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Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Overview

Moderate Resorts, opening in 1997. It is also the only non-Deluxe convention hotel, boasting a 95,000 square foot convention center in addition to its 1,915 guest room, all spread around a 22 acre lagoon. In 2014, Coronado Springs’ standard rooms cost $232-$322 per night, including tax, depending on the time of year of your visit. Mousesavers.com has a current list of Disney hotel discounts available at Coronado Springs.

How Coronado Springs Compares to Other Disney Moderate Resorts

Coronado Springs is priced just a little bit higher than the other comparable Moderate Resorts: Port Orleans – French Quarter,Port Orleans – Riverside, and Caribbean Beach. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are also considered a Moderate Resort by Disney, but they are quite different and more expensive than the other four traditional-style resorts.

One big change when considering Moderate Resorts versus Value Resorts such as the All Star Resorts is that the resort layout varies considerably between the Moderate Resorts. Coronado Springs consists of three sections each with a handful of multi-story buildings full of guest rooms. The entire resort is themed to resemble the architecture of Northern Mexico and the American Southwest with all its wonderful Spanish influence. Despite the overarching theme, you will notice significant differences to each section as you move around Lago Dorado (the official name of the lagoon).

Coronado Springs hotel map

The Casitas are directly adjacent to the lobby area, called El Centro, and house the convention spaces as well. These 3 and 4 story buildings are meant to represent urban areas with manicured courtyards and elegant fountains. While closest to the food court, several of the Casitas buildings are considered “preferred,” which in Disney terms means more expensive. Moving anti-clockwise around Coronado Springs’ lagoon the next area is the Ranchos, which contains 2 and 3 story structures and beautiful desert landscaping reminiscent of Southwestern cattle ranches. The final section is the Cabanas, which is more rustic and colorful evocative of the Mexican coastal villages. Building 9B, the closest Cabana building to the lobby is now club-level, meaning that staying there gives you access to a club lounge, but also means that they are more expensive.

Left to Right: Casitas, Ranchos, Cabanas

The El Centro area contains the registration area, gift shop, food court, and Rix Lounge. A separate area called The Dig Site, between the Ranchos and Cabanas, is where the main pool, play area, and arcade can be found. The walk between these two sites is only a few minutes, but the distance means that most rooms are reasonably close to one or the other.

Coronado Springs has some amazing vistas, especially in the wee hours of the morning.

Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

A security gate guards the entrance to Coronado Springs’ grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot near El Centro serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in. If you arrive by public transportation, there is a bus stop outside of El Centro.

Check-in time at Coronado Springs is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Coronado Springs participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.

If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.

Coronado Springs’ registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.

The hotel's lobby and registration area.

Coronado Springs’ Rooms

Guest rooms at Coronado Springs measure 314 square feet and they sleep 4 in two queen-size beds, plus one child in a crib. The decor is that of a high-end hotel with a mild southwestern theme. Dark woods stand out against muted pastel walls and white bedding, with turquoise bed scarves and subtly patterned carpeting adding a decorative touch. One difference between Coronado and the other Moderate Resorts is that the Coronado Springs rooms have actual wooden sliding doors separating the sleeping area from the bathroom rather than the curtain you find in the other resorts. This makes it much easier for family members to get ready in the morning without waking everyone else.

An additional difference between Coronado and the other moderates is the inclusion of a work area in place of the small table and chairs found at the other resorts. In our opinion this is an upgrade because the desk takes up less space while giving a more usable area, especially if you need to set up a laptop. The desk also has several easily accessible power outlets, which is something that we feel should be standard in all hotel rooms these days.

A standard room at Coronado Springs.

Each Coronado Springs room is furnished with the following:

The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits within the large door on the dresser. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it. Every room in Coronado Springs has a coffee maker.

The desk that replaces the small table at Coronado Springs.

Business Class Rooms

As mentioned above, building 9B in the Cabanas section contains Business Class, or Club Level, rooms. As far as the room is concerned, it is exactly the same as any other room at Coronado Springs. The difference, and the reason Disney charges more for these rooms, is that these rooms give you access to extra services including a Club Lounge that offers continental breakfast, midday snacks, and wine and cheese in the evening (wine is an additional fee).

