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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Opens Its Doors

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

Today, back in 1997, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opened at Walt Disney World Resort. Inspired by the grand haciendas and elegant mission cities of the Spanish Colonial era in Latin America, this Disney Resort hotel has over 1,900 guest rooms and is home to one of the coolest pools on property – the Dig Site. Here’s a look at the Dig Site still under construction in an undated photograph.
The Dig Site Pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort During its Construction

Home to the 46-foot Mayan pyramid with water cascading down its ceremonial stone steps, this pool area represents the imaginary discovery of a lost Mayan kingdom during a present-day archaeological dig.
The Dig Site Pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

The Dig Site also boasts one of the largest outdoor hot tubs at Walt Disney World Resort, with enough room for 22 guests – making it a great spot to relax after spending a day in the parks.

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  • Very cool, my soon to be wife and I are staying there on our honeymoon in September. We stayed there on our trip two years ago and fell in love with the resort. The hotel is well worth the price, I can remember how helpful the staff was and comfortable the rooms are.

  • We usually stay at the Value Resorts, but one year we splurged and stayed here. I fell in love with the resort. Such a wonderful atmosphere!

  • I’ll be staying here for the first time in 19 days time :)Looks amazing!

  • My favorite moderate resort. This resort holds some great memories for us. We’ve stayed here many times. Love walking around the lake early morning. Just beautiful.

  • Love this resort! My mother and I were among the guests on opening day. Such a wonderful experience! We still have our commemorative pins proudly displayed…

  • Nate,

    Nice pictures! The bottom one is inverse though of the top perspective though. 🙂 Took me a minute to figure out what was going on. The bottom picture would only be true in a world reversed!

  • I stayed here in 2004. Great atmosphere, the Dig Site pool and slide was great, the Pepper Market food was excellent! A very enjoyable stay. I’ve stayed at all the Moderate Resorts over the years and have had an very enjoyable stay at all of them! But because of the food, the Coronado ranks as the best!

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