An amazing opportunity to swim in the EPCOT aquarium. This is a tour unlike any other in Disney, and definitely the best Epcot tour for adults! We actually enjoyed this experience so much that this tour made our Top 3 Disney Tours
Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour (EPCOT) Review
The Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour takes place in the Living Seas Pavilion in EPCOT. This pavilion is home to a range of sea life including fish, sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, and more. The Epcot Seas Adventures tours are special because they give you an opportunity to swim in the 5.7 million gallon tank that is home to a lot of the sea life (including the sharks!). The Aqua tour includes snorkeling on the surface of the water. If swimming isn’t your thing, don’t worry, floating is an option too! Disney provides you use a scuba-assisted snorkel that keeps you floating on the surface and supplies air.
If you are scuba certified, you can also look into the Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest tour which lets you scuba below the surface. The Aqua tour is usually offered once per day, so we definitely recommend booking it ahead of time. The tour lasts two and a half hours and currently costs $145.
What to expect:
You will check in at the front of Epcot and a cast member will lead you into the back. Disney will provide you with all of the equipment needed to snorkel including the wetsuit. You will need to bring/wear your bathing suit for your time in the aquarium. The tour begins with cast member sharing information about the Living Seas Pavilion and its inhabitants. After the informational part, they will take you to a locker/shower room to change and get ready to enter the tank. Disney will provide you with a locker to store your stuff (including your clothes and jewelry). If you have a wedding ring that literally will not come off your finger, you should be okay (but always good to double check with Disney before booking).
You will get some training and then you receive at least 30 minutes in the tank. We found the 30ish minutes to be the perfect amount of time because you can explore and take in everything without getting bored. You will have the fun opportunity of waving at park guests from inside the tank as you swim around. This makes for some fun photo opportunities if you have any friends not on the tour.
You should do this tour if:
You want to get up and close with sea life in a very safe environment. Both of us would never get close to sharks in the wild. While doing this tour, we knew that all of the sea life was extremely well fed and cared for. So while we may have had some slight hesitation when first entering the tank, it quickly went away. Cast members are in the tank with you, which is nice because they can answer any safety questions or animal questions you have want while you are in the tank. The other backstage information is nice to give you a brief overview of this pavilion and how impressive it is (many people we talk with don’t even know that EPCOT has a giant aquarium). The experience really is so unique and a lot of fun if you have an interest in sea life.
Things to be aware of:
Of the tours we have been on, this one provides the least amount of information/Disney facts. While the cast members share some of their knowledge about maintaining the habitats and the animals that call Epcot home, it is only for a relatively small portion of the tour. Most of the time is spent getting into your gear, safety training, and snorkeling. If you aren’t excited about swimming in the aquarium, we would say that it probably isn’t worth doing this tour. Also, there are sharks in the tank (very well-fed sharks), so be sure to check about the animals in the tank and that the people in your group are comfortable with swimming with them.
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