Epcot Seas Aqua Tour Review
Epcot Seas Aqua Tour has to be one of the coolest tours offered by Disney. I’ve never done a “behind the scenes” Disney tour before, as I can never seem to tear myself away from the rides, however, this Disney trip, we were all about doing something “different.”
We like adventure, and the Epcot Seas Aqua Tour offers just that! We were in Epcot today anyway, but for those who want to go for this tour experience alone, this is one tour you don’t need park admission for! Participants meet at the Guest Relations outside of Epcot’s park entrance before being escorted “behind the scenes” to the Living Seas pavilion.
I find Epcot simply fascinating, and for those that do too, this experience is insanely informative! The details on Epcot’s water system, not to mention their massive fish-filled tank, is so interesting! For one, did you know that the Living Sea’s tank is just one big tank? Yep! All the fish you see from the viewing areas, the Finding Nemo Ride, and even from the Coral Reef restaurant are all in one big tank! The only part of the tank that’s divided into its own area are where the dolphins are (because they’re very territorial)! And even so, it’s still all part of the same tank, with only little plastic dividers separating their area from the rest.
It was so neat getting to SWIM inside this tank – being able to point out the restaurant, the ride, etc, not to mention seeing all the people on the other side was fabulous, and of course, swimming with the sea life! One of my Disney life goals was to wave to visitors from inside the tank. I can now check that off!
Anyway, onto the tour details! Upon arriving backstage, participants learn about the tank and Epcot’s entire water system, before checking out the labs and kitchen area (ew… fish!). Then, you’re taken to the manatee’s, before being lead to the locker rooms to change into wetsuits.
Josh and I have always wanted to get scuba certified, but were a little scared of the breathing tanks. Well, this is no ordinary snorkeling excursion, as you’re not given normal snorkeling gear. Instead, we were given actual air tanks. They weren’t nearly as scary as we thought they would be! Now, we’re researching the perfect vacation to finally become scuba certified! Thanks, Disney!
So you aren’t allowed cameras backstage (because Disney’s crazy like that), but they do snap a shot of you all suited up in the tank, which is included with the tour price.
The tank’s water is crystal clear, and although we are not “in the wild,” it was still one of the best snorkeling experiences ever. The amount of fish swimming around is amazing, and thankfully, the sharks stay near the bottom! However, the stingrays and sea turtles come right up to you, and while that was somewhat scary (for me), it was nothing I couldn’t handle. It’s SO DIFFERENT than snorkeling in the ocean, and not in a bad way at all!
Overall, you get about 45 minutes in the tank. Once finished, you get to watch the trainers with the dolphins for a bit, before heading back to the locker rooms to change. Don’t worry if you want to utilize the rest of your day in the park – the locker rooms are complete with shower facilities.
At about $140 pp, this tour is well worth the price, and we will definitely be doing it again in the future!