It’s Official! Photos from the Grand Opening of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Bienvenidos from the official grand opening of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort!

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

This morning, July 9, AllEars.net attended the grand opening ceremony for the new Tower, at the same time celebrating the re-imagination of the entire Coronado Springs Resort.

Spanish musicians and dancers were on hand to entertain and get the proceedings rollings.

Spanish musicians and dancers perform as part of the grand opening of Gran Destino

Former Walt Disney World Ambassador Vanessa Rosas then introduced Thomas Mazloum, Senior Vice President, Resorts, for The Walt Disney Company.

Thomas Mazloum, Senior Vice President, Resorts, for The Walt Disney Company, speaks at Gran Destino grand opening

Mazloum welcomed everyone to the “new chapter” of Coronado Springs Resort, noting that this opening completes a multiyear re-imagining of the resort. In addition to the new Tower, with its 545 rooms, rooftop restaurant and lounges, meeting space and more, the resort also recently debuted three new pedestrian bridges that span Lago Dorado, as well as a new outdoor restaurant, Three Bridges Bar & Grill.

Of course, no ceremony at Disney World is complete without a visit by the Main Mouse! Mickey made an appearance to everyone’s delight.

Mickey Mouse at the grand opening of Gran Destino Tower

And amid a shower of confetti, the new Tower, and the reimagined resort, were officially pronounced open!

Amid a shower of confetti the new Tower is officially opened!

After the ceremony, a number of Disney senior management and Coronado Springs cast members posed with the Big Cheese for photos.

Mickey, flanked by Walt Disney World Chief Operating Officer Jim MacPhee (L) and Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis (R), is joined by Coronado Springs Resort cast members at the grand opening of Gran Destino Tower

Are you excited to see the new Gran Destino Tower for yourself? Will you be visiting the reimagined Coronado Springs Resort any time soon? Drop us a comment below!

Disclaimer: AllEars.net was an invited media guest at the grand opening of the Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs. This did not affect our opinions, however. Our opinions are our own.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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