Coronado Springs help???
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If we stay at the Coronado Springs resort, what would be the best building to request that would not be considered a preferred room? The last time we were at Disney, we stayed at Pop Century. We had a room that was very close to one of the pools, but we were far from the food court. It was nice for the lack of foot traffic and for swimming, but inconvenient for drink refills. Can you get refills in the refillable mugs at the pool side snack bar? Anyone know the hours of the pool side snack bar? Is there a freezer in the refrigerators in the rooms? Does free wifi extend throughout the whole resort?
We stayed in Ranchos 7b last year. It was close to the smaller pool & short walk to the pyramid pool. El Centro seemed a lifetime away, especially when rolling luggage back to dme site to leave & to get to the Pepper Market. I suppose we could have taken the resort loop bus but we figured we would walk off the Mickey bars!
We never used the pool during the day or when the pool bar was open for that matter so I can't help you there.
If I was to stay again I'd aim for cabanas 9b..it could be a preferred location, I'm not sure but no harm asking for an upgrade when you check in if so.
We've stayed in Casitas 2 (good for being close to main building) and Ranchos 6A (nice and close to the pool). Both are fairly close to bus stops. It's very easy to refill at the pool bar, though you have to get a CM to do it for you there as opposed to self service in Rix Cafe.
We were in Casitas 5 and it was a long walk to refill a mug or eat at Pepper Market. The walk was beautiful though so we didnt mind it, just a few minutes. When we returned from the parks, DH would get off the bus at El Centro, fill his cup, then walk back to the room. Saved a little walking.
We were in Cabanas, either 9b or 8a, can't remember. It was nice because it was pretty close to the Dig Site, which is what we wanted. We spent every night at the hot tub. It's semi-close to el Centro, but IMHO, still too far to walk to refill mugs. We were under the impression that we'd be able to fill them at the pool bar, but it closed every day at like 7 and we didn't go to the Dig Site until later on after we were done at the parks. Kind of disappointing. Maybe certain times of year it is open later, but in April, it wasn't.
Problem is, the resort is so big. No matter where you stay, you won't be close to everything. Good luck!
Stephanie- Mom to Jaden and Emerson, Wife to Keith, Novelist
Cabanas 8A/8B always get my vote. You are right by bus stop #3 so your only stop on the way to the parks is El Centro, which is also handy if you just want to hitch a ride to the front to save the walk. It's close to the pools (quiet and main pool) and also not too far of a walk from El Centro. I also prefer the theming on this side of the resort as opposed to the Ranchos and it's tumbleweeds
I think that Siesta's opens around 11am and I'm not sure what time it's open till...i'm assuming it correlates somewhat to the pool hours and the season. There is Cafe Rix which I believe is open late if you're wanting a drink; it's not the pool....but it's there in a pinch.
Yes, you can refill your drink mugs there, yes there are small fridges in the room (more like "beverage coolers") and yes wi-fi is resort wide however don't expect to be able to accomplish anything on it. It's EXTREMELY slow, virtually unusably slow, so be prepared for that. If you have anything that works on 3G you might be better off with that.