This Week in WDW: Gran Destino Tower Grand Opening!

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Gran Destino Tower Exterior

This week in WDW, we stayed at the brand new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Here’s a recap of what we experienced!

If you missed the live coverage of our stay at Gran Destino, make sure to follow us on Instagram so you don’t miss out on future resort visits!

Before we get started, we would like to thank Disney for hosting us so we could give you this inside look! They provided us with a complimentary one-night stay as well as complimentary food and beverages during the media reception dinner.

About Gran Destino Tower

The Gran Destino Tower is the newest addition to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The Tower features 545 modern guests rooms, a gorgeous two-story lobby, and a rooftop restaurant with an incredible sweeping view of Walt Disney World.

Lobby Chandelier

The Gran Destino lobby features a gorgeous gold chandelier. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

The decor throughout the building is heavily inspired by the Disney animated short “Destino,” a project that originally began as a collaboration between Walt Disney and surrealism artist Salvador Dalí in 1945. The short film was eventually completed and released in 2003 by Walt Disney Feature Animation.

“Destino,” which translates to “Destiny,” follows the story of Chronos and his ill-fated love for a mortal woman named Dahlia. Remember those names because they will resurface later in this post.

Walt Mural at Gran Destino

The Gran Destino lobby features a giant Walt Disney wall mural. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

The Lobby

Let’s take a closer look at the Gran Destino lobby! The check-in desk for the entire resort has been moved from El Centro to Gran Destino. Even the bus stop! There are plenty of Cast Members around to help you out if you’re not sure where to go.

Check-In Desk

The check-in desk for Coronado Springs is now located in Gran Destino Tower. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

The upper level of the lobby is where you’ll find the check-in desk, kid’s waiting area, and plenty of workspace for convention guests.

Lobby Workspace

There are tables in the lobby perfect for convention guests who need to get some work done. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Lobby Seating

The upper-level lobby also has some seating options. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

The lower level is home to the Barcelona Lounge and even more seating and workspace!

Lower Lobby Seating

The Gran Destino lower lobby features a variety of comfortable seating options. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Barcelona Lounge

The Barcelona Lounge is located in the lower lobby of Gran Destino Tower. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Barcelona Lounge

The Barcelona Lounge is open from 6:30 AM to 12:00 AM. Stop by for your morning coffee or grab a late-night drink! A limited food menu is also available for those feeling peckish.

Café Bombon

Café Bombon from Barcelona Lounge. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Barcelona Lounge

Drink garnishes line the bar at Barcelona Lounge. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Standard Room

There are a few room options available at the Gran Destino, including standard rooms and family suites. We stayed in a standard room with two queen-size beds, which sleeps up to four adults. Coffee lovers will be happy to hear that every single room features a Keurig coffee maker.

The rooms have a very sleek and modern design with subtle Disney elements. You’ll find little Mickeys all throughout the room, including a very cool Hidden Mickey on the bathroom door.

Standard Queen Room

This standard room features two queen-sized beds and sleeps up to four adults. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Depending on which side of the building you’re on, you’ll have a waterfront view of Lago Dorado or a sweeping view of Walt Disney World. I was on the 11th floor during my stay and could see Spaceship Earth, the Swan and Dolphin hotels, Tower of Terror, and Galaxy’s Edge right from my window!

Chronos Lounge

Remember those names I mentioned earlier? This is where they come into play. The Chronos Lounge and the Dahlia Lounge (which we’ll talk about in a minute) are named after the two star-crossed lovers from “Destino.”

The Chronos Lounge is unfortunately not open to all guests. It’s only accessible to guests who upgrade to Club Access (known at other hotels as Club Level).

Chronos Club Access Lounge

Chronos Lounge is available to guests with Club Access rooms. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Guests who visit the lounge can enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks as well as a great 15th-floor view!

Chronos Lounge Snacks

Guests with Club Access can visit Chronos Lounge for complimentary beverages and snacks. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Chronos Lounge Seating

There is plenty of comfortable seating in Chronos Lounge. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Dahlia Lounge

The Dahlia Lounge is on the 16th floor right across from the resort’s newest signature restaurant, Tolédo – Tapas, Steak and Seafood. This lounge is not only named after Dahlia; the decor is also heavily inspired by her.

Dahlia Lounge

Dahlia Lounge can be found on the 16th floor of Gran Destino Tower across from Tolédo. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Dahlia Lounge Details

The interior of Dahlia Lounge features beautiful Dali-inspired patterns. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

There’s even an outdoor patio that has another incredible sweeping view of Walt Disney World:

Dahlia Lounge Patio

The Dahlia Lounge has an outdoor patio and seating area with a sweeping view of Walt Disney World. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

I expect this lounge will be a popular place to grab a drink or an appetizer during the fireworks!

Sangría

Sangría from Dahlia Lounge. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Drink favorites include the Sangría, the Gran Gin Tonic, and the Tequila Daisy.

Gran Gin Tonic

Gran Gin Tonic from Dahlia Lounge. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Tolédo – Tapas, Steak and Seafood

Tolédo is the resort’s newest signature dining restaurant, which sits right across from the Dahlia Lounge on the 16th floor. The restaurant has a variety of table sizes and seating options, perfect for families of all sizes.

