coronado springs
coronado springs

Coronado Springs

I’m back from yet another fabulous Coronado Springs visit.  Every time I stay at the this resort I fall in love with it a bit more.  Coronado Springs has developed quite the fan club over the years and rightly so.  Many insiders consider this under-the-radar resort one of Walt Disney World’s best kept secrets.  Its combination of space, theming, amenities and convention center make it feel more like a deluxe at moderate prices, making it  a worthy contender for places to stay during your next Disney visit.  To prove our point, here’s our 5 favorite things about staying at Coronado Springs Resort:

1. The peace and quiet.  The first thing to know about this resort is that it’s massive.  With the resort spread out around the 15 acre Lago Dorado, it never feels overly busy.  To the contrary, it has to be the most quiet resort I’ve stayed at on Disney property and even when it comes to things like having a meal at the food court or enjoying some time at the pool, you never really feel the crowds the way you do at other Disney resorts.  That being said, the size means that the resort has its own internal bus system to transport guests to various points around the resort and some of the further buildings are a hefty walk to central amenities.  Though it’s a must-stay for those that yearn for a bit of tranquility after busy park days, it’s not for those that aren’t up for doing a bit of walking.

Coronado Springs

2. The Dig Site –  Coronado Spring’s central pool area located between the Ranchos and Cabanas section of the resort, feels like a destination in itself. Here guests will find a 272 gallon pool with a 46 ft. tall Mayan Pyramid at its center.  Snaking its way around the Pyramid is the 123 ft. Jaguar Water Slide. This central recreation area also boasts volleyball courts, the largest outdoor whirlpool of any Disney resort, Siesta’s bar, Iguana Arcade, a kiddie pool and Explorer’s Playground where kids can climb and explore.  The whole area feels private and very separated from the resort, like your own secluded island oasis.  It’s the perfect place for guests looking to spend an afternoon away from the theme parks.

Coronado Springs

3. The Dining – Because Coronado Springs is one of Walt Disney World’s 6 Convention Center Resorts, its facilities have been created to accommodate a larger influx of guests than some of the other properties.  Nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to dining options.  Guests can indulge in delicious food court cuisine at the Pepper Market which serves up standard food court favorites as well as items with a Mexican flair.  There’s also the Maya Grill, operated by the same folks that run the dining offerings in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.  This table service restaurant serves up delicious Mexican dishes and has a wine list with some impressive varieties from Mexico, Chile and Argentina.  When it comes to table service, guests are also spoiled for choice as Los Ventanas also serves up breakfast lunch and dinner with delicious dishes like the Sourdough French Toast, Chorizo Skillet, the Chicken Focaccia Sandwich with sweet potato fries or Prime Rib.  There’s also Cafe Rix, mixing up delicious cocktails til 12 am each evening as well as Cafe Rix where on-the-go items are readily available.  With so many tempting on-site options, guests deciding to eat on property will not be disappointed.

4. Extra Amenities – Again, because Coronado is a Convention Center Resort, guests also have a range of extra amenities that make this resort feel like a deluxe at moderate prices.  La Vida is Coronado’s full-service health club.  It offers a fitness center where guests can get in their morning workout before heading to the parks.  There’s also a spa offering a range of treatments and services as well as a full service hair salon.  Those doing a bit of work while on vacation will also be able to take advantage of the well-equipped Business Center where guests can use the hi-speed internet, photocopying, faxing and even shipping services.

5. The Rooms – One of the many things to celebrate in 2017 is that Coronado Springs is bound to get even better with a refurbishment already underway to replace its soft furnishings.  But even before the renovation, there is a lot to be said about these Southwestern-themed rooms.  Because they cater to business travelers, there is no shortage of modern conveniences.  For instances, there are so many outlets, USB plug-in stations etc.  that no one in your family will need to fight over who gets to charge their smart phone or ipad.  This is also one of the few resorts on property where you can make yourself a cup of coffee in-room and use an actual mug and not a Styrofoam cup.  Finally an innovation I’d like to definitely see more of in other resorts, the area separating the sink/restroom area from the bedroom, utilizes wood slider doors rather than the curtain that you’ll find at some of the other moderates.  This means peace and quiet for those that want to have a lie-in while the early risers take their showers.

Prices at Coronado Springs Resort can vary depending on the season as well as what offers are available but guests can expect to pay somewhere in the $200 – $300 a night range.  Because it is a bit more under-the-radar than other Moderate resorts, it is also almost always included in offers like room discounts or Free Dining.   With so many delightful things going for it, Coronado Springs is definitely a worthy contender during your next Disney trip.

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  1. We just came back from 10 days at the Coronado Springs and we have stayed in all the other Moderate Resorts.

    We have to agree that everything you mention is correct. The only main issue we had was in the room because they are a bit outdated. Can’t wait for the refurbishment.

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