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JipThePeople
08-04-2007, 10:28
Has anyone done this?

http://www.epcotdivequest.com/overview.htm

If anyone has any reviews I would appreciate it. It costs $140.

kevinj1
08-04-2007, 15:39
I dont know anything about it, but the link makes it look pretty cool. I will keep asking around for you, and see if I know anybody who has done this already, or might know somebody who did this...

Dive-aholic
08-04-2007, 23:41
I haven't done it, but here's what I've heard about it:

They supply the gear. You cannot bring your own. You start off in the classroom with an educational presentation of the aquarium and the things you'll see. The dive lasts 30-45 minutes. You get the opportunity to spend more money and buy a video of the experience. They used to offer a 10% discount to PADI and NAUI cert card holders. They may still.

With so much other diving in the area, I'm not sure it's really worth it. I'd rather spend the money to do some shore dive in LBTS or spring dives in N. Florida.

NitroWill
08-08-2007, 20:27
Ive done it many times, its only a 5minute drive for me :)
If you have any specific questions please ask, ill be happy to answer..
Ill start writing a "what to expect/review" shorly!

NitroWill
08-08-2007, 20:29
Here are some pictures on my last trip to DiveQuest..
No, there isnt a photographer (there is a videographer) - these pictures were taken by family on the outside of tank..

http://www.scubawill.com/divequest1.jpg


http://www.scubawill.com/divequest2.jpg



http://www.scubawill.com/divequest3.jpg



http://www.scubawill.com/divequest4.jpg


http://www.scubawill.com/divequest5.jpg

thesmoothdome
08-08-2007, 20:31
My wife and I did it a few years ago. It's pretty cool to swim around the aquarium. Basically, they give you a briefing and your gear and turn you loose in the tank. One of the best parts is that kids looking into the tank just trip out. I think they gave us like 40 minutes to just enjoy the sights and amuse the patrons looking in.

Damselfish
08-08-2007, 20:33
I've done it, thought it was worth doing once as it's a unique experience. Fun playing with the people on the other side of the glass too. :) I might even consider doing it again as it was pretty long ago.

They supply the gear, but you can bring your own mask.

NitroWill
08-08-2007, 20:36
Here are the following discounts DiveQuest accepts, these should all be still in effect:

NAUI, PADI, SSI Certification: 10%
AAA Diamond Member: 15% up to 10 people, member must dive
Military: 15% up to 10 people, military member must dive
Disney Annual Passholder: 15% up to 10 people, passholder must dive
Disney Vacation Club Member: 15% up to 10 people, member must dive
Disney Visa Card: 20% up to 10 people, must pay with card & cardholder must dive

Hope this helps!

Any questions - just ask :)

Disneymom
08-08-2007, 20:47
Hey, Will - you're in my favorite city! (Well, Lake Buena Vista is....)
I can't wait to do DiveQuest, and am anxious to hear your report on it.
I had it scheduled in June, but cancelled as I hadn't completed my cert. There I was on the 2nd level of the observation deck, watching the group I was supposed to go in with - looking like a sad puppy stuck out in the rain - when my daughter came from behind me and said "I knew I'd find you here!"
Thanks for posting the pics!

NitroWill
08-08-2007, 20:49
Hey, Will - you're in my favorite city! (Well, Lake Buena Vista is....)


I actually live in Lake Buena Vista - but noone knows where that is :smiley16:

Report coming shortly.....

NitroWill
08-08-2007, 21:20
DiveQuest Review

The journey starts by arriving around the guest relations office at the front of Epcot. About 10-15minutes before your program is schedule to start a couple of dive-masters come out and greet everyone. They gather your certification cards and ask you all your sizes for BC, booties, shirt, etc.. The only piece of equipment you are allowed to bring is your mask.

After all is done and it's time for the program to start, you are escorted back stage where you get a short walking tour of the aquarium and filtration system, behind the stages of the aquarium and offices and food labs. You then go into a nice little room and watch a short (5min) video on the program and sign your life away :)

After the waivers and video you are assigned your private locker and go into the dressing rooms where a bag with your name is hanging with your appropriately sized wet-suit, booties, and towels. After everyone gets changed into wetsuits and booties, you get to walk on-stage thru the aquarium where everyone stares at you and waves at you like you're someone special(weird). You take a spiral staircase to the topside of the aquarium where your led to your gear that is already setup for you.

The DMs and videographer introduce themselves and give you the details and briefing of the dive. All the BC's are weighted to where they are pretty much over-weighting everyone (nothing a little air cant fix), there are also weights clipped onto the buoy if they aren't enough. All the gear is in good shape and high quality.

When everyones donned all their gear you float out to the buoy positive entry style. When everyone gives the ok you descend the rope and kneel on the bottom. Once everyone is down, the DM gives you a brief tour of the aquarium, including a trip to the airbell where the videographer videos everyone coming up into it taking off their mask/regs and waving to the camera. After the airbell, the DM guides you around the rest of the tank and then tells you to buddy up and go explore. Noone really buddies up since everyones wearing the same gear and looks the same!

You can then swim around to one of the many viewing windows and wave, terrorize, entertain the guests outside the aquarium or in the Coral Reef restaurant. This is quite fun and you will be the star of many many photos! There are also a vast array of fish from all different areas. There are several black-tip reef sharks and leopard sharks as well as several turtles and rays.

The time limit of the dive is generally around 40-50 minutes, I usually have plenty of air left at the end of the dive (I have a pretty low SAC) but if you do run out before time, you can swim topside and they will change your tank out..When time is up the DM will bang two rocks together at the bottom of the descent line and when everyone has gathered youll start a slow short ascent.

At the surface you swim over to where you entered and doff all your gear and a DM is standing by to give you a nice dry towel. When everyone is out of their equipment, you walk back down the steps and out thru the aquarium where everyone is standing and waving at you.

