Gran Destino Tower will welcome its first-ever guests at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort on July 9th. Today, we have a first look for you at the amazing two-story lobby, rooms, dining locations, and lounges within the new hotel.
We’ll start with the existing check-in area in El Centro. This is the area that guests are used to using to check-in for their Coronado Springs stay. This area will no longer be used for resort check-in once Gran Destino Tower opens on Tuesday. Cast Members don’t yet know what this area will be used for, but it’s likely it will simply be a place to lounge and relax immediately after the tower opens.
This doorway at the end of the hallway leads to a covered, indoor walkway that connects Gran Destino Tower and El Centro. The chairs and table will soon be moved to create an easy walkway between all of the shopping and dining at El Centro and the tower.
All guests will use the Gran Destino Tower for check-in, affording them a view of the tower when they first arrive.
While we don’t yet have a photo of the front door, we’re told that it’s a beautiful entrance that has wooden art patterns on either side of a short hallway that eventually leads to the view seen below. To the right of the photo below is the concierge and check-in area. We’re told that the check-in process won’t be the typical switchback line that leads to a Cast Member at a desk, but that the goal is to have Cast Members equipped with iPads that will be able to assist you with check-in. Of course, if a more in-depth interaction is required, terminals will be available. Here’s a look at the view as you approach the first floor lounge overlook.
Here’s a look at the concierge/check-in area. At the far end of the photo below, you will find a TV playing the animated short film that the resort is inspired by – Destino. Destino was a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali.
Flanking the lounge overview are some relaxation areas, complete with built-in USB charging in the arms of the chairs.
Here’s a look at the Barcelona Lounge from the second floor. This is the stunning view that all guests will be greeted with, regardless if you’re staying in the tower or if you’re staying in the existing accommodations (Casitas, Ranchos, or Cabanas).
A singular staircase leads down into the Barcelona Lounge area.
You can see the full-width Barcelona Lounge on the right in the photo below. There is plenty of seating both at the bar and the surrounding lounge area for every type of guest that is visiting. From plush lounge chairs to barstools to high top tables, there really is a variety of seating here.
Heading to the top of the tower, we find Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, as well as the second lounge for the tower – Dahlia Lounge.
We’ll start with Toledo, which will promises wonderful views and wonderful food.
Also at the top of the tower is the Dahlia Lounge.
Finally, let’s take a look around some of the rooms. There are a few different categories available for booking:
- Water View
- Standard View
- Deluxe Suite
- One Bedroom Suite
- Presidential Suite
In addition to expected in-room amenities, Gran Destino will be the first Disney resort to feature Disney’s new interactive TVs. The new TVs will connect to your My Disney Experience account, watch Disney On Demand movies, stream from your own device to the TV, check out park information, and more!
Gran Destino Tower adds 545 rooms, including 50 suites! These join the existing 1,800-plus rooms at Coronado Springs Resort.
In addition to the new tower, Disney has recently unveiled the Three Bridges walkway that cuts down the time it takes to walk around the resort by half. Here’s a 360° video of the walkway that we took about a month ago.