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by Wildcat Dianne
April 13, 2013
The PSC HOSA group was lodged on the 4th floor of the resort in a group of the smaller hotel rooms not the suites. The rooms were really nice rooms with two queen-sized beds, a bathroom, a bureau to store our stuff (except for Danielle, who razzed Pam and I for packing everything but the kitchen sink while she packed lightly, shades of her Navy days), a desk, a TV with 75 satellite channels, and a coffee maker that became my heater to heat water for my tea in the morning. My only complaint is that the room came with a little refrigerator for our perishables, but no microwave to warm up our snacks if needed. Oh well. The beds were comfy and the pillows firm. Pam and I shared one bed while Danielle had the other bed to herself. The bathroom was very nice and had good water pressure, but the first morning we were there, Pam put on the exhaust fan during her shower, and Danielle and I were wondering if someone had cut loose a vibrator in the bathroom. Hence, our nickname for the exhaust fan whenever someone turned it on was "The VIbrator" for the duration of our stay. I decided I wanted my shower in peace and quiet and kept "the Vibrator" off whenever I showered!
For three women sharing a room from various backgrounds and ages with yours truly being the oldest at 45 almost 46, we got along great in a small room. We had a lot of laughs especially after the first night when we wondered who had farted in the middle of the night. Danielle took responsibility for that fart, but our last night at Coronado, Pam cut one in bed, and told me not to move the sheets. I told her, "thanks, Pam! I wasn't planning on breathing for the rest of the night after that bomb!" I started my mornings getting up earlier than the girls and would take a little walk downstairs to stretch my legs and if the Rix Café was open, I would get a cup of tea from its self-service drink station. If you stay at Coronado Resorts, make sure you take advantage of its bottomless drink system. If you buy a souvenir cup for about $16, you can refill it with water, soda, or your hot beverage of choice during the entire stay. I wish I had done that earlier because there were a couple of times I was cursing paying $3 for a Diet Coke or warming my tea up in water in the hotel room that always tastes funny to me.
The grounds of the Coronado Resorts ane monstrous. There are two pools on the grounds with the Dig Site being the biggest and best one. There is a heated pool there in an Aztec setting with a Mayan temple in the background and a hot tub that I took advantage of to sooth my tired sore leg muscles on a couple of occasions. I went swimming in the pool once and enjoyed channeling my inner Michael Phelps with a couple of laps before hitting the hot tub. Pam went in the other pool near our hotel once and said the water was cold and went to the Dig SIte the rest of the time we were there. Unfortunately, Pam went in the pool on Saturday when it was most crowded with high schoolers in the Secondary HOSA competition and injured her toe when some students who were roughhousing bumped into her causing her to stub her toe and was in some pain for the rest of the trip. We thought she would lose the nail, but quick thinking by our chaperones and yours truly prevented any loss of nail or limb.
There are a couple of restaurants on the Coronado grounds, the Maya Grill and The Pepper Market. The Maya was an expensive splurge for us on our first night while the Pepper Market cost less, but I had brought muffins from home for breakfast and Pam and Danielle had made a Wal-Mart run with some HOSA members to get some lunch things to save us money. Everything is within walking distance of your hotels and with everything going on during our four days there, we barely left the resort except for a short trip to Downtown Disney World.
If you are interested in staying at the Coronado Resorts, it will cost you about $180 and up for a night's stay. There are internet deals for people looking to save money, but for us poor college students, our four days at the Coronado Resorts was four days getting spoiled rotten and an escape from reality. We really had a lot of fun staying at Coronado Resorts, and if we can afford to go on our own, we would come again. When we got home that Sunday and went back to school Monday morning, reality bit us badly!
From journal The Three Musketeers Conquer Orlando!
East Haven, Connecticut
August 2, 2007
Each of the Disney resorts has a different theme, each one unique and detailed to its place of origin. There is a place where the serenity of Mexico meets the riches of the American Southwest. That place is Lake Buena Vista Florida, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
At Disney’s Coronado Springs there was a surreal feeling that overcame us the minute we stepped off the Disney’s Magical Express bus and entered the lobby area. In the distance you can hear the subtle sound of mariachi music playing as you pass by the Panchito’s Gifts & Sundries shop and the fountain of the El Centro building.
Holding true to its theme, Coronado Springs resort is modeled after different regions throughout Mexico and are showcased in the three sections of the resort area surrounding beautiful Lake Dorado. The Ranchos not only brings you into the Mexican countryside, but they are also the closest accommodations to the Dig Site, the featured pool where the Lost City of Cibola is located. The only downside to these ranch-style accommodations is that they are the farthest away from the Pepper Market food court and the Maya Grill restaurant. The Cabanas bring the Mexican coastline to life while offering guests a quiet pool and a short walk to the dining options or the main pool.
One thing to keep in mind when booking the Coronado Springs is that the resort is home to one of the largest convention spaces in North America. Although the convention center is located on the western edge of the property and well away from resort guests, the people attending those conventions will require accommodations. The Casitas offers guests soothing fountains inside a peaceful courtyard and usually are the most requested rooms for people attending the conventions. However don’t let the convention center scare you away from my favorite moderate resort. Our room was in the Casitas and offered the usual standard room setup. The decor of the room offers the soft earthy colors one would expect to find in the desert. Cactus green headboards with hand painted Native American symbols are accentuated with natural wood nightstands and a warm diamond pattered bedspread.
One of my favorite things about this resort is the Pepper Market food court. This food court is, in my opinion, the best food court on Disney property, and for those guests on the Disney Dining Plan this is a must do. This food court is more like a table service location as you will have a server assigned to your table and you pay at the end of your meal rather than after you order, not to mention the excellent food selections.
With a great themed pool, an arcade, a marina and 220,000 square feet of convention space, Disney’s Coronado Springs resort is certainly the gold crown of moderate resorts.
From journal A Disney Education: Disney Lodging On A Business Trip
December 31, 2006
From journal Disney World
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 21, 2006
From journal Disney World With Disability
September 18, 2005
July 4, 2005
The room was great, too. Right outside the rooms, you could catch a free bus that would take you to the Disney parks. By staying at the resort inside Disney, you could buy stuff inside any of the parks at Disney World and they would deliver your purchases to your room for you so you did not have to tote them around with you the whole day. It was really great and convenient.
From journal November Trip to Disney World
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
August 26, 2010
March 20, 2006
From journal Rick's Guide to Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort
North Attleboro, Massachusetts
March 10, 2006
From journal Parasailing Over Disney
November 2, 2003
There is a family style food court with an array of choices catering to the pickiest eaters as well as the not so picky eaters. The hospitality is at the top of the list. The hotel boasts a great water slide for warmer weather, as well as a poolside bar for all. The patio space is abundant. The hotel is large and a walk to the pool from some rooms. However, the scenery is lovely and the walk is enjoying. Now if the children saw the pool slide they may not be able to think about anything else! It is fun and worth the wait that sometimes goes along with it. The amount of exercise involved in climbing the concrete steps will make everyone sleep like a baby. Enjoy!
From journal Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party