Disney's Coronado Springs Resort: Festive Fun for Allby Jennifer and Dave Marx, PassPorter Guidebooks Author
Last modified 9/20/2013
Coronado Springs is located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios and offers moderately priced rooms and convention facilities. The resort surrounds a 15-acre lake known as Lago (Lake) Dorado.
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Ambience at Coronado Springs Resort
The architecture and decor trace the travels of explorer Francisco de Coronado in colonial Mexico and the American Southwest. Adventure awaits around every corner, from the colorful, bustling market to the Mayan pyramid overlooking the main swimming pool. Your visit begins in a sunny plaza, which leads to the large, open lobby graced by beamed ceilings, elegant columns, and intricately inlaid floors. Around the corner, a festive market offers native foods, just the thing to eat on the lakeside terrace. The resort?s buildings are clustered around sparkling Lago Dorado, including the stately main building, El Centro.
Guest Rooms & Resort Layout at Coronado Springs Resort
The renovated guest rooms in this 1,967-room resort are divided into three districts. Closest to El Centro are the Casitas, a bustling village of three- and four-story stucco buildings painted in soft pastels. Next around the lagoon are the rustic adobe-and-wood Ranchos. You could imagine Zorro dashing under the porch roofs and amid the cactus, while bubbling springs cascade into rock-strewn stream beds, ultimately to disappear into the parched desert earth. Finally, you reach the tropical Cabanas, vibrantly colored two-story buildings with the corrugated tin roofs of a rustic beach resort. Rooms are about 314 sq. ft. and offer two queen beds or one king bed, a separate vanity area with just one sink, table and chairs, armoire, and a TV. Amenities include toiletries, housekeeping, limited room service, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, coffeemaker, refrigerator, in-room safe, and voice mail. Newspaper delivery is available for $1.50/day. Concierge rooms and junior, one-bedroom, and executive suites are also available.
The large 190,000 sq. ft. Conference Center is quite modern and generally lacks the regional character of the resort. It boasts the largest ballroom in the Southeast (60,214 sq. ft.). An 85,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall, meeting rooms, another 20,000 sq. ft. ballroom, and patios round out the facilities. A full-service business center is also available.
Dining at Coronado Springs Resort
Coronado Springs? dining options are the real enchilada. Maya Grill (see page 256) is an upscale table-service restaurant open for breakfast and dinner. Pepper Market is an a la carte food court dressed up like a festive, outdoor market for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Typical menu items include veggie frittata platter ($9.99), cheese omelet ($9.99), cheeseburger($9.99), chef?s salad ($10.95), chicken quesadillas ($9.99), and kids? chicken nuggets ($6.50). An automatic 10% gratuity is added. Siesta?s is the poolside bar serving sandwiches, nachos, fries, and various drinks. The Rix Lounge is a 300-seat lounge with music, appetizers, and specialty drinks. Limited room service is offered in the mornings and evenings. Refillable mugs ($8.99?$17.99) are available at the Pepper Market.
Playing & Relaxing at Coronado Springs Resort
For Athletes: La Vida Health Club has exercise equipment, whirlpool, and massage treatments. Boats, bikes, surreys, and fishing poles can be rented at La Marina, and there is a volleyball court. Enjoy a nature trail and a walk/jog around the lagoon.
For Charmers: Casa de Belleza offers beauty and hair treatments.
For Children: The Explorer?s Playground is near the main pool.
For Gamers: Video games of all sorts are found at the Iguana Arcade near the main pool (note that the Jumping Bean Arcade closed).
For Shoppers: Panchito?s has sundries, character items, and gifts.
For Swimmers: A leisure pool in each of the three districts, plus the Dig Site main pool, which is built around an ancient pyramid and features a water slide, spa (hot tub), and kids? pool.
Coronado Springs' Transportation
Transportation to the theme parks is by frequent, direct buses (see chart below for in-transit times). There are four bus stops (see map on page 64). For other destinations, transfer at a nearby theme park (daytime) or at Downtown Disney (evening). A sidewalk connects the resort to Blizzard Beach, and it?s a quick drive to both Disney?s Hollywood Studios and Disney?s Animal Kingdom.
Tips & Notes at Coronado Springs ResortThe Dig Site is really a miniature water park with delightful scenery and fun water attractions. The pool itself is huge (10,800 sq. ft.), and there’s a large sandbox that masquerades as the “dig site” of the Mayan pyramid. The 123-foot-long water slide has a jaguar atop it that spits water. Oh, and they have the largest outdoor spa (hot tub) of any Disney resort—it fits 22 people!
Roll-away beds are available for $15/day (but rooms are still limited to four guests). Request a roll-away bed with your reservation and again at check-in.
The Pepper Market food court works differently than other food courts. Upon arrival, you are seated by a cast member and given a ticket. You then visit the various food stations, and when you find an item you want, your ticket is stamped. You pay after your meal. A 10% gratuity is added (unless you get your food to go).
This resort goes for the sun-drenched effect and, in the process, seems to lack enough shade to protect you from the scorching Florida sun. Use caution if you are fair-skinned (as Jennifer is) or if you are going during the summer months.
Coronado Springs strikes us as a bit more buttoned-down than the other moderate resorts, no doubt due to the conference center and business facilities. While we have no major complaints, it also didn’t delight us in the same way that other moderate Disney resorts have. On the other hand, some of our fellow vacationers are very impressed with the resort, especially its quality service. We definitely feel this is a great resort for business travelers.
Check-in time is 3:00 pm. Check-out time is 11:00 am.
Best Locations at Coronado Springs Resort
The Casitas are the least interesting visually, but they are convenient to the Convention Center—in fact, they house the only rooms that you can reach from El Centro without leaving the protection of a roof or overhang. Building 1 is the closest to the Conference Center. The charming Ranchos are closest to the main pool and farthest from El Centro. We recommend building 6B for its view and proximity to the leisure pool. The Cabanas are convenient to El Centro. We loved our room in building 8B (close to pools and the bus); building 8A has good views, and 9B is next door to El Centro.
Coronado Springs Resort Address & Phone
1000 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 407-939-1000 / Fax: 407-939-1001
About the Author: Jennifer and Dave Marx are the founders of PassPorter Travel Press/MediaMarx, Inc. and the authors of dozens of bestselling books. They live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and frequently travel within the U.S. and abroad.
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Note: The text in this article is directly from our PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook and is an excellent example of the breadth and depth of our resort coverage. The only items not shown here that you can find in the guidebook are the standard room layout diagram, the transportation times chart, our ratings chart, and our sample room rates chart.
I've never been to the Southwest or Mexico but I imagine Disney's take on the country side and architecture is pretty darn close. My stay at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort was during a relative quiet time, no big conventions going on or big celebrations. Coronado Springs did seem a bit out of the way from the theme parks. Upon entering the lobby you immediately are taken in by the beautiful fountain. Look up and you'll see a stunning painted domed ceiling.
