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Photo Tour of a Refurbed Room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, see this.)

Refurbs and construction at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has four elements

  • A new bed tower with a new rooftop fireworks view restaurant, just about topped off and opening, perhaps, in 2019
  • A new on-the water lounge between the Casita and the Dig Site, which is just pilings right now
  • Various temporary and permanent changes to the paths and bridges around the resort
  • A room refurb project

As of early May 2018, the room refurb project is well under way, with half of the buildings complete and two of the remaining six being worked on.

  • Complete: Casitas 1-4, Rancho 7a, and Cabana 8a
  • Under Refurb: Casita 5 and Rancho 6a
  • Not Yet Started: Ranchos 6b and Rancho 7b; Cabanas 8b and 9a

In late April 2018 I finally had the chance to stay in one of the new rooms. (A photo tour of a not-yet-refurbed room at Coronado Springs is here.)

The main differences in the refurbed rooms:

  • Wooden rather than carpeted floors
  • Higher beds, with storage underneath
  • Bigger TVs and many, many more power points
  • More structured storage, especially in the old closet area
  • Many rooms with showers instead of tub/shower combos, and where tub/shower combos still exist, the shower curtain is now sliding glass, rather than fabric

The rooms continue to be largely similar to those in the other Disney World moderate resorts, but with a few key differences related to the importance of the convention and meetings market at Coronado Springs–specifically, a desk (and, after the refurb, an easy chair) instead of a table and two chairs, and a dresser optimized for two convention-goers.

As you enter the room, on one side you’ll find a pair of queen beds.

The bed side from the back.

A closer view of one of the queens.

Besides the lights over the beds you can see, there’s four of these pencil reading lights–one on each side of each bed.

As has become common in recent Disney World refurbs, the beds are a single mattress on a platform, and are about 30 inches high.

Open underneath, there’s now room for you to stick your luggage under the beds–there’s about 14.5 inches of clearance.

Between the two beds is a bedside table. Note the Three Caballeros-inspired art above.

There’s multiple power points on either side of this table…

…and a drawer, small but big enough for your important books.

Inside the table you’ll find a large safe.

It’s as large a safe as I’ve seen in a Disney World room, likely so it can hold to hold the valuables of two conventioneers.

To give you a sense of its size, my book is six by nine inches.

The other side of the room is dominated by an easy chair and a long mini-fridge/desk/dresser combo.

This side of the room from the back.

The easy chair by the window is new in this refurb, replacing a couple of small ottomans, and makes the room more comfortable for conventioneers or families. Note more Three Caballeros art.

Next to it is the first part of the long object…

…with a glass-doored mini-fridge below…

…and a coffee service above.

Next is the desk area with a task lamp and set of power points.

Here you’ll also find the room service menu.

A larger version of the dinner side–still a little better than what you will find at the other moderates; note in particular the chef’s daily special.

Next is the dresser with a 54 inch TV above and another set of power points in between at the right.

The six drawers of the dresser will easily fit the two conventioneers or family of four that these rooms can hold.

The divided bath is in the back of the room, separated from it by a pair of sliding doors.

The sinks are just behind these doors. Note the makeup mirror, new with this refurb.

There’s an extensive set of toiletries, including sunburn relief gel, a shower cap, and a sewing kit–more than you’ll find at other moderates,  or most deluxes–suited to the demands of business travelers.

There’s some storage below the sinks…

…and also at the back of the sink area.

The formerly open closet area is now enclosed.

Inside the closet you’ll find the iron and ironing board.

The rest of the bath is enclosed behind a pocket door.

It features either a shower, or (as I learned on Mario’s terrific Coronado Springs Facebook group–also see his site and forum), a shower/tub combo with sliding glass doors. If a tub is important to you, Mario says to request one.

Either way you’ll get a rainfall showerhead and in addition a hand-held head.

As is becoming common in hotels at Disney World and elsewhere, shampoo, conditioner and body wash is available in large wall-mounted bottles.

A motion-sensitive fan is in this part of the bath, and because it is loud and seems to never shut off, it may drive you mad until you realize that you can turn it off by tapping on the left-most of the three controls in this area.

In general this refurb is a positive step. Some will object to the lost carpet, and others to the shower or the glass doors in the tub. But the added easy chair, bigger TV, plethora of power points, re-structured closet, and other additions are all positives for both business and family visitors.  And the Three Caballeros art adds a bit of Disney theming to a space that in its prior life did not really have any.

AMENITIES AT DISNEY’S CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT

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3 comments

1 Jennifer { 05.07.18 at 1:56 pm }

I stayed in one of the refurb rooms back in February, and just fell in love with it EXCEPT for the motion detector fan. Passing satellites will set the stupid thing off. But that was a minor quibble in an otherwise wildly comfortable room. I confess I very nearly stole that cool desk lamp. 😉

2 Dave { 05.08.18 at 8:42 am }

That off switch for the fan was a godsend (after I finally found it), Jennifer!

3 Kelly B - Destinations in Florida { 05.07.18 at 2:28 pm }

So excited to be staying here (in a preferred room) for my next personal vacation.

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