The decor is a mix of modern and traditional Spanish design, using elements like vibrant colors and intricate patterns to create the restaurant’s unique look.

Tolédo Interior

The interior of Tolédo – Tapas, Steak and Seafood features a gorgeous colorful ceiling design. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Tolédo Booth Seating

Tolédo features a variety of seating options, including booth seating. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Tolédo Details

The interior of Tolédo – Tapas, Steak and Seafood features beautiful Spanish-inspired patterns. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Here’s a look at some of the menu options that are available at Tolédo! Some of the smaller tapas and appetizers are also available at the lounges.

Tapas from Tolédo

Olive Oil-poached Tuna with Lemon and Spanish Potato Omelet from Tolédo. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Tapas from Tolédo

Stuffed Piquillo Pepper and Charred Octopus from Tolédo. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Entrées from Tolédo

Hangar Steak and Scallops from Tolédo. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Dessert from Tolédo

Classic Creme Catalana and The Tolédo Tapas Bar from Tolédo. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Please note: We did try a few of these items at the media reception but the sample plates they gave us were not the same as what was listed on the menu, so we will not be reviewing this restaurant at this time.

Three Bridges Bar & Grill

Technically this restaurant isn’t in the Gran Destino Tower, but it’s a part of the Coronado Springs transformation so we’re going to include it in today’s post!

Three Bridges Bar & Grill

Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

You can find Three Bridges Bar & Grill right in the middle of Lago Dorado on a little island called Villa del Lago. This is an open-air restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a casual dinner or late-night drinks.

Three Bridges Decor

Wall and ceiling decor at Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Wall Decor at Three Bridges

Wall decor at Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

Seating at Three Bridges

Three Bridges Bar & Grill has a variety of casual seating options. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Sangría

Sangría at Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

Here’s a look at some of the menu options available at Three Bridges!

Three Bridges Menu

Warm Churros, Crispy Chicken Biscuit Sliders, Curry-Lentil Hummus, Warm Manchego and Oaxaca Cheese Dip from Three Bridges. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

We went back to Coronado Springs after the media event in order to try Three Bridges on our own time. Disney provided us with a $40 dining card, however, we paid for the rest of our meal out of pocket.

Being right by the water was so relaxing and even though it was a hot Florida day the breeze was perfect.

Here’s what we tried:

Dinner at Three Bridges

Braised Pork Tacos and Three Bridges Signature Burger from Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

For an appetizer, we tried the Curry-Lentil Hummus, topped with yogurt riata and harissa, and served naan bread and crackers.

A little backstory… each week at home I try to make at least one meatless dinner a week. Coincidentally, last week I chose lentils as my meatless protein. And guess what flavor… yep, curry.

Because of that, I knew we had to try the Curry-Lentil Hummus!

You know how sometimes after a heavy appetizer you almost feel too full to eat your entrée? That was not the case with this at all. That’s not to say it was a small portion, it was actually the perfect portion for the two of us. The hummus was just so light that it didn’t make me feel gross afterward. And that’s a great thing.

Three Bridges Signature Burger

Three Bridges Signature Burger from Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds.

For my entrée, I ordered the Three Bridges Signature Burger, topped with crispy potato, Manchego cheese, roasted garlic-lemon aïoli, arugula, and tomato, served with smoked paprika fries.

Holy moly, you guys. This burger was insanely good. It’s extremely messy so be prepared to look like a hot mess while eating it. But I promise it’ll be worth it. The roasted garlic-lemon aïoli is what makes this burger stand above all other burgers. Pair that with the smoked paprika fries and you’ll be transported to heaven!

Braised Pork Tacos

Braised Pork Tacos from Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

My fiancé ordered the Braised Pork Tacos, with radish and carrot slaw, salsa verde, and Cojita cheese, served with smoked paprika fries.

I think we might have ordered the two messiest items on the menu because these tacos were also very messy. The flavor of the pork had a subtle spice to it which was balanced out by the fresh slaw on top. The jalapeño was where most of the heat came from, so if you’re sensitive to spice (like I am) just take the jalapeño off and you should be good to go!

Maracuyá Mojito

Maracuyá Mojito from Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Photos by: Courtney Reynolds

For drinks, we both tried the Maracuyá Mojito made with Dos Maderas 5+5 PX Rum, passion fruit, lime, mint, and soda water. I love fruity drinks so this was the perfect choice for me. And it’s not just made with passion fruit juice, there’s actual muddled passion fruit in it, which I love. A great drink for a summer day!

I think I’ll add Three Bridges to my list of favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World!

Nighttime Decor at Three Bridges

This fun flameless fire can be found at Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Photo by: Courtney Reynolds

And just like that, our hotel stay has come to an end.

We hope you enjoyed this inside look at the new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Thank you again to Disney for inviting us to this special media event.

Click here to learn more about Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, including all of the new dining experiences we showed you today. If you need help planning your next trip to Walt Disney World, contact our friends at Destinations To Travel!

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