PHOTOS: Disney Releases First Interior Photos of Gran Destino Tower and Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

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Disney has just released the first interior press photos of the long-awaited Gran Destino Tower, including a breathtaking lobby, its well-appointed guest rooms, and its headlining restaurants and lounges: Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, Barcelona Lounge, and Dahlia Lounge. Check out all the photos, plus some of Disney’s background on each area, below!

The new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opening July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, takes its inspiration from the Disney animated short film “Destino.” (Steven Diaz, photographer)

Celebrating the rich cultures and vibrant landscapes of Spain, Mexico and the American Southwest through contemporary design and Old World traditions, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort shines with renewed luster. On July 9, 2019, the resort will complete a multiyear re-imagining focused on today’s travelers, marking the official debut of a new tower, new restaurants and a new arrival experience.

The new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opening July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, takes its inspiration from the Disney animated short film “Destino.” (Steven Diaz, photographer)
The new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opening July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, takes its inspiration from the Disney animated short film “Destino.” (Steven Diaz, photographer)

The new Gran Destino Tower rises dramatically on the southeastern shores of Lago Dorado (“Golden Lake”), the resort’s 22-acre lake. The tower – opening to the public July 9 – offers 545 modern guest rooms (including 50 suites and club-level services), a grand two-story lobby, new meeting venues, and a rooftop restaurant and lounge with spectacular views.The distinctive tower becomes the stylish new gateway to the 2,385-room resort.

Guests at a preview of the new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are welcomed into a stunning two-level lobby. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
Guests at a preview of the new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are welcomed into a stunning two-level lobby. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

Gran Destino Tower takes its name from the classic Disney film “Destino.” Drawing inspiration from the surrealist animated short, the tower is a whimsical, magnificent visual feast, diverse in its design and execution. The tower’s outdoor Destino Plaza are also ideal for weddings, business receptions or other special events.

Guests at a preview of the new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are welcomed into a stunning two-level lobby. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
Guests at a preview of the new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are welcomed into a stunning two-level lobby. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
A magnificent chandelier framed by sculpted plaster columns shines in the lobby of Gran Destino Tower above Barcelona Lounge. Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
A magnificent chandelier framed by sculpted plaster columns shines in the lobby of Gran Destino Tower above Barcelona Lounge. Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

Past its grand entrance and signature ribbon-patterned design that climbs up the side of Gran Destino Tower, guests step into a stunning lobby – an homage to the Catalan Modernism style. On their way to check in, new arrivals pass intricate wooden screens with rows of beautiful Moorish hanging lanterns, while decorative bronze screens inspired by Spanish tile patterns accent the rear wall of the lobby.

Guests at a preview of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort enjoy craft beers, select wines and artisanal cocktails in Barcelona Lounge. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
Guests at a preview of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort enjoy craft beers, select wines and artisanal cocktails in Barcelona Lounge. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

The warm colors and patterns of Barcelona inspire the sun-filled Barcelona Lounge on the lobby’s lower level, offering plenty of casual seating and lake views. Beneath a magnificent chandelier framed by sculpted plaster columns, guests can enjoy coffee in the morning and cocktails as the day progresses.

The Catalan theme extends to the tower’s stylish new guest rooms and suites. A wall covering in each room is inspired by Spanish tile medallions, adding an Old World touch to a contemporary design. The new tower also offers club-access rooms for guests who want to enjoy the benefits of the Chronos Club. The club boasts commanding views of Walt Disney World Resort and cast members who can assist with vacation planning. Light refreshments are available throughout the day.

Each tower guest room also offers a new interactive television system that provides a more customized and Disney differentiated in-room experience. This new television system will enhance the guest experience with Disney-quality services, content and personalization. For example, guests can view their Disney PhotoPass images on the large screen and stream their entertainment services from their personal devices to the in-room television.

The stylish new guest rooms in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort blend Old World Spanish style with modern design. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
(Steven Diaz, photographer)
A new interactive television system available in every guest room and suite in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort provides a more customized in-room experience. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
A new interactive television system available in every guest room and suite in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort provides a more customized in-room experience. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
The stylish new guest rooms in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort blend Old World Spanish style with modern design. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

The stylish new guest rooms in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort blend Old World Spanish style with modern design. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
The stylish new guest rooms in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort blend Old World Spanish style with modern design. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
The stylish new guest rooms in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort blend Old World Spanish style with modern design. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
The stylish new guest rooms in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort blend Old World Spanish style with modern design. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
The stylish new guest rooms in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort blend Old World Spanish style with modern design. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
The stylish new guest rooms in Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort blend Old World Spanish style with modern design. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

Gran Destino Tower is crowned by dramatic rooftop dining locations, Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood and Dahlia Lounge, offering breathtaking views of Walt Disney World from the tower’s 16th floor. Named for the storied Spanish city home to avant-garde writers and artists of the 1920s and ’30s, Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood is a table-service dining experience. The Spanish-inspired menu features entrees like chuletón, a 32-ounce, Spanish-style ribeye for two, as well as sustainable seafood and classic Spanish sides. It’s all served in a setting that features live olive trees, vibrant colors and an intricate vaulted ceiling with stained-glass accents. There’s also an onstage tapas kitchen inspired by the flavors of Spain, specializing in small plates, charcuteríá and cheeses.