The Coronado Springs Resort is huge and very spread out around Lago Dorado (a lake:p). It is divided into 3 sections: Casitas, Ranchos and Cabanas. We choose the Cabanas for our trip. We wanted to be close to El Centro and liked the look of these buildings. A few times we saw a cast member driving a large golf cart and offering people rides to their rooms. We never used it but if our room were farther away I would have used in heartbeat! In the future I am going to request a room in the Cabanas, building 9B. It's close to El Centro and just a short walk across the bridge to the pool.
Our room at Coronado Springs Resort was smaller than a deluxe but bigger than a value. Sinks are separate from the tub/toilet area. There is a privacy curtian between the sinks an the rest of the room making it a nice changing area. The decor has a southwest feel to it and it was minimal. Just a armorie/TV stand, two beds, small table with chairs. Just enough room to get your suitcases out of the way and still feel like you have room to roam.
El Centro has a few options to eat at. We ate at the Pepper Market one day for breakfast. They do the food court thing a little different, as you enter they give you a ticket and as you go around to the stations you'll get it stamped then pay on your way out. It was a little confusing at first but once I got the hang of it I liked it. Now they have a quick service option in the former arcade area. It had a good selection of pastries, sandwhiches etc. A great addition to this resort! Maya Grill was had a great buffet for breakfast as well.
The Dig Site pool is incredible. It is gigantic with a huge pyriamd that you can climb up a few stairs on. My son really enjoyed the play ground area next to the pool. We also rented a surry bike and rode around the entire Coronado Springs Resort property.
Close to Epcot, Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom
Large resort with a lot of walking. At the end of the day you just want to get to your room and not walk one more mile :tongue:
When I need a resort for a short stay, Coronado Springs always fits the bill. Many find the resort too remote from the other theme parks and too large to feel comfortable in but that may be what draws me back. To me, it's very relaxing, very quiet even though it includes a large convention center.
I've stayed in all three sections; Casitas, Ranchos and Cabanas. I've found that I prefer Casitas for the courtyards and fountains or Ranchos for the rugged landscaping. As with all the moderate resorts, all rooms have exterior corridors so paying more for a water view isn't necessary.
Each section has their own quiet pool and there is a fantasic main pool called The Dig Site. The Dig Site pool has a 123-foot slide with a spitting jaguar, a sand volleyball court, playground, arcade, bar and the biggest hot tub you'll find in Walt Disney World! Other recreation choices include a marina and bicycle rentals.
Having a car can be a plus here but the bus transportation is good and doesn't share routes with any other resorts. There are also internal routes serviced by large golf-cart vehicles and you can flag one down if you need a lift getting around this large resort.
There are several upgraded amenities here, (mainly because of the convention center) and include a health club, hair salon and spa treatments. The spa services are provided thru Niki Bryan (Niki Bryan Spa - Relaxed Yet) and are wonderful!
Dining options include a unique food court where upon entering you're seated and given a card. You can then visit the many different cooking stations, order what you wish and have your card stamped. You pay when you're done but note that a 10% gratuity is added upon check-out. While I don't like the additional 10%, the wide variety of food is very appealing and different from the standard food court fare.
When splitting a stay between resorts or looking for a room for a night or two, the Coronado Springs Resort can be a pleasant option to try.
Absolutely LOVED our stay at the Coronado. Went in June when everyone said it would be horribly crowded, but we had such a magical time. It was quiet, relaxing, and a great place to come home to every night. The service was fantastic.
The only downside was our mousekeepers didn't do the best job cleaning, but we didn't make it easy to clean around. No biggy
I haven't been to many resorts to actually STAY but the Coronado makes me want to never try another one again... If I could I'd stay at CSR every time!
We stayed at Coronado Springs from Dec 30-Jan 5, 2008. This was my 5th stay in this resort in four years. First time was July 2003, two visits in summer 2006, another visit in october 2006, and then this one. (Am I a fan???)
Although they were full you would never know it.
The theming is beautiful, although not "disney-ish." Food options are varied, although the Pepper Market does not operate like a typical Disney counter service location. We actually enjoy the food variety in this location.
Kids love the pool--even the quiet pools, which are good sized. They ask to stay here if the Beach Club is out of our budget!
busses only serve CSR--no sharing with another resort.
The place is huge and spread out, but that's what I like about it. I enjoy Ranchos 7A or 7B due to its proximity to the bus stop and main pool.
If you put a clock on the trip to the parks from the last bus stop, the MK is about 12 minutes, the resort is down the road and less than 10 minutes from the Studios and Epcot, and just around the corner from AK. I have never spent more than 15 minutes on a bus to a park from this resort.
Getting ready to book CSR again for New Years Eve 2008. I just love this place and cannot wait to return.
We stayed in May of 2007 for 9 days. Our Family loved Coronado. We were in the Ranchos building 7A which were very close to the bus stop. We were a short walk from a quite pool and the main pool both of which were great. We were quite a trek from the main building which was about the only drawback we saw to this resort.
We ate at the Pepper market 2 or 3 times and loved it. It was so nice to have all of the different choices and the meals were huge compared to some of the counter service. We were on the dining plan and couldn't believe they counted as counter service. We also had a great meal at the Maya Grill the sit down restaurant and wished we would have had time to eat their twice as they had so many wonderful sounding choices.
The bus service was great only once did we wait more than 15 minutes for a bus to leave the resort and Coronado doesn't share busses with any other resort which makes their busses have less stops.
Over all our only complaint was the walk to the main building and we would definitly consider staying here again.
We just got back from our first trip to Disney and stayed at CSR. We absolutely LOVED everything about it. We followed Passporter's advice and asked for Cabana 8B which was close to the bus stop and the main building was a short stroll along the lake. We didn't make it to the pool although the quiet pool was right through the courtyard.
Everything was fabulous. We requested a rollaway bed...got it. After we got back from the parks, we could grab our mugs, catch a bus and be at the main gate straightaway. The bus service was incredible. We caught the bus at stop 4 and always had a seat. If we saw a bus coming back from, for example Hollywood, and it was filled we only had to wait a short time for the next one. Also, you can use the bus service around the resort itself so you really don't have to walk much at all if you don't want to but even on cool January nights, the walk was really nice around the lake.
We ate at the Pepper Grill on the last day and also were astounded that it was counter service since everything was cooked to order and the portions (breakfast) were unbelievably huge. In hindsight, we probably should have had a night at the Maya Restaurant as well...the menu looked fantastic.
The concierge also made sure Mickey left our 15 year old (autistic) son a balloon bouquet and a signed picture from Mickey on our last night. Everyone did everything they could to make our stay hassle-free, quiet, and relaxing. I'd be hesitant to stay in another resort.
My DD and I loved Coronado Springs. Our room had an excellent view when you stepped out onto the porch. However, it did take us a while to FIND our room. We were equidistant from two stops for our buses to the parks. We were the first stop to get off at one stop and if we went to the other stop it was the last stop before heading off to the parks.
