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In February of 2018, my family was “pixie dusted” with the opportunity to attend Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration. While we paid a discounted cost to attend this event, my opinions are 100% mine and, as always, 100% honest.

My family is always looking for our next resort “home” whenever we visit Walt Disney World. We’ve tried a good number of the resorts, from value to moderate to deluxe. Each category has its own advantages and disadvantages.

However, as I’ve matured in my vacationing, I’ve come to one solid conclusion: sometimes time is more important that money. In this Coronado Springs Resort review, I aim to help you know exactly what you’ll be getting when you book this resort.

Lake view of Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Review

Lobby of Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a moderate resort. Moderate resorts are the price point between value hotels and deluxe hotels on the Disney property. A moderate resort means the rooms are bigger, the on site restaurant is usually nicer, and the buses are typically dedicated solely to that resort.

Main Building and Check-In

Coronado Springs Lobby Fountain

Guests will enter the resort through the main building unless you check-in and get your room assignment beforehand. If you’re using Magical Express, they drop you off at the front desk no matter what. If you opt to skip the front desk, be sure to venture over to the main building and check it out at some point during your stay. It’s gorgeous!


Next, you will probably want to grab some grub after a long travel day (or day at the parks) and any one of the four restaurants offered at Coronado Springs is a great place to do it. Because the hotel theme is Spanish-colonial Mexico, all of the restaurants are going to offer amazing Mexican inspired fare.

Pepper Market Restaurant in Coronado Springs

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are offered at Las Ventanas, Cafe Rix, and Pepper Market.Make a reservation for the upscale, dinner only restaurant Maya Grill (perfect for date night) or indulge in a cocktail at Siestas Cantina (by the pool), Rix Sports Bar and Grill, and Laguna Bar!

The Dig Site

As a family with young children, we often judge our hotels by two things: the size and convenience of our room and the pool. Luckily, Coronado Springs checked off both of our boxes.

Lost City of Cibola main pool at Coronado Springs.

The Dig Site features the large “Lost City of Cibola” pool as well as a massive 123 foot water slide, complete with a spitting Jaguar! The Mayan inspired architecture adds to the ambiance, but guests are not allowed to climb the pyramid in the middle. It’s just for looks.If active, family friendly pools aren’t your scene, there are three leisure pools in each of the “settlements” or areas where the rooms are located (Casitas, Cabanas, and Ranchos). We were fortunate enough to stay in the Casitas, and we chose to hop over to the Dig Site whenever it was pool time for us.

The Rooms

Inside a Coronado Springs resort room.
Newly renovated bathroom at Coronado Springs.

With over 120 influencers attending Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we weren’t all able to stay in the same buildings (or swap rooms to try others out). My experience at Coronado Springs was based on our stay in the Casitas, specifically building 8A. We would definitely choose that building again if we could because of its proximity to the main pool and main buildings.Our room was an updated room. We had new flooring and decor, and the bathroom was separated by a sliding door for both the sink area and the shower area. This was incredibly helpful for us when I had to get up early to get ready for sessions and the rest of the family slept in!Moderate Disney hotels are some of my favorite. Most of the time, we are just sleeping there, but I’ve really come to appreciate the extra space moderate rooms have for luggage and general “stuff” my family seems to accumulate on our vacations!

Grand Destino Tower

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort underwent some refurbishment between 2018-2019. The 15 story tower expansion is Grand Destino Tower.

Logo for Coronado Springs Resort.

It is aimed at convention goers and folks who don’t generally care so much about a resort being “Disney themed” (which is sad to me, but to each his own), so I expect it to be modern and fresh with more subtle Disney touches.We were not disturbed by any of the construction work, and the new tower looks gorgeous. It’s added new rooms and a new restaurant and lounge to the resort. I can’t wait to check it out next time we are in Walt Disney World!

Considering a stay at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort? Then you'll want to read this post! I cover what the rooms look like, how far of a walk to the convention center it is, and why you'll love the pool whether you have kids or not! Take it all in with this resort review of Disney's Coronado Springs. #waltdisneyworld #travel #travletips #coronadosprings #hotelreview #Disneysmmc

Finally, do note that if you are staying at Coronado Springs for a convention or conference, the ballrooms and meeting rooms are a hike from the hotel rooms. Make sure you have your walking shoes!

Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Coronado Springs resort? I’d love to hear what you think of it!


  • PegP says:

    We stayed at Coronado Springs in Oct (2017) and it is the one resort that we will NEVER stay at again. Ever! I can’t emphasize that enough. It was the worst experience we’ve ever had, Disney or non-Disney. Even the 10 year old said she didn’t want to go back to Disney (we go every year) after that trip. I seriously considered going home early.

    We started in Cabanas 8B. It was a nice room, but it had issues. After the 3rd time calling about the TV that wouldn’t work, we were changed to a different room. When we left the Cabanas room after 5 nights, the glass cups we’d used were still on the counter – dirty. Mousekeeping never changed out any of the dirty glassware. Ick.

    We got moved to Ranchos 6A, a refurbished room. Going from the old to the new really made things stand out. Our mini-fridge was a lot smaller. And the drawers were a LOT smaller. We also woke up very early every morning after trouble falling asleep at night because we could hear every time a bus pulled up and lowered or raised itself (the beeping noise it makes while doing that). Also didn’t help that there was a girls’ soccer competition going on and they were staying at the Coronado. The running up and down the landing outside of the rooms was enough to drive us crazy. Not a very restful stay at all.

    The worst part of it all, though, was bed bugs. Granted Disney swears they investigated and didn’t find any, but I really didn’t expect them to say anything else. But I know my legs were a sea of bites and itched so badly I was tearing my skin up. I had to go to the gift shop and buy Benadryl just to get through the day. We had bites on our arms and scalp, too. It was horrible! Worst experience ever!

    • Sarah says:

      Gosh, that sounds terrible! Unfortunately, bed bugs happen, even at Disney. I hope you were able to speak to a manager and have them make it right. That’s the only way experiences like yours will change. Hope you had better luck at other resorts!