Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive tropical getaway based in Orlando, Florida and the only place to experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer. Swim with Dolphins and feel the mysterious, inspiring connection that draws you in and holds you captivated. Don a mask and snorkel in the Tropical Reef, a breathtaking underwater world teeming with thousands of exotic tropical fish and graceful rays. Take time to enjoy the songs and vibrant colors of birds from all over the world in the Explorer’s Aviary.

Also in June 2011 you can experience a new attraction called “Grand Reef”. ill combine a white-sand beach, palm-lined island and underwater grottos filled with moray eels, reef sharks and scores of other tropical fish. Activities will range from snorkeling with eagle rays to crossing a rope bridge over a shark-filled lagoon.

The Location:

6000 Discovery Cove Way
Orlando, FL 32821

Opening times:

Discovery Cove is a full day adventure with operating hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.

Some tips for you:

  • If you are planning on visiting Discovery Cove during the summer or near a holiday, you should book your reservation at least one month prior to your intended visit to ensure availability as these timeframes tend to book early.
  • Discovery Cove provides all guests with swim vests and/or wetsuits, a mask and snorkel, towels and beach chairs. Discovery Cove will also provide guests with a sample of specially formulated sunscreen that is safe for use in the animal habitats.
  • Guests should bring their own swimsuits, and, if they choose, water socks or rubber pool shoes, hat, sunglasses and cover-up or dry clothes.
  • Discovery Cove guests may not wear jewelry, for the safety of the animals.
  • Discovery Cove provides complimentary transportation to and from SeaWorld Orlando on the day of the Discovery Cove visit. We also provide complimentary transportation to Busch Gardens Tampa for guests whose Discovery Cove package includes admission to Busch Gardens.

Where to stay:

There are quite a few locations that you can stay at which are near discovery cove there are moderate to luxury hotels –

Moderate 3*

Hotel provides more complete facilities than a budget hotel, including upgraded amenities and level of comfort, and dependable service. Will also typically have an onsite restaurant, children’s activities, business facilities, valet parking, and concierge service.

11000 Westwood Blvd
Orlando, FL 32821

6850 Westwood Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

Deluxe 4*

Hotel provides upscale, first-class accommodations, along with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. On-site full services, including top-rated dining facilities, beauty salons, valet service, 24-hour room service and possible spa amenities also are available.

6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

8701 World Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837

Luxury 6*

Hotel provides upscale, first-class accommodations, with a very high level of service and close attention to every last detail. On-site full services, including top-rated dining facilities, beauty salons, valet service, 24-hour room service, and full luxurious spa and in-room amenities.

4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837

Ages and Heights for Rides.

Theme parks and attractions in the US are not only for adults there are plenty of things babies and small children can do to. We have put together a list of parks and rides so you can see what your children can enjoy. One’s in Bold- babies from birth plus can enjoy.

Magic Kingdom……….

Ariels Grott0,Astro Orbiter, The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm (ok from around 2, height 35in), Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Carousel of Progress, Cinderella’s Golden Carousel, Country Bear Jamboree, Donald’s Boat, Dream Along with Mickey, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Enchanted Tiki RoomHall of Presidents, The Haunted Mansion (although it says babies can ride, I’m not sure I would take a baby on here), It’s a Small World, Jungle Cruise, Liberty Square Riverboat,
Mad Tea Party, Main Street Family Fun Day Parade, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s Country House, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Minnie’s Country House, Peter Pan’s Flight (this is a little dark and quite high), Pirates of the Caribbean, Pooh’s Playful Spot, Snow Whites Scary Adventures, Splash Mountain, Stitch’s Great Escape, Swiss Family Treehouse, Laugh Floor, Tom Sawyer Island, Tomorrowland Speedway, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Woody’s Cowboy Camp.

Animal Kingdom……..

Boneyard (supervision needed), Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama, Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, Festival of the Lion King , Finding Nemo – The Musical, Flights of Wonder, It’s Tough to be a Bug, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safari, Maharajah Jungle Trek, Pangani Exploration Trail, Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Triceratops Spin.

