Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by rickhowe on March 20, 2006

This was our sixth trip to Walt Disney World in the last 9 years. With five in our group (three adults and two teenagers), we usually stayed at the Polynesian, with one stop at the Contemporary. This time we tried TWO ADJACENT rooms at the Coronado Springs. We liked the theme, and had eaten dinner at Maya Grill one time in the past. The total room charge was substantially less than at the Poly, AND we had FOUR beds and TWO bathrooms.

We missed the fine restaurants at the Poly ('Ohana and particularly Kona), and we missed the Monorail. But since the favorite parks for the adults were Epcot and Animal Kingdom, the bus wasn't too much of a compromise (Coronado Springs is actually VERY close to Epcot, MGM, and Animal Kingdom). Peppers Market is handy, and the food is OK, not great (the kids liked it). Generally we skipped breakfast, opting to get into the parks on a timely basis (including WALKING up to a table at Cinderella's Royal Table one morning - write me for instructions on THAT little trick). Dinners were spent out at the parks, or at other Resorts. So Peppers was fine for drinks and snacks (the kids got the refillable mugs, which turned out to be a good investment).

We tried Disney's Magical Express, which clearly still has some bugs to work out. Our bags arrived at our rooms about 10 hours after we did, and I was glad WE PACKED EVERYTHING WE NEEDED FOR THE FIRST DAY AND NIGHT IN OUR CARRY-ON BAGS. But the FREE Bus transport, to and from the airport, was certainly appreciated.

We heard from one of the Mears (bus service) drivers that many drivers had quit because of Magical Express. The drivers tend to be older, or retired. And Mears told them they would not have to handle luggage. But since the luggage portion of the program still does not work, the drivers have to pack bags under the bus, and pull them out. SO IF YOU USE THE BUS SERVICE, PLEASE GIVE THE DRIVER A TIP FOR HANDLING YOUR BAG, IT'S ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT HE'S GETTING PAID FOR.

Favorite restaurant was Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Favorite ride was Mission: Space.

We also had the advantage of being there (we planned it that way) during Star Wars Weekends at MGM, and the Epcot Garden Festival.

And please don't hesitate to drop me a line with your own observations about this journal/review. I like to see if my advice has value. email me at rickhowe@aol.com
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
1001 West Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830
(407) 939-1000


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