A chef prepares dishes in the onstage tapas kitchen located in Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood on the 16th floor of Gran Destino tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Gran DestinoTower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
Guests enjoying a preview of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort dine under live olive trees in Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, a table-service dining experience offering breathtaking views of Walt Disney World Resort from the tower’s 16th floor. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)
Guests enjoying a preview of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort dine under live olive trees in Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, a table-service dining experience offering breathtaking views of Walt Disney World Resort from the tower’s 16th floor. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

The adjacent Dahlia Lounge takes its mesmerizing shapes and swirling patterns from Spanish Modernism, inviting guests into an intimate, artful space where they can enjoy signature cocktails and panoramic views.

Guests enjoying a preview of Dahlia Lounge atop the new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort delight in signature cocktails crafted by expert mixologists and panoramic views. Gran Destino Tower opens July 9 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

As part of the broader re-imagining of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, three new pedestrian bridges now extend across Lago Dorado, allowing for quick and convenient passage to and from all parts of the resort. In the middle of the lake at the nexus of these new pathways is Villa del Lago (“Lake Villa”), home to a new outdoor restaurant, Three Bridges Bar & Grill. The open-air, waterfront dining location offers delicious entrees and shareables, along with refreshing cocktails and signature sangria pitchers. Three Bridges Bar & Grill features a rustic, Old World charm anchored by a large stone hearth behind the central bar.

These new experiences complement the wide array of amenities and experiences at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, including floating gardens, scenic nature trails and palm-shaped courtyards. Throughout the resort, guests can enjoy a diverse collection of dining options, including:

  • Maya Grill – A grand Mexican dining room featuring ancient-modern styling and Nuevo Latino cuisines.
  • Rix Sports Bar & Grill – A stylish establishment with a unique spin on classic bar food.
  • El Mercado de Coronado – A food court filled with kitchens serving made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a wide array of options so there’s something for everyone.
  • Café Rix – A charming grab-and-go location offering pastries, coffee and tasty snacks.
  • Laguna Bar – A breezy lakeside lounge boasting signature cocktails.
  • Siestas Cantina – A poolside hideaway to unwind with refreshing beverages and snacks.

Shoppers can delight in an updated Panchito’s merchandise location. Named after one of the main characters from the Disney film “The Three Caballeros,” Panchito’s resembles an open-air Mexican market.

The Dig Site – a sprawling pool complex with a Mayan-ruins theme – is fed by water cascading dramatically down a Mayan pyramid and features a water slide that evokes the spirit animal of a jaguar. The Dig Site can be accessed via the new bridges over Lago Dorado.

All existing guest rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort were updated with new fixtures, furnishings and lighting. Guest feedback helped shape the room remodel that introduced an expansive desk space, hard-surface floors, platform beds and more. In addition, a fresh, sophisticated new color palette ties together the entire resort experience.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is now a celebration of Spanish, Mexican and American Southwest cultures, infused with a profound respect for the natural world – most notably water. These design motifs span centuries to form a common thread that connects the new with the newly re-imagined.

For more on the resort hotels of Walt Disney World, phone 407 W-DISNEY, your local travel agent or www.DisneyWorld.com

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stadalberts
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stadalberts

I’ve said it before, and I WILL say it again, More Bodies On Property, less room to move around ANYWHERE!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Having additional rooms available will help ease crowds at the resorts, however.

Austin Ray
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Austin Ray

So stop going? The resort needs more hotel rooms it’s that simple. They are also adding billions in improvements resort wide to increase capacity dramatically and improve guest flow, such as all of the parks getting a completely revamped entrance. Even at Epcot, the whole park is getting drastic changes and it’s paying off with half of the tombstones removed. Seriously, a hotel with double occupancy of somewhere around 1200 people and then the addition of about 2 other similar sized resorts pales in comparison of what is going to open in the next few years such as Guardians which… Read more »

Tracey Owens
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Tracey Owens

Anyone know what time the Barcelona lounge opens? Thx!

jak
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jak

Color me impressed! This is way better than I expected (and seems better put together than the exterior). The lobby almost seems like a higher end Vegas resort.