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7 Reasons You Will Love Staying at Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World

One of the Walt Disney World resort’s “moderate” hotels, the Southwestern-themed Coronado Springs Resort is home to more than 1,900 rooms and suites in three villages nestled around Lago Dorado, a beautiful 22-acre Disney-created lake. Here are seven reasons why you’ll love spending your next Disney vacation at the Coronado Springs resort.

7. The Dining

You don’t necessarily have to hit Epcot to savor Southwestern fare; the Coronado Springs resort is home to two full-service restaurants, Las Ventanas and the Maya Grill, that serve mouth-watering Mexican and American dishes. At the Maya Grill, dinner is served in a majestic dining room accented by Mayan motifs of fire, sun, and water, and you can choose from an array of unique Tex-Mex creations and desserts like coconut flan. Las Ventanas serves up specialties like “ancient grain” whole wheat pancakes for breakfast to its signature crab cakes for lunch.

6. The Convention Space

The Coronado Springs resort is unique in that it’s the only moderate hotel on the property that boasts a convention center, making it a popular destination for business travelers and groups traveling without young children. With approximately 220,000 square feet of meeting space, including two ballrooms and an exhibition hall, the convention center makes Coronado Springs the ideal home away from home for the business-minded traveler.

5. The Rooms

The moderately-priced Coronado Springs features cozy rooms decorated with Mayan accents. Rooms are equipped with work stations, free WiFi, queen-sized beds, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. For those traveling with larger parties, suites can sleep groups of four or six and feature extra living spaces like beds that pull down out of the wall.

4. The Quiet

Tucked away along Buena Vista Drive, the resort is located west of World Drive near Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s considered among many Disney travelers one of the quieter, more peaceful resorts on the Walt Disney World property. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t boast the same popular amenities and services as other Disney resorts, including an arcade, nightly campfire, spa and beauty services, and 24-hour health club.

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3.  The Grounds

Though it’s criticized by some Disney travelers for being one of the larger and more spread out properties (which translates to longer walks to get around), Coronado Springs’ sprawling size can be a plus for anyone who might like some extra space to take a stroll on the beautiful grounds or squeeze in a quick run on the mile-long scenic trail around the lake. Fortunately, the resort boasts its own internal shuttle system via marked golf carts that transport guests to and from all villages within the resort.

2. The Pool

If your kids love splashing in the hotel pool just as much as hanging with Mickey in the park, this may be the resort for you. While most of the Disney resorts have exceptional pools, the Coronado Springs Resort is known for its main Dig Site Pool, built around a 50-foot replica of a Mayan pyramid. Kick back and watch the water stream into the Lost City of Cibola pool, or get in on the fun with a plunge down the 123-foot Jaguar Slide. Coronado Springs is also home to the largest outdoor hot tub at the Walt Disney World resort—perfect for soaking your legs and feet after a long day touring the countries at Epcot.

1.  The Theming

If you’ve ever wanted to experience Mexico without actually having to cross the border, Coronado Springs Resort is a colonial Mexico and American Southwestern-themed haven featuring vibrant casitas, rustic ranchos, and beachfront cabanas situated around a picturesque lake. From the landscaping (don’t miss the Three Caballeros topiaries) to the La Fuente de Las Palomas (“Fountain of the Doves”) welcoming guests outside of the resort’s main building, there’s no shortage of world-class Disney resort hotel theming at Coronado Springs.

About Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer L. Nelson donned her first pair of personalized mouse ears at age 4. A lifelong Disney fanatic and avid runner, the New Jersey resident visits both Walt Disney World and Disneyland several times a year to cross the finish line of one of runDisney’s half or full marathons; among her proudest accomplishments to date was completing the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend’s 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon to earn the coveted inaugural Dopey Challenge medal. When it comes to theme park touring, she’s a self-described “commando” visitor who arrives at rope drop, follows a strict touring plan (and never waits in line!), and soaks up the Disney magic until the final gift shop has closed. She is a freelance writer and editor who blogs about her personal weight loss journey, running exploits, and Disney obsession at www.thefinalforty.com.