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7 Reasons to Stay at the Newly Re-Imagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Refurbishments were completed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in the summer of 2019, and I was able to stay one night in a fresh, newly refurbished room! I enjoyed my time immensely. I spent over two hours walking around the resort, taking pictures, and checking out all the new additions! Coronado Springs is definitely one of Disney’s larger resorts since it hosts business conferences as well as resort guests. Now, there are tons of new amenities for visitors to enjoy, and the best part is, Coronado Springs is still classed as a moderate resort. This means that the prices are reasonable. With the new rooms and restaurants, this is an excellent option for both families and solo travelers!





 

7 – Top-Notch Theming

This resort, to me, has always felt a little more sophisticated than some of the other Disney resorts. There aren’t a lot of decorations with Disney characters, aside from the occasional portrait of the Three Caballeros. But that’s not to say it isn’t a fun resort! Coronado Springs combines southwestern American flair with the bright colors and architecture of Spain and Mexico. The Dig Site area has one of the best pools found at a Disney resort, and here guests can also enjoy a 123-foot water slide, an arcade, a play area, a bar, a volleyball court, and a hot tub. The resort is surrounded by fountains, gardens, and bridges, all along the perimeter of a tranquil lake- it’s impossible to walk around and not be absolutely blown away by how pristine everything looks!

6 – Disney’s Gran Destino Tower

The 15-story Gran Destino Tower serves as the new entrance to Coronado Springs, and it definitely makes for a stunning first impression! The Tower is even more beautiful on the inside- there is a large two-story lobby complete with enormous chandeliers, Spanish tiles, and murals. I personally loved the wooden screens with intricate carvings and red light pouring out of them, framed by hanging lanterns. On the lower level is The Barcelona Lounge, with comfortable seating and a large mural of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. This resort adds 545 new guest rooms to Coronado Springs, as well as new meeting venues and spaces to relax away from the theme parks.

5 – Signature Dining at Toledo

Toledo is located on the rooftop of the Gran Destino Tower. It is a Spanish-themed restaurant with a unique menu of tapas, steak, seafood, and drinks, as well as a fantastic view of the surrounding Disney parks. This high-end, table-service restaurant is inspired by the Spanish city of Toledo, and the writers and artists who lived there in the 1930s.  I’ve heard only good things about this restaurant so far, and though I’ve only taken a peek at the inside, I can’t wait to dine here!





 

4 – Relax at Dahlia Lounge

Another new dining option, Dahlia Lounge, sits on the 16th floor of the Gran Destino Tower and offers a full bar along with some small plates and tapas. This is an excellent option if you’re exploring the hotel and are just looking for some light snacks or cocktails to tide you over until dinner or serve as a nightcap after dinner.

3 – Three Bridges Bar and Grill

This restaurant is situated on an island in the middle of Lago Dorado (“Golden Lake”), which is Coronado’s lake at the center of the resort. It is connected to the rest of the resort by bridges (three, in case you were wondering), and offers casual dining in a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere. The menu contains sliders, steak, and warm churros, among other plentiful dishes, and it’s a great option if you’re looking to escape the crowds. Plus, if you dine here at night, you may catch a view of the fireworks over at Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Three Bridges Bar and Grill

2 – Refurbished Rooms

All 1,800 existing rooms on property have been refurbished with new lighting, new floors, Keurig coffee makers, and H2O products in the showers. The wood floors have replaced the carpets, and the rooms now feel more spacious and airy. The beds are elevated, which is perfect for luggage storage, and the bedding itself is crisp and clean. The lights, fan, and minimal decorations add warmth to the room, and thanks to the flat-screen TV and coffee maker, I was able to enjoy a morning cup of Joffrey’s while listening to the music on the WDW Today Channel- pure perfection and relaxation! Plus, there are now tons of outlets in the room for everyone to charge their phones and devices.

1- Dining at Existing Favorites

There may be tons of new dining options at Coronado Springs. However, if I’m looking for something quick, my go-to is still El Mercadero de Coronado. It’s an excellent quality counter-service restaurant with plenty of options for everyone in the family. El Mercadero is located near Maya Grill, Las Ventanas, and Café Rix, as well as the Laguna Dock Bar. With all of these new and existing dining establishments, one thing is for sure- you’ll never go hungry if you stay at Coronado Springs!



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About Arielle Tuan

Arielle is a South Florida local who has had some major magical moments happen at Disney World. It started when her family would take drives there every few months, and she and her sister would pretend the Magic Kingdom was their backyard. After graduating college, she worked at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in a Professional Internship for six months; her role as a Conservation Education Presenter allowed her to recruit “wilderness explorers” by educating guests all over the park. After a successful six months of creating Disney magic, she completed Grad School at John’s Hopkin’s University with a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies. During a celebratory trip to Disney World as a new Annual Passholder, her longtime boyfriend Eric proposed to her on the attraction Soarin.’It was this final magical moment that cemented her love of Disney, and established Epcot as her second favorite park (after Animal Kingdom, of course). She got married two years later at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and has been checking off Disney experiences ever since (visiting Disneyland in California, attending D23, and exploring Disneyland Paris). Despite her degree, Arielle’s main passion is sharing her love of Disney through writing. She has since written two books about her experiences working for Disney through the publisher Theme Park Press and has maintained a Disney/Lifestyle blog since 2016. Arielle can’t wait to continue experiencing Disney with her Prince Eric, and showing others why the magic of Disney is so special!