We stayed at Coronado from Friday to Wednesday recently, and on the whole, it was a very nice resort. I hadn't stayed here before, and was looking forward to trying it out. We booked a preferred location room and were assigned to the Casitas 3 building on the second floor...very close to the main lobby and food areas...which was mainly why we booked preferred. This is a very large resort. If you don't book a preferred location, you'll likely be very far from the lobby and restraunts. Our room was nice...King bed, small desk with chair, dresser, mini-fridge and bathroom that included sliding doors to block the vanity area from the rest of the room. Everything seemed very clean and comfy. I have no complaints at all with the room. The two things that will keep me from booking here again are the bus stop situation and the food situation. There are only 4 stops at this VERY LARGE resort. 3 stops, one at each resort guest area (casitas, cabanas and ranchos), and then one stop at the main building where the lobby and food is. The main building stop is LAST on the circuit, which creates a huge problem in the mornings trying to get to a park. Everyone that finishes breakfast uses this stop to then get to the parks for the day. Unfortunately, since it's last, many of the busses fill up at the other 3 stops before they can get to the last stop to pick you up. We waited one day for 45 minutes for a bus to the Magic Kingdom...we were told by a cast member there logging the bus arrivals that 2 busses had filled completely before they got to our stop so that's why they weren't coming around. He couldn't tell us when another would come and if it would be full or not before it got to us. I'm not sure why when that happens, they can't call for an empty bus straight to that stop. It's ridiculous that people are left waiting there for that long. We couldn't wait any longer as we were trying to get to a breakfast reservation, so we ended up having to pay for a taxi. While we didn't have to wait quite that long at any other time during our stay, I will say our wait times seemed longer than they normally do at other resorts. The other problem was food. There is one table service restraunt here...we did not try that one. Then there is a quick service that has a VERY limited menu. We grabbed a few things here a couple of times, and they were ok, but the limited menu was disappointing. The other place to eat, the Pepper Market, was sort of a hybrid between table and quick service...and I didn't particularly like it. You were seated here by a host (there are no reservations accepted here), a waiter takes your drink order and then you are instructed to take a card to the food prep stations near the entrance of the restraunt and select what you'd like to eat. There are a limited number of stations with food available...I wasn't impressed with the selection. At the stations, you order your food from the chef, they stamp your card, and begin to prepare your dish. You must stand there to wait for your food...it is NOT delivered to your table. On the 3 ocassions I ate here, it took a really long time for the food to be prepared and I just didn't like the system as a whole. The food was ok, nothing to write home about. Once you are finished with your meal, the waiter takes all of the cards at the table and will come back with your bill. I really just didn't care for this system or the food all that much and it is probably the #1 reason why I wouldn't book here again. For a moderate resort, the Caribbean Beach is my #1 pick...their quick service food court is fantastic...TONS of variety and options there. At Coronado, there is also a bar/lounge called the Rix. We tried to get a drink here one evening and a small bite to eat (they have a menu for appetizer sized plates), but unfortunately we were never acknowledged. We sat at a table for quite a while and were completely ignored, so we just decided to leave, and we didn't return during our stay. There is also an outdoor bar next to the lagoon...unfortunately the night we wanted to have a drink here it was closed, despite the large sign placed in the lobby saying it was open until 11pm and had an arrow pointing the way...it was only about 8:30 pm at the time.
All-in-all, I didn't have a bad experience here, I've just had consistently better at other Disney resorts, so I'll most likely book elsewhere next time because of that. One positive, this resort seems to be pretty centrally located though...once we were on busses, it was never a very long drive to get to any of the parks, like it sometimes can be from other properties. Note that this resort also has a very large convention center so there is usually always some event going on here as well.
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