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Buying Discovery Cove Orlando Tickets

Discovery Cove Orlando Florida is different to all the other Florida theme parks in that each day, admission is strictly limited to around 1,300 guests.

Admission includes breakfast, lunch and unlimited snacks and beverages plus complimentary use of snorkels, swim vests, wetsuits, towels, lockers, showers, sunscreen and changing rooms. Complimentary self parking is available.

You can choose between two main packages, either with or without the dolphin swim. Children must be at least 6 years old to participate in the dolphin swim and those under 13 must be accompanied by a paying guardian.

You can also add on a number of experiences including the SeaVenture diving experience or a Trainer for a Day package. There are plenty of complimentary loungers available on the beaches but you can upgrade to a private cabana.

Note that everyone aged 18 or older must bring photo ID with them; e.g. a driver’s licence or passport.

Discovery Cove Orlando Reservations

You must buy your ticket in advance for a specific date, you cannot simply turn up on the day and hope to get in.

Discovery Cove Orlando Dining

All tickets to Discovery Cove include freshly prepared food with unlimited snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and for anyone aged 21 or over, a selection of beers and wines.

Breakfast is served at the Laguna Grill between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and lunch between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Also included in the admission price is the use of a wet suit or swim vest, souvenir snorkel gear and flotation devices. Lockers and towels are available as well as changing facilities, private indoor showers and public outdoor showers.

Specially formulated sunscreen which is kind to the animals is provided at all the locker areas.

If you don’t want to carry cash or your own payment cards around with you, you can get a personalised Discovery Code ID card that allows you to make charges to your own card whilst in the park.

Discovery Cove Photo Packages

Whilst you are free to take your own photos during your visit to Discovery Cove you cannot take your cameras into the water when taking part in experiences like the dolphin swim, shark swim or SeaVenture dive. Other guests are free to take photos from the beach areas.

However Discovery Cove photographers are present to capture the moment and you can purchase one of several Discovery Cove Photo Packages, some of which include all digital photos taken during your stay.

Discovery Cove ticket options are:

Discovery Cove Orlando Upgrades

You can enhance you visit with cabana rentals and other experiences such as the SeaVenture diving, swimming with sharks and the trainer for a day package.

When Discovery Cove first opened it included a 14 consecutive day complimentary pass to both SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando that could be used either before or after the visit to Discovery Cove and could be upgraded to include Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Today the basic Discovery Cove admission ticket is just for Discovery Cove but you can buy multi-park tickets that include 14 day unlimited admissions to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando or both Orlando parks and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as well. The 14 consecutive day admission to the other parks can be taken before or after the visit to Discovery Cove.

The 14 days starts when you visit the first park (including Discovery Cove). If you buy the “ultimate” ticket including Busch Gardens then you also get free general parking at all three parks.

It is recommended that you book up well in advance if you plan to visit Discovery Cove around main holiday times like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Discovery Cove Ticket Information Pages

Discovery Cove Orlando Special Offers and Deals

Sometimes Discovery Cove Orlando run special offer deals like discounting the admission price or offering complimentary upgrades. The free Premium Drink Package offer was re-introduced on April 8 and expired April 25.

Right now there is one special deal:

  • 10% discount off select photo packages if purchased in advance - offer ends soon

Expired Discovery Cove Orlando Offers and Deals

Below are listed recently expired deals:

  • Save up to 30% on Day Resort or Signature Dolphin Swim packages — offer expired July 5, 2021
  • Save up to 40% on Day Resort or Signature Dolphin Swim packages - offer expired August 8, 2021
  • Complimentary Premium Drink Package with Day Resort or Signature Dolphin Swim packages for dates up to March 10, 2022 - offer expires August 29, 2021; extended to September 6, 2021 and then to September 16, 2021
  • free $50 gift card with all Day Resort or Signature Dolphin Swim packages — offer expired October 10, 2021

Discovery Cove Ticket Prices for 2021

Discovery Cove has simplified their ticket offerings with a seasonal pricing structure but it is worth checking alternative dates as you can often get the same deal for less money on another date.

