Sunday, October 14, 2018

Should You Stay At Coronado Springs At Walt Disney World?

Whenever I call Disney World to book our hotel reservations, I always ask what the cheapest rate I can get with the military discount. There are only select resorts with the military discount rooms, so I'm happy to take any one of those.

Normally it's Port Orleans French Quarter or Riverside, which I've come to love. But this time I was told those military rooms were gone, so I'd have to stay at Coronado Springs.

I didn't mind. A deal is a deal, you know? Some people told me I would regret it because of all the construction. And yeah, it was a bummer to know the pool, know as the Dig Site, would also be closed for refurbishments, because it's a pretty cool pool with a Mayan pyramid.

However.







The resort truly is gorgeous. Yes, you see the construction. But we never heard it in our area. We stayed at Ranchos 6A.










We were right by the bus stop, which is stop 3.




At the moment, the bus stops the following way: stop 2, 3, 4, and 1 or Casitas, Ranchos, Cabanas, and El Centro, which is the main area of the resort.


And yes, that's beautiful too.

Behold.






When we first arrived, my daughter was like, "Can we go shopping?"



Naturally.

You can go down the hall and it'll lead you to the food court. It used to be called Pepper Market, but now I believe it's called El Mercado. I admit, we never ate there, we just stopped by to check it out.


You can also make reservations at the Maya Grill, or eat at Cafe Rix and Rix Sports Bar & Grill. There's also room service! But again, we never ate there, so I can't speak about the food or service. We always ate at the parks.


The walk to our room wasn't horrible. It took about 10 minutes and I was able to capture some pretty shots along the way.






Our room was comfortable. I don't know why my son was making that face. I mean, he got the bed to himself. I had to share one with his sister, who kicks in her sleep.  The beds are two queens, and they were nice to sleep in.




There's also reading lights! Or if you want to pretend your stuffed animal is on stage and the the light is actually a spotlight, it works well for that too. My daughter did this. "Presenting Sylvester the Cat!"




While the construction is going on, you get free pins:




Want to know Natalie's favorite part? The sliding doors that lead to the bathroom.







"Can I get these doors in front of my bedroom at home?" she asked.

"No," I answered.

The bathroom was a nice size. Sorry about all our stuff. I remember I need to take pictures of the room after I unpack.




You get these:



I was grateful for the cooling aloe gel since I got a sunburn on my shoulders the first day. It helped a lot!

Some people aren't liking that the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are attached to the wall now, but it didn't bother us:



You get TWO shower heads, which we loved. And yes, the water stays hot! I hate staying in hotels where the water is lukewarm. Or stays warm for like a minute and then goes cold.


There's also an option to have a bath if you have small kids. I remember those days.

My daughter was a fan of this mirror when she put on makeup. I didn't bother.





There's a cozy chair but honestly, it ended up being a spot to hold our clothes.



I liked how you could put your suitcase under the bed if you wanted. I didn't. We live our or suitcases when we travel, but I know there are some people who actually unpack and put their things away. Yes, there are drawers and a closet in the room. Plus a mini fridge.



PLUS, there plenty of plugs and USB areas. I hate going to a hotel room and finding only one, but they are all over the room.





There's also a Keurig in the room with pods:



If the construction bothers you, it's set to be finished in Spring 2019.  The pool re-opens in December.

This is what the a building will look like:



And there will be a new restaurant:





So did I find anything wrong? Well, one thing, yes. We had to catch the Magical Express at 615 AM. This meant we had to walk in the dark to El Centro. As I mentioned before, this takes about 10 minutes from where our room was. We are NOT morning people, so this was a struggle. We could have asked bell services and perhaps they would have sent a golf cart to take us to the front, but it wasn't guaranteed and maybe it would have cost extra. I think for for people not close to El Centro the service should automatically be provided until at least 8 AM because that was a trek with heavy luggage.

Also, if I had small kids, I don't know how that would have worked.


Would we stay again?

Yes. It was a spectacular resort. The cast members were all polite and the buses never took too long to take us to the parks. (The longest we had to wait was 25 minutes for a bus to Magic Kingdom, but I think it's because the rain was coming down hard. Normally our wait was around 10 minutes and we usually got seats since we were the second stop. The bus stop at El Centro was the busiest it seemed.)

Again, we never heard the construction in our area and actually, I never saw it either. It's only when we'd walk to El Centro that I'd see and hear what was going on around us. So basically, if someone asks if they should stay at Coronado Springs, I'd say yes.




Have you ever stayed at Coronado Springs? Would you?





44 comments:

  1. Looks like such a nice place to spend the weekend, I love the names of the rooms. They are actually very inviting and the rooms are a good size and looks comfortable to stay in.

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  2. Such beautiful and vibrant capture of the place. Very well described.

