discovery cove deal???

jdragr

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Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina - Thanks so much! That is what I thought but wanted to make sure.
 

Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina - Thanks so much! That is what I thought but wanted to make sure.
Absolutely my pleasure! :goodvibes

Have a great time at DC!! (assuming you decide to take the plunge....pardon the pun :laughing: ....and buy the tickets). Its a wonderful, fabulous, amazing park, and worth every penny IMHO. Great value and so much fun.

We enjoyed it so much on our January 1st visit that we are headed back this August, and I can't wait!!! :banana:
 

mjohnson96

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We are planning a trip 11/17 - 12/1 and really want to do the dolphin swim at DC.

I have a friend with Sesame Grover Passes....could she possibly purchase our DC tickets at a discounted rate? Your friend would have to go with you in order for you to get the discount.

By purchasing discount tickets, do you give up your 14 day pass to SeaWorld? If you get the discount ones with the AP pass then yes you do not get a 14 day pass anywhere

We are trying to figure out the most cost effective way to do this!

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!
You will have to check the website to see which way is best for you. Use the Passmember2011 code to see what the price would be with and without the discount. If your friend is not going then check to see how much you would save buying an AP pass. An AP for SW is $119 so if you need to get one for yourself then check that out too.
 
  • jdragr

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    Absolutely my pleasure! :goodvibes

    Have a great time at DC!! (assuming you decide to take the plunge....pardon the pun :laughing: ....and buy the tickets). Its a wonderful, fabulous, amazing park, and worth every penny IMHO. Great value and so much fun.

    We enjoyed it so much on our January 1st visit that we are headed back this August, and I can't wait!!! :banana:
    Oh we are definitely going! We have been to Universal more than once and Sea World once but have never been to Discovery Cove. So this week will be one day at Discovery Cove and the rest of the week at Sea World and relaxing in the condo. Can't wait!
     

    momof3baldwins

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    I was thinking of buying a Sea World annual pass to get the discount rates at Discovery Cove. However, we wouldnt actually be going to Sea World. So if I buy the annual pass and pay the $20 shipping so it comes already activated, could I then sell it after our trip if I havent used it to go to Sea World?
     

    disney1474

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    Anyone have any idea when the rates for May 2013 will be released? Now that Aquatica is now included I am thinking the rates may go up. What were the prices for the first week of May this year (with the dolphin swim)?
     

    Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Anyone have any idea when the rates for May 2013 will be released? Now that Aquatica is now included I am thinking the rates may go up. What were the prices for the first week of May this year (with the dolphin swim)?
    Rates for the first week of May 2013 can be accessed on DC's website (use the drop down box to access 2012, 2013, and 2014).

    Dolphin swim rates are showing as $259 pp and non-dolphin day rates are $159 pp for that week.
     
  • disney1474

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    Rates for the first week of May 2013 can be accessed on DC's website (use the drop down box to access 2012, 2013, and 2014).

    Dolphin swim rates are showing as $259 pp and non-dolphin day rates are $159 pp for that week.
    I tried this but the days came up blank with no prices:confused3 Thanks for checking. It looks like they went up about $30 a person from this May.
     

    mjplantz

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    The prices went up since the packages changed and now include Aquatica.
     

    heatherbelle

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    Could someone check my sums please.

    If I purchase an annual pass then I would need the following, there are three of us.

    Annual pass for Busch. $119
    2 tickets for Busch $80
    3 swim with dolphins tickets $539 with tax aug 23.

    can I ask, are you able to book for DC without the Dolphin swim? Not sure if we want to swim with them. When I try and book a non dolphin swim, the system won't let me.
     

    Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Could someone check my sums please.

    If I purchase an annual pass then I would need the following, there are three of us.

    Annual pass for Busch. $119
    2 tickets for Busch $80
    3 swim with dolphins tickets $539 with tax aug 23.

    can I ask, are you able to book for DC without the Dolphin swim? Not sure if we want to swim with them. When I try and book a non dolphin swim, the system won't let me.
    We purchased an Aquatica annual pass for our family of 3, and we were able to book a day at DC with three day resort only admissions (no dolphin swims) for $69 per person. Our date is August 29th. I tried bringing up the non-swim rates online and they won't work for me now either. I would suggest calling their toll-free line and seeing if they can help you.

    The dolphin swim is great, though :thumbsup2 . We did it on our January 1st visit and it was an experience of a lifetime! We decided, for this visit, to rent a cabana instead of doing the dolphin swim again.
     
  • heatherbelle

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    Hi

    Thanks, I thought it was me who was doing something wrong. I have sent them an e-mail to see what the issue is. There is availabilty for non-passholders, so it could be a problem with the website.

    I can save $300 for the dophine swim and our planned trip to Busch, so thank you to the person who posted the information.
     

    greenclan67

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    Hi

    Thanks, I thought it was me who was doing something wrong. I have sent them an e-mail to see what the issue is. There is availabilty for non-passholders, so it could be a problem with the website.

