Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Transforms into El Mercado de Coronado

We’d noticed on the official Walt Disney World website a few weeks ago that Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Resort was getting a new name — El Mercado de Coronado. But we weren’t sure if the changeover had actually occurred until we visited the restaurant ourselves today.

Along with the name change, the look of the restaurant is different than we remember it — colors are more muted, with lots of darker browns, although there are a few brightly colored seats here and there.

El Mercado de Coronado at Coronado Springs Resort
Seating at El Mercado de Coronado

We also noticed that the coffee bar that used to be at the entrance of Pepper Market has been replaced by a grab-and-go area.

The menu is similar to what it has been recently, although perhaps there is a bit less of a Mexican influence than in the past. We don’t have it online yet for you, but will soon! Check back later today.

Menu from El Mercado de Coronado

One thing that hasn’t changed, is that the space is still very open and welcoming with ample seating.

El Mercado de Coronado at Coronado Springs Resort
Beverage Station at El Mercado de Coronado
El Mercado de Coronado at Coronado Springs Resort

What do you think of the changes at the old Pepper Market, now that it’s transformed into El Mercado de Coronado? Yay or nay? Let us know in the comments below!

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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7 Replies to “Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Transforms into El Mercado de Coronado”

  1. I do love Coronado…was just there in September and I’ll be back in November…but I do have to say…the old Pepper Market was so much more festive and fun. I love the upgrades they’ve made to the rooms, but Pepper Market/El Mercado not so much.

  2. The first time I stayed at Coronado was for a conference. I loved it so much it’s where my family stayed the next summer and one Christmas even after we became DVC members. The Pepper Market was always a highlight, especially the Bourbon Chicken. We always returned. Several years ago I spoke with the Food and Beverage Manager who told me changes were coming. With the huge expansion of the tower rooms for the conference center appeal, I understand the more efficient and less-Disney emphasis. This will definitely be a plus for guests attending functions in the connecting conference center. I’ll miss the big statues which weren’t Disney characters.

  3. Having seen these photographs I don’t think I’ll be back here! This was an amazing, bright, happy, relaxed experience which now looks drab and dreary! Shame on you Disney!

  4. Why do they keep sucking all the atmosphere and charm from resorts and restaurants? Years ago the Pepper Market was favorite stop for us because of the atmosphere, delicious food and wonderful smells. The last time we went back it was so unappealing we decided never to return.

  5. Sterile no theme dedisneyfied
    Soon nothing will differentiate disney parks from any other resort space
    Both in politics and concept they are spitting on Walter Elias disney!