The Fate of Laguna Bar?

If you listened to the most-recent WDW Main Street Podcast – Episode 506 – Our Sunday News! – you’d know that John Peters recorded the episode while sitting nearby one of our favorite spots … Laguna Bar!

Well, it might be adrift amidst a “sea” of Disney construction, but it’s been able to hang onto its old spot next to Lago Dorado.  Looking like its old self, we’re glad John sent us some photos of this beloved venue.  Take a look …

WDW Main Street – Episode #332 – Our Weekly News!

Doug, Dennis, John, and I gather at the Main Street Pub to discuss this week’s Walt Disney World news!

What is your favorite Magic Kingdom “land”?  What has me all “out of sorts”?  Well, if you know my love for Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, you know what has me ‘blue’.

Join us to hear it all!

WDW Main Street – Episode #332 – Our Weekly News!

Coronado Springs

The Coronado Springs Cabanas are “History” Already?! [Poll]

Wow!  So, this is where all the action is going to happen?  Coronado’s Cabanas are already on their way out!  Can it be?

My friends, you saw my fears, regret, sadness, and overall opinion in …

The Re-Imagineering of Coronado Springs? An Opinion.

Frankly, I am alarmed to see that it is happening so fast!  What am I talking about?  Well, credit goes out to blogmickey.com.  Follow them!  Very good site!

In “Coronado Springs Cabana Demolition”, they lay it out in pictures!  The walls are up!  Some of the buildings have been gutted!  Disney does not mess around!

Coronado's Cabanas ... as they once were ...

Coronado’s Cabanas … as they once were …

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If I felt sadness when I wrote my earlier article, it turns out that that angst was mild.  Now, I feel a bit of horror!  Wow.  Already Disney?  The shock of the announcement hasn’t even subsided yet!

For those that don’t know, Coronado Springs was formerly comprised of three sections – Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabanas.

Truthfully, we’ve never been huge fans of either the Cabanas or the Ranchos (having stayed in each only once), but to see the Cabanas get demolished.  Ugh.

Whether in All in WDW’s words or on the WDW Main Street Podcast, you’ll clearly “hear” my distress.  But, how about you, folks?

Does this inevitable progress fill you with endless excitement?  Or, like us, are you shaking your heads with sadness?

Will room prices skyrocket?  Will old favorites – like Laguna Bar – be destroyed?  Will the allure of the tower’s roof-top views be too much to deny?

Let us know your thoughts!

Really? The Re-Imagineering of Coronado Springs? An Opinion …

Over the last few days, a lot of All in WDW’s readers have asked me, “Hey!  You love Coronado Springs, Bob.  What do you think about the big news?”

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What news?  Well, unless ‘real life’ has had you completely covered up, you’ve seen the reports by now.  It’s all over the ‘net!  Coronado is being “re-tooled”!

More Guest Experiences and Dining Options Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs!

First, let me ‘pat myself on the back’ for a minute.  I somewhat saw this coming.  Want the proof?  Listen back to …

WDW Main Street – Episode #311 – An “Untouchable” Marathon – The WDW Resorts!

Go to the 1 hour and 14 minute mark, my friends, and you’ll get an initial taste of how I’d start to re-imagine Coronado.

Further, go back to my post from last Monday!  In “Two Unheralded Table Services …”, I commented …

“Coronado Springs is currently undergoing a full refurbishment of their guest rooms.  I’m going to sit back and dream a bit.

Might one of their little-known, under-appreciated Table Services – Maya Grill or Las Ventanas – be next?”

Sure, I never dreamed that Disney would “transform [Coronado’s] landscape with floating gardens and an island oasis that connects the resort through a series of bridges.”

Neither did I imagine an “expansion”!  A “new 15-story tower”?  “[R]ooftop dining with panoramic views” of Disney’s fireworks?  Wow!

Back to the original question … what do I think?  It’s simple.  At the same time as I feel excitement, I also feel deep regret.  So many family memories.  And, our beloved Laguna Bar!

Laguna Alive

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I’ve said this many times before … Mrs. All in WDW and I consider Coronado to be a resort with a Deluxe feel at a Moderate price.

Clearly, this transformation is aimed at elevating the resort.  With the major investments that Disney is making, I think it’s fair to expect Coronado’s moderately-priced status to become a thing of the past.

With this in mind, my opinions are this …

  • I fear that the Coronado we’ve long known and loved is about to become a distant, fond afterthought.
  • I fear that our $150 – $200 per night room is going to be transformed, itself, into a $350 – $400 per night room.
  • I fear that our favorite place on property – Laguna Bar – will, too, become a thing of the past.
  • How, exactly, will a 15-story tower fit in with the resort’s “Spanish Colonial” theme?
  • I could go on and on …

My friends, we know that “progress” is inevitable.  The metamorphosis that Disney has laid out is truly exciting.  I can’t wait to see the results.

Yet, I can’t help but be very, very sad.  Oh, it’ll make for a great resort, I’m sure.  However, it won’t be our Coronado Springs.

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Two Unheralded Table Services …

Good morning, my friends!  Welcome to a new and exciting week!  There!  How’s that for enthusiasm?  Actually, do you want to know what I’m really enthusiastic about?  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort …

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Oh, I know.  My love for Coronado is legendary.  Well, it’s legendary if you’ve been following me for any length of time.  It makes me glad to see others jumping on the bandwagon a bit.

In recent months, my podcast partners – Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy – have either stayed at the resort or enjoyed one of its best amenities – Laguna Bar.

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Plus, on our last visit, in early January, Mrs. All in WDW and I had the pleasure of spending some time with Geekin’ On WDW Podcast’s host (and Coronado guest) – Curtis Stone!

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But, enough about those “legends”.  You want to know what isn’t legendary?  Not even amongst my wife and I?  Coronado’s two Table Service venues – Las Ventanas and Maya Grill.

“Unheralded” might be an understatement, in fact.  Unless you’re staying at the resort, these two establishments might never reach your dining radar.

It’s too bad, to be honest.  They each offer some pretty good options.  And, what are those, you ask?  That’s what we’re going to look at today.  Below, I present a “Menu Update” for them both!

Folks?  First, Las Ventanas …

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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, their menu is small but satisfying.  For breakfast, I’d choose the Chorizo Skillet.  For lunch or dinner, I’d order the Roasted Corn Chowder and Ventanas Burger.

Las Ventanas is the smaller of Coronado’s two sit-down restaurants.  Open for dinner only, however, Maya Grill is the resort’s other alternative …

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You know me.  When it comes to this menu, I’d be all about the braised Beef Short Ribs.  No question in my mind!

Dennis Conroy often says that some spots – like Polynesian’s ’Ohana – are “destination restaurants”.  I’ve long said that I’d love to see Coronado Springs elevate one of these venues (most likely Maya) to that kind of standing.

Coronado Springs is currently undergoing a full refurbishment of their guest rooms.  I’m going to sit back and dream a bit.  Might one of their little-known, under-appreciated Table Services be next?  Ah, if only …