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Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs is the main convention resort at Walt Disney World with almost 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space available. Themed to the architecture of the desert Southwest and Mexico, the resort has three distince architectural villages exploring those areas. The entire resort circles Lago Dorado, a large lake. In the middle of the lake is an island that includes the Dig Site swimming pool, the centerpiece of which is a Mayan pyramid with waterfall.

One drawback of this resort for many is the sheer size of the place. A room in the "Ranchos" section of the resort will put you almost a half-mile away from the restaurants and services found in the main "El Centro" building. If that isn't a concern, however, then Coronado Springs provides a pleasantly-landscaped, quiet option.  Additionally, Coronado Springs is currently the only resort in the Moderate or Value Category that can boast of queen-sized beds in the standard rooms.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Address: 1000 W. Buena Vista Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830
  • Resort Phone #: 407-939-1000
  • Resort Fax #: 407-939-1001
  • Reservation #: 407-934-7639
  • Date Opened: August 1, 1997
  • Resort Category: Moderate
  • Room Information
  • # of Buildings: 12 two-story guests buildings plus a large
  • # of Rooms: 1,967 rooms
  • Room Rates: For standard rooms at Coronado Springs you have a choice between rooms with a view of the center lake or rooms with views away from the lake (generally towards self-parking lots). See the official Disney page for Coronado Springs for current room rates.
  • Services Information
  • Concierge Service: No
  • Valet Parking: No
  • Room Service:
  • Internet: LAN connections are available in each guest room. Wi-Fi access is available in certain public common areas. Each requires extra payment.
  • Laundry: Each of the three different guest sections of the resort has a standalone laundry building with coin operated machines.
  • Pools and swimming: There is no swimming or wading in the center lake. Each of the three guest sections of the resort has its own quiet pool. The resorts themed pool is called The Dig Site and is themed to an archaeological dig site in Mexico. A large pyramid is the centerpiece and the main pool is large (about 120 feet by 100 feet) and has a waterslide.
  • Gym and Exercise: The La Vida Health Club in the main building is free to resort guests and has a good selection of exercise machines as well as free weights and aerobic space. A resort jogging map is available on request; suggested paths are approximately one mile.
  • Spa: The  La Vida Massage & Fitness Center is located in the Casitas area next to the fitness center and offers various massage and spa treatments by appointment. Casa de Belleza Salon offers hair and other beauty treatments.
  • Turndown service: No
  • Smoking: Only in designated areas. No smoking in guest rooms.
  • Owner's Locker
  • MousePlanet partner Owner's Locker provides a highly useful service for repeat Walt Disney World visitors. It will allow you to to store a large amount of your "only-in-Florida" belongings on-site between your visits. Owner's Locker will deliver your locker to your resort early on the morning of your arrival and pick it up the day that you leave. Your locker will stay in climate-controlled storage until you return on your next visit. Owner's Locker delivers to resorts throughout the Orlando area, not just to Walt Disney World. Some of the many things that Owner's Lockers have been used to store are full-sized liquid containers to avoid the TSA hassle, clothing, holiday decorations for annual visits, pool playthings, and more. Visit their site and check them out for yourself, or order now!
  • Transportation Information
  • On foot: Walking from Coronado Springs to other destinations is discouraged.
  • Bus: Coronado Springs has four bus stops around it and direct routes are offered to the four theme parks, Downtown Disney, and the Blizzard Beach water park. Any other destination will require transferring to another bus at one of those places.
  • Monorail: Not accessible.
  • Ferries: None
 