The CMs were wonderful while we were there. THe Mousekeepers were even wonderful enough to prop the gifts from the Fairy Godmother so that my DD would find them right away. I highly recommend Coronado SPrings to anyone.
Feb 8 - 15, 2008
This was our first stay at CSR. We have stayed at ASMo twice and POR once. We thought this was a great resort!
I knew I wanted to try another moderate (if price was not a question I would of course pick a deluxe, but alas we do not have unlimited funds!) and at this time the pool at Caribbean Beach was being refurbished. So we chose CSR.
We had a great room location, Cabanas 8B room 8600. It was a corner room with 2 windows and right by the stairs. Right outside our door was a beautiful view of the lake and we were just a very short walk to the parking lot/bus stop 4 and the Dig Site.
Loved the Dig Site, the slide was awesome, played on the playground and used the hottub. The lifeguards organized games with the kids and the themeing was beautiful.
We ate dinner twice and breakfast once at the Pepper Market. Had the calzone and a taco salad, both times DH and I shared a meal, the portions were huge and more than enough for us. DS had chicken fingers twice, 5 for a child's portion! For breakfast we had mickey waffles and the breakfast platter, which was scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, fried potatoes and a biscuit. We shared it too and it was plenty for both of us.
We ate lunch one day at the pool bar, chicken wrap, quesdilla (sory, I know I didn't spell that correctly!) and chicken fingers. All were good and the strawberry, lime, mango margarita was yummy!
We checked out the Rix lounge, very pretty, but never sat in there for a drink. I also used the Rix Cafe to grab cereal and poptarts for DS. They had yummy looking baked goods in there!
We also used the fitness center, a very nice amenity. I would have loved to try the salon and get a pedicure, but just didn't have the time. DH and I walked or ran around the lake every morning, as were many others. It was a great resort for exercising.
All the convention attendees didn't seem to get in our way or make it more crowded, except right outside the main building in the mornings, they seemed to gather there before their meetings started each day.
Mousekeeping was OK, no towel animals or speical displays, but everything was neat and clean each day. There were a few stray pieces of cereal on the floor and under the bed when we arrived.
We seemed so close to everything, the MK is the furtherest away. But MGM, AK, DTD and Boardwalk were all really close! We could see the top of the Swan/Dolphin from the resort.
One morning we spent an hour walking around the resort and taking pictures. It is just beautiful. The 3 distinct areas are amazing. The Ranchos are very cool (or hot I should say!), you really feel like you are in the desert. And the fountains tucked away in the Casistas are lovely.
I would not hesitate to stay there again, the only reason I wouldn't would be just to try a different resort.
We stayed here in September of 2007. It was myself and three other girls. The room was big and roomy especially for four girls getting ready in the mornings.
Pros: I loved the atomosphere. It was really tropical and absolutely beautiful. The staff was great and very accomodating. The rooms were cleaned daily. We had a great building which was i believe cabanas 8B. We were right next to the bus stop and the pool. We never waited for more than 5 mins for a bus. The pool was great and a beautiful theme and we never felt like it was crowded. The resort overall was relaxing and we never got the feeling that it was too loud or overcrowded.
Cons: The air in our room did not work!!! It would get so hot at night that ( i who never complains that its too warm) slept with no covers on. We made a complaint and they said it was regulated by a motion sensor. Which they never really felt anything was wrong. It was weird because we could tell that some rooms were so cold their windows were fogged up. I sure hope we dont have this happen again.
The walk to the main office area where you pick up your packages was a long haul. I dont mind a walk usually but after a long day of walking that was the last thing i wanted to do at 10pm just to pick up our packages. Too bad they dont deliver to the rooms like they used to. I wasnt fond of the food court set up where you had to be seated with a waitress, however saying that the food was excellent. Lastly, the maid service did not take our homemade envelopes with the tips inside for two days. We thought that was odd and it hurt our feelings because we put a lot of time into making them.
Overall: I thought the resort was beautiful and had a great stay but i'm not sure i would pick this resort again.
Nicely themed, great pool, good food, reasonable value...this is a moderate so it does cost a bit more than a value. Most of those who worked there were friendly and helpful. Two stays, first time was more what we expected, second stay we found a few problems...had to request coffee and creamer/sugars which were frogotten one day, room service mostly hit or miss.....the "regular" was super, very clean, towel creatures and all, the replacement on regular's days off however was so different!!!!!
Room not cleaned well, no towel creatures and she was the one we had to call about to get the coffee and the creamer/sugar stuff.
Can go either way, but mostly great recommendations here...we especially loved the quiet pools near the rooms, and the fact that this resort did not share bus service with any other resorts!
My DBf and I stayed at the CSR last March. We were in the Castias, which I was disapointed in at first because we wanted the Cabanas, but I ended up really loving our location and view. We had a lake view and were on the top floor so we were able to see all around the resort and the tower of terror! The grounds of the resort are SO nice!!! The two things that bothered me at this resort was the room. They really need to upgrade. It is dark and old. The bed covers need to be changed to some brighter better colors as well as the overall room. I actually prefered the allstar movies room that we stayed in in March 2007. The other thing that bothered us was the bus service. Our stop (it didn't matter where) seemed to always be the last to be picked up; even after the all star buses. We would literally see 2 to 3 buses from all other resorts go by before ours would arrive. It just got old after a while. Other than that the resort is great! The pool is really cool and I really liked that there are the private pools as well by the various hotel rooms. I would recommend to use this resort, if you REALLY wanted to. I honstly probably would not stay there again.
We stayed at the CSR for the sixth time last September 1 - 9. We will be traveling again to the CSR this September 1 - 9 for our 25th wedding anniversary. My darling husband offered for us to stay at the Polynesian since we were celebrating our 25th anniversary. However, I said no for two reasons: 1) with two boys in college, I just cannot justify the cost of a deluxe resort and 2) the CSR offers everything we want. We have stayed in the Casitas section each time. The last two trips, we have been in Building 5 and 4 and loved this location. Last year, we had a hammock right outside our door and I would go sit in the hammock and watch the wildlife walk or fly by as my husband was taking a shower before we headed off to the park. We both often sat in it at night after the sun went down and just admired the beauty of the resort. We love being close to the quiet pool and the fitness center/spa (I get a massage every year). Even though it is a very large resort and we've walked at the parks all day, hubby and I enjoy walking around the resort when we get back after the sun has gone down and the lights have been turned on. The courtyards with the fountains and the lake are simply breathtaking when the lights go on. Although a convention resort (as are several other Disney resorts), we have never had an issue with the conventioneers. In fact, we rarely see them unless it is first thing in the morning when they are on their way to a meeting. We have seen a few by the pool on occasion and they have been very friendly, asking how our trip was going, etc. We love the different buildings, the Pepper Market (where else can you get a rib eye for a counter service credit), the spa, the gift shop. We have always had terrific CM's and mousekeeping. For my birthday last year (we were at the CSR celebrating my 50th birthday and successful breast cancer surgery/treatements), I received a birthday button, balloons and a "gold" key card when checking in. When we arrived to our room, there was a knock on the door and a gift basket was delivered with Mickey wine glasses, a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates, with a birthday photo signed by Mickey and Minnie. We were also given lush robes to enjoy during our stay. We received towel animals our last two visits, and we were always left extra shampoo, lotion, etc. Although I would like to one day try the AKL with a savannah view, I don't see us changing our resort any time soon. We just love everything about the CSR.