You then proceed backstage where you go into the locker-rooms and take a nice hot shower where shampoo and body wash are provided! I believe they even have hairdryers for the women..It's quite nice :)

After showered and changed into dry clothes you go back into the tv room where you watched the pre-dive video. Waiting for you is a divelog sheet that you can fill out and they also come around and can stamp your dive log. Your DiveQuest shirt and some pamphlets and a button are always waiting for you. After you get the logs filled out you watch the video of your dive and then have the option of purchasing it for $35 (DVD). After that, you are released and can go out into the park and explore until park closing.


All in all this is a great experience! I have dove it many times and each time it is unique and even more fun then the last time! If anyone have any questions feel free to ask and Ill do my best to answer!

nferra2
08-08-2007, 22:58
Sounds like a way my wife can get me to orlando (she really wants to go to Disney, I am just not interested) How much does it typically cost?

thesmoothdome
08-08-2007, 23:15
Great write up! I didn't remember many of the details until I read about it. Nferra2, it's around $140.00 but there are many 10-15% discounts available. Oh, and Disney's not so bad. We did 5 days out there and had a good time. Be sure to check out the Circ du Soleil show and the House of Blues when you go.

JipThePeople
08-09-2007, 07:11
Thanks for all the replies. It looks like it would be worth doing once anyway.

WV Diver
08-09-2007, 07:27
Thanks for all the replies. It looks like it would be worth doing once anyway.Agreed, it looks like fun, although a little pricy. Good for new divers for sure. I'm not sure that at this point, that I would spend the bucks, but I would have when I was newly certified.

NitroWill
08-09-2007, 12:23
I splurge and do it about once a month..its always fun...

But then again, I get a cast discount :smiley2:

nferra2
08-09-2007, 12:26
House of Blues in Orlando????Nah, I'll stick to the one in New Orleans. I am sure Disney would not be that bad, but I would rather go someplace like six flags, they have better rides. I told her we could go when our son is old enough to enjoy it, but now I know what ill be doing while we are there.

kevinj1
08-09-2007, 18:21
Awesome read nitrowill... I consider myself a seasoned diver, but I would definetely do that. Although, its a little pricy--I think it would be worth doing once.

letsgodiving
08-11-2007, 17:49
DiveQuest Review
After that, you are released and can go out into the park and explore until park closing.



How long is the park open after the dive is over?

Splitlip
08-12-2007, 14:13
House of Blues in Orlando????Nah, I'll stick to the one in New Orleans. I am sure Disney would not be that bad, but I would rather go someplace like six flags, they have better rides. I told her we could go when our son is old enough to enjoy it, but now I know what ill be doing while we are there.

OK, off topic and not dive related, but I am going to come to the defense of the mouse.
Disney has quite a few extreme rides in their parks. A number were added in the last few years probably to answer Universal's Islands of adventure.
For the entire theme park experience, nothing comes close to Disney. Not just the rides but the entire disney magic thing. The parks are clean, cast members accomodating to a fault and guests are treated like royalty. They pull the entire package together for the guests to have an experience to remember.
I used to say Michael Eisner should be president of the US, but then I realized what our taxes would be.:smiley36:
For children, it cannot be beat. I used to take my daughter and her friends a minimum of 4 times a year from the age of 1 to 11 years, including the Disney Christmas party. At 12, it was all about Universal's Islands of adventure. Now that she is 15, she wants to go back to disney.

My 2 cents

HoosierDaddy
08-12-2007, 16:48
Epcot Living Seas is a great dive! I dove it once about a year ago. It was a bit expensive, about $140 I think. You do get to see a huge varity of fish, conditions are perfect. It is a bit short, 40 min dive or so.

I think the most fun part was the interaction with the dry people on the other side of the glass. Those eating dinner or going through the tour, fun being on stage for them.

I would do it for sure if I were you. I think I will do it again some day.

letsgodiving
08-12-2007, 18:28
House of Blues in Orlando????Nah, I'll stick to the one in New Orleans. I am sure Disney would not be that bad, but I would rather go someplace like six flags, they have better rides. I told her we could go when our son is old enough to enjoy it, but now I know what ill be doing while we are there.

OK, off topic and not dive related, but I am going to come to the defense of the mouse.
Disney has quite a few extreme rides in their parks. A number were added in the last few years probably to answer Universal's Islands of adventure.
For the entire theme park experience, nothing comes close to Disney. Not just the rides but the entire disney magic thing. The parks are clean, cast members accomodating to a fault and guests are treated like royalty. They pull the entire package together for the guests to have an experience to remember.
I used to say Michael Eisner should be president of the US, but then I realized what our taxes would be.:smiley36:
For children, it cannot be beat. I used to take my daughter and her friends a minimum of 4 times a year from the age of 1 to 11 years, including the Disney Christmas party. At 12, it was all about Universal's Islands of adventure. Now that she is 15, she wants to go back to disney.

My 2 cents


Busch Gardens is better than any of the Orlando parks IMO.

sidneydiver
08-12-2007, 18:38
I live in Orlando and it's been such a long time since I actually went to any of the parks. I work on Disney so I get into their parks for free but I never go, typical! I've done Divequest a few times and I really enjoyed it. I must admit the Castmember discount helped! They used to do 2 sessions a day, 4:30 and 5:30 and then they let you out into the park when you're done. It's great fun, it's definitely worth doing once.

Splitlip
08-12-2007, 21:13
House of Blues in Orlando????Nah, I'll stick to the one in New Orleans. I am sure Disney would not be that bad, but I would rather go someplace like six flags, they have better rides. I told her we could go when our son is old enough to enjoy it, but now I know what ill be doing while we are there.

OK, off topic and not dive related, but I am going to come to the defense of the mouse.
Disney has quite a few extreme rides in their parks. A number were added in the last few years probably to answer Universal's Islands of adventure.
For the entire theme park experience, nothing comes close to Disney. Not just the rides but the entire disney magic thing. The parks are clean, cast members accomodating to a fault and guests are treated like royalty. They pull the entire package together for the guests to have an experience to remember.
I used to say Michael Eisner should be president of the US, but then I realized what our taxes would be.:smiley36:
For children, it cannot be beat. I used to take my daughter and her friends a minimum of 4 times a year from the age of 1 to 11 years, including the Disney Christmas party. At 12, it was all about Universal's Islands of adventure. Now that she is 15, she wants to go back to disney.

