In fact there really isn't a whole lot of information available about the tour, I was told by a cast member that they don't even do advertising for the tour, all their business is word of mouth and the t-shirts they give and that is good enough for them. They still have it booked up all the time!
A lot of people thought we were crazy for going to Walt Disney World on our honeymoon. Everyone thought "wouldn't a beach getaway be more romantic?" Well we aren't beach people. My husband doesn't know how to swim and I have such fair skin that I burn when I ride in the car on a sunny day. I am not one to take a vacation where there is nothing to do or see. I want experiences, I am not just a relaxing vacation type of person. I know that is what some people want but not me. I want to see and do stuff!
Anyway, of course being the Disney fan that I am my husband agreed to a Disney World vacation and I have always wanted to swim with dolphins. I have been a fan of dolphins for as long as I can remember and swimming with them has been a dream of mine. I knew that you could do it in Walt Disney World so of course I looked into it and booked the tour!
This is going off of memory from over 3 years ago so some details will be left out. We went in October of 2008.
First of all let me tell you about the tour! It is in Epcot and is a three hour tour at The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavillion. This is a lot different than the "swim" opportunities that you may see at other locations. Really, we just got waste deep in the water and interacted with the dolphins and that was good enough for me. They are very careful with their dolphins and don't do a lot of other things with them. The interaction in the water is about 30 minutes long.
We showed up at Epcot and we were a little early and we waited around for the tour to start. (We got Soarin' FASTPASSES while we waited that we used after the tour so that worked out well!) Then we started our tour! It was really cool to see all the backstage aspects of The Seas with Nemo and Friends! We learned about what they do there and a little about the dolphins. They told us how they teach them and then did a presentation with the dolphins using a teaching game. We then got into our wetsuits (bring a swimsuit!) and got to the best part! Our personal interaction with the dolphins. We were in groups of 2 and each got our own trainer and dolphin. Our dolphin's name was Khyber and he was the youngest of the dolphins. He was the one who was picked on by the bigger, older dolphins and he was the newest to tricks so they said he may not "perform" well but he sure did and we had a blast!
If you don't know me personally you may not know that this is where we got the name for our son. My husband's name is Ky and we thought it was really cool that we swam with Khyber so we said, if we ever have a boy that will be his name! And in June of 2011 we had our little Kyber, we spelled it differently to be more like my husbands! I think it is a good story of how our son's name came along. Every time that we have been back to we always visit the Seas where the dolphins are and talk to Khyber. Even though I don't know if he is still there. In May we will get to take our Kyber to get to see him!
After the dolphin interaction that is where you get your picture, your t-shirt and your refreshments. You also get a certificate telling you about the experience. This is also where we learned about protecting dolphins and safety in the wild.
Overall, we really enjoyed this experience and when my children are older I would definitely take them again!
|Baby Kyber and I|
|Our Disney provided picture with Khyber the dolphin.|
Price is $194.00 a person and you must be 13 years and older. The tour is offered Tuesday-Saturday. The price includes the t-shirt, a photo and refreshments at the end.