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Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Ranked #174 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
Pittsburgh, PA
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
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“Paradise Found”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

What a fantastic resort. When we started thinking about our Disney trip there were two places that we were considering on staying at: Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort or Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Our travel agent suggested the Coronado because it was one of her favorite places to stay. We decided to book this resort and we are soooo glad we did. Our flight arrived at MCO at 8:20 am. Magical Express wisked us away very quickly to the Coronado. We did use the luggage service provided by Disney (with no problems). Upon arriving, we were pleasantly suprised that our room was ready. We stayed in the Ranchero section of the resort. It was a good walk from the Main Building but this did not bother us. The landscaping at this resort is absolutely beautiful. We have traveled to many different locations and stayed in some really nice places but this by far is the nicest place we have stayed at. We knew going into this trip that we would be walking far to whatever building we stayed at. If you are considering a stay here, do not let this discourage you. There is internal transportation that bell services will gladly provide (by an extremely large golf cart. This was fun! Our kids really got a kick out of it!) Also, you can catch one of the Disney busses at the resort and it will drop you off at a bus stop near your building.

Now for the room: We were in building 7A on the bottom floor. Corner room. The room had two queen size beds. The room was clean and inviting. We were well stocked every day with towels and soap, shower gel, shampoo, body lotion, etc. The Mousekeepers are scheduled to clean the rooms between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. We left early every day we were there and never saw our Mousekeeper. But every late night return to our room, we were welcomed by a clean room. In the room there are two nice leather ottomans by the window, a large desk and chair, a huge flat screen TV, frig, dresser, coffee maker, ice bucket, large mirror, large wooden doors that seperate the bathroom area from the room (this was nice to have for privacy while getting ready in the morning), a nightstand, ceiling fan, plenty of lighting, one large sink, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, safe, luggage rack, plenty of room to hang your clothing, door length mirror, seperate tub/shower and toilet from sink area. The shower had great water pressure. I can not stress enough how clean the room was.

I have read reviews about this resort and I have to say we had such a wonderful experience here. People have commented on the walking. Yes, you can do a lot of walking here but that is the beauty of the resort. After a long day at the parks, we didn't want to have to walk to far to our room. But we did not have to. There are four bus stops in the resort. Our bus stop was directly behind our building across the parking lot. Only one day did we have trouble with the bus. We waited over 30 minutes for a bus but that was not the resorts fault. The bus had difficulty with its air conditioning and was running behind. We did ride that bus to Epcot and boy was it hot! Thank goodness that Epcot is so close because that could have been a real ugly trip if longer! The busses are schedule to pick you up every 20 minutes but there were times we waited only 5 minutes and a bus was there.

Now for the pool:

My children had an absolute blast here. The pool is very large with a fantastic water slide. There are pool activities every day on the hour and at 9:00 p.m there is a dive in movie. We watched Peter Pan and The Adventurers Down Under. Each night it is a different Disney Movie. Plenty of lounge chairs and tables all around the pool. There is also a handicap chair lift to enter the pool (also one for the hot tub). Several showers to rinse off at. There is a neat playground next to the pool, a sand volleyball court, and extremely large hot tub. I am pretty sure this is the largest one of all hot tubs in the Disney Resorts. There is a small arcade next to the pool. If you would like something to eat or drink while lounging at the pool, there is a very nice (large) pool bar. Restrooms with showers/changing area is right next to the arcade and pool bar.

I will be writting a seperate review for the Pepper Market because I feel it deserves its own review. Our experience eating here was fantastic and I want to give it its just rewards too! The gift shop was very large and had everything you could imagine. Cafe Rix was also very nice and convenient to have. I will also write a seperate review for them too!

The staff at this Resort are very nice and accommodating. Everyone had a smile on their face and were more than happy to help us in anyway they could. Never met one staff member who was unfriendly.

We had such a great time that we have decided that this is where we want to vacation next year. Two years ago we stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter and were very happy with our stay. But I can honestly say that this Resort beat them out 100%. Don't get me wrong, Port Orleans has it own type of charm but when I arrived at Coronado Springs, I felt like I was going to be staying at a 5 star Resort. I felt like I was going to stay at one of Disney's Deluxe Resorts. Everything is here: a health club, beauty salon and spa, jogging/walking trails, a main theme pool and three quiet pools, laundry facilities at each complex, room service, internal transportation, busses to get you where ever you want to go, boating and biking rental, luggage service, airline check-in, a sit down restaurant, counter service food court, a cafe', gift shop, etc., etc., etc.

