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Shark Reef

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

If you felt like jumping into the tank at Epcot's The Seas with Nemo & Friends, make tracks for this 362,000-gallon snorkeling tank. The coral reef is artificial, but the 4,000 tropical fish—including rainbow parrotfish, sting rays, trigger fish, yellowtail damselfish, and amiable leopard and bonnet-head sharks (only 2 to 3 feet long)—are quite real. A sunken ship divides the reef; its portholes give landlubbers access to the underwater scene, though the windows are filmy and viewing is a bit blurry. During the warmest months (late March through September), adults and children (those under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can don personal supplied-air snorkeling equipment at no charge. Life vests are provided for weak swimmers. To prevent algae growth, Shark Reef is kept at a brisk 68°F, which is about 18° cooler than the rest of Typhoon Lagoon. For those who prefer a long, leisurely snorkel, this experience will be too brief. For people with disabilities: The sunken-ship viewing area is wheelchair accessible. This is popular, but even in the busy summer months, the wait is often under 20 minutes.

Sight Information


Walt Disney World, Florida, 32830, USA

Sight Details:

  • Duration: Up to You. Crowds: Light to Heavy depending on season. Audience: Most ages; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Published 07/06/2017


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