by Ray Keating
October 12, 2018

The Southwestern-themed Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World is undergoing a major refurbishment and expansion. I got a firsthand look during a stay last month.

First, it is well worth noting that the extensive work being done did not impair our stay at the resort. That is, no noise or service issues diminished the enjoyment of staying at Coronado. Credit to Disney and the various staff, or cast members.

Second, the upgraded room was quite pleasant, including comfortable beds, modern décor, a huge flat-screen television on the wall, and a nicely upgraded shower.

Third, at the same time, the construction work that’s being done obviously is quite public, and it’s not like Disney’s going to be able to hide it away until done. The place is magical, but not that magical. But other than certain views, there are no real losses for guests – as long as one understands the situation.

Fourth, taking in the current construction shows quite clearly the tremendous improvements that are on their way, and scheduled to be completed in 2019. These include the 15-story hotel tower (with an additional 500 rooms, and rooftop dining with panoramic views of Disney World), a refurbished Dig Site (the main pool and accompanying arcade, cantina, etc.), and an over-the-water bar and grill in Lago Dorado (I look forward to having a nice beverage there).

Coronado already makes for an ideal business and convention gathering place in Walt Disney World, and the forthcoming upgrades will only improve on that. But make no mistake, it makes for an enjoyable stay for couples and families as well.

The investment that Disney is making in Coronado Springs points to the ongoing improvements that need to happen in a place like Disney World, as Walt Disney understood, with guests, cast members and investors benefiting accordingly.

Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for, and author of the Pastor Stephen Grant novels, with the two latest books being Reagan Country: A Pastor Stephen Grant Noveland Heroes and Villains: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story. He can be contacted at