Brittney Naylor and daughter Eleanor sitting on ledge of lazy river at The Grove Resort and Water Park in Orlando. There feet are splashing in the water. Orlando Staycations.

Endless Fun at The Grove Resort and Water Park in Orlando

Whether you’re coming to Orlando to explore the many theme parks or a Central Florida resident needing a staycation, The Grove Resort and Water Park provides affordability, plenty of fun in the sun, and luxurious amenities. Located just miles from the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, this vibrant resort is the perfect place to escape from the everyday and make memories that will last a lifetime. Keep reading to discover everything this resort has to offer and all about our recent stay at The Grove Resort and Water Park.

Aerial view of The Grove Resort and Water Park in Orlando, hotel review
Photo courtesy of The Grove Resort

Amenities at The Grove Resort and Water Park

You’ll find no shortage of things to do at The Grove Resort. Between the spa, springs pools, Safari Water Park, Flip Flop’s Arcade, and Lake Austin Pier, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. The resort also has an activity calendar filled with various things to do throughout each day.

At Lake Austin Pier, you can book fishing charters, pontoon tours, kayaks, fishing poles, or swan paddle boats. If we were to ever visit again, we would definitely fit one of these activities into our day.

Looking for a bit more relaxation? Then you can enjoy one of the many services offered by the Escape Spa. From facials, to nail services, massages, and waxes, they have it all.

The Grove Resort and Water Park also offers 4 dining options throughout the property.

  • Alfresco Market
  • Longboard Bar & Grill
  • The Springs Bar & Grill
  • Valencia Restaurant

We enjoyed grabbing coffee and a light breakfast at Alfresco Market and had lunch by the pool at Longboard Bar & Grill. At Safari Water Park, you can order food/drinks right from your lounge chairs thanks to the many servers walking around.

As you can already tell, The Grove Resort offers an array of things to do and even places to eat. Now let’s talk about what’s included in your suite.

Suite Amenities

Each suite includes 2 or 3 bedrooms and are fit with everything you could need in an apartment. Truly an ideal setup for large families traveling to Orlando or just looking for a quick getaway.

The suites include:

  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Fully equipped kitchen: Microwave, Stove, Oven, Refrigerator
  • Blowdryer
  • Dishes and Silverware
  • Full Bathrooms
  • Sleeper Sofa
  • Screened-In Balcony
  • And more
Interior of suite at The Grove Resort Orlando showing the living space and kitchen
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Interior bedroom of a suite at The Grove Resort and Water Park Orlando, shows a king bed and entrance to master bathroom.
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How We Spent Our Time at The Grove Resort

Since this was a staycation, we spent most of our time at the Safari Water Park. You can pay a fee to reserve chairs or even a cabana, otherwise it’s first come first serve. It’s also important to note that you cannot bring outside food and drink to the pool areas. We arrived mid-afternoon on our first day and first thing on our second and were able to grab great seats for our entire party.

A majority of our day was spent in the lazy river as it offered the most shade and we had seats near the entrance. The river can get over crowded, at times, in some areas and the tubes are first come first serve, so you may not always have one. While their website said personal tubes weren’t allowed in the river, I saw many use their own and weren’t told otherwise.

Eleanor really loved the kid’s area, though it’s definitely heavily populated, at least on a busy holiday weekend. The kid’s area features 3 slides of various levels, waterfalls, and more. And for some reason the kid’s area water was colder than any of the other water.

How does it Compare to Disney Resorts?

If you’re planning a weeklong vacation to Walt Disney World and are looking for an affordable resort that can accommodate your family and be close to the parks, then I believe The Grove Resort is perfect. Not only can you stay in a 2 or 3 bedroom suite, but each suite has it’s own washer/dryer and full kitchen.

And while you may not receive top tier Disney service, you’ll have a comfortable place to sleep and plenty to do. Not to mention, The Grove Resort also offers free shuttle service to Disney Theme Parks, as well as, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

We have personally only stayed at three Disney Resorts, but I do think The Grove Resort has the best pool area. There were plenty of places to find shade and multiple swimming areas (lazy river, large pool, water slides, kid’s area). However, I noticed the life guards at The Grove Resort weren’t as tentative as those at Disney Resorts.

Would We Stay Again?

Short answer, absolutely. For the price and offerings, we felt it was well worth it for our family to enjoy endless hours in the sun at Safari Water Park. There’s also plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby for when we need a break. As Eleanor says, “it was the best day ever”.

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