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Orlando World Center Marriott/Discovery Cove Package

Package Deal Provides Extra Value and Extra Memories

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Swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove
Photo courtesy of Discovery Cove
ORLANDO — Nothing makes a parent happier than seeing his or her child squeal with excitement. This is virtually guaranteed with the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Discovery Cove Dolphin Swim Experience Package. Heck, it doesn't matter if you don't have kids, swimming with dolphins and staying at a world class resort is a treat for anyone — kids or parents, alike.

The special Marriott/Discovery Cove package program, a substantial savings than if the attractions and lodging were purchased separately, includes:

  • Two-night deluxe accommodations with a complimentary upgrade to pool view room.
  • Buffet breakfast daily in the Marriott's Solaris Restaurant.
  • Both guests receive a One-day admission to Discovery Cove; with a reserved dolphin swim experience.
  • A seven-day (consecutive days) pass for unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Discovery Cove

The highlight of any visit to Discovery Cove is the Dolphin Swim experience. When you arrive at the park, your reservation for your swim is assigned. The actual time in the water with your dolphin is about 30 minutes.

In the summer, the entire park, and in particular the dolphin swim experience, often sells out — yes — sells out — so don't expect to walk up and make a purchase. The number of participants in the swim experience is closely controlled so that overcrowding does not ruin the experience. In our group, there were only six of us with the trainer and his assistant who took us into the water to meet, greet, play and the highlight — ride our Atlantic Bottle nosed dolphin — Capricorn. Besides a truly enjoyable experience, it was incredibly educational for my young daughter.

At Discovery Cove, virtually everything is included in the price of admission: wet suits, snorkeling gear, lockers and even towels. If you were to purchase this ticket directly it would run you $229 to $259 per person, depending on the time of year you visited.

Dolphins aren't the only attraction at the Cove. You can wade into the water and feed stingrays, snorkel in the lagoon while various saltwater fish swim around you and enjoy Discovery Cove's unique lazy river — no inner tubes here. It's built for snorkeling — to meander around the park. It includes waterfalls, man-made caves and even snakes its way through the park's aviary. Speaking of the aviary, don't forget to visit it. Where else can you hand feed a toucan or see countless other exotic birds?

Periodically throughout the day, while swimming/snorkeling with the stingrays you have the opportunity to feed them. There is no extra cost for this and it does not have to be scheduled. Led by a Discovery Cove employee, swimmers are herded into a big circle and provided with small fish to feed to the stingrays. You'll never forget the odd experience of having a four-foot stingray suck a small fish out of your hands like it was a gigantic vacuum. >Photos

Orlando World Center Marriott

As far as the lodging with this package, it is nothing but first-class. If you are not familiar with the Orlando World Center Marriott, it is one of the most imposing hotels in Orlando, visible and virtually towering above I-4, just minutes from the many Disney exits. Its massive Marriott sign cannot be missed from the interstate.

Located on 200 acres just minutes from all area attractions, the resort features six swimming pools including an indoor pool, a lush lagoon shaped pool area showcasing waterfalls, a water slide and two children’s pools; six whirlpool spas; Hawk’s Landing 18-hole championship golf course; state-of-the-art Spa and Fitness Center; four lighted tennis courts; basketball and volleyball courts; and a children’s activity center. The pools and waterfalls are enough to entertain children and families for hours on end!

To tempt any size palate, 10 restaurants and lounges span the award-winning property including Ristorante Tuscany, an authentic Tuscan restaurant; Solaris, presenting a casual garden setting with a daily breakfast buffet; and Mangrove Emporium, a full-service indoor food court.

A unique family vacation package guaranteed to provide a lifetime of memories!

Information and Directions

What: Orlando World Center Marriott Resort/Discovery Cove Vacation Package.

Directions: The Orlando World Center Marriott is located at 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando. The hotel is located off I-4, Exit 67 on Hwy. 536 East.

Cost: Two-night package starts at $781* per room. Additional two-night package prices are available for up to five people. Price does vary depending on the time of the year.

More information: 888-99-WORLD or visit MarriottWorldCenter.com.

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