on February 12, 2006
I went down to Orlando and visited Disney's Coronado Springs Resort for a conference. It appeared to be one of their older resorts.Magical Express at the Orlando airport was fantastic and much better than renting a car or taking a cab, as Disney is a good hike away from MCO. Luckily, the driver spared us from the promotional video, as it was quite late when we arrived. Apparently there's usually a loud and long Disney promo loop that plays during your ride, but hey, it's free!Check-in was slow, and even though there were four to five people working the counter, the line took quite some time to move. The rooms can be located quite far away from the front desk, so you may want to take a chauffeured golf cart, unless you don't mind a walk. The farthest rooms are about a 15-minute walk away, mainly because you have to walk around this huge lake that sits between the guest rooms and main facilities.The room itself was quite tired. Maybe it had something to do with the colors, which were not quite Latin and not quite pastel, reminding me of the '80s. The quality of the beds and other furniture was on par with a budget hotel, like Motel 6. It was a cool winter night and my room only had A/C, no heat, which makes sense for peak season but is somewhat difficult when you like it around 70 to 72 degrees F.If you care about toiletries, Disney gives you subsistence-level stuff. There's nothing special about the soap or shampoo, save that they've got the Mouse on the wrapper. The bathroom was small, with a standard tub/shower and toilet. The sink was adjacent to the bedroom space.A nice touch was the mini-fridge in the room, which I'd imagine comes in handy for families.The TV had mostly ABC channels, all ESPNs, plus some park promo stuff. There is Internet available in the room using LAN cable. Wi-fi is available in conference areas.The conference facilities were okay, nothing special. Many of the attendees complained about the difficulty in getting a signal. I'd say that it was no better or worse than what you'd expect at any industry conference. And they were definitely serving liquid concentrate coffee.I'd probably choose a different resort if I were going to Disney, but at least this one is reasonably priced and gets you close to the park.
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