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The Ultimate Guide to Orlando Hotels with Lazy Rivers

The Ultimate Guide to Orlando Hotels with Lazy Rivers (and surrounding areas)

Finding a hotel with a lazy river is a great bonus when you are looking for the perfect family hotels in Orlando. Indulging in a gentle, meandering water ride whilst lying on an inflatable ring or tube is as much fun for adults as it is for kids; plus a good way to keep cool or relax after hitting the Orlando parks!

Hotels with a Lazy River in Florida
There are several lazy river hotels in Orlando

If this a priority for you when you are looking for the best kid friendly hotels in Orlando, and you are wondering what hotels have lazy rivers in Orlando, then this guide takes you through all the surrounding and central Orlando hotels and resorts which provide this fun additional perk. Other family friendly facilities offered at these hotels are included too – making it easier for you decide which is the right fit for your family.

17 Hotels with Lazy Rivers – Orlando FL and Surrounding Areas

1. Cabana Bay Beach Resort by Universal 3*

By staying at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort you not only have a lazy river with tropical plants and waterfall features, but two massive pools, and a bowling alley. The pools have beach area with buckets and spades and a water play area plus a waterslide. Bonus is it is one of the best family resorts near Universal Studios (Orlando.)

Only a six-minute walk from Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort has a retro 1950’s beach vibe with flat-screen TVs in the rooms. The Family Suite boasts a spacious living area, two queen beds and kitchenette with mini-fridge.

Harry Potter fans will be pleased to know by staying here you can enjoy Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required).

Key Family Friendly Features at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

  • Standard rooms have a mini fridge and coffee maker.
  • Family Suites offer 2 queen beds and a pull-out sofa, with a sliding privacy partition between the bedroom and living space. (One of the few Orlando hotels suitable for a family of 6) and have kitchenette with a mini refrigerator, microwave and sink.
  • Two pools plus a lazy river.
  • Game room and bowling
  • Offers the Loews Loves Kids Program. From lending libraries of games to childproofing kits. 
  • Evening Kids’ Camp is for children ages 4–14. Counsellors are trained to supervise toilet-trained children ages 4–14 only. $15 per hour, per child / $15 per meal. Open from 5 PM–11:30 PM
  • It’s an Orlando hotel with a lazy river and near Universal Studios

• For more information on the Cabana Bay Hotel & direct prices see the Universal Loews Website here.

• Read reviews of the Cabana Bay on TripAdvisor here.

• Compare prices for the Cabana bay on Booking.com here.

2. Disney’s Beach Club Resort Star Rating: 4*

Disney’s Beach Club Resort is one of the most appealing Orlando resorts with lazy rivers if you are looking for the whole onsite Disney experience. It is the sister hotel of the Disney Yacht Club hotel and they share amenities like the waterpark Stormalong Bay, where the lazy river is as well as waterslides.

The Standard View room comes with a mini-fridge, coffee maker and Wi-Fi, while the 2 Bedroom Suite (can sleep up to 7) is ideal for families with its extra space and Club Level access. Guest benefits include access to the EXTRA MAGIC HOURS benefit and Disney FASTPASS+ up to 60 days prior to arrival (you must have valid admission)

Key Family Friendly Features at

  • Children’s pool
  • Playground on site
  • Stormalong Bay water park with lazy river.
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • WiFi
  • On the Skyliner route

• For more information on Disney’s Beach Club see the Disney website here

• Read reviews on Tripadvisor here.

3. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort 4*

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, as mentioned above is the sister hotel to the Beach Club Resort – a beautiful New England style lakeside hotel. It’s a Disney hotel with a lazy river as above.

Both hotels share the adventure-packed waterpark Stormalong Bay where you can enjoy waterslides or relax on the lazy river as the tube gently moves you around. There are five outdoor pools and the hotel is on the Skyliner route.

Rooms typically sleep 4 or 5 but the 2 bedroom suite has 2 King Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa. All rooms have a mini fridge and coffee maker. Guest benefits include access to the EXTRA MAGIC HOURS benefit and Disney FASTPASS+ up to 60 days prior to arrival (you must have valid admission)

Key Family Friendly Features at Disney’s Yacht Club

  • Children’s pool
  • Playground on site
  • Stormalong Bay water park with lazy river.
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • WiFi
  • On the Skyliner route

• See prices for the Disney’s Yacht Club Resort on the Disney site here

• Read reviews of the Yacht Club Resort on Trip Advisor here

4. Fantasy World Resort 3*

This budget friendly resort in Kissimmee has a lazy river, two heated pools, and two water slides (must be 48″ to ride), plus a splash pad for younger ones. The two bedroomed, two bathroom villas can accommodate six guests and come with a full fitted kitchen and washer and dryer.

