Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World is a moderate resort with an American Colonial Spanish and Southwestern American theme. It also features a convention center.
Price: $191 to $1598
Room size: 314 sq feet (There are also suites which are larger).
Sleeps: Up to 4 adults
Room count: 1917 rooms and suites split among 3 buildings – The Casitas, The Ranchos and The Cabanas.
Room features: 2 queen beds (or one king bed), table with 2 chairs, wall mirror, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, television, dresser, nightstand, ceiling fan, hair dryer and safe.
Available to request: Roll-away bed ($15 a night), bed boards, bed rails and pack n plays.
Coronado Springs is a convention center. It has a 95,000 sq feet convention center plus a ballroom.
Shopping: Panchito’s Gifts & Sundries has food, spirits & beverages, apparel & accessories, housewares items, Mickey Ears and other great Disney items. You will find Native Mexican crafts here as well.
Pools: The Dig Site pool features a Mayan Pyramid and a Spitting Statue. There is also a 16 foot slide, children’s pool and the largest hot tub on WDW property. You can pick up towels by this pool. Siesta’s Cantina serves counter service foods and drink from 11 am – 5 pm.
There are 3 quiet pools, one in each of the village areas. You will need to bring your own towels with you.
Entertainment: Health Club and hairstyling salon plus there is also a spa
Activities: Nightly movie at the pool; Pool party at 3 pm; Nightly Campfire and Marshmallow Roast; Pool activities from 1-5 pm; new balance Running Trail; Beauty Salon ($); Arcade; Health Club
Since the resort is so spread out, Bell Services Staff will give you a ride to places you need to go on the grounds.
24-hour front desk
bike and surrey rental
check-in and guest service
designated smoking area
handicap accessible rooms
kiddie waiting area in lobby
merchandise delivery and pickup
outdoor smoking areas
resort airline check-in
wake- up call service
Transportation: Internal bus plus buses to the parks.
Distance from parks by bus:
- Animal Kingdom – 4 miles
- Hollywood Studios – 1 mile
- Epcot – 6 miles
- Magic Kingdom – 4 miles
When you complete online check-in, you can choose from the following options:
- Corner Room
- Ranchos Area
- Upper Floor
- Near Transportation
- Cabanas Area
- Ground Floor
- Near Elevator
I personally would choose near transportation and near elevator.
Mailing Address: 1000 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 34747
This review is from my reader Sharon…
- Why did you choose this resort? We choose the Coronado Springs resort because we wanted the features of a Moderate resort: nice size rooms with a table and chair set and a mini fridge.
- What were the resort rooms like? Were they big enough for your family? Did you find them to be acceptable? The rooms were a nice size for our family of four. There was a mini fridge for our milk and juice (our kids were ages 4 and 2). We had an adjoining room with my parents. The room deco was nice.
- What were the amenities of the resort like? What was your favorite one? Please note this is the conference hotel for Disney World. We did not use any of the business amenities that were available. Our favorite parts were the pool and walking around the lake. Rooms were divided into groups of approximately 8 per building with buildings grouped into sets around a courtyard. So it could be quite a walk (up to 20 minutes) to the main lobby and restaurants, to the main pool, or to the bus stop.
- What was the food court like? Any favorite foods? The food court had many types of foods available. The main food court was a quick service restaurant. There was a full service restaurant but we did not eat there. We were on the dining plan and chose to eat our sit down meals in the parks. There was also a mini market that could be used as quick service or snacks on the dining plan. There were plenty of options for eating!
- How were the resort buses? What was your walk to the bus stop like? How were the resorts bus stops at the parks? How far was the walk to the gates? How crowded were the buses at any given time? Our room was between two bus stops. Each way was about a ten minute walk. The first option was at the main lobby (which was the last stop of the resort) while the second option near our room was the first stop of the resort. We chose the first stop of the resort so we could always get a seat on the bus. Sometimes the bus was full by the time it made it around to the main lobby stop during peak hours. Our issues with the bus system were complaints for Disney World in general. Buses ran sporadically, sometimes many for one park and very few for another, and knowing when buses ran for each destination was confusing. For example, we waited for an hour for a bus to Downtown Disney. After giving up and returning to the room, it took another 30 minutes on the phone to find out buses did not start running to Downtown Disney until noon, even though it was posted somewhere else that they started running at 10 AM.
- Would you stay at this resort again? If not, please provide a reason. We might stay there again someday, but are definitely choosing another option next time we go. We found the walk to and from the room to the bus stops to be tedious, especially returning after a long day. The resort was nice, but not exceptional. It seems to be missing that special characteristic.
This review is from my reader Mary…
My family visited the Coronado Springs resort last October for 11 nights while on our biannual family Disney World trip. We had previously stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter and we really liked being on site and loved that hotel, but were looking to try out another Disney resort. This resort got rave reviews on many sites that we looked at and my sister really liked the pool so we decided to give it a shot. The rooms had JUST been renovated and they were stunning. We loved the rooms, they had flat screen tv’s, dark wood, beautiful bathrooms, and updated bedding. My family consisted of me, my husband, my 4 year old, my baby son and my sister in law. We all fit comfortably, my son was in a pack n’ play in the vanity area (which had a screen so we could shut the screen so he could sleep), my sister in law slept with my 4 year old and my hubby and I were in the other bed. There was plenty of room. They give you nice little seating benches that can be pulled around the room to use as little tables or chairs as well. So we give the room two enthusiastic thumbs up. Another positive is the pool, the resort has a stunning Aztec themed pool with a long water slide. There is also a kiddie pool and a HUGE hot tub, I think the largest on property. They do a little wake up the pool ceremony in the morning which the kids really liked. There is also a really fun kids play area that is themed like an archeological dig site and my daughter loved this. Next to this is an arcade, but we didn’t get much enjoyment out of it. We loved the pool, however getting to it was a pain, this is an enormous resort, sprawling, and getting just about anywhere for us consisted of a 5-10 minute walk at least. It does depend on the location of you room, but ours was about as far out as you could get unfortunately. This was a BIG drawback for us that started off annoying and by the time the 11 days were up it was downright unbearable due to sore feet from walking in the parks all day. The one positive about all the walking is its definitely a pretty walk as this is one of the most beautiful of the resorts as far as the landscaping goes, and the sunsets over the lake were stunning. The food court at this hotel had decent food, but a really odd kind of cafeteria style/a la carte type ordering system that took some getting used to. They didn’t have any food there that I would make a special trip there for. The buses were ok here, I found them to be better at Port Orleans, but they weren’t bad, and they were rarely crowded except on the way back from the parks – the walk to the buses from our room was maybe 2-3 minutes and the walk from the stop to the parks varied as I am told that all the resorts have parks where they are some of the closest and farthest away – we found this felt true, we were one of the closest the magic kingdom and one of the furthest away at one of the water parks. The buses were frequent for every destination except downtown disney, getting there was a nightmare every time we went. After staying at Port Orleans and having the boat sailings to and from downtown disney, we really disliked the obnoxiously long bus riding effort involved in getting there from Coronado. Overall, we liked the hotel, but didn’t love it and would probably just stick with Port Orleans French Quarter should we stay at a moderate again, Coronado felt too big and too business-y (its a convention hotel) for our tastes, though I am hoping that Port Orlean’s rooms will get a major renovation soon like this one did because that would make the difference even greater.
You might also consider staying at Caribbean Beach.