We recently had the opportunity to attend the opening of the new Gran Destino tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs as part of the invited media corps. As of July 9, all arrivals and check-ins are handled out of the Gran Destino tower’s new lobby. The tower adds Spanish inspired flair to the resorts existing Mexican and American Southwest design.
With its 16 floors, the new tower adds 545 rooms to the resorts existing 1840 rooms. 48 of the new rooms are 1 bedroom suites and two are Presidential suites. The new rooms, and remodeled rooms throughout the resort, feature an expansive desk space, hard-surface floors, platform beds (for storing luggage underneath) and more. In addition, a fresh, sophisticated new color palette ties together the entire resort experience.
We stayed in a standard two queen room and here’s our tour of the tower room:
Each Gran Destino tower guest room features a new interactive television system that provides a more customized and Disney differentiated in-room experience. WDW ambassador Stephen demonstrates how guests can view their Disney PhotoPass images on the large screen and stream their entertainment services from their personal devices to the in-room television, among other features. These TV are expected to be added to other Coronado Springs resort rooms next and eventually into more Walt Disney World Resorts after that.
With the addition of Gran Destino, Disney now calls Coronado Springs their first Lifestyle Resort. I have no idea what that means. But what is clear is that Coronado Springs now contains moderate rooms and deluxe rooms with many of the amenities you expect at a world class resort hotel. It is still aimed most squarely at the business convention attendee, but there is plenty to enjoy and explore for the tourist too.
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