Let's just say that the Florida and Pensacola State College HOSA organizations sure know how to take care of their members when they are competing in State and National competitions. Some folks when having to compete with their schools might be stuck in a Motel 6 or Super 8 Hotel. Not to knock those hotel chains since that's where I stay when I am paying for accommodations. The 2013 HOSA Spring Conference was held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort located a short bus ride to all of the fun and sun of the Magic Kingdom.
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!