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Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:14 PM

BRAND NEW CORONADO SPRINGS FAQ THREAD w/ PHOTOS (PART IV)
 
Welcome to Coronado Springs FAQ Thread


CSR NEWS AND UPDATES


1) NEWS!! - Here is a 2009 Dining Plan Brochure dated 12/18/2008 and it has all CSR restaurants listed for the dining plan: DDP Brochure

2) LATEST UPDATE!!! - The opening of the club level rooms in cabana 9b may be on hold. Some people are reporting that they have been offered free upgrades to other concierge resorts for their club level reservations at CSR. Turns out the soft opening of CSR concierge rooms didn't go as planned and they will be revamping a bit. For the foreseeable future, CSR will only use the rooms as Business Club Level for convention groups that book those rooms. Otherwise they will be used for leisure guests but the lounge will not be open to them. So I don't know if foreseeable future means forever or until they straighten out the kinks since the concierge rooms didn't go as planned and they are going back to the drawing board.

3) NEWS!! - All buildings in every village now have queen beds. The only rooms left with full size beds are the 100 rooms that will be converted to king size beds. These rooms are scattered throughout the resort. Cabana 9b (Club Level rooms) has reopened and pictures of the redone rooms are filtering in. The room rehab has also begun in the casita section. Casita 1, 2 & 3, 4th floor are done as are some rooms in Cabana 9a. Work is on hold until after the holidays.

4) RUMOR - WI-FI will eventually be offered throughout the resort.

5) RUMOR - The Pepper Market will undergo some changes in the future. A date has not been set but that will be the next big project at CSR. Spring Foods is looking to transform the Pepper Market into a Boma style buffet.

6) NEWS - The marina at CSR will only be open on a seasonal basis. Here are the dates through summer of 2009.

February 15-21, 2009
April 5-18, 2009
June 1 - Sept 7, 2009

7) UPDATE - The changeover to QUEEN BEDS is complete. All the buildings have already been updated to queen beds. There are 100 rooms around the resort that do not but all the others are complete. These 100 rooms are being converted to KING rooms so that is why they still have the double beds.

8) Coronado Springs will be replacing the double beds with queens and new furniture to suit modern tastes; but still in theme. Another 100 rooms will get upgraded to king beds. Cabana 9b will be transformed into a club level building with rooms described below. The décor is still being tweaked, so cast members still have not seen the prototypes; but construction will start next month. The aim is to provide a level of experience that is equal or better to most upper end resorts outside of Disney. For instance, all of the rooms now are getting modern flat screen TV’s. Tables are being replaced with desks so that floor space is preserved after putting in larger QUEEN beds. Most of these updates are done with great stealth, so visiting guests will not be aware that changes are happening. New rooms will just magically appear and some buildings simply won’t be available for a short period. Walt Disney World, as you would expect, is getting itself set to continue to be the best vacation destination in the world. Some accommodations are getting a little out of date, so Disney is moving up to the future.

Business Club Level services include personalized Front Desk and Guest Services, turndown service and a lounge with continental breakfast, midday snacks and evening wine (additional fee) and cheese. All Business Club Level Rooms have two queen-size beds or one king-size bed, desk and chair, vanity area with sink, a ceiling fan and a bathroom. All rooms are non-smoking. Amenities include DVD player, in-room wall safe, voice mail, data port, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, mini-fridge, robes and coffee maker. A crib is available upon request. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available. These rooms offer views of the lake, courtyard or parking lot. No structural changes except for removing some walls to create the lounge. Some amenities will be upgraded on the club level. There will be an upscale décor and tiled lavatory, tub, and toilet areas. WI-FI will eventually be throughout the whole resort.

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CSR TIDBITS
  • Ground breaking - August 30, 1995
  • Grand Opening - August 1, 1997
  • Architects: Designed under the direction of Walt Disney Imagineering
    • Design Architect: Graham Gund Architiects of Cambridge, MA
    • Architect of Record: Glover Smith Bode, Inc. of Oklahoma City, OK
    • Landscape Architect: E.D.A.W.
    • Interior Decor: Daroff Designs
  • The chairs located in the guest tooms were imported from Argentina and are made of ironwood
  • 46,000 cubic yards of concrete and more than 3,000 tons of rebar were used in the construction of the guest room buildings
  • Coronado Circle is 1.65 miles in length, this is the roadway that the buses use
  • The Esplanade is .97 miles in length, this is the path around Lago Dorado
  • Lago Dorado (Lake of Gold) is a 15 acre, 25 foot deep crafted lake.
  • Paint: more than 200 varieties/colors of paint were used for CSR.
  • Trees planted at the resort came from 10 different states and were imported from as far away as Palm Springs, CA.
  • Pallet Mulch: the mulch used in the landscape beds consists of shredded wood from recycled pallets.
  • CSR is one of the six Walt Disney World Resorts to get a green thumbs up.

    Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort has been certified for the Florida "green lodging" program, the sixth Disney hotel to earn that distinction for environmentally friendly practices. Among the hotel's green features: a towel and linen reuse program to conserve energy and water, an advanced computerized energy management system and a recycling program for visitors and staff.

    As reward for the designation, Florida recommends Green Lodges to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities.

Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:15 PM


Yes, CSR is a large resort but it also doesn't share services with other resorts and offers some deluxe amenities because it's a convention resort. CSR is not WDW's only convention resort. The Grand Floridian, Yacht & Beach Clubs, Boardwalk and the Contemporary are all Disney convention resorts. The Swan and Dolphin are convention resorts as well.


Read what others DIS'ers have to say about their stay at CSR (2009) CLICK HERE

Read what others DIS'ers have to say about their stay at CSR (2008) CLICK HERE

Read what others DIS'ers have to say about their stay at CSR (2006, 2007) CLICK HERE

CSR Convention List CLICK HERE

CSR Video CLICK HERE

Coronado Springs FAQ Thread (Part III) CLICK HERE

CSR SUITE INFO CLICK HERE

CSR offers a salon, spa, workout facility, full menu room service, a courtesy coach to assist in getting to and from the main building, and is the only moderate to offer suites.

The Pepper Market is a great spot to eat. If you're on the dining plan, you won't find a better CS spot at WDW. Huge portions, great choices and tasty food. Lunch/Dinner Menu

Best Food Court - Voted by DIS'ers CLICK HERE

Pepper Market Photos CLICK HERE

CSR is situated around a 15 acre lake (vs. CBR which surrounds a 45 acre lake). At night, it's a great place for a romantic walk around the Lago Dorado, across the lighted bridge to the hammocks on the white sandy beach.

CSR has terrific transportation. It doesn't share with any other resort (like POR / POFQ) and it only has 4 bus stops within the resort (vs 7 at CBR). And since CSR is centrally located, you'll have a quick ride to all the parks. And being a convention resort, the buses seem less crowded because guests are busy with their conventions.

CSR is the most central to the 3 parks. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World in part three "Selecting your Hotel" it states that the commuting times to the parks from CSR are: 7:30 to MK; 4:00 to Epcot; 4:45 to MGM; and 4:45 to Animal Kingdom! As a comparison from POR it is 12:00 to MK; 8:00 to Epcot; 12:30 to MGM; and 16:15 to AK. See the map below.

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CSR has the best pool of the mods and probably the second best on WDW property. It offers a great slide (123 ft long), an arcade, a sand volleyball court, and a playground at the main pool area.

Best Pool - Voted by Dis'ers CLICK HERE

CSR Night Photos CLICK HERE

CSR X-mas Photos CLICK HERE

Review from mousesavers.com!!

Coronado Springs is my Best Value choice in the Moderate category. It has several advantages compared with the other Moderate resorts. It is newer, so there has been less wear-and-tear on everything. Also, Coronado Springs is a convention hotel, so it has a few extra amenities not offered at the other Moderates, including a salon, a health club and a more upscale food court.

The theming is radically different in the three areas of Coronado Springs. You can request a specific area when booking but there is no guarantee you'll get your request.
  • The Spanish-style Casitas at Coronado Springs are very peaceful, with courtyards featuring tiled fountains. Casitas Buildings 1, 3 and 2 (in that order) are the closest to the restaurants and services. Casitas Building 4 contains the salon and health club, if those are important to you.
  • The Cabanas at Coronado Springs have a beachy Caribbean feeling. Cabanas Building 8A is very close to the feature pool, which may be a blessing (convenience) or a curse (noise, light). Cabanas Building 9B is closest to the marina and relatively convenient to the restaurants and services.
  • The Ranchos at Coronado Springs feel quiet and secluded -- some would say isolated -- and feature desert landscaping and pueblo-style architecture. They look closest to the main pool on a map, but in actuality they are separated from the rest of the property by a swamp, so it can be a fairly long walk from these buildings to the pool, and a very long walk to the restaurants.

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Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:16 PM

Many guests read or hear about cabana 9b or low numbered casita buildings but not all guests will be able to get a room in those buildings or may need a room in those buildings. These are not necessarily the best locations for every guest, in fact not best for most. (As of 1/2009, the conversion of cabana 9b to BUSINESS CLUB LEVEL was completed but it has been put on hold for leisure guests. This building can be requested once again.)

For conventioneers the Casitas 1 or 3 are often the best. These are close to the convention center; but quite a distance from pools and bus stops.

For adult couples, especially honeymooners or those celebrating anniversaries Casitas 4 or 5 with a water view is exceptional. Casita 4 has the quiet pool, fitness center, spa, salon, and both are close to bus stop #2.