Kids will enjoy all the activities ranging from arts and craft: making piggy banks, sun catchers etc to scavenger hunts and poolside games plus tennis etc.  Kids’ activities are free or very reasonably priced. There is free transportation to all parks.

Key Family Friendly Features at Fantasy World Resort

  • 2 main pools
  • Kids’ Splash pad
  • One of the Orlando hotels with lazy river and slides.
  • Bar and restaurant on site
  • Kids’ craft activities
  • Tennis, Basketball, Batting Cages (Softball & Baseball), Shuffleboard, Bocce Ball & Covered Playground
  • Kids’ playground
  • WiFi
  • Free shuttle to Disney & Universal & Buena Vista Factory Stores
  • Close (25 minutes) to the airport and the theme parks (15-20 minutes) with shuttles available.
  • Fully fitted kitchen with washer and dryer in a 2 bedroomed villa.

• Read reviews of the Fantasy World Resort reviews on TripAdvisor here

• See prices for the Fantasy World Resort on Booking.com here

5. Flamingo Waterpark Resort 3*

Flamingo Waterpark Resort in Kissimmee conveniently hosts a water park and family friendly accommodation. The family suites are equipped with bunk beds for the kids.

Each room also boasts a kitchenette, mini fridge, flat-screen TV with HBO and includes daily housekeeping. For park fans, it takes 30 minutes to reach Disney from here.  There is also a game room onsite and a nightly movie with popcorn.

Key Family Friendly Features at Flamingo Water Park Resort Kissimmee.

  • Onsite water park
  • Bunk beds
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini fridge
  • WiFi

• See reviews for the Flamingo Water Park resort on Tripadvisor here

• See prices for the Flamingo Water Park resort on Booking.com here

6. Four Seasons Orlando Star Rating: 5*

This is one of the luxury Orlando hotels with waterslides and lazy river. Nestled within lush greenery lies the relaxing lazy river at the Four Seasons Orlando .

Kids will also enjoy the two water slides, a splash zone, family pool, and complimentary kids’ camp. Older kids will love the video games, billiards and touch-screen tables at The Hideout.

Ideally situated right by Walt Disney World, this luxury hotel enables guests staying in Park View Rooms to see the fireworks. Guest benefits include access to the EXTRA MAGIC HOURS benefit and Disney FASTPASS+ up to 60 days prior to arrival (you must have valid admission)

Baby items such as a Pack n Play, Highchair and Diaper Genie can be brought up to your room. Rooms are equipped with a fridge too!

Key Family Friendly Features at Four Seasons Orlando

  • Park fireworks views available
  • Complimentary kids’ camp
  • Hideout zone for teens
  • Water slides, lazy river, splash zone and more
  • Fridge in rooms
  • Extra amenities available

• See reviews for the Four Seasons Orlando on Tripadvisor here

• See prices for the Four Seasons Orlando on Booking.com here

7. Grove Resort & Spa Orlando 4*

The fairly new Grove Resort Orlando is where we stayed and one of the Orlando resorts with a lazy river and water slides. The onsite Surfari waterpark has the all important fun lazy river and tubes, sandy beach areas, several pools, a boating lake with swan boats, modern, fully equipped apartments/condo style, an onsite restaurant, wifi.

You can choose between one, two and three bedroomed suites, which either have an ensuite or bathroom nearby.  We absolutely LOVED our stay here and wouldn’t hesitate to return. (Edited to add – we have rebooked!)

Key Family Friendly Features at the Grove Resort and Spa

  • FlowRider Double surf simulator
  • Dual water slides, a 695 foot lazy river, kids’ activities pool and zero-entry pool.
  • Entry to Surfari Water Park is complimentary to registered guests of the resort. 
  • Fully fitted kitchen with washer/dryer
  • Family fun centre with arcade games and mini golf
  • Kids’ Activity center
  • Free transportation to Walt Disney World® Ticket and Transportation Center (Near Magic Kingdom® Park).

• See reviews for Grove Resort on Tripadvisor reviews here

• See prices for the Grove on Booking.com here

8. Hilton Bonnet Creek 4*

The Hilton Bonnet Creek resort pool area has been named #1 by TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Fantastic Pools! The pool area caters to children of all ages, from an exciting waterslide to a zero-entry point allowing you to wade as your children play in comfortable depths.

The Recreation Team offers daily arts & crafts poolside, as well as exciting games for all families to participate. Guests are welcome to bring their own pool floats or you may purchase one at the Splash Shop. Complimentary inner tubes are available daily on a first come, first serve basis.

Standard rooms can fit two queen beds for families, or splurge on a Junior Suite for a king-size bed, sitting area with a queen-sized sofa bed, and an office nook.

