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News Coronado Springs Expansion

wishiwere@wdw

Well-Known Member
While it is purely anecdotal, I have never seen the Dig Site Near Full. Even then, there are still the relief pools in every other section, so it should not be of great concern. I’m personally more concerned about a moderate having three (four if you count Rix) Table Service Restaurants, when it could barely support one (two w/ Rix).
I’m guessing (?) the hope is they would gain serious attention for the convention business... as in legimate conventions, with this new tower. I’m certain this facility wasn’t even on the map for many large corporations due to the “motel” nature of the rooms. I know when we host our various conventions around the country it results in the onsite amenities being overrun with the business guests. Either way, extremely valid point that will be interesting to watch unfold.
 

Magic Feather

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I’m guessing (?) the hope is they would gain serious attention for the convention business... as in legimate conventions, with this new tower. I’m certain this facility wasn’t even on the map for many large corporations due to the “motel” nature of the rooms. I know when we host our various conventions around the country it results in the onsite amenities being overrun with the business guests. Either way, extremely valid point that will be interesting to watch unfold.
Coronado is being invested in as the big convention hotel. Yacht is the upscale convention hotel. Grand Floridian and Contemporary’s Spaces are rarely used for any major event, excluding those run by Disney. Both have even been considered to be axed at one point or another.
 

Sir_Cliff

Well-Known Member
Photo update as of Saturday, March 16, 2019.

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The connection for the bridge to the new Villa Del Lago restaurant at the patio near Maya Grill. The light poles, handrails, music speakers, and under the bridge fire sprinklers have all been installed.

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The front of the main tower is getting the same decorative scrollwork installed.

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Near the existing road to the Coronado Springs porte-cochere, this shelter with an undulating black roof has been installed, which matches the roof of the new tower porte-cochere. Bus transportation shelter?

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Finally, there are some changes being made to the entrance sign. Here is the sign on the right side of the entrance.

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Here is the sign on the left side of the entrance.

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I have to be honest and say that I'm not minding how this is coming together aesthetically. The tower seems to blend well with the Casitas section, and the notion of a tower and sprawling hotel below doesn't look too jarring from what I can see here.
 

bgoofy

Premium Member
Photo update as of Saturday, March 16, 2019.

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The connection for the bridge to the new Villa Del Lago restaurant at the patio near Maya Grill. The light poles, handrails, music speakers, and under the bridge fire sprinklers have all been installed.

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The front of the main tower is getting the same decorative scrollwork installed.

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Near the existing road to the Coronado Springs porte-cochere, this shelter with an undulating black roof has been installed, which matches the roof of the new tower porte-cochere. Bus transportation shelter?

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Finally, there are some changes being made to the entrance sign. Here is the sign on the right side of the entrance.

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Here is the sign on the left side of the entrance.

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Always great to see your photo updates, top notch!!!!
 

nicb88

Active Member
Photo update as of Saturday, March 16, 2019.

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The connection for the bridge to the new Villa Del Lago restaurant at the patio near Maya Grill. The light poles, handrails, music speakers, and under the bridge fire sprinklers have all been installed.

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The front of the main tower is getting the same decorative scrollwork installed.

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Near the existing road to the Coronado Springs porte-cochere, this shelter with an undulating black roof has been installed, which matches the roof of the new tower porte-cochere. Bus transportation shelter?

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Finally, there are some changes being made to the entrance sign. Here is the sign on the right side of the entrance.

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Here is the sign on the left side of the entrance.

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I thought they had announced the lake restaurant was to be called 'Three Bridges Bar and Grill', but the signage is Villa Del Lago as originally intended. I wonder why?
 

WDWtraveler

Premium Member
Photo update as of Saturday, April 20, 2019.

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Additional architectural details on the exterior of the building. Note the new ironwork above the arches, and the "eye" in the center of the arches.

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Ironwork added to the large arched windows on the ground floor. The enclosed passage from the original lobby to the new tower building is filling out.

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Low concrete walls now outline the water front courtyard for the tower building. The area in the foreground is already paved very close to the water's edge.

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The Villa Del Lago restaurant is nearing completion. Several wind sculptures have been installed on this side of the building.

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The backside of Villa Del Lago.

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All three of the boardwalks to the restaurant have the scrims removed, with only this chain link fence barring entry. With the blue sandwich sign posted at each boardwalk, perhaps the Villa Del Lago will open sooner rather than later.

