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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Grab That Suitcase, Folks! It’s Gurgling (Getting?) Away!

Wow!  What a victory!

Old Key West fans rose up in force to deliver a decisive victory to Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits – our inaugural All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Pool Bar!

I have to admit, I am a slight bit surprised.  Why?  Well, knowing the popularity of Disney’s Beach and Yacht Clubs – as well as Stormalong Bay (their signature pool) – I was certain that Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill would take the “prize”!

True, Hanna did finish in 2nd, but, realistically, it never had a chance.  Gurgling leaped out fast and far and didn’t look back!  I’ll say it again … wow!

What makes the Suitcase so popular?  For us, it’s the “outside while you’re inside” feel of the place.  We love the open doors!

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Of course, the view doesn’t hurt …

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And, the decorations are quite nice …

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A smallish spot, the bartenders are very friendly.  The beer is ice cold.  And, the food is good.

By the way, you can order off of the Suitcase’s own bar menu or from Olivia’s Cafe (it is attached).  In addition, Good’s Food to Go is right next door.

Before I move on, let me pass along one more small piece of advice …

If you’re craving a lunch-time beverage and a seat at the bar, drop in at opening “bell” – 11:30 AM.  Space can be very limited!

So, my friends, let’s close with one last important piece of business … the All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Favorite WDW Pool Bars!

You want to recommend a bar to family and/or friends?  Here they are!

  1. Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits – Old Key West
  2. Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill – Beach and Yacht Clubs
  3. Siestas Cantina – Coronado Springs
  4. Mardi Grogs – Port Orleans Resort (French Quarter)
  5. Barefoot Pool Bar – Polynesian
  6. Leaping Horse Libations – BoardWalk
  7. Uzima Springs Pool Bar – Animal Kingdom Lodge
  8. Banana Cabana Pool Bar – Caribbean Beach
  9. Trout Pass Bar – Wilderness Lodge
  10. Muddy Rivers – Port Orleans Resort (Riverside)

VOTE For Your Favorite WDW Pool Bars! It’s Day 2 (The Finale!)

Welcome to Monday, folks!  Yes, as it’s prone to do … it’s back again.

Well, at least we can start the week off with a little bit of fun.  I mean, what better way to start a day than with an All in WDW poll!  Oh, OK.  I guess we could actually be in WDW!

Anyway, getting straight to business – because I know you’re all quite busy – let’s talk about today’s task.  Thirteen venues did well enough in yesterday’s 1st Round of voting to make their way into today’s BIG finale!

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Below, you can VOTE for as many as SIX of those “survivors”.  Yes, your “ballot” can include up to six!  Choose your favorites.  Or, select those bars that you haven’t been to yet but would like to try!

In the end, we’ll “elect” an All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Pool Bar!  We’ll also create our list of recommendations … our All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Favorite WDW Pool Bars!

Thanks for your participation these past two days, my friends!  Have a great week!

Wait! You Forgot Laguna Bar! Readers’ Favorite WDW Pool Bars! VOTE!

Good morning, my friends!  I hope you’re having a great weekend!  Have some fun in the sun, if you can.  I know there’s a bunch of rain going on out there.

I promised you this little “contest” a few days back.  Sorry for the tardiness with bringing it your way.  Frankly, it took a lot more work than I expected to compile the list of “competitors”.  I’m glad I was finally able to pull it together.

WDW pool bars.  Right off the top, one of the things that Mrs. All in WDW noticed was that our beloved favorite – the Coronado Springs Resort’s Laguna Bar – is missing from the list.  What?!

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We just LOVE Laguna Bar!

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Well, I reminded her, it’s not technically a “pool bar”.  It’s a bar by a lake!  And, you don’t want to go swimming in that lake.  The turtles are cute, but it also hosts some little ‘gators.  They’ve got chomp!

Where we do feel that Laguna Bar is the best outdoor bar on Walt Disney World property, it just doesn’t qualify for the title All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Pool Bar!  Having said that, one of these other “pubs” will!

Your job today is to VOTE!  I present you with two groups of THIRTEEN bars, each, below.  You can select up to SIX in each group.  Yes, I said, up to six.  You can cast as many as TWELVE votes today!

Now, I know what some of you might be thinking.  Bob, we go to the same resort every visit, so we’ve only been to one of these bars.  Or, Bob, we’ve been to a few of these but not twelve of them!  Or, Bob, we don’t visit pool bars.

Folks, that’s OK!  I don’t think that we’ve been to twelve of these places either!  All this poll desires is that you VOTE for those bars that you can.  Hey, VOTE for the bars that you haven’t been to but would like to try!

The Top 6 vote-getters in each of today’s two groups will proceed into tomorrow’s finale.  It’s there that, from amongst the twelve remaining “combatants”, we’ll “crown” a victor.

I’m anxious to see how this plays out.  It’s the first time we’ve tackled WDW’s pool bars, and I’m curious to see our Top 10.  What ten poolside beverage spots will we recommend to friends and family alike?  Let’s see!