Have you looked at the wide variety of Walt Disney World Resort hotels? There are so many different options – with various themes, locations, and price categories. Want to save money but don’t want to stay in a value resort? Walt Disney World offers a few moderate resorts that can be great for families.
On a recent stay at Walt Disney World, I spent four nights at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. While it’s typically known as a convention hotel due to the large attached conference center, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is also great for families visiting Walt Disney World.
Note: I am a former member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel and stayed in this resort at no cost in the past, and at a discounted cost for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. I did pay for this most recent stay. All opinions are my own.
Disney Coronado Springs Resort Review
Location of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Located in the Animal Kingdom section of Walt Disney World, Coronado Springs is actually pretty central within WDW. You’ll need to take buses to all of the parks (there’s no monorail or boat access), but the bus rides were never very long. The resort itself is large, and there are four separate bus stops. Buses to the parks stop at all four stops. While you won’t need to do too much walking for the buses, you may find yourself with a long walk to El Centro (where you’ll find the restaurants, a gift shop, entrance to the convention center, and the front desk).
If you do have a preference as to how close you are to the amenities, you may want to request a specific building. Contact the hotel directly about a week in advance if you’d like to do that.
Rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Like the other moderate resorts at Walt Disney World (see our Port Orleans review here), the rooms at Coronado Springs are comfortable and fairly standard. Rooms include comfortable queen-sized beds, a coffee maker, a refrigerator, safe, flat-screen television, desk, and premium toiletries. The hotels are motel style, and room doors lead directly outside. Therefore, there are no balconies or patios. Rooms offer complimentary WiFi, and I found it to be reliable.
Room types include standard rooms, preferred rooms, water view rooms, and suites. Rooms with two queen beds or one king bed are offered. I generally don’t care as much about my room view when staying in this type of room. In most cases, you probably won’t spend too much time in the actual room during your Disney vacation. Location is generally more important.
Restaurants at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
As a convention hotel, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort offers a number of food locations – more than you’ll find at some of the other moderate resorts.
The Pepper Market (the name has recently changed to El Mercado de Coronado): A food court offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Pepper Market is the perfect location for a quick bite. We ate all of our breakfasts and one lunch there. The food is delicious and there’s also a premium coffee bar. There’s plenty of seating, but I’d recommend arriving early or late to avoid the crowds.
Maya Grill: Open for dinner, the Maya Grill serves Southwest-inspired cuisine. It’s a table-service restaurant, and reservations are accepted.
Las Ventanas: (Note that Las Ventanas recently closed) This restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual setting.
Cafe Rix: this grab and go location offers snacks, pastries, and beverages.
Siestas Cantina: Located poolside, this quick service location serves food and beverages.
Laguna Bar: Looking for a beautiful spot for a quick drink? This bar is located on the waterfront and serves alcoholic specialties.
Rix Lounge: Enjoy cocktails and light bites in this indoor lounge.
Room service is also available.
Amenities at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Although many families don’t spend too much time in their rooms when visiting Walt Disney World, you’ll still find lots of great amenities at Coronado Springs. The highlight is the Dig Site, a recreational area that includes a small playground, volleyball net, arcade, a sandbox, a kiddie pool, a huge jacuzzi, and a large pool with waterslide. There are three smaller pools located around the resort which are more low key.
During our most recent trip, we spent some time at the Dig Site, and the kids absolutely loved it. When visiting Walt Disney World, I generally like to leave the parks for a few hours in the afternoon when it’s hot and crowded. The pool would be a great activity during that downtime.
Other activities include a jogging trail, bike rentals, and surrey bike rentals. If you’d prefer to workout indoors, head to the resort’s fitness center. There’s also a salon offering hair, makeup, and nail services.
The resort also offers a number of family activities including campfires and movies under the stars. Pick up a schedule when you check in to learn about everything that is offered.
Construction at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
There’s currently a large construction project in process at the resort. During my stay, one of the pools and a whole block of rooms were being renovated. In addition, there’s a new building in development. While I did see much of the construction while I was walking through the resort, I didn’t hear anything that affected my visit. The project won’t be done until 2019 (according to a sign in the lobby), so keep that in mind if it’s something that would bother you.
Once the project is complete, the resort will be even larger, with more restaurants and a huge tower.
To learn more about Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, visit their website.