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Coronado Springs Resort

Hey All,
So Im new here but I was looking around and this seems to be a pretty awesome forum, so I figured Id give it a try. mickey

My boyfriend and I are planning our second WDW trip for October 14-20 and we will be staying at CSR. This is the first time at this resort and I have requested to be in Casita 4 or 5. Has anyone been there before? What or where are some things we MUST see or do? I dont want to miss a thing!

Also, are there any other awesome things we need to see at other resort?

Be prepared for many more posts like this! laugh

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We stayed at CSR last May in the Ranchos section. It is a beautiful resort. We loved waking up in the morning and strolling around the lake. We also enjoyed just walking the different paths in the morning over to El Centro for our morning drinks. The grounds are gorgeous and you can see so much pretty wildlife too. Cafe Rix is really nice also. The pool looked pretty awesome however we did not use it. We had just spent a week at the beach before going to Disney. Have a great time.

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Hi! Ryry and welcome to WDWFG glad you found us and I am quite sure you will continue to enjoy your visits. As for CSR I have never been so I am not one to answer you, but others have been and I am sure they will be chiming in here. Tell us all about you and your first trip and what do you like as far as dining choices. As far as more posts and questions from you, bring them on we have some VERY knowledgeable people and love going over every detail of WDW.

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The pool at CSR has a Myan pyramid. That looks soo cool!

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I haven't stayed there yet, but Rix Lounge is supposed to be a great night club!
http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/articles/disneys-coronado-springs-rix-lounge-high-energy-fun

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Welcome to the forum!!! I've stayed at CSR once. It's a really nice place. I think the buildings you requested will work out just fine. My husband and I went to WDW in October this past year. It was amazing. The weather was great and the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is AWESOME! Definitely check it out!

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HI and welcome! I know it's early but have you thought about where you will trying to get ADRs for?

I second Kris's comment that the Food & Wine Festival is awesome.

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We stayed at the Corondo and really loved the room we had. It was very large, clean and 10 feet from our door was a quiet pool! It was a beautiful little tropical hideaway surrounded by banana and palm trees. It seemed like we were the only ones who used the pool which was perfect to just lay and relax by. I believe we were in the cabannas. On all ears.net you can view a resort tour. It will really familiarize yourself with the resort. We really didn't care for the set up of the pepper market but things may have changed by now. However we really enjoyed the mayan grill. They had fantastic food and great personal service. I also loved the gift shop. They had a very nice selection of disney of jewelery and watches as well as the usual shirts etc.

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Wow!! Thank you guys for all the info!

As for dining options, our first visit there we were so over whelmed that we usually just ate at the hotel...So this trip I decided to look into dining options more and actually make reservations. What are some good lower priced restruants?

Vettelover, my first trip involved my bf's brothers gf being vegetarian and EXTREMELLY picky about where we ate while in the parks. Shes not going this trip...thank goodness...so we want to eat at a bunch of different places..But other than that my first trip was awesommmme! I work at the Ca Disneyland, but seeing WDW put our park to shame! We missed so many things because we were only there five days. Our favorite park was by far Epcot and we look so long there that we only saw half of it! I absolutly cannot wait to see the other side!

Kris 1971, looks like we are going at the same time by what your countdown says Smile

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Ryry991 wrote:

Kris 1971, looks like we are going at the same time by what your countdown says Smile

Ryry991 that's awesome we'll be there at the same time. This is the same week I went this past year with my husband and it was fantatic. The weather was great and the crowds were relatively light. You're going to love it. When we were there last year we ate at The Coral Reef & Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot, the Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort, and Wolfgang Pucks at Downtown Disney. All were fantatic, but Kona Cafe was my favorite from that trip.

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Good afternoon and welcome to WDWFG! I've never stayed in Coronado Springs Resort but have visited on previous trips. It does the American Southwest/Mexico theme very well, is WDW's largest moderate resort, and is a convention hotel. If you decide not to rent a car, buses will take you to and from the parks. Dining options at the resort itself, as you discovered on your last trip, are limited. Throughout the rest of Disney property, they are diverse.

