We recently completed an 11 day stay in Walt Disney World at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The question asked above, is it for you, depends on what you are looking for in a resort, how much time you will actually spend at the resort, and what types of amenities you prefer. We stay at the Deluxe and Moderate level resorts because we do spend a bit of time enjoying the facilities and in most instances the Coronado Springs Resort, even though it is a Moderate, compares favorably to the Deluxe Resorts. There are some very distinct differences though.
Let’s look at the Pros and Cons of the Coronado Springs Resort (CSR):
- The physical resort is absolutely beautiful and very comfortable.
- Bus Service is excellent (CSR does not share buses with other resorts).
- The rooms are in excellent condition because of a “fairly recent” remodel.
- The Staff is a joy to deal with (with a minor exception to be dealt with below).
- Contrary to some reviews we had seen, we found the food and service at the Maya Grill to be top notch.
- Rix Cafe (grab & go) had a good variety of well prepared fresh items.
- We are non drinkers but the bars appeared to be well operated.
- The pools, both “main” and “quiet”, are immaculate and quite lovely.
- Although we did not use it, the fitness center looks to be clean and quite substantial.
- Panchito‘s Gift Shop is well stocked and the Cast Members are very nice.
- The resort is physically HUGE and if you have issues walking this could be an issue.
- The Pepper Market (food court) is a bit unusual and at most times the food stations seemed just a bit understaffed. This led to some delays in getting food. The layout of the stations seemed a bit confusing and not well labeled. The Cast Members were working their hardest but were put in an awkward situation by being, in my opinion, understaffed. The Cast Members who work the service at the tables were excellent and very attentive (this floor service is different from most food courts) and work hard for the extra 10% added to your bill for their presence.
- Bell Services is a bit weak. Let me emphasize, the issue is NOT with the Cast Members who handle the luggage but those at the Bell Services Desk. We had a room issue that necessitated us changing rooms (at CSR’s suggestion) and the approach that the Bell Services Desk took was inconvenient at best. When I got a manager involved, the issue was resolved as it always is at Disney but it shouldn’t have been necessary. When we left we had a very early departure time and there was only one Bell Services Cast Member on duty to pick up luggage so we had to schlep it ourselves. We were NOT the only ones with the early departure.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a lovely resort with a beautiful and well maintained setting. It is , however, oriented towards convention type visitors so it seems a bit more “buttoned down” than most of the other Disney resorts. People just didn’t seem as relaxed as they do at other Disney locations, perhaps because of the necessity of maintaining their corporate image while with their peers.
Will we stay there again, probably not. The reason is not so much with the quality or amenities offered by the resort but rather our preference for some of the others we have experienced and will experience in the future. So many resorts, so little time!!! As always, enjoy your visit to Walt disney World!!
- Pepper Market: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (disneyfoodreport.com)
- Free ‘in-room’ wireless internet starting at most Walt Disney World Resorts today (chipandco.com)
We have been to Walt Disney World many, many times but until this visit we had never eaten at ‘Ohana. It is now on our list of “must do” dining for every trip in the future. The food is amazing, the service is excellent, and the price is right. BUT – let’s get to the star of this article, the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding dessert.
I’m not, by nature, a dessert person and generally the only one I eat at Walt Disney World is the Grapefruit Cake at the Hollywood Brown Derby (yummy by the way). Actually, if the bread pudding hadn’t been included with the meal I would not have considered ordering it and that would have been a gastronomic tragedy!!! When they bring it to your table, don’t let it sit there, scarf it down!!!
I’m including the recipe below, including the bread recipe. You can use French bread instead of the Breakfast Bread but I’m afraid it wouldn’t quite be the same. The details of texture, flavor, sweetness etc. can be summed up in one word – DREAMY!!!! It is the perfect finishing touch to an excellent meal and will leave you smiling as you walk out the door!!
Here are the recipes:
‘OHANA BREAD PUDDING:
3 cups whole milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cup sugar
8 cups french or ‘Ohana breakfast bread (scroll down to recipe)
1. In bowl mix eggs, milk , salt, sugar and nutmeg. Set aside.
2. Cut bread in medium pieces, place on cookie sheet pan put in 350 degree oven.
3. Bake bread until lightly toasted, about 15 minutes. Remove bread and place in egg and milk mixture.
4. Place mixture in a greased 10-inch cake pan and bake at 325 degree for 1 hour.
5. Let stand 5 minutes, serve hot with ice cream.
BANANA FOSTER SAUCE
4 oz sugar
4 oz brown sugar
4 oz corn syrup
4 oz unsalted butter
1cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1cup spiced rum
1cup banana slices
1. Combine sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and half of heavy cream in a large pan. Bring to a boil and slowly add remaining heavy cream keeping mixture at a steady boil.
2. Add spiced rum and flambe.
3. Candy will brown slightly; cook 3 minutes until candy forms into a firm ball in cold water. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Add sliced bananas. Serve warm.