Hollywood Studios aka MGM……

Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!, Backlot Tour, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Beauty and the Beast, Sounds Dangerous, Fantasmic, Star Tours, The Great Movie Ride, Tower of Terror, Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground, High School, Musical Pep Rally, Indiana Jones Stunt,Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Lights – Motors – Action! Stunt Show, Magic of Disney Animation, Muppet Vision 3D, MGM Parades and Fireworks, One Man’s Dream.

Epcot………….

Soarin, Spaceship, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Test track, Innoventions, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Imagination!, Circle of LifeLiving with the Land, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, “Turtle Talk with Crush, Mission: Space.

Islands of Adventure……

Marvel Superhero Island –

The Incredible Hulk Coaster (You must be 54 inches tall to ride),
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (You must be 40 inches tall to ride) ,
Storm Force Accelatron (this is like the teacups),
Dr. Doom’s Fearfall (You must be 52 inches tall to ride).

Toon Lagoon

Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges (You must be 42 inches to ride),
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls (You must be 44 inches to ride), Me Ship, The Olive Playground Area.

Jurassic Park –

Jurassic Park River Adventure (You must be 42 inches to ride),
Pteranodon Flyers (You must be taller than 36 inches or shorter than 56 inches to ride. Adults can only ride when accompanied by a child.) ,
Camp Jurassic Playground Area with Dinosaur Noises,
Discovery Center.

The Lost Continent –

Dueling Dragons (You must be 54 inches to ride), Poseidon’s Fury (no height restriction but loud noises and darkness may make it unsuitable for nervous toddlers), The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad.

Seuss Landing –

The Cat in the Hat Ride Inside (No hand-held infants are allowed on the ride), One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Caro-Seuss-el, The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride (34 inches),  GrinchMas (seasonal).

Universal Studios……….

Revenge of the Mummy – Must be at least 48″

Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast -Must be at least 40″ (persons under 40″ can experience this attraction from an adjacent stationary location.), Shrek 4-D No height, but can be scary, Fear Factor Live – No height restriction but consider subject matter carefully, Terminator 2: 3D – Battle Across Time – No height but consider subject matter carefully,  Men in Black Alien Attack – Must be at least 42″,  E.T. Adventure (possible height requirement of 40in, not for small babies) Probably ok for toddlers, but it is dark and mildly scary, Jaws – No height but consider subject matter carefully. I have read reviews where kids screamed and cried all the way through.  Twister: Ride it Out. Animal Planet Live!, Earthquake: The Big One.

Nickelodeon Studios…………

Curious George Goes to Town play park, A Day in the Park with Barney great show for little ones, Fievel’s Playland play park with water, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster -Must be at least 36″ Good for toddlers, Universal Horror Make-Up, Beetlejuice Graveyard Review No height restriction, but consider subject matter carefully, The Blues Brothers, Simpsons Ride – 40 inches.

SeaWorld………….

Shows:

Believe
Blue Horizons
Clyde and Seamore
Mistify
Odyssea
Pet’s Ahoy

Animal Attractions

Dolphin Cove
Manatee Rescue
Pacific Point Preserve
Penguin Encounter
Shark Encounter
Wild Arctic
– there is a ride Height Restriction: 42 inches or a walk through option.

Rides at Seaworld –

Journey to Atlantis – Height Restriction: 42 inches.
Kraken -Height Restriction: 54 inches
Shamu Express – Height Restriction: 38 inches with an adult or 41 inches without an adult
Shamu’s Happy Harbor playground

Rip Ride Rockit Play List

As we reported yesterday the Rip Ride Rockit is now back open at Universal Orlando, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to recap this great ride.

