If you’re planning on heading down to Orlando for this year’s Night of Joy, value-priced accommodations are available at the new CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort on I-Drive which is offering rates for as low as $89, as well as group rates.

The countdown is on to the biggest assembly of Christian music performers  in the country as acts like Kutless, Jeremy Camp, Mercy Me  and Casting Crowns prepare to descend on Orlando Sept. 10-11 for the annual Disney’s Night of Joy and Universal’s Rock the Universe Weekend.

Every year in early September Orlando becomes the epicenter of Christian Rock and the new CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort-Orlando offers families and church groups an affordable and convenient hub for experiencing all of the musical action.

The 391-room CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort is the latest addition to the Orlando portfolio and has been purpose-built with groups in mind.  The value-priced hotel and water resort combines a casual tropical hotel setting with a whimsical water park that features slides, rides and fun amplified with four pools, eight water slides, poolside entertainment, and splashing good times. Located in the heart of International Drive, the resort offers highly affordable group rates starting as low as $74 per room, per night, and water park amenity access for just $19 per room per day (for up to four people).

Several group-specific features make CoCo Key an ideal option for Orlando trips including a dedicated group check-in area; a separate tour leader/driver’s lounge featuring internet access, big screen TV and a view; and an interesting combination of rooms that connect not only side-by-side, but back-to-back.  The resort also offers a $30 price break on those connecting rooms, making CoCo Key an affordable option for groups.

The adventure-filled, 54,000 square-foot canopy covered and outdoor water park features eight adventure water slides; CoCo’s Beach; Parrot’s Perch – an interactive Play Island; Minnow Lagoon featuring a zero-entry pool and water fun for younger children; Coral Reef Cove – a teen pool; and an outdoor splash pad.  Groups will also enjoy a 6,500-square-foot, state-of-of-the-art video arcade; and snack bar.

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.

For more information on group bookings, call the CoCo Key Sales Department at 407/351-2626 and ask for Lou Repassy or email him at Lou.Repassy@cocokeyorlando.com.


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