PHOTOS: Three Bridges Bar & Grill, Progress on Disney’s Gran Destino Tower Hotel, Christmas at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

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If you wanted to get an overall idea of the general scope of the Gran Destino project over at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, all you really have to do is drive by the entrance. Really. There’s no missing this behemoth:

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And if you think it looks massive just off the road, it’s even more impressive as you drive in to the newly-opened, freshly-asphalted parking lot just off to the side.

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While we were just here earlier this month, so much has happened since then. Of course, with rooms already available for booking and an opening date of July 9th, 2019, they’re working against the clock. The lower half of the building appears to have been finished and painted a cheery yellow to match with the newly painted main building.

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coronado construction update 11/25/18

Christmas has arrived at Coronado and it’s ¡Espectacular! However, the entire porte-cochère is now… a holding place for luggage. Which means you have to walk all the way around…

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Above, you can see that one of the domes of the Gran Destino tower has also been painted a matching yellow color.
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A cornucopia of Coronado cacti!

… and I mean all the way around. Like, convention center around. Like the convention center is the new bus stop around.

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At least you get these nice arched hallways lined with pretty succulents and agave plants. (Yes, those are agave plants, for you norteños. Those lil guys make tequila!)

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“Christmas, but make it Mayan.”

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I quietly love when Disney blurs the line between museum and theme park. It’s the Rohde effect!

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The walkway is almost finished, as most railings are already up and in place.

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A closer look at Lago Dorado and the Three Bridges Bar & Grill restaurant.

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A view of Gran Destino from just outside the lobby.

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Okay, not all railings are up… but there’s progress!

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Back in the lobby, there’s a little poster display with artist renderings of the resort expansion.

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Navidad game strong.

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Heading towards the tower from the lobby, you pass by these #DisneyWalls, also featuring the same artist renderings. You walk past the dejected recreation gazebo/marina and over to your first makeshift construction bridge.

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coronado construction update 11/25/18
There are blooming lily pads just under this bridge! And abandoned garbage.

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coronado construction update 11/25/18

coronado construction update 11/25/18

You can see that the giant vaulted entrance is coming together quite nicely.

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One night in a King Junior Suite later, and the front facade was actually more or less completed!

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Tsum Tsum photography/detective work, clearly.

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coronado construction update 11/25/18

Construction extends out to the other side as well.

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And now… the back side of a restaurant!

Things over by the Dig Site feature pool aren’t all that exciting… but we were told by a CM that it should be opening back up in about a week or two.

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coronado construction update 11/25/18

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coronado construction update 11/25/18

The flowers surrounding the lake (and the entire resort, really) are truly breathtaking.

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One of the walkways originates over by the pool area, making it easy to cross over for a bite or a drink when hunger strikes.

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Keep walking past the pool (gotta burn off those beignets) and you’ll get another perspective of the lake restaurant, with Gran Destino looming behind.

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(Tiny tulip from Alice in Wonderland: “I think she’s pretty.”)

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All this construction comes at a cost to guests of the resort. Starting from where Casitas 4 begins to where the Dig Site pool is, the lakeside walkway has been taken over by construction fences that are really an eyesore, plus annoying to have to walk around, especially after seeing how pretty the lakeside walk is.

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What do you think about the Coronado Springs Resort’s expansion? Have you booked your suite at Gran Destino yet? To book this or any other resort for your Disney vacation, contact WDWNT’s exclusive travel agent, Small World Big Fun, at http://smallworldbigfun.com/disneyfans.

More on Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Gran Destino Tower:

BREAKING: New Coronado Springs Addition Named Gran Destino Tower

PHOTOS: Newly Remodeled Panchito’s Gift Shop Now Complete at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Villa del Lago Lakeside Lounge/Restaurant Announced for Coronado Springs

PHOTOS: Coronado Springs Expansion Concept Art Shows New Concierge Lounge, Meeting Space

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Jessica Figueroa

Jessica lives in South Florida with her 15-pound cat Gordo and a small army of Tsum Tsums.

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  • Gran Destino is going to look beautiful, but it just looks weird sitting inches next to Coronado Springs. I wish they offset to the right a little like they in at the Caribbean Beach. I think they are going to have to rethink this setup in the future to make it work.

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