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This last photo shows the connection between the new tower and the original lobby building. At the end of the sidewalk, the scrim has been removed showing the elevation difference to the new tower porte cochere. Workers were preparing the ground for the sidewalk extension to the new bus transportation shelters behind the tree trunk on the right.

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etc98

Active Member
Photo update as of Saturday, April 20, 2019.

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Additional architectural details on the exterior of the building. Note the new ironwork above the arches, and the "eye" in the center of the arches.

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Ironwork added to the large arched windows on the ground floor. The enclosed passage from the original lobby to the new tower building is filling out.

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Low concrete walls now outline the water front courtyard for the tower building. The area in the foreground is already paved very close to the water's edge.

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The Villa Del Lago restaurant is nearing completion. Several wind sculptures have been installed on this side of the building.

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The backside of Villa Del Lago.

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All three of the boardwalks to the restaurant have the scrims removed, with only this chain link fence barring entry. With the blue sandwich sign posted at each boardwalk, perhaps the Villa Del Lago will open sooner rather than later.

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This last photo shows the connection between the new tower and the original lobby building. At the end of the sidewalk, the scrim has been removed showing the elevation difference to the new tower porte cochere. Workers were preparing the ground for the sidewalk extension to the new bus transportation shelters behind the tree trunk on the right.

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I honestly don't mind it too much, but I think two things would have made the building much more aesthetically pleasing: more color and window trim. The current lobby building has reds and teals in addition to the main beige color, and it works great. The tower needs a pop of color too. And the windows are just big glass voids, trim around them would make them into architectural features.
 

Sir_Cliff

Well-Known Member
I honestly don't mind it too much, but I think two things would have made the building much more aesthetically pleasing: more color and window trim. The current lobby building has reds and teals in addition to the main beige color, and it works great. The tower needs a pop of color too. And the windows are just big glass voids, trim around them would make them into architectural features.
I feel pretty much the same. Overall, it doesn't look too bad and, honestly, I don't think the existing buildings at Coronado were architectural works of art. The new restaurant looks nice and, honestly, I'd probably try to stay in the tower if I were booking at Coronado Springs again in the future.

They really aren't trying to make these new towers works of great architecture or theming, though. To me, the tower has a very blocky and kind of ungainly look with minimal theming applied on top rather than appearing as organic to the building itself. It would be much improved by just having that central section with the restaurant and dome rise a storey or two above those big flat, featureless walls at the top. That would give it more of a cascading feel rather than such a monolithic one. Oh well, it is what it is.
 

JenniferS

You’re nothing. But not to me.
Premium Member
I feel pretty much the same. Overall, it doesn't look too bad and, honestly, I don't think the existing buildings at Coronado were architectural works of art. The new restaurant looks nice and, honestly, I'd probably try to stay in the tower if I were booking at Coronado Springs again in the future.

They really aren't trying to make these new towers works of great architecture or theming, though. To me, the tower has a very blocky and kind of ungainly look with minimal theming applied on top rather than appearing as organic to the building itself. It would be much improved by just having that central section with the restaurant and dome rise a storey or two above those big flat, featureless walls at the top. That would give it more of a cascading feel rather than such a monolithic one. Oh well, it is what it is.
I thought about switching, but the upgrade from 10 nights in a Preferred King to the tower was almost $800 USD. In Canadian Monopoly money, that’s almost $1100.

Nope.
 

jmuboy

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I thought about switching, but the upgrade from 10 nights in a Preferred King to the tower was almost $800 USD. In Canadian Monopoly money, that’s almost $1100.

Nope.
So I agree with a lot of the comments ......
the tower is bland for sure but not an eyesore

My question - what becomes of the original lobby? A giant seating and lounging area between the new lobby and convention center ? The old lobby was actually pretty
 

IMDREW

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I don't understand why they didn't went with the colours in the concept arts?.. Why brown instead of the green or gold for the ornaments? And no window trims now looks like it isn't finished.
 

JenniferS

You’re nothing. But not to me.
Premium Member
So I agree with a lot of the comments ......
the tower is bland for sure but not an eyesore

My question - what becomes of the original lobby? A giant seating and lounging area between the new lobby and convention center ? The old lobby was actually pretty
I’m not sure. I’ve heard the pineapple fountain is a goner. No more iconic John Mancini pics in front of it. 🙁
 
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