Riders of the Rip Ride Rockit have access to a touchpad mounted on the lap bar, which allows you to select your own music. Riders can choose their favorite genre – Classic Rock/Metal, Rap/Hip-Hop, Club/Electronica, Pop/Disco or Country – and then pick a song. Each seat is outfitted with individual stereo speakers so guests can rock out to 90 decibels of music – and yet never hear the songs playing for other riders. Your song pick will be the soundtrack to your ride and to a music video you can purchase that uses on- and off-board cameras to mix music, moves and special effects.

Music List

Classic Rock/Metal

  • “Born to Be Wild” – Hinder
  • “Bring Me to Life” – Evanescence
  • “Gimme All Your Lovin’” – ZZ Top
  • “Kickstart My Heart” – Motley Crue
  • “Paralyzer” – Finger Eleven
  • “Rollin’” – Limp Bizkit

Rap/Hip-Hop

  • “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Insane in the Brain” – Cypress Hill
  • “Pump It” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Rock Star” – N.E.R.D.
  • “Sabotage” – Beastie Boys
  • “Stronger” – Kanye West

Club/Electronica

  • “Busy Child” – The Crystal Method
  • “Harder Better Faster Stronger” – Daft Punk
  • “Intergalactic” – Beastie Boys
  • “Keep Hope Alive” – The Crystal Method
  • “Le Disko” – Shiny Toy Guns
  • “Pump Up the Volume” – MARRS

Pop/Disco

  • “Bad Girls” – Donna Summer
  • “Glamorous” – Fergie
  • “Hella Good” – No Doubt
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “That’s the Way (I Like It)” – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • “U Can’t Touch This” – MC Hammer

Country

  • “All Night Long” – Montgomery Gentry
  • “Guitars, Cadillacs” – Dwight Yoakam
  • “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” – Jason Michael Carroll
  • “Living in Fast Forward” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Midnight Rider” – The Allman Brothers
  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” – The Charlie Daniels Band

E.T the adventure at Universal Studios

E.T Adventure is a dark ride featured at Universal Studios Florida.

Board your flying bicycle and sneak him through the woods – past the police and scientists searching for him. Then take off and fly over the city, past the moon and soar across the stars together. At the end of your journey awaits his magical planet, filled with unforgettable creatures who greet you in song… with E.T. himself there to thank you personally.

Height to ride – 3″4

Ride Duration –  Approx 4:46

Attraction ticket review – This ride is best for kid’s not so exciting for the parents but its great to see your kid’s face light up when they think your actually flying  🙂

Revenge of The Mummy at Universal Orlando

Revenge of the Mummy is an enclosed steel rollercoaster featured at Universal Studios Florida. The rollercoaster is based upon the popular Mummy movie franchise directed by Stephen Sommers.

The curse is real! The Mummy has arisen…wakened from his centuries-long slumber, the evil Imhotep is once again freed from his wraps, unleashing his wrath on all who dare enter the sacred temple.

Height to ride – At least48″

Ride duration – Approx 3:05

Attraction ticket review – This ride was amazing, really got my heart going – I love the films but this is so real.

Ollivander’s Wand Shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

Visitors to the Ollivanders wand shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will step into one of the most iconic scenes from the bestselling Harry Potter books and blockbuster feature films. With the assistance of a live actor, along with amazing special effects, guests of Ollivanders will get to experience the same type of magical moment Harry had in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” when a wand “chooses them.”

Check out this movie featuring the cast;

Wet N Wild At Universal Studios Orlando

Wet N Wild is Universals premier waterpark and is credited as being the first ever waterpark in the USA. Wet N Wild is stretched out over 30 acres of land , the park includes 8 thrill rides, 6 Multi person rides and 2 kids rides.

