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News Coronado Springs Expansion

Club34

Well-Known Member
Has it been confirmed that the current lobby/El Centro will be going away once the new tower has been constructed? Or will the lobby in the concept be only for the tower?

I'm really hoping for the current lobby to stay, as it's very nostalgic for my family (we've been staying there since 2005) and Panchito's gift shop is my favorite lol
i could be wrong but i don't think that the concept pictures listed are of the lobby. they appear to be a bar or lounge. there are bottles and stools shown in a couple of the pics. one pic does have someone pulling a small suitcase. i could be wrong. i am really interested/worried about what will materialize.
 

peter11435

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i could be wrong but i don't think that the concept pictures listed are of the lobby. they appear to be a bar or lounge. there are bottles and stools shown in a couple of the pics. one pic does have someone pulling a small suitcase. i could be wrong. i am really interested/worried about what will materialize.
The art is for the new lobby.
 

mm121

Well-Known Member
i'm sure its in here somewhere but how many rooms were removed in order to add this new tower?
 

NiarrNDisney

Well-Known Member
i'm sure its in here somewhere but how many rooms were removed in order to add this new tower?
Im not certain how many rooms are in each Cabana building but I do know that only building 9b was demolished to make way for the new tower.
 

WDWtraveler

Premium Member
Photo update as of Thursday, February 22, 2018. The high rise resort at Coronado Springs is up to the 8th and 9th floors now. First photo is from the porte cochere of Coronado Springs for a size comparison.

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The first pilings are being installed for the restaurant in the center of the lake. To the right, the first boardwalk is being installed, extending from Casitas No. 5.

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Quite a bit of fill has been added to the front of the high rise, to build out pavement and landscaping for the front of the building.

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Finally, here is the image you see as you drive up to the security kiosk for Coronado Springs.

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NiarrNDisney

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Photo update as of Thursday, February 22, 2018. The high rise resort at Coronado Springs is up to the 8th and 9th floors now. First photo is from the porte cochere of Coronado Springs for a size comparison.

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The first pilings are being installed for the restaurant in the center of the lake. To the right, the first boardwalk is being installed, extending from Casitas No. 5.

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Quite a bit of fill has been added to the front of the high rise, to build out pavement and landscaping for the front of the building.

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Finally, here is the image you see as you drive up to the security kiosk for Coronado Springs.

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WOW they are really far along! hanks for posting picture updates
 

NiarrNDisney

Well-Known Member
What an ugly monstrosity that ruins the resort.

It was such a nice, laid-back resort with a real theme. Now it will be laid back, Coronado themed... but with a downtown Hilton in the middle of it.
I agree that this quaint (though large) resort is going to lose it relaxed laid back feel. I kind of wish that if it was more rooms Disney needed that they would have either built another Value or expanded the Riviera instead of adding this tower but being the eternal optimist I am I want to see it finished before i make a final opinion. I am happy that they are making the restaurant on the lake and even adding the one on top of the tower though I feel like its probably too many restaurants for one property. They will have to rethink or reimagine Cafe Rix, Las Ventanas, Maya Grill, Pepper Market, and Rix Lounge (think we may be seeing Maya and or Rix Lounge Las Ventanas leaving. Honestly now thinking about it the tower may have been better placed on top of the convention center and then the rooms could have been solely used for those attending Convention, Expos, and Trade shows leaving the rest of the resort for those on vacation to enjoy.
 
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jmuboy

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I agree that this quaint (though large) resort is going to lose it relaxed laid back feel. I kind of wish that if it was more rooms Disney needed that they would have either built another Value or expanded the Riviera instead of adding this tower but being the eternal optimist I am I want to see it finished before i make a final opinion. I am happy that they are making the restaurant on the lake and even adding the one on top of the tower though I feel like its probably too many restaurants for one property. They will have to rethink or reimagine Cafe Rix, Las Ventanas, Maya Grill, Pepper Market, and Rix Lounge (think we may be seeing Maya and or Rix Lounge Las Ventanas leaving. Honestly now thinking about it the tower may have been better placed on top of the convention center and then the rooms could have been solely used for those attending Convention, Expos, and Trade shows leaving the rest of the resort for those on vacation to enjoy.
The number of Food locations may seem to be a lot but there are a lot more convention workers and attendees and room guests to feed once the “new” version of this resort is up and operational.
 

Epcot82Guy

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Have to agree. The tower's scale really is going to destroy the scale of the resort. And, the new restaurant will take away the one part of the lake that actually felt large enough to be a lake. I was all for expansion, but not sacrificing what made the place one of my favorite moderates.
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
Have to agree. The tower's scale really is going to destroy the scale of the resort. And, the new restaurant will take away the one part of the lake that actually felt large enough to be a lake. I was all for expansion, but not sacrificing what made the place one of my favorite moderates.
If Coronado was going to expand you do it by either: 1. spreading out farther, 2. going up, or, 3. filling in.

Spreading out farther wasn't an option what with Coronado surrounded by unsuitable land for development. So, any expansion had to fill in and/or go up.
 

Epcot82Guy

Well-Known Member
If Coronado was going to expand you do it by either: 1. spreading out farther, 2. going up, or, 3. filling in.

Spreading out farther wasn't an option what with Coronado surrounded by unsuitable land for development. So, any expansion had to fill in and/or go up.
I fully understand that need. And, I don't mind the general concept. It's placement and height. It certainly would have been possible to do a larger footprint tower (three wing vs. two) in the same general area. Some parking rearrangement would be all that's needed. Similar for the restaurant - making it nearer to shore. But, those both would have been more expensive - certainly when having to pour foundation for an extra tower vs. just adding floors on top. And, you potentially lose the "fireworks" up-charge capability.

However, they now have the issue of the blatantly obvious premium vs. non-premium areas. Before, the resort felt cohesive. So, each of the areas felt somewhat the same. Conventions often complained that it felt cheap and kitschy. I fear, even with the rooms being the same/similar in design, you will have a lot of attendees complaining about having to stay "in the motel part" vs. the pretty tower which is scaled to be the obvious real star.
 

larryz

Well-Worn Member
Premium Member
Has anyone seen figures on how many new staff cast members will be required to run this monstrosity elegant tower?
 
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