Pros -- Pool, Quiet Pools, Spa, Food Court
Cons -- No queen beds
I've stayed at CSR ten times since 1998 and created a website (linked below) to show how beautiful it really is. CSR now offers queens beds, club level rooms, a spa, salon, fitness center, dance club and full menu room service. Its much more upscale than the other moderate resorts at WDW.
We stayed at CS 8/8/08-8/14/08. DH loves the resort. I like the resort but have some things I wasn't exactly happy with. The food was not great. They really don't know how to do breakfast. I would not eat there again. I love the resort mugs! We saved so much money using those.
We love it there. My husband loves the Peper Market, and the walk from our room to front wasn't bad since it had such a great view of the lagoon.
We enjoyed our stay at Coronado Springs. The Pepper Market is great. My DD loved the pool and water slide. My only problem was the distance to the main building. Other then that the CM and Mousekeeping were great!
This is my second review of CSR and our seventh stay. And I have to give everything a 10 on this trip as it was spectacular. We were there celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and we were upgraded to a suite, had flowers in our room, robes and turndown service every night. We ate twice at the Pepper Market and the food was terrific (although the portions are huge). In fact, for breakfast we wanted American Cheese omelets which they didn't have at the station, so the cook went looking for American cheese for us and found it and made our omelets. All of the CM's were terrific, mousekeeping was great and we just thoroughly enjoy walking around looking at this lovely resort. We saw ducks, rabbits, lots of lizards, frogs and the aligator in the Lake this trip. We'll be back for the bounce back free dining next year.
We stayed at CSR for seven days. It was our first stay at CSR and our first moderate resort experience. The resort, itself, is very pretty. It is also very large. We walked between our room (Cabanas - 9A) and El Centro/Bus Stop 1. That was it. The carts around the resort will not pick you up if you have a stroller.
We appreciated not sharing our bus with other resorts. The four bus stops at CSR didn't bother us. We also liked that CSR is very centrally located and every park is a short ride away.
The food was average. We really did not like the service at Pepper Market. We preferred getting our food to take to our room, instead.
Our room was in a great location - two buildings from El Centro, next to a quiet pool and laundry facilities. The room itself needed some work, though. The door paint was full of chips. There was black mold growing at the top of the wallpaper all the way around the bathroom. Housekeeping didn't really clean much or give us clean towels/linens, but did make our beds every day. The overall feel of the room was "Super 8-ish".
My DH and I just spent a week at the CSR (10/28/08 - 11/4/08) and really liked the resort. We will stay there again sometime, though we will probably try other resorts just to see waht they are like before we come back to CSR. Our room was in Casitas 5 with a view across the lake toward El Centro. I had a scooter rental and my DH loves to walk so we did not mind the distance from El Centro. In fact, we liked it because it was quiet and very relaxed.
Our only disappointment was that the topiary of the three caballeros has been removed temporarily so we did not get to see it. It is being redone, as all topiaries require every so often. Of course, I didn't find this out until I had spent several days looking for it everywhere. :p But the hunt was fun and I found many lovely fountains scattered throughout the Casitas area.
Our room was lovely and very clean. The mousekeeper did a very good job in our room and left us clean towels when we requested. We do like the idea of using the same towels for a few days to try to be at least a little green when on vacation, so we appreciated to note about how to re-use or request new towels that was in our bathroom.
Also we had fun in the Pepper Market and had some nice conversations with some of the cast members who worked there.
Maybe it's because I'm a deluxe girl, but CSR just didn't do it for us. Our room was in one of the best buildings, I think it was Cabanas 9B, but our room smelled funny. It felt damp, and I think someone had smoked in it. Mousekeeping did a fair job, but even though we left tips, we never got towel animals. The view was OK. I've never liked outside entrences to rooms. The pool was quite nice, but everything was a bit spread out for my taste. Check in was a nightmare. Pepper Market was just OK, and we had a negative experience at the Maya Grill.
Our stay was in March of 2007, so maybe things are better now.
I think the magic in Coronado Springs is divided between the serenity of the Southwest during Colonial Mexico, and the virtual water park at the dig site. The resort isn't as well advertised as others because 3/4 of the guests are convention guests. That DOES leave a lot of the leisure facilities open to people who are visiting just for fun.
Walk through the gardens of the Casitas at night for a romantic stroll.:smirk:
Rix is the only nightclub in a Disney resort!:oooo:
Coronado has a 24 hour fitness center free for guests and an adjacent spa :p and full salon run by the same group as the GF spa at a much lower price.
And, of course, the CM's (like me) are fantastic
stayed here in June of 2006. We loved everything about the resort. The pool, the rooms, the theme. Interactions with all CM's were positive experiences. The Pepper Market has a great selection and we ate probably 3 or 4 meals there. We ate breakfast once at the Maya Grill and were pleasantly surprised with their buffet. It wasn't Chef Mickey's or Boma's level, but it was a decent buffet. And the place was not that busy, so servers were very attentive. We stayed in casitas 3 and found it to be a perfect spot. Many people complain about how spread out the resort is. We think that is one of the great things about it. We had lots of fun walking around,looking for wildlife and different kinds of flowers that they have growing there. and the pool is great. honestly, i think we could have never left the resort and my dd would have been happy as a clam. she must have gone down the slide one hundred times! Also, bus service was fabulous. We never waited more than 10 minutes anywhere for a bus.
We booked a trip for November 2009. First we booked WL....then I changed my mind and decided to go with BC (mainly because oftheir pool)....then Ijust changed again. Guess where to (back to CSR!!) My dh says if it's not broke-don't fix it. We loved it; it's less expensive,allowing us to spend $$ in other areas that we wouldn't have been able to (like deluxe dining). And, again, we loved it!
I just returned from CSR in Feb 2009 and had another fantastic trip to CSR! We had a renovated room in Cabana 9b and it was spectacular. The views of the beach area, the location of the building, and the staff at the resort were all outstanding.
The prices at the Pepper Market were a bit high but if you are on the DDP or QSDP, you will love it. I was disappointed to learn that the wet burrito and taco salad were no longer served but overall, the food is still awesome.
The main pool was terrific but the weather was a bit on the chilly side to fully enjoy it.
The transportation is still the best! Never waited more than 10 mins for a bus and the rides to all the parks were quick. CSR has a great location and access to the main WDW roads to get around.