Coronado Springs Room Layout

Coronado Springs bathrooms are smaller than what most people are used to at home but they are at least larger than bathrooms found in Disney's value resorts . Almost all feature a tiled tub with shower, while some wheelchair-accessible rooms have a roll-in shower without tub. One nice feature in the standard bathrooms is a shower curtain rod that curves outward, so you're not always elbowing the shower curtain while shampooing.

Water pressure in the shower is average - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean. Eventually.

A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes only one sink, rather than the two found at Caribbean Beach or Port Orleans. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a curtain that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this means that 2 people can get dressed at the same time.

Dressing area, sink, and bathroom in Coronado Springs’ rooms.

Handicap-Accessible Room Options

Coronado Springs has around 90 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.

Some of Coronado Springs’ accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 double bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which features.

Standard Rooms and Preferred Rooms, Standard Views and Pool Views

Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people prefer to be close to the lobby and dining, and want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of Coronado Springs’ hotel rooms based on how long it takes you to walk to the lobby, and what you see from inside the room.

Here's the system Disney uses:


Pools and Playgrounds at Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs has 4 pools. The largest is found at the area called The Dig Site, which also contains the playground and arcade. The area is dominated by a 46 foot tall Mayan stepped pyramid that looks as if it’s been sitting on that spot for centuries and houses the 128 foot water slide.

The Mayan Pyramid

What the water slide empties into is one of the largest pools at Walt Disney World. The Coronado Springs pool, officially called the Lost City of Cibola Feature Pool, sits directly in the shadow of the pyramid.

Coronado Springs’ Main Pool

Adjacent to the main pool is a water play area, where small children can play in a very shallow pool containing several water spouts. The pool area is also where you will find the Jacuzzi as well as a beach volleyball court.

In addition to the large main pool, each of the three areas has its own “quiet” pool. Quiet pools are Disney’s name for their smaller pools, the noise level varies depending on the pool’s users. Each of these pools is smaller than the main pool and has no extras such as a child play area or slide.

Left to Right: the quiet pools of the Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabanas.

Coronado Springs’ pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m and are open every day, including winter. Pools are heated to 82F/28C throughout the year. We've swam in temperatures as cold as 40F/4C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock.

Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities at each of the pools. Pool hours are at least 9AM to 9 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. The main pool will have lifeguards during most of the day, but the quiet pools will not have lifeguards at any time.

Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Coronado Springs’ pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:

You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney usually stocks extra towels poolside, but sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.

Pool toys are permitted in Coronado Springs’ pools, including "pool noodles" (which you may find at the Fulton's General Store in the lobby), and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.

Wheelchair Accessibility at Coronado Springs’ Pools

Coronado Springs’ main pool has a lift that can help guests with special needs get into the shallow area of the pool. In addition, the quiet pools have platforms to assist guests in wheelchairs while transferring into the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance..

Playgrounds at Coronado Springs

An inventive playground area is found at The Dig Site, tucked off to the side of the pyramid. Also themed with statues and “stone,” the play area contains a large sandbox, a slide, and a climbing structure. Like all Disney playgrounds, the ground is made of a spongy material for safety although the entire area is pervaded by sand.


Restaurants and Dining

Coronado Springs has one full-service restaurant, a food court, and an additional small quick service spot as well as a few bars that serve small items and appetizers. With the exception of the Siesta’s, the pool bar, all other dining spots are located in El Centro and can be a 15-minute walk from some of the guest buildings.

Maya Grill is Coronado Springs’ full-service restaurant. Run by the same company that operates the restaurants at Epcot’s Mexico pavilion, Maya Grill specializes in southwestern cuisine. Unfortunately, like too many Disney restaurants, Maya Grill doesn’t fully commit to the style and the results are a slightly bland version of authentic favorites. The restaurant mostly caters to convention customers who are both stuck at Coronado Springs and on an expense account.

The dining room was designed to evoke the ancient world of the Maya, achieving "a harmony of fire, sun, and water." But the idea falls short, with the fire taking the form of "flames" made of fan-blown fabric at the top of two large columns. The kitchen is open to view, but so is the barren and starkly lit walkway outside.

Notables on the menu include Chilorio Pork Sliders appetizer and the Arrachera, although much of the menu is under-flavored Tex-Mex at double and triple the prices of your local Mexican restaurant. Our experiences at Maya Grill and those of our readers are mediocre at best. On the bright side, Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at Maya Grill.

