Hey Thrill Seekers,
Award winning attraction Discovery Cove, the only place in Orlando where visitors can swim with dolphins, celebrates turning 15 this summer.
Amongst the millions of guests that have visited Discovery Cove to enjoy the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with dolphins, Orlando’s all-inclusive hidden paradise – twice voted the world’s top amusement park in the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards – has also welcomed a host of celebrity fans including Olympic diver Tom Daley, One Direction star Liam Payne and footballer John Terry.
The park’s lush tropical setting has been used for more than 3,000 marriage proposals since it in opened in 2000 – that’s approximately 200 a year on average – many of which were made with the help of a playful bottlenose dolphin.
Discovery Cove’s leading veterinarians have also helped deliver 29 dolphin babies over the last 15 years and have even performed the world’s first C-section operation on shark which saw the successful birth of four whitetip reef sharks.
As part of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s Fun2Fund campaign, $2 for every SeaWorld Parks Extra booked – including Discovery Cove’s underwater safari, SeaVenture – is donated to the non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund which benefits wildlife conservation projects across the globe.
Discovery Cove Top 10 Facts
- The Grand Reef contains more than 10,000 animals, representing 125 different species of fish, rays and shark and close to a million gallons of water.
- Research shows 90% of visitors have a greater commitment to conservation following a day at Discovery Cove.
- Discovery Cove sees some visitors returning to the park as often as possible. One family has even visited the park more than 50 times.
- With the help of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, more than 3,000 proposals have been delivered and more than 8,000 birthday surprises have been shared.
- Some incredible celebrities have visited the park including; Chelsea Footballer, John Terry, Olympic bronze medallist, Tom Daley and One Directions, Liam Payne.
- A total of 29 dolphins have been born at Discovery Cove since the park opened in 2000. The newest addition is Reef, who is a female calf of Coral.
- In September 2009, Discovery Cove welcomed its first lesser anteater into the world. The female was born via C-section and was the parks first operation of this nature on an anteater.
- In July 2013, the expert team at Discovery Cove performed a ground-breaking C-section procedure on a whitetip reef shark which resulted in the birth of four live and healthy pups – the first operation of its kind in the world.
- The Discovery Cove zoological team actively participates in animal conservation projects around the world. From dolphin research off the coast of the U.S. to work in Africa with African Ground Hornbills.
- Discovery Cove was named No.1 amusement park in the world in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards in 2013 and 2014.
Discovery Cove is an amazing day and something that you’ll never forget. You can make reservations at Orlando Attraction Tickets. Please note that as a boutique park places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.