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Coronado Springs Resort
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Coronado Springs is another of Disney's moderately priced resorts that opened on August 1, 1997. The complex has 1,917 rooms and suites situated in three villages around a 15-acre lake called Lago Dorado.
This is Disney's first moderately priced convention hotel. There is a 95,000-square-foot convention center that includes a 60,214 square-foot. ballroom, as well as a full-service business center. The ballroom can accommodate 5,000 for a sit-down dinner or 6,500 meeting-style seats. There is also a 20,000 square- foot Junior Ballroom.
The foyer has a lovely fountain in its center, but it is the domed ceiling that is the true jewel of the entranceway. A soft pink glowing light opens into the dome itself... an incredible mural that depicts a gazebo with doves (lots of doves!) sitting/flying amidst a spring flower garden.
What is the theming for this resort?
The CS has an American Southwest/northern Mexico theme. Plazas, courtyards and a rocky shoreline make up the terrain.
Themed to the region's urban areas, the Casitas (little houses) offer accommodations amidst plazas, fountains and palm-shaded courtyards. They are three and four stories and are the focus of convention accommodations. Architecturally, the Casitas represent urban centers like Santa Fe or Monterrey.
All sorts of surprises decorate the grounds of the Casitas... lovely fountains, and a serene pool. Disney, of course, wouldn't be Disney if it didn't have topiaries! In the Casitas, surrounded by a near-circle of gardenia bushes, sit the main characters from The Three Caballeros. One section of lawn highlights a really beautiful piece of art made out of columns and wooden slats.
The Ranchos are 2- and 3-story pueblo-style villas that reflect more arid rural regions in a rustic ranch setting, complete with small streams tumbling over a rocky steam bed.
On the northern shore of Lago Dorado are the two story Cabanas which reflect the beauty and serenity of Mexico's coastal regions. More than half the rooms have lake views. The Cabanas are 2-story buildings with a sandy shoreline.
What does the resort look like?
The resort is built around a 15-acre shimmering lake, Lago Dorado. Named for European explorer Francisco de Coronado, CS is a showcase of native architecture and landscaping. There is a stepped Mayan pyramid towering over an elaborate 120'x90' pool area with a water slide and a playground that doubles as an archeological dig site for kids. There is a jaguar perched over the water slide spitting water at guests as they slide down... and be sure to look for the Hidden Mickeys.
Coronado Springs is definitely a huge resort, but its expansiveness is also part of its beauty. From almost anywhere at the resort you can look across water and see the other areas.
How are the Guest Rooms?
The average guest room is approximately 314 square feet. There are 224 rooms with king-size beds; and 99 disabled-accessible rooms.
Standard rooms accommodate up to four guests. The Coronado rooms have only one sink and not the double sink setup that the other three Moderate Resorts have. All rooms have sliding wood doors across the sink area.
Guest room amenities include 4-cup coffee makers (with decaf and regular coffee packets) plus limited room service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each room has a flat screen TV and all new dark wood furniture. Each room also has an armoire, small table with two chairs, night stand, ceiling fan, and small wall safe. Hair dryers, iron, and ironing board, and small refrigerator are also standard. Available on request are cribs, bed rails, refrigerators, and wheelchairs. There is no charge for wheelchair use at the resort. Newspaper delivery is $1.50 per day. There are several newspaper vending machines throughout the resort, located near the elevators.
Walt Disney World Resort made complimentary Wi-Fi service available in all of its hotels as of March 2012. See our Internet Access page for details.
NOTE: Beginning in 2009, club level rooms will be available in Casitas 9B. All Business Club Level rooms will have two queen-size beds or one king-size bed, desk and chair, vanity area with sink, a ceiling fan and a bathroom. These rooms offer views of the lake, courtyard or parking lot. Business Club Level services include personalized Front Desk and Guest Services, turndown service and a lounge with continental breakfast, midday snacks and evening wine (additional fee) and cheese. Amenities include DVD player, in-room wall safe, voice mail, data port, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, mini-fridge, robes and coffee maker. A crib is available upon request. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available.
What buildings/sections are closest to what parts of the resort?
Coronado Springs resort is very large and spread out. There is no one section that is convenient to everything. You will find Bell Services Staff, driving around the resort in their carts, very willing to give you a ride to most places you'd like to visit on the grounds. While the walks are most pleasant, it is a distance to get to and from some areas of the resort.
