Coco Key Water Park is a small water park located on International Drive just south of the big water park Wet N Wild. The CoCo Key water park is part of the CoCo Key Resort, If You stay there You can get free passes to the water park but the water park is also open for daily passes for People that do not stay at the resort.
CoCo Key might be small in size compared to the big name water parks but it is large in fun. It has all the slides that are needed for any kid to have a blast. The best part is that most of the time there is very little wait even in the mid summer busy months.
This Water Park is unique in the fact that just off the indoor portion of the park there is a full size arcade, Pizza Hut, snack bar and a full service Bar. Yes, You can sip on a cocktail while Your kids are playing just feet away. The good thing about the indoor park is it stays nice and cool in the hot summer months and You can stay sunburn free. The very small children can play all day in the indoor park and never get bored, the park that is outside has the taller more advanced slides and is suitable for the tweens, teens and adventurous parents.
The Orlando Flex Ticket is the best Theme Park Ticket deal all over Orlando if You want to see what else there is all over Orlando besides Disney. I am not telling You that You do not need to do Disney but for about the same price You can get unlimited admission to Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Wet ‘n’ Wild, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Citywalk. Something to consider for sure if You are going to do other parks besides the Disney Parks.
The ticket is especially good for those that are going to stay on or near International Drive since all the parks included in the Flex Ticket are close by. Once You have Your ticket Your vacation is less stressful, come and go as You please without rush.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney World, Florida is located just across from Downtown Disney and the Disney transportation system makes stops for all the Disney Resorts every 15 minutes or so. That might be why this water park has more visitors than any other in the world but it is a big park and can handle a big crowd. The Water park is especially convenient to the Downtown Disney Hotels, You can be at the gate in just minutes.
The first thing you might notice is the pathways are wider than most water parks so getting around is easier also notice how wide the lazy river is, You can easily pass People that are floating 5 wide, most water parks are half the width of this lazy river.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park in Disney World has a snow ski resort theme, You might have already guessed that. The theme is even carried on as far as to use a chair lift for the tallest ride. You ride the lift just like You were on skis but You just step off at the top and walk away. The Water Park is open all year except for maintenance or bad weather. Bad weather is rarely for cold, more likely for thunderstorms.
Aquatica Water Park is on south end of International Drive near it’s parent company, SeaWorld. This Water Park does not get as many visitors as Wet N Wild but that doesn’t mean much to a lot of People who actually prefer this water park to all others all over Orlando. You can make a case for any of them, sometimes it is how You are going to combine Your ticket or maybe where You are staying. Either way this is a great water park and it gets great reviews by all ages. It has all the levels of enjoyment for all ages, the steep slides, the easy curvy slides, the two and four man tubes, lazy river, wave pool and a great area for the younger not swimming yet guest. Aquatica Orlando Splash & Save Ticket
T-Rex Prehistoric Family Restaurant in Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista, Fl is a dining experience much like Rainforest Cafe, which is actually owned by the same company. The difference in the Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex restaurants is one is based on rainforest animals and one is based on Dinosaurs. Of course T-Rex is the one that is based on Dinosaurs. This restaurant is one of the busiest in Downtown Disney so You must go at an off time or just get on the waiting list, get a cocktail or a beer and sit and enjoy the wait. The kids have a play area (sand box) to keep them busy or You can shop in the Dinosaur themed gift shop.
This Event is Free with Your admission to Epcot.
The annual International Flower and Garden Festival is coming and it’s not just fun for those that are interested in flowers and gardening. There are exhibits for outdoor kitchens and home accessories. Also, like all festivals there is plenty to eat. And if that’s not enough, there is a concert series that shows every weekend during the festival.
This year’s Celebrity host are:
March 7-9 – Vern Yip, ”Design Star”
March 14-16 – Chris Lambton, “Going Yard”
March 21-23 – Matt Blashaw, “Yard Crashers”
March 28-30 – Matt Muenster, ”Bath Crashers”
April 4-6 – Taniya Nayak, ”House Hunters on Vacation”
April 11-13 – Amy Matthews, “Renovation Raiders”
April 18-20 – John Gidding, ”Curb Appeal”
April 25-27 – David Bromstad, “Color Splash”
May 2-4 – Chip Wade, ”Elbow Room”
May 9-11 – Genevieve Gorder, HGTV Star
May 16-18 – Alison Victoria, ”Kitchen Crashers
The complete Flower Power concert series includes:
March 7 – 9 – The Guess Who
March 14 – 16 – Gary Lewis and The Playboys
March 21 – 23 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
March 28 – 30 – The Lovin’ Spoonful
April 4 – 6 – Paul Revere & The Raiders
April 11 – 13 – Village People
April 18 – 20 – The Grass Roots
April 25 – 27 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter None
May 2 – 4 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
May 9 – 11 – Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
May 16 – 18 – Alan Parsons Live Project
Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
I used to buy the Universal Orlando annual passes for Florida Residents when I lived 7 hours away, that is how good a deal it was. But is still a great deal and now that I live 5 minutes away from Universal, I use it much more often. The price of admission has gone up every year now for a the last few and it will likely continue that trend even though I think when it gets closer to 100 dollars that might slow it down, that’s a big number for someone to pay. But the annual passes for Florida Residents is still the way to go if You plan to visit Universal more than 3 times in a whole year, in fact if You get the 245 dollar option that includes parking, You are already money ahead during the 3rd visit. The parking alone cost 16 dollars and that too is likely to go up so just two trips plus parking and You are almost at the annual pass price, You would have to be stupid not to do it. And now that they offer monthly payments it is really hard for anyone to justify not doing it that lives within a few hours of the parks. https://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Park-Tickets/Annual-Passes.aspx Not a Florida Resident? It is just a little more for You and still a great deal https://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Park-Tickets/Annual-Passes/Non-FL-Annual-Passes.aspx
Universal annual passes are much less expensive than are Disney’s even though the single day tickets are the same.
There is no guarantee that this will come up again but We are happy to say it is back again this year: If You are a Florida Resident and a Disney fan, You are in luck. Take advantage of the ticket prices or better yet, stay on Disney property and take advantage of both. Even if You are from Orlando, it’s nice to get out of the house and stay at a resort once in a while.
The reason that Disney offers this to Florida residents at this time of year is obvious, it is the least crowded. But this is when the parks are the most fun, when it isn’t so crowded. During this time You can navigate the parks much easier and You can ride many rides in one day, even without using fastpass.