My 2 cents


Busch Gardens is better than any of the Orlando parks IMO.

Me, I love Busch Gardens. Especially the free beer. (Yes, I said free beer all). Sea World too (more free beer)
But If I look at all the parks objectively, not as a resident, Disney does the better job of catering to the guests. The themed hotels, monorails and boats for transportation all top knotch. ( I used to tell the kids the transportation back to the hotel counted as a ride)
But thrill rides, yes I give the nod to Busch Gardens. And, did I mention free beer?

NitroWill
08-12-2007, 22:02
DiveQuest Review
After that, you are released and can go out into the park and explore until park closing.

How long is the park open after the dive is over?

There are two sessions a day, 4:30pm and 5:30pm..
Each session is done about 2.5-3 hours after they start..
Epcot is usually open til 9 - sometimes earlier, sometimes later - depends on the day and season..

Damselfish
08-12-2007, 22:45
pretty much you have time after the dive to get a bite to eat and see the fireworks. Probably not going to hit a bunch of rides or anything like that.

BusDiver
08-13-2007, 13:47
Me, I love Busch Gardens. Especially the free beer. (Yes, I said free beer all). Sea World too (more free beer)

Okay you cannot just put that out there and not provide more detail. I love free beer.

Now to the topic. My wife and I have participated in DiveQuest 3 times. We love to hop into the big tank and go for a swim. The best part about this experience is that it allows our 3 year old daughter the opportunity to actually see mommy and daddy utilize SCUBA. This has helped with teaching her about marine life, encouraging her to really want to learn how to swim, and when mommy and daddy need to take her to Florida (other than to Disney) she understands. I have been told by friends who look after her while we are in the tank that she has come close to "throwin' down" with other kids because they were looking at her parents. She would sit there and yell "no that's my mommy and daddy." She has also got into disagreements with kids at school because she has been raised that sharks are our friends and other kids have the sad misperception that they tried to eat Nemo's daddy (oh, that would be a Disney error).

Anyway, love the dive, love the parks, love Disney.

letsgodiving
08-13-2007, 14:43
But thrill rides, yes I give the nod to Busch Gardens. And, did I mention free beer?

They have rides in Busch Gardends :smiley13: I never noticed, maybe I am drinking too much of the free beer.

BusDiver
08-13-2007, 15:09
They have rides in Busch Gardends :smiley13: I never noticed, maybe I am drinking too much of the free beer.[/quote]

Okay, again, what is up with the free beer. I pay my admission cost and I can drink free beer? Do I get a hat with two straws? Can I get a beer regulator and and beer tank? Please explain the policy? Should I wear my DUI dry suit to avoid getting DUI on the way home?

Disneymom
08-13-2007, 15:31
OK, off topic and not dive related, but I am going to come to the defense of the mouse.
Disney has quite a few extreme rides in their parks. A number were added in the last few years probably to answer Universal's Islands of adventure.
For the entire theme park experience, nothing comes close to Disney. Not just the rides but the entire disney magic thing. The parks are clean, cast members accomodating to a fault and guests are treated like royalty. They pull the entire package together for the guests to have an experience to remember.
I used to take my daughter and her friends a minimum of 4 times a year from the age of 1 to 11 years, including the Disney Christmas party. At 12, it was all about Universal's Islands of adventure. Now that she is 15, she wants to go back to disney.
Good for her!!
I agree - it cannot be beat for themeing. Since my family isn't into thrill rides, with the exception of my 17 yo, we stick to Disney. Even if offered the choice of Islands or Disney, she'd still pick Disney. And there really is a lot to see and do. My husband doesn't ride the big coasters, so he prefers to stick with Disney, too.


pretty much you have time after the dive to get a bite to eat and see the fireworks. Probably not going to hit a bunch of rides or anything like that.Ride before, if you've paid your admission into Epcot - lots of time. Not so much after - but time enough for dinner at Coral Reef!


I have been told by friends who look after her while we are in the tank that she has come close to "throwin' down" with other kids because they were looking at her parents. She would sit there and yell "no that's my mommy and daddy." She has also got into disagreements with kids at school because she has been raised that sharks are our friends and other kids have the sad misperception that they tried to eat Nemo's daddy (oh, that would be a Disney error).

Anyway, love the dive, love the parks, love Disney.Awww - that's too cute! :wave2: hello from another mouse fan.

Splitlip
08-13-2007, 17:14
They have rides in Busch Gardends :smiley13: I never noticed, maybe I am drinking too much of the free beer.

Okay, again, what is up with the free beer. I pay my admission cost and I can drink free beer? Do I get a hat with two straws? Can I get a beer regulator and and beer tank? Please explain the policy? Should I wear my DUI dry suit to avoid getting DUI on the way home?[/quote]

(Anhauser)-Busch Gardens. Hospitality pavilion. You get to sample all Anhauser-Busch products. Multiple serving stations (bars). Very little wait.
They are being more responsible these days so the limit is two beers per person.
I urge you to be responsible also. Don't go to the same server more than twice within say a 10 minute period.
Same people own Sea World.

Crystalight33
09-26-2007, 23:13
The next time I go to Disney, dive quest is at the top of my to-do list!

Here is a youtube video that someone posted of their trip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKhDLiBoMuw

I remember reading a review of someone who had dove while there was a wedding reception in the restraunt there. He said that he swam over to a window where there were 3 bored looking kids (around 4-5 year olds) and began 'performing' for them. One of the kids was trying to tell him something, so he playfully kept putting his hand to his ear as if saying "I can't hear you". The next thing he knew, one of the mothers had come over to scold them for yelling and he swam off, feeling bad for getting them into trouble.:smilie39:

And, even though it is a little expensive, all the money goes into a wildlife conservation fund.

scubasamurai
09-27-2007, 14:11
and we just went there and maybe in the next couple of months to next year you will be able to deduct the cost of the dive for a gift to the wildlife fund( right now disney gets the right off) heck a "free trip"

DDGator
09-30-2007, 20:56
I just got back from doing DiveQuest yesterday. I am not a veteran diver by any means -- less than 20 dives -- but this is the best dive yet.

