Three tours are returning to Epcot. You can swim with dolphins, scuba dive & see behind-the-scenes at the Land Pavilion

If you click on the links in this post, we may earn money from the companies mentioned in this post, at no extra cost to you. You can read the full disclaimer here.

Sharing is caring!

Three fan favorite Disney World tours are returning to EPCOT!

These popular tours are extra experiences you can enjoy during a Walt Disney World vacation. And they will start back on October 2, 2022, just in time for EPCOT’s 40th anniversary.

Today we’ll take a look at all three tours. And we’ll also share some advice to help you have an amazing EPCOT trip!

Behind the Seeds

The Behind the Seeds tour is a backstage walking tour of the Land Pavilion. This 1 hour tour includes the 4 greenhouses and the fish farm at the Land Pavilion. If you’re interested in natural sciences or gardening, this tour is for you!

You’ll learn about hydroponics and other current plant-growing techniques. You will see huge vegetables and fruits, as well as unusual crops from around the world. And in the fish farm, you’ll learn about the freshwater shrimp, tilapia, hybrid striped bass, and catfish there.

This tour costs $35 per person plus tax. It is appropriate for all ages. Guests will be on their feet for the entire hour of the tour so comfortable shoes are recommended.

EPCOT Seas Adventures – DiveQuest

This is one of 2 EPCOT sea tours returning this fall. It is for SCUBA-certified guests only and you must be at least 10 years old. (If you are not SCUBA-certified but are interested in sea life, skip ahead to the next tour.)

On this 2 hour tour, you’ll get a behind the scenes tour to see how the 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium works. And for approximately 40 minutes of the tour, you’ll be diving! Your dive is into the giant aquarium, where you can swim with 2000+ sea creatures. This includes reef fish, stingrays, sea turtles and even sharks.

And if you have family or friends who are in Epcot that day but not on the tour, they can even watch through one of the 56 huge windows at The Seas with Nemo & Friends! The upstairs viewport in the tunnel of The Seas with Nemo & Friends is actually the best place for them to watch, about 40 minutes after the tour starts.

Please note that diving equipment is provided. In fact, you cannot bring your own equipment, with the exception being that you can bring your own dive mask. A bathing suit is required to enter the water and shorty wetsuits will be provided (in sizes of men’s XS to 5X and women’s XS to 5X).

The DiveQuest tour costs $219 per guest plus tax.

EPCOT Seas Adventures Dolphins in Depth

During this 2 hour tour, you’ll get to meet and learn about the dolphins at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion.

Learn about the dolphin care program at EPCOT as you view backstage areas. Find out about training and research sessions with marine mammal specialists. And spend about half an hour with dolphins in waist-deep water!

If you want to enter the water for that last part, you’ll need to bring a bathing suit. (Shorty wetsuits are available in men’s and in women’s sizes XS to 5X.) Now, since the water is only waist-deep, you’ll be wading and not swimming with dolphins. Because of this, you don’t need to be SCUBA-certified or even know how to swim to participate. You do, however, need to be at least 44” (112 cm) tall.

If you have a electric convenience vehicle (ECV), motorized scooter or land-based wheelchair, you will need to transfer to an aquatic wheelchair.

This amazing experience is $199 per person (not including tax).

Money Saving Tips

These EPCOT tours are not cheap, especially since the least expensive tour (the Behind the Seeds tour) also requires separate park admission.

Now, if you are an annual passholder, you can get a 15% discount on each tour, which does help.

If you don’t have an annual pass but want to fit one of these tours into your budget, you might want to consider saving money on other parts of your trip.

  • To save money on your Disney World tickets, click here for two different ways to get a discount.
  • If you’d like to save money on a Disney World hotel, click here for 10 different websites you can use to get a cheaper rate. (The first website is my favorite way to save hundreds of dollars on a Disney hotel stay.)
  • And click here to find out about 10 things you should buy before a Disney World trip that will save you money.