Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is One of the Moderate Resorts Inside of Walt Disney World
Let’s talk the Moderate resort with the Deluxe feel: Disney’s Coronado Springs! This beautiful resort, themed around American Southwest/Northern Mexico, is located between Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Coronado Springs opened on August 1, 1997, and it is massive. There are nearly 2,000 rooms and suites in 3 villages surrounding the 15-acre lake called Lago Dorado. With the addition of Gran Destino Tower, which is based on the work of Salvadore Dali, there are an additional almost 600 rooms in the 15-floor tower. It is also important to note that this is a Convention Hotel, so there is also a 95,000 square foot Convention Center with a ballroom and business center. The ballroom can accommodate up to 5,000 people.
Casitas is one of the neighborhoods of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, themed after Urban centers, like Santa Fe. This is where the convention guests are centered. Casitas, meaning little houses in Spanish, is surrounded by courtyards, fountains, and palm trees. The buildings are three or four stories.
Casitas is GORGEOUS and full of beautiful decoration, including topiaries featuring The Three Caballeros!! There is also one of the 3 leisure pools, 1 each for each village.
The Ranchos section of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort features 2- and 3-story pueblo-style villas that reflect more arid rural regions in a rustic ranch setting, complete with small streams tumbling over a rocky stream bed.
The two-story Cabanas are themed to Northern Mexico’s serene shoreline, and nearly half the rooms have a view of Lago Dorado.
Gran Destino Tower
Gran Destino Tower Is Spanish-style and Moorish-tile style in the fashion of Salvidore Dali. The front desk now serves the entire resort. You can also find the fitness center and several restaurants here.
The Lost City of Cibola Pool
Disney’s Coronado Springs is on of the coolest pool/recreation areas at Walt Disney World. First, the pool is themed to Mayan Ruins, with a 50-foot pyramid and a 123-foot waterslide. There is also a HUGE hot tub, a playground, arcade, Siestas restaurant, and a children’s pool. It is massive, it is fun, it is perfectly themed: the Disney Trifecta!!
Disney’s Coronado Springs has a TON of great dining options! The Maya Grill is a Mexican Steakhouse table service restaurant. As is Toledo Tapas, Steak, and Seafood. Guests’ favorites also include Three Bridges Bar and Grill and Rix Sports Bar and Grill.
El Mercado de Coronado is a grab and go quick service location, that offers something for everyone. Siestas Cantina is a poolside snack bar with a full bar, too! Speaking of Bars, Disney’s Coronado Springs offers the Dahlia Lounge and the Barcelona Lounge. You will not go hungry, or thirsty, when staying at this amazing resort!
Disney’s Coronado Springs Rooms
Coronado Springs offers standard rooms that sleep 4, 99 rooms with King-sized beds, disability access rooms, and, located in Gran Destino Tower, Deluxe Suites and One-Bedroom Suites with Club Access, and Presidential Suite with Club Access. The Tower offers a Deluxe Resort feel at a Moderate Resort price. There are several recreation options available to guests, including 3 leisure pools, one large pool with arcade, playground, hot tub, and children’s pool and quick service restaurant, volleyball, jogging trail, movies under the stars, fitness classes, campfire activities, and Sunday fun runs.
Location, Location, Location
Disney’s Coronado Springs is kind of out there in the middle of nowhere, so if you’re wanting a resort hotel that is close to the parks with a couple of transportation options, this is probably not the resort for you. But if you’re taking a more leisurely approach to your vacation, not concerned with travel time to the parks and planning a day or two of relaxation, this will be PERFECT for you!
Final Thoughts and Opinions
Is Coronado Springs massive? YES. It is ginormous. You WILL walk a lot. Is it a great place to stay? YES. Coronado Springs is gorgeous and, due to it’s location, it’s like an Oasis in the middle of your best fantasy. If you’re going for a fully immersive “Disney” themed vacation, this resort isn’t going to be for you. But if you want to feel like you’re on a vacation in a Southwestern Desert Oasis, like a vacation for your vacation, and you want to plan 1 or 2 resort only days, this is the PERFECT place for you. You will never be bored here! Not sure if you should go for a Moderate or a Deluxe? I’ve got your back!