Coronado Springs Resort is a highly themed moderate resort, emphasizing a Mexican and Southwest United States environment. It is also a convention hotel that opened in August 1997, but is increasingly promoted for tourist visitors. As a group meeting place, however, there are resources attractive to business people, such as special desk lighting in rooms, a Business Center and a larger selection of wireless hot spots.
It’s a very large property, exacerbated by the distribution of its 1,921 rooms in two and three story buildings surrounding a large (22-acre) lake (Lago Dorado). Guest haciendas are Spanish-style distributed among three distinct sections based on Mexican/Southwest variations: Casitas, Ranchos and beachfront Cabanas (with hammocks).
Many people consider this their favorite moderate for many reasons such as the attractive atmosphere, a large footprint that feels less crowded even if full and all the extra amenities and resources available with its business center approach. On the other hand, due to its size, if you need to get from a far building to the main lobby and convention facility, it can take 15 minutes walking due to the lake located between you and your destination.
Many people enjoy the Pepper Market food court, as I did, with the various food selections including tex-mex/regional offerings. But for a location used for conventions, they only have one table-service restaurant, the Maya Grill, and I’ve read this isn’t enough. Guests will tell you the bus transportation is good, but considering it’s location in the Animal Kingdom resort area, I’m also advised that rental cars are worthwhile.
And because of the size and the projected clientele there are more services here that are not normally found in the moderate locations. This includes a Health Club/Spa including a Fitness Center and full-service salon. The large pool is decorated with a Mayan-ruin themed pyramid. It is supposed to look like a “dig site” that includes a 123-foot water slide the will love. There is the kiddie pool, playground and of course, a game arcade. The lake offers opportunities for kayaking and beach games. There is also a hot tub said to be one of the largest of any WDW resort. And the Siestas Cantina offers poolside drinks.
It is a convention hotel, with 220,000 square feet of space including an 86,000 square-foot Veracruz Exhibit Hall and 60,214 square-feet Coronado Ballroom. This is supported by the Business Center, breakout rooms and wireless internet. Everything a business person needs on vacation (uh, excuse me, working convention).
There is a great diversity of rooms also not found elsewhere among the moderates. Club-level accommodations (for an extra cost) has personalized concierge services such as your own front desk and guest services, continental breakfast and snacks, larger bed, the best locations, and more. There are suites up to two bedrooms. And the resort itself delivers a strong authenticity overall, not only in the rooms but the courtyards, fountains, plazas, and waterfronts.
The daily rack rate on rooms range from $154 (standard view, value season, and weekday) to $310 (Club-level, Christmas to New Years) and dozens of combinations in between. There are standard- and water-view, King Bed and Club Level selections. The best bottom line is to watch for specials and begin your research many months in advance if not a year before your trip. Use a good Disney-certified travel agency and look for the best specials. For example, a recent article in A World Viewannounced summer resort special pricing for May 2 to Aug. 14, 2010. Average room discounts include 15% (Value), 20% (Moderate), 25% (Deluxe), and 30% (Deluxe Villas) off the rack rates, but the number of rooms is limited.
Features of the rooms include satellite TV (with Disney programming of course), self-parking, wireless or wired Internet (for a fee), safe, hairdryer, iron and board, refrigerator, coffee maker, and Pizza delivery. You can get a Pack ‘n Play if needed and accommodations for persons with disabilities.
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Corporate Description: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is an American Southwest-themed Disney Moderate Resort hotel set on Lago Dorado—a glimmering 22-acre lake—that invokes the spirit and romance of Spanish-colonial Mexico.Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is located between Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park and Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.Follow in the footsteps of the legendary Spanish explorer, Don Francisco de Coronado, and discover the beauty and fantasy of a unique Resort that reflects the romance, adventure and idealism of his legendary search for the 7 cities of gold.From the colorful spring-fed Fountain of the Doves to the hidden treasures of the Mayan-ruin themed Dig Site pool, escape to a tranquil lakeside vacation destination where relaxation is more valuable than the most precious metals on earth.Arranged around the charming lake, the brightly colored Spanish-style Guest rooms, conference facilities, shops, restaurants and cantinas evoke a relaxing atmosphere inspired by a placid lifestyle where time goes by just a little bit slower than usual.The 1,917 Guest rooms are separated into 3 distinctly themed areas. The Casitas offer an urban terra-cotta paradise. The rustic Ranchos resemble charming Southwestern pueblos. Cabanas provide a quaint beachfront retreat complete with cozy hammocks. Request your favorite.The Mayan pyramid-themed Dig Site features a sprawling pool with a jaguar-inspired water slide. Want to unwind after a busy day of exploring? ...