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CoCo Key Hotel and Water Park Opening on the Site of the
First Hotel Built on International Drive in Orlando


ORLANDO, Fla. (April 6, 2010) -- A new, purpose-built and value-priced hotel and water resort opens next month in Central Florida, offering a fun and affordable option for families eager to experience the magic and wizardry of Orlando’s theme parks without breaking the bank.

The Key West-themed CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort-Orlando opens April 15, 2010.  CoCo Key combines a casual tropical hotel setting with a whimsical water park that features slides, rides and fun amplified with four pools, 14 water slides, poolside entertainment, and splashing good times all specially designed for kids in a safe and friendly environment. 

“We know that affordability remains the driving factor for most families when it comes to vacation planning, so we’ve purpose built this CoCo Key resort as an alternative that not only addresses value but also delivers a comprehensive resort experience that’s memorable and fun for the whole family,” said Frank Fry, general manager, CoCo Key  Hotel and Water Resort-Orlando. 

The Orlando property (formerly the Orlando Grand Plaza Hotel), created in partnership with Wave Development LLC, Sage Hospitality Resources and CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., is the tenth CoCo Key Water Resort in the U.S.  These water resort developments offer a Key West paradise for family adventure getaways.  Managed and developed by Sage Hospitality Resources, one of the nation's leading hotel management and development companies, other CoCo Key Water Resort developments can be found in Rockford, Ill., Omaha, Neb., Kansas City, Mo., Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio, Danvers, Mass., Fitchburg, Mass., Waterbury, Conn., and Mt. Laurel, NJ.

CoCo Key captures the relaxation and enchantment of the Florida Keys.  Brightly colored cabanas, swaying palms, fragrant hibiscus, native artwork and thatched roofs welcome guests to the region’s newest and most unique water resort.

The adventure-filled, 54,000-square-foot canopy covered and outdoor water park features 14 adventure water slides; Parrot’s Perch - an interactive Play Island; Minnow Lagoon featuring a zero-entry pool and water fun for youngsters; Coral Reef Cove - a teen pool; and an outdoor splash pad. 

Families will also enjoy a 6,500-square-foot, state-of-of-the-art video arcade; snack bar; outdoor lounge; and function space that’s perfect for a variety of celebrations.

For guests seeking a more tropical and relaxing experience, a separate quiet pool area can be found towards the front of the resort.  CoCo’s Beach features a pool, sun deck with chaise lounge chairs, hot tub/spa framed by a beautiful rock formation with cascading water, firepit, tiki bar, and three relaxing cabanas. 

The resort is comprised of 12 buildings all themed to the Florida Keys.  With 391 spacious guest rooms, including eight, two-bedroom suites, four junior suites, and an interesting combination of rooms that connect not only side-by-side, but back-to -back, guests have a range of options to select from. 

Guestroom amenities include 37-inch, flat-screen TVs with high-def feeds; Wi-Fi, room service; granite showers and countertops; lighted vanities with large mirrors; and, a premium in today’s hi-tech world, plenty of accessible outlets to charge electronics.  Guests will also enjoy the 1,000-square-foot fitness center featuring the latest in workout equipment; Gators Grab ‘N Go – a convenience store offering specialty coffees, ice cream treats, souvenirs, pool toys and more; and for those that must remain connected to the “mainland,” a business center. 

CoCo Key also features TradeWinds, a full-service restaurant serving breakfast and dinner; a food court including Callaloo Grill offering burgers, wraps, chicken fingers, soft serve ice cream and other family favorites; and a Pizza Hut Express serving up the eatery’s popular fare.

Taking up residence at the new resort will be “CoCo,” a fun-loving, red-feathered, walk-around parrot who entertains guests, poses for pictures, and attends birthday parties and events. 

Located in the heart of the Orlando vacation corridor at 7400 International Drive, CoCo Key also is a perfect hub for quick access to Orlando’s other popular attractions – a five minute-drive from Universal; five minutes from Sea World/Aquatica; and 10 minutes from the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Reservations are available by visiting


Kathy Pierson

Also See: CoCo Key Water Resort to Rise from Remains of the First Hotel Built on Orlando's International Drive / January 2010

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