Travel back in time with explorer Don Francisco de Coronado at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. As you know we homeschool our kids, so we love any opportunity to add some education into a Disney World vacation! With this hotel, we can teach them about Southwest America and Mexico. This includes some of the history, culture, and local spirit. Did you know that many of the Cast Members that work at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are from the Southwest or Mexico? It gives the kids an opportunity to ask questions and learn!
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is colorful, rustic, and stucco haciendas with terra cotta roofs. There are several main buildings that surround Lago Dorado (Dorado Lake.) There is even a huge sidewalk that goes around the entire lake. This is a perfect track to walk or run in the cooler evening hours. This resort features explorer themed exhibits throughout including a huge pyramid, an archeological dig, and a jaguar waterslide. These are all in the popular pool area called the Dig Site.
Dig Site Pool Area
The 50 foot Mayan pyramid is the main attraction at the Dig Site. This pyramid is at the front of the main pool with water running down the steps, like a water fall. This is a fantastic spot for a picture! Behind the pyramid is a 123 foot long, 16 foot high waterslide featuring a jaguar that sprays water from his mouth on ecstatic children. In this same area, you can find a huge sandy playground, fashioned after an archeological dig. This is also the spot for movies under the stars, every night!
There is also a pool side bar, pool side dining, sand volleyball court, and game room. They even have afternoon activities by the Recreation Team! This is Kelly and Hunter’s favorite part of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. There is so much to do at the Dig Site!
Located in the main building, El Centro has the Pepper Market Food Court (quick service restaurant) and Maya Grill (a sit down restaurant.) We love the Maya Grill! This is a hidden gem among dining at Disney World.
El Centro has the lobby (check in area), quick food shop & go, merchandise shop, The Rix lounge, and an outdoor bar on the water. There is lots of seating outside to enjoy the sunset and a drink on a cooler night. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a convention hotel, so they have a few extra amenities that you will not find at other Disney Moderate Resorts. These include a fitness center, spa, and business center.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Rooms
The haciendas come in three styles: Casitas, Ranchos and Cabanas. We recently got to stay in the brand new rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. These rooms were in the Cabanas location. We loved the new rooms with the more refreshed look with tons of space for everything you pack. These rooms are very similar to the new rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. I also loved the H2O bath products in the shower. Finally, you do not have to pack shampoo and conditioner for your vacation. They have tons of the H2O bath products!
What do you think of the new rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort?
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Review
We do love this resort and it will soon be AMAZING! However, right now there is a lot of construction at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. I would wait to stay at this resort, once it is completed. The Dig Site is one of the favorites at this resort for the whole family. There is so much to do at the Dig Site and I love the theme.
The brand new rooms are another huge plus at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This was a much needed enhancement. We love it!
We will still stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (even during the construction) because it is a great resort and a great price! However, you may want to wait until the construction is completed to stay at this hotel.
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