We arrived at 11am as the park opened and headed straight for the large slides. There were no queues at all, which is a refreshing change from other water parks in the area and we were able to go on everything as many times as we wanted. CoCo Key has 14 slides, 3 heated pools, and a 6,500 sq. ft. arcade!
Initially the kids only had eyes for the scariest looking slide in the park and headed straight for it! This red and white striped slide was my daughter’s favourite, she rode it about twenty times! This slide requires two people to ride in a tube together. It has an initial steep drop and then you are thrown upwards towards the sky, before coming back down, through a waterfall to the exit.
We also liked the yellow slide, which you ride down in either a single or double inflatable ring.
After a lot of turns on the slides we headed for the very exciting looking play frame. Initially I thought this was just for children but my favourite slide, the green one, was super fast and fun even for adults.
There are also a lot of water shooters etc to play with, paths and nets to clamber over and really good slides making this a really good play frame for the whole family.
When we had finished on the play frame we went to have a swim in one of the pools. The pool was covered so in the shade but also open to the outside and rest of the park. There is another slide into the pool which we really liked and a waterfall. The pool was just the right temperature and not too deep so the kids had a lot of fun.
Life vests are provided for weak or non swimmers and I was very impressed by the lifeguards. A child actually got into trouble in the pool at the bottom of a slide while we were there. A lifeguard noticed immediately and blew a signal on his whistle. Within seconds he had jumped in and got the child out the pool and two other lifeguards were waiting to assist, one with a life jacket for the child to put on straight away and one to reassure and talk to the parent. They handled the situation very professionally and the child was fine, in fact he went straight back on the slide wearing his life vest!
Ample seating is provided, both in the shade and outside and all within view of the pools, slides and play equipment. The park is big enough to provide entertainment for all ages and small enough to let older children and teenagers loose on the slides by themselves.
We actually had more fun here than some of the bigger water parks, and we definitely got more rides on the slides due to the fact it was quiet enough and had enough slides that there were no queues. All in all we had a great time and will definitely be back!
I actually think this water park is more suitable for children on the spectrum than the larger parks.
If you go in the morning the park is very quiet. We arrived at 11am.
There were no queues for the slides.
The park is a great size…wandering children wouldn’t get far unnoticed.
The pools are not too deep.
There is background music but it isn’t too loud.
There are life vests available.
My sons opinion is that it was really good and he would definitely want to go there again.
CoCo Key Water Park is located at CoCo Key Water Resort on International Drive. It is a water park attached to a hotel but open to the public. Their website is: https://www.cocokeyorlando.com Although you can buy tickets when you arrive, it is advisable to buy tickets in advance as the park can get full.
We were guests of CoCo Key Water Resort but all opinions are our own.