  • Putting green
  • Video Arcade
  • Kids’ Club (at the Waldorf)
  • The campus is large at Bonnet Creek and includes Hilton, Wyndham and Waldorf properties so you can share facilities – a playground nearer the Waldorf)
  • Lazy river, pools and slide
  • WiFi
  • Fridge in room

• See reviews for the Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando on TripAdvisor here

• See prices for the Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando on Booking.com here

9. Hilton Orlando, International drive 4*

Hilton Orlando, International drive is an official Walt Disney Hotel with access to Disney fast pass+ extra magic hours shuttle to the parks with a valid ticket.

On site there is a splash pad, slides, and of course the lazy river nestled in a tropical oasis. Suites have a separate living area and all rooms come with a mini fridge and coffee maker plus Crabtree and Evelyn amenities. Some rooms have a great view of the park fireworks!

Key Family Friendly Features at Hilton Orlando – idrive

  • Extra magic hours and Fast pass+
  • Fridge in room
  • WiFi
  • Splash pad and slides
  • Basketball court

• See prices for the Hilton Orlando on Booking.com here

• See prices for the Hilton Orlando on Booking.com here

10. JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Orlando 4*

The JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes is a large family-friendly resort with plenty of outdoor activities, and is one of the Marriott hotels with a lazy river. Other facilities include: pool, bike trail, golf course, games room and an indoor bouncy castle. There is shared Kids’ Club with the Ritz, ensuring plenty of activities.

All rooms are equipped with tea/coffee facilities, complimentary bottled water and have a mini fridge too.

Key Family Friendly Features at JW Marriott Orlando

  • Shared Kids’ Club
  • Lots of activities such as the lazy river, bike trail, games room
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Mini fridge
  • Tea and coffee facilities

• See reviews for the JW Marriott Orlando on Tripadvisor here

• See prices for the JW Marriott Orlando on Booking.com here

11. Liki Tiki Village 3*

Liki Tiki Village by Diamond Resorts in Kissimmee has a small Liki Tiki Lagoon water park with an erupting volcano, paddle boats, plus a separate children’s area and playground.

Whilst, it doesn’t sport the traditional lazy river, this family resort near Orlando, does have jets swirl around the central volcano, allowing you to gently drift around. The resort boasts Polynesian-themed buildings house one, two and three-bedroom condos with separate living and dining rooms, fully-equipped kitchens and washers and dryers.

Key Family Friendly Features at Liki Tiki Village

  • Playground
  • Water Park
  • Option of 1, 2 or 3 bed villa
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Washer and dryer
  • Paddle boats
  • Basketball court

• See reviews for the Liki Tiki Village on Tripadvisor here

• See prices for the Little Tiki Village on Booking.com here

12. Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Orlando Star Rating: 5*

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is an impressive Orlando hotel with a lazy river – a 260-metre-long meandering lazy river, zero-entry family pool, slides and wave pool. Other activities include an arcade game area, golf and basketball.

Standard rooms have a mini refrigerator and a full size tub. For an open kitchen, built-in wet bar and washer and dryer units, upgrade to a villa.

The Omni Kids’ Crew program caters to little ones. Upon check-in, kids receive a backpack filled with fun items designed specifically for them. Kids also receive milk and cookies delivered to their guest room on the first night. The Omni Kids Crew coloring menu is also available at restaurants, with crayons and an Omni Kids Crew cup. 

Onsite is Camp Omni Kids Escape: With kid-friendly dinners, movies, video games, board games and other entertaining activities.

Kids Escape is a great place for children to hang out while you enjoy an adults-only dinner or other activity. This program operates on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and welcomes children ages 4 – 12. Cost is $12 per hour, per child and includes the child’s dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

Key Family Friendly Features at Omni Orlando resort

  • Kids’ Club
  • Mini fridge
  • Lazy river,
  • Zero entry family pool
  • One of the Orlando family resorts with water slides
  • Kids’ Pack on check in and welcome cookies

• See reviews for the Omni Orlando Resort on Tripadvisor here

• See prices for the Omni Orlando Resort on Booking.com here

13. Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort (Kissimmee) 4*

With seven pools with slides and a lazy river, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations is sure to be a hit with the kids.

Onsite are 4 golf courses, table tennis, billiards, indoor activities like the arcade, movie theatre room, and Swampy’s kids’ club. Be aware you do need to pay a fee to use a tube for the lazy river. Some other activities do come at a cost, such as the HIPPO slide, cabanas, and jet skis; however, all 7 of the pools are free to use.

There are a range of accommodation options available for all budgets from studios with fully-equipped kitchens to three-bedroom villas with separate living rooms, washers and dryers and pull-out sofas.

Free WiFi, a kitchen or kitchenette, and an en suite are standard for every Holiday Inn Club Vacations. Some villas and suites have a sofa bed.

