Epcot Seas Aqua Tour Review
Epcot Seas Aqua Tour has to be one of the coolest experiences 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. Then you are escorted behind the scenes to the Living Seas pavilion.
I find Epcot fascinating, and for those that do too, this experience is so informative! The details on Epcot’s water system, not to mention their massive fish-filled tank, is so interesting!
Did you know that the Living Seas is just one big fish tank? Yep! All the fish you see from the viewing areas, the Finding Nemo Ride, and even 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)! But even so, it’s still part of the same extra large tank, with only plastic dividers separating them from the rest.
It was so amazing getting to SWIM inside this tank. I loved being able to point out the restaurant, the ride, etc, not to mention seeing all the people on the other side! Then of course there’s swimming with all the sea life! Turtles, rays, sharks, and so much! One of my Disney goals was to wave to visitors from inside the tank. It’s all very Full House.
Anyway, onto the tour details! Upon arriving backstage, participants learn about the tank and Epcot’s water system. Then you get to check out the labs and kitchen area as they prep food for the fish. Next, you’re taken to the manatee’s, before being lead to the locker rooms to change into wetsuits.
This is no ordinary snorkeling excursion, as you’re not given normal snorkeling gear. Instead, you’re given actual air tanks as if you’re scuba diving.
Once you’re in the backstage area, cameras aren’t allowed (Disney is crazy like that). However, 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 you are not “in the wild,” it was still one of the best snorkeling experiences I’ve ever had. The amount of fish swimming around you is amazing. Thankfully the sharks stay at the bottom! However, the stingrays and sea turtles come right up to you. It’s SO DIFFERENT than snorkeling in the ocean, and not in a bad way at all!
Overall, you get about 45 minutes inside 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. I already can’t wait to do it again in the future!