92 73 99 64 7.2
 SEPTEMBER 89 72 97 56 6.8
 OCTOBER 84 66 95 43 3.9
 NOVEMBER 77 56 89 29 1.7
 DECEMBER 73 51 90 20 2.1

Are there any restrictions for expectant mothers?

We do not place restrictions for expectant mothers; the decision is left up to each individual. However, guests should take the following into consideration: the day will involve swimming with water depths ranging from 3 feet to 15 feet. In addition, if you have chosen to participate in the Dolphin swim experience it will be with a live animal weighing in excess of 500 pounds. The experience will involve up-close activities such as kissing and touching of the dolphin, along with being towed 12 feet through the water while holding onto the dorsal fin of the dolphin. Therefore, we do ask that you consult a doctor prior to your visit. Please ensure that you explain the nature of the interaction and activities to receive a proper assessment.

Are there any age restrictions for unaccompanied minors?

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment suggests that visitors 14 and younger be accompanied by an adult when visiting Discovery Cove.

• Minors 15-17 visiting alone must have parent or legal guardian sign “Authorization to Treat” forms before allowing park entry.

• All Minors participating in the Dolphin Experience must have any and all release forms signed by a parent/legal guardian over the age of 18.

• Any guest under the age of 18 participating in the SeaVenture experience must have liability waiver signed by parent or legal guardian after watching the instructional video.

Includes: All Inclusive Dolphin VIP Swim + Trainer for the Day Program – Two 30 minute shallow and deep water experience includes one in water experience includes teaching you all about dolphin habits, their incredible communication abilities, and each group member will get to individually interact with a dolphins with hands on behaviors in a crystal clear swimming area. The Trainer for a Day program has an exciting extra session: One on One with a Dolphin Trainer, an Additional Session with 2 Dolphins, Snorkeling with thousands of tropical fish and rays, Complimentary breakfast and lunch and unlimited snacks and beverages throughout the day. Must be 6 years old and up. Book Now!

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  • Child Participant$455
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