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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Review

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is one of Disney’s most unique Moderate level resorts that pays homage to Mexican, Spanish and Southwest American cultures and themes. Coronado Springs was such a popular resort that Disney recently did a complete resort renovation and a huge expansion called the Gran Destino Tower. With the updated Southwest American feel, this resort makes you feel like you're at a luxury resort! The updated feel, price point, and great amenities make Coronado Springs one of my favorite resorts at Walt Disney World.

To help you pick the best resort for your family, make sure to check out the theming, pricing food, transportation options, pool, and drawbacks to staying at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Theming


The Coronado Springs Resort is designed to pay tribute to the Spanish, Mexican, and Southwest American cultures, which honors the cultures of many Disney Park guests. While Coronado Springs was recently renovated, many of the original theming elements remain the same. You are now welcomed into the new Gran Destino Tower lobby, which is an impressive two story lobby with murals and wall art paying respect to the Southwest cultures! The designers also used architecture themes and techniques common in these areas of the world.

Past the lobby, you will either be staying in the Gran Destino Tower or in the original Coronado Springs rooms in the outer courtyard. The original Coronado Springs buildings are labeled Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabanas. Each section is designed a little differently and embodies a different part of Mexican, Spanish, and Southwest American culture. Even the main feature pool is themed like the Mayan temples. Disney has done an excellent job of weaving the these cultures throughout the entire Coronado Springs Resort. The theming is so well done you almost feel like you're visiting Mexico, Spain, or the Southwestern US.

Pricing


Coronado Springs fits into Disney’s Moderate Resort category. Moderate Resorts fall between Value and Deluxe Resort in price, amenities, and more. For a standard room at Coronado Springs, you can usually expect to pay between $200 and $300 per night depending on when you choose to visit. Disney’s Coronado Springs also offers club level rooms located in the Gran Destino Tower starting at roughly $600 per night. Coronado Springs also offers suites for families looking for a little extra space or a little extra luxury but these come at a premium price. It’s also worth noting that Disney’s Coronado Springs was completely renovated in 2018 so all the rooms are brand new!

The standard rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs are located in the Casitas, Ranchos, Cabanas, and in the Gran Destino Tower. Standard rooms at Coronado come with two queen beds and offer a view of the courtyard or parking areas. Despite the location, the standard rooms through the Coronado Springs Resort look almost identical.


The club rooms at Coronado Springs offer extra amenities and access for those who are looking for a luxurious Disney vacation! Club access rooms are located in the new Gran Destino Tower and typically come with a king bed and queen sofa bed. With club level access, these are the extra amenities you will receive:

  • Food offerings throughout the day including continental breakfast, snacks, appetizers, desserts, and refreshments

  • Evening room turndown service

  • Health club access

  • Personalized Guest Services and Concierge

Besides those wanting a luxurious vacation, club level rooms are also great for those families that are looking to spend a lot of time at the resort!

Food


Coronado Springs offers tons of great dining options that are a delicious addition to your Disney vacation! If you're looking for authentic cuisine, check out the great restaurants that feature Mexican, Spanish, and Southwest American food. With the large array of food and restaurants, you’ll never go hungry at Disney’s Coronado Springs. Below are the restaurants for your to experience at Coronado Springs:

  • Barcelona Lounge - coffee, pastries, snacks, and beverages

  • Dahlia Lounge - wine and signature cocktails

  • Three Bridges Bar & Grill - sandwiches, salads, and lighter fare

  • Toledo - Tapas, Steak, & Seafood - Spanish inspired cuisine

  • Maya Grill - traditional Mexican fare

  • Cafe Rix - smoothies, coffee, pastries, and snack options

  • El Mercado de Coronado - array of American and international food, and to-go options

  • Siestas Cantina - pool bar with great drinks and food

  • Laguna Bar - lakeside tequila and mezcal bar

  • Rix Sports Bar - typical bar food

If you’re looking for an extra special experience, make sure to check out Three Bridges. This restaurant is located in the middle of the Coronado Springs lake. The food is great and it makes for a unique experience!

Transportation


The Coronado Springs Resort is located in the Animal Kingdom Resort area. Unfortunately, the only transportation options from Animal Kingdom area resorts is the Disney bus system. From Coronado Springs, you will have to take a bus everywhere. Fortunately, there are four bus stops located throughout the Coronado Springs Resort so you will never have to walk far to reach a bus stop.

Disney Transportation (Credit: Dreamtime)

As far as paid transportation options, Disney’s Minnie Van service will bring you anywhere on Disney property for an extra fee. Disney’s Coronado Springs also has access to Disney’s Magical Express. The Magical Express is a great, free addition to your vacation. The Magical Express will collect your bags from the Orlando International Airport (MCO), bring your family from MCO to Coronado Springs, and deliver your bags to your Coronado Springs hotel room. You should definitely take advantage of the Magical Express because it gets your vacation off to a magical start!

Pool


Coronado Springs features four pools that offer something for everyone in your family. The feature pool at Coronado Springs is the Lost City of Cibola Pool. The Lost City of Cibola Pool is one of the most elaborately themed pools at Walt Disney World. Visit the Mayan ruins, a giant Mayan pyramid, jaguars, and a 100+ feet water slide at the Lost City of Cibola Pool. The Lost City complex also features the largest hot tub at Disney World, a kiddie pool for little ones, and an excellent pool bar, Seistas Cantina. In my opinion, the Lost City pool is one of the best at Walt Disney World!

Lost City of Cibola Pool (Photo: Dreamtime)

If your family is looking for a more quiet, relaxing atmosphere, Coronado Springs also has three other pools located near the Ranchos, Casistas, and Cabanas neighborhoods. Regardless of where you're staying at Coronado Springs, you’re never far away from a pool.

Drawbacks


One of the biggest drawbacks to Coronado Springs is the transportation situation. You will only have access to the bus system as transportation to and from Disney Parks. My family likes to have multiple transportation options to get home from the parks or Disney Springs. That being said, Coronado Springs bus stops are never far away from your hotel room but the transportation is a big drawback in my eyes.


Another drawback of Coronado Springs is the cost of rooms in the new Gran Destino Tower. The Gran Destino Tower is new, renovated, and centrally located subsequently, Disney charges more for the rooms in the tower. I really want to stay in the tower but Disney vacations are SO expensive and we choose to save the extra money and stay in the Ranchos, Casistas, or Cabanas areas. With this drawback, I’m just being picky :)

Coronado Springs - Waterfront (Credit: Dreamtime)

A stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs will bring you around the world to Spain, Mexico, and the Southwest US. Even though Disney’s Coronado Springs is considered a Moderate Disney Resort, I believe Coronado Springs is of the same caliber as many of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts. Coronado Springs has a great theme, newly renovated rooms, one of the best pools at Disney and should be at the top of list for your next Disney World trip!

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