Fast Facts: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Haley

  • Opened Aug. 1, 1997, as Disney’s largest convention resort featuring one of the largest single-level convention centers on the East Coast; new Gran Destino Tower opens July 9, 2019, signifying the resort’s grand re-imagining
  • Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort area, Walt Disney World Resort
  • 2,385 guest rooms, including suites in lakeside casitas and the new Gran Destino Tower
  • More than 220,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and event function space
  • Rings Lago Dorado, the 22-acre lake at the center of the resort
  • Fitness offerings include four swimming pools, walking/jogging trail, volleyball court
  • Restaurants, lounges, food court and Café Rix grab-and-go provide a wide range of culinary options
  • Remodeled Panchito’s offers an array of trendy and art-inspired merchandise
  • Reservations: com, (407) W-DISNEY or via certified travel agents

Gran Destino Tower

  • Grand opening: July 9, 2019
  • 16 floors, 545 guest rooms (includes 50 suites, highlighted by two presidential suites)
  • New arrival and reception experience featuring a dramatic two-story lobby
  • Dining and cocktails with panoramic views: Tolédo – Tapas, Steaks & Seafood and Dahlia Lounge
  • New meeting venues include 24-seat boardroom and 2,859-square-foot Lantana room that divides into three smaller rooms; adjoining 1,674-square-foot pre-function space includes show kitchen
  • Barcelona Lounge, on the lower lobby level, offers coffee in the morning, cocktails remainder of the day
  • Club-access guests can visit Chronos Club, a bright, comfortable lounge where they can relax and enjoy light refreshments throughout the day or take advantage of vacation-planning services
  • Destino Plaza off the lower lobby level is ideal for weddings and other special outdoor events

Resort Inspiration

  • Gran Destino Tower takes its name from the surrealistic Disney animated film “Destino”
  • The rooftop restaurant, Tolédo – Tapas, Steaks and Seafood, is inspired by the renowned Spanish city that was home to avant-garde writers and artists in the 1920s and ’30s
  • Dahlia Lounge is named after the “Destino” heroine, a mortal woman who enchants the Greek god Chronos; dandelion chandeliers, metal bell accents and ceiling coffers with swirling patterns all draw inspiration from the restaurant’s namesake
  • Three lodging districts adjacent to Gran Destino Tower are inspired by the elegant cities, neighborhood dwellings and diverse natural landscapes of Mexico and the American Southwest:
    • The elegant and sophisticated Casitas emphasize the residential areas of colonial cities found all over Mexico
    • The Ranchos represent ranch houses of the dry southwestern chaparral regions of northern Mexico and the American Southwest
    • The Cabanas evoke the look and feel of a small tropical coastal fishing village on the Mexican coast
  • The Dig Site pool complex features a massive gray stone Mayan temple that recalls many of the ceremonial centers created by the ancient Mayans; according to Disney legend, the temple sits five stories above the Coronado Springs, and the water cascades down the temple’s steps into the Lost City of Cibola Feature Pool. Bas-relief sculptures, called stellae, have been carved on the pyramid. The deck and its tiled bottom also feature inlaid representations of Mayan symbols.


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