Kris1971 listed several excellent choices, my favorite (see my screenname) notwithstanding. Restaurant Marrakesh, located in the Morocco pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, is an underrated gem. Try the lamb meshoui, a large lamb leg roasted in its own juices. Coral Reef, in Epcot Future World, is very good for seafood, the place where I first had the flaky white fish called tilapia. Another good seafood eatery is Captain Jack's Clam Bar located on the marina at Downtown Disney Marketplace. I went there at 5:00 pm on a December, 2003 evening and was seated immediately for a very good dinner of New England Clam Chowder, seafood pasta and, for dessert, chocolate lava cake. While I have never eaten at Wolfgang Puck's, it has a reputation for good food. If you like ice cream (who doesn't?), Downtown Disney Marketplace has a Ghirardelli's Chocolate Shoppe. Best burgers on property, though, are in my opinion at Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club, which is an old-fashioned soda fountain that also serves great ice cream. For lunch, try Earl of Sandwich, also at Downtown Disney Marketplace. The sandwiches are substantial, tasty and reasonably priced. Like steak? Well, there's LeCellier, located in World Showcase's Canada pavilion, which is so popular that getting an ADR is extremely difficult. Yachtsman's Steakhouse in the Yacht Club Resort is also very good, as is Flying Fish, at the Boardwalk Resort. Comfort food? For a bargain, go to Trail's End Buffeteria, located at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. That's reachable by boat from the Magic Kingdom. You can also go to 50s Prime Time Cafe, in Disney Studios. Decent food, great desserts, and a fun atmosphere.

Hope I haven't overwhelmed or bored you. Welcome!

Jim

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Hi Ryry991 & welcome to to our happy home on the web! Oh if you want to talk food , you've come to the right place. Just posting on this site could increase your belt size some! biggrin

Wooot! 8 days and counting down!

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Thanks guys for all the suggestions!

Heres a question I thought of today though...what the highest/best place to see all of WDW? Or is that even possible?

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Ryry - I haven't stayed at CSR so I can't offer much input, but I wanted to welcome you to the forum! We're so glad you've joined us here!

I'm sure others will offer suggestions, but I would say you get a nice view of some of the resort from the California Grill, atop the Contemporary Resort. Also, I had friends who stayed in the Waldorf Astoria over in the Bonnet Creek Resort Area last year, and their view was expansive and spectacular! Some of the Plaza Hotels have restaurants or bars atop them, which also offer good views. Finally - and I know Mr. Hub and Scrappy will be along to second this - the Characters in Flight attraction at Downtown Disney, which is a tethered hot air balloon ride, provides spectacular views from what I understand. The price for a "ride" is fairly reasonable as well, if you'd like to look into it.

Good luck! I love that time of year in FL. It's a great time to visit!

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Mrhub and scrappy will second the characters in flight from DTD and I will third it. awesome laugh

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I have never stayed at CSR but I wanted to say welcome to WDWforGUPS! And you are right..this is an awesome forum!

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Yes I second Characters in Flight as a very good view, (Whisper - its a Helium Baloon Lizzy.) wink . But the Cali Grill would be the best close place to get a good high up view of the Magic Kingdom. I have never been to the Lounge on top of Bay Lake Towers, so i can't say if that is better or not.

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Awesome ideas! IDK how the bf (or me) will handle the Characters in Flight..(we went to Knotts Berry Farm yesterday and had a brilliant idea of getting on the swings...that go 350 ft in the air....both of us hate heights and almost had a heart attack) but I think it's a really neat idea...How pricy is the CA Grill? We are doing this trip on a budget and since Im a cast member and had to book through our cast reservation interface we dont have the dining plan options...

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It can be pricey

Here is a menu link to the menu, but this is from Oct 2011 - http://allears.net/menu/menu_cg.htm
But it is worth every lip smacking penny! I love the sushi!

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Oh cool.. Thanks mrhub Smile

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mrhub wrote:
I love the sushi!

I agree with MrHub. The sushi is out of this world!

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You can get really good sushi at the sushi bar at the Poly too! Its right next to Kona Cafe'.

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So I was over at Disboards and saw the CSR has an alligator?!?! eek His name is Glenn? HAs anyone seen him?