Coronado Springs opened in 1997 and is Disney’s only moderately priced convention hotel. The Resort themes are inspired by northern Mexico and the American Southwest. When these themes blend together it creates a colorful yet tranquil resort. This expansive resort is perfect for getting work completed at the convention center and to relax among the native architecture and landscaping.
The Resort complex is situated around a 15 acre lake called Lago Dorado. There is a 95,000 square foot convention center that includes a ballroom and a full-service business center. The ballroom can accommodate up to 5,000 guests for a sit-down dinner or 6,500 guests for meeting-style seats. There is also a Junior Ballroom that is 20,000 square feet. The convention center is located in the main building, El Centro.
Inside El Centro there is a fountain that will draw attention to the center of the foyer, but it is the dome ceiling that will welcome guests in the entranceway. A soft pink light opens into the dome where an incredible mural depicts a gazebo with doves among a spring flower garden.
Coronado Springs has three themed areas which include the Casitas (or little houses) include three and four stories buildings and are the focus of the convention accommodations. Elements of Spanish architecture of Mexico’s cities of Santa Fe and Monterrey are replicated in the theme. The Ranchos are two and three storey pueblo styled villas that reflect southwestern rural regions, the rustic cattle ranches and desert theme complete with cactus and gravel. The two and three storey Cabanas are modeled after Mexican’s coastal region beach resorts.
The complex has 1,967 rooms and suites situated in the three themed villages. The rooms are decorated with sunset colors and features hand-painted Mexican wall hangings. The Standard view rooms face the parking lots or a courtyard. The Water view rooms overlook pools, Lago Dorado, and birdbaths.
A typical size of a guest room is 314 square feet and up to four guests and one child under the age of three in a crib are allowed per room. There are no balconies; however guests can step outside their rooms to the access ways. Each room has two double beds and a few have king size beds. Rooms include two sinks outside the bathroom, cable TV and radio, dresser, table and chairs, phone with data port for a laptop computer, key-operated wall safe, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and coffee maker. Complimentary coffee packs are supplied. There are also refrigerators in every room, if not, one can be requested. Because of the convention center, rooms have a specifically designed light fixture above the desk that holds a halogen bulb and provides excellent lighting of the work area.
Services & Amenities:
- Limited room service
- Concierge desk
- Babysitting and child services
- Pak-n-play crib available
- Room and facilities for guest with disabilities
- Laundry facilities and service
- Self Parking
Check-In & Check-Out:
Check-in is at 3 pm. It is possible your room may be available prior to that time, but it is not guaranteed. If it is not ready, you can leave your luggage with the Bell Services where it will be stored and then delivered when you are in the room. If you decide to wait around until your room is available, you are welcome to take a dip or relax by the main pool area. There are lockers, changing areas and public restrooms for you to use. You can also head out to a theme park and start enjoying the Disney World magic while your room is being prepared.
Check-out is at 11 am. When paying with a credit card, you will not have to go to the desk to check out. An itemized bill will be hung on your door by 8:30 am on your departure day. If the bill looks fine, you’re all set to depart. Your electronic room key will be deactivated at 11 am. Don’t forget to use Bell Services to help you with your luggage, filled with souvenirs, to your car. If you are taking a bus or taxi to the airport, or leaving later in the day, Bell services will keep your luggage until your transportation arrives.
Pepper Market is the Food Court and seats over 400 in an open-air market atmosphere. It features both standard food such as baked goods, pizza, pasta, burgers, chicken and Mexican cuisine like tacos and tostadas. The Pepper Market is the first interactive restaurant on the Disney property. Guests are able to purchase meals at various food stations. Then they are seated by a host or hostess and receive a card. Then it is time to walk around the food areas and choose what you want to eat and receive a stamp on the card for each item. At the end of the meal you present your card to the host or hostess and pay as you leave. A pre-determined gratuity is automatically added to the bill. Stations to choose from include a grill with omelets made to order, a cappuccino and espresso window with gourmet coffees and pastries and a margarita and beer kiosk that offers beverages.
The Maya Grill is operated by one of the premier restaurateur families of Mexico and is the full-service restaurant featuring a huge, wood-fired grill. Seating surrounds a Mayan temple replica. The Grill also features wines from Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
Café Rix is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Rix Lounge allows guests to unwind from a busy day and experience the vibrant nightlife in an upscale setting. Light food options and specialty cocktails are on the menu. Las Ventanas is a private room in Rix Lounge ready for parties, meetings and dining events.
