Here at WDWNT, we’re huge fans of Coronado Springs and have been following the construction throughout the resort closely as we near the opening of Gran Destino Tower. We’re happy to report that the bridges linking the various areas across the resort have finally opened up, making walking around the resort a breeze! Let’s take a walk and see how things are looking around the resort.
You can now take the bridges from the main El Centro and Casitas area to the Ranchos and Cabanas, so guests don’t have to circle all the way around the resort to get from their room to the main dining and check-in areas.
The bridges are wide and feature lamps along the way. It took a while to get these up, but given the logistics and how well they turned out, it was worth the wait.
We visited early on when The Three Bridges Bar & Grill was only open to Cast Members during a special preview.
The bridge also offers an interesting new look at the upcoming Gran Destino Tower.
Benches line the areas near the Bar & Grill, making this an ideal spot to sit and enjoy the breeze.
Although probably what we’re most excited about is the presence of these new trash cans.
That’s right, Coronado Springs is debuting a new trash can logo featuring Gran Destino amongst the clouds. We love little details like these.
The Three Bridges Bar and Grill is an expansive addition, with plenty of outdoor seating.
(Again, Cast preview…)
There’s comfy sofa and couch seating for a laid-back night out on the water.
On the side of the building, there’s lots of greenery installed, with fanciful garden decor. It’s interesting to note that while the Walt Disney World website does list the Three Bridges Bar & Grill, there’s no mention of the original Villa Del Lago concept… yet signage still made it onto the building. Could this be for thematic purposes, in that the “villa by the lake” is the complex that houses the Three Bridges Bar & Grill restaurant? According to the resort page, the Villa acts as a sort of hub for “centralized amenities”:
A hub of activity, Villa del Lago—the “Lake Villa”—is a mirage-like collection of one-story, wood buildings set in the middle of Lago Dorado. This centralized amenities area is inspired by the artists, dreamers, adventurers and explorers of a bygone age whose passion for life is celebrated in the rich legends, lore, art and cuisine represented here. Located at the intersection of the 3 new bridges that span the lake and link to the hotel, Villa del Lago represents a bustling “crossroads” for those in search of recreation and relaxation.
This scenic setting is also home to Three Bridges Bar & Grill, a lakefront restaurant serving up tasty cuisine. Behind the central bar is a beautiful stone hearth, where you can relax by a glowing fire pit in the evening as you sip on refreshing beverages.
In any case, we’re here for the design.
From here, you can also access The Dig Site pool. (Although my personal favorite is the quiet pool by Casitas 4.)
Additional signage helps guests find their way around the resort.
Some work was still going on near the back of the Villa Del Lago.
Here are even more photos of the area as you tour the bridges:
A closer look at the Villa Del Lago vignettes shows the process of harvesting ancient grains. (Could this be the new The Land pavilion?)
Thanks for coming along! If you’re looking to stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs, definitely check it out. It’s one of my favorite resorts and it’s looking ever more incredible with the opening of these bridges and the new Villa Del Lago.