We spent 9 nights at Coronado Springs Resort. We booked our trip back in 2019 and our first choice was Port Orleans French Quarter, but since they were closed because of Covid Disney bumped us to this resort at no additional cost, thankfully. This resort is SO big! The tower is nice and smells amazing, but we didn't have a room there, which I am thankful for because the elevator situation was annoying (thanks Covid). We had a water view room at the Casitas #4. It was a nice room, but it took around 5-7 minutes to quickly walk from the grand tower to our room. We were close to bus stop #2, which was VERY nice and convenient. Bus stop #2 is the first to be picked up and usually the first to be dropped off. Since this is a HUGE resort it has 4 bus stops and you really want to be one of the first stops because the busses fill up quickly. I remember most of the days our bus filled up by the time we got to the last two stops. We just happened to luck out and our room was close to stop number 2, which helped us on those rope drop days. On our first day we went to bus stop 1 because we got breakfast, and we had no idea that bus stop 1 was the LAST stop, and it took a long time to get a bus and we didn't make rope drop that day. The line to get on the bus was very long and they finally sent two empty busses after we waited about 20-30 minutes.
The little pool next to our room was nice and our 7-year-old daughter enjoyed it most evenings after park days. I think it was a salt water pool, which was a nice touch. We went to the dig site one of the nights to see the big pool and slide, but it was just okay. It wasn't really worth the walk for a swim, and the wait for the slide was long most of the time while we were there. Since our daughter was usually tired at the end of the day we just stayed at the pool close to our room.
The cafeteria food was fine. The pizza was around $10 for two slices but was filling and worked for us on those nights when we didn't have dinner planned at the parks. We ate at the Rix Bar & Grill our first night and it wasn't that great. Our last night there my husband and I ordered the $13 nachos from the cafeteria and those were pretty tasty. I would pick those again. The Rix Cafe had decent coffee and opened at 7 in the morning during our stay. The pastries that we tried were pretty dry though, so I would save your $6 and pick something yummy from the parks instead.
The room was nice and clean. It came with a small fridge, blow dryer, iron and ironing board, and plenty of toiletries for our stay. It also came with a makeup mirror, which was nice to have. I used their shampoo and conditioner, which I was thankful for because we didn't need any extra weight in our suitcase. We had Walmart grocery deliver some snacks and water on our arrival date and that order came to Bell Services and they didn't charge a fee to accept them. It is $6 to have them delivered, which was worth it because our room was so far away. We also added a box fan to our order so that we could sleep well. It was definitely worth the cost. I hope that Disney was able to donate it or give it to another guest to use.
The walls are pretty thin in the rooms and you can hear a lot of things. I am so thankful that we had that fan, because it helped us sleep better. The A/C worked great and our room was nice and cool each day and night. You will want some kind of white noise if you are staying in that building because it isn't very quiet there. The sound of the kids playing at the pool wasn't a problem, it was hearing the doors of the other rooms open and shut. The beds aren't that comfortable. I will add that we are spoiled and have a nice memory foam mattress at home, so most beds feel pretty hard. However, a Holiday Inn Express has a softer bed than this place. But, it is all about the experience right? Housekeeping was great and came every other day and gave us fresh towels.
Will we stay here again, no. This is definitely a resort made for large groups and is a convention resort. If you don't want to spend a lot of time walking from the cafeteria to your room you might want to think about another place. However, if you don't mind walking more, because you knew that was part of the Disney trip anyway, you won't mind it. I am sure the tower is more convenient, but it is also more expensive The walking didn't turn me away from this place, I just didn't want to stay here because of the theming and number of people this giant place can hold. We have only stayed here and Animal Kingdom Lodge, so I don't have much to compare it to. I would rather spend more money and stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge again, but really I want to say at POFQ during our next trip, which is cheaper than this place.