Coronado Springs Review

Coronado_SpringsCoronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World is a lot like Caribbean Beach Resort in looks only. In atmosphere it’s a world apart.  Don’t get me wrong, Coronado is a beautiful hotel with a Spanish and Mexican theme.

The lobby itself is enough to make you want to stay for a long time. There’s a huge fountain when you walk in. To your left is a shop showcasing lots of Disney souvenirs. To your right is check-in and it is huge! It reminds me of an old fashioned, fancy bank in New York city where the tellers went on and on. Straight ahead are glass doors that lead out to the walkway, water and the scenic view of the villas or buildings where the hotel rooms are located. I’m not sure if it is more scenic at night or during the day.

The major difference from the Caribbean Beach Resort is that it is much more family and child friendly than Coronado.  Coronado Springs is a convention center and caters to conventions and businesses. There are no children activities, but there are late night events including an on site night club, and many adults who use the bars quite a bit.  We stayed over on a Friday and Saturday night and saw many people who imbibed a bit too much.

Other than that, the resort is gorgeous. The theme runs throughout including the names of the buildings (Casitas, Cabanas and Ranchitos). The main pool has a huge pyramid that resembles something from the Mayan culture. And the rooms and restaurants have the same type of American Southwest, Mexican and Spanish theming.

The resort is huge! There are shuttles that are long golf carts zipping throughout the resort. All you need to do is flag one down and you’re off.  Be careful though especially with small children as they really are quite fast.

The sit down restaurant is Maya Grill. The quick service area, Cafe Rix is nice for small snacks or to grab a sandwich to take to your room or eat outside by the pool. By the pool is a small playground and an arcade. The walkways’ landscaping is beautiful and covered with lush trees and flowers. It is very clean and well kept.

There’s kayak, pedal boats and electric boat rentals available at the Marina. Don’t forget to try out a surrey bike and ride around the miles of walkways. You can also enjoy a massage or a workout at the La Vida Health Club, your choice.

The rooms haven’t recently been up upgraded with new furniture including queen size beds, a definite improvement to the twin beds that were “way too small” on a previous stay. They are very clean and of course have that brand new feel to them.

Coronado Springs is close to Animal Kingdom and Blizzard Beach. It’s a bit of a distance to Epcot and Magic Kingdom. We didn’t travel to Hollywood studios but I’d guess that it wouldn’t be too far.

The Pepper Market is like a food court found at other Disney resorts. The difference is that you are seated by a server who takes your drink orders and gives your party a card or cards to be stamped by the cooks. You walk around to the various stations and order what you want, get your card stamped and take it off to your table to eat. You can also order take out here.

Coronado-poolThere’s Mexican, Chinese, pizza, sandwiches, pasta, soups, rotisserie chicken, grilled steak and fish, burgers, fries, pastries, coffee, expresso, wine, beer, and more. There’s also a children’s station with mac and cheese, fries, etc. They also serve hot breakfast here. It’s a bit over priced but pretty decent food.

No need to pay extra for a water view here unless you’re sure you can see the water and the resort from your room very well. We were on the first floor with a water view but could hardly see the water. If proximity to the main building or pool is a must then be sure to request that. There are small “quiet” pools throughout the resort also.

Think before making reservations here. If you want to have a family experience, will be spending a lot of time at your resort and/or want to be with other families then this may not be the right pick for you. If there’s a special going on or you’re an all adult party then this may be your choice.

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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