Key Family Friendly Features at Holiday Inn Vacation Club Orange Lake

  • 7 pools and lazy river
  • Kids’ club
  • Some paid for activities like HIPPO slide, jet skis
  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Movie theatre room

• See reviews for the Holiday Inn Vacation Club Orange Lake on Tripadvisor here

• See prices for the Holiday Inn Vacation Club Orange Lake on Booking.com here

14. Reunion Resort A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort 5*

The Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, is another Orlando area hotel with a lazy river which is located less than seven miles from Disney.

It features one to three bedroom luxury villas and multi-bedroom vacation homes. The villas offer spacious living and dining areas, full kitchens and balconies and you can even spy the Disney fireworks from certain locations!

The resort features a tranquil boutique spa, Kids’ Crew day program (closed during the winter season), six lighted tennis courts, 11 pools and a water park that includes a zero entry pool, waterslide and a whopping 1,000-foot lazy river.

There are also a number of outdoor activities such as bicycle and walking trails plus a games area including ping pong and a pool table at The Cove.

Key Family Friendly Features at Reunion Resort:

  • Several pools
  • Playgrounds
  • Water park with lazy river
  • Seasonal Kids’ Club

• See reviews for the Reunion Resort on Tripadvisor here

• See prices for the Reunion Resort on Booking.com here

15. Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes 5*

This luxury hotel is frequently on lists as one of the best hotels in Orlando for kids. The Ritz Carlton shares its lazy river with the JW Marriott and in return shares its Kids’ Club with the Marriott. (See above).

Complimentary tea and coffee and a fridge is provided in the room. Kids can even camp in their room with a tent, toy, book, s’mores pastry etc for $100

The Ritz Kids’ Club is for children aged 4 to 12 and runs outdoor activities plus arts and crafts. (There is an additional charge if over 2 hours).

Key Family Friendly Features at the Ritz Carlton:

  • Playground
  • Lazy river (at the Marriott)
  • Kids’ Club

• See reviews for the Ritz Carlton on Tripadvisor here

• See prices for the Ritz Carlton on Booking.com here

16. Waldorf Astoria Orlando 5*

The Waldorf Astoria is a stunning luxurious hotel in Orlando with a lazy river and a WA Kids’ Club (for a fee) to help keep children entertained.

Activities can range from fun-filled poolside games to roasting marshmallows and cool craft creations. This is the only Hilton hotel with a lazy river in Orlando. Other on site activities include two swimming pools.

All rooms have a coffee maker and wine refrigerator and you even request a Fireworks View room to see the fireworks at Disney. Guest benefits include access to the EXTRA MAGIC HOURS benefit and Disney FASTPASS+ up to 60 days prior to arrival (you must have valid admission)

Key Family Friendly Features at the Waldorf Astoria:

  • WA Kids’ Club (extra fee)
  • Fireworks view
  • Extra Magic Hours and Disney Fastpass+
  • Playground
  • The campus is large at Bonnet Creek and includes Hilton, Wyndham and Waldorf properties so you can share facilities.

• See reviews for the Waldorf Astoria on Tripadvisor here

• Find out more from the Waldorf Astoria direct on their site here

• Compare prices of the Waldorf Astoria on Booking.com here

17. Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort 3*

The Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort sits adjacent to the Walt Disney World Resort and has one to four-bedroom suites that can sleep up to twelve guests.

The hotel is nestled within woodlands and part of the Bonnet Creek Resorts area. The resort is surrounded on each side by the Walt Disney World® Resort and is just off Epcot Drive, providing easy access to Interstate 4 and the Osceola Parkway.

If you are looking for Orlando vacation rentals with a lazy river, then you are in luck. There are several properties at this resort: timeshare/vacation ownership (can be booked similar to hotel; and a hotel type property.

Some rooms have a mini fridge, bunk beds for kids and a coffee machine. The timeshare units have full kitchens which allows you to bring groceries. 

Step outside to discover a mini-golf course, volleyball court and an indoor game room with a video arcade.

The resort has five swimming pools (one with a pirate ship), two lazy rivers, waterslides and interactive water fountains. There are some activities for kids including games, face painting etc.

Key Family Friendly Features at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort:

  • Lazy river and 5 pools with pirate ship and slides
  • Very close to Disney
  • Indoor game room with video arcade.
  • Playground
  • The campus is large at Bonnet Creek and includes Hilton, Wyndham and Waldorf properties so you can share facilities.

• See reviews for the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort on Tripadvisor here

• See prices on Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort on Booking.com here

Hopefully this guide to the best hotels with lazy rivers in Orlando, Florida will help you choose the one for you! Let me know which one you chose and how it was!

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