ORLANDO -- Agents can earn commissions on sales to the Discovery
Cove theme park as long as they book through selected wholesalers
and hotels, according to Scott Rose, the park's director of
U.S. wholesalers include Gogo Worldwide Vacations, Kingdom
Vacations and Travel Impressions.
In 2001, operators to be added include Mark Travel Corp.; MLT
Vacations, and Trans Global, he said.
Orlando hotels with in-house packages featuring Discovery Cove
are AmeriSuites Convention Center, Comfort Suites Orlando, Holiday
Inn & Suites, Marriott's Orlando World Center, Park Corniche,
Ramada Resort, Renaissance Orlando and Sheraton World.
Discovery Cove is located next to its sister attraction -- SeaWorld
The park, which features a swim with dolphins program, will
receive 20% of its 2001 business from agents and other travel
industry concerns, according to Rose.
Admission is $189.74, including parking; swimming with the
dolphins; all snorkeling and beach gear; towels; a personal locker,
It also includes a weeklong pass to SeaWorld Adventure Park for
seven consecutive days after the visit to Discovery Cove, the
A second plan does not include the dolphin swim but has the
other amenities. The cost of that plan is $94.34.
The latter plan is also for children ages 3 to 5 who cannot
participate in the dolphin swim. Children ages 2 and younger are
Agents can visit Discovery Cove through Feb. 28 for reduced
The prices are $79 for the inclusive plan and $59 without the
Discovery Cove limits daily attendance to 1,000 people.
In addition to swimming and playing with dolphins, guests can
explore the ocean world by snorkeling with colorful fish, wading
with rays and feeding exotic birds.
The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The park's creation stemmed from SeaWorld's various
"People who participated in those programs suggested we build
this type of park," a park spokesman said.
The spokesman said groups can be accommodated, but their numbers
would have to fit with the overall limit on park attendees. There
are no group discounts.
For more information, call Discovery Cove (877) 4-DISCOVERY. The
Web address is at www.discoverycove.com.