    I can save $300 for the dophine swim and our planned trip to Busch, so thank you to the person who posted the information.
    I tried it the other day as well. I don't know what the problem is, but it does say, that it is availble for non swims!!! I looked with my passport to see if maybe you have to go through the passholders part of the website, but it just has the link to DC and says $69 and $169 click the link and it says the same thing once I get there only for swims! Please come back and post what they say about your email question!
     

    heatherbelle

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    This is the reply

    Dear Heather,

    Thank you for contacting Discovery Cove.

    Each day there is a certain allotment of discounted tickets available. *It is highly probably that the $69 tickets have been acquired and what you are seeing is what is available at this time. *

    Sincerely,
    Louise | Guest Relations

    So I have replied back as follows.
    Thanks for the reply

    There are no tickets for any month with the pass holder rate. *I have checked them all.

    There is no option to select the tickets.

    Here is what it is showing with pass member 2011 code entered.*

    Qty.
    Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package
    *


    Add SeaVenture to your Day:
    SeaVenture
    *

    Select Month/Year for Availability:*

    Do you have a promotional code?
    Please use the box in the upper right to search.
    For additional information please call*1-877-557-7404*to speak to a reservations specialist.



    This is what it shows for non pass members.


    Qty.
    Day Resort with Dolphin Swim Package
    *

    Day Resort Package
    *

    2 And Under Package
    *


    Add SeaVenture to your Day:
    SeaVenture
    *

    Select Month/Year for Availability:*

    Do you have a promotional code?
    Please use the box in the upper right to search.


    It then let's you select the day package here. *All dates in August are available for a non dolphins swim.

    Why are they available to the general public and not pass holders when it is clearly advertised on the website. *
    I could understand if they were sold out, but they are clearly not.


    *
    Remove * Product Qty Unit Price Subtotal
    * Day Resort Package (Bundle Use Only) (08/21/2012 - First Available) $169.00 $507.00

    *
    Guest 1 SeaWorld & Aquatica Orlando
    Ultimate Package
    For just $20, add Busch Gardens Tampa Bay to your package. Enjoy unlimited visits to SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens for 14-consecutive days around your reservation.
    * *

    *
    Guest 2 SeaWorld & Aquatica Orlando
    Ultimate Package
    * *

    *
    Guest 3 SeaWorld & Aquatica Orlando
    Ultimate Package
    * *


    Tax $32.97
    Reservation Total




    Extract from the website


    Special 2012 Pass member rate for Discovery Cove!
    Please note: Member must be present and show your annual pass at time of check in to receive rate.

    $169: Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package
    $69: Day Resort Package

    Your Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package includes:
    -A reserved 30-minute dolphin interaction**
    -Snorkeling with thousands of rays and tropical fish plus hand feeding exotic birds in a free-flight aviary
    Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and unlimited snacks, drinks and select alcoholic beverages. Lockers, sunscreen, snorkel gear, changing facilities plus all day self parking at Discovery Cove.
    *Packages are available with and without the Dolphin Swim Experience. Offer valid for 1 Year, 2 Year and Platinum Pass members and up to 6 guests. Limited availability. Not valid with any other promotions or offers. Pricing is for one-day admission to Discovery Cove. Reservation does not include admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Aquatica.


    look forward to hearing from you

    Heather

    I have copied and pasted various screen shots so they can hopefully see the issue when you enter the pass member code. What's the point of being a passmember if you can't have a discount for any month.
     

    greenclan67

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    This is the reply

    Dear Heather,

    Thank you for contacting Discovery Cove.

    Each day there is a certain allotment of discounted tickets available. *It is highly probably that the $69 tickets have been acquired and what you are seeing is what is available at this time. *

    Sincerely,
    Louise | Guest Relations

    So I have replied back as follows.
    Thanks for the reply

    There are no tickets for any month with the pass holder rate. *I have checked them all.

    There is no option to select the tickets.

    Here is what it is showing with pass member 2011 code entered.*

    Qty.
    Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package
    *


    Add SeaVenture to your Day:
    SeaVenture
    *

    Select Month/Year for Availability:*

    Do you have a promotional code?
    Please use the box in the upper right to search.
    For additional information please call*1-877-557-7404*to speak to a reservations specialist.



    This is what it shows for non pass members.


    Qty.
    Day Resort with Dolphin Swim Package
    *

    Day Resort Package
    *

    2 And Under Package
    *


    Add SeaVenture to your Day:
    SeaVenture
    *

    Select Month/Year for Availability:*

    Do you have a promotional code?
    Please use the box in the upper right to search.


    It then let's you select the day package here. *All dates in August are available for a non dolphins swim.

    Why are they available to the general public and not pass holders when it is clearly advertised on the website. *
    I could understand if they were sold out, but they are clearly not.


