On our latest trip to Walt Disney World, we ended up taking advantage of the current Armed Forces Salute discount and choosing Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Coronado Springs is a Moderate-level Resort, located around a 15-acre lake. Themes are based on “ancient” Mexico and the Southwest. It is broken up into three sections: Casitas, Cabanas, and Ranchos.
Standard rooms are apx 314 square feet and come with two queen beds, mini-fridge, hair dryer, safe, ironing equipment, coffee maker, flat-panel TV, and are wired for high-speed internet access (wired access, not wireless). Internet access costs $9.95 for 24 hours. Wireless hotspots are available in the main building and convention center for convention guests. Microwaves are available by request (they were all spoken for during our trip) for no extra charge.
Like all Moderate-Level hotels, all rooms open to outdoor hallways. There is one main pool area (called The Dig Site), as well as a quiet pool in each section. There are four options for dining: Pepper Market (counter service), Maya Grill (table service), Cafe Rix (grab-n-go), and Rix Lounge (apps and drinks only).
Coronado Springs is a convention hotel, and because of this, it can get very packed with conventioneers. Just check the schedule out prior to booking your stay to see if the group attending will impact your enjoyment. There were two conventions going on during our stay, but it had no impact on our stay at all.
For photos of rooms, the main buildings, and dining, click here. Unfortunately, I forgot to take all of the detail photos. I wish I would have gotten some of the Christmas decor because it was beautiful.
We requested the Casitas section for both the location and theme. We also requested a ground-floor room. Both requests were granted. This was the view from our doorway. Gorgeous.
We loved strolling around the courtyards of the Casitas. They really are lovely, especially at night when the fountains are all lit up. TH enjoyed finding a hammock to lay in and nap.
Our room was located in Casitas 2, which was a 5 minute walk to both Bus Stop #2 and El Centro (the main building that houses registration, dining, and shopping). For the most part, it was quiet. We never had issues with sound from our neighbors. However, housekeeping was quite loud with slamming doors and the rolling carts did echo in the hallways which made naptime a bit tricky. Nothing worth complaining over, though.
The rooms were clean and very comfortable. I can’t comment on housekeeping as we didn’t really use their services. We did allow them in once to change out sheets and towels, but that’s about it. Bunny went gaga over the towel animals who were awaiting our arrival our first day.
The pool and activity area is really amazing. Bunny loved the playground section, which even has a toddler-friendly slide area, as well as a cool Aztec-themed slide area for older kids. The weather didn’t really cooperate for pool time, but the temple is fun to just look at, especially at night.
We used the resort buses a couple of times (once for Magic Kingdom to avoid the TTC and once to Downtown Disney to avoid having to find parking on a Friday night). Our buses were never full and ran on-time and often. If we didn’t have our own car, I would not have had an issue with using the buses daily. Bus Stop #2 is the closest stop to the Casitas, and the best because it is the first stop on the resort route. This means you’ll always get a seat if the bus happens to fill up.
Overall, we really loved this resort and plan on coming back again. The rooms were great and the on-site activities and amenities make it a great place to spend time outside of the parks. (There’s a great health club and spa on the grounds that I plan on taking advantage of next time.) Bus service was reliable, the staff was super-helpful (we lost our keys and had to make dining changes), the dining was good, and the atmosphere was relaxing and calming.
Don’t ask me why I didn’t take photos of our room at Coronado Springs. Apparently I wasn’t in a blogger frame of mind. You can see great interior photos over at AllEars.net.