Affordability meets quality. The Cornado Springs Resort is the best moderate hotel because the excellent quality does not match the reasonable price. This hotel is comparable to alot of the Deluxe hotels. Infact it might as well be dubbed as a deluxe hotel in disguise. We visited their ten years ago and our memory of it has not slipped away a truly memorable experience. The pool has a beautiful theme with several amenities along with the rooms, suites and prestigous Maya Grill with some of the best quality of mexican cuisine.
The overall theme of the resort is paradise the magic is in the resort because of the detailed decor, home away from home atmosphere and the affordibility and accessability. Really its considered no better than alot of the other deluxe resorts there I would disagree, plus this is much more accesible and affordable. Best hotel on a budget.
I am considering the CS for a Sept stay. Which rooms do you recommend are the best location and best for ""Bus to Park" times. Does the "Convention" aspect of the resort get in the way of the experience for non conventioniers? Thanks- JJ
Well I only went to Coronado once in July of 1998. Though I can still answer you some questions based on that experience. I've also done much research on the resort in recent years as well. With the location closest to the busing I would suggest the Cabana's. They are right next to the lobby restaurants, and bus stop. You can even look at the map of the resort here Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Map - wdwinfo.com.
As for the business people how often and how many of them come depends on what time of the year you go, its seasonal. Even when there are a lot of business people staying at the resort its still hard to pick them out from the crowd. Fact of the matter is its just like any other Disney resort experience when it comes down to it, personally in my case better than many of the other resorts.
We loved the theming of the resort, it is beautiful. The renovated rooms feel very deluxe as do the grounds. The queen beds were so nice as were the wooden doors to the sink/baathroom area. We were in Casitas 5 so it was a long walk to el centro, but we were at the first bus stop (even though it is #2) so we were the first to be picked up and the first to be dropped off. My mom was in an ECV and the old buses had trouble with their lift at this bus stop, maybe because it isnt completely flat the lift front would not unfold. The new buses did not have any problem they have a ramp that folds out. But we really loved the fountains and foliage here, was just beautiful. I thought the quesadillas at Pepper Market were yummy as were the deserts. They did not charge us a gratuity as I had read and I believe there was a sign somewhere but it didnt show up on our receipt. I would recommend this resort, is a great value for a moderate resort.
We stayed in Feb 2009 for 7 nights, and absolutely LOVED this resort. We plan on coming back, once we've stayed at all of the resorts on our list!
It's absolutely lovely here! It's the cost of a moderate, but in a lot of ways it feels like a deluxe. The queen beds, the flat panel tv's, the expansive room service menu (compared to just pizza delivery elsewhere)...
When we checked in, we got a renovated room (at a time when only some of the rooms were renovated). We were there for two nights when the toilet got stopped up (it wasn't our fault, honest!) and they had to move us to a different room because this toilet had to be removed so they could fix it. The move could have been a real hassle, especially because there was a communication error between the night shift and the morning shift, but they were wonderful about it! Very accommodating. The maintenance lady even gave DD a set of four rubber character figurines! Mickey, Minnie, Daisy and Donald! What a special treat!
We had no other issues the rest of our trip. Every CM we encountered was lovely - and that's hard to say - even at WDW!
The grounds were immaculate, and just beautifully done. Every day, at every point of the day, we always saw SOMEONE out and about, tidying up a flower bed, raking, putting down mulch, planting, or just picking up trash.
A lot of people say the resort is far too large, and there's too much walking. I disagree wholeheartedly. If you're in the Ranchos it's probably about an 8 minute walk to the main building. It took us 5 from the Cabanas, with a 3 year old that had to stop and smell the roses. 3 if it was just me. And what a lovely walk it is! It took a little over 20 minutes for DD and myself to meander around the entire lake. I can't suggest enough that you take a walk around the entire lake and soak in the atmosphere and theming of each section. Talk about gorgeous!
Those rooms... wow. The renovated ones are beautifully styled, and we just LOVED those beds! And the tv... we scheduled time into our vacation to watch Lost (I never miss an episode, live) and watching it on that huge tv was so fun!
Our mousekeeper left us a towel critter once, but the room was always well-kept. We're neatniks anyway, so we tend to pick up after ourselves, but I never noticed any trace of debris left behind or a dirty bathroom (my pet peeve).
There were two adults and one preschooler and we never felt even remotely crowded. I was impressed by all of the storage space, too. That's hard to come by!
This is the one thing I wasn't a fan of, honestly. The food itself at the food court was fine, but I did feel it was slightly overpriced, even for the quality you get (though yes, the quality is better than the average food court). I also didn't like having to pay an automatic gratuity to someone that just got my drink once, when I could have walked over and gotten it myself.
I did like the food, but just was not excited about the format. Ah well, it wasn't that bad, we did eat there twice, lol.
We ordered room service one evening for a late dinner - got the tuna sandwiches. It was really reasonably priced (for room service, lol) and they were delicious! It was so great to be able to order FOOD instead of just being stuck with the pizza option.
The Gift Shop
Well... lol. I spent quite a bit of money in this store, soooo I guess I kinda liked it! There seemed to be a little of everything. The selection was more than fine.
Loved those little golf carts that you could hitch a ride on (we never did). DD would wave at every one of them, and they all waved back, which made her day! I can see how they can be very convenient - and they're always running, so you shouldn't have any issues catching one.
The buses were fine. We rarely had to wait long for one. I don't LOVE the bus system anywhere at WDW because I'm an "instant gratification" kind of girl, but I really had no complaints about the buses. They were timely and it didn't take long to hit all of the bus stops at the resort.
All told, I really loved this resort. We didn't use the pool, because it was so bitter cold for most of our trip, so I can't comment much on it, but it was AWESOMELY themed!!! Totally cool looking!
Definitely would recommend this for anyone!
Our family loved this resort we were in cabanas section 8A next to the Dig site and bus stop. The cabanas section was great we loved being next to the main pool, five minute walk to El centro and the bus stop was very close. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
Just wanted to add that we stayed at CBR in MAy 2010 and my husband and I kept saying we can't wait to go back to Coronado springs> we are planning a trip in 2011 and this is where we are going to stay. The pepper market was great, lots of variety if your planning on eating at the resort. The buses ran very efficiently as opposed to our stay at cbr. Great resort !!!!
I loved the CSR. It is my fave of all the resorts that I have been to thus far. That fact that it is a convention center means that it includes some adult amenities that the other moderate resorts do not.
It is also very quiet. Therefore, it is perfect for romance and couples.
Families with small children would probably be happier at the CBR if looking for a moderate resort. The AS or POP would also be more "family" oriented than the CSR.
we stayed here for our 1 yr Ann. in 2006. i love this resort.
