14 JUN 2018: Orlando’s day resort Discovery Cove is introducing two new programmes just in time for the summer travel season. The first for guests looking for another layer of leisure with relaxation massages. The second is an opportunity for youngsters to interact with many of the animals behind the scenes. 

Visitors of the new Oasis Spa enter a cabana that overlooks the park’s Freshwater Oasis can indulge in a 25-minute massage performed by a licensed therapist. Guests can reserve-back-to-back slots and upgrade to a 50-minute session if they prefer, for an additional fee.

Couple’s massages are available to guests aged 18 and older.

Spa sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis as guests arrive at the park each morning.

Massages here are done with special jojoba oil that has a similar pH to human skin and is non-allergenic as well as animal-friendly, which is essential at a park where the animal inhabitants greatly outnumber their human guests.

The park’s new Animal Trek programme allows guests aged 6 and older to join a 90-minute tour with Discovery Cove animal experts, who take participants behind the scenes to interact with many of the park’s birds and small mammals.

The experience includes a private tour of the Explorer’s Aviary, where guests can feed and handle birds, and a special viewing opportunity in the Freshwater Oasis, to see the park’s family of playful otters.

There is always the possibility of interacting with an anteater and a sloth, two of the park’s most popular small mammals. (All interactions are dependent on the animals’ interest in participating, but in general this tour will be full of great photo opportunities.)

Woven into the experience are need-to-know facts about the risks of illegal exotic pet trade, bird longevity and the Species Survival Plan that is so important to Discovery Cove and its sister parks, aquariums and zoos.

A paying adult must accompany children aged 6 to 13.

There will be two 90-minute sessions each day, with each tour limited to just 12 guests.
Last summer the park introduced Ray Feeding and Shark Swim programs, giving guests the opportunity to spend time in the water with some of the world’s most misunderstood sea creatures.

During the Ray Feeding session, which takes place early in the morning just as the park is opening, guests hand-feed playful rays and get a private tour of the Grand Reef, which is home to the rays and thousands of tropical fish.

In the Shark Swim program, guests meet with the park’s shark team and get to see the animals up close, learning about their anatomy and the threats the animals face in the wild.

As a second part of the experience, guests can join the sharks in the deeper part of their habitat, embarking on an exhilarating snorkel experience that allows them to swim above sharks and sometimes even come face-to-face with them.

Discovery Cove donates 5 percent of the proceeds from Shark Swim to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, which conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment.

The park also offers private cabanas that come complete with tables and chairs, overhead fan, private locker, fresh towels, stocked refrigerator and – perhaps best of all – a cabana host who ensures your every need is met.
Discovery Cove only admits 1,300 guests each day.

A day’s admission includes breakfast and lunch, unlimited beverages and snacks, lockers, animal-safe sunscreen, snorkel gear, and parking.

In addition, guests get unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica for 14 consecutive days around their Discovery Cove reservation.

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