As I started thinking about which resort to do for my 2nd, much anticipated, resort review, I decided to base my decision on where my family and I stayed last. My family loved the resort! From the recently refurbished rooms, to the giant pool with the super-fun pool activities, this resort is amazing.
Coronado Springs opened on August 1, 1997 and my first stay here was October 1997. The resort is Disney’s moderately-priced convention hotel and has 95,000 square feet of convention space. The minute you pull into the resort, either by car or Disney’s Magical Express, you immediately notice the beautiful theming. The resort has a Southwest American theme, which can be seen in the plazas, courtyards, and rock formations throughout the resort. You walk into the lobby and notice a cute little fountain and colorful artwork on the ceiling. To your left is Panchito’s Gift and Sundries which is a nice-sized gift shop where you can purchase that Mickey Mouse t-shirt to wear to the park or get Coronado Springs themed merchandise. In the back of the store is where you pick-up any packages you have delivered to the resort. From the entrance, to your right is registration and guest services. The first line for registration is for on-line check-in, so don’t get confused and get in the wrong line. While waiting to check-in and get your “keys to the kingdom” cards, there is a kid’s area at the far side of the registration area with a coloring station, TV, and small chairs.
The main building is home to registration, guest services, the gift shop, convention center, the restaurants, and a bar. The restaurants are the Pepper Market which is an open-air market atmosphere food court that seats over 400. It serves all three meals and offers standard fare foods such as baked goods, pizza, pasta, burgers, and chicken along with delicious Mexican cuisine. The Market opens daily at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m. Another great addition to the Market is that it has a kiosk that serves adult beverages. Another dining option is the Maya Grill, an incredible table service restaurant located at the end of the main building. It offers fine cuisine off of a huge, wood-fired grill. The wine selection here is very good, with the wine coming from Mexico, Argentina and Chile. My favorite dish here is the Fiesta de Coronado which serves 2 and is a mixed grill of sirloin steak with chimichurri, chicken al pastor with esquites, and seared chorizo de cantimpalitos. It is a not to be missed dish! The other location to pick something up to eat is Café Rix and it is right beside Pancheros gift shop. This is the quick service location for the resort and where you can get your resort refillable mug filled. They serve some very tasty gelato here also. The Rix lounge is located beside the Café and across from the Pepper Market. It serves every drink you can think of, along with some great margaritas and tasty appetizers. It is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
The resort is divided into 3 areas: the Casitas, the Rancheros and the Cabanas. Each area is very distinctively themed to represent an area of the Southwest. The Casitas is to the left of the main building and are 3 and 4 story buildings that have plazas, a quiet pool, and fountains. As you are walking around the Casitas you might find the main characters from The Three Caballeros. The Rancheros are directly across the Lago Dorado, a quiet, relaxing 15 acre lake opposite the main building. They are 2 and 3 story buildings that are pueblo-style villas that remind you of a rural rustic region and have a lot of rock formations. To the right of the main building is The Cabanas. The Cabanas are 2 story buildings that have sandy shorelines around a small lake off of Lago Dorado. Each section has their own quiet pool, but they don’t offer towel services, so be sure to take a towel to these pools.
The rooms are nice sized and well appointed. Standard rooms can accommodate up to 4 guests and are approximately 314 square feet. The rooms are different then the other moderate hotels in that they only have one sink, but it does have the wooden, sliding door that can separate the sink/restroom area from the sleeping/main area. Rooms also offer a flat screen TV, an armoire, small table with 2 chairs, nightstand, ceiling fan, a wall safe, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and a small refrigerator. The rooms also have High Speed Internet Access for a nominal daily fee. Room rates are from $164 a night for a standard view room without tax during the off-season to $1330 a night for an executive suite without tax between Christmas and New Years.
The resort is expansive and spread out, but that is what makes Coronado Springs so beautiful. Everywhere you look you see something that brings out the theming of resort. The path around the lake is a great walk or jog which is relaxing and offers many great views of the main building and three unique areas of the resort. If you are too tired to walk, don’t worry, bell service is always willing to offer you a golf cart ride to or from your room and the main building. We recently stayed in The Rancheros in building 7, which is in the very back of the resort directly across the lake from the main building and we didn’t think the walk was bad but we had to allot time. We liked the convenience to the Dig Site, the main pool area. One thing you will find at Coronado Springs that you won’t find at any other moderate resort is La Vida Health Club and Casa de Belleza hairstyling salon. They are located in the Casitas section of the resort.
The Dig Site is the name of the main pool area. The pool here is themed as a giant Mayan pyramid. The pool is a 272,000 gallon beauty. My daughter wouldn’t stop going down the 123 foot long Jaguar water slide. The Dig Site is home to Siesta’s, a GREAT poolside bar and quick service location, a sand volleyball court, the Explorer’s Playground, the Iguana Arcade, and the largest outdoor hot tub on Disney property. My son refused to get out of the hot tub many of the nights! Siesta’s offers daily drinks that are very unique and pleasing. The Explorer’s playground area has a ping-pong table and at night this is where the night-time movie is shown. The playground area also has a little dig site in the sand where the explorers can dig up “lost” artifacts from the Mayan period, as well as swings and slides and even a place you can climb into the pyramid.
The resort also has a marina that is open seasonally and offers kayaks, pedal boats, and electric boat rentals daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. If you like to fish, they also offer rental fishing poles for some catch-and-release fun on the lake. If you like to ride bikes, you can rent one at the marina too.
The Coronado Springs Resort is an excellent moderate hotel. It has amazing theming and beautiful landscaping. It has an incredible pool and hot tub area, the Dig Site. If you are looking for a relaxing stay and great atmosphere at a reasonable price, you can’t go wrong with this resort. Love the Mouse Travel can make your Magical vacation at the Coronado Springs incredible. So until next week, remember…..M-I-C…..see you real soon, K-E-Y….why, because we like you……M-O-U-S-E!!