For “leisure guests with children” here are some great locations; Cabana 8a, Rancho 7b, Cabana 8b, 9a, Rancho 6b, and 6a...in that order. Nearness to El Centro is usually of no importance to many guests. It's much more important to be close to the park bus stops and the “Dig Site”. Leisure guests may come to El Centro once or twice; but they will be at the buses twice a day (at least) and the pool often when they are at the resort.

For adults or large families who wish to be close to a park bus stop and to a “quieter pool” but are not interested in the theme pool, building 7a is great and has close proximity to parking.

Building 2 also is close to parking and usually one of the quietest buildings, especially from the 4th floor. The fourth floor of building actually includes part of the upper floors of building 3 and has easy access to the convention center by way of the elevator courtyard of building 1 (especially in a rainstorm).

In other words, there is no “best location for everyone”. Each building has its own plusses and minuses. The cast members will be happy to guide you into the building that fits your needs best……..if you let them know what those needs and expectations may be.

Also, for a reality check…….when there is a large convention……not everyone is going to get a room next to the convention center. In fact, most of the rooming blocks are set up by the group having the convention long before any of the convention guests arrive…… Sometimes, there is little cast member latitude on changing those assignments.

As always, if there are special needs that must be addressed, fax the resort a week before arrival. Be sure you are faxing to the resort and not to Walt Disney Travel Company, their booking agency. The resort cast is best able to accommodate special needs. Often guests call the reservation desk with these requests and do not understand that this is not the resort; but a central reservation desk for ALL of Walt Disney World. The fax number is available by calling Walt Disney World information and asking for the front desk operations fax number.

Cabana 9b is close to bus stop 1 and the main building with a short walk to the Dig Site (main pool) over the wooden bridge.

Cabana 8a is close to the Dig Site (and playground) and bus stop 4 with a short walk to the main building (closest to the pool).

Cabana 8b and 9a are in between the 2 above (9a has a quiet pool).

Ranchos 7b has a quiet pool, is close to the Dig Site and bus stop 4 with a bit longer walk to the main building. 7b is behind cabana 8a.

Casita 1 is attached to the main building and is very close to the restaurants.

Casita 3 has great courtyard and fountain views.

Casita 5 has some nice fountain and lake views and is close to the Dig Site but farther from the main building. Close to bus stop #2.

Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:16 PM

CSR Map
 
Map of Coronado Spring Resort

Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:17 PM

CSR Park Bus Stops
 
Hollywood Studios - Bus Stop 6 (1st stop) - 6 min ride once leaving resort
AK - Bus Stop 8 (middle) - 6 min ride once leaving resort
MK - Bus Stop 10 (1st) - 10 min ride once leaving resort
Epcot - Bus Stop 7 (2nd) - 7 min ride once leaving resort
BB - Bus Stop 6 (middle) - 3 min ride once leaving resort

Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:18 PM

CSR has 3 types of suites and they are costly. Jr suite, VIP suite and an executive suite. All the suites are located in the casitas with the exception of 2 jr suites located in the cabanas, one in 8b and one in 9b. The queen bed jr suite would fit six because the wall unit in the second room is a murphy bed. Jr suite is two rooms together, the VIP is 3 regular rooms together, and the executive is 5 rooms together.

* The resort has about 30 junior suites, which are basically two connecting standard rooms. The bedroom includes either one king bed or two queen beds and the second room is set up as a living room with a sleeper sofa or Murphy (Sico) bed. There are two bathrooms. Junior suites have an occupancy of 4 or 6 people and cost more than 2 standard rooms.

* There are also 10 "VIP" one-bedroom suites. These are equivalent in space to 3 standard rooms knocked together. There is a standard bedroom with one king bed or two queen beds, plus a full bath. The living room is equivalent in size to two standard rooms and includes two seating areas, a wet bar with small refrigerator, a full bathroom and a dining table for four people. It has either a sleeper sofa or a Murphy (Sico) bed, bringing the occupancy to 4 or 6 people. The VIP suites are set up primarily for entertaining and are generally used by senior managers staying at the resort for conventions. VIP suites are priced at more than 4 times the cost of a standard room.

* Finally, there are a 6 "Executive" two-bedroom suites. These are equivalent in space to 5 standard rooms knocked together. The first bedroom has a king bed plus a full bath with whirlpool tub. The second bedroom has two double beds plus a full bath. The large living room offers two seating areas, a half-bath, a free-standing wet bar with small refrigerator and a dining table for six people. The living room includes either a sleeper sofa or a Murphy (Sico) bed, bringing the occupancy to 6 people.The Executive suites are set up primarily for entertaining and are generally used by executives staying at the resort for conventions. Executive suites are priced at more than 6 times the cost of a standard room.