We visited the resort at the end of its room refurb, and the quality of the rooms is terrific. Love the fluffy white duvets and comfy queen beds. The sliding doors to the closet/dressing area makes a really nice space if you are travelling with a full room. (Being able to send ds in to get dressed, or close the doors and putter and get organized in the morning while the others slept...) The laundry room was well kept and the machines all worked! Mousekeeping was efficient and did the job well, and front desk/concierge/bell services also great. The resort is large, but our location in 9A was perfect and we never felt it was a trek to get anywhere. We were there during the start of a very large convention, but it meant the facilities were less crowded for us "leisure travellers". Looking forward to another opportunity to stay at this resort.
I LOVE :love: Coronado Springs resort. The Pepper Market is excellent:dine:! The pool is beautiful and I love the hammocks with sand underneath them to make you feel like you are on a tropical island:thewave:.:applause:I would go there every year if I could!!!
Just returned from our 8th stay at CSR and already counting the days until we are back "home." Everything was perfect for our mini-visit; love the new rooms--the beds are comfy, the decor beautiful. The resort was well kept--we constantly saw workers taking care of the landscaping, etc. The only issue we had this trip was the ignorant guest smoking on the ledge of the quiet pool and the one guest actually smoking in the pool -- what's up with that? :confused:
But overall, we had a wonderful stay and we still love the CSR and it will continue to be our resort of choice.
I know for a fact that out of any of the other moderate resorts, I would say here out of all the others ones.
Coronado is definitely our least favorite of the moderates. While pretty to look at, the rooms seem very worn and dated. Even the newly updated rooms had very old beds. The food options have slipped over the years and the Cast Members we encountered were not as "magical" as other resorts. Definitely not a deluxe feel based on our experience.
This is my family's favorite resort. All of the things people list as "cons" make us love it. The fact that most of the guests were busy in a convention meant that they were not in our way, that the buses were never crowded & they were quieter than many adult vacationers are (most people aren't going to get crazy with their boss in the same resort). The size was also a plus for us. There was a bus stop near our room so we didn't have to walk much most days & the size added to the tranquility. The laid back atmosphere is perfect for my family. The theming is beautiful & the food court was better than most. I would not recommend this resort for families with young children, but for adults & families with teens, I think it is ideal.
We stayed at CS for two nights and were very pleased! The resort had an overall calm appealing feel and the Southwest theme was great!
We stayed in Cabanas 8B (specifically room 8271? can't quite remember) and thanks to some special disney magic we had been upgraded to a Junior Suite ! But anyway the accommodations were more than satisfactory. We were very close to both the quiet pool, a bus stop, and the dig site pool! Both of the pools were great especially the dig site pool with the waterslide (and the biggest hot tub on Disney property was much welcomed at the end of the day).
Nothing super special about the room itself - very nice living room area - leather couch, flat screen TV, leather chair, typical round table with two chairs. The bedroom was traditionally a accessible room so the bed was lower to the ground but still very nice and comfortable. The desk had no drawers (maybe due to the room being accessible) which I found awkward and the bathroom area was nice.
Overall it was clean, comfortable, had fun theming, and I felt like I got what I paid for. That said I did use a 35% off code so I feel like I got what I paid for at the 35% off rate.
Of the downfalls were the dining options - limited to one bakery, one quick service, and one sit-down which all offered nice food and nice service but I didn't feel the disney magic. Another was in some of the service from the staff because it's a convention hotel I think they are used to dealing more with business guests than families/vacationers so they tend to be a little less playful (aka no towel animals, huge smiles at check-in, playing with the kids - little Disney things).
Anyway I liked it and would go back if I had a discount code
We just returned from a 6 nite stay at CS April 14-20. I have to say I was dissappointed. The room itself was nice - clean, comfy beds, plenty of towels and toiletries. THere was a coffee maker (we did not use it) and all the other niceties. The Mousekeeper left extra plastic bags, towels, and some nice toiletries (sun burn relief, bath gel, toothbrushes, etc.) We did not get any towel animals. But our room location was awful..right at the parking lot and VERY far from the elevator. We were using DMX so I thought it was odd that we had a room on the lot. THe CM that checked us in did not explain properly how to get to our room so we took the long way while carrying luggage. WHen we left the room shortly there after DH had looked at the resort map and thought we could get to the bus stop quicker via the lot. WRONG!!! We had to walk all the way around the convention center to get back to the resort and there were no options other that completely turning around. We never saw the "golf carts" giving anyone a ride except for a very few guests just checking in. THere were lots of cars parked in out of the way places but not many in use. The hike to the main pool was very, very far and you need to take a rest when you get there before going swimming. The food court worked okay for us. One morning DH and the kids had to wait for over 30 minutes to get seated. Also around 8 one evening we stopped for something to take to the room and found that there were not enough CMs working at the food stations. I had to go to another station and ask for someone to help us at the kids station. I do think they could have better signage in the food station area. People get confused on where to order and also exactly what they can order at a specific station. I also think they should have a better place to refill mugs. There is only the crowded area in Rix's and it can get quite congested. The laundry was clean but it also was very, very far from our room and the first time both change machines were out of service. Also the signage throughout the resort on where the laundry was located was done poorly. WHen I finally found it, I realized there was a better, more direct way than what the signs showed. We also encountered problems with the buses. Each day we were there one park was left out...there would be 2 or 3 buses to the other places before one would come for that park. Of course it was usually the park we were trying to get to. We never took the bus to Epcot....we would go to DHS and take the boat to EPcot. We never had to wait very long to get back to the resort so that was nice. I think I would be willing to stay here again but only if my room was better located. But I would pick this one as my last choice.
For this trip, just dh and me, we went with a mod so we could have a hot tub. This was only our second stay at a mod- we normally do value. The resort was absolutely gorgeous. We really loved the themeing. We got one of the buildings we requested in the Cabana section, which was near the Dig Site- pool and such. We knew we'd be spending a lot of time there and with the pool bar, it would be convenient to have our mugs refilled there. We were quite disappointed though. The pool bar closed at 7 each night and we we never there before 9. The main building was just way too far to walk to from the pool for a refill. And even when we did get refills, the beverage island was very inconvenient. Rix cafe is very small and often became crowded. The resort was just too large for our liking. We did like the counter service location- The Pepper Market. Very good! We didn't use it, but we liked that there was a lounge/dance club on property.
I had high hopes after getting such great feedback about CSR. We booked here mainly because of the Queen beds. Our party was MIL & FIL in one room, and me, DH, DD5 and DD2 in a connecting room.
On arrival we were told that they could not honor our room request that we had made one year prior on our original reservation, or even anything CLOSE, and we were put in the farthest building away from the main building and the pool/playground. Not off to a great start.
I requested help from Bell services since we had 6 bags, 2 strollers, it was raining, and we had a Looooong walk to our room, and they told me I would have to wait at least half an hour. With two hungry, tired kids in the lobby with all of our bags and strollers and it pouring outside so they couldn't even run around? No thanks.
We requested a microwave to make the girls oatmeal for breakfast and had to ask 3 times over 2 days before it finally showed up.
