There is so much to learn and do at Epcot. I think that this park is probably the one where they really make learning fun. While at the Monkey Kingdom Event, we had the opportunity to have a tour of The Seas with Nemo & Friends. I love looking at all of the fish in the aquarium, but I loved having the tour because not only did you see a turtle, but you have a tour guide that can tell you the turtles name, what kind of turtle it is and where it comes from. Our tour guide was really cute and was so excited to tell us all about the animals you see in The Seas with Nemo & Friends.
The Aquariums are full of so many colorful fish, Stingrays, Sharks and Turtles. Personally, I could stand there for hours watching them all swim around. I think I get as excited as my kids would every time a shark or turtle swam in front of me. At The Seas with Nemo & Friends you will find a massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium where you can take your time and walk around and see all of the live sea creatures.
My kids would have been so excited when the divers came swimming through! It would be amazing to be able to swim in the tank with the sharks and turtles. I would probably be scared. On our tour, we also had the opportunity to go see upstairs and see the tank from above. I was surprised to see how large it is. You really can’t tell the size looking through the glass. This is where the divers enter the tank, and where the trainers are able to study and train the dolphins.
We were able to get our Conservation pin for The Seas with Nemo & Friends from taking the tour and learning about how we can help the animals in the Ocean. Did you know that you can collect these pins all over Disney World? These pins are available by making a minimum $1.00 donation to the fund.
My favorite part of visiting The Seas with Nemo & Friends was the Dolphin Research Show. This is something that you can visit while you are at Epcot. The dolphins at Epcot are being trained to be able to communicate with their trainers. They are shown an object and taught the word for that object. For example,they will learn the word being a series of clicks, since naturally, dolphins cant talk. As part of the Dolphin Research Show, the dolphin was shown an object, like the rubber duck shown above. The trainers were watching to see if the dolphins could correctly identify the object. There was a monitor that showed what the correct sound was and the sound the dolphin made. The both needed to match. Here is a video of the dolphin correctly recognizing an object. Watch the tv screen and you can see how it matches!
I really loved this show. I wish my kids could have watched it. It was fascinating to see what the dolphins can learn. The hope is that eventually, if the dolphin wanted to play with a ball, it could make the sound for ball and the trainer would know what the dolphin wanted. Here they are saying goodbye:
I received an all expense paid trip to Disney World for the Monkey Kingdom Event. In return I agreed to share my experiences. All opinions are my own. Monkey Kingdom is in Theaters NOW!! My kids loved this movie and are often quoting lines from the movie.