‘OHANA BREAKFAST BREAD:
1 3/4 C. Water
1 Egg Yolk
2 T. Shortening
4 1/2 C. High Gluten Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/3 C Sugar
1 T. Instant Yeast
1 C. Crushed pineapple
1 C. Unsweetened coconut
1 C. Sugar
2 T. Cornstarch
1. Combine pineapple and coconut in bowl.
2. Combine sugar and cornstarch in separate bowl and mix well.
3. Add sugar and cornstarch mixture into pineapple and coconut mixture and mix well.
4. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
1. Combine all ingredients in order of recipe in mixing bowl, and mix with dough hook until
dough picks up on hook and the sides of the mixing bowl is clean.
2. Let dough rise until it doubles in size.
3. Roll out dough onto a floured surface until it is 2 inches thick.
4. Next spread pineapple/coconut mixture over the top of the dough.
5. Fold dough into itself and place in a greased 9″ x 13″ cake pan.
6. Cut dough into pieces with a pizza cutter and spread out cut pieces evenly in cake pan.
7. Let dough rise in warm oven (110 degrees F) – about half way up the pan.
8. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Let bread cool, cut and serve.
Yield 1 – 9″ x 13″ cake pan
Give it a try but above all DON’T FORGET THE ICE CREAM (vanilla works the best) As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
Photo courtesy of Passporter Boards
Here we are for this week’s Chip and Company Disney News Roundup. I want to thank my friend Mike for taking over my week while we spent eleven wonderful days at Walt Disney World. Now let’s get into this week’s news and views from our staff of amazing writers.
- Things are happening at the Disneyland Resort in 2012. You can read about the Restaurant Changes Coming to Disneyland Park in this article. I’m sure it will be for the best and offer opportunities for new treats.
- On a tragic note we all heard that a Woman’s body found in cast parking lot at Disney World earlier this week was not a homicide but is still under investigation.
- Donald did very well last week , in fact he won the Children’s Miracle Network Golf Classic. Sorry Disney fans, it wasn’t our favorite duck but was instead LUKE Donald. The particulars are in the article – What a Day for Donald at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Walt Disney World Resort. Fear not though, our duck buddy helped him celebrate.
- Fast Pass tests seem to be very popular at Walt Disney World these days. The latest one is to test “FastPass for Celebrate a Dream Come True” parade. The test will run for about three weeks, what do you think?
- It’s not JUST fun at Walt Disney World, serious learning experiences happen there also. In an effort to improve vehicle safety, Department of Transportation Hosts Research Clinic to Test ‘Connected Vehicle Technology’ at Disney World. It’s all quite technical but anything that makes it safer to navigate the highways has my vote.
- There is something that happens at Walt Disney World each and every night. While it is not a super spectacular, it has been around since the beginning and along with the Magic Kingdom, this year the Electrical Water Pageant Celebrates 40 Years at Walt Disney World Resort. If you haven’t seen it give it a try, it starts around 9:00 and passes by all of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake Resorts.
- Tim Burton and Disney are teaming up once again for a bizarre twist on an old story. Read Disney Gives A First Look at Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ to see exactly what to look forward to.
- Alfred Angelo has released his creations for those brides fourtunate enough to be celebrating their nuptials at Walt Disney World in 2012. Check out this Video: 2012 Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo to see what these beautiful designs look like.
- Anonymouse is at it again. While her/his thoughts could be considered a view rather than news, they have been so accurate in the past that I’m confident enough to say that Disney Confidential: New replacement for Captain EO is very likely to happen.
- We all know that animals are special and therefore deserve the best of treatment. Is it a surprise then to learn that Disney Animal Programs Gives “Creatures of the Night” Special Treats for Halloween? Everyone deserves a little treat now and then.
That covers a lot of this week’s news so now it’s time to peer into the minds of our writers to see what they were conjuring up this week.
- The holidays are a very different time of year at Walt Disney World and some things require a bit of additional thought and preparation. Savannah helps us out by calling on her experience to tell us the Top 5 Things to Know When Visiting WDW at the Holidays. Take heed, you will not be sorry!!
- Continuing in the holiday theme, Thanksgiving is first up and Mike fills us in in on the particulars of Celebrating Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World. It’s a great time to be there so enjoy it.
- Calling all Disney’s Animal Kingdom fans, Jodi has something wonderful to offer you. Take a look at A Day in the Life of Disney’s Animal Kingdom for an in depth perspective.
That’s it for this week’s review folks, be sure to stop by Chip and Company each and every day to stay current on what is happening at our favorite places, the Disney venues!!! As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
Ken of Chip and Company and Disney For Seniors
- Countdown to Disney: How You Know if You’re Going to Disney World (aglassslippervacation.com)
- Free Fun Driving to Walt Disney World (delightfullydisney.com)
This is one of those questions that only you can answer for yourselves my Oldie pals!!! The answer depends mostly on your stamina and any mobility issues, but since most mobility issues are easily dealt with at Walt Disney World stamina becomes the major consideration. I generally plan to get a lot out of each and every visit but also plan a pace that allows time to recuperate from busy busy days. Our next visit will be a real test because the schedule is verrrrrry full and my stamina is down a bit from our last trip. I’ll let you know how I did when I get back.
