mapDisney Resort Pocket Guide: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort provides guests with a sense of Spanish, Mexican, and Southwestern American culture. This resort is an entire village, surrounding Lago Dorado in the Animal Kingdom area of ​​Walt Disney World.

The original resort area of ​​Coronado Springs includes the village of Casitas and the village of Cabanas. However, the resort grew much taller in 2019 with the addition of the sixteen-story Gran Destino Tower. Themed with a modern twist on classic Spanish style, the tower celebrates the relationship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali (who co-created the mind-blowing short film Destino).

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The resort is located between Animal Kingdom parks and Hollywood Studios (but not close enough to Hollywood Studios to use the Disney Skyliner For transport). The free bus service is the primary transportation option to other WDW locations other than by car.

Between the main resort villages and the Gran Destino tower, Coronado Springs offers a wide range of accommodations. Villages offer rooms that sleep as few as two adults, up to the larger “Casita” suites that can accommodate up to eight people. Standard rooms in the Gran Destino Tower can accommodate up to four adults, and Presidential Suites can accommodate up to six adults. While Coronado Springs may not be the ideal resort to park your party of twelve, the rooms offer plenty of luxurious feelings and varied views. The PlanDisney PDF pocket guide offers much more detail on the different room types.

Dining options are plentiful in Coronado Springs, and here are some notable establishments. Toledo offers tapas, steaks and seafood with a Spanish twist – all amid stunning views from the rooftop of the Gran Destino tower. But before you settle down in Toledo, have a drink or two at the Dahlia Loungealso located on the roof of the Gran Destino.

Another unique Coronado Springs experience is Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago. This casual restaurant is surrounded on all four sides by Lago Dorado, as the restaurant is only accessible by one of three bridges that span the lake and converge at the restaurant. The reflections on the water are beautiful at night!

If you’re looking for a half-gallon of milk or a few last-minute souvenirs to take home, Panchito’s Gifts and Sundries offers small groceries and resort-specific goods.

Guests can swim among Mayan ruins at the Lost City of Cibola pool. The pool features a 50-foot pyramid where guests can rinse off in the waters that flow over the stone steps. A 123-foot-long waterslide dumps kids of all ages into the pool. Three other smaller pools are also spread throughout the resort.

A 0.9-mile running and walking trail winds around Lago Dorado, embracing the two villages and the Gran Destino Tower. Sunrise and sunset are beautiful times to walk around this scenic lake. If you want to mix it up and find even more unique views, race across the lake on the three bridges that converge at the center.

Coronado Springs has a 220,000 square foot convention center, including two ballrooms, an exhibit hall, and 45 breakout rooms. The presence of hundreds of convention attendees can sometimes dull the shine of this otherwise brilliant resort. But if you can look past meetings and badges, convention goers aren’t too much of a problem. In fact, maybe a little Disney magic will put smiles on their faces.

Coronado Springs isn’t the most interesting resort in WDW, but it is truly beautiful. The addition of the Gran Destino tower has elevated this resort almost to luxury level. This resort deserves a closer look when planning your next trip to Disney.

planDisney Pocket Guides are especially helpful for guests considering staying at a resort they’ve never seen before.experimented. Other pocket guides released by planDisney to date include:

Pocket guides take the form of 5-14 page PDF slides, easily printable and saveable on smart devices. They offer effective snapshots of station basics, including:

  • Transportation options
  • Room sizes
  • Food and drink options and locations
  • Swimming pools and recreational activities
  • Purchases
  • tips from the planDisney panel

In addition to the Disney Parks Blog, planDisney also publishes pocket guides through their PageInstagram. Following their IG feed can be the best way to keep up to date with the latest releases. We’ll continue to update this list of pocket guides as planDisney releases them.

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