Overall, Coronado Springs was fantastic. We only stayed one night, but I would have liked to stay a few extra nights. We came for my sons 8th birthday. He wanted to go to a hotel with a fun pool and water slide. The reviews I read were mixed, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was very happy and will likely return. I was traveling with my husband and 2 boys, ages 4 and 8. Some of the reviews suggested Disneys Caribbean Beach over Coronado Springs for families with smaller kids, but my son wanted Coronado (because of the "pyramid" pool), so thats what we chose. I actually went to Caribbean Beach the following day to check it out, and I'm glad we stayed at Coronado.
I did the online check in the night before. Trying to figure out online check-in was a pain in the butt, however because I got it done, check in at the resort things went smoothly. The online check in line was shorter, so I'm glad I did it that way! We arrived at the resort EARLY, at about 11am, and despite check in not being until 4:00, they had a room ready for us already! So that was great. I was slightly disappointed because I had requested a room close to the "feature pool' at the "Dig Site", and I don't think we could have been FURTHER away, but it was a request, and wasn't guaranteed. I was told all the other rooms were full. We only paid for a standard room (maybe the closer rooms are preferred? Im not sure!). Our room was in building 4, Casitas, 4th floor, corner room. Either way, the lady at check in told me it was a 4 minute walk, and she was on the money there. I timed it. (I actually used an app on my phone, it was .4 miles one way, and a 4 min walk when I was alone - a little slower with my 2 kids). Now - I have to say, the walk to the feature pool did get really annoying and tiring after about the 4th time!. We must have walked back and forth to our room 10 times in one day. Add up the miles and your talking 4 miles a day. I guess we didn't have to make the walk so many times, but with kids, you end up back and forth a lot between one needing a nap, one forgetting something in the room, etc...
We didn't visit any theme parks on this trip, but I can see how it would be even more exhausting if we had. For that reason, I don't think I would stay here if we were going to theme parks. Its all just too spread out! It was also .33 miles to where all the restaurants were from our room. Thats not THAT bad... but having a refillable mug would be kind of pointless. Are you really going to walk a 3rd of a mile to refill your coke? I really think the walking was the worst part... but on the flip side, the grounds are gorgeous! The walks are NICE if you can be leisurely about it and aren't in a rush I suppose. I kept wondering why they didn't have some sort of golf cart/ tram service, traveling around the lake to give people rides from point a to point b. I think so many guests would really appreciate something like that!
Our room was nice size. The beds are SO comfortable. We were on the 4th floor, which is not my favorite place to be, but we had a good view of the "fantasma" show at Hollywood Studios. We could also see Tower of Terror from our room. The refrigerator in our room didn't feel like it was working no matter how cold I put it, but I never complained because we only were putting a few waters in there.
If you don't feel like walking far, and just want to take a dip, there are smaller pools located close to all the buildings. Just no slides or hot tubs! We never used it - the kids wanted the slide! IF it had just been me and my husband, we would have.
Now the feature pool was awesome. It was big. It was pretty. The slide was loads of fun. They had life jackets for my youngest (which I appreciated). And the lifeguards were really watching. They also had a small splash pool for little ones. My only "complaint" about the pool is that the pool deck got REALLY hot - burn your feet, blistering hot. It was also very slippery in spots. (I saw one woman fall on a slippery spot, and I almost did as well at one point) I'm surprised Disney couldn't spring for "Stay cool", non slip, decking. Just walking from my pool chair to the water slide and I felt like the bottom of my feet were blistering!
At the feature pool area, there was also a fun playground for the kids, a ping pong table, a vollyball court, an arcade, and a hot tub.
The food at the snack bar was yummy and not too overpriced. We had nachos that really hit the spot. And my boys and I shared a burger that was plenty big enough for all 3 of us. The drinks on the other hand, were not all that impressive. Weak and expensive. I had a foo foo pina coloda... and I'd swear it was a virgin if they hadnt charged me for the one with alcohol in it. And it was premade, which was disappointing. If I'm paying $10 for a frozen drink, at least blend it in front of me.
We went for Dinner at the Pepper Market. The food was ok. Average priced for Disney. The 4 of us shared... we had 1/2 a BBQ Chicken that came with potatoes, veggies and cornbread, a 1/2 rack of ribs with the same sides as the chicken, and a Caesar Salad. All were tasty. Its buffet style, no servers - so you get your tray and go to the area you want food from, order, get a ticket stamped, and take your food to your table to eat. I'm not sure, but the "chef" where we ordered from was either mentally handicapped or on some hard core drugs. I'm not joking or being mean, but something was not right. He didn't seem handicapped - (appearance wise) so I'm thinking he had to be on drugs. We were there at a very slow time, there were hardly any other customers there. First off, he was moving in SLOW MOTION. No joke. THEN, He took my order ("half a chicken platter and half a rack platter please"), makes my chicken plate. Puts it down. Walks away to get more cornbread. Comes back to the station. And stares at me like hes never seen me before. He says "can I help you?" I say "Um, yea? I'm waiting on 1/2 a chicken and half a rack". He starts to plate another half chicken for me - when the first one was RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM. I tell him - hey - you already made that. He mumbles something along the lines of oh yea.. and finally gets me the rest of our food. Other than that though (which was actually quite comical), the food was decent. Nothing to brag about, but nothing to complain about either. Our bill was $51 with the three items and 2 sodas. Pricey, but not too too bad.
That night we went back to the pool. My boys loved using the slide and night swimming. The snack bar closes at 7pm... which I think is dumb. The pool was PACKED at 9pm.. and I'm sure we weren't the only people wishing it was open. We were starving when we got back to our room, but at this point too tired to walk the 3rd of mile back to the only OPEN food spot, so we just went to sleep!
The next morning we had to check out at 11am. I woke up at about 7 (typical I think for families with kids) and walked to get us muffins, bagels, coffee, and milk for breakfast at Cafe Rix. I went alone while my husband and kids stayed in bed a little later. When I got back, we ate, put on bathing suits, and went right back to the feature pool. I thought for SURE it would be open but of course it wasn't. So we had to wait around until 9am... ANNOYING. Why on earth would the pool not be open at 8am? There were actually at least 5-8 other familes waiting as well. I was told we could use the pool by our building until 9. But we certainly didn't want to walk back and forth AGAIN. And we really just wanted to use the big pool and slide for a couple more hours until check out. I just don't get it. Its summer. The main attraction pool should be open by 8. We had to check out. Other families might want to have a quick swim before going off to the theme parks. I just think thats stupid. Yes, you can use the pool all day, even after check out, but we also didn't want to have to dress and change in bathrooms. We just wanted a little more fun before we headed back home. Oh well.
Anyhow - Like I said, except for a few minor things - I think Coronado Springs is a gorgeous resort, I would definitely come back, but NOT if visiting theme parks. I can see why some families of smaller kids would like Caribbean Beach better, but I think Coronado Springs was nicer... and BOTH were huge and would require tons of walking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relive the romance of Spanish-colonial Mexico as you follow in the footsteps of explorer Don Francisco de Coronado at this Resort hotel. Find your own mythical city of gold in a Southwestern-themed haven of brightly colored Casitas, rustic Ranchos and beachfront Cabanas encircling a glimmering 22-acre lake. Each accommodation provides a unique escape and a welcoming home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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