If you are leary about this resort, don't be. We had such a fantastic experience here. Just know going in that this is a LARGE Resort. But it is do-able. If you don't want to walk far from the main building, request the Cabanas or Casitas. There are buildings closer to the main area but they are farther from the main pool. Rancheros are the farthest away from the main building but the most quietest area. Also, during our stay there were several conventions going on. This is a convention resort. Hollywood Vibe was here for their Nationals. They had an extremely large group and following but we did not even know they were at the resort. We saw a few dancers but the resort was not effected by the large group of conventioners.

Disney's Coronado Springs is an outstanding property and we wlll be back next year. Thanks for a wonderful stay and memories that will last a life time.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Family stayed here for 5 days in June 2013 after a Disney Cruise and enjoyed our stay at Coronado Beach Resort. Here is the bottom line assessments:

Pros:
1. Absolutely Gorgeously Landscaped and Well maintained grounds. I literally took some of the most amazing photos on these grounds of the family. Beautiful backdrops of the water, buildings and sky with clouds. Make sure you lounge in one of the many hammocks around the lake.
2. Disney resort - means very convenient buses and transportation. There are 4 bus stops that circle this entire resort and all of them are great, fast and convenient. Never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a bus to any other Disney location. NO need for a car or to drive.
3. Great food options. There is a quick pickup cafe that has the best Gelato. Cafe Rio has tasty cooked meals with lots of options. It is a hybrid between a cafeteria and sit Down Restraunt. Formally seated and served but then you pick your own meals and get them stamped on a card and bring them back to the table. Formal silverware and great wait service. Mayan Rest has great food and ambiance - especially evenings when the guitarist is there. Poolside grill has great tacos and a well stocked bar.
4. Great pool and gym and spa. This was the main reason I picked this particular resort after reading all the reviews. Was very pleased with all of them. Plenty of poolside chairs and not over crowded. Constant activity for the kids poolside. Make sure you check out the waterside and kids playgrounds.
5. Great price for what you get. This almost could compare to the Saratoga Springs luxury resort at half the price. And definitely worth the 20 to 30% premium over the lowest price resort motels.

CONS:
1. Very large resort. There is some walking involved to get to the different areas around the resort, but it has nice running and walking paths. There are buses that run the perimeter but still have to walk some. Not a problem with my family, but maybe an issue with small kids and older grandparents.
2. Housekeeping was not "up to par" compared to other Disney resorts. Our room was not quite clean (dust under desk, bathtub dirty, carpet needed a deeper clean). However they were very responsive and came immediately after we called. We were a little pissed about them knocking at our door at 8 am the day of leaving and asking when we were going to be checking our.

We did love our stay here and definitely would recommend this disney resort to anyone, but if or when we go back again, we probably would try out another disney resort just for the variety.

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Very good place to stay, excellent rooms, clean room, TV has a lot of channels to bad most are owned by Disney.You can drive to the main building for food it is faster than taking the bus to eh main building. We have stayed at a value resort , deluxe resort and this time a moderate resort any would be a great experience.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bluffton, Ohio
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We stayed her from June 22-June 28. We were in Ranchos 7b. We were close to bus stop 4 and close to the dig site pool. Room was clean and i did not think it was dark like other reviews have said. Many people have complained about the resort being so spread out, it is but it is a beatiful resort with lush landscaping and plenty to look at. The Dig Site pool was a blast for kids and adults! We had a wonderful time at this resort and will definately be staying here again!!!

  • Stayed June 2013
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New Port Richey, Florida
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Being a fla resident,we do Disney a few times a year,decided to try Coronado Springs,so glad we did! The Mexican restaurant was good,the grounds were very clean,room was great.Looking forward to going back!

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Dummerston, Vermont
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

My first trip to WDW since I was 16-years-old and we stay at Coronado Springs Resort. It was beautiful. A man on our flight, who has two kids who are "cast members" asked me where we were staying. We said Coronado Springs and he said "That is one of the best."

Beautiful architecture, motifs, building designs, etc. The main pool was also amazing as well.

I like the fact that we can get free refills for soft drinks. The problem is it's at Cafe Rix, in the main building, which is a haul depending on where you're staying. It was a 10 minute walk both ways. Not convenient after days of walking at all the parks. That's the last thing you want to do is walk all the way to Cafe Rix for refills. Wonder if that can be improved.

We'll come back if we can. I'd recommend it to others.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Memphis TN
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

A beautiful resort. All the amenities you can think of. The place is HUGE, so be prepared to walk / drive. The good news is that there is a shuttle to take you from around the resort. The buses to the theme parks are clean, well maintained, free, and easy! The room was very nice - we were on the second floor in a king size bed room. Very very nice ... well worth the money for the amenities. Good "grab and go" place for breakfast ... can't remember the name.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Property: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Address: 1000 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8403
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:
#27 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#38 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#94 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#139 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):
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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