What’s better than getting a full week in Disney World? Not much if you ask me! Bruce and I usually only get a few days of Disney, but in summer 2021 we finally got to spend some actual quality time in Disney World. We ended up splitting up the stay between a value resort (All Star Movies) and a moderate resort (Coronado Springs) because we wanted to have a comparison (and we can never really stay still for more than a few days!). I am SO glad we did it this way because it introduced us to one of our all time favorite Disney resorts to date: Coronado Springs.
Price: $200-400/night (around $300 average)
Area: Coronado is technically in the Animal Kingdom area, but I think it’s closer to the Hollywood Studios park. It isn’t really THAT close to either.
General Vibe: Spanish, Upscale, Romantic, Adult
I am absolutely in love with Coronado Springs. The beautiful renovated tower brings amazing restaurants and lounges within steps of your room. The amazing pools are a great respite from a long day at the park and the comfortable, large rooms feel luxurious without the deluxe cost.
Checking Out the Amenities
We stayed in a standard room (not in the tower) and were the furthest away from the pools and we still loved it. We ended up only paying $170/night (gotta watch those deals!) so it was a no brainier for us. What we loved about this resort was being able to go to the pool midday and get some great food and drinks while taking a break from the parks. The pool was amazing and huge, we never felt like it was terribly crowded. We got the grilled chicken sandwich at the Siestas Cantina twice, it was that good! Honestly we didn’t even plan on being at the pool as much as we were, it was just so relaxing we couldn’t stay away!
In the mornings, we stopped by to try out the El Mercado de Coronado, which was what you’d expect from a hotel quick service. Because they were pre-packing all the food (darn you, COVID!), it was pretty soggy when we got it and we only did breakfast there once. We also stopped by the Barcelona Lounge (more than once!). for some Spanish inspired coffee and it was an EXCELLENT way to start our mornings. I’d go back just for the ambience of the lounge!
At night, we ate at the 3 Bridges Restaurant twice and tried the sangria flight, which was amazing. We also did the rooftop bar (called the Dahlia Lounge). We loved the drinks and they weren’t terribly sweet (which is hard to find at Disney!) plus the view can’t be beat. Toledo Tapas wasn’t open when we were there but it consistently is ranked high.
While we didn’t dine at Maya Grill or Rix Sport’s Bar, they are consistently ranked in the middle of the row in terms of dining experiences. They will be a great hotel option if you want something easy and laid back.
Pros and Cons of Disney’s Coronado Springs
Pros: We loved the Spanish theming, it felt very upscale; easy check-in; extra magic hours (when offered); great hotel restaurant options; great pool and bar
Cons: large resort, can be difficult to get around; slow transportation; tower is expensive and used for conferences so it can be crowded with conference attendees.
Would we stay here again? ABSOLUTELY. Bruce has deemed it his favorite Disney hotel up to this point. Now, we might change our tune when we get to stay at Animal Kingdom (whenever that may be!), but for now, this reigns superior to all Disney hotels, on and off property that we’ve stayed at.
Have you stayed at Coronado Springs? What’s your favorite Disney Resort?