15-story tower expansion coming to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Feb 16, 2017 in "Disney's Coronado Springs Resort"

Coronado Springs Resort tower concept art

Disney has today announced that it will begin a major expansion at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

The centerpiece of the expansion is a 15-story tower that will add 500 guest rooms, including suites and concierge level services. Overlooking Lake Dorado, the tower will offer rooftop dining with views of the surround theme parks and resorts.

The new tower block will be located near to the current main entrance, convention and lobby area.

“For many of our guests, magical memories begin at one of our 27-themed resorts each and every day,” said Joshua D’Amaro, senior vice president of Disney Resort Hotels and Transportation. “At Walt Disney World Resort, we continue to expand our portfolio and invest in new resort developments that allow even more guests to be immersed in all that a Disney resort has to offer.”

Also part of the project is a refurbishment of the current resort rooms, and the addition of floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges.

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort currently offers 1917 moderate priced rooms, inspired by the American Southwest and regions of Mexico. Opened in 1997, the resort was Disney's first moderate convention hotel, and features a 220,000-square-foot convention center.

An opening date has not yet been announced, but construction permits have been filed, and expect work to begin imminently and continuing for the next 2 years.

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Article Posted: Feb 16, 2017 / 4:38pm EST
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BocabearNov 27, 2019

they were always beautifully done...I remember them. This stuff is bland.

wdwmagicNov 27, 2019

Unfortunate thing is, the best of the decor at the resort is in the former lobby and former arrival areas. Now those two areas have very little traffic.

BocabearNov 27, 2019

I can understand not having Christmas trees custom manufactured into "Bell" shapes... The Decor, while to terrible lacks design. Aside from the main lobby tree , all other elements I have seen are woefully under-scaled for an A-list destination resort. That said...it's nice they decorated...

MisterPenguinNov 27, 2019

It's very pretty and elegant. To nitpick: only the bells out front are 'in theme' to Destino. It would have been the extra mile to make all the Christmas trees the same bell shape.

mgfNov 25, 2019

The grey color on the building facade facing the water just seems.... wrong in person. The whole building just does not feel like it works, and the transition from it to the "islands" is just so jarring and makes virtually no-sense geographically. The narration on the SL almost seems like they are in on the "joke"? I will say the big light up R in insanely bright. - even when viewed as far away as the Swolphin.

jmuboyNov 07, 2019

Made my first trip to Coronado EVER in my 50 plus WDW trips. This property is SO lovely. Gran Destino Tower does not ruin the property.......and the lake views AND walks around the lake at sunset are nothing less than MAGICAL (in the true sense of the word). I was there for dinner at TOLEDO (top notch) and would love to stay there sometime. I also go to see a room (a friend was staying there). Nicely appointed. This is def geared toward the convention and traveling professionals. So maybe thats why I loved it..... because it just felt Different yet STILL Disney.

TontoNov 06, 2019

This is my new favorite property to stay at. Perfect? No, but the Gran Destino is a NICE place to stay when at the properties. Offers a nice retreat away from the theme park vibe of the other resorts. REALLY NICE!!!

DisoneNov 06, 2019

Pop the popcorn and wait for it.......

SirwalterraleighNov 06, 2019

I happened to breeze through property last week...here’s my opinions: Coronado looks great Rode the skyliner and liked it a lot...especially the Caribbean to AoA leg. Very nice. It was the coldest day in months, however...and still felt warm. Those suckers will bake in the heat. That abomination DVC in Barbados looks absolutely horrible. Bland, big and boring as all He’ll. The first piece of “Disney” architecture that looked cheap and gaudy as compared to its pricing. An awful idea that I have little doubt will do longterm DVC damage.

V/N McQueenNov 06, 2019

Coronado Springs is beautiful, no doubt about that. I wish the customer service was on par.

MisterPenguinNov 06, 2019

In case you haven't heard...

RteetzJul 27, 2019

larryzJul 22, 2019

The earliest reference I can find is back on last November 14th... https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/coronado-springs-expansion-gran-destino-tower.924526/page-34#post-8459870