You’ll be a very happy chappy

Today we’re continuing with hotels at Walt Disney World.

In 1999, my family decided to move from the Old South to even farther south and the Southwest. Once again, we tried one of the moderate resorts, namely Coronado Springs.

Coronado Springs opened in 1997 and is located in the Animal Kingdom vicinity. If you’re looking for a place with a nice Mexican/American-Southwest atmosphere, and you want to hear upbeat Mariachi music everywhere you go, then this is a great place for you.

I am very partial to Coronado Springs. It’s a beautiful resort, and the Mexican-themed colors and designs can’t help but draw you in. The pool has a Mayan pyramid, and just looking at it can convince you that you’ve been transported to Mexico. It’s fun to go down the water slide as a large, ferocious-looking cat oversees each swimmer sliding down through the surrounding trees. I would have to say that, of all the pools I’ve been to at the resorts at Disney, this was by far my favorite.

But what really sets apart this resort from all others, in my opinion, is the dining. The Pepper Market is a food court area where guests can go to several different stations and pick out a variety of food types. Mexican, American, Italian, deserts, you name it, they got it. My family would go every morning for breakfast/lunch (we tend to get up pretty late when on vacation at Disney) and sometimes for dinner as well. It has become my family’s favorite place to eat. We went back in 2006 to visit and eat at the Pepper Market, and it was just as good as we had remembered. This past summer, when we hotel-hopped again to Coronado Springs, I got chicken quesadillas at the Mexican food station of the Pepper Market. They were FANTASTIC. I definitely suggest them to anyone who makes a trip to Coronado Springs and the Pepper Market. Even so, go to the Pepper Market. You’ll be glad that you did.

Make sure to take a look at the surroundings of the Pepper Market.  The huge statues really add something to the atmosphere, and it’ll really seem like you’re at different areas of a Mexican market.

The biggest complaint I would have to give about the beautiful Coronado Springs is the distance of walking. Sure, there is an internal shuttle that takes guests around the perimeter, but it isn’t particularly helpful to get to your room overall. I remember coming back to the resort late at night, half asleep from the bus ride and a long day of walking at the parks, and having to walk about 5-10 minutes to our room from the bus stop. Not something to look forward to. And it isn’t too pretty when the Florida sun is beating down on you in the daytime. You’re going to get hot and sweaty at the parks; you don’t really want to get that way before you even reach your destination.

It can be a calm, nice walk, especially when you hear the little froggies chirping at night, greeting guests and sending them to sleep in their rooms, but it can be cumbersome to some. But the frogs are tiny and adorable if you can find them (We found them hiding at the vending machines when we went).

Overall, I would definitely suggest staying at Coronado Springs if you’re ever debating about it. It has such nice ambience, the food, service, and room accommodations are great, and you’ll think you crossed over the border when you get there. İAye Caramba!

Once again, thanks to AllEars.Net for the pictures! Make sure to check out the site!

Next post, bring a boat and a swimsuit: We’re off to Caribbean Beach Resort!

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