Orlando Hotels with Water Parks
Over the past 5 years, Orlando guests have many options when it comes to choosing an Orlando hotels with water parks. The arms race is truly on and as Orlando resorts are trying everything, they can to outdo their competition to win over potential guests.
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Most Popular Orlando Resorts with Water Parks
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites with Waterpark
Red Lion Lake Buena Vista South with Waterpark
Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista
Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center Celebration Area
Crowne Plaza Lake Buena Vista
Element By Marriott Near SeaWorld Orlando
Aloft By Marriott Near SeaWorld Orlando
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista across from Disney Springs
Hilton Buena Vista Palace Inside Walt Disney World
Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club by Hilton in Orlando near Walt Disney World
Liki Tiki Village in Orlando near Walt Disney World
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What to expect from Hotels with a Waterparks in Orlando
The resorts have started to build these waterparks, because a lot of guests while they want to visit Disney World and Universal Studios they do not want to spend all day at the theme parks. The parents want some down time to sit by the pool and relax. Some hotel waters parks are pretty extravagant for example the Holiday Inn Waterpark and Suites used to be the Nickelodeon Hotel and Waterpark and the entire resort is built around a huge water park with 7 water slides. CoCo Key Resort has both and indoor and an outdoor waterpark, and then there is the Grove that has waterslides, lazy river, and even a virtual realty surfing area.
There are a couple of draw backs to staying at an Orlando resort with water parks, some guests vacation is centered around the hotel. Meaning they are not going to the theme parks during the daytime or evening. This means, during high travel times such as Spring Break and Summer the hotel is always busy and loud. In addition to many guests not leaving the property, these hotels also allow non-hotel guests to enjoy waterparks themselves by just purchasing day passes. This causes the hotels to be even busier.
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Type of Orlando Resorts with Water Parks
When choosing an Orlando resort with waterparks you have many choices. You can choose an Orlando hotel, a condo style resort or a vacation home community. The vacation home and condo style resort waterparks are usually much more elaborate and bigger waterparks, simply because they have much more room to build out these parks as compared to the hotels. Most Orlando hotels have added their water parks years after the hotel was built, so they are limited to a smaller available space. This is evident in the Red Lion Lake Buena Vista Hotel and Waterpark. This is a great little waterpark for smaller kids but older children (teenagers) will get bored really quickly.
Best Orlando Resorts with Water Parks Ranked
Budget Hotels– The Red Lion Lake Buena Vista Resort and Water park. This hotel was completely renovated in 2016 and the water park features a small water slide and lazy river.
Mid-Range Hotel– The Holiday Inn Water Park and Suites just finished an elaborate renovation. The water park features 7 waterslides, huge drop bucket, and splash pads.
Luxury Hotels– Orlando Marriott World Center, this hotel has 3 waterslides, a huge jacuzzi, and an adult pool for relaxing.
Condo Resorts– There really must be two in this category. Mystic Dunes Resort, this property was recently bought by Hilton and it is a top notch resort near Disney World. Fantasy World Resort, the water park at this resort is awesome…waterslides, lazy river, zero entry pull plus they have games which anyone can participate in all during the day.
Vacation Home Resorts with Waterparks– Champions Gate and Solterra both have great water parks. Both communities have lazy rivers, water slides, zero entry pool, adult pools, and staff which facilitate games throughout the day.
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Resort Fees at Waterpark Resorts in Orlando
Most Orlando hotels and resorts charge guests daily resort fees. These are usually paid by the guess at check-in. These fees can range from $10 a night up to $50 a night. If you are staying at a water park resort, then you are going to pay anywhere between $25 and $50 a day. The resort fee helps cover the additional insurance and staff the properties need to have to adequately need to operate. This is not bad when you consider if you were to buy a day pass at one of these resorts to use their water park you are typically going to pay anywhere between $20 and $40 per person.
When you book with Orlando Vacation Hotels, we always tell you up front what the resort fee is. Some online agencies do not tell you this and then the guests is surprised when they go to check-in…nobody likes hidden fees. Often, times we include the resort fee in the price and when we do this we let you know as well. By doing this our guests do not have to pay for the resort fee when they check-in and most hotels give our guests a discount on the resort fee when we charge it upfront.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the closest hotel in Orlando that has a waterpark to Disney World?
The Hilton Palace and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort is located inside Disney World so these hotels would be the closest.
What do we need to bring to the hotels if we want to enjoy the waterparks?
The hotels provide pretty much everything you will need. You might want to bring your own towels and sunscreen, but if the resort requires guests to wear life vest and the inflatable tubes to enjoy the lazy rivers will all be provided.
How late are the hotel waterparks open til at night?
Typically, most Orlando resorts wind down their activities between 9pm and 9:30pm and the water parks are shut down at 10pm.
What type of activities do the water park hotels offer out by the pool?
Usually you can pick up a schedule of weekly activities at the front desk or they might have it highlighted out by the pool area. Some of these activities include T-shirt tie dying, bingo, movie nights, dance-a-thons, and Karaoke to name just a few. Some of these activities do cost extra.