Family vacations center around quality time together, but let’s be real – even the closest of families need space. And, once your kids hit the teenage years that need is expanded to the 100th power. Teens are constantly fighting for their independence and when their hormones are raging, I personally am happy to give it to them. I recently had the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort during our Traveling Mom retreat. While I didn’t have my kids with me, I’m always scouting out things they would like and what would work for our family if we were to stay there. Here’s what I found.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – Why it Works for Teens and Parents
Coronado Springs Resort is a moderate resort at Walt Disney World. They offer a variety of room options starting with standard rooms ($175) up to junior and executive suites. While the resort is spread out – the layout reminds me of Disney’s Polynesian deluxe resort – its also contained and well lit so I wouldn’t worry if my two kids (ages 14, 12) took off on their own to go exploring, looking for some food or fun without me.
With queen size double beds, the rooms are spacious enough to comfortably fit my family of four, however connecting rooms are available and are a viable option for some parent and teen private time. The resort also has a convention center and a business center making it convenient for working trips with the family.
The Pool Area
My kids would definitely dig The Dig Site Pool area. Centered around the resort’s Mexican, south-western theme, the area features a 50 foot Mayan Pyramid that has water flowing down into a massive swimming pool – the Lost City of Cibola pool. Although it’s large you still don’t feel over crowded in this popular spot. Speaking of large, there’s also a hot tub that can fit 22 people – the largest one on Walt Disney World property. The pool and hot tub is a win-win for teens and parents – my kids have always had a fondness for hot tubs. The 123-foot-long Jaguar waterside into the pool is also a big hit with kids – and adults, too.
Check out this video Carissa Rogers, GoodNCrazy TravelingMom, shot with her Panasonic A500 POV video camera going down the Jaguar.
The Dig also features a sand volleyball court, the Iguana Arcade, and a kiddie pool/play area if you have younger kids, too. The Siesta Pool Bar is another score for both teens and parents. My 14-year-old son has the appetite of a grown man so easy access to burgers, buffalo wings and tacos is important in his world. There’s an extensive poolside area for parents to get comfortable on a lounge chair and indulge in an adult beverage. Margarita, anyone? It is vacation, right? There are also lifeguards manning the waters at the Dig which is something I still appreciate no matter how old my kids get. Safety first.
The property also has three smaller leisure pools at each of the resort’s room sections – or settlements as they call it. Those are nice and convenient for both parents and kids. The one by my room never got crowded.
Like most Disney properties, the Coronado has several dining options from quick service to themed dinning. It also has an upscale indoor bar – Rix Lounge for adults to enjoy. My husband and I had drinks there one night after my conference sessions were finished; and it was also a great spot to plug in my laptop, lounge back in one of their swanky couches and take advantage of the resort-wide WiFi – an extremely important feature for both parents and kids of all ages. There’s an outdoor bar, too, where you can order light food and enjoy the view of the lake.
The Pepper Market is the resort’s large food court and is an easy quick option that both adults and teens could enjoy. My first day there I had a large plate of steak soft tacos with rice and beans. If we weren’t provided meals at the retreat I definitely would’ve had been back for more. There are plenty of options at Coronado Springs so if parents want to dine in a more adult atmosphere they can do so without leaving the resort; and the kids can grab quick service food — or order room service, too.
With a name like Marathon TravelingMom it’s no secret that fitness is a priority in my family. Both my husband and I are active – and my kids play sports, too. The resort has a full-service health club – La Vida Health Club – and a .9 mile jogging trail around the center of the property featuring a 22-acre lake, Lago Dorado. There are plenty of options for families to get their exercise on together, individually or both. Plus, after all that fun and fitness they have laundry services at Coronado Springs in case you might to wash some clothes. Once my kids hit the double digits they suddenly gained a new found interest for clothes and tend to change outfits – frequently. There are both concierge and self serve laundry services available.