A Walking Tour of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

| September 24, 2014 | 7 Replies

It was a beautiful day so I decided to take a walk around the lake at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World. This moderate resort is the only moderate with a convention center. You will see a lot more business people than tourists at certain times of the day at this beautiful resort.

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This resort has 1,917 rooms and suites. They are all situated around Lago Dorado, the 15-acre lake. Having a convention center attached to the hotel makes it convenient for business people to stay right at the resort, but one of the criticisms by guests is that there are too many business people there.  It does have a plus side though because while they are in meetings guests have a practically empty beautiful pool and restaurants to use.

You also have more room types to choose from at this resort. You can choose to stay in a standard view, water view,  a preferred room will get you closer to the main building and bus stop. They also have king bed rooms that can be reserved. There are also junior suites that families may enjoy.

One benefit of this convention resort is the business class rooms with access to the business lounge, Coconino Cove. In the lounge they have complimentary use of a computer, as well as light breakfast choices in the morning, and in the evening they offer light snacks, select beers and wines along with sangria.  These rooms are located in Cabanas 9B.

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There is a bus stop right outside the front door. There are several other bus stops in the resort.

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Of course there needs to be a gift shop!  This is a pretty large store with lots of souvenirs.

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This beautiful fountain is located in the lobby.

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As you come in the front door the registration area is to your right. There are plenty of cast members ready to check you in.

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If you take a walk down this hallway you will find plenty of food and drink for the entire family.  There is the Rix Cafe, the Pepper Market and the Maya Grill. The Pepper Market no longer has castmembers that assist you at the table and does not require tipping. If you want to avoid the businessmen try to eat at off hours, before noon or a late lunch. The Pepper Market opens at 7:00 AM for breakfast and 11:30 for lunch and dinner. It is open until 11 PM if you would like to grab something after a day in the parks. Maya Grill is only open for dinner.

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If you are looking for a quiet place to relax and read a book there are some comfy chairs outside the restaurant.

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I walked clockwise around the lake starting at the Casitas.  These are buildings 1 through 5. Casitas means little house. There is an elevator in these 3 story buildings. There is also a bus stop outside these buildings. You will need to walk out to the outer ring road that circles this resort.

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Here at the Casitas Village Pool you will also find a laundry for guest use. You should bring plenty of quarters with you if you will be doing your laundry while lounging at the pool. This resort has something the other moderate resorts don’t have. It has the La Vida Massage and Fitness Center,  and Casa de Belleza Beauty Salon for its resort guests.

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The Ranchos buildings are next on the walking tour.  This would be buildings 6 and 7.  You will notice that the landscaping changes as you walk past.

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The volleyball court at the Dig Site.

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The hot tub and main pool is open daily from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily. The quiet pools are open 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily. There is a nightly Campfire at the Dig Site.  You will receive information at check in with the daily activities and times. There are plenty of family games that are played around the pool during the day.

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The pool at the Dig Site is one of the largest on Walt Disney World property. There are free life jackets available for the little ones.

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These are the Cabana buildings. They are buildings 8 & 9. This is where you will find the business class rooms.  There is a quiet pool in this village and a guest laundry. There is also a bus stop outside, just steps from your room. You are also close enough that you could use the main bus stop.

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One of the saddest walks at a Disney resort. The one where you are checking out and returning to real life.

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This resort is probably my least favorite resort at Walt Disney World. The Spanish Colonial theming is great but I miss the Disney themes of the other resorts. I feel like this is an upscale resort I could find anywhere. I have stayed here several times hoping that it would grow on me but it hasn’t. Don’t hate me for my opinion.

If you would like pricing and availability at this resort you can request a no obligation quote from Dreams Unlimited Travel. Be sure to check the discount page also.  My next walking tour will be at Wilderness Lodge.

See you in the parks!



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  • http://disneydorktom.wordpress.com Disney Dork Tom

    The girlfriend and I stayed here and enjoyed it. We liked the theme but also liked that it had fewer kids than some of the other resorts (which I think is one of its big draws). I did not like how HUGE it was (which sometimes affected bus waits). We make it a point to always try a new resort when we visit but in theory I’d stay here again. :)

  • Matt Zadell

    I agree with your opinion, Kathy. I found it pretty, but a little boring – I didn’t feel like I was at Disney when I was here, but I’m sure there are guests looking for that experience too!

  • Annette

    It does look really nice though. I wouldn’t mind trying this one. I am looking forward to your next report. :)

  • TPRDS

    Thanks for the post. We are checking in to this resort this weekend, so the information is very timely for me. This is not my preferred location either. I would much rather stay at Port Orleans French Quarter simply because of the size difference, but the French Quarter was not participating in the free dining program this time. Hopefully we will have a good experience.

  • Coleman Wheeler

    I TRULY ENJOY THESE WALK-THRUS WITH YOU – Not Often That We Get To See ALL of The WDW Resorts! THANK YOU & KEEP IT UP!

  • Anna Boyd Whitaker

    I LOVE this resort! It’s so peaceful. My husband and I were walking around one day and we were the only ones around. Wonderful place to stay after a hectic day at the parks, you can enjoy some quiet time.

  • Stephanie Marie Robinson

    This has been my favorite resort I have stayed at. I just love everything about it. When we stayed we were right near the pool and a bus stop, I just love the atmosphere, it does not feel like a moderate resort. It’s totally worth the money.