In our annual reader surveys, Maya Grill ranks towards the bottom of table-service restaurants in Walt Disney World with a “thumbs up” rating of 71%, well below the average of 87%. This puts it in the same class as often maligned restaurants such as Epcot’s Nine Dragons, Downtown Disney’s Rainforest Café, and the now demolished Cap’n Jack’s. As you may imagine, we recommend heading elsewhere for that sit-down dinner.

Maya Grill Hours

If you are looking for breakfast, lunch, or a quicker meal, Coronado Springs also has the Pepper Market food court that's also in the same large building as Maya Grill. The food court area is fun and festive and contained in a large space that vaguely resembles and outdoor market.

The overall setup is much like a food court at a mall. There are several different stations, each selling one set of meals. For example, one station sells pizza and pasta; another sells burgers; another is dedicated to sandwiches, and so on. If your kids each want something different, you'll have to line up several times. The good news is that some of the food is prepared on demand, so you'll at least be getting your burger cooked to order.

Prices range from $6 to $18 for an entree so you won't break the bank. Breakfast is the standard fare of egg and meat platters, omelets, and Mickey-shaped waffles. Some standout entrees from the Lunch and Dinner menu include the Crabcake Sandwich and Aztec Burger, both between $12 and $15. None of the desserts are particularly interesting but there is a nice assortment of ice cream sundaes and shakes.

Pepper Market is set up like a mall food court. Different stations each serve a different type of food.

Pepper Market Food Court Hours

Pepper Market participates in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 Quick Service credit, and there are a wide variety of snacks to use as Snack credits on the Dining Plan.

Free refills are available for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fountain drinks (including juice and milk) during your meal at Riverside Mill. A huge beverage station sits just beyond the cash registers, and this station also provides toaster ovens, hot water, ice, condiments, and napkins. Riverside Mill also participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:

The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3-day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.

Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.

For grab-and-go items or even quicker meals than Pepper Market can offer, you will find Café Rix, also in El Centro. Café Rix offers simple things such as breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and doughnuts for breakfast and a small selection of hot or cold sandwiches for lunch and dinner. While the selection is minimal, it is fast and Café Rix opens at 6am, earlier than Pepper Market, making it a good choice for a quick pre-park breakfast. There is no seating for Café Rix, but Rix Lounge has quite a bit of seating that is open for Café patrons.

Rix Lounge is an unusual spot, well for a Disney resort at least. It is the only bar or lounge at a Walt Disney World resort that could be considered a nightclub with DJs spinning the tunes most nights. The décor is upscale and reminiscent of a more urban club although it is decidedly not in line with the Southwestern motif of Coronado Springs. There are many interesting elements to Rix Lounge and a menu full of equally interesting drinks, but Rix Lounge is mostly a hive for the busy bees in town for a convention. When there are large meetings at Coronado Springs, Rix can be quite busy. Otherwise it is often uncrowded.

Rix Lounge Menu

Siestas Pool Bar Directly abutting the main pool is Siestas Pool Bar. The pool bar has poolside seating and a limited food and drink menu, with several beer selections, a couple of wines, and a small selection of spirits. It's fine if you want a domestic light beer or a fruity cocktail to relax with by the pool, or to get a nightcap on the way back to your room for the night. Siestas Pool Bar is usually open 12 PM to 12 AM daily, weather permitting.

Siestas Pool Bar is directly adjacent to the pool.

The lagoon-side Laguna Bar is one of our favorite places to unwind at Coronado Springs. It would be considered a pool bar except that it’s not near a pool. Rather, it is alongside the gorgeous vista supplied by Lago Dorado. Laguna Bar has a similar menu to Siestas Pool Bar, but the view is much, much better. If a casual drink or a snack is what you are seeking, choose Laguna Bar over any other Coronado Springs option.

The selection is no better than the pool bar. The view however…


Transportation to and from Coronado Springs Resort


Driving Your Own Car Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is near I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 – Epcot Center Drive and you'll end up on Epcot Center Drive. Take the first exit onto Buena Vista Drive and make a left. Go about 2.3 miles/3.7 km down Buena Vista Drive, then turn right on to Coronado Springs’ entrance road. You'll see Coronado Springs’ sign well before you need to turn.

If you've got a GPS, here's Coronado Springs’ address and location:

From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Coronado Springs, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.

From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Coronado Springs. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Coronado Springs will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Coronado Springs for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Coronado Springs. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.

Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Coronado Springs to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Coronado Springs has a bus stop in each of the three room areas and one at El Centro. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Downtown Disney/Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Coronado Springs does not share bus service with any other resort, but the large size and four bus stops make the trip somewhat long compared to some other resorts.