Siesta's Pool Bar and Grill in the Dig Site pool area, offers counter service food and drinks.
Don’t forget to check out the Laguna Bar which is a great outdoor lakeside bar while visiting this resort.
The best beverage deal at the resorts are the refillable mugs. Available for approximately $13, these sturdy plastic mugs can be purchased through any food court vendors and pizza delivery. The mugs are refillable for the length of your resort stay at any self-serve beverage island found in the food court area. Beverages include soft drinks, coffee, tea, iced tea and coffee and hot chocolate. Milk, fruit juice and alcoholic beverages are not included. The mugs are not refillable at any of the theme parks. This is a very economical deal if you are an avid pop or coffee drinker.
The resort has a large themed pool at the Dig Site, as well as quiet pools in each of the three themed areas. The Dig Site includes a large pool, Siesta's Pool Bar and Grill, a sand volleyball court, and the largest outdoor hot tub on any Resorts’ property that accommodates approximately 22 people. The Dig Site's main feature is a 46 foot tall Mayan pyramid themed as a modern archaeological dig of a lost kingdom. Water flows from the top of the pyramid down into the pool. A 123 foot long waterslide shoots under a jaguar spouting water.
There is two arcades at the Resort. The Iguana Arcade is near the Casitas Village pool and the Jumping Beans Arcade next to the lobby in the main building.
Explorer's Playground provides an area to dig for artifacts in the sand, play on swings or climb into the Pyramid. There is a large Mayan head statue that can be found partially buried in the sand.
Health Club and Spa
The Resort includes La Vida Health Club and Casa de Belleza hairstyling salon. The salon offers hair styling, permanents, colorings, foiling, make-up, nail services and facials. La Vida Health club is the first fitness center at a moderately priced resort. Here guests can work out on the weight-lifting machines, free weights and aerobic machines or enjoy the sauna.
Bikes & Boats
Pedal boats, watermice, kayaks, canopy boats, pontoon boats or Sea Raycers can be rented to spend some time on the river with. Bicycles and surrey bikes are also available for rent. There may be a 30 minute time limit for each individual use depending on availability, but there is no limit to the number of times you can use the equipment.
Encircling the lagoon and linking the quiet pools is a 1.45 km Esplanade for jogging and nice relaxing walks. The path winds its way through the wooded sections of the resort featuring wooden walkways and bridges.
Panchito's Gifts and Sundries is filled with Indian and Mestizo handicrafts, film, snacks, alcohol, basic necessities along with Disney and Resort merchandise. The shop is named after Panchito, the Mexican parrot in Three Caballeros. Scenes from the Three Caballeros are painted on the walls of the shop, and there is a figure of the flying burro from the film that is in the center of the shop.
To get to any Disney Resort or theme park you can drive yourself, take a taxi or use the wonderful Disney Transportation System. Disney Transportation includes buses, boats, the monorail and the Magical Express Service.
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Disney Resorts and the Downtown Disney area are accessible by the bus system. Buses travel on routes throughout the Resorts but do not provide direct service between all destinations and require transfer from one bus to another.
Bus service to the Theme Parks begins approximately two hours before opening. Generally buses will run every 20 minutes throughout the day and continue to operate until two hours after park closing. During peak times, buses can get a little crowded, but there is usually another bus that arrives quickly after so guests are not waiting long periods of time. Magic Kingdom is not accessible by bus from the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Polynesian Resort. These Resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.
The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center, which is adjacent to the parking lot. Entering the park by ferryboat gives guests a chance to float by some of the Deluxe Resorts. This is also the best way to get the first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. If guests are staying at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground or Wilderness Lodge, the Magic Kingdom is accessible by boat at their own water launches.
Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are accessible by boat from BoardWalk Inn and Villas Resort, the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels.
Downtown Disney is accessible by ferryboat from Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Old Key West Resort.
There are three loops to the monorail system. Loop A runs counterclockwise connecting Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop B runs clockwise along side Loop A and stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort and back to the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop C runs from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot including a quick tour inside the park around Spaceship Earth. Service generally starts an hour and a half before opening and ends two hours after closing.
If you bring or rent a car, there is plenty of free parking at the Resorts and parks. Depending on your room location, you may or may not be able to park close to your room. Ask when room selection is made.