Upon arrival at the Coco Key water resort, located along the tourist mecca of Orlando’s International Drive, you will notice the bright colors and the large waterslides which are visible from I-4, as well as the parking lot of the facility. Those bright colors are a sign of what is to come once you enter the grounds of the 391 room property.
The hotel portion of the resort continues the bright color scheme, with multi-colored carpeting and furnishings in each room. The king size rooms include a king bed, sleeper sofa, and easy chair, as well as a dining nook, small desk, dresser, and flat screen television. The resort also features double queen rooms, which have similar features to the king rooms, minus the sofa. Every room also includes an in room refrigerator.
The dining options on site are definately family friendly, featuring Pizza Hut Express, Callaloo Grill food court, and the Tradewinds Restaurant, which during our stay was featuring a dinner buffet. We opted for the room service menu, which offers a wide selection of items that would suit nearly every appetite. The delivery time was a bit longer than quoted, but the food was better than average.
The morning dining options are similar, but the breakfast buffet at the Tradewinds is well worth the $10 fee. Comparable to many other buffet restaurants in the Orlando area, the wide selection and pleasant staff of the restaurant make it a great place to start your day.
Of course, the main feature of the Coco Key water resort is the water park. The attraction features 14 water slides, a minnow lagoon toddler pool, a teen pool, the Parrot’s Perch play area, with the pools, minnow lagoon, and a few slides located under a 54,000 square foot canopy covered section. That makes it better for everyone who wants to be outside, but not directly under the Florida sun.
As far as water parks go, this one is definatley above average. Open from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., there are slides to fit every level of thrill seeker, from mild to wild, with most of them fitting somewhere in the middle of the scale. It is a great way to spend a few hours, an entire day, or to cool down after your crazy day at the parks. Plus, the conveniently located Gator’s Grab and Go convenience store is fully stocked with all your vacation needs, including water cameras and extra sunscreen!
The water park is no Wet and Wild, but with the day passes starting at only $17.95, it’s a price that is well worth the money.
With the summer starting to wind down, now is the time to visit Coco Key. There are several travel packages currently being offered. The Coco Key Grand Travel package offer grandparents traveling with their grandchildren 25% off the best available rate and free food for children 6 and under. The grandparents must be over 50, and use promo code GRAND12 when they make reservations. U.S. Military personnel are offered a rate of $69 per night, but must show their military ID upon check-in. Of course, Florida and Georgia residents get a good deal as well, with $15 off the best rate all the time!
They also offer deals for family reunions, corporate getaways, scouting groups, student organizations, and summer camps. Be sure to check their website for additional details.
The resort is definately family-friendly, and at the relatively young age of 2, the rooms seem very clean and well-kept. It is conveniently located to all the attractions, and offers scheduled transportation to Universal, SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Wet and Wild. By staying in the resort, you also receive discounts at SeaWorld and Universal, as well as local gold courses. The property is a jewel in the jungle that the Orlando area can sometimes appear to be, and should be on everyone’s list to visit at least once!