We arrived at our room in the rain late in the evening, but the next morning awoke to the sound of sand blasting being done on the stucco and found cherry pickers placed all around our building with big ugly white barriers around them. This blocked several walkways and we found ourselves in a maze to get from our room to the bus stop. There were workers all over our building like ants working on it all week, sanding and painting. Sanding at naptime was especially irritating. The buildings just looked ugly with all of the big white stucco patching and painting being done - really ruined the magic. I realize this stuff has to get done, but do it on the off season and don't rent those rooms, or give us a discount for the inconvenience - I paid the same price as the people on the other side of the lake that had a peaceful quiet room at naptime with two little kids who badly needed to sleep.
The one day we went to the pool it was closed for cleaning - at 2pm in the afternoon - for an hour. The bartender was no where to be found at the pool, after waiting about 10 minutes in line with no one even acknowledging us I gave up.
The one night we played it low key and made the haul over to Pepper Market we were sorely disappointed. The food was terrible and the server actually ASKED for a tip by saying Don't forget gratuity is not included and should be paid at the table! SHOCKED!
Upon departure, bell services was 15 minutes late, which I knew better by this point and gave them a time 15 minutes before we needed to leave the room, so we were actually on time but they didn't know that - and didn't apologize.
I guess the only plus about the whole stay was that we were near bus stop 2, which is the first stop on the route. I can't count how many times people were kicked off the bus at the last stop because there was a person in a scooter who got priority (one of whom we later saw walking energetically around the park carrying a heavy looking backpack). This concept I do not understand. I would have thrown a fit Rumpelstiltskin style if they tried to remove me and my kids who had already been on the bus for 3 stops, they would have had a tantrum to end them all, especially the 2 year old who would not have understood. They need a better system, but that's a whole different thread!
Would NOT stay here ever again... I would pay good money for a Deluxe if I had to in order to avoid this hotel.
We just got back from our week long vacation to Disney World where we stayed at Coronado. Reading all these reviews I was a little worried about staying there, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The grounds are large and depending where you are it can take you a while to walk around. It took us about 10 mins to get to El Centro, but the walk walk really nice because of the scenery. I couldn't complain there! We did the on-line check in and they had our room ready when we arrived which was about 1:00 pm. We asked for connecting rooms and we got that also.
I also read some reviews where the food wasn't good at the Pepper Market. (its like a food court). Many people said they didn't know how to do breakfast and the food was not good. I guess you can't please everybody but they pleased me! I thought they had a very good selection and the food was very tasty. And they definetely did not skimp you on the food. We got to-go boxes everytime! We really enjoyed the breakfast. They had everything from scrambled eggs, waffles, breakfast burritoes, or just fruit. We always left satisfied. I can't really say that much about the Maya Restaraunt because we only ate there once. But what we did have was good.
I was very satisfied with the rooms. We stayed in the Casitas building 5. They were doing work on the buildings around us, re-painting and such, so it was a bit noisy when we left in the mornings for the parks. But we really didn't mind it. We knew they do most of the refurbishing in the off season, and I think it's a good thing that they keep so much up-keep with the resorts. Our room was very spacious with a beautiful view of the water. The beds were very comfy and the bathrooms seemed pretty clean, about as clean as a bathroom can be! We had a nice flat-screen tv that my husband loved! I can't lie... so did my daughter and I!!
Cant forget about the pool!! The pool was awesome! The kids seemed to have a great time there with the slide. The hot tub was very big and felt good after a long day in the parks. The quiet pool was also nice, a quiet change away from the kids having fun at the big pool!
I was really sad to leave Coronado, we had such a wonderful stay there. We even loved going in the gift shop. I think I went in there everyday just to look around! Our next trip we will definetely be booking there again and we really can't wait!
We stayed at CSR last Feb. We had booked a water view room, but were magically upgraded to a 2 room suite. The rooms are meant to be separated, but had a connecting door. One room was meant to be accessible, and had a low king bed, large bathroom, and a lower bureau. The other room had a couch with a pull out bed and the exact same bathroom. Both rooms were furnished with a TV, comfy chair, table with chairs, telephone, the standard!!
We were also very lucky because our room was STEPS away from the bus stop, so we had easy access. The pool was a short walk away, and the main reception area was a good walk - some may have not liked it, but we enjoy walking.
The pool and hot tub were fantastic (especially the hot tub, with lots of room), and thetheming was great! A nice southwest theme, with everything colored great!
The Pepper Market had fresh food, fast! And was nice because it was CS, but with waiters.
Yes, this resort does not scream Mickey and Minnie everywhere you look, it offers a nice relief from all the "hustle" . This isn't the resort for you if you're looking for a fast paced and Mickey filled resort. If you're looking for a nice break, but with Disney service and some Disney Magic - this place is for you!!
We stayed at Coronado Springs for the first time 1/6/11-1/12/11. We have now stayed at all of the moderates, and have decided that CSR is our favorite. We were given a lovely room in the Cabanas bldg 9B, with an incredibly short (about 2 min) walk to El Centro and the main bus stop. We really enjoyed relaxing in the beach hammocks, and also took advantage of the hot tub (not the pool though, as it looked amazing but was very chilly during our trip). All of the CMs we came into contact with were very friendly and helpful. One of my favorite things about this resort is the fact that it's very large since it's a convention center, and there were several conventions going on while we were there, but it was very quiet and calm despite that. We were never in a huge throng of people anywhere, and we never had to wait for more than one bus to come by for our park destination. I really can't think of any cons. We did not try Pepper Market on this trip, but did enjoy a sandwich from Rix Market. We would be happy to stay at CSR again in a heartbeat!
We stayed here in March 2011. We had a fantastic time! There were four of us (two adults and two kiddos). I had requested a room in the Cabana section and it was perfect. Our room looked out on one of the lakes and was right next to the Main Pool. The room was nicely decorated and we loved all the little touches. The queen beds were perfect. The only down side is that it was a bit small for four girls and all our luggage. We also had to have a microwave to heat up medicine for my jaw and that took away desk space. But it was a relaxing atmosphere and we all enjoyed coming back to the room and relaxing.
Mousekeeping was great. Whatever we needed they took care of and we got a couple of Mickey's and they did fun things with the girls stuffed animals and toys. I was hoping for a towel animal but oh well.
The Pool area was fantastic. The girls said it was the best pool on property or at least of the ones we have been to. They loved the mayan temple, the slide, the playground, arcade, and sand pit. They also had afternoon games for all the kids where they could win prizes. Really was relaxing and felt like you were on a vacation in Mexico!
The Pepper Market was ok. I loved the pizza and would recommend it. It was difficult even with asking for help to figure out how they figure the dining plan. It wasn't consistent. But we didn't really have any complaints on the food. What we had was good. It wasn't fantastic or anything to write home about but it was passable.
The resort is absolutely beautiful and it was fun to just walk around and take it all in. The bus system was nice. You don't share with any other resort and while we were there weren't long lines or lots of people. You do not notice the convention go-ers and it was nice and quiet and very peaceful.
