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3 Things Every Guest Should Know About Epcot's The Seas Pavilion

3. It's home to some amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Living Seas Aqua Tour

Even if you’re a huge Disney fan and visit Walt Disney World on a regular basis, chances are you haven’t tried these unique, underwater tours.  If you have tried them, chances are you’ll never forget the experience.  That’s because the The Seas With Nemo and Friends' tours take place underwater, and include up close and personal interactions with dolphins, rays, turtles, and even sharks.

So what are your touring options?

Epcot Dive Quest, for certified SCUBA divers only, starts with a 40 minute underwater exploration of some of the clearest, most beautiful marine environments in the world.  After you’ve met eagle rays, angel fish, dolphins, sharks, and more, you are escorted on an in-depth behind the scenes tour.  If you’re serious about the sea, this is an amazing opportunity to pack everything into a 3 hour experience.

Dolphins in Depth, for visitors ages 13 and up, will have you wading into water up to your waist (yes, you need a bathing suit!) and interacting with these intelligent mammals.  Says the Walt Disney World website: “Dolphins are highly intelligent animals whose interaction with Guests is voluntary; they are never forced to participate. Fortunately, dolphins are also extremely social and generally friendly, so while interaction isn’t guaranteed, it is likely.” 

Even if you don’t wind up having a long “conversation” with a dolphin, though, you’ll absolutely have a chance to converse at length with animal trainers and researchers who work with the dolphins every day.  You’ll also sit in on a dolphin training experience.

Epcot Seas Aqua Tour, for kids as young as 8 (and adults as well), is a snorkeling excursion that allows you to visit the incredible animals and environments of The Seas With Nemo and Friends for about 30 minutes.  You’ll also get a chance to explore “backstage,” meet trainers and researchers, ask all your questions, and (of course) you’ll get a “free” souvenir photo.

None of these tours is cheap; the cheapest is $140 per person.  Another reason why the amazing undersea world of Epcot will most likely be a “once in a lifetime” experience for most visitors!

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There are 8 comments.

Dolphins at Epcot? This is news to me and if I'm honest I'm shocked, it just seems so cruel. The Seas is completely indoors and no section of it is outside. Having dolphins indoors for the whole of their lives is like they're in prison. I guess they don't have any fresh air either?

These are extremely intelligent mammals, what the heck are they doing keeping them in a tank indoors all their lives!?

Poor choice Disney. I don't think they should keep the dolphins, let them go or give them to a aquarium with outdoor pools.

You obviously don't know what you are talking about being a large portion of the tank is outdoors and they have the choice if they want inside or outside try again.

This would certainly make me feel much happier if that was the case but I can't find any evidence of an outside tank at all. Even a quick glance on Google earth doesn't seem to show any sort of outdoor tank (which should be obvious from satellite pictures)

Also all info I can gain from the internet (websites/interviews with staff) suggests that there is no outside tank. So please tell me where i can find FACTS that there is an outside tank please.

Also "rick" you don't have to be so rude. People are allowed to have opinions which may differ from your own. That's life.

Actually, we just went SNUBA diving in the aquarium and everything is indoors.

While I don't have specifics on the dolphins, please know that what you can see as a guest is only a TINY percentage of what you CAN'T SEE going on back stage. Meaning that those dolphins, if an open air tank is required according to the AZA, have one. Having animals in captivity at all is a second debate, but I can guarantee the AZA isn't recertifying them every year if the health standards are not met!

agree.. Even worse they stole them from the wild and removed them from their pod.

i have dived with Dive Quest many times and is my all time favorite thing to do at Disney. It is something you will never forget! A couple of things about it:
1) all the money they collect to do Dive Quest goes into their Environmental Fund. They don't get a cent of it.
2) at the end, they give you a dvd of your dive and a recycled T- shirt.
3) ask the divers and they will show you some cool tricks like laying on the bottom of the tank and letting the Sharks swim right over you.
Yes, you do swim with sharks! It's awesome! Thanks!

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