Executive Suite

Junior Suite - Queen beds

Junior Suite - King bed

VIP Suite - Queen beds

VIP Suite - King Bed

pictures are old and still state double beds but they are now queen beds.

Room Prices

Suite Prices

Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:19 PM

CSR MAP W/ Designated Smoking Area's
 
http://www.wdwinfo.com/maps/CoronadoMap.pdf

Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:19 PM

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THE PROS


* Queen beds in all rooms (NEW!!)
* Flat panel LCD's in all rooms (NEW!!)
* Club level rooms (NEW!!)
* No sharing bus service with other resorts and only 4 internal stops
* Centrally located with short rides to the parks
* Largest hot tub on WDW property
* BEST main pool area of all the mods with bar, snack bar, playground and kiddie pool
* 3 quiet pools
* High speed internet service
* WiFi available too
* Free use of the gym
* Spa and salon available
* a dance club on property (NEW!!)
* Coffeemaker in the room
* Iron and ironing board
* full room service menu
* an arcade at the main pool
* beautifully landscaped
* central air, not a noisy wall unit

THE CONS


* only one sink
* large resort

IN THE MIDDLE


* The Pepper Market is either a love it or hate it place. We love it but some guests just don't care for the set up.
* Convention resort - some guests don't like seeing other guests at work. Doesn't bother us and helps keep the buses empty. GF, Cont, BW, Y & B Club are also convention resorts.

Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:20 PM

Sign at bus stops on how to use bus internally to avoid walking
 
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BUSES
Theme park bus stops go in this order:
The bus stops are:
Bus Stop 2: Casitas
Bus Stop 3: Ranchos
Bus Stop 4: Ranchos and Cabanas
Bus Stop 1: El Centro

DtD and Exit buses
The bus stops are:
Bus Stop 1: El Centro
Bus Stop 2: Casitas
Bus Stop 3: Ranchos
Bus Stop 4: Ranchos and Cabanas

They go in this order to assist guests in getting to the main building and back to their village.

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Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:21 PM

On the thermostat, push the power button and the down arrow (button that adjusts the temp) at the exact same time. If you do this correctly, you will see the letters "bp" where the temp normally shows. You are now bypassing the sensors in the room. You can then set the temp to whatever you want and it keeps the room that cold whether you are in it or not. You might have to do this once a day as the thermostat tends to go back to sensor mode after 24 hours.

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Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:22 PM

CSR has 4 conveniently located bus stops, one in each of the villages and one at the main building. None of the buildings are far from a bus stop.

The ranchos are the furthest from the main building so getting to the restaurants and lobby are far but there are 3 options. Use the Internal Shuttle System, take a bus to the main building or walk.

WALK
The distance around the whole lake is just under a mile (.97 miles).

Walking Distances
From El Centro moving clockwise around the lake path to:
Casitas 3 = .16 miles
Casitas 4 = .24 miles
Casitas 5 = .27 miles
Ranchos = .46 miles

From El Centro to the Dig Site, via the bridge near the Cabanas
= .35 miles

From El Centro moving counterclockwise around the lake to:
Cabanas 9B = .16 miles
Cabanas 9A/8B = .22 miles
Cabanas 8A = .31 miles
Rancho 7b = .35 miles

INTERNAL SHUTTLE
CSR offers an internal shuttle system to help guests get around the resort. The internal shuttle is now called the courtesy coach. CSR has a new extra long golf cart that is lime green. The courtesy coach only goes in one direction and will make flag stops along the route if there is room on the cart. It runs in the evening from 7:00pm to 3:00am.

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Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:23 PM

High speed internet and Wi-Fi are available to guests staying at CSR.

Guests with Wi-Fi enabled laptop computers or PDA's will be able to access the Internet from the common areas at CSR. Smart City is the vendor providing this service and 24-hour technical support for those Guests who need it. Smart City will bill the Guest using a secure credit card transaction via the on-screen Internet connection. Requirements: Requires a wireless interface card (WIC), available for purchase in the resort's business center.

Price: $4.99 for the first 60 minutes or $9.95 for 24 contiguous hours. Coronado Springs WiFi areas include the Main Lobby, Convention Center hallway, the Dig Site (Feature Pool), Francisco's

Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:24 PM

Cafe Rix Menu

Lunch & Dinner

Full Menu

Pepper Market Menu

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner
Kids Menu

Maya Grill Menu

Breakfast

Dinner

Kids Menu

In Room Service Menu's

Breakfast

All Day Dining

Hospitality Menu 1

Hospitality Menu 2

Hospitally Menu - wine list

Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:26 PM

Fitness Activities
 
Jogging Information

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La Vida Massage & Fitness Center Photos

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there are five tv's
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massage room #1
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Massage room #2
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tanning beds
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Buzz2001 12-23-2008 07:27 PM

Pepper Market Coffee and Danish Window
 
Open 6:00am - 11:00pm

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