All the staff was nice and really works with you to make sure that any issues are resolved. I had an issue on my last night when I went to check out. They had extra charges on my account that I never purchased and others that I know were charged to the dining plan. It took awhile and lots of explaining but they finally figured it out and took care of it.
This is our new home resort! The girls can't wait to go back. I am just bummed that it may be several years before I can save up the money again.
Well, it's been a week since we got back from our long weekend at the CSR. It was our first time there. Our favorite is AKL Jambo House, but decided to save some money and go with a Moderate. A few moderates were available but we decided to try the one we've never done before. We have done CBR, POR and POFQ but now CSR will be our go to for moderates. We really enjoyed it. And I have to thank our own buzz2001 (hope I've got that right!) for great recommendations and info.
We did not request a specific room and ended up in 6B of the Ranchos. We had heard that walking distances were long. We had no difficulty. In fact, we had more walking at the POP when we had the last room in the farthest building and a next to the last room at AKL a couple of trips ago. And I had a Boardwalk one with a friend once that was far far away, too. So, bottom line is that CSR is no more walking than any other. And the walk is very nice. We were closest to bus stop 3. Bus service was very good everytime except one time. And even that was better than POP ever has been for us. The laundry was close although we didn't need it. We tried the big pool and hot tub once, which were both crowded. We really enjoyed the quiet pool-calm and quiet and not crowded. That goes for two adults and for two teenaged girls.
Pepper Market was good. We tried breakfast twice and dinner once. Breakfast and lunch are the buffet type and dinner is not. Selections and service were good. Go Mickey Waffles! My niece, who has both peanut and soy allergies, was able to find things to eat, but she said that both Mara and Boma had more things that she liked and could eat.
All in all, we will definitely be doing CSR again!
CSR is too spread out. We had to take a car to the pool, because the walk was too far. The decor is great, but is set up too much for conferences to work as "resort".
My mother and I just came back from are stay at Coronado Springs 2 days ago.We stayed 6 days and 5 nights.There were some things we loved and some things..not so much.The things we loved where..
1.)The beauty of the hotel.The hotel was stunning.I loved the touch of the mexican/southwest theme.I enjoyed the mexican style music that would play when walking around the hotel and when on the buses.
2.)The dig site pool.What a beauty it was.We have never been in a pool this large.The temperature was just right even when we went at night.The pool was always packed and it was hard to find 2 lounge chairs next to eachother, but the pool being so big there was always room for us to swim around.The 22 person hot tub was nice too.It certainly helps when your feeling sore.
3.)The bar by the lake near the main entrance.We didn't get to try the bar at the pool but this bar was quite nice.The Pina Coolata was delicious.
4.)The Maya grill.We had dinner here are first night and it was delicious!We both got fajitas.The blueberry mango basal margarita was great.The dining room was beautiful and we got to sit next to a fountain which I enjoyed.
5.)I liked the section are room was in.We where in the Cabana 9A section.We where right behind a leisure pool and right near a strip of beach that had some hammocks.The hammocks where so comfy you could fall asleep in one.
Now somethings we didn't like so much..
1.)Everything is so spaced out.Are room being in the Cabana section wasn't so bad as we where near a bus stop and it was only about a 5 minute walk to the main entrance.The walk to the main pool was maybe about 7 mins.Walking back from the pool one time at night we saw alligators in the lake by the bridge which was pretty cool.We did go to the spa which was near the Ranchos section I believe and that was a pretty far walk from us.With all the walking you do at this hotel your exhausted already when you get to the park.
2.)This hotel has no shady spots like at all.If you want to eat outside I hope you like sweating while you eat because when we tried to have a drink by the lake I just couldn't do it and had to go inside.Load up on the SPF here.
3.)I wasn't a fan of the Peppermarket.I didn't understand the point of the 10% gratuity.Are server was very slow and when I tried to order 2 juices with are coffee she wouldn't let me!She said it was not included and I could only choose one drink.I cant believe I was denied juice.I mean we would have payed for it!The breakfast buffet was tasty though.
4.)Around 9:30 at night on a weekday we decided to stop in the Rix Lounge to try some apps.The place was dead.I wasn't a fan of the loud music they where playing.It was a week day and no one was in there so I thought maybe it would be more of a relaxing enviornment but due to the music not so much.But it is a lounge so what could I expect?Beautiful place,average food.
5.)This hotel lacked the Disney magic most hotels have.I didn't see many Disney touches like at other places.One thing my mom and I love is when checking in and someone says to you welcome home! no one did that here.And on the bus ride back to the hotel,other hotels say welcome home.Not this one.I know it seems like a dumb compliant but its something we liked and it didn't happen here.
6.)We seemed to encounter more rude people here.I don't know why that was,but the people here where kind of rude.
All in all the hotels decor is gorgeous but after experiencing it we would not come back here.Maybe it was more for conventioneers.We just didn't feel that Disney magic and honestly didn't feel very welcome here.
Really liked this resort but still would rather stay at POFQ. The pool and hot tub area was a lot of fun.
Just checked out after 6 nights. We thought it was breathtakingly beautiful. Almost didn't wantto leave to come over to akl! Cast members were top notch at every level. Business people didn't bother us at all. It may be sprawling, but I walked the full loop at a moderate pace and it was exactly 15 minutes. We were in bldg 8B, room 8511. Ideal location. 5-7 minute walk to el Centro or dig site. 1 minute walk to bus stop # 4. Excellent busing. Would highly recommend.
We have only stayed at CS one time - June 2015. We have been to the other Mods and really love POR. This year we wanted to try something new and we are so glad we did! We have a new fave Mod.
CS is really lovely. It is spacious, has great restaurants, has a great pool, and the rooms are "big enough" for a family (*"big enough" is relative to other Disney resorts...). Buses ran very well and the stops were close to the buildings. Although this is a large resort, it is not a bad walk to any location. In fact, the walks are lovely.
We saw a crocodile in the lagoon area. He was living under the walking bridge. It was definitely a croc (pics to prove it). We saw him 4-5 days and then he disappeared. We are assuming he was safely relocated. I am just adding this detail because it certainly added excitement to our stay. It may or may not affect your decision to visit CS.
This is a large resort but it was not crowded at all. In fact, because it is so spacious and sprawled out, it felt empty. Even the foodcourt was not busy --- in comparison, POR is very busy and crowded. We liked this about CS.
We would definitely recommend CS and hope to visit again soon!
We were there in December. Though we had requested a room in the Cabanas section, we were given a room in the Casitas section. Though the walk to the main building and bus stop wasn't too far, the walk to the pool/hot tub was very far. In fact, we only did it once and decided it wasn't worth the effort. There were too many people in the closest quiet pool to be enjoyable. The other bus stop had us trekking across a large parking lot. I found this resort much too large to enjoy. The theme of the resort is nice, but we didn't find any of the staff to be very friendly.
Personally, I probably won't ever stay here again.
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Updated 9/20/2013 - Article #25
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