Welcome to Coronado Springs FAQ Thread CSR NEWS AND UPDATES 1) NEWS!! - Here is a 2009 Dining Plan Brochure dated 12/18/2008 and it has all CSR restaurants listed for the dining plan: DDP Brochure 2) LATEST UPDATE!!! - The opening of the club level rooms in cabana 9b may be on hold. Some people are reporting that they have been offered free upgrades to other concierge resorts for their club level reservations at CSR. Turns out the soft opening of CSR concierge rooms didn't go as planned and they will be revamping a bit. For the foreseeable future, CSR will only use the rooms as Business Club Level for convention groups that book those rooms. Otherwise they will be used for leisure guests but the lounge will not be open to them. So I don't know if foreseeable future means forever or until they straighten out the kinks since the concierge rooms didn't go as planned and they are going back to the drawing board. 3) NEWS!! - All buildings in every village now have queen beds. The only rooms left with full size beds are the 100 rooms that will be converted to king size beds. These rooms are scattered throughout the resort. Cabana 9b (Club Level rooms) has reopened and pictures of the redone rooms are filtering in. The room rehab has also begun in the casita section. Casita 1, 2 & 3, 4th floor are done as are some rooms in Cabana 9a. Work is on hold until after the holidays. 4) RUMOR - WI-FI will eventually be offered throughout the resort. 5) RUMOR - The Pepper Market will undergo some changes in the future. A date has not been set but that will be the next big project at CSR. Spring Foods is looking to transform the Pepper Market into a Boma style buffet. 6) NEWS - The marina at CSR will only be open on a seasonal basis. Here are the dates through summer of 2009. February 15-21, 2009 April 5-18, 2009 June 1 - Sept 7, 2009 7) UPDATE - The changeover to QUEEN BEDS is complete. All the buildings have already been updated to queen beds. There are 100 rooms around the resort that do not but all the others are complete. These 100 rooms are being converted to KING rooms so that is why they still have the double beds. 8) Coronado Springs will be replacing the double beds with queens and new furniture to suit modern tastes; but still in theme. Another 100 rooms will get upgraded to king beds. Cabana 9b will be transformed into a club level building with rooms described below. The décor is still being tweaked, so cast members still have not seen the prototypes; but construction will start next month. The aim is to provide a level of experience that is equal or better to most upper end resorts outside of Disney. For instance, all of the rooms now are getting modern flat screen TV’s. Tables are being replaced with desks so that floor space is preserved after putting in larger QUEEN beds. Most of these updates are done with great stealth, so visiting guests will not be aware that changes are happening. New rooms will just magically appear and some buildings simply won’t be available for a short period. Walt Disney World, as you would expect, is getting itself set to continue to be the best vacation destination in the world. Some accommodations are getting a little out of date, so Disney is moving up to the future. Business Club Level services include personalized Front Desk and Guest Services, turndown service and a lounge with continental breakfast, midday snacks and evening wine (additional fee) and cheese. All Business Club Level Rooms have two queen-size beds or one king-size bed, desk and chair, vanity area with sink, a ceiling fan and a bathroom. All rooms are non-smoking. Amenities include DVD player, in-room wall safe, voice mail, data port, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, mini-fridge, robes and coffee maker. A crib is available upon request. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available. These rooms offer views of the lake, courtyard or parking lot. No structural changes except for removing some walls to create the lounge. Some amenities will be upgraded on the club level. There will be an upscale décor and tiled lavatory, tub, and toilet areas. WI-FI will eventually be throughout the whole resort. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CSR TIDBITS Ground breaking - August 30, 1995 Grand Opening - August 1, 1997 Architects: Designed under the direction of Walt Disney Imagineering Design Architect: Graham Gund Architiects of Cambridge, MA Architect of Record: Glover Smith Bode, Inc. of Oklahoma City, OK Landscape Architect: E.D.A.W. Interior Decor: Daroff Designs The chairs located in the guest tooms were imported from Argentina and are made of ironwood 46,000 cubic yards of concrete and more than 3,000 tons of rebar were used in the construction of the guest room buildings Coronado Circle is 1.65 miles in length, this is the roadway that the buses use The Esplanade is .97 miles in length, this is the path around Lago Dorado Lago Dorado (Lake of Gold) is a 15 acre, 25 foot deep crafted lake. Paint: more than 200 varieties/colors of paint were used for CSR. Trees planted at the resort came from 10 different states and were imported from as far away as Palm Springs, CA. Pallet Mulch: the mulch used in the landscape beds consists of shredded wood from recycled pallets. CSR is one of the six Walt Disney World Resorts to get a green thumbs up. Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort has been certified for the Florida "green lodging" program, the sixth Disney hotel to earn that distinction for environmentally friendly practices. Among the hotel's green features: a towel and linen reuse program to conserve energy and water, an advanced computerized energy management system and a recycling program for visitors and staff. As reward for the designation, Florida recommends Green Lodges to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities.