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This sprawling, 1,967-room Southwestern-themed Disney resort has a calm environment with a wide variety of features, accommodating both convention center visitors and family travelers.
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort has a split personality: half quiet, Scottsdale-esque convention-focused hotel; half rip-roaring Disney-brand family resort experience with a Mayan-temple pool complex (called the "Dig Site") with waterslides and a play area. Still, when you compare it to the neighboring Animal Kingdom Lodge, Coronado Springs can feel a bit like an office park with its and relatively unexciting theme.
It's situated around man-made Lago Dorado, a 22-acre lake encircled with paved pathways and and hammocks, on the far western corner of Disney World (near Animal Kingdom, but farther from most of the Disney theme parks than other Disney resorts). The setting is , but it can also make for a very active vacation (like it or not); Some rooms are nearly a half-mile from the lobby and restaurants and it can take 25 minutes to get to the Magic Kingdom by shuttle bus. While the resort's location can be annoying for some guests, especially families with small children, anyone who values a quieter, more laid-back atmosphere will appreciate the relative calm. Plus, you still get all the same advantages of any Disney resort, including free shuttles to all the parks, extended park hours, and free shuttles to Orlando International Airport.
While the Port Orleans Resorts (the Riverside and French Quarter) have more central locations, Coronado Springs is still at the top of its Disney-dubbed "Moderate" resort category. After a renovation in 2009, guest rooms now have real down comforters (rather than polyester bedspreads, found at even the most expensive resorts), new furniture, and flat-screen televisions. In features, as well, Coronado Springs bests the competition: There are pools galore, a 24-hour fitness center, a business center, and a monstrous kids' play area, as well as conveniences like a laundry room and .
Quick, efficient staff and Disney's standard set of free services
At Coronado Springs, the staffers efficiently move long lines through the lobby and restaurants, but the service is largely impersonal (unlike what you'll find at higher-tier Disney resorts, like the Animal Kingdom Lodge).
Inside Walt Disney World Resort, a five- to 10-minute shuttle to Animal Kingdom, but far from other Disney parks
Located on the far western end of Walt Disney World Resort near, Coronado Springs is farther from many of the most popular theme parks; getting to the Magic Kingdom can take up to 25 minutes by Disney shuttle. Like most Disney resorts, it's set back from the main roads, so traffic and noise aren't much of an issue. The downside to this, as is the case at just about every other Orlando resort, is that there's not anything within reasonable walking distance; renting a car is a must if you plan to get off the Disney compound.
Rooms are only average in size, but they are among the newest and best-furnished in all of Disney World.
Coronado Springs' rooms hit their category on the mark: They're moderate in size, furnishings, and . That said, they're at the top of their game compared to rooms at Disney's other "Moderate" resorts (or even some of the more expensive resorts): Polyester quilts have been replaced with down comforters and pillow-top mattresses; the new furniture is in great condition; flat-screens replace tube televisions; the even have MP3 hookups.
Accommodations are grouped into "laundry room. Aside from this, the differences between the rooms within each of the buildings are mostly stylistic (Casitas, fashioned after "urban areas of the southwest," are the most unique and upscale with courtyard fountains). Certain room types, however, are limited to specific buildings; you can only find suites in the Casitas buildings and the Club Level rooms (which have their own concierge services, a lounge with free food and snacks throughout the day, and evening turndown service) are only located in the Cabana section.," " ," and " " -- clusters of buildings that each have their own and
Focused around two hubs -- "Dig Site" water park and " " (which consists of the lobby and the ) -- the resort offers a slew of features divided between kid-friendly activities and business-oriented conveniences (with a fairly good separation between business and family interests).
Low-key areas for business travelers, but plenty of fun activities and family-friendly features
Disney resorts are all family-friendly, and this is no exception. But by comparison to other properties, the Coronado Springs has some slight drawbacks and is a bit more mellow then other Disney resorts, like the heavily themed (and more expensive) Animal Kingdom and Polynesian resorts. For families with impatient or easily fatigued children, the long walking distances between resort areas can be a huge inconvenience (the walk between restaurants and the kids' play area, for example, is at least 10 minutes from the guest rooms). Plus, the location of the resort in the far southwest corner of Disney World means longer distances to many of the park's main attractions -- most are 10 to 25 minutes away.
Well kept and recently renovated
All rooms were renovated in 2009, and the clean, modern look better than some of the more worn-down rooms at other Disney resorts. Like anywhere at Disney, the entire property is well kept and tended to daily by housekeeping and groundskeepers; even the busy restaurants are vigorously tended to.
Wide range of kid- and adult-friendly options at a typical resort markup; all-day room service, but no late-night options
Coronado has five dining options, ranging from a deli-style shop with cheap(er) a la carte items, to a full-service sit-down. The range is great for families but also has viable adult dinner options for business travelers and convention center guests. The hours aren't extensive, though, and private dining ends around 11 p.m.; not great, but that's standard for most Disney resorts.
Coronado Springs, a 1,961-room resort near Animal Kingdom, caters to visiting conventioneers (quiet pools, business center, Wi-Fi) and vacationing families (Mayan-temple pool and waterslide). Its rooms are among Disney's best, especially in the "Moderate" category, given that the 2009 renovation brought down comforters and flat-screens. But it's farther from most theme parks than other resorts.