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  3. Great post! I love how you take pictures too! I'd definitely stay at Coronado Springs too.

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  4. I stayed there once, like 15 years ago, but I really liked it. It was the first time I had ever stayed at a Disney hotel.

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  5. So good that they have complimentary free pins to compensate for the contruction. Those pins would be great souvenirs for sure. I am planning for another trip to US in these 2 years so certainly will consider paying a visit.

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  6. This gives me another option to look at with planning our big trip thank you . I would not have thought to go here.

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  7. I've never stayed at a true Disney resort (just the Swan and Dolphin) and I wish I could! I love that they gave free pins!!

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  8. That place looks amazing. I will absolutely be staying there the next time we get out to Disney. It's beautiful.

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  9. Doesn’t look like you were inconvenienced by some construction. Bet getting some free pins help make up for it.

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  10. It's great that you couldn't hear or see the construction from your area AND that you got free pins! I've never stayed there on our trips to Disney, but I will definitely keep it in mind for next time.

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  11. It's good to know that you weren't bothered by the construction. It does look like a beautiful resort, but that 6:15 bus pickup would be rough.

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  12. What an absolutely lovely looking place. I would be so worried about the construction so great you couldn't hear it and it wasn't a pain! I love the pins as well, they are right up my street.

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  13. I haven't stayed there nor have I been to Disney although it is on my Bucket List. If I make it I will check out this Hotel as it is so gorgeous and I would love the pins you was given.

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  14. This gives me so many options on what to do during my trip there. I am going to keep this in mind.

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  15. I would love to stay at that hotel. It looks like it's absolutely gorgeous. Disney always seems to know how to spoil people just right. If I ever get out there I would definitely check this hotel out. I love the doors also. I wish I could have been in my house also.

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  16. We stayed there years ago, but we loved it. Great location and when we were there, fabulous service

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  17. I have never been there but I would love to be there. Such a lovely place. Seems you had a great time.

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  18. I have to stay here the next time that we visit Disney. It looks like such a wonderful place to stay.

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  19. I am so jealous! I want to go to disneyworld too! Looks so amazing! Like the hotel!

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  20. I too like those bathroom doors. I want them on my bathroom. The place looks so nice.

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  21. Beautiful imagery. The view is just eye-catching. I am definitely considering this the next time I go to Disney.

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  22. What a beautiful place! Next time we visit Disneyworld we're definitely staying there.

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  23. Very beautiful place. Your way of capturing the each moment is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. That does look like a very beautiful place to stay. I would certainly stay there too. I've never actually been to Disney, but hoping one day to go.

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  25. We are going back to Disney in 2020, so this is right up our alley! I never thought of staying there!

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  26. What a fantastic resort! I would like stay here! I can't believe that there's also a Keurig in the room! Awesome!

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  27. The sliding door is super cool. I love when hotels have USB plugs. As someone who travels internationally, they come in handy if you don't have an adapter. This hotel looks great and comfortable.

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  28. I love the sliding door, looks so rustic! The hotel looks amazing and comfortable, I want to stay there.
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  29. Wow that room is lovely. I don't think I'd want to leave to go on any rides or anything!

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  30. This looks like a nice resort to stay. I like that they give a standard size complimentary toiletry. Enjoy your trip!

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  31. I sure would enjoy staying there. That is a really nice place!

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  32. I think staying there is a great idea! They have there ducks in a row for sure!

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  33. I've never stayed there! We've only ever stayed at Art of Animation because it has suites (separation from kids!) and three pools. That said, we're shopping around this year.

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  34. Disneyland is my dreamland that U really want to visit someday Lucky you!

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  35. Oh, how I love Disney! Haven't stayed there. Disney sure knows how to do everything right. Looks so clean. That early start would be rough. Looks like you had a great trip.

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  36. I wish I could stay to any disney hotel rooms! Wishing my parents could go with me. I bet your kids enjoy much :)

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  37. Wow the Disney Coronado looks absolutely lovely! I also love the additions that will be made especially the restaurant overlooking the water.

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  38. Never been here but I would love to travel with our kids and experience this to them. Seems like a fun and relaxing place to stay

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  39. Great review! We are thinking of planning a trip to Disney World in the near future so we will have to keep this in mind!

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  40. Ohh, who would not want to stay with this very cozy and beautiful hotel. I hope in the future i'll be able to experience the same too. Thanks for the review as well.

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  41. Me and my sister are a huge disney lovers and reading the word disney makes our eyes pop immediately. Of course we would love to be able to stay in this awesome hotel too.

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  42. WOW. It truly looks amazing and the day looks so beautiful and bright.

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  43. This looks such an outstanding place to stay with family. Whenever we visit Disney World next time. THanks for the detailed review about the place

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