If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to everywhere except the Magic Kingdom. Blizzard Beach is actually right across the street and could be walked to if not for the heavily-trafficked and pedestrian-unfriendly road in between. We evaluate Coronado Springs’ bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

Coronado Springs’ Bus Schedule

Ask a Disney Castmember about Coronado Springs’ bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, the Coronado Springs bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.

For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 12 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios average about 13 minutes early in the day. Bus schedules to the water parks and Downtown Disney are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 18 to 30 minutes for a ride.

While these are the average times you will wait for a bus at Coronado Springs, the four bus stops at the resort mean a slightly longer ride on the bus without leaving the resort. This is the reason Coronado Springs has some of the highest total bus transportation times despite its central location.

Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 20 minutes under most circumstances.

Getting to another hotel from Coronado Springs If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Coronado Springs to Downtown Disney (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Coronado Springs. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Coronado Springs to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Coronado Springs, and often less. Taxis are available outside of El Centro; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.

To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.


Shopping, Recreation, and Things To Do at Port Orleans Riverside


Coronado Springs’ gift shop is Panchito’s Gifts and Sundries, and sits within El Centro, just off the main rotunda. As you'd expect from Disney, Panchito’s has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney.

Panchito’s also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And the shop also has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.

Another advantage of staying at a conference hotel is that Coronado Springs has a fitness center, unlike the other Moderate Resorts. The center is located near the quiet pool in the Casitas section, between buildings 3 and 4. It is a small center containing standard equipment such as treadmills, but it is handy if walking around the parks all day isn’t enough exercise for you. There is also a Beauty Salon in the same location for especially bad hair days.

Coronado Springs’ Fitness Center is small, but better than nothing.

In the Dig Site area, near the main pool, is the Iguana Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, although it’s tough to tell exactly how much because of Disney’s arcade points system. Rather than put money directly into the games, you purchase an arcade card that can be loaded with any number of points. The points are 50 per every $1.00 spent and the games requires various amounts of points. The points system allows you to easily set limits for children, but makes it a little hard to calculate exactly how much you’re spending on any given game.

Walkers, joggers and runners will find that one lap around the main part of Lago Dorado is a scenic 0.75-mile/1.2 km course. If you don’t take the bridge near the main pool and instead add the path around the smaller section of the lagoon the path extends to 1 mile/1.6 km. You won't find an indoor pool at Coronado Springs.

What you will find are other activities, many of which fit the Coronado Springs theme either on purpose or coincidentally. Bikes are available to rent at the marina, which is found near El Centro. If a little more activity is to your liking, there is a beach volleyball court in the Dig Site. Unfortunately swimming in Lago Dorado is not allowed.

Coronado Springs’ free Movies Under the Stars program shows a different Disney film every night of the week on a small outdoor screen set up at the Dig Site near the pool. Folding chairs are provided. The movie schedule varies based on when it gets dark, and may start as early as 7 PM during winter, or as late as 9 PM during summer. A sign near the pool will have the schedule for the week.


Coronado Springs Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

Disney doesn't offer on-site child care at the Coronado Springs Resort, but you've got some options. If you've got a car and you're headed to the theme parks, you can drop off your little ones at one of the child-care clubs at a resort nearby. Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.

The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Never Land Club at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $12 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).

All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no-shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Child-Care Clubs
Hotel Name of Program Ages Phone
Animal Kingdom Lodge Simba's Clubhouse 3-12 407-938-4785
Dolphin and Swan Camp Dolphin 4-12 407-934-4241
Polynesian Resort Never Land Club 3-12 407-824-1639
Yacht and Beach Club Resorts Sandcastle Club 3-12 407-934-3750
Wilderness Lodge and Villas Cub's Den 3-12 407-824-1083

If you don't have a car, then you're better off using in-room babysitting. Trying to take your child to a club in another hotel by Disney bus requires a 50- to 90-minute trip each way. By the time you've deposited your little one, it will almost be time to pick him or her up again.

Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.

Babysitting Services
Kid's Nite Out Fairy Godmothers
407-828-0920 or
800-696-8105
kidsniteout.com
407-277-3724
Hotels Served
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Hotels Served
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Sitters
Men and women
Sitters
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $18.50
3 children, $21
4 children, $23.50
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Extra Charges
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Extra Charges
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
Cancellation Deadline
24 hours before service when reservation is made
Cancellation Deadline
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion

Miscellaneous Coronado Springs

Coin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities next to each section’s quiet pool. Cost is around $2 per wash, and another $2 per dry cycle. The machines take quarters, and a change machine is provided. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.

If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Lost and Found department by calling (407)824-4245.

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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. Click here for the Coronado Springs Resort map and to choose a room to see the view.

Being a moderate resort means that Coronado Springs offers some nice views, especially the upper floor rooms facing the lagoon. Other than that, you'll mostly see landscaping, courtyards, or parking lots.

Because of the layout of Coronado Springs, there are quite a few rooms that are set back, overlapped by the exterior hallways. There are anywhere from 6-12 of these rooms in every Coronado Springs building, so be on the lookout for views like the one below.

Cabanas Room 8127: The building configuration gives you a lovely view of a concrete walkway.

Good Rooms in Casitas Building 1

This building is by far the closest to El Centro as well as the Convention Center, which means that all rooms are considered Preferred. If you are staying here with a family be prepared to be surrounded by business people, especially when a convention is in town. The nicest views are on the third and fourth floors facing the courtyard and the lagoon beyond, rooms 1372-1390 and 1470-1490.

Bad views in Building 1 include:

Casitas Room 1477: Gorgeous view of the fountain, courtyard, and lagoon with some palm trees sprinkled in.
Casitas Room 1191: The good news is that you’re close to the staircase into El Centro. The bad news is…you’re staring at it.


Good Rooms in Casitas Building 2

Building 2 is still all Preferred rooms, but is further away from El Centro than either Building 1 or much of Building 3. The location also means not many good views, almost all of which face other buildings or the parking lot. The second and third floor rooms 2261-2263 and 2361-2363 have an off-center view of the quiet pool, and are about as good a view as you can get in this building.

Bad views in Building 2 include:

Casitas Room 2362: About as good as it gets in Building 2.


Casitas Room 2160: Although you may prefer this claustrophobic view just two floors down and two doors away from the above.

Good Rooms in Casitas Building 3

If you want a great view and are willing to pay for a Preferred room, building 3 is your best bet. About half of the building faces the lagoon and the East side of it is very close to El Centro. The best lagoon views are rooms on the second and third floors numbered 3X20-3X23, 3X25, and 3X27 and rooms on floors 2-4 numbered 3X66-3X69. There really aren’t many bad views in building 3 as the rooms that don’t face the lagoon simply face other buildings, although there are a handful that look over hallways.

Bad views in Building 3 include:

Casitas Room 3324: Let’s play a game, would you rather have this room…


Casitas Room 3323: Or this one literally right next door?

Good Rooms in Casitas Building 4

If ponying up extra money for a Preferred room doesn’t sound appealing to you, Casitas building 4 is one of the closes buildings to El Centro that isn’t Preferred. This building contains just about every type of view from the parking lot to a pool to the lagoon. The best lagoon view rooms are on floors 2-4, rooms 4X61-4X65.

Bad views in Building 4 include:

Casitas Room 4360: More examples of the importance of location if you pay for a view. This is a “water view” room.


Casitas Room 4361: This room is right next door to the one above.

Good Rooms in Casitas Building 5

By building 5 you start getting a little far away from El Centro and you are still a bit of a walk to the main pool area as well. The good news is that there are a few excellent views from the rooms of building 5. The water view rooms on floors 2-4, room numbers 5X10-5X13 and 5X60-5X63, are the best. If you would rather not pay for a water view room, about half of building 5 faces a pleasant, fountain-centric courtyard.

Bad views in Building 5 include:

Casitas Room 5136: A view of building 5’s pleasant courtyard.


Casitas Room 5311: A wonderful lagoon view.

Good Rooms in Ranchos Building 6A

Now we get into the section known as the Ranchos. Unfortunately building is quite far from most things. It is only a few minutes walk to the main pool, but it is a long walk to the food court. There are no water view rooms in this building, but there are some very good views of the desert landscaping of the Ranchos area, specifically rooms 6X21-6X27.

A quick note on room numbers: The rooms are listed as 6X21, where you can insert the floor number for X. Because building 6 is split into A and B however, building A contains floors 1, 2, and 3 while building B’s floors are listed as 5, 6, and 7. It is unclear why on Earth they didn’t just add extra building numbers.

