We return to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and my favorite hammock on property to take a look at a newly refurbished room. We’ll return separately for a construction update along with a look at other happenings around the resort.
Erin and I stayed at Coronado Springs for three nights this past weekend before moving over to the Beach Club for the July 4th holiday. I actually preferred the accommodations at Coronado – everything “felt” new and upgraded. That feeling was fresh in my mind as we stayed the first night in a room that had not yet been refurbished before moving to a refurbished King Bed room in Cabanas 8A for nights two and three. Rooms with two queen beds look virtually identical other than the fact that there are two queen beds rather than the single king.
This is what the rooms used to look like prior to the refurbishment.
The rooms are pretty drab and old looking, even back when these pictures were taken a few years ago. Dave over at yourfirstvisit.net describes them as “stark and masculine,” which may not be too far off.
The refurbished rooms are much sleeker.
The first thing you might notice is the laminate flooring in place of carpet, which is the same flooring that Disney is installing over at Pop Century. There are some practical advantages to laminate flooring over carpet – it’s easier to clean, there’s less of a concern over dust and stains, it lasts longer, and allergens are less of a concern. The downside is that it’s also much louder – noise from the room above was the loudest that I’ve ever experienced in any hotel anywhere. And with Disney attracting a lot of families with kids with far too much energy, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to have some rambunctious youngsters upstairs that may mistake their resort room for an elephant race. I highly recommend requesting the top floor.
The bed was a big upgrade – soft, but firm. In our original room, the bed was old, lumpy, and provided little support.
There’s also room underneath for additional storage, unlike the previous rooms where the beds sat on solid pedestals.
The Samsung television is huge and provides a vibrant display for Stacey’s Must-Dos. If you haven’t visited lately, you might also check out the unique resort channel, which provides some surprisingly helpful information on operating hours, schedules, and activities.
There’s also quite a bit more drawer space built into the desk.
Previously, the desk was separate and much smaller.
Disney has moved to Keurig coffee makers with Joffrey’s Roast and English Breakfast Black Tea K-cups provided. This seems positive as coffee quality is pretty good and you can quickly brew a fresh cup on-demand.
Another thing you’ve probably noticed is that there aren’t a lot of thematic elements at play. This is a “nice” hotel room that you might expect to find anywhere in the United States. There are exactly two “Disney touches” that I noticed. One is the poster with the Three Caballeros on the wall on the right.
The other is a similar poster on the far wall next to the bed.
Inside the cabinet, you’ll find the fridge, now with a clear door so you can immediately see if you’ve left anything inside.
On the downside, there is not a whole lot of room inside and you lose the shelving in the door. You might keep that in mind if you’re planning on bringing or purchasing a lot of groceries.
The incredibly shallow (thin?) safe is located inside of the bedside table to the left of the bed in the King room. The size has never seemed very practical.
The desk lamp provides some light for the mosquito wipes.
One other thing you might notice is the incredible number of power plugs and USB charging ports.
This lamp has two USB charging ports on the side, two plugs on top, and then two more plugs on the wall to the rear.
The bathroom sees a much more upscale vibe, in addition to the second sink, which is a welcome addition. I liked the look of the sliding doors that separate the vanity area from the sleeping/beer drinking area.
This had a really classy look to it, I thought, with the huge lighted mirror, vanity mirror, dual sinks, marble-looking surfaces, and wood accents.
There’s a decent amount of storage here too with some extra towels and the hairdryer below and some tissues above the sinks.
The sinks tilt down towards the drain, which impresses simple minds like mine.
The flooring is a little different in here as well.
There’s a sizable wardrobe in here with some hangers, additional bedding, and the ironing board.
And an iron.
I appreciated the glass door to the shower, which makes it a lot easier to keep the water contained compared to the curtain that never seemed to be adequately sized.
I’m sure housekeeping appreciates not having to deal with a hundred small bathroom lakes every morning during cleaning.
There’s almost a rainfall shower head inside, in addition to a smaller shower head that you can remove from its perch and use to get all up in there.
I’ll admit that I miss the orange-scented shampoo. The current scent smells like black pepper.
I’d also take some liquid hand soap for the bathroom, which Disney still doesn’t provide.
Overall, refurbished rooms at Coronado Springs are among the nicest on property, in my estimation. Whether that translates to understated elegance or an overall sterility may be in the eye of the beholder. And while I would have liked to see a couple more Disney touches here and there, there’s something to say for being able to return to the resort with the ability to enjoy the most relaxing atmosphere possible. It’s true that if you were to step into the room that you wouldn’t necessarily “feel’ like you’re visiting Walt Disney World, but at the same time, I’m not sure people really need a reminder about the fact that they’re currently visiting Walt Disney World. I think most people will appreciate the muted color palette and clean aesthetic after spending a hectic, overstimulating day in the theme parks. And it’s perhaps worth noting that Coronado remains one of Disney’s major convention resorts, so there is a balancing act between catering to business people and vacationing families. Luckily, there are plenty of other options if Coronado doesn’t speak to you. But I liked almost everything I saw and it made for a relaxing, comfortable stay.
Noise does concern me. Disney resort rooms are already incredibly noisy, to the point where I often think that there’s really no excuse for the lack of soundproofing. You’re going to hear your next door neighbors through the connecting door. You’re going to hear people walking (running) outside. And here at Coronado, you may well hear every step they take upstairs as well. I wish there was an, “I am a conscientious neighbor, please put me in a quiet area of the resort” category. I’d rather pay an extra 15 bucks a night for that over some nonsensical “water view” “upgrade” at a Moderate. Why anybody wants their room to be on top of the pool is beyond me.
So do consider putting in a request for a top floor room. There are elevators, so it will only add a minute to your walk. And if you want to be hit over the head with Disney upon returning to the resort, check out Art of Animation. Port Orleans Riverside Princess rooms and Caribbean Beach Pirate rooms may also be better suited.
But after staying in such a nice room at Coronado, it’s hard to imagine being satisfied with the accommodations at the other Moderate resorts. I left thoroughly impressed.