Coronado Springs

Disney’s Coronado Springs is a resort and a convention center. If you’re attending a convention here, it is the perfect place to stay. If you’re a family of five, it’s not.

When my son and I attended the Food Allergy and Celiac Convention, held at Coronado Springs, we opted to stay right there. What a great decision this turned out to be! Our room was a short walk to the convention center (which is very lucky – it’s a rambling resort and some rooms are quite far from the convention center) so we could pop back to the room whenever necessary.

Why is this resort not the best choice for a family of five? The standard rooms only sleep up to four people. There are a small number of suites of various kinds (junior, 1-bedroom, and executive), but these cost more than the price of two standard rooms, and seem to be mainly used by managers or executives attending conventions. So, if you’re a family of more-than-four and really want to stay here (and I wouldn’t blame you – it’s a lovely resort), book two standard rooms as close together as possible.

Just inside the door is this beautiful fountain.

Just inside the door is this beautiful fountain.

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The lovely lobby.

After checking in, we made our way to The Casitas (one of the three areas of this sprawling resort laid out around a central lake).

En route to our casita.

En route to our casita.

Getting close to our casita...

Getting close to our casita…

Our casita!

Our casita!

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CS desk and dresser

CS bath

We passed this fountain on our way to and from the bus stop. So we walked by it a lot!

We passed this fountain on our way to and from the bus stop. So we walked by it a lot!

One morning, I took a stroll around the resort grounds to check out the other two areas.

The main building from across the lake.

The main building from across the lake.

The Ranchos.

The Ranchos.

The main pool.

The main pool.

The Cabanas.

The Cabanas.

Coronado Springs has several dining options: table-service breakfast and lunch at Las Ventanas, table-service dinner at Maya Grill, Siestas Cantina by the main pool, counter-service Café Rix near the lobby, counter-service food-court Pepper Market, and Rix Lounge (as well as a couple of pool bars). The only one we tried was Pepper Market. The chicken nachos, cheese empanada, and grilled veggie pita were all very good!

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CS lunch

Would I stay here with my family of five? Probably not. There are other Disney resorts that work much better for big families. Would I stay here for another convention? Most definitely!

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