  • The Storm – You push yourself down into a steep tunnel that sends you flying down extremely fast into a giant bowl that sends you spinning around with mist surrounding in the air as you drop into the pool below. This slide was created by Proslide company, labeled as a ‘ProBowl’ slide
  • Mach 5 – Grab a mat and walk your way up a long winding tower to the top where you have three slides to choose from. When told by the lifeguard at top, push yourself down the ride of a twisting, turning, head-first flumes that fall 1,700 feet (520 m) over three different courses.
  • Der Stuka – Push yourself down a six-story speed slide that sends you flying down a 76-foot (23 m), nearly vertical drop that transitions to a 115-foot (35 m) water runway.
  • Bomb Bay – The ride for all dare devils is right here. Go inside the rocket waiting not knowing when the trap door that sends you down a 76-foot (23 m), nearly vertical slide drops you to the depths below.
  • Knee Ski – A cable-operated ski lets you kneeboard like a pro around a half-mile long lake.
  • Wake Boarding – Everyone from beginner to expert can show their stuff on the WakeZone Cableway.
  • The Wild One – Two people are pulled by a Jet Ski around the lake on big, bouncy tubes that make for a wild ride.
  • Brain Wash – Lose your grip on reality in Wet N Wild’s newest thrill ride.This mind blowing hypotnic thrill ride sends you down a steep 53-foot drop on a 65-foot (20 m), funnel.

Multi-person rides

  • Disco H2O – Start off in a tube traveling through a dark tunnel that sends you down a huge drop, and before you know it you find yourself traveling around a room filled with disco music and lights. This slide was too made from Proslide company as a “BehemothBowl”.
  • The Surge – A 5-story tube ride that carries a 4-passenger tube down 600 feet (180 m) of banked turns, radical twists and diabolical dips. This ride was made by Proslide as a “Mammoth” slide.
  • Bubba Tub – Grab the family and climb aboard one of the four-passenger tubes for a six-story, triple dip drop ride.
  • The Black Hole The Next Generation – 1000 gallons a minute sends a two-person tube rocketing through 500 feet (150 m) of twisting, turning darkness on this space-age thrill ride. The Black Hole currently reopened under the moniker “The Black Hole: The Next Generation” and now features more light effects, fog, and an updated ride boarding area.
  • The Flyer – Travel around in a 4-person raft that sends you on on an exciting, family-fun ride that covers 450 feet (140 m) of hairpin turns and banked curves.
  • The Blast – Take a raging ride along a raptured pipeline that will thrill you to the core and soak you to the bone.

Kids rides

  • Bubble Up – A huge, wet inflatable bubble made just for kids who climb, bounce, and slide into three feet of water. The inflatable “bubble” has had numerous designs over the years.
  • Kid’s Park – You’ll find miniature versions of a lot of the rides and a gigantic bucket that periodically fills with water and splashes into the pool below.

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida is located in Orlando and is one of the parks that make up the Universal Orlando Resort along with Islands of Adventure and CityWalk.

The park is very much themed around movies and encourages users to “ride the movies”

In 2009 Universal Studios Florida attracted 5.4 Million visitors making it the 9th most visited theme park in America.

Universal Studios Florida features six themed areas all situated around a large lagoon. This lagoon is home to Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, a seasonal fireworks display that showcases scenes from various Universal films, featuring lasers, projectors and fireworks. The six surrounding themed areas, clockwise from the entrance, are Production Central, New York, San Francisco/Amity, World Expo, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone and Hollywood. Each area features a combination of rides, shows, attractions, character appearances, dining outlets and merchandise stores.

The Six Lands are

  • Production Central Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre • Donkey’s Photo Finish • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit • Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast • Shrek 4-D • The Universal Music Plaza Stage
  • New York The Blues Brothers Show • Delancey Street Preview Center • Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride • Twister…Ride it Out
  • San Francisco/Amity Beetlejuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue • Disaster!: A Major Motion Picture Ride…Starring You!Fear Factor Live • Jaws
  • World Expo Men in Black: Alien Attack • Roboasis • The Simpsons Ride
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone Animal Actors on Location • Curious George Goes to Town  • A Day in the Park with Barney  • E.T. Adventure  • Fievel’s Playland  • StarToons: 80’s Rewind • Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
  • Hollywood Lucy: A Tribute • Mel’s Drive-In Concert • Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time • Universal’s Horror Make-Up Show Lagoon Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular