A friend of my asked on Facebook which Disney hotel her friends would recommend, so I was inspired to write a review of our resort from two weeks ago. We stayed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, located in the Animal Kingdom Area of Walt Disney World. This is considered a Disney Moderate Resort-with a Standard View Room starting at about $180/night during the Regular Summer Season-which is when we went.
What We Loved About Coronado Springs:
- The Pool-The “Dig Site” pool was very fun for our kids. The resort actually has several pools, one being a larger one with a water slide, which is where we hung out most of the time. The others are smaller, “quiet” pools, which are used mainly by folks without children, or those there on a conference who want a quiet poolside. They have lifeguards EVERYWHERE, a small splash pool for the little ones, and a nice bar that serves alcohol alongside a snack bar that serves ice cream, nachos, chicken, drinks, etc. The snack bar in the pool area was on our DDP, so it was convenient to use our DDP snacks or meals while we were hanging out at the pool.
- The Dining-Pepper Market is the QSD location at Coronado Springs. Pepper Market has about five or six different “stations” including a full service bar, a sandwich/burger station, quesadillas/fajitas, pizza and pasta, and a yummy bakery/ice cream area. They actually seat you and will bring you your drinks in your refillable cup (if you’re doing the DDP), as opposed to the other resorts we’ve stayed at where you fill them yourself. Kind of nice :).
- The Room-The room had two queen beds (which is why we chose that resort), as well as a pack and play upon request and a small refrigerator. The sink area can be sectioned off with sliding solid wood doors, so we put the pack and play in there so Natalie could have a quiet space and settle down to sleep. It worked out great.
- The Bus Rides-The bus rides to each park were very short-like about 10 minutes tops. It says it is located in the Animal Kingdom area of Walt Disney World. However, the bus rides to EPCOT, MK, and HS were not long at all, and the buses run very timely.
- The Ambiance-It is themed on old world Mexico and has a Southwest feel to it. The property is gorgeous, with exotic plants and Mexican party lights that glow at night. It is beautiful to walk around the property’s large lagoon and look for turtles or enjoy the flowers and plants.
What We Didn’t Love About Coronado Springs:
- The Spaciousness of the Resort-Our room was situated a long walk from the Pepper Market and a decent stroll to the main pool. We did have a bus stop close to our building, which ended up being very nice. However, it is a large enough resort that you can take a bus from one side of the resort to the other. I felt like we would’ve eaten at Pepper Market more, or refilled our cups more, if we would’ve been closer to the main building.
- The Room-Our room, although I liked it, had some water damage in the bathroom and the bathroom floor could use a little work. In fact, we considered switching to a different resort after our first night, but decided against it because it could’ve been a bit of a pain and we didn’t want to spend our vacation time moving resorts.
All in all, it was a pleasant resort. However, I wouldn’t choose to stay there in again. In comparison to the previous Moderate Resort-Port Orleans-that we had stayed at a few years ago, I would go back to Port Orleans over Coronado Springs.