During our recent Walt Disney World visit, we were fortune enough to pick up a reservation at the newly opened Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs resort. We booked a club level room which provides access to Chronos Club and today I am going to talk about our wonderful stay there.
We had viewed various photos and videos from the opening on July 9th, but nothing prepared me for how blown away I was at the sight of this beautiful addition to the resort! The moderate feels every bit as much as a deluxe with it’s grandeur exterior that dominates the nearby skyline and it’s modern, elegant interior. If like me you love the smells of Disney, then waste no time and head straight to the Gran Destino lobby to check it out, it’s my new favourite!
The name Gran Destino and theme of the building comes from the animated short Destino, a collaboration with Walt Disney and Spanish artist Salvador Dali back in 1945. Financial pressures and World War II caused Destino to be added into the Disney vault for decades, only to be completed and finally released in 2003. A huge Walt and Mickey painting can be found in the Barcelona lounge and it is stunning!
Upon arrival we were greeted in the lobby and taken to the fifteenth floor by two lovely Cast Members. The lifts in the building are more than worth a mention as they work a little different to your average lift! The floor selection has to be chosen before you even step inside and when a lift is allocated, it takes you straight to your floor.
Our room wasn’t ready, so we headed straight to Chronos Club for some refreshments and snacks. The lounge is the perfect place to unwind after some time in the parks or to take in the panoramic views of Epcot, Disney Springs, Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land to name a few! The food and beverage offerings vary throughout the day from breakfast right through to desserts and cordials. A variety of snacks and a fridge filled with water, soda, beers and juice boxes are available for the duration of the day, as well as tea and coffee. Our little Peter Pan adored the kids play area which was filled with exciting Disney books, toys and games which all fitted in with the resorts theme.
The Cast Members were very friendly, attentive and made the greatest effort to make us feel as comfortable as possible. I would go as far to say that the Chronos Cast Members were the most magical we have experienced at any resort we have stayed in at the Walt Disney World resort! They acknowledged that we were celebrating Kevin’s birthday and also out tenth wedding anniversary and the three of us were surprised with some amazingly unexpected gifts!
We received an email via My Disney Experience to inform us that our room was ready. We were delighted to find out that we were situated on the fifteenth floor, the same floor as the Chronos Club which was extremly convenient for us. Our room was so fresh and new and absolutely beautiful! The bathroom was a great size and very well designed with two large sinks, a rain shower which we absolutley love and a separate area with a toilet. The room consisted of two queen size beds with lights built in to the headboard and provided us with the most comfortable sleeps we have ever had at a Disney World resort! There was an ample closet for storage and also plenty drawer space available.
One thing we were all excited about was Disney’s new Interactive TV. The TV is personalised to your Disney experience and offers lots of new options such as movies, bedtime stories for your little ones and you can also view your plans and Disney Photopass. The service is currently available at Gran Destino Tower and is expected to roll out across Walt Disney World in the coming years.
The view from our room was every bit as incredible as the view from the lounge but even better, as in the distance you could see Cinderella Castle, Space Mountain and the Contemporary Resort as well as a spectacular view of Coronado Springs. As we were staying in a Club Level room, a turn down service is provided each evening. Quinn was delighted with this and saved his Disney Parks Ghiradelli chocolates to bring home with him!
We have had two previous stays club level at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and although we enjoyed both, overall Gran Destino had a lot more to offer for our little family. I hope we can return again soon! Our vlog series from the trip has began over on my YouTube channel, check them out each Sunday!
Do you have an upcoming stay at Gran Destino? I would love to hear all about it!