Update: At the end of this blog don't miss seeing many negative comments I've found on Yelp about this attraction. And see the ratio Trip Advisor has.
Welcome to my blog on the original Marineland of Florida. A lot of people are not aware of the history and story of the first marinelife park created in the world. An interesting one it is. Marineland of Florida was created by W. Douglas Burton, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Sherman Pratt, and llya Tolsen. Their concept was to have a place to film marine life. What they did was build a very special place. These four people were visionaries who created a great place which opened in 1938. They probably had no idea how amazing it would become. Many believe dolphins and marine life were not the intent of the park, but they did finally arrive later. The first film shot here was 'Revenge of the Creature' in 1955. Also the TV series 'Sea Hunt' starring Lloyd Bridges was filmed here from 1958-1961.
Here are some excerpts of comments from visitors on Yelp. These are all verifiable from the visible and filtered ones:
1- (August 2013) There is absolutely zero reason to visit Marineland unless you have the money to spend on one of the encounters. Otherwise, as many others have said, you're just staring at a tank in the hot sun and seeing a couple of dolphins swimming by. Even as encounter participants we were looking around going "This is it?"
2- (June 2013) "Can we say RIP OFF, I would have given it zero stars but doesn't allow that. I am so upset we left the resort to go to Marineland, telling our daughter all about how we enjoyed it many years ago when we went. About $9 per person to get in the door, and to do what? Stand there and just watch the tank. We will never be back and hope that others will see this and not go either."
3- (January 2012) "You're gonna' end up paying around $9 a person to take your family in, stare at dolphins through three plexiglass windows (which are literally feet away from each other) and if you're lucky, MAYBE see a dolphin jump out of the water, paint, or do a few tricks."
4- (August 2012) "I'll never step foot in the place again."
5- (June 2013) "We picked up my 5 year old nephew, drove an hour to spend the day at Marineland!! Little did we know that we would pay money, get a ticket, hike up a little hill and stand in the hot sun looking into little windows of a dolphin tank....and that's it."
6- (July 2010) "Waste of time. Even the dolphins want to leave this place. Save your money for something else."
7- (August 2012) "I don't think I would recommend the admission price. Basically you just walk around the pools and look at other people doing the immersions. There didn't seem to be anything else to do with the general admission."
8- (April 2012) This is the biggest waste of money and biggest ripoff in the state of Florida. Never go here."
9- (April 2012) "No attractions, no shows, no anything. Its a sad, hollow shell of the place it used to be."
Reviews on Trip Advisor
1- (July 2013) "We bought 2 general admission tickets. For that price you get to stand mostly in the sun and view people who paid $215 for the immersion experience or one of the other packages. My husband was very disappointed because a lot of years ago he had gone there and had seen the dolphins put on a show. Don't go there!"
2- (July 2013) "Basically you sit in lawn chairs and watch other people who paid more feed dolphins. I hope they give people more to do in future development!"
3- (July 2013) "I definitely would NOT recommend this particular place or program to anyone. Its VERY overpriced and they really seem to be only interested in the $$$."
4- (July 2013) "As much as I like that which 'Marineland' promotes..i.e..dolphins and dolphin preservation, sadly, I must give a thumbs-down to the humans who make the policies there."
5- (July 2013) "They don't tell you that when you pay your admission that all you get is the privileged of walking through their gates and staring at dolphins through glass. You can do the same thing on the internet. Nor do they tell you that there are ONLY dolphins. (not that I don't like dolphins). Here is the point: They should have a sign and or state exactly what you are getting for what you are paying."
6- (July 2013) "My husband and I signed up for the touch and feed, $60 plus for two. We were told to come 30 minutes early to wait. We were not allowed to take pictures but could buy their overpriced pictures. Two days earlier we stood in the same location taking pictures. The entire experience lasted maybe 4 minutes. Would not recommend this."
To be fair there are some good reviews about the park. But smart people can recognize when reviews are probably written by staff and hardcore supporters. This is definitely the case on Trip Advisor. It is very obvious many reviews are not from the general public. Sorry but I'm not buying it people. When a review is long, detailed, and so glowing that it raises skepticism, there leaves doubt as to the honesty of it.
I welcome and publish all comments. Pro and con on the park. I believe that everyone has the right and freedom to express their opinions. Thanks for seeing here.