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News Coronado Springs Expansion

GCTales

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I don't mind the look I just don't like it compared to where it's going in. That's one of the reasons I like Disney Resorts (moderate +) is the unique theme at each resort. This tower doesn't include that. It's nice looking and the lobby is nice but I get a Hilton or Marriott feel from it and not that Disney twist. I'm holding off final judgement until I see it myself, but my first impression isn't convinced.

I'm also a bit confused as I never got the "convention market" demographic. I've attended multiple conventions and most haven't been attached to a hotel. I expect to have to walk or shuttle to the convention center most of the time. The only requirement for the hotels I stay at is good internet and clean rooms. If I'm attending a convention at Disney World I expect a bit more with that Disney Magic but a short walk from my room to the convention center isn't something to inconvenience me. Then again I'm sure Disney has the analytics to support their decision on the tower.
I have done both small (say, under 300), large (circa 1000), and very large (over 2k) conferences / conventions. One of the very large (AARC) has been in Vegas (ceasers), San Diego Convention center, and at CSR. Different experience for all three. Vegas, all were under the ceaser roof, with a looong walk through casino floor to conference center... San Diego- stayed in gas lamp with trolley / shuttle / walk to convention center- very spread out. Both had events at convention center and San Diego had big dinner on the aircraft carrier. Disney was different... You can easily imagine hotel stay difference.... I would say meeting with people was like San Diego- very spread out and not contained.

From exhibitor side- Disney staff helped get dinner reservations for client meetings, including at hard to get locations (California grill, 7pm same day). One of the best parts, the big dinner was inside Epcot and we were basically given a free ticket to epcot- after dinner we watched illuminations, road soarin and several other rides.

Convention center area experience was similar in all three locations.

Also did 2 small conferences at contemporary- stayed there once and had Poly as overflow... Took monorail.. Still very intimate, very close feel.

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WDWtraveler

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Photo update as of Saturday, December 23, 2017. Third level rising.

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This is the view from the check-in parking lot.

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This is where the main building bus stop was located. Eventually, the new building will connect to the original building.

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At the north end of the high-rise, this will be the service area between the concrete walls. The ground floor of the building at this end will be the service entrance. This end of the building is closest to the existing Cabanas.

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Coaster Lover

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Looking at the room concept art, I am seeing a large number of similarities to the refurbished POP rooms.
With regards to the general lack of themeing/"Disney"? How if you covered the art hanging on the walls between the beds it would be difficult to tell that 1) this room was in a hotel that was designed to be southwest themed and 2) that it was Disney owned?
 

Nextinline

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I'm not a fan of the all-star refurbishments or of the tower at CSR, but I don't have a problem with these rooms. The decor and theme are not bad. The sliding doors are well realized, the light fixtures above the beds add character, and there is some color, albeit earth toned colors, which go well in a southwest environment. WDW is taking many steps in the wrong direction, but I don't think these room designs are one of them.
 

aladdin2007

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With regards to the general lack of themeing/"Disney"? How if you covered the art hanging on the walls between the beds it would be difficult to tell that 1) this room was in a hotel that was designed to be southwest themed and 2) that it was Disney owned?
I agree.....and as nextinline's post said there are worse than this (Im thinking Yacht Club as an example), but Disney seems to be doing everything they can to make the resorts and rooms generic and sterile and anything but "Disney". That ugly chair and counter along the wall? Might as well go stay in a DMV office. Comes down to personal preference I guess, but the magic and difference is all being erased.
 

Sir_Cliff

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With regards to the general lack of themeing/"Disney"? How if you covered the art hanging on the walls between the beds it would be difficult to tell that 1) this room was in a hotel that was designed to be southwest themed and 2) that it was Disney owned?
Yes, interesting. Is Disney just hiring architectural firms specialising in hotel design these days? I don't know that any of this new development looks attached to the Southwest theme. The bar, for example, looks like it has a bit of a Gaudi theme and there are touches of Andalusia in there... which is all Spain rather than the Southwest. The rest just looks more or less like a mid-range to pricey hotel in any major city.
 

castlecake2.0

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When all is done has there been any word on if Disney will take control of the food and beverage operations for this resort? It’s currently an operating participant. I can’t see Disney wanting to give that rooftop signature dining option away to third party.

Now that I think of it, how did this become third party to begin with? I can’t think of any other Disney resort hotel that has this set up.
 

larryz

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Yes, interesting. Is Disney just hiring architectural firms specialising in hotel design these days? I don't know that any of this new development looks attached to the Southwest theme. The bar, for example, looks like it has a bit of a Gaudi theme and there are touches of Andalusia in there... which is all Spain rather than the Southwest. The rest just looks more or less like a mid-range to pricey hotel in any major city.
I was going to say it looks less Southwestern and more Moorish.
 

njDizFan

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I kinda like the inside ornamentation and aesthetics. I certainly does not scream southewest/Mexico, just a vague hint here and there. The tower I think I just bad from the outside and the rooms...ehh, basic and serviceable.
 

trojanjustin

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I agree.....and as nextinline's post said there are worse than this (Im thinking Yacht Club as an example), but Disney seems to be doing everything they can to make the resorts and rooms generic and sterile and anything but "Disney". That ugly chair and counter along the wall? Might as well go stay in a DMV office. Comes down to personal preference I guess, but the magic and difference is all being erased.
The bottom line is that this is the trend in hotels in 2017. Disney has spent too long lagging behind the market - heck they still had pattered bed spreads until a couple years ago when every hotel ditched them ten years ago. They've done countless focus groups that showed the room portfolio was way below market, quality-wise and was driving people to stay off-property because of it.
 

GCTales

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With regards to the general lack of themeing/"Disney"? How if you covered the art hanging on the walls between the beds it would be difficult to tell that 1) this room was in a hotel that was designed to be southwest themed and 2) that it was Disney owned?
While there is a "reduced" Disney feel, I was more looking at both having the sliding barn door between sleeping and bathroom, the farm sinks, etc.

It seems like Disney is moving toward a standard outfitting of refurbished rooms.
 
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