Epcot Dive Quest

Epcot Dive Quest
Florida
USA East

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Site Review by
 Sportxlh
Date: 11/21/2011

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Sportxlh Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Reef:    5.00
State:   Animal:    5.00
Country:   Plant:    5.00
Diving:   20 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   300 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    4.70
This is a 'bucket list' type of dive for me: while I'm glad I completed it, I probably won't rush back unless I happen to be in the area again and find that I can't tolerate Mickey Mouse, Goofy or the noise of the Disney parks any longer. The dive starts with a briefing and then a behind the scenes tour of the facility. All very interesting. The dive itself is easy as can be: no current, unlimited vis, shallow depths, etc. This is probably one of the better aquarium dives, but it is not as spectacular as the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta where whale sharks circle above the divers and a plethora of shark species swim about. The diver accessible portion of the tank in Atlanta is over twice as large as the Disney tank. Then again, the Disney dive is also half the price of the Georgia Aquarium and if you get a group of 10 together and reserve a session, you can pay as little as $100 for the Epcot dive. Given that I have already been spoiled with the magnitude of the Georgia Aquarium experience, I was just a tad bit underwhelmed with this experience. But I bet that had the Disney Epcot dive been my first aquarium dive, I would have been quite thrilled. There is simply less sea life in this Florida aquarium compared to the Atlanta aquarium and the tank is considerably smaller: after 30 minutes and several slow circuits of the tank, I did find myself becoming just a tad bit bored. After the DM 'called' the dive at 40 minutes or so, I was ready to get out. One of the staff videos the experience and you can purchase a DVD memory at the dive's end and I'd recommend you buy one to wow you landlubber friends when you get home (this DVD is also much less expensive that the similar DVD in Atlanta). If you've never done a large aquarium dive and you are in Orlando, you've got to try this. If you've been diving in the Georgia Aquarium, you still might enjoy this one for what it is, but realize it will be a pleasant, but less thrilling experience.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    1.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2011
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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