We recently made a trip to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. We visited Disneyworld 4 years ago, and stayed at the Wilderness Lodge, but decided to stay at a less expensive resort this time (figuring we wouldn't spend much time in the room).
After a 10 hour car drive (from Raleigh, NC) we were tired, and our kids were cranky. We entered the resort, which was very pretty and decorated beautifully for Christmas. We weren't very happy when we saw the check in line, and were really unhappy by the time we were finally checked in, one hour later. It seemed for every employee working behind the check in desk, there were 2 wandering around looking lost.
We were given 2 rooms in the Casitas, which must be Spanish for small, dated room. The rooms were advertised as sleeping 4 people. When we got to the rooms, and saw the size of the beds (very small double beds) we knew we would never get two people in one bed. We called the front desk to enquire about a rollaway, and were told there would be a $15 a day charge. We went ahead and got the bed figuring it was worth the money to make sure our 3 kids all got a good night's sleep. We also had to pay $9.95 a day for internet access in our room. There was free wireless access at the pool, but there aren't many hotels anymore that charge for internet in the room. There were also far fewer channels available on the TV than in the average hotel.
The rooms were very small and very dated. I felt like I had gone back to the 70's. The bathroom was small and cramped, the fixtures were old and rusty, and the bathroom was stocked with the bare minimum of one bottle of shampoo, 2 small bars of soap, and thin, small bath towels. There was a notice that if we wanted to go to the quiet pool we would need to bring room towels with us, as none were provided at the pool. I recently stayed at a bargain type hotel, and that hotel had better towels, better toiletries, nicer bed linens, free internet, etc. etc. etc. for about 1/3 of the price of the Coronado.
The other negative of this resort is the size of it. It's a huge resort, and it's quite spread out. Our kids are older, so it wasn't bad for them, but if they had been younger we would have been doing a lot of carrying them around. Since the resort is so huge, everything from the arcade to the restaurants was always crowded and busy.
I spoke to several people during our trip and we all agreed that there just isn't a good time to visit Disneyworld anymore. For the money we spent on this vacation we could have gone to Hawaii or the Bahamas and stayed at a much nicer resort. I know you are paying for the Disney brand, but it seems to me that Disney doesn't worry about quality anymore, because they know people will still come.
The only positive thing I can really say is that the Disney employees are top notch in friendliness, helpfulness, and politeness. Unfortunately for me that just isn't enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relive the romance of Spanish-colonial Mexico as you follow in the footsteps of explorer Don Francisco de Coronado at this Resort hotel. Find your own mythical city of gold in a Southwestern-themed haven of brightly colored Casitas, rustic Ranchos and beachfront Cabanas encircling a glimmering 22-acre lake. Each accommodation provides a unique escape and a welcoming home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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