We have waited two years since Disney officially announced the project to see inside and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Gran Destino Tower gets its name from the animated film Destino, a surrealistic short that started out as a collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish artist Salvador Dali in 1945. Due to budgetary constraints during wartime, the project was shelved, but was eventually resurrected and released in 2003. The influence of this short film can be seen and felt throughout the new Tower.
Gran Destino Tower adds 545 NEW guest rooms to Coronado Springs. This includes 50 suites, two of which are known as “Presidential Suites.” The 50 suites also include 44 deluxe suites and 4 king rooms.
Read more about the room offerings and take a peek inside our Gran Destino Tower Standard Room here!
The Exterior of Gran Destino Tower
The location feels very tropical thanks to the palm trees and grasses. In keeping with the look of the existing Coronado Springs Resort, the colors are very neutral with creams and tans.
There is quite a juxtaposition between the smooth exterior and the hard metal details featured on the front of the tower.
The Gran Destino Lobby
Now, let’s take a step inside of the lobby for the very first time!
According to Disney, the transformation of Coronado Springs and the new Gran Destino tower have been inspired by “the adventurous spirit of great Spanish explorers and historic innovative Spanish artists, writers, and architects.” And we really think this inspiration shines through within the details and architecture of the Tower.
The two-story lobby area now serves as the main entrance point for resort guests staying in the tower and elsewhere at Coronado Springs.
If you are not staying inside the actual tower, bell services will be there to assist with your luggage. You also have the ability to simply drive over with your things.
The lobby features tons of seating areas and multiple locations to charge your phone.
Many of the charging stations include USB ports.
Different sections of the lobby incorporate the various design elements. Note the charging ports on each of the seats below!
Throughout the tower, you will spot vibrant colors and the use of shapes to create a more unique and Spanish-inspired vibe.
The moderate resort feels much more like a deluxe thanks to all the intricate and sophisticated details.
Downstairs you will find the Barcelona Lounge, which we will get a more detailed look at soon. You can take a look at the lounge menu here in the meantime.
The location offers coffee in the morning and cocktails the rest of the day.
The lower area has grand ceilings and beautiful structures.
Downstairs you will also find a 24-seat Board Room, perfect for meetings.
The Gran Destino Tower Gym
A new gym has also been built for the Gran Destino Tower. It features state-of-the-art equipment including Peloton-style bikes.
Outside of the fitness center you will find a small seating area.
The restrooms in the lobby were dimly lit, but we loved the detailing.
There is incredible artwork throughout the Tower. Many pieces feature Walt Disney or a Hidden Mickey.
Outside Gran Destino Tower
Outside you will find resort airline check-in and guest parking.
You will also find the Disney’s Magical Express pick up/drop off area.
Speaking of bus stops, like every other Disney resort, there is a place to wait for resort transportation.
These are now the main bus stops for Coronado el Centro and the Gran Destino Tower.
There’s even an indoor pathway that connects the tower to El Centro!
Other than the Barcelona Lounge briefly mentioned above, the Tower also features two other new rooftop dining locations, Toleo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, and the Dahlia Lounge. We will take a closer look at these locations a little later, but you can take a look at the Toledo Dinner Menu now.
Those staying in one of the Gran Destino Suites — which you can take a peek at here — will have access to the Chronos Club.
The hours of operation are from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The lounge will offer breakfast service, light bites and snacks, and appetizers in the evening. There will also be alcohol for adults.
We even spotted Mickey-shaped sugar cubes!
The club was designed to be like your living room, so you will also find an assortment of games and magazines inside.
Those with Chronos Club access can also take advantage of Disney’s signature service planning.
Meetings & Event Space
Coronado Springs has always been Disney World’s moderate convention hotel, which is why it has offered some services — such as a fitness center and beauty salon — that you don’t find in other moderate resorts.
It’s not surprising, then, that the Gran Destino Tower offers some meeting and event space, too.
This area can be blocked off when booked.
The large meeting/event room can actually be broken down into three smaller rooms.
This can be used for events such as weddings, as well. And the outside plaza space is perfect for meetings or a reception.
Wow! So much to take in! We hope we’ve given you a good overview of this new Tower. We plan to have much more on the food and beverage locations and coming soon!
What do you think about the new Gran Destino Tower? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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