CoCo Key Water Resorts was a chain of indoor water park hotels with locations throughout the U.S. The Orlando CoCo Key was the first one in Florida. The chain filed for bankruptcy, although some of the water park resorts, including the one in Orlando, remain open and are run as independent businesses.
Unlike the other locations, the Florida CoCo Key features an outdoor water park instead of a climate-controlled indoor park. About half of the park, however, is covered by a canopy that opens to the outside at one end. It offers lots of shade and allows guests to use some of the attractions during inclement weather, such as one of Orlando's notorious afternoon showers.
CoCo Key's other Key West-themed water parks are located in northern climes such as the Midwest and New England and offer visitors a simulated Florida getaway. The Key West theme, however, is right at home in Orlando. Rather than offering a mid-winter respite to frozen New Englanders, the Orlando CoCo Key offers Florida visitors some water park fun.
Attractions at CoCo Key Orlando
The highlight of CoCo Key is its 54,000-square-foot, medium-sized waterpark. It's missing signature attractions found at larger water park resorts, such as surfing rides or water coasters. It does, however, offer many of the usual water park suspects.
The park includes body slides and tube slides with names such as Boomerango and Surfer Splash. It also offers the Parrot's Perch interactive water play center with smaller slides, sprayers, and a tipping bucket. A zero-entry toddler pool helps keep very young guests and their parents happy, while a dedicated teen pool provides a place for tweens and teens to call their own. Without major thrill rides, however, CoCo Key is geared mostly to families with kids under the age of 12.
Other activities include an arcade with redemption games. The water park's colorful Key West theme extends to the hotel side of the facility. Other hotel features include a fitness center and complimentary transportation to Universal Orlando and SeaWorld.
Water Park Admission Policy
CoCo Key Orlando opens its water parks to registered hotel guests as well as to the general public. Room rates include admission for up to four guests to the park (although the hotel charges a “resort fee” in addition to the room rate). Day passes are available to the general public based on availability. Discounted rates are offered for Florida residents. Group rates as well as birthday party and special event packages, including party rooms, are also available.
What's to Eat?
Onsite restaurants include the TradeWinds restaurant, which offers a hot buffet breakfast. The Callaloo Grille has pizza, burgers, and other casual fare. Drinks are available at the Wet Rooster Tiki Bar. Gator's Store has grab-and-go items for sale.
The CoCo Key Hotel
Located at 7400 International Drive, the hotel is in the thick of Orlando’s tourist corridor. It's close to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, the Orange County Convention Center, and lots of other attractions. There are also a ton of restaurants in the area.
The modest hotel is geared to families. Some of the rooms include pull-out sleeper sofas. Amenities include a separate heated pool and hot tub for hotel guests, a fitness center, and a business center.
The Orlando area is home to some of the world’s best water parks. Among them are Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World, Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando, and Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando. They are considerably bigger and have many more attractions than CoCo Key.