Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Location

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is located in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom area – i.e. that is the closest of the main parks. Blizzard Beach is also really close.

Theme

  • The theme for this hotel is the ‘SouthWest’ which extends throughout the resort – expect to see Spanish styling and the three amigos.
  • Coronado Springs is also a convention centre. Some like this as if there is a conference on the pools are less busy and there are less children around. Others feel it takes away from the Magic of the place. To be honest, there was a conference while we were there and we barely noticed!

Rooms

  • This resort has 1917 rooms, situated in 3 ‘villages’; the Casitas, the Cabanas and the Ranchos.
  • The rooms have all been recently refurbished and now all have either 2 queen sized beds or 1 King
  • Unlike the other moderates, it only has 1 sink in the bathroom, but it has a wooden screen to separate the sink area from the rest of the room (the others only have curtains – but don’t worry the bath/shower and toilet are in a separate room with a door in all of them!)
  • The rooms are situated around a 15 acre lake; Lake Dorado

Views

When booking for Coronado Springs, you have the choice of a ‘Standard view’ or ‘Water view’, paying extra for the latter. With the water view you could have a beautiful view of Lake Dorado. Or you could be looking at one of the swimming pools. I would only bother with this if the view is really important to you. However, with a standard view you could be looking at the car park, so if this will ruin your holiday, you might want to secure a better view by paying for it. As you don’t have a balcony, you spend very little time seeing the view anyway – only when you’re coming or going.

Food and drink

  • The Food court here is the Pepper Market. It works slightly differently to other counter service food courts as you are seated at a specific table and have a ticket which is stamped when you choose your food at the various stations, and then you pay (with tip) on the way out. Personally, we didn’t find it as open as the other food courts – you can’t nip in and out in the same way and I don’t think sitting me down at a table/clearing it deserves a tip. But some people think its the best food court there is.
  • Maya Grill is the table service restaurant, which generally has so-so reviews
  • Cafe Rix is a quick-stop spot selling refreshments – handy to grab and go in the mornings
  • Other options are Siesta’s pool bar, the Rix Lounge and Laguna bar
  • Panchitos Gift’s and Sundries store sells some food goods, snacks,sweets etc and basic first-aid/over the counter medicines  (as well as Disney merchandise)

Recreation

  • The pool is pretty good and known as the Dig Site, featuring a water slide down a Myian Temple.
  • There’s also a children’s pool, spitting statue and the largest outdoor hot tub on property for 22 people
  • There are 3 smaller ‘quiet pools’ scattered around the property
  • A children’s Explorer’s Playground
  • Marina with pedal boat and electric boat rentals (seasonal)
  • Bike hire
  • Fishing
  • Iguana arcade
  • La Vida Health Club

Transport

  • There are 4 bus stops for this resort. The advantage to this is that you don’t have to walk to the main entrance to get a bus to the parks. But it does mean up to 4 stops before you leave/ when you arrive back from the parks .

Check out Buzz2001′s Unofficial Coronado Springs website for some great pictures and more information