The conventional wisdom says that you should schedule a daily break or at least go back to your resort for a quick dip in the pool but that is not always possible. Another approach would be to make sure each third or fourth day of your visit is a non theme park day or a sleep in with a short park day. Since we Oldies generally like to go to sleep early and get up early another plan would be to hit each park visit at rope drop and leave early rather than closing the park. And yes, one more, schedule lots of table service meals so you can sit down, relax in an air conditioned setting, and enjoy a good meal.
You don’t have to do all of the things I mentioned or even just one of them. You can combine any or all of them on different days, get your rest and enjoy some new Walt Disney World experiences at the same time. Please don’t try to go commando touring every day of your visit unless you are capable of this kind of pace. Also, if you are traveling with other Oldies please consider their needs and tour at the pace of your slowest buddy. Plan what you want to accomplish but don’t be afraid to cancel some of those plans if fatigue becomes an issue.
If you take take the time for some types of breaks every day you will absolutely find that you will get that much more enjoyment out of Walt Disney World. If you don’t get your rest, even if you visit every attraction, you will likely not enjoy or get the most out of all of them. A well rested Oldie is a Happy Oldie!!! As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
- Why Do I Write For Disney Seniors? (chipandco.com)
- Oldies But Goodies – Five Things Seniors Look For In A Resort (chipandco.com)
Hi there fans of all things Disney!! If you are reading this on October 3rd we will be 10 days away from the start of this year’s visit to Walt Disney World. September/October seems like a popular time for your friends at Chip and Company to visit Mecca. For the last few weeks it feels that we have had one or more of our writers either at Walt Disney World or the Disneyland Resort every day. Lots of good articles will be coming from our visits. On to this week’s review!!
- The Epcot Food & Wine Festival opened on the 29th of September and we know what’s important. We thought you might like to see the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Booths and Menus so click on the link.
- When rumors fly who else would be there but Anonymouse? He/she is at it again and here is the latest question from Disney Confidential – Is Disneyland India Coming Soon? See what you think and feel free to comment.
- Saturday was a huge day for the Disney Company and all the lucky visitors who were at the Magic Kingdom to watch as Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary. It’s not a gigantic celebration, I’m betting that will happen in 2021 for the 50th.
- Tangled introduced us to a new Princess and now it’s becoming official. Read about the festivities in Rapunzel Has Arrived in London For Her Royal Celebration at Kensington Palace on October 2nd; Rapunzel’s Hair Cascades Off the Salt Tower. Congratulations!!!
- Scary moments at Disney’s California Adventure this week when a Malfunction During Aladdin Stage Show Prompts Evacuation. Fortunately, no one was injured and the show has since returned.
- Are any of you Muppets fans? Are any of you WWE fans? Are any of you both??? Well if you are a fan of either or both you will enjot yourselves when The Muppets come to WWE Raw on Halloween night. Trick or Treat!!!
- Do kids like toys – of course they do. That makes it important that Mom and Dad stay current on the best toys. We can help you as you check out Disney FamilyFun Magazine Announces 20th Annual Toy of the Year Award Winners, so go ahead but don’t let the kiddies catch you.
- Cat Cora had some unexpected scheduling conflicts so she was forced to cancel her Food & Wine Festival appearances. Fear not, Disney has already taken care of it and you will be pleased to know that ‘The Poor Chef’ Replaces Cat at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I’m sure you will enjoy his presentations.
- We all knew this would be coming but take a look and find out about the NEW! Halloween Merchandise at Disney Parks. It’s simply BOOtiful!! (Sorry!)
- There is something new and quite unusual at this years Food & Wine Festival as Ocean Spray Brings the Magic of the Cranberry to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. They even have a real (but small) Cranberry Bog built at Epcot – fascinating.
It has been a very “newsy” week but that hasn’t stopped our staff of incredible writer from sharing their points of view and experiences with you. We can only give you a small sample but we ask you to visit us at Chip and Company to see just what we have to offer. Let’s take a quick look!!
- For those of you visiting Walt Disney World soon and planning on attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Mel gives us a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Review. Take a look so you will know what to expect.
- Our fearless leader Chip just loves his Android cell phone and he took a lot of photos on the recent family vacation. If you want to take a look at them, go to his Photo Review of our Disney World Vacation for the instructions.
- We all know how wonderful the theme parks are at Walt Disney World but that’s not all there is. Catie gives us some ideas about Fun things to do OUTSIDE of the Disney World Parks so give the article a read and see what you might be missing.
That’s it for this week folks. Mike will be back next week and will also be covering for me the following week. I’ll be thinking of you while my wife and I are spending 10 days at our favorite place. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
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