There is no separate pricing for adults and children as such but children under the age of 6 cannot participate in the dolphin swim. Children aged 6 to 12 can swim with a dolphin but only if accompanied by an adult who has also purchased the swim package.

Anyone under the age of 18 must have a signed waiver by a parent or natural guardian to participate in the dolphin swim or SeaVenture activity.

Children under the age of 3 are admitted for free but still need to make a reservation.

At first glance the prices seem high but bear in mind the price includes all food and drink for the day and there are special deals on admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. If you are planning on visiting these other parks then the Discovery Cove tickets make good sense.

These prices are the standard ticket prices you would expect to pay at the gate (unless stated otherwise). Prices do not include local taxes and tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

All prices are subject to change and you should check with Discovery Cove Orlando (opens in a new window) for the latest prices.

The free $50 gift card offer is only applicable to visits up to and including March 10, 2022 and is issued upon check in at Discovery Cove.

It is valid for 6 months from date of issue and can be used in the parks for purchasing food, drinks, admission, merchandise, photo packages and upgrades.

Discovery Cove Signature Dolphin Swim Package Ticket Guest
Standard single day admission to Discovery Cove with the Dolphin Swim package.
from $199.00
plus tax

Guests must be at least 6 years old to participate in the dolphin swim. All dolphin swim packages include about 30 minutes of in-water interaction.

Discovery Cove Signature Dolphin Swim Package plus 14 Day Admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando Guest
Standard single day admission to Discovery Cove with the Dolphin Swim package and 14 day "length of stay" admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando.
from $239.00
plus tax
Discovery Cove Signature Dolphin Swim Package plus 14 Day Admission Ticket to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Guest
Standard single day admission to Discovery Cove with the Dolphin Swim package and 14 day "length of stay" admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Includes free parking at the three additional parks.
from $259.00
plus tax
Discovery Cove Day Resort Single Day Admission Ticket Guest
Standard single day admission to Discovery Cove without the Dolphin Swim package.
from $149.00
plus tax
Discovery Cove Day Resort Single Day Admission Ticket plus 14 Day Admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando Guest
Standard single day admission to Discovery Cove without the Dolphin Swim package and 14 day "length of stay" admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando.
from $189.00
plus tax
Discovery Cove Day Resort Single Day Admission Ticket plus 14 Day Admission Ticket to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Guest
Standard single day admission to Discovery Cove without the Dolphin Swim package and 14 day "length of stay" admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Includes free parking at the three additional parks.
from $209.00
plus tax
Discovery Cove Premium Drink Package Adult
Enjoy an adult drink package including signature cocktails, Sangria, Rum punch, Mojito, Margarita, a full stocked liquor bar, selected craft and domestic beers and upgraded wines.
Minimum age is 21 years old, valid ID required.
$40.00
plus tax
Discovery Cove Digital Only Photo Package Guest
A digital photo package including all the digital images from your day at Discovery Cove.
$199.00
plus tax
Discovery Cove Island Photo Package Guest
A photo package with four 6x8 inch photos from your day at Discovery Cove.
$109.00
plus tax
Discovery Cove Adventure Photo Package Guest
A photo package with eight 6x8 inch photos, a 6x8 inch photo frame and a photo album from your day at Discovery Cove.
$109.00
plus tax
Discovery Cove Photo Package Guest
A photo package with eight 6x8 inch photos, a 6x8 inch photo frame, a photo album and all digital images from your day at Discovery Cove.
Normal price £229.00, 10% discount if purchased in advance.
$206.10
plus tax
Discovery Cove Premier Photo Package Guest
A photo package with ten 6x8 inch photos, a 6x8 inch photo frame, a photo album, all digital images, a 16x24 inch poster and a metal print from your day at Discovery Cove.
Normal price £279.00, 10% discount if purchased in advance.
$251.10
plus tax

Discovery Cove Orlando Parking

Discovery Cove Orlando offers complimentary general parking for cars, RV/campers and motorcycles.