    *
    Remove * Product Qty Unit Price Subtotal
    * Day Resort Package (Bundle Use Only) (08/21/2012 - First Available) $169.00 $507.00

    *
    Guest 1 SeaWorld & Aquatica Orlando
    Ultimate Package
    For just $20, add Busch Gardens Tampa Bay to your package. Enjoy unlimited visits to SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens for 14-consecutive days around your reservation.
    * *

    *
    Guest 2 SeaWorld & Aquatica Orlando
    Ultimate Package
    * *

    *
    Guest 3 SeaWorld & Aquatica Orlando
    Ultimate Package
    * *


    Tax $32.97
    Reservation Total




    Extract from the website


    Special 2012 Pass member rate for Discovery Cove!
    Please note: Member must be present and show your annual pass at time of check in to receive rate.

    $169: Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package
    $69: Day Resort Package

    Your Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package includes:
    -A reserved 30-minute dolphin interaction**
    -Snorkeling with thousands of rays and tropical fish plus hand feeding exotic birds in a free-flight aviary
    Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and unlimited snacks, drinks and select alcoholic beverages. Lockers, sunscreen, snorkel gear, changing facilities plus all day self parking at Discovery Cove.
    *Packages are available with and without the Dolphin Swim Experience. Offer valid for 1 Year, 2 Year and Platinum Pass members and up to 6 guests. Limited availability. Not valid with any other promotions or offers. Pricing is for one-day admission to Discovery Cove. Reservation does not include admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Aquatica.


    look forward to hearing from you

    Heather

    I have copied and pasted various screen shots so they can hopefully see the issue when you enter the pass member code. What's the point of being a passmember if you can't have a discount for any month.
    Thanks for reporting back Heather! It seems they just gave you the easy answer instead of looking into it! We have no need ourselves to do the dolphin swim, we have done it twice. But we have went back 3 years in a row with our SW AP for the non dolphin day, because we love the park itself! I will be getting rid of my AP if they no longer offer the day resort package! We only go to FL once a year! Let us know what they have to say next!
     

    heatherbelle

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    Right, I'm like a dog with a bone, I never give up.

    I had a reply from Louise saying they were all sold out. Well I thought that was strange, so I rang them up.

    Yes tickets are available from 23/8/12 for $69 plus tax if you have an annual pass. Dates blacked out before this and yes, there does appear to be an IT problem and the girl I spoke to said she would report it, so result.

    I also asked for a price.

    1 Busch Gardens pass 119
    2 Busch tickets 148
    3 non swims 204
    Total price 517 us dollars or around 344 british pounds. This includes tax.

    Without the ap is would be 507 for the non dolphin swim
    Busch tickets. 222
    Parking 14
    Total $743 , so a saving to be had. There may or may not be tax to add here. My head hurts with all the maths and finding the cheapest option.
     

    ajw1117

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    Hi I was wondering if anyone can Help me? We are a family of 4 (2A 2 C).
    we are driving to universal from Phila and plan on stopping at Busch gardens in virginia. We were also planning on going to Sea world and Discovery cove,not sure about the Dolphin swim or not( seems really expensive almost $100 more per person). My question is what is the cheapest way to do all of this?? I am so confused should I just pay discovery cove and get the free Sea world pass or would it be cheaper to get a season pass for busch gardens?? Thank you in advance for your help. Confused:confused3
     

    heatherbelle

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    You need to do 2 calculations with with 1 annual pass and one without to see what is cheapest for the dates you want to go to DC.

    For example if you were going 24/8, then the swim is $169 and non swim is $69

    So 1 Sea world annual pass $119 pls tax. Plus 3 sea world tickets, plus 4 DC swims 169, plus 4 Busch tickets. You do not get free park tickets forSW if you get discounted DC tickets.

    Calculation 2 .(no annual pass)

    4 full price DC swims around $349 but you will need to check your prices for your travel dates.
    4 Busch tickets
    Sea world tickets will be included with your DC ticket.

    I think I have done this right. If you phone SW they will work out your cheapest option for you.

    Whichever comes out the cheapest is te better deal.

    The dolphin swim full price only includes free entry to aquatics and SW not Busch at Tampa, nor the other Busch you mention.
     

    disney1474

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    Rates for the first week of May 2013 can be accessed on DC's website (use the drop down box to access 2012, 2013, and 2014).

    Dolphin swim rates are showing as $259 pp and non-dolphin day rates are $159 pp for that week.
    With these same dates in mind...If I bought one annual pass to sea world what would be the discount price for DC with and without the dolphin swim. Thanks so much for your help!!
     

    Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    With these same dates in mind...If I bought one annual pass to sea world what would be the discount price for DC with and without the dolphin swim. Thanks so much for your help!!
    Passmember discounted rates for May 2013 are coming up as follows:

    Day resort only = $119 pp
    Day resort with dolphin swim = $209 pp

    Hope that helps!
     

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