Today In Disney History ~ August 1st
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a resort hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort that opened on August 1, 1997. The resort is located in the Animal Kingdom Resort Area. Its theme is American colonial Spanish and southwestern American. This hotel is categorized as a ‘moderate’ resort. This was Walt Disney World’s first attempt at a ‘moderate’ resort with a convention center. It is the only moderate level Disney resort with suites, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a formal dinner restaurant (Maya Grill), a gift shop, an arcade, one large pool, three quiet pools, a salon, fitness center, and a dance club. The resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. In February 2017, a large expansion was announced, with the centerpiece being a 15 story tower located near the entrance and convention center. Other things added are “floating gardens and a oasis which connects to the rest of the resort via a series of bridges”.
There are 1,951 rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort located in three sections across the property. The Casitas are made up of 5 buildings that have 3-5 floors and are close to the Convention Center, with Building 1 connecting directly to the Convention Center and buildings 2 & 3 connecting directly to building 1. The Ranchos are made of up 4 pueblo-style buildings that have 2-4 floors. The Cabanas are made up of 4 buildings that have 2 floors that are somewhat near El Centro. Most rooms were renovated in 2009 and now feature two queen beds or one king bed, a flat screen TV, and other new furnishings.
The Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center is the largest convention center on Walt Disney World property featuring 220,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) of meeting space. The Convention Center includes the 60,214-square-foot (5,594.1 m2) Coronado Ballroom which is the largest ballroom in the southeastern United States, the 21,160-square-foot (1,966 m2) Fiesta Ballroom, as well as the 86,000-square-foot (8,000 m2) Veracruz Exhibition Hall with 1,500-square-foot (140 m2) of pre-function space in addition to 45 breakout rooms. It has been designated as being the premier single-level hotel convention facility on the east-coast and is one of the largest single-level hotel convention centers in the Southeast. There is a business center located on site.
In February 2017 it was announced that Coronado Springs Resort will get a new 15-story tower with 500 rooms, featuring suites and concierge level services. The new tower overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort’s centerpiece lake, will allow guests to experience rooftop dining with views of fireworks from Disney theme parks.