My wife and I stayed at the Coronado Springs Resort for two weeks from the 31st August 2012. Like many others who have reviewed this hotel we were slightly concerned by number of negative reviews the resort gets. However we were very happy with our choice once we arrived and got settled in.
Check In: The lobby area is very neat and tidy, and no where as breath taking as Animal Kingdom or Wilderness Lodges or as stunningly beautiful as the Polynesian Resort. Nonetheless the lobby at Coronado has character, and feels quite homely which is nice for a resort that is as huge as it is.
The process of checking in was very quick but didn’t feel rushed. You get the typical Disney treatment at check in, which is always nice. The Cast Member takes you through the entire resort on a map and tells you a little bit about the resort to get you started. From the time we arrived got checked in, added a credit card to our “Key to the World” and collected our refillable mugs to getting to our room took about 30mins.
Room: Our room was in Cabanas building 8B on the ground floor. The room was fairly large (I’d say the same size as the one we had at Animal Kingdom Lodge), with two queen beds, desk area, large TV, sink area with sliding doors and a bathroom with separate door. The room was very clean and tidy and due to reading previous reviews we had a bit of a look in the corners of the room and under the beds etc and we really could not fault the cleanliness at all.
Grounds: One of the things that struck us from the out set was how beautiful the grounds around the Coronado were. There are cool little white sand beaches with hammocks, lots of very pretty flowers and lots of wildlife such as Butterflies, huge Dragonflies and Crickets, Lizards, loads of birds, Squirrels, rabbits and in the Lake you can see Fish and Turtles I even saw an Alligator one morning before I went to Golf.
Pool: The pool is one of the best parts of Coronado, it is a good size and the Mayan Temple makes it feel even bigger. My wife spent quite a few mornings by the pool while I was golfing and she absolutely loved it. There was always something going on which would catch your attention. The poolside movie was a little bit of a disappointment though as it was set up in a position where you couldn’t watch it from the pool itself. But to be fair we never found the time to go back and see a movie anyway we only saw it very briefly while exploring on our first night.
There was also a quiet pool next to our building which was very nice as it was a good size pool with plenty of seating. This was a good place to go if you wanted to chill out for an hour or so or if you only had a short time to catch some sun before heading out.
Shop and Food: We never used the Pepper Market probably because we were out most days for lunch and used table service restaurants for evening meals and as we are not big breakfast eaters we found the bakery at Café Rix was enough for Breakfast. Plus the bakery items were a snack credit and we had our refillable mugs for our morning coffee which was also in Café Rix. The lunch menu at Café Rix was also quite good, burgers, sandwiches, pizza etc.
The pool bar was also very good although the alcohol was a bit pricey but no more than anywhere else in Disney. As for food, it is on the Dining Plan and the Buffalo wings are very good although the Nachos were not so great.
Mayan Grill is the table service restaurant at the resort also in the dining plan and we ate here once. We both very much enjoyed our meals but did find that it was very different from any Mexican dishes we have had before. I’m guessing that the food is more authentic than we have had in the past. The refried beans were amazing. (I’ll do a separate review for Mayan Grill) The restaurant its self was really smart and looked as though it had been refurbished fairly recently. Also the guy playing the instruments was good and really funny.
Rix bar was somewhere we looked forward to going but was not as good as we had hoped, the bar is not as big as we thought but is very modern and looks like a very nice place to chill out however the music is crazily loud and we are not old fuddy-duddys moaning about loud music (we’re both 28) but we couldn’t even have a chat and there was hardly anyone in the bar, probably for the same reason. I think the outside bar was much better.
The shop at the resort is good, pretty much the same as the other Disney resort shops but it did have a really nice jewellery section with some cool watches and the like. Get some beer in the shop here is you are planning on staying on property and not going to Walmart as it not too badly priced. There was also plenty of choice for my wife to get some drinks to take back to the room too.
Other Info: The Cast Members at Coronado were all extremely nice and were all very willing to help when we had any questions or queries such as when I lost my Key to the World card on the golf course.
As for anyone who is thinking of golfing “DO IT” the Disney courses are all very good although I only played Magnolia, Palm and Oak Trail this time due to work going on, on LBV and Osprey Ridge but more importantly as a resident of Coronado Springs you receive complimentary transport to and from the Resort and the Golf Courses. A big bonus as well was that as I planned to play 6 times during our holiday Disney kept my clubs at the course for me from my first round until my last, again for free.
The atmosphere at Coronado is a little bit different from other resorts, I think the best way of putting it is that it’s not quite as Disney. By this you don’t have a Cast Member at the door welcoming you “Home” but this is probably due to the fact it is a convention centre and the size of the resort means that guests will usually go straight to their room from the closest bus stop of car park avoiding the walk from the Lobby.
You will need to be prepaired to do a bit of walking at Coronado as it is very large but we found this to be quite good as we were never in much of a rush to get around.
The bus service is great and once again we have no complaints, I think the longest we ever waited was around 10-15mins but never any longer and usually less than 5-10mins.
We never had any issues with Coronado not even the golf carts that apparently scare most people to death; in fact they always slowed down and waved as they passed you. We even got on fine with the conventioneers who we only ever saw at night around the bar, though there were a lot of them and some were a little worse for wear.
We would definitely go back to Coronado the resort suited us well and the location was fantastic other than for getting to Downtown. The Cast members were great although maybe not as full of Disney as Casts of other resorts, and for the price the Coronado is hard to beat if you want to stay in Disney.
Don’t be put off by the bad reviews if you like the look of it then go. We didn’t regret our decision at all.
- 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:
- Disney`s Coronado Springs Hotel Orlando
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Disney Coronado Springs Resort
- Disneys Coronado Springs Resort
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- Disneys Coronado Springs Hotel
- Coronado Hotel Orlando