Where else can you be guaranteed to see this type of variety of marine life packed into one short dive? We got within a few feet of several sharks (including a 9 foot Sand Tiger), a 300+ pound Goliath Grouper, Eagle Rays, Tarpon, an enormous sea turtle, and much more.

Interacting with the kids in peering into the tank from the observation areas is also a LOT of fun. They get a real kick out of communicating with the divers.

And, how often do you have a chance to have a professional video/DVD of your dive?

Add to that the money goes to conservation efforts and the dive can be done regardless of the weather...

I think this dive is an experience for anyone -- no matter how seasoned. And, I think that most people who do it would say they would gladly do it again. I think we are going to head back next month. ;)

The Disney DiveQuest is a first class operation well worthy of your consideration.

DDGator

diverdad
09-30-2007, 22:24
My wife told me about this a few years ago so the next time we're at Disney i think i'll give it a try.

datamunk
10-01-2007, 22:16
i want to i want to!

jwdizney
10-01-2007, 22:21
We're going 2 weeks from tomorrow! DISNEYMOM, Disneydaughter and I are all excited! it will actually be our first blue water dive! won't know how to act being able to see farther than 12 feet and no catfish or clouds of algae!.... first, morning snorkel with the manatees then evening dive quest..... i'm pretty darn excited!!!!

datamunk
10-02-2007, 15:46
is divequest considered blue water?

dludwig
10-02-2007, 16:06
been there, dove that & loved it. Thought it would be "lame" diving in a big aquarium but can't wait to do it again (after I pay for this year's Disney trip of course)

underwaterdan
10-03-2007, 06:42
Divequest trip planned - coming up in just 2 short weeks... Anyone do the 5:30 one? Do you know what time about you get out? The park closes at 9 so I assume maybe I will see the fireworks if I am lucky....

NitroWill
10-03-2007, 08:18
Divequest trip planned - coming up in just 2 short weeks... Anyone do the 5:30 one? Do you know what time about you get out? The park closes at 9 so I assume maybe I will see the fireworks if I am lucky....

8-8:30 usually

underwaterdan
10-03-2007, 08:19
So I guess not too much time to see any of the park.... darn :-(

Disneymom
10-05-2007, 20:14
underwaterdan - when are you doing your dive? I saw 2 weeks - right about the same time we'll be there.

underwaterdan
10-06-2007, 09:38
I will be there on the Oct 19th... You?


underwaterdan - when are you doing your dive? I saw 2 weeks - right about the same time we'll be there.

Disneymom
10-06-2007, 10:21
We're diving the 17th. Food & Wine Festival the 18th. The Studios the 19th. Are you already booked the 19th? I know there were two spots taken at the 5:30 19th dive.

scubasamurai
10-07-2007, 10:04
hey guys i will be at disney too, i tried the 19th but the 430 is alll booked and the 530 has one slot. i will keep trying the kids want to see me in the tank, but not so late with the 530 one. maybe see you guys around there

craig66
10-08-2007, 00:17
Kind of strange that after forking out $140 that you still have to pay the admission to the park if youwant to stay on

NitroWill
10-08-2007, 01:35
Kind of strange that after forking out $140 that you still have to pay the admission to the park if youwant to stay on

You dont have to pay to say in after the dive, if you want to come before the dive then yes, you do..

underwaterdan
10-08-2007, 09:26
140 is pricey, I completely agree... But when you think of it when you go to dinner at their resturants you pay a lot of money and the park isn't included, that is how I think of it. I noticed that the day I go has extra magic hours, but I am not staying in a disney hotel, any have any expirence with how that works?

scubasamurai
10-08-2007, 21:40
the extra hours, they check your room card. as for the price they give discounts for padi and naui and even the disney visa which is about 20%. if the extra hours are later hours then hang in the park they don't check.

underwaterdan
10-09-2007, 07:40
That is great, I will be at Epcot when they have the extra hours at night, it is the day I am diving. I was thinking of trying to stay as late as I can or hooking up with someone who would be nice enough to get me a wristband(if this is how they do it) with their disney room card.


the extra hours, they check your room card. as for the price they give discounts for padi and naui and even the disney visa which is about 20%. if the extra hours are later hours then hang in the park they don't check.

underwaterdan
10-09-2007, 12:16
One more question/comment... anyone know what kind of gear they give you for this dive? Not that it is that important but I am getting a little excited and that is the only thing I can't figure out!

cal2632
10-09-2007, 13:18
[quote=underwaterdan;70989]That is great, I will be at Epcot when they have the extra hours at night, it is the day I am diving. I was thinking of trying to stay as late as I can or hooking up with someone who would be nice enough to get me a wristband(if this is how they do it) with their disney room card.

They don't do wristbands. If you are trying to enter the park close to the extra magic hours, they check your room card. Since they will be letting you out into the park after your dive, you should have no problems staying in the park through the extra hours. I've never been stopped by anyone to check that I am supposed to still be in the park, once I'm already there.

You also asked about gear. Sorry, I don't remember the brand, but you'll have a single reg - no octo. You're told to go to the DM if you need air. Maybe someone mentioned this already, but I'm too lazy to read through the whole thread! Be sure to take your log book.

underwaterdan
10-09-2007, 13:37
Perfect I was looking for that answer :-) I thought it was weird there were no octo's hanging off people in the photos. Thanks for the tips, 10 more days.... if you were counting!

