I was invited to the media grand opening event of the Grad Destino, courtesy of the nice folks at Disney Media relations, and I wanted to share my experience with you! Let’s take a look at the updated Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and the new Gran Destino Tower!

Disney's Gran Destino Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is a beautiful looking resort.

Disney’s Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a beautiful looking resort.

Entry sign for the Gran Destino Tower.

Entry sign for the Gran Destino Tower.

The entrance canopy is impressive.

The entrance canopy is impressive.

Announcing Gran Destino Tower

The Gran Destino expansion, announced in February 2017, includes a 15-story tower located near the convention center, floating gardens, and an “oasis” that connects the massive resort with a series of bridges. The expansion included an update of all of the existing hotel rooms in 2018 with new beds and new hard and soft finishes.

About Gran Destino Tower

Gran Destino is a large tower hotel near El Centro, the main building, and the convention center. Since it is a hotel-style, there are interior walkways, which is a nice amenity. The tower is still moderately priced, so you get a good value for the cost!

Resort Lobby

The tower has beautiful details everywhere.

The tower has beautiful details everywhere.

The two story lobby has plenty of light and beautiful chandeliers.

The two story lobby has plenty of light and beautiful chandeliers.

The tower's lobby looks out onto Lago Dorado.

The tower’s lobby looks out onto Lago Dorado.

The entry makes a bold statement!

The entry makes a bold statement!

The lobby feature plenty of seating, many which also have USB charging ports.

The lobby feature plenty of seating, many which also have USB charging ports.

Elevator and Hallways

The resort features an advanced elevator system where you enter your desired floor, and then the screen directs you to the nearest elevator that will take you there.

The elevators are lettered.

The elevators are lettered.

Select your desired floor on the elevator touch screen.

Select your desired floor on the elevator touch screen.

The screen then directs you to the proper elevator.

The screen then directs you to the proper elevator.

The hallways feature colorful and beautiful artwork.

The hallways feature colorful and beautiful artwork.

The hallways feature colorful and beautiful artwork.

You might even find a hidden Mickey in the carpet!

A Tour of the Rooms in the Gran Destino

Let’s look at the details in the room.

The bathroom is behind a trendy sliding barn door.

The bathroom is behind a trendy sliding barn door.

The room features two sinks and a water closet that separates by a pocket door.

The room features two sinks and a water closet that separates by a pocket door.

The beds are up off the floor, which provides more storage space.

The beds are up off the floor, which provides more storage space.

The colors and textures in the room fit the theme of the resort, but in a modern way.

The colors and textures in the room fit the theme of the resort, but in a modern way.

The room features a smart TV, including Disney videos on demand.

The room features a smart TV, including Disney videos on demand.

Video Tour of the Gran Destino Room

Check out this Youtube video of the standard room interior.

If you have the means, check out the Deluxe Suite.

Villa del Lago

Villa del Lago is a new bar and restaurant that sits over the water at the center of the resort. It is reached by trekking across the oasis bridges. Disney says it’s a great place “for light fare and cold drinks.” The restaurant can seat 60 guests, and there’s even additional event space.

New Logo

With the major update, Disney rebranded the hotel with a new logo that can be seen, at least right now, on trash cans throughout the resort and on new merchandise in the gift shop.

Coronado History

Now that you know all about what is new at the Coronado, let’s take a look back at the resort’s history.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opened on August 1st, 1997. Coronado Springs was Disney’s first Moderate Resort Hotel with a convention center, which is the largest convention center on property, the largest ballroom in the Southeastern US, one of the largest single-level hotel convention centers in the Southeast, and considered the premier single-level hotel convention center facility on the east coast.

The Coronado is the only moderate resort hotel with suites.

Coronado also offers a cafeteria-style quick-service restaurant and a table-service restaurant, a gift shop, an arcade, a salon, a fitness center, and a dance club plus The Dig Site feature pool and three quiet pools. The Dig Site feature pool, which was also refurbished recently, makes this one of my favorite resorts; there’s a water slide inside the large Mayan pyramid, a jacuzzi, a beach volleyball area, and a snack bar. It’s a great place to hang out on a hot afternoon!

Interested in staying at the Coronado’s Gran Destino Tower?