As you read the Building numbers and locations below, picture a large, almost circular lake. Beginning at 6 o'clock is Casitas Building 1, followed by Building 2 and so on as you walk clockwise around the lake. Completing the circle is Cabanas Building 9B at 5 o'clock.
Casitas 1 is directly over the convention center and closest to Pepper Market, Maya Grill, the Main Bus Stop and the Front Desk. The Health Club and Beauty Salon are located between Casitas 2/3 and Casitas 4. Casitas 3 and 4 are closest to the Casitas Quiet Pool (and Guest Laundry). Casitas 4 is nearest the Casitas Bus Stop (Bus Stop 2). Casitas 5 is the furthest of the Casitas from the Main Building but closest to the Dig Site.
Ranchos 7A and 7B are the closest to the Dig Site. The Ranchos share a bus stop with the Cabanas (7A being the closest Ranchos building to Bus Stop 3). Ranchos 6A and B are the furthest buildings out and probably the quietest.
The Cabanas Building 8A is close to both the Cabanas Bus Stop (Bus Stop 4) and the Dig Site. Cabanas 9B is closest to Main Building (El Centro, which houses Pepper Market, etc.), the Marina, and is just a short walk from Bus Stop 1. Cabanas 9A is closest to the Quiet Pool (and Guest Laundry).
A stroll around Lago Dorado, clocking distances with a basic pedometer measured the perimeter to be about 1.1 miles. Other distances measured:
El Centro moving clockwise around the lake to:
Casitas 3 = .16 miles
Casitas 4 = .24 miles
Casitas 5 = .27 miles
Ranchos = .46 miles
From El Centro to the Dig Site, via the bridge near the Cabanas = .35 miles
El Centro moving counterclockwise around the lake to:
Cabanas 9B = .16 miles
Cabanas 9A/8B = .22 miles
Cabanas 8A = .31 miles
It's an awful big resort -- is there any other way to get around besides walking?
Coronado Springs offers a new internal shuttle system. Transportation is provided in marked golf carts that bring guests to and from all villages of the resort. There are also designated stops in each of the villages as well as El Centro.
I hear that there are no more room key cards at Disney resort hotels. How do I get into my room?
Walt Disney World has converted their room keys and admission tickets from plastic cards to MagicBands, flexible plastic wristbands, resembling a watch or bracelet, that use Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account (http://allears.net/tp/my-magic-plus.htm) and acts as your Disney resort room key. Simply touch the Mickey symbol on your MagicBand to the RFID reader near your room door to gain entry. Read about using MagicBands for park admission, FastPass+ and more here: http://allears.net/tp/magic-bands.htm
What do I need to know about Check-in?
As with most of the other resort hotels, check-out is at 11am, check-in is at 3pm. Upon arrival head to the front desk for check-in. Rooms are generally not available until 3pm. Early check-in allows you to leave luggage with bell services, get your Magic Bands (if you don't already have them) and head off to the parks or relax around the resort. You will probably be given a phone number to call periodically to see if your room is ready.. When you call in, answer a few questions. You will then be given your room number and your Magic Band will open your door! Text alerts are also available, just provide a cell phone number to the front desk cast member.
Is Bell Services available to move my luggage?
Yes, upon arriving at the front entrance, Bell Services staff will take your luggage if you wish and give you receipts. Once you have checked in, if your room is ready, they will lead you to your room and unload your luggage. Bell Services will also pick up your luggage and deliver it to the front area when you are ready to check out. As with the other Disney resorts, Bell Services will also store your luggage upon arrival until your room is ready and after you check out, before leaving for the day. Luggage Storage is located to the left of Panchito's Gifts and Sundries.
The Coronado Springs Resort is considered a "Moderate" resort hotel, and its prices are in the mid-price range of the hotels at Disney. These are regular rate prices and do not include the Florida Sales Tax nor the county resort tax. Standard rooms have a maximum four-person occupancy per room. No charge for children under 17 years old when in the same room as the adults. If you have more than two adults in the room, there will be a $15 per night charge for each extra adult. Maximum of four per regular room, six per suite, plus a child under 3 in a crib.
Walt Disney World Resort rates vary by season (there are nine seasons now), and also by day of the week. The holiday season is the most expensive time of the year. It runs from mid-December to early January as well as during Easter Week.
