Coronado Springs Resort
The Coronado Springs Resort is a beautiful resort from the outside. It has beautiful breezeways reminiscent of the great Southwest. It's also a very large resort. There 1,877 rooms over 13 buildings scattered around the complex. Some are as far as half a mile from the main building. The resort offers an internal shuttle via golf carts that run between the resort buildings.
Disney's Coronado Springs is the newest of Disney's Moderate Resorts. It's also the most unique. (Unique doesn't always equate to best.) When Disney built this resort they worked at making it a convention destination. So they did things a little differently. They put some convention space right alongside the main lobby. They also made some changes to the way the food court works and put a top of the line restaurant inside the resort. (Again, I say, unique is not always better.)
Coronado Springs Resort
This resort is themed after the great Southwestern United States. It's built and painted to look like something out of the New Mexico desert. It does a pretty good job, except for all the green trees and big bodies of water and grass and green surroundings. (Not many palm trees in New Mexico.)
The Coronado Springs resort is a massive place. It stretches over several acres. It's made up of the central gathering place which is called El Centro, and 3 guest areas - Casitas, Ranchos and Cabanas.
The resort is so big it has 4 bus stops.
El Centro is the center of the resort. It's where you'll check in when you arrive, and where you'll find food, shopping and most of the recreation available at the resort. The convention center is connected by large enclosed breezeways.
El Centro is also where you'll find these dining options.
- Maya Grill
- Pepper Market
The rooms at Coronado Springs are just a little larger than the standard rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, but the same size (314 sq. feet) as the rooms at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. They come in 2 configurations, standard and king.
When the resort was built it was designed to be Disney's affordable option for conventions. A convention center is attached to El Centro and the Casitas area is being remodeled to be more friendly to business guests.
There are some special rooms available for convention goers.
The resort is a little removed from most of the main activity areas at Disney World. The only transportation to and from the resort is by bus. Even getting around the resort can be problematic. There are specially equipped golf carts to get you to your hotel room with your luggage.
The resort is located a little off the beaten path. You have to be going there to get there. It' on the other side of World Drive on the road to Disney's Holllywood Studios. Once your there, your there. (Dad's so eloquent sometimes.)
Map to the Coronado Springs Resort
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Address and Phone Number
Disney Coronado Springs Resort
1000 West Lake Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Fl 32830
(407) 939-1001 (fax)
Dad's Bottom Line
The food court policy (charging a 10% surcharge) is wacky. This resort is also the least convenient of the moderates. It's the newest and the most problematic. It is beautiful, it's usually quieter than the other moderates, it's also the most expensive.
Coronado Springs Resort is a "love it or hate it" destination. There's usually no middle ground.
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