With over 30 different hotel choices, finding the perfect hotel for your Walt Disney World® vacation can certainly become quite a challenge.  There are so many different themes, price points, locations to be found in the three different resort categories. Combine that with the pros and cons to each resort that perfection can be quite hard to come by – that is until you stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort! 



Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a Moderate Resort. Unlike the other Moderate Resorts, it features a convention center and attracts quite a number of business travelers.  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort recently underwent quite an extensive refurbishment. The extensive enhancement completed at this resort was well worth it! The massive scope of work included:

  • The construction of Gran Destino Tower
  • The construction of three bridges connecting the El Centro, Casitas, and the Dig Site which makes travel around the sprawling resort much easier
  • Room refurbishments
  • Three Bridges Bar & Grill, a new over-the-water restaurant
  • Construction of a new, covered walkway between El Centro and the Gran Destino Tower
  • Dig Site refurbishment
  • Reception desk relocation from El Centro to the Gran Destino Tower

I recently stayed in a Standard View with Club Level Access room category in the Gran Destino Tower.  Normally I prefer to stay at Deluxe Resorts, namely Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. After taking my family to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, however, I think I have finally found the perfect hotel!  Read on for my reasons why Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is the perfect resort and should be considered for your next vacation!




One of the reasons I prefer the Deluxe Resorts is due the proximity to the theme parks.  The trade-off of this is that even though guests are located fairly close to one or two theme parks, the remaining theme parks and Disney Springs can be quite far away.  Once we boarded the bus at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, it only took 10 to 15 minutes to get to each of the theme parks as well as Disney Springs.




Price Point


Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a Moderate Resort.  Moderate Resorts have a price point that starts at $198 per night while Deluxe Resorts start at $363 per night.  Even though Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is priced as a Moderate Resort, it has the feel of a Deluxe Resort thanks to the work that was performed recently.






There are so many different dining options at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  More importantly, the food offered here is absolutely amazing! I stayed here as part of a split stay and was actually sad to move over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The theme of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a mixture of Spanish, Mexican, and Southwest American culture.  As such, guests staying here will see this theme reflected in their food choices. There are 10 different restaurants and bars that can be found here.  Three Bridges Bar and Grill is an over-the-water restaurant that was newly constructed. Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood is the new rooftop restaurant found at the very top of the Gran Destino Tower.  Café Rix is the place to go to get your dessert fix. El Mercado de Coronado is the quick service location. If you dine here, try one of the Rice Bowls!




Pool Complex


Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort features the Dig Site which is a pool with a Mayan ruins theme.  It features a 50-foot pyramid which has water running down the steps – perfect to sit and relax on a hot day while watching the kids in the pool!  The water slide is themed as a Jaguar and is 123-feet-long. Poolside activities occur seasonally and are quite fun.

Also found at the Dig Site is the largest hot tub at any Walt Disney World® Resort which can hold 22 adults.  Siesta’s pool bar, a white-sand volleyball court, the Iguana Arcade, and a kiddie pool are all also located at the Dig Site.

In addition to the Dig Site pool complex, there are also 3 leisure pools found in the Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabanas sections.




Gran Destino Tower


The Gran Destino Tower opened July 2019, and is brand new.  It is beautiful and technologically advanced. (You get to pick what floor you want to go to before getting into the elevator!)  The rooms are gorgeous and huge. The views from the upper levels are spectacular – even the Standard View categories.  

Speaking of the rooms, they feature USB ports and charging stations. The TV is a smart TV and has your family name on display.  You can choose to watch whatever movie or show you wish. You can even connect your MyDisneyExperience app to the TV and display all of your PhotoPass photos for everyone to see.

For those that do laundry on vacation, you are going to absolutely love the laundry facilities that are found in the Gran Destino Tower!  They are located on the 3rd floor and this may just be the nicest laundry room I have experienced.  (When you have two little ones, the laundry room can be quite important!)




Optional Club Level Access


Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is the only Moderate Resort that offers Club Level Access.  Club Level is a category that can be booked and includes access to a club level lounge. Each resort’s lounge has a different name and features different food and beverage.  The one thing that they all have in common, however, is that they offer a continental breakfast, snacks in the afternoon, and appetizers and desserts in the evening.

The Chronos Club (Club Level Lounge) is located on the 15th floor of the Gran Destino Tower, although the club level access room categories are not necessarily located on that floor. (I was on the 11th floor.) 


Health Club & Spa


Unlike the majority of the Moderate Resorts, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has its own salon and spa called La Vida Health Club.  This is a great option for those who wish to get a massage, work out, or get a haircut if you happened to forget to get your daughter’s hair cut before you left for vacation!  (The cost for hair services was surprisingly similar to home if anyone else finds themselves in a similar situation…)


Beautiful Grounds


Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is separated into 4 different sections if you include the Gran Destino Tower.  Ranchos has a Southwestern cattle ranch theme. Cabanas has the rustic feel of Mexican coastal villages. Casitas are the closest to El Cento and feature courtyards and elegant fountains.  This section is so romantic and relaxing!



Now that the secret is out about how perfect Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort actually is, it should definitely be considered for your next vacation!




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Nicole Newgas

Nicole Newgas

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