There is always those moments in life when you challenge yourself to try something different, out of the ordinary. For our most recent experience, we ventured to a place that is very common yet very uncommon. That place was Disney Divequest.
You may think, "yah sure, so what". First of all I have taken the family many times to the Disney parks and certainly enjoyed the amusement they have to offer. However this time, it was to try something rather different, something very special. In this case it was a chance to scuba dive in their mega-fish tank in EPCOT.
Now granted this is Disney and again you may be saying "yah sure, so what", this offers many things that you normally would not have diving in the ocean. Often times diving in the Caribbean is a crap shoot with visibility and animal life. With the EPCOT Divequest, the visibility is over 200 ft. and is full of aquatic life. Now the plant life (coral and such) is ala-Disney, the sea life is not. In fact, one of many exciting things you will get to see is a number of large sharks that swim along over head. Now forget all those spooky things you see during shark week, this is not the case as the dive master and guides will explain the real nature of these fish as well as the other marine life in the tank.
In your 40 minute dive, you will have the ability to scope out the sea turtles, rays etc. as they swim in harmony with the other divers. And as a diver in the tank you have the ability to interact at the various underwater windows with guests on the other side of the tank. Its pretty cool.
As I mentioned this is a 40 minute dive yet the tour is 3 hours. Prior to your dive your guide will show you how the tank operates, the care they provide to the marine life as well as the conservation effort that is in place helping marine life world wide. I was told that my "ticket" price was all donated to this conservation fund with Disney matching it. That is pretty cool in itself.
Once the dive is complete there is a place for shower with Disney providing towels, shampoo, soap and hair dryers. In fact, the only thing you really need for this dive is your scuba certification and that is it. They provide all of the equipment including the wet suit. If you want, you can also bring your own mask. I found the masks provided worked just fine.
Would I go again? Here is a confession, this is my second dive this year at EPCOT and is a testimony of the experience there. One thing to note, Disney Divequest is not something that is given much advertising. I found out about it via the website. If you do get to go, choose their earlier appointment (4:30pm). When you are done, you will have the remaining time in the park which is enough time to get something to eat and see the fire works at 9:00.
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