Dining - Hide Section
  • Maya Grill— The breakfast and lunch buffets are standard. Some traditional Mexican items are on the dinner menu but there are plenty of options.
  • Pepper Market— Essentially a fancy food court with several individual stations; gather your food, getting stamps as you do so and pay for your entire party when done eating.
  • Other dining — Cafe Rix in the El Centro building offers take-out items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Rix is a 5000 sq. ft. nightclub/lounge open in the evenings and regularly featuring life entertainment. Out at the Dig Site pool is Siesta's Pool Bar and Grill where fast food options are available in addition to bar drinks.
Entertainment and Shows - Hide Section
  • Coronado Springs has the Jumping Beans video arcade in the El Centro building and another, the Iguana Arcade, at the Dig Site swimming pool. Disney movies are shown in the hotel lobby. Bikes and surreys are available for rental and a few beach volleyball nets are set up around the lake. The Explorer's Playground allows children to play in and around the pyramid at the Dig Site swimming area.
Stores and Shopping - Hide Section
  • Panchito's Gifts and Sundries— A large store that not only sells the standard hotel sundries and logowear, but also native Indian and Mexican handcrafts.
Reader Reviews - Hide Section

The following are recent reviews for the Coronado Springs from our Reader Review system. Click the Show All Reviews link to see every review for this location. To browse all reviews in the system, please see this page.


Average Reviewer Rating: 3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5
Number of Coronado Springs Resort Reviews: 19
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   March 25-31,2012
Reviewer: lisakb22 Prospect Heights,IL     April 02, 2012
This was my second stay at this resort and I love it. We checked in on line so a room was ready at 9:30 A.M. when we arrived. The front desk person was so nice and willing to help find a perfect room. We stayed in Cabana 8A and it was perfect! Close to the main pool , a bus stop and not far from El Centro. This resort has many convention people stay there so it is quiet and the buses and pools not always used by the convention people so they are not crowded.We did not use restaurants this time but in the past the Pepper market is decent food.
 
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1.0/5.01.0/5.01.0/5.01.0/5.01.0/5.0   5-18-07 thru 5-21-07
Reviewer: AndyMan Marietta, GA     May 23, 2007
This is a monstrous resort and along with that comes the inevitable problems of being placed at the farthest part of the property... We suffered along with the rest of the people there. Yes, there was a golf-cart that took you close to your room (when it wasn't full, max 6 persons at a time) UNFORTUNATELY, a lot of the time it was full and we had to wait for next time around which is approximately another 15 minutes, guess what.. it's faster to walk, or catch the resort buses if you're staying in the outer regions. (oh yeah, you'll see bell-boys driving golf carts around the place but they won't give you a ride anywhere unless you're actually checking in!)

The room was basic but functional with a working refrigerator which actually came in quite useful.

The main problem that we had was housekeeping especially on the Sunday, we returned to the room at 5pm and it hadn't been touched! After a few calls to housekeeping and a 45 minute wait, we finally had fresh towels and clean glasses.

I'll review the dining experience in another review

Sorry guys, but we're not staying there ever again
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   June 5-12 2006
Reviewer: pattypre Colorado Springs, Colorado     July 27, 2006
I think Coronado Springs is a great resort. We used the Disney free transport system - forgot the name and it was great. I faxed in a request about 3 days before our arrival. Although I didn't get my request, I found it not a problem. We stayed in Ranchos 7A in a standard view room on the bottom floor and paid about $144 a night. The room was a good size for us and was clean. We had a view of a grassed area leading to the bus stop, which was very convenient and the buses ran regularly. Although the walk to the main building was somewhat long, I enjoyed walking as the path went around some of the lake - what a view! CM did drive around in large golf carts but if you weren't waiting by a bus stop, you did have to indicate you wanted a ride either by asking as they passed or several times I just stuck my thumb out. However, the golf carts were not on a regular schedule and on some days they were hard to find. The Pepper Market was wonderful - good food and lots of it. We usually shared a meal. In summary, the location was great, rooms were wonderful, food plentiful, beautiful grounds, good service. We would go back there again.
 
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Links of Interest - Hide Section

MousePlanet Links

  • Photo Tour — Brian Bennett shows you around the resort (circa 2002).

Offsite Links (we can not vouch for their accuracy or timeliness)



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