When you start planning a Walt Disney World trip, you probably begin thinking about the most pricey resorts first. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Disney's Polynesian Village Resort are right on the monorail and full of elaborate theming and amenities. But then your budget reminds you that those resorts are probably a little out of reach and so you start looking at much more affordable options like Pop Century and the All Stars resorts. But what if there was a resort that had beautiful surroundings as well as suites and other amenities like a deluxe resort for the price of a moderate? This resort doesn't get the same amount of attention as most others but it's definitely worth a visit. Here are 5 reasons why you should stay at this hidden gem, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.
1. The theming is incredible
Just as Disney transports guests to a turn-of-the-century National Park lodge at the Wilderness Lodge Resort or a New England-style space at the Yacht Club Resort, entering the grounds of Disney's Coronado Springs Resort makes you feel like you're somewhere else. In this case, it's like you've stepped into the Spanish colonial Southwest. Rustic stucco buildings in pastel colors, along with bungalows and villages surround a beautiful 15-acre lake named Lago Dorado. And the resort's exquisite theming is carried inside its buildings too. Coronado Springs' main building features an arch-lined lobby leading to the La Fuente de Las Palomas ("Fountain of the Doves"), with spring water trickling over a Spanish-style urn and colorful tiles. There's also a pretty domed ceiling in the lobby that features a mural with a gazebo and doves in a spring flower garden.
2. You can stay in a suite for the price of a moderate
Coronado Springs' lush surroundings don't require much dough. The resort is classified as a moderate, so prices aren't as sky-high as they are for deluxe rooms. Suites — from junior to one-bedroom — are also available. A couple of the room types, such as the Casitas - Executive Suite and Standard View - Business Class, cater to the fact that Coronado Springs houses Walt Disney World's largest convention center on property, but non-convention-going guests say that conventioneers don't bother them at the resort at all. They report that the resort still offers peace and quiet after long days at the parks as well as other amenities (which will be explained below).
3. You can explore the Dig Site Pool
Think Stormalong Bay at Disney's Beach Club is the best aquatic site at a resort? Then you probably haven't experienced Coronado Springs' Dig Site Pool, which features a waterslide, a huge main pool (called the Lost City of Cibola pool), three leisure pools — and the largest outdoor hot tub on Disney property, which seats 22 people. The aquatic area is themed like the Mayan ruins and the main pool features a 46-foot-tall Mayan pyramid. There's also an Explorer's Playground behind the main pool, where kids can dig in and play.