The rates for a:
-- Standard View Room range from $170 - $259 (Holidays up to $267)
-- Water View Room range from $207 - $279 (Holidays up to $296)
-- King Bed Room range from $236 - $300 (Holidays up to $309)
-- Preferred Room range from $236 - $300 (Holidays up to $309)
-- Preferred Room King Bed range from $241 - $305 (Holidays up to $314)
-- Water View King Bed range from $247 - $329 (Holidays up to $342)
-- Standard View Business Club range from $251 - $315 (Holidays up to $324)
-- Suites range at: $413 - 1,387 (Holidays up to $1,420)
What other facilities will I find?
The facilities include La Vida Health Club and Casa de Belleza hairstyling salon in the main building and Iguana Arcade at the Dig Site pool complex. The Casa de Belleza Salon offers the following services: hair styling, permanents, colorings, foiling, make-up, nail services, and facials.
Niki Bryan Spa provides services at the Health Club. For pricing and other information visit: http://www.relaxedyet.com/
What is the Transportation to the parks like at CS?
Transportation from Coronado Springs to the theme parks is by bus only.
Bus Stop 1: El Centro
Bus Stop 2: Casitas
Bus Stop 3: Ranchos
Bus Stop 4: Ranchos and Cabanas
Transportation times are:
Disney's Hollywood Studios: less than 10 minutes
to Epcot: about 10 minutes
to Animal Kingdom: about 20 Minutes
to Magic Kingdom: about 20 minutes
to Blizzard Beach: about 5 minutes
NOTE: A side trip to Blizzard Beach is often added to the Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios routes - this will add at least 5 minutes to the trip.
What is Pepper Market?
Pepper Market is the Food Court and seats over 400 in an open-air market atmosphere. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, it features both standard fare (baked goods, pizza, pasta, burgers, chicken) and Mexican cuisine (tacos - tostadas). There is also a grill with omelets made to order. Visit different stations to get your food, and you'll receive a stamp on your menu card for each item (each guest gets his/her own card). At the end of the meal, your cashier will total all the items on your card. Pepper Market is open 6:30 a.m.- 11 p.m. There is also a cappuccino and espresso window with gourmet coffees and pastries that opens at 6 a.m. A margarita and beer kiosk also offers beverages.
Cafe Rix is located just off of the Lobby area. This is a convenient spot to purchase and refill mugs. They are open from 6:30 a.m. until midnight for Quick-Service. Sample menu items include Egg & Cheese Sandwiches, Quiche, Paninis and Wraps. They also serve Gelato and fresh baked goods such as Cookies, Muffins, and Danishes. Specialty Coffees are available at the coffee bar, and they offer a wide selection of bottled beers, water, and soft-drinks. Newspapers can be purchased here, and Disney Dining Plan credits are accepted.
Maya Grill, operated by one of the premier restaurateur families of Mexico is the full-service restaurant featuring a huge, wood-fired grill. Seating surrounds a Mayan temple replica. The Grill also features wines from Mexico, Argentina and Chile. The Maya Grill is open for Dinner from 5-11 p.m.
Rix Lounge is the 300-seat lounge offering specialty drinks and appetizers. The drink list includes the Strawberry-Banana Split and the Chocolate Martini. Appetizers range from chorizon flatbreads to a seasonal fruit and cheese platter. Rix Lounge is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Siesta's Cantina in the Dig Site pool area, offers counter service food and drinks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Laguna Bar also offers some light bite options.
Room Service - There is room service available to resort guests, which offers continental breakfast (7-11 a.m.) and light (sandwiches, pizza, snacks) dining throughout the day (11 a.m.-11 p.m.).
What are Rapid Fill Mugs?
The Rapid Fill beverage program allows Disney Resort guests to buy (or receive as part of the Disney Dining Plan) a resort mug that can be refilled for a certain period of time as designated at time of purchase. These mugs are enhanced by an RFID bar code that enables the mug to deactivate when the designated time is complete. For complete details visit: http://allears.net/din/mugs.htm
Panchito's Gifts and Sundries is a 6,000 square-foot shop filled with Indian and Mestizo handicrafts and Disney's own character merchandise. The shop is named after Panchito, the Mexican parrot in Three Caballeros. Scenes from the Three Caballeros are painted on the walls of the shop, and there is a figure of the flying burro from the film that is central to the shop.
What about the resort's pools?