Disneymom
10-09-2007, 20:42
That is great, I will be at Epcot when they have the extra hours at night, it is the day I am diving. I was thinking of trying to stay as late as I can or hooking up with someone who would be nice enough to get me a wristband(if this is how they do it) with their disney room card.


the extra hours, they check your room card. as for the price they give discounts for padi and naui and even the disney visa which is about 20%. if the extra hours are later hours then hang in the park they don't check.Hey, Dan. They do in fact, check room keys and issue wristbands, unless they have changed this long-standing procedure in the past couple months, which is unlikely. Unfortunately, we won't be at Epcot that evening, so can't help you out! I hope you guys have a great trip there - and we'll be around 0 wearing dive t-shirts in one form or another!! If for some reason we get to Epcot that evening after our dinner at the Studios, we'll try to come by the Seas.

underwaterdan
10-10-2007, 06:43
Sounds great - Epcot is open late the night, so not a bad idea if you wanna come over... Hopefully it will be nice enough for me to be wearing one of my many dive shirts from our cozumel trip... I will be the one in the tank wearing the exact same thing as everyone else... :-)
You mean you won't be wearing this http://forum.scubatoys.com/customavatars/avatar380_3.gif !?!?!?!
I thought you would just have a closet full of them!

Disneymom
10-10-2007, 07:52
I'll check - I imagine the kiddo might want to attend the Extra Magic Hour over there that night - we don't have to get up real early the next day.

Nope - I actually don't have any of those made up yet!! I do want to take that design over to an embroidery shop and get some done for my family though........

Weather next week is looking pretty good - mid 80's with chances of thunderstorms - pretty typical Florida!! At least the heat is backing off - it has been high 80's and low 90's!

scubasamurai
10-10-2007, 12:39
i have been there very recent for extra hours they only check room keys,, they do not issue wristbands. the only time for wrist bands are for the specials events like the princess and pirates party and the halloween events ( you pay extra but all the rides have no lines!!!!!) as for when your in the park for extra hours, i never never saw anyone check for a room card once your in the park if the extra hours are at night. during the early start hours they check your room key at the monorail entrance

have fun will be there next weekend for the halloween and wine fest

Disneymom
10-10-2007, 14:59
i have been there very recent for extra hours they only check room keys,, they do not issue wristbands. the only time for wrist bands are for the specials events like the princess and pirates party and the halloween events ( you pay extra but all the rides have no lines!!!!!) as for when your in the park for extra hours, i never never saw anyone check for a room card once your in the park if the extra hours are at night. during the early start hours they check your room key at the monorail entrance

have fun will be there next weekend for the halloween and wine festAwesome! They were still doing wristbands for extra magic hours in June. That's what we're doing, too Samurai - halloween, and food & wine fest. Have you looked at the list of booths and food offered - looks good this year!

scubasamurai
10-10-2007, 16:53
actually i was there when they were setting up and getting my wistle wet for sure. next week i will be there thrusday thru sunday and even doing the halloween thing thrusdaynight so more ride time on space mountain!!!!
as for the wrist band are you sure it was for extra hours? i was there august and the only bands i saw were for the priates/princess party. even stayed on site and nothing about wrist bands. they also had the pirate/princess thing in june. anyway have fun and don't drink too too much. sorry i can do the dive with you guys

Disneymom
10-10-2007, 17:09
Samurai - we'll be at Thursday's party, too. Yep, it was Extra Magic Hours in June - evening ones - we did Magic Kingdom and MGM, (I think?) and had to show our room keys and got wristbands. They must've changed their procedure! makes it a little easier.
Space Mountain, huh? I'm sure my two 'kids' will get a few rides in that night! :smiley36:
Nawww, I won't drink too much at the food & wine fest - can't say the same about eating though....

underwaterdan
10-11-2007, 07:02
Is the festival actually in epcot? Looks like you have to pay extra - I always hear about it every year but have never been...



Samurai - we'll be at Thursday's party, too. Yep, it was Extra Magic Hours in June - evening ones - we did Magic Kingdom and MGM, (I think?) and had to show our room keys and got wristbands. They must've changed their procedure! makes it a little easier.
Space Mountain, huh? I'm sure my two 'kids' will get a few rides in that night! :smiley36:
Nawww, I won't drink too much at the food & wine fest - can't say the same about eating though....

Disneymom
10-11-2007, 09:17
Is the festival actually in epcot? Looks like you have to pay extra - I always hear about it every year but have never been...

Yes, it's at Epcot - mostly over in the World Showcase. You only have to pay park admission to attend - but the food and wine at the various kiosks is extra. The special events, like the wine pairing and chef dinners are ticketed events. http://http://www.allearsnet.com/tp/ep/fw07/fw07b.htm
there's a link to all the booths and what their offerings are.

underwaterdan
10-11-2007, 10:12
Wow, you really are a disney mom :-) Thank you so much!!! Can't wait to go! 7 more days not including today, till my divequest!

UCFKnightDiver
10-11-2007, 10:26
Here is a link to a vidoe on the ucf dive clubs web site it looks really cool this is one of the dive quest videos they take when you are there i think

http://sulley.dm.ucf.edu/~dsmetzer/knightdivers/website/videos.html

reccomend you click play in external player its much better res that way

scubasamurai
10-11-2007, 16:45
cool, i will keep a look out for you hun what are you dressing as??? of course i will be there dressed , i don;t have to worry about packing too much!!!
as for the fest you still have to occ pay for the wine and food but it is allin good taste hahahahah

Disneymom
10-11-2007, 20:04
cool, i will keep a look out for you hun what are you dressing as??? of course i will be there dressed , i don;t have to worry about packing too much!!!
Sad, I know, but I have NO clue... Probably Maleficent - I already have the costume. JWDizney is going as ???, and the Disney daughter is Belle.



