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Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   1000 W Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830   |  
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Ranked #190 of 326 Hotels in Orlando
Chelsea, Alabama
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“Pleased”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I am a long time Disney World traveler with more than 50 stays in Walt Disney World properties - but this was my first visit to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. I had always hesitated due to the fact that it is a "convention" hotel. I was pleasantly surprised with the resort - there was no notice of a convention feel at all. The rooms were very nice with only a "hidden" Disney theme - such as "hidden" mickey heads on the bed linens. Our room was in the Cabanas area and was very clean and well maintained. Our visit was during Thanksgiving week and we found the resort to be not crowded at all. Bus transportation was acceptable and convenient to our room. The only disappointing aspect of the resort was the lack of an adequate "Quick Serve" restaurant during the dinner meal - with Cafe Rix being your only choice. Cafe Rix is a very small area and the choice are VERY limited. I much prefer the other moderate resorts for the dinnertime meal choices - but overall (meals not included) I prefer this moderate resort over all of the other moderate resorts.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

First the good:
Grounds are beautiful for walking, access to Disney bus service, good on-site restaurants and cafes. The pool is great with a nice waterslide that the kids never seem tired of. The lifeguards are good, making sure the pool is safe, but still allowing the kids to have fun.
The bad:
I am convinced that the cleaning staff did not wash the drinking glasses in the room. I had to ask for disposable plastic cups to drink out of.
The HVAC did not work properly in the room. Had to turn up the heat to 89 degrees to prevent the air conditioning from turning the room into an icebox.
The hotel is built in a Spanish colonial theme, so the rooms have only one window that overlooks the walkway, like a motel, so you have to keep the curtains closed to prevent peeping toms from looking in. Also, the window does not open, so you get zero fresh air, instead relying on the faulty HVAC system.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We recently spent a week at the Coronado Springs Resort. We are young at heart and enjoyed the time we spent at the parks. The hotel is themed South American and the restaurants also mimic this region. The buildings are all built around a lake. We happened to have a great view of the 'beach' near the main pool. It made grabbing a quick meal easy and convenient. There is also a very nice bar at the main pool. Make a point to select a building near a bus stop. The week we were there we never ventured our in our car. We simply hopped a bus to all parks, downtown disney and any hotel for meals.

I'm completely surprised how busy all of the parks were during our stay (Nov 10-17). Perhaps it was due to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. At any rate there were more small children than any November we can recall.

We had a great experience at our own leisure and hope to go back again in the near future.

Room Tip: we upgraded to a water view. Because the resort was not sold out we had a hand in selecting our vie...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We wanted to stay at a Disney "moderate" resort while my husband was attending a business conference at the Orlando Convention Center so that the children and I could take advantage of the Disney transportation system. We did not realize that Coronado Springs also had its own convention center. As a result, there were so many business people going back and forth with their business suits and their wheeled briefcases, that it was hard to relax and feel as if we were at a resort. The food wasn't good at all. There was one fast service cafe, Cafe Rio, but there wasn't much indoor seating and the walk back to our room was too long. As a result, we ended up eating our breakfast in a corner in the bar area. The other restaurants are a buffet type restaurant which had a fenced off from the rest of the resort seating area where the food wasn't very good or a Mexican sit down restaurant which was very pricey. Our room was very small but clean. We liked the double doors that sealed off the bathroom/vanity area from the sleeping portion of the room, but the bath/shower area leaked water all over the bathroom. Because of one of the many conventions going on the 10 days we were there, the main pool, which is very nice, was closed from noon on Sunday (when it finally warmed up to 80), to noon on Monday, our last two days staying there. We have stayed in the past at Pop Century, All Star Music, and Port Orleans Riverside. All of them were more enjoyable stays than this one. This is a beautiful location, but plan to do a lot of walking if you stay here, and plan to eat elsewhere. It's unlikely that we will stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed in Casitas section and were a long walk from everything. We would recommend the "Caba...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Some people think this is a Southwestern United States design and it may be to some degree but for me it represented more of a Central or South American Flair. The hotel is beautifully done and as always the staff is pure Disney. They are professional and go out of their way to make sure you are having a good time. Pepper Market is somewhat of a buffet style with many choices to pick from. You are given a ticket and you go to the area of food type you want, order, they stamp your ticket and then you come back a few minutes later and pick it up. The waiters only bring you drinks and condiments here. Contrary to what another writer said this is a great place to eat. Everything from Steaks, roast chicken to sandwiches or Mexican Cuisine. The other resturant is the Maya Grill. Absolutely 4-Star all the way. The steaks will melt in your mouth and the appetizer is very unique and very good. The Maya Grill is a wonderful experience. It's true the hotel is huge and spread over quite a distant but that does not detract from the overall experience. The rooms are very nice and the pool is great fun. This resort is closest to the Animal Kingdom.

Room Tip: Try to get a room closest to the lobby. The buses start running at 7 and run every 10 mins taking y...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

My family stayed here for approx 10 days (end of April to beginning of May) We all loved it. Being a moderate resort it felt like a deluxe resort. It was beautiful!! We had the dining plan and really enjoyed having the breakfast buffet in the morning. What a fantastic selection!! The pools were great and it was nice having a gym on-site. We have stayed at other Disney resorts in the past...they are all nice, but I think this one so far is our favorite :)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sharon, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I've stayed at Animal Kingdom and Port Orleans as well, but we enjoyed our stay at Coronado Springs and felt it was a really good value (for a Disney resort).

The room was large and clean and decorated in a Mayan/Mexican motif. Bed was comfortable and had all the usual Disney stuff there.

The grounds are lovely though the maintenance crews seem to be out early, where we were. Our room was pretty far from the center entrance area, which was not great- a 10-15 min walk. Not bad but its spread apart b/c of the lake. We took the shuttle busses around, which I didnt love and we seemed to wait a lot.

The main pool and hot tub area was great- we loved that. Multiple pools and play areas too. The main check-in/restaurant area was ok- medicore food- I've go elsewhere for that.

Good value, nicer than Port Orleans but definitely not close to the upper tier Disney resorts.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1000 W Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#32 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#46 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#108 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#155 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Coronado Springs Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1921
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is a Southwest-themed Disney Moderate Resort hotel encircling Lago Dorado—a glimmering 22-acre lake—that evokes the spirit and romance of Spanish-colonial Mexico. Follow in the footsteps of explorer Don Francisco de Coronado as he searched for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold while you discover the beauty and fantasy of a unique Resort. ... more   less 
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