The next resort we are going to look at in our resort series is Coronado Springs. Coronado Springs will always hold a special place in Kyle and I’s heart because it was our first trip we ever took together, and our first time at Disney World!
Coronado Springs is in the Animal Kingdom Resort area of Walt Disney World and is a very quaint and relaxing resort. Opened in 1997, Coronado is a Spanish Colonial style resort that was built surrounding a 22 acre lake “Lago Dorado” inspired by explorers such as Don Francisco de Coronado and others that were searching for the Seven Cities of Gold.
Though Coronado is located in the Animal Kingdom Resort area, you are also very close to Hollywood Studios, Boardwalk, Epcot, and Blizzard Beach. Coronado is one of Disney’s “Moderate Resort” and also has a large Convention Center made for business meetings, company gatherings, and events.
When staying at Coronado Springs you have three different types of room options. The Casitas is the first type, which are rooms located close to the convention center. There is one of three “quiet pools” located at the center of these buildings, but they are the farthest from the large feature pool at the resort. The Ranchos and The Cabanas are both located fairly close to the large feature pool and also both have “quiet pools” as well. I really feel though that anywhere in this resort is great. We stayed in the Casitas, and the walk around the trail on the lake is very relaxing and beautiful.
Okay, now time to talk about the amazing “feature pool” I have been talking about! The pool at Coronado Springs is perfect! It’s a beautiful pool with a 50 foot pyramid as the centerpiece for an experience that is relaxing for adults, with the largest hot tub in Walt Disney World for Mom and Dad, and a 123 foot water slide for the kids (or adults) that is fun for all ages! At the pool there is a beach volleyball court, a huge playground themed like an archeological “Dig Site”, and the Siesta Pool bar that has some yummy little snacks and lunches with a mexican theme and perfect drinks to lounge by the pool with!
As with all Disney resorts, the transportation system they provide is a fantastic perk of staying with them. This hotel has multiple bus stops that will take you to all the parks, water parks, and Downtown Disney (which you can use as a hub, like we did, to take you to other resorts for dinner reservations etc.)
Coronado Springs has a themed sit down restaurant called Maya Grill. Let me preface by saying Kyle and I haven’t eaten there ourselves, but everything I have heard are great things. The restaurant is Tex-Mex themed decorated to emulate the fire, sun, and water. I have heard many times the margaritas are a must try! Another great thing about this restaurant is the ease of reservations. Since Coronado Springs is fairly secluded most people feel this restaurant is a hidden gem in Disney Resorts.
There are so many other activities for everyone in the family to enjoy at Coronado Springs. Kids or adults can head down to La Marina and rent little motor boats, peddle boats, and bike or surreys to explore all around the “Lago Dorado”. Most nights you can also find a Movie Under the Stars, or a Campfire Marshmallow Roast over on the beach. If the adults just want a little alone time to sit and relax in the gorgeous Florida weather, head over to the lake edge and grab one of the hammocks and unwind and stare up at the beautiful star-filled sky. Whatever you are looking for Coronado Springs is a great resort for it all. Disney did a great job with making this “Moderate Resort” seem very luxurious and give you everything you could need in you Walt Disney World vacation!
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By: Victoria Kinmonth
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