Wow, you really are a disney mom :-) Thank you so much!!! Can't wait to go! 7 more days not including today, till my divequest! Ha ha! You're welcome! We've been many times, and I do travel agent work on the side - my specialty is....well.... Disney! We've only got 2 more work days! And less than a week until our DiveQuest!

maggs_the
10-28-2007, 15:53
just wanna throw my 2cents in about the epcot dive

it is SOOOO worth it!

and all the money you pay them for the dive goes to their efforts for conservation and rehabilitation of injured animals like the manatees

pnevai
10-28-2007, 21:14
The only drawback I see is that you can not use your own gear to do the dive. That is enough to pu tme off. For $140.00 which is 2, three tank dive charters you would figure you could use your own gear. Even the nicest rental gear does not fit and function like ones own. It's like spending a day walking around in someone elses underwear.

jwdizney
10-28-2007, 21:32
The only drawback I see is that you can not use your own gear to do the dive. That is enough to pu tme off. For $140.00 which is 2, three tank dive charters you would figure you could use your own gear. Even the nicest rental gear does not fit and function like ones own. It's like spending a day walking around in someone elses underwear.

good point, but Disney has liability exposure and they handle it very well. They are VERY concerned about the safety of the divers and you can be pretty confident the equipment is going to perform very well. I imagine it's also a little nicer than most rental equipment, and fairly new. we had all ScubaPro equipment, excellent operating condition and good fit. shorty wetsuits seemed brand new! we got 63's for tanks and had 3 DM's including a safety diver and photographer. I would certainly have rather used my own equipment, but i understand their position. with safety being such a big concern, they're only trying to avoid problems with equipment they haven't personally tested and checked out.... .besides, you'll see more variety of sea life in a single dive than anywhere else, and may be the only time you'll get to write 200'+ vis in your logbook!

I'd do it again in a heartbeat!!!:smiley20::smiley20:

NitroWill
10-28-2007, 21:34
The only drawback I see is that you can not use your own gear to do the dive. That is enough to pu tme off. For $140.00 which is 2, three tank dive charters you would figure you could use your own gear. Even the nicest rental gear does not fit and function like ones own. It's like spending a day walking around in someone elses underwear.



It really is not that bad using their gear. If you can't handle an hour dive in completely functional gear then you have other things to worry about!!

They do this for good reason. This prevents any kind of harmful bacteria from entering their HUGE aquarium. If something did enter the aquarium it would be extremely difficult to get it out - and if they did every living organism in the tank could be at risk - so why risk it? They provide top of the line gear that is cleaner then new and tested for functionality every day.

Sure, you could do a couple charters for the same price. But would you see every single type of fish you did in the aquarium (including the 5+ shark, turtles, eagle rays) AND be able to interact with many guests thru an aquarium? I don't think so..

I've done it many times and will gladly do it many more!

pnevai
10-28-2007, 23:21
Been diving in every ocean on the planet (cept the arctic) so I doubt that there is anything in there that I had not seen first hand and then some. 600+ dives does that. The coolest was diving with a huge pod of Psudorca's in Thailand. The Disney fish tank dive was one experience I had not done so I figured it would be cool to add it to the list. Until I found out about the gear taboo. The human bodies in the water introduce way more foreign organisms into the water than gear that is clean and dry, so that explaination does not wash. Doing a gear check by the staff takes all of 2 minutes? Do they do check out dives for each participant? So that does not wash either.
I feel it is more a marketing partnership agreement, Use and promote a certain brand and manufacturer of dive gear. Can't have competeing brands diluting the message. Actually I am surprised that they do not make you wear mouse ears. Looking over the photos and videos from the disney website it looks like some 10 year olds vision of an underwater Mickey Mouse club meeting.

My son was a Disney Cast Member several years back and from his work related stories there is a good chance that the above theory is true. Makes even more sense considering that the money does not go to the park, so marketing partnerships are more important. I go diving on my own terms, so it is probably best I passed on this as, I know that 3 minutes in the water and I'd be off solo somewhere anyway, and they'd have to boot me out. Besides another 160 and I have round trip airfare to Bonaire.

scubasamurai
11-05-2007, 16:27
just remember how much space you have with your bcd and all the gear. the biggest thing is to get some bacteria from another part of the world or some cave dive. it is just a safety thing for the fish. they told us on our last trip that some fish were not introduced properly and caused alot of damage to their eco tank system.

enjoy the dive, the equipment is first rate, they don;t try to sell you anything except the dvd nothing scuba related and who wants to drag and clean equipment at disney. get over it not a big deal

mm2002
11-12-2007, 17:48
just remember how much space you have with your bcd and all the gear. the biggest thing is to get some bacteria from another part of the world or some cave dive. it is just a safety thing for the fish. they told us on our last trip that some fish were not introduced properly and caused alot of damage to their eco tank system.

enjoy the dive, the equipment is first rate, they don;t try to sell you anything except the dvd nothing scuba related and who wants to drag and clean equipment at disney. get over it not a big deal


Yes, that is very true. A lot of nasty stuff could hide in a BC bladder or pocket, etc. I totally understand their point on using their gear.

DarinMartell
12-04-2007, 19:38
Newbie diver but Disney pro! I can't wait to do Dive Quest! I am really bummed we missed the food and wine fest this year. It sounds like it was good! I love the screen names Disneymom and JWDizney. The Avatar is great Disneymom, can you find the Hidden Mickey on mine?:smiley2:

jwdizney
12-04-2007, 19:43
Darin- Hidden Mickey is GREAT!:smiley32: you've GOTTA do Dive Quest! if you're as Disney as I think-- you'll LOVE it! it was soooo cool!. maybe even hit up nitrowill- he's a great buddy and I don't think you'll have any trouble in talking him in to it either!... we're going again in May, and will definitely will do the Dive Quest again.....:smiley36:

NitroWill
12-04-2007, 19:45
Yep - I am always up for it - just let me know when your coming :)

and jw - i think mays a bit too far - spring break? ;)

jwdizney
12-04-2007, 20:30
and jw - i think mays a bit too far - spring break? ;)
actually will, disneydaughter has a vocal music competition at Disney in March and DM and I are going to try and get down there to see the performances and might be able to sneak in a dive.. or two....:smiley2:

i'll let you know as plans become more clear..

