Plus more dining and amenities for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Walt Disney World has announced the expansion of one of its few convention focused resorts. The Coronado Springs resort is set up around Lake Dorado with the convention center and resort dining and amenities on one end and resort rooms all around the lake. Now Disney will be adding a 15-story tower with 500 rooms to the resort.
The new tower will feature a concierge level along with suites and other services. Additionally, there will be a rooftop restaurant that will offer panoramic views of fireworks from the nearby Disney theme parks.
The rest of the resort won’t be ignored as the rooms will go through refurbishment and the grounds will be spruced up with new landscaping. This will include a series of bridges, floating gardens and an island oasis that will help connect the far side of the lake to the convention center (much needed).
There had been a rumor of a tower being added to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort too (permits have been filed that indicate a tower will eventually be built (along with the Gondola system we explored yesterday)), but no announcement of that sort today. Instead, we’re told that the resort will see a makeover of its current marketplace, Centertown.
The new area will include expanded shopping and dining areas, including some water front dining. The new location will offer guests more convenient access to services, amenities, and dining.
Both the Caribbean Beach Resort and Coronado Springs Resort are considered to be moderate class resorts with nightly rates starting in the low $200s. No word yet if this will change the classification for either of them (although it’s very likely that Coronado Springs will have higher prices on the tower rooms).
Frankly, both of these projects are much needed. Expanding Disney’s Coronado Springs, upgrading the convention facilities, and improving dining and amenities will give Disney the opportunity to host bigger conventions on property. We had been debating when Disney would announce a new hotel, but it appears they’ve taken a different tact, expand their existing hotel brands. As long as the resort infrastructure and services also are improved upon, I don’t have a problem with this. I wonder if the gondola system can be expanded to Coronado Springs to help distribute guests to themeparks more efficiently?
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