Whenever we go to Walt Disney World, we try as many hotels as we can. Visiting Coronado Springs Resort was super exciting, as the Invictus Games were being held at ESPN World of Sports while we visited and many of the athletes were on the property. I find that this is one of the beautiful things about Disney – you meet so many interesting people from all walks of life and can learn so much. My kids chatted with a British wheelchair volleyball athlete and watched him remove his prosthetic leg as they stood in awe!
Coronado Springs Resort is the only moderately-priced resort on the property to feature a conference centre. It’s theme is American colonial Spanish and southwestern American and each casita, cabana and rancho building has a different name that reflects this. With one large pool themed after the Lost City of Cibola (above) and three smaller pools, the grounds are extensive and covered with beautiful landscaping.
Our kids had a blast in the playground area adjacent to the pool, playing soccer on the manmade beach area, and in the resort arcade. You purchase a card from the front desk in order to play games, and the boys still proudly keep their Mickey Arcade cards in their wallets. The outdoor bar area was much fun for the adults while the boys tested their gaming skills. In the evenings, there are outdoor Disney movies under the stars when weather permits. The resort itself was not only budget-friendly, but super fun. The rooms were thoughtful and well-appointed, like all rooms on property. The pool area was a highlight, with a waterfall cascading down Aztec ruins and a sandy area perfect for volleyball.
Disney has a way of always making you feel special, and every time you appear in front of a screen on the wall throughout the property, your RFID Magic Band is recognized and your name appears!
Overall it was a great place to stay and was close to the Animal Kingdom if you want to sneak that last safari in the morning you leave!