Enjoy a blend of Spanish, Mexican and Southwest American influences at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This moderate resort is one of our favorite Disney World Resorts for a number of reasons.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs resort features 1,921 guest rooms spread out across three different areas – Casitas, Ranchos and Cabanas – which are all connected by a 22-acre lake and bridges.
This Disney moderate resort offers more than traditional moderate resorts probably because of its location next to the NEW Gran Destino Tower.
Gran Destino Tower, which is a deluxe resort, features 545 guest rooms, including club-level suites that offer access to a private lounge and additional amenities.
The entire resort area has its own unique charm and is connected to the main hub through a series of paved walkways and wooden boardwalks.
Situated along a beautiful lake, this resort has everything you would want from a Disney Resort… nice pool & play area, a wonderful onsite Mexican-themed restaurant and a full-service spa.
It is also one of the only conference centers on Disney property.
Coronado Springs Casita Rooms
We prefer to stay at the Casitas with a lake view. It is convenient to the bridge which takes you to The Dig Site (main pool) and to all dining options.
Bedrooms are decorated with photos of the three Caballeros and are spacious for a family of four.
The bathroom can be sectioned off by the barn doors so that those getting ready in the morning (or at night) have a bit more privacy.
Coronado Springs Resort Pool
Disney’s Coronado Springs main resort pool is located at The Dig Site.
You really feel like you are taken away to a tropical paradise with plenty of trees and a large replica of a Mayan Pyramid with a cascading waterfall as the backdrop.
The pool is quite large and laid out in such a way that you don’t feel like you are on top of each other when it does get crowded.
There is also a fun slide the entire family can enjoy. Seriously, this slide is one of my kids’ favorite of all the Disney resorts!
Coronado Springs Explorers Playground
The playground and campfire site are all just a few feet away from the pool.
It is easy for your kids to enjoy everything at once rather than have to plan separate trips to enjoy each of these places.
The Explorers Playground sticks with the Mexican theme throughout. Among the Mayan ruins, you will find a jungle gym, slide and much more.
Coronado Springs Campfire
Located at Dig Site Pool, families can enjoy roasting marshmallows by a fire from 6-7 pm nightly.
Movies Under the Stars
Several nights a week, guests can enjoy a movie on the lows of the Gran Destino. The movie starts at 8 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. You can find a list of titles on the My Disney Experience App.
Colors of Coronado
One unique activity you can take part in at Coronado Springs is the Colors of Coronado Painting Class.
For only $35, you can take a painting class with a local artist. When you’re done, you’ll have an 11”x 14” piece of art to bring home.
This 2-hour session is held at Toledo on Friday afternoons at 1pm.
Spanish Mosaic Art
For only $25, you can create a work of art based on the Mosaics of Barcelona.
This 2-hour session is held at Dahlia Lounge (located on the 16th floor of Gran Destino Tower) on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday afternoons at 1pm.
While reservations are not required, they are recommended. Reservations can be made on the My Disney Experience app up to 60 days prior to your stay.
Shopping at Panchito’s
Coronado Springs offers some unique items that you might not find at other parts of Disney World.
While you can find some Coco merchandise in EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion, Coronado Springs seems to have a much larger selection.
There is a decent amount of clothing, bags and other souvenirs and it seems to grow during Dia De Los Muertos.
Guests will also be able to find plenty of Encanto merchandise featuring all the main characters.
Caribbean Beach Restaurants
Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago
This lakefront dining option is the perfect spot for an adult date night!
Try the Sangria Sampler that gives you the option to try two red and two white sangrias for one low price.
For your main course, you will find several surf & turf options along with a few Latin-inspired dishes.
The Poke Bowl with Ginger-shrimp was packed full of flavor.
The Pork Carnitas Tacos come with chipotle-pineapple salsa which creates the best savory and sweet combination.
El Mercado de Coronado
This quick-service restaurant has all kinds of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
When staying at Coronado Springs, its easy to grab a good breakfast here before going to the parks.
This is a great sit-down restaurant for traditional Mexican favorites.
This restaurant is full of Mexcian favorites: fajitas, tacos and quesadillas.
Fajitas are probably the most popular of all the choices, but you should consider the Maya Grill Parrillada which is enough to feed your whole family.
It is a platter of Grilled Skirt Steak, Pastor-Glazed Organic Chicken, and grilled Chimi-Churri Shrimp served with sautéed vegetables, traditional toppings and flour tortillas,
Reviews are mixed of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort because of the fact that it does have a convention center and some guests are off-put by the idea of a family resort being overrun with business people.
We have stayed there several times and never had one issue with the corporate guests. If anything, we found that the pool was less crowded because the business folks were in meetings during the day!
Have you stayed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort? What did you think?
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