We stayed at the Coronado Springs October 23-30th. We stayed in building 7B one of the Ranchos. First, Disney's Magical Express worked very well for us. It was nice to check our bags from home and not worry about them again, as Disney picks them up and drops them off in your room. We expected to spend a couple of hours from the airport before we were settled, but it ended up being less than an hour and we were on our way to a theme park. Our room had a 'pool view' but as we were on the first floor, we didn't see much of the pool, not that it mattered as the weather was freezing and we didn't go in the pool but once all week. Our room was okay, it was clean and the beds were very comfortable. The sink outside the bath was useful with 3 of us (2 adults, 11 year old), and the shower had good pressure and hot water. Small issues, the cabinet door housing the fridge had a broken hinge, and the TV is really small. The water is smelly, but we're used to Lake Superior water so maybe for most it's not. The climate control worked fine. The resort has many very pleasant gardens and was very well maintained. I think that most of the negative reviews I've seen are expecting upscale amenities, and this resort was not created to be something like Animal Kingdom Lodge. For a clean, reasonably priced place to say with the basics, it is a fine place to stay.
The resort staff: Check in was great. Our person moved us to the pool view from a room in the 6A building, so we were closer to the Pepper Market, main pool and inbetween bus stops. The Pepper Market staff were okay, the two lil ole ladies at the bakery were a riot. Never saw the maid, but the room was always done by 2:30. There are staff that roam in extended golf carts that taxi people around, but these are hit and miss and they won't haul luggage if you're checking out.
Getting Around: This is HUGE resort, the largest of the Moderates. If you're in the 6 buildings you will walk a long way to the Pepper Market / El Centro. Building 9B would be the best, unless you want to be in the convention area if you want to be close. There are 4 bus stops for Disney Transportation, for most the stop order is 2,3,4,1. 1 being the main building (el Centro / Pepper Market). Getting to most parks is pretty quick, less than 10 minutes, but Downtown Disney can take 20 minutes or so. We had no real issues with our waiting times for buses. Even if you waited 20 minutes each time, it's better than paying $10 to park and dealing with traffic.
Food: If I can impress anything upon you, GET THE MEAL PLAN. We hemmed and hawed and finally did since we re-booked our trip a month prior as the price dropped $500, so we added the Disney Dining Plan as it ended up costing us around $250 more than our original trip cost. It paid for itself the 1st day. We had 5 table service dinners that averaged over $150.00 for the three of us, and the Hoop-de-do revue covered under the plan. Our lunches average about $50.00, and snacks are aroud $3.00 each. When you add it all up, we had close to $1,500 in meal costs for 6.5 days. Granted, we ate better than we would have had we paid cash for the meals, but hey - we're on VACATION. Okay, we found the Pepper Market fine. We had breakfast there a couple of times, and lunch once. We also had pizza one night. They bake their own goods right there, and do a good job with it as well as the pizza. The wet burrito I had was good, and they cook eggs to order as well as waffles, etc. There is lots of variety. Get the soda mugs if you drink soda or a lot of coffee. They are $11.99, but you get free re-fills the length of your stay. The mug can be re-filled anywhere they have a soda fountain. For dinners we ate at the Coral Reef at Epcot - Grade A; Sci-Fi Dine In at MGM - Grade B; 9 Dragons Epcot - Grade C; Cap'n Jacks Grade B; Hoop de do - B+.
Overall, we had a good trip and even though there was record low temperatures at night, we were better off than being in the UP of MI... Feel free to e-mail if questions.
- 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
- Disney Coronado Springs Hotel
- Disneys Coronado Springs Hotel
- Coronado Hotel Orlando