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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The lower level is home to the Barcelona Lounge and even more seating and workspace!
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.
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.
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!
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).
Guests who visit the lounge can enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks as well as a great 15th-floor view!
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.
There’s even an outdoor patio that has another incredible sweeping view of Walt Disney World:
I expect this lounge will be a popular place to grab a drink or an appetizer during the fireworks!
Drink favorites include the Sangría, the Gran Gin Tonic, and the Tequila Daisy.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Here’s a look at some of the menu options available at Three Bridges!
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:
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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