Are you considering staying at Disney Coronado Springs Resort but want to know more about it before you make a choice? The Coronado Springs is one of Walt Disney World’s moderate resorts. You will have all the advantages of staying at a Disney World resort and with room rates starting at around $154 a night it can be a great option. But is it the right place to stay for you and your family?
The first thing that you will notice about Disney’s Coronado Springs is how large and spread out the resort it. Coronado Springs has 1,921 rooms located in three themed beautifully landscaped areas set around a 15 acre lake Lago Dorado.
As with all Disney hotels the theme is wonderfully carried throughout the resort. You will find all of those Disney touches that you expect. But this hotel was built with convention business in mind so the Disney theme is perhaps not as prominent as some vacation guests would like.
There is a large main building El Centro which houses the lobby,restaurants,shops and convention center. The hotel does have a lot of convention center business so theme park guests will rub shoulders with business convention guests. This seems to work well so neither feels out of place.
The hotel rooms are housed in one of three distinct area which surround the huge Lago Dorado Lagoon. These areas are the Casitas, the Ranchos and the Cabanas. The Casitas and Cabanas are located closest to the main building with the Ranchos being a large walk from lobby, but closer to the main pool.
I know I keep saying this but The Coronado Springs resort is large. Very large! This can involve a lot of walking around the resort to get from your room to the parking lot and El Centro. But in many ways this is a big advantage. The resort just never seems to feel crowded which of course is a huge plus.
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There are 1917 rooms at the Disney Coronado Springs. All were renovated in 2009. Most of the rooms are 314 square feet and have 2 Queen beds, and work area with table and chairs. All of the rooms have a flat screen television. Internet access is available but there is a fee.
The single vanity sink is located outside the bathroom – making the space much more usable for families. Most of the rooms have 2 Queen beds. There are 224 rooms with a King bed, so as you can see not a high number. Make sure if you want a King room to request this at the time of your reservation. There are also 99 accessible rooms.
There are suites available at the Coronado Springs which will sleep up to 6 guests and a child in a crib.
The resort also has Concierge Club guest rooms. These are a very new addition but are located in Cabana 9B which is one of the closest blocks to the El Centro building. They offer extra in room amenities such as DVD player,robes and coffee maker. They also have a dedicated Front Desk service, continental breakfast and snacks.
Where are the best rooms in Disney’s Coronado Springs? You have to take into account the location of the room because of the size of the resort. The Rancheros buildings are the furthest away from the El Centro lobby building with it’s restaurants and shops but is is closest to the main pool area. Disney has recently started to tackle this by providing internal transportation around the Coronado in golf carts! If you like a quieter spot then you may want to choose the Rancheros – but you are going to be limited on views. There are limited water views available from rooms 6103,6203,6303,6225,6226,6326,6245,6246 and 6600 to 6604.
The Casitas are located to the left of the El Centro lobby. The closest is Building 1 and the furthest is Building 5. Some of these rooms offer great views of Lake Dorado – try 4230 to 4266.
The address of the Coronado Springs Resort is 1000 West Buena Vista Drive; Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830. The direct phone number for the Coronado Resort is 407 939 1000.
Rates at Disney Coronado Springs
The Coronado Springs Resort is a moderate Disney hotel. It is quite a big step up in quality and amenities from a Disney Value Resort and can be a great option. Rack rates start at $154 per room per night plus tax in Value Season for a Standard View. Rates rise to $269 per night in Holiday Season.
Water View rooms at the Coronado Springs have higher rates. They start at $179 in Value Season rising to $269 for a King or Queen room in Holiday Season.
The maximum occupancy of a standard Queen room at the Coronado Springs is 4. If there are more than 2 adults in the room there is an additional charge of $15 per additional adult per night. For King rooms the maximum capacity is for 2 guests.
The Club Level rooms start at $210 for Value Season rising to $310 for Holiday Season.
There are some Junior Suites with a maximum occupancy of 6 guests which start priced at $350 and rise to $575 per room per night.
The One Bedroom Suites Value Season rate is $655 for Value Season rising to $885 for Holiday Season. The One Bedroom Suites accommodate up to 6 guests.
All of the rates are for 2010 and do not include taxes. To get the very best rates you can always contact EverythingMouse Travel and we will take care of all the details for you – our service is always free of charge.
The Coronado hotel pool is located at The Dig Site. This wonderful Mayan pyramid themed pool also features a 123 foot long Jaguar Water Slide. The Coronado pool Dig Site also has a very large hot tub which will fit up to 22 people, an excellent playground,children’s pool a sand volleyball court and that essential ingredient – a great pool bar called Siesta’s.
There are also 3 more pools located around the resort. The main pool can get pretty crowded so sometimes it is a great option to go to one of the smaller, but generally quieter pools.
The La Vida Health Club is the only fitness facility at a moderate Walt Disney World hotel. This excellent 3,000 square foot facility is free for resort guests. If you are staying at a different Disney reosrt then you can purchase a day pass for $12 per day. The spa is a 200 square space which offers a sauna, pedicure, manicures, massage and personal training. Use of this facility is of course at additional charge.
The recreation at Coronado Springs is right outside your room – just walk around the beautiful resort trail, walk on one of the sandy areas around the lagoon or relax in a hammock. You can rent bikes, Surrey Bikes, kayaks and pedal boats too.
The bus transportation system at Disney Coronado is an efficient way to get around. There are 4 bus stops around the resort and buses will take you to Disney Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Magic Kingdom and Blizzard Beach. Journey times are from 5 minutes to Blizzard Beach, to around 20 minutes to Magic Kingdom. Other resort and Downtown Disney are accessed via the Transport and Ticket Center.
Restaurants at Disney’s Coronado Resort
There are a number of dining choices in Disney’s Coronado resort.
The Maya Grill is Disney’s Coronado resort’s only full service dining restaurant. Breakfast favorites include omelets, pancakes and a Kobe Brunch Burger. The service is good. Ask for a table by the window so that you get a nice view of the resort.
The Maya Grill also serves dinner from 5pm onwards. The entrees average around the high $20 mark and include Chipotle Chicken Breast, Salmon al la Plancha and Steak and Portobello Skewer.
For counter service food the Pepper Market is the choice at the Coronado.for breakfast lunch and dinner. I am not a big fan of this venue – mainly because it can get very very crowded. When you enter the Pepper Market you are shown to a table and given a ticket. You then walk around the various stations and select what you want to eat. It is then brought to your table and you pay when you exit. The cuisine will suit most tastes with a selection of pizza, pasta,salads,sandwiches and Mexican food. Entree pricing ranges around the $10 to $15 mark.
Other dining choices at the Coronado Resort are room service available 11am to 11pm, the Siesta Pool Dining and Grill located next to the Dig Site. The Ritz Lounge is in the El Centro building and is open from 5pm to 2am with a full service bar and appetizer menu.
For me the restaurant and eating choices are rather limited as the Maya Grill is one of my least favorite Disney restaurants. But Coronado Springs is still my favorite moderate resort – you can always eat somewhere else!
Overall Disney Coronado Springs Resort is a great choice for families and couples on a Disney vacation. It has a good location, good pricing and is a beautiful relaxing resort. But for those looking for none stop Disney they may be a little disappointed with the theming – but perhaps you will get more than enough of that in the parks!
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