Coco Key Resort is centrally located on the International Drive strip, which is perfect for an Orlando trip. In the heart of restaurants and attractions, the resort offers shuttles to both Sea World and Universal Studios. In the lobby, discounted tickets to many of the area’s main attractions are available.
Dangling glass balls look like bubbles in the lobby, aptly themed for the waterpark hotel. As parents check in, kids can play in a gingerbread house or duel in a game of air hockey. The business center, with multiple computers and printers, is also located in the lobby.
Walking out the back of the lobby entrance, guests are greeted by a glass enclosed fire in front of the first pool that has a waterfall Jacuzzi and cabanas. In the center building, a workout facility with a variety of fitness equipment, as well as room tropically decorated for birthday parties, are featured. Further towards the back of the resort, the last building wraps around a massive waterpark.
There are multiple slides for little ones, and a zero entry kiddie pool with splashing water features. The next pool features a yellow curly slide that may seem small when compared to the bigger slides out back, but looks can be deceiving. This yellow curly slide speeds up quickly, spitting out riders into the deeper end of the pool, while the shallow end features multiple water guns perfect for a battle.
Alongside the pool is a Tiki bar, and inside is food facilities and a massive arcade, complete with a bowling alley. The back of the resort is a water playscape with a hanging shark, parrots, and a gigantic bucket that dumps water and drenches the entire area every few moments. The biggest slides rise up behind the tropical themed water playground, featuring one side that twirls riders around, and a two-person slide that is almost like a skateboard ramp, shooting riders down and boomeranging them back.
Hours can be spent in the water features, making Coco Key Resort a destination in and of itself, but it is located in the midst of International Drive with a putt-putt golf course next door. There’s plenty to do within walking distance, and a short drive or trolley ride down the road opens up even more possibilities, from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, to Wonderworks and the Outta Control Comedy Dinner Show, as well as the Convention Center, clubs, shopping and variety of attractions for all ages.
In the morning, Coco Key’s breakfast buffet features multiple warm items, such as biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, hot syrup and more. There’s fresh fruit, cereal, juices, and an ample array of food to satisfy. The café next door also features a variety of fresh foods.
Whether you are planning a family trip, a romantic escapade or a business venture, Coco Key Resort in Orlando is a great choice, as the location is convenient to the highway, as well as area attractions. Their water park is enough to entertain kids, but it also has large enough slides to amuse adults who are kids at heart. The beds and pillows are comfortable, the rooms are clean with granite countertops in the bathroom, and the staff is highly trained in customer service, making Coco Key worth a stay for anyone.
Marisa Williams earned her Master’s in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University, is the author of more than 100 books, and is the publisher of Thorisaz Views.