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Guests aren't required to wear sombreros, serapes and silver spurs at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, but they certainly wouldn't be out of place.

This Walt Disney World resort features 1,967 moderate-price guest rooms encircling a 15-acre golden lagoon -- Lago Dorado. Based on explorations of what is now regions of Mexico and the American Southwest, the resort features a five-story Mayan pyramid, which is the resort's dominant icon. The pyramid is also the splashy centerpiece of a family fun pool, complete with waterslide.

Coronado Springs caters to families, with a festive food court, playground, volleyball court and all the amenities that come with staying at a Walt Disney World resort.

Coronado Springs is also Disney's most value-priced convention resort, with a 95,000-foot Convention Center, including a full-service business center and the largest hotel ballroom in the United States.

Architecturally, the rambling resort gains inspiration from the grand haciendas and elegant mission cities of the Spanish Colonial era in Latin America. Facing the tree-lined entrance boulevard it appears as a series of three- and four-story palacios tinted in shades of desert sand, sunset pink and tropic green. Its main themes come from regions of Mexico and the great American Southwest -- tile roofs and mosaic accents, arched windows and doorways, shady courtyards and patios.

The lobby, reception area and restaurants are themed to the rich tradition of life on the wealthiest haciendas of the past or at today's finest guest ranchos of New Mexico or Arizona.

<>Connected to the lobby are the three- and four-story "Casitas," one of three major guest room areas. Architecturally, the Casitas represent urban centers like Santa Fe or Monterey.

Epitomizing arid rural regions of the Southwest are the "Ranchos" -- two- and three-story villas with sagebrush and cactus landscaping along a narrow "arroyo" where a small stream of water tumbles quietly over rounded river rocks.

On the northern shore of the Lago Dorado are the "Cabanas," inspired by beachside resorts along the Gulf Coast. Cabana buildings are two stories high with many of the rooms looking out across the lake to a watercraft marina.

Between the Ranchos and Cabanas is the 46-foot Mayan pyramid with water rushing down its ceremonial stone steps. On one side, a twisting waterslide provides extra fun for guests as its rushing water pushes them into the resort's main 120-by-90-foot swimming pool. The area represents the imaginary discovery of a lost Mayan kingdom during a present-day archaeological dig.

There also are three "quiet" pools, one for each of the resort's guest areas. Encircling the lagoon and linking those areas, the Esplanade provides a broad walkway for leisurely strolls.

Disney's Coronado Springs' lobby and reception areas are built around La Fuente de las Palomas, a spring-fed fountain which supplied the hacienda with cool drinking water on the hottest days. It bubbles up from a Spanish urn surrounded by colorful tiles in blue, green and orange-red under a domed ceiling filled with hand-painted images of white clouds and doves flying through a blue sky.

Through adobe archways guests discover Panchito's Gifts and Sundries -- a 6,000-square-foot shop decorated with colorful piñatas and sombreros and filled with Indian and Mestizo handicrafts and unique Disney character merchandise.

The 420-seat Pepper Market features Mexican delicacies plus fresh baked goods, international coffees, pizzas, pastas, Chinese fare and a multi-purpose grill. Nearby is Francisco's, a 200-seat lounge offering specialty drinks and snacks.

For fine dining, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort presents Maya Grill, operated by one of the premier restaurateur-families of Mexico. It features a huge, wood-fired grill where guests can watch cocineros brazing a vast array of meats and fish over the open fire. Soft-leather chairs and mission-style furnishings complete the themed decor. Decorative designs recall the elegant and geometrically-sophisticated stone carvings used by Mayan artisans in their temples and palaces.

Other facilities include La Vida Health Club with a full range of fitness equipment, a hair-styling salon, two exciting game arcades, a poolside bar, kiddie pool, playground and sand volleyball court plus boat rental, bike rentals and spacious public areas.

Unusual in a moderate-price resort, guest room amenities include coffee makers and in-room ironing equipment plus limited room service for breakfast and dinner. Also available on request are cribs, refrigerators, wheelchairs, hair dryers, etc. Non-smoking and accessible rooms are available.

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort also offers five executive suites, 10 VIP suites and 31 junior suites. Standard rooms will accommodate up to four guests with room rates comparable to Disney's other "moderate" hotels.

The resort is located on the west side of World Drive, near Disney Hollywood Studios and Blizzard Beach water adventure park.

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort was designed under the direction of Walt Disney Imagineering by Graham Gund Architects of Cambridge, Mass. (design architect), Glover Smith Bode, Inc. of Oklahoma City (architect of record), E.D.A.W, landscape architect and Daroff Designs for interior decor.

 Resort Info 

1000 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 939-1000
Fax: (407) 939-1003

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 Current Rack Rates 
Room Type:
Weekday Rate, Weekends Slightly Higher

Value Season:  $164.00
Regular Season:  $185.00
Summer Season:  $195.00
Peak Season:  $209.00
Holiday Season:  $249.00
Fall Season:  $174.00




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