Bad views in Building 6A include:

Ranchos Room 6124: One of the better standard view rooms at Coronado Springs, especially if you like cacti.


Room 6100: Not a terrible view, but not great either. We’re just surprised Disney doesn’t consider this a water view..

Good Rooms in Ranchos Building 6B

Building 6B is a very unremarkable building, although that may not be a bad thing. It contains no official “water view” rooms, although rooms 6X72 and 6X73 have views of the quiet pool. Building 6B also contains no parking lot views, with most of the views either of woods or desert landscaping. If you prefer the woods pick rooms on the South side, numbers 6X00-6X03, 6X30-6X36, and 6X50-6X63. If you would rather the desert choose rooms 6X10-6X13, 6X20-6X27, or 6X40-6X47.

A quick note on room numbers: The rooms are listed as 6X21, where you can insert the floor number for X. Because building 6 is split into A and B however, building A contains floors 1, 2, and 3 while building B’s floors are listed as 5, 6, and 7. It is unclear why on Earth they didn’t just add extra building numbers.

Bad views in Building 6B include:

Ranchos Room 6773: A great room if you want a pool view without paying for a “water view.”


Ranchos Room 6647: More lovely desert landscaping.

Good Rooms in Ranchos 7A

This building is as far away as you can get from El Centro and still be at Coronado Springs. On the bright side, it is close to the Ranchos quiet pool as well as the bus stop.

A quick note on room numbers: The rooms are listed as 7X21, where you can insert the floor number for X. Because building 7 is split into A and B however, building A contains floors 1, 2, and 3 while building B’s floors are listed as 5, 6, and 7. It is unclear why on Earth they didn’t just add extra building numbers.

Bad views in Building 7A include:

Ranchos Room 7111: See, there’s the bus stop.


Ranchos Room 7270: This may be the worst room view at all of Walt Disney World.

Good Rooms in Ranchos 7B

Although far from El Centro, building 7B is not a bad spot if you like to swim. The building wraps around the Ranchos quiet pool and is reasonably close to the Dig Site and its massive themed pool. There are several water view rooms in this building, but they are all of the quiet pool and several of them are heavily obstructed by trees and plants. Most of the non-water view rooms face a parking lot, although the rooms facing away from the pool in the South wing face nice greenery, specifically rooms 7X90-7X92 and 7X94-7X97.

A quick note on room numbers: The rooms are listed as 7X21, where you can insert the floor number for X. Because building 7 is split into A and B however, building A contains floors 1, 2, and 3 while building B’s floors are listed as 5, 6, and 7. It is unclear why on Earth they didn’t just add extra building numbers.

Bad views in Building 7B include:

Ranchos Room 7754: A pleasant “water view” room.


Ranchos Room 7596: A pleasant “standard view” room.

Good Rooms in Cabanas Building 8A

This building, along with building 8B, are good choices of location if you are going to be taking the bus to the parks, want to use the main pool, and don’t want to pay Preferred room prices. They are reasonably close to the bus stop, fairly close to the Dig Site, and, while still a few minute away, not as far from El Centro as the Ranchos buildings. The Cabanas buildings are only two stories tall and while building 8A faces the water, the first floor rooms are often obstructed views. The second floor water view rooms have some of the nicest views at Coronado Springs, specifically rooms 8224-8226, 8228-8231, 8241-8243, and 8245-8247. If you really want a bargain, rooms 8220-8222 have lovely views of the lagoon, but are not technically considered “water view” for some reason.

A quick note on room numbers: The rooms are listed as 8X21, where you can insert the floor number for X. Because building 8 is split into A and B however, building A contains floors 1 and 2 while building B’s floors are listed as 5 and 6. It is unclear why on Earth they didn’t just add extra building numbers.

Bad views in Building 8A include:

Cabanas Room 8231: One of, if not the best view at Coronado Springs


Cabanas Room 8222: For some reason, this is not listed as a “water view” room.

Good Rooms in Cabanas Building 8B

Much like building 8A above, 8B is close to the bus stop although 8A is a little closer to the pool and 8B is a little closer to El Centro. About half of the rooms in building 8B are water view and the other half look at a parking lot. There are several good water view rooms, namely the second floor rooms 8650-8653.

A quick note on room numbers: The rooms are listed as 8X21, where you can insert the floor number for X. Because building 8 is split into A and B however, building A contains floors 1 and 2 while building B’s floors are listed as 5 and 6. It is unclear why on Earth they didn’t just add extra building numbers.