Mycroft
12-04-2007, 21:03
It really is not that bad using their gear. If you can't handle an hour dive in completely functional gear then you have other things to worry about!!


I've done it many times and will gladly do it many more!

Ok, I've done it once. I had an in and did the dive for FREE. I tried to bring my wrist mount computer to record the dive and they made me put it back in the locker.

That being said, the people pulling the gear wouldn't listen, so they had to be sent back to get me the gear I told them to get the first time. I normally wear Atomics and I know that the normal L size don't fit me. I had to send them back for the XL (which they did have). Then I had to send them back for more weight because they didn't bring enough and didn't listen to me when I told them how much I needed.

As for getting in my people to see me, my Dad was a cast member at the time, so he brought the 3 people in with him, My wife, his wife, and my mother in law.

DarinMartell
12-04-2007, 21:35
Nitro - I will keep you posted, we are going in Aug but will pick the day in Feb when we made PS for Coral Reef for after!

Dizney - Yeah you could say I am a fan. That Palm tree with the hidden Mickey is an original design that is forever on the back of my calf!

easyrider003
12-04-2007, 21:54
The following is a thread that I found on living seas from scubaboard.com . Hope this helps out.






What a true Disney experience in all aspects!

Rod and I arrived at Epcot for the 4:30 Dive Quest on December 10. We were greeted at Guest Services and soon the divemaster came out to greet us. They take your bootie, BC, wetsuit, and tshirt size. You give them your c-card, and off you go to thru a "cast only" door.

Once thru the Cast Only door, you are behind The Living Seas. They show you the filtration system and give you the stats on how many millions of gallons are filtered in "x" amount of time. They tell you that the max depth will be 25 feet for 40 minutes. They explain that, though it's hard to do, if anyone is to get bent.... (pointing over to a green box-like thing)... "that's" the recompression chamber and it's guaranteed to get all bubbles out! LOL.... it was a trash compactor! LOL http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/images/smilies/rofl3.gif They also said that if we get too close to the "grate" that is part of the filter, we may get "sucked" up against it.... no worries though... they say they have a 5 foot long spatula to pry us off so we can continue our experience! LOL http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/images/smilies/rofl3.gif

Then you'll go thru the back door into the exhibit itself.... right where the patrons view the exhibit. The DM explains that even though the "coral" looks like it's inches from the acrylic panels, it's actually 5-10 feet away, and that the divers can actually "pop up or down" from "nowhere".... and "awe" the guests. He explains that the kids typically love seeing the divers... but inevitably, there will be a couple that get scared. He said, at that point, the kid will back up and start to cry... but then the "Dad response" kicks in... and Dad will grab the kid and hold him/her right up to the glass and say, "Look at the cool diver!" All the while the kid is screaming! LOL The DM says at this point, we can continue to torture the kid, or can swim off... he says, it's the parents that have to pay for the therapy! LOL http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/images/smilies/rofl3.gif They also explain that there's an area that's about 10 feet out from the acrylic, and under the grate (which is on the lower level at that point) that has a "holographic" Nemo deal. They ask for divers to stay out of that area cause it's not a good Disney experience (for little kids) when Nemo swims into your mouth and out your ear or butt!! LOL http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/images/smilies/rofl3.gif (No lack of good humor!)

We then went thru another door and into a classroom. Here, they show a quick little film of what we will be doing/seeing. They explain that it is a NO TOUCH environment, and that we are not allowed to decend "into" the coral. LOL But, he did say that the "coral" is all made from dental plaster.... and if anyone breaks any, they'll make more, so no worries. Then we decend down a stairway and thru another door.

We are given a key to a locker and shown to the locker room. Once inside it was amazingly clean and everyone had a bag hanging on a hook with their name. In the bag was our wetsuit and booties. We had personal changing areas. They instruct the females (and males if you have long hair) to remove all hair ties, and they will provide "krill" hair ties when we gear up.... safer for the fish if it falls out or breaks.

After this, we are all lead back up the stairs, thru the exhibit in our wetsuits.... lots of heads turn as you now look like an "important employee". LOL We go thru another door and up a spiral staircase that has a nice air conditioner blowing... feels good once you're hot in the wetsuit! We emerged in the center atop the exhibit. All our BCs (weight integrated) were already on the tanks, regs attached, and fins leaned up against them. No depth guages... only the air guage. No octo. Fins were atomic splits. All equiptment was Scubapro and Atomic... very nice! They call your name and you sit in order (they have the tanks and such in order) and get geared up. They explain a few more things, introduce other staff, and off you drift toward the float ball where you'll decend.

Once down on the bottom, you'll get about a 10 minute tour where everyone goes into the bell, removes mask/reg, and give a good wave, you'll do a swim thru of a "coral" structure, and a swim around the resteraunt and viewing areas.... Then the DMs tell you to buddy up and you're on your own from there. At the end of the 40 minutes, they bang 2 rocks together and everyone heads back to the main area to surface. You are supposed to stay with your buddy, but when everyone looks exactly alike... that's kinda hard to do!

Fish life-- Well... there were 9 sharks! Two sand tigers 8-9 feet long, and then there were brown sharks, black nose sharks, a silkie, and I think a grey shark too. The smallest was the silkie at about 4 feet long, maybe. The Loggerhead turtle was enormous! Nice rays... including a big spotted eagle ray. Lots and lots of fish.... and I'm not a good fish IDer.... but there were thousands! One of the sand tigers swam right up beside me... what an awesome feeling, and when I turned around, there were 3 more sharks behind me! Cool!

I knelt on the bottom by the resteraunt and posed for many photos! One guy kept trying to hand me his wine... I kept trying to grab for it, but the acrylic was just to tough to get thru! I'd take out my reg and smile at them.... what fun! I did scare some little 2 year old (roughly)... not intentionally, but it was kinda funny! (I know... that sounds mean!). I removed my reg and smiled and he DID NOT like that! LOL

After the dive, we de-geared and went down that same spiral ladder. Remember that air-conditioner I mentioned.... It's freakin' cold when you're wet!! LOL We trapsed back thru the exhibit all soggy and wet... and back to the locker room where we had nice warm showers with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash provided. There were plenty of towels. Hair dryers were also provided. Then we went upstairs where our "Dive Quest Certificates of Completion", T-shirts, Logbook sticker, and they'll have refreshments and drinks. You'll view your video that they take underwater, and have the option to buy it for $35. I bought it! You fill out a little survey, and then you are let free into the gift shop where you can (technically) roam the park.... as they don't escort you out! How nice!

