Of course we’re all familiar with the excellence and quality of Walt Disney World resorts. But do you take time to truly explore your resort when you’re on a Disney vacation? Each resort has its own hidden gems, that can add a new level to your stay. Exciting changes are coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and is current undergoing refurbishments with a new 15 story tower being built to include 500 rooms with suites and concierge level services. Thankfully, the regular amenities remain open for guests to enjoy! In the meantime, here are some of the delightful things we still love about Coronado Springs Resort.
5. Scenic Promenade
Coronado Springs is huge, and surrounds a picturesque 22-acre lagoon. It’s therefore perfect for those who enjoy walking, running, or just enjoying beautiful scenery within your own resort. There’s a .75 mile long promenade that circles around the lagoon, and a jogging trail through a lovely wetlands area, leading to the Ranchos and Cabanas. Paths also connect you from your room to the various pool areas, and other amenities. The lagoon is fringed by numerous well-manicured white sandy beaches, right off the path. There’s no water access, but plenty of hammocks and palm trees set the beautiful beach resort theme. You’ll want to stop for a bit en route to your cabana – take a swing in a hammock, make a sand angel, or just feel the sand between your toes.
4. Complimentary Activities
Unknown to many guests, there are a variety of complimentary activities at many Walt Disney World resorts, and Coronado Springs is no exception. After a full day in the parks, why not bring your family to a complimentary campfire right in the comfort of your resort? You’ll roast marshmallows fire-side as the sun sets (marshmallows and roasting sticks are provided), making memories that will last long after your vacation ends. You may want to stay for another great complimentary activity – the outdoor screening of popular Disney movies, immediately following the campfire. Both activities are, of course, subject to weather conditions. Check with your resort’s front desk for more information!
3. Themed Pool Areas
By far our favorite pool area on Walt Disney World property is Coronado Spring’s Dig Site. A 50-foot Mayan-themed pyramid with a cascading waterfall towers over the massive main pool; nearby, a jaguar waterslide empties into the pool. Each accommodation area also has its own, more private, pool (3 in all), for those wanting to relax away from the main action.
The Dig Site complex, which includes a great children’s playground, is also home to the largest hot tub on property. If sports are more your thing, use your MagicBand to check out a volleyball from Siesta’s Pool Bar, and play a volleyball game on the white sand court by the Dig Site.
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2. Mayan Grill Restaurant
The Mayan theme continues with Maya Grill, the resort’s Mexican-accented dining room, serving dinner every evening. While eating, you may be lucky enough to be serenaded by excellent live musicians; try for a table near the window for a view of the lagoon. Featuring typical Mexican dishes, the menu includes vegetarian, gluten-free and non-spicy items, so there’s something for everyone. Our favourites? The Queso Fundido appetizer (basically a bowl of fried cheese, eaten with tortillas) and the delicious variety of shot-glass size mini-desserts.
1. La Vida Health Club
The biggest surprise for us was the vast size of the resort. Of course most resorts on Walt Disney World property are enormous, but this is the only mid-level resort which is also a convention center. Because of that, you’ll enjoy amenities that are normally reserved for the deluxe level resorts. The biggest feature here is La Vida Health Club. You already know that no one does anything like Disney. But have you experienced a spa day at Disney?
Doing a bit of research on your resort before leaving on vacation can illuminate some hidden treasures that will enhance your stay. All of the aspects listed above are just the tip of the iceberg at Coronado Springs. We have stayed at a lot of resorts on property, but so far this one is by far our favorite, and these extra favorites make all the difference!