The resort has a wonderful themed pool at the The Dig Site, as well as a quiet pools in each of the three regions. The Dig Site includes a 272,000+ gallon pool, a bar called Siesta's, a sand volleyball court, the largest outdoor hot tub on WDW property, which accommodates approximately 22 people, the Explorer's Playground, and the Iguana Arcade.
The Dig Site features a 46 foot tall Mayan pyramid themed as a modern archaeological dig of a lost kingdom. You can also find a Spitting Statue at the Dig Site. Night-time lighting resembles that which you would imagine at a dig site. Water flows from the top of the pyramid down into the pool. The Dig Site is open 8am to midnight.
Jaguar Water Slide is 123 feet long, shoots under a spitting
jaguar and is partially covered. There is a "walkway type bridge"
which allows you to view people in the water slide from above.
Children's Pool includes a central spouting fountain.
are three quiet pools, one located in each of the regions: Casitas,
Ranchos, and Cabanas. Towels are available poolside
at the Dig Site, but no towels are available at the Quiet Pools.
You'll need to take the towels from your room.
All the pools at WDW are geared with children in mind, so there are *always* steps into pools. The Dig Site pool (the main pool with the Mayan pyramid) as well as the quiet pools have wheelchair access, and a place for folks in chairs to slide off onto a step and slide down into the pool... with an extra railing, too.
What other Recreation is available at CS?
is 1 Arcade - Iguana Arcade is near the Siesta pool bar.
Playground provides kids an area to dig for artifacts in the
sand, play on swings or climb into the Pyramid. There is a large
Mayan head statue in the midst of the playground; partially
buried in the sand.
the lagoon and linking the quiet pools is a 0.9 mile Esplanade for
leisurely strolls. A nature walk winds its way through the
wooded sections of the resort featuring wooden walkways and bridges.
Marina located on the southern end of Lago Dorado near El
Centro offers kayak, pedal boats and electric boat rentals from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are also bicycles, both regular
and surrey bikes, available for rental from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
They also have helmets for those that request one. In addition,
they'll rent you a fishing pole, if you'd like to do some catch-and-release
fishing on the lake.
NOTE: Effective September 28, 2008, La Marina only operates seasonally. Ask when you check in about the availability of marina services.
Vida Health Club (open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m) is the first fitness
center at a WDW moderately priced resort. It is 3,000 sq feet and
has Cybex weight-lifting machines, free weights, step machines,
treadmills, and stationary bikes. It also features a Precorps Transport
cross training. The health club also has a 200 sqft sauna, manicures,
pedicures, facials, massage services, tanning facilities and personal
training assistance. One day, Length of Stay and Family Memberships
are available for your stay.
- Rix Lounge, a 300-seat nightspot, opened in late 2007 at Coronado Springs Resort. Rix offers house music, specialty drinks and tapas-style appetizers. It is the first venue of its kind on Disney property outside the Disney Springs entertainment and dining area. Rix is open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. A DJ will play Top 40 music, and bands will perform some nights. There is a dress code (specifically, we hear from a friend, no sneakers).
I use a wheelchair, how accessible are the grounds?
ECVs (electric wheelchairs) will move about fine inside and most of outside CS... the only possible glitch being the narrow sidewalk and the suspension bridge as you approach the Dig Site from the Casita/Cabana side. There *is* handicapped access into the pool, wheelchair sign and everything.
Does CS offer any room discounts?
Yes, CS does offer a limited number of Annual Passholder discounted rooms.
Mouse-cellaneous Info on Coronado Springs:
For Hidden Mickeys check carefully at the Hieroglyphs on the temple at the feature pool.
The Coronado Springs Quiet Pools are the first on Disney property to use Bromine instead of Chlorine!
The Pressed Penny Machines are off the Main Registration area near the phones.
There is no on-site childcare. You will need to call Kids' Night Out for that service.
Vending machines are located throughout the resort buildings (sodas are $2.00), near the elevators.
Stamps, a Mailbox, an ATM machine, and a calling card vending machine are located to the right of the Front Desk area near the Telephones.
Jogging maps are available at the Marina or Guest Services.
All guest rooms were renovated with new furnishings in 2009.
The Coronado Springs Hotel is located at: 1000 West Buena Vista Drive; Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-1000; Telephone: (407) 939-1000; Fax: (407) 939-1001
To get to Coronado Springs from the Orlando airports, visit our Driving Directions page.