I highly recommend the experience if you're ever around Epcot. It's a must do... at least once! I'm sure that Rod and I will definitely do it again, given the opportunity.

mm2002
12-04-2007, 22:15
I'll admit to being old and dumb....so where's the hidden Mickey????

DarinMartell
12-04-2007, 22:24
not old, not dumb, It is a small picture. I had him make the coconuts on the tree into Mickey

NitroWill
12-05-2007, 07:34
There's also a hidden mickey in the tank - its not so hidden though - but its there and a lot of people swim right over it!

NitroWill
12-05-2007, 07:41
Ok, I've done it once. I had an in and did the dive for FREE. I tried to bring my wrist mount computer to record the dive and they made me put it back in the locker.

The rules specifically state that the only personal gear allowed is a mask. Besides, its only a 30ft dive where most of the dive is spent at ~15 feet.




That being said, the people pulling the gear wouldn't listen, so they had to be sent back to get me the gear I told them to get the first time. I normally wear Atomics and I know that the normal L size don't fit me. I had to send them back for the XL (which they did have). Then I had to send them back for more weight because they didn't bring enough and didn't listen to me when I told them how much I needed.


I apologize if this happened but I do find it weird. I have done this dive MANY times (read 10+) and the DM's always ask you specifically what size you want - and will help you guess if you aren't sure. Also, Ive never seen a DM that has not been more then happy to go back and get a different size for any reason!

Also, they don't "bring" the weight to you. Every BC is loaded with 16lbs no matter what. Any additional weight is to be picked up from the ascent/descent buoy where they have all kinds of weights to add on to your exact preference.

I hope you do the dive (again) and see it really is a great operation and very enjoyable whether its your 1st or 100th time!

Disneymom
12-05-2007, 11:12
Newbie diver but Disney pro! I can't wait to do Dive Quest! I am really bummed we missed the food and wine fest this year. It sounds like it was good! I love the screen names Disneymom and JWDizney. The Avatar is great Disneymom, can you find the Hidden Mickey on mine?:smiley2:Hi Darin, welcome to the ST fourm! Glad to see another Disney person here to join the little 'cult'! :smiley36:
Seriously - I did catch your hidden Mickey.
Don't know when your next trip to FL is planned, but by all means, plan a DiveQuest dive into it. As with anything, it's not for everybody, but if you're a diver, and a Disney fan, I think you'll enjoy it.
See you around the boards!

Osprey
12-28-2007, 08:16
Busch Gardens is better than any of the Orlando parks IMO.

Thank you, we are proud of our coasters for such a condensed park :)

BusDiver
01-10-2008, 08:01
The wife and I will be doing our fourth dive in the tank sometime mid-february.

Disney uses it's own equipment mainly for liability issues. If something happens to a diver they can produce the history on the equipment. They allow people to use their own masks because folks like me are blind and need prescription lenses.

Overall this is one of my most enjoyable dives. I enjoy diving in the "wild" but there is something about swimming up to the windows and doing flips in front of kids. The tank has also allowed the wife and I to share our love of water and aquatic creatures with our three year old daughter. I am beginning to think every time we enter the Living Seas she is getting ready to see her mommy and daddy in the water.

DarinMartell
01-20-2008, 21:42
Could anyone tell me how far into the 3 hours does the actual dive take place and how long after the 40 min dive do you get let go. We are thinking about setting up adr's at Coral Reef and have the rest of the family be seated and order while I am in the water then have me come out in time to eat. Would this be possible?

TravisD
01-21-2008, 19:48
Pretty much 1st hour tour/gearing up, 2nd hour in the pool, 3rd hour shower/review video/leave...

If you are in the 4:30-7:30 group, then a 5:30-ish reservation at the coral reef usually works. Likewise, for the 5:30-8:30 group a 6:30 reservation works. Let them know about you diving to get a better chance at getting a window seating.

Unless they're REALLY slow eaters though, you're not going to be able to join then. Have them wait in the normal Living Seas observation area and they can then catch you being paraded thru the "public" area on the way to the tank. They can watch the dive, kill some time, then meet you for dinner after.

The wrap-up is sort of optional -- if you know you're not going to buy the video and don't care to watch it, there's not much to do. Pick up your t-shirt and split.

Go for the 1st dive session if you like having some chance at hot water showers!

DarinMartell
01-26-2008, 16:22
Thanks for the feedback. How far ahead of time do they take reservations? Is it available every day? We are making our dinner reservations at the 6 month out mark because we will have a group of more then 20 of us.

Also, why are there no Octo's? I can see why they don't want any outside equipment, but even in 25' I would think a Octo would be a standard piece of equipment.

scubasamurai
01-26-2008, 18:38
at the deepest part you 25ft on the ground ,most of the time your at 15 at best swimming around. and with that you just pop up if there was a problem, also there are so many people around in such a small space you can easily buddy breath.
book as soon as you can. peak times those slots go fast and try to take the early one so you can spend time in the park, especially if it has extended hours.

have fun

TravisD
01-27-2008, 20:19
Also, all of the Disney divemasters in the tank with you have pony bottles. But primarily, it's an extra failure point and not really a necessity in that shallow of a tank.

IIRC, Disney takes reservations exactly 6 months out -- but only if you're staying in the park. If not, it's less (3 months). Call 'em and ask. Especially with a large group like that. I also don't think you're going to seat that many people next to the windows -- most of those tables seat 4 people I think.

WAHMof2
02-01-2008, 16:52
This is something I really want to do. Sounds like a blast!