Bad views in Building 8B include:

Cabanas Room 8560: The view may not be much, but it is close to the bus stop.


Cabanas Room 8652: Another very nice lagoon view.


Good Rooms in Cabanas Building 9A

Building 9A is one of the closest to El Centro that is not a Preferred room. There are not a lot of great views as this building is set back a bit from the lagoon, but rooms 9250, 9252, and 9253 are the best. For the most part, the rest of the building faces plants, the quiet pool, or the parking lot.

A quick note on room numbers: The rooms are listed as 9X21, where you can insert the floor number for X. Because building 9 is split into A and B however, building A contains floors 1 and 2 while building B’s floors are listed as 5 and 6. It is unclear why on Earth they didn’t just add extra building numbers.

Bad views in Building 9A include:

Cabanas Room 9103: If you want to be close to the quiet pool, this room is about as close as possible while staying dry.


Cabanas Room 9171: This is a nice standard view room and it is one of the closest standard/standard room to El Centro.


Good Rooms in Cabanas Building 9B

Building 9B has a lot of positives: It is extremely close to El Centro, a short walk from the main pool, and, since the building is almost surrounded by water, it is loaded with great views. The downside is that the entire building is Business Class as described above, which means a considerable price increase. The best views are the rooms closest to water, numbers 9X54-9X57, although the water-facing rooms on the South side of the building are much quieter, numbers 9X20-9X22, 9X24-9X26, 9X28-9X31, 9X41-9X43, and 9X45-9X47.

A quick note on room numbers: The rooms are listed as 9X21, where you can insert the floor number for X. Because building 9 is split into A and B however, building A contains floors 1 and 2 while building B’s floors are listed as 5 and 6. It is unclear why on Earth they didn’t just add extra building numbers.

Bad views in Building 9B include:

Cabanas Room 9545: This beautiful view is also one of the closest rooms to El Centro.


Cabanas Room 9544: Being in a Business Class building does not mean you can’t get a view of a wall.


Reader Comments

Reader opinions concerning Coronado Springs are split. A family from Cumming, Georgia, was disappointed:

We stayed two nights at the Coronado Springs Resort, which I wouldn't recommend to anyone. The convention center really interferes with a family vacation—everyone we met there was working and wanted to talk about work while we were trying to get away from work! There was no luggage assistance available, and bus service was slow. We will not stay there again.

A Portsmouth, England, mother had a very different experience:

The rooms were spotless and very spacious. The concierge team and staff were amazingly helpful. Although there were many conferences at the time we stayed there, it never interfered with our stay or enjoyment of the resort.

This Columbia, Maryland, mom is certainly one of our more practical readers:

Con: in-room AC was very loud and annoying. Pro: it drowned out the noisy people at the pool/courtyard.

A St. Catharines, Ontario, mom says, 'Enough walking already!'

This resort was far too big. It was a 10-minute walk to get to the main pool and a 10-minute walk in a different direction to get to the food court. After walking all day at the parks, you don't want to walk that much!

A family from Indianapolis had no complaints about the swimming pools:

The pool at Coronado Springs was excellent & the kids loved the slide! Clean, well attended by lifeguards, not too crowded. Also utilized smaller pool close to our room & was good for kids to relax before bedtime.

A longtime reader from Horsham, Pennsylvania, shares this:

I was really disappointed at the rating for Coronado Springs Resort. When I stayed there last summer, I thought it was great. The theme and atmosphere were exceptional. The rooms were very clean, comfortable, and quiet.

Finally, from a Canvey Island, England, reader:

We stayed at the Coronado Springs Resort and were very satisfied overall. The Pepper Market food court was overly complicated (stamping tickets to pay at the end, multiple tickets per party), but the quality was good. The Maya Grill was a disappointment, overpriced for the quality of the food you get, so we ate at other restaurants around WDW. The theme of the resort is expertly done, with an authentic feel. The walk around the lake on a nice day is a delight.

Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths Weaknesses
Nice guest rooms Insufficient on-site dining
Great view from waterside guest rooms Extreme distance of many guest rooms from dining and services
Food court No character meals
Themed swimming area with waterslides Low-flow showerheads
Fitness center
Business center
convenient self-parking

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Dining

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Commuting Times
Resort Transportation
Magic Kingdom 23 min
Epcot 20 min
Hollywood Studios 18 min
Animal Kingdom 18 min