For those of us who experience the bone-chilling cold of sub-zero winter temperatures, to whom “Frozen” is not just a movie but the way we feel on a daily basis, I think I speak for all of us when I say … it is time for some fun in the sun … with a little magic and pixie dust thrown in! My family and I have been fortunate enough to stay at many of the Disney deluxe resorts, but one of our favorite spots to catch a few rays and splash around is the Dig Site at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. As a moderate resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a more affordable option than deluxe resorts, and the entire pool area as well as the recreational area that surrounds it, the Dig Site, is an amazing oasis where Guests of all ages come to play.
The focal point of the Lost City of Cibola Pool is a 50 foot replica of an ancient Mayan pyramid. Each morning as the pool opens for the day, children are invited to gather on the steps of the pyramid for the opening ceremony, when water begins to flow down the ruins, marking the start of another Disney day at the Dig Site. The main pool is massive, the deck dotted with lounge chairs and tables surrounds the perimeter of the pool. One of the best features is that while the pool is expansive, most of the water is visible from lounge chairs. This is a perfect set-up for me, as I feel more comfortable keeping an eye on my tween and teen, even though they don’t need my assistance any more. Lifeguards are on duty as well during posted pool hours. Adventurous Guests can cool off on the Jaguar Waterslide. At 16 feet high and 123 feet long, this fierce feline is just begging you to get wet!
In addition to the main pool, there is plenty to keep kids busy at the Dig Site. The Iguana Arcade is located adjacent to the pool for gamers, while budding archaeologists can hone their skills by excavating ancient artifacts from sand nearby in The Explorer’s Playground, specially designed for Guests aged 2-12 with swings, slides and jungle gyms. On the opposite end of the Dig Site near the Jaguar Waterslide, a shallow splash pool with bubbling jets can entertain most little ones who might be afraid to venture into the “big” pool. Poolside games and activities are scheduled daily, so be sure to check the schedule of events at the resort each day. You won’t want to miss a thing!
Obviously, there is a lot to keep families and kids entertained. But will adults be able to relax and unwind? I can tell you from experience that the answer is an unequivocal yes! With Siestas Cantina, you never have to leave the pool area to enjoy a refreshing Frozen Fiesta Margarita or Electric Lemonade. Siestas also functions as a quick service restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch/dinner. The breakfast offerings include everyone’s favorite Mickey waffles, plus various pastries, breakfast sandwiches and traditional eggs and bacon. The lunch/dinner menu features typical pool fare: salads, tacos, hot dogs, wraps, burgers and chicken fingers. The Dig Site is home to the largest outdoor hot tubs (there are two) in the Walt Disney World Resort (with room for 12 people each) as well as a sand volleyball court for those looking to stay active or even make some new pals.
DIStracted Tip: Siestas accepts the Disney Dining Plan and counts as one Quick Service entitlement per meal. In the past the Cast Members have kindly boxed up our food to-go so we can eat quickly in our room before heading out to the parks, which is a nice option.
As darkness settles on the Dig Site each evening, the welcoming smell of a campfire fills the air. Complimentary marshmallow roasting takes place poolside while nightly Movies Under the Stars provide relaxing entertainment, Disney-style. While many resorts feature amazing pool areas, the Dig Site stands out because there are so many activities, opportunities for entertainment and facilities all in one area … and at a moderately priced resort this is a welcome surprise. In addition to just kicking back and relaxing, the Dig Site offers many options for my whole family: volleyball, water slide, hot tub, arcade, Siestas. And this is what brings us back to The Coronado Springs Resort when we want an escape from the freezing temperatures in the Midwest. And the best part of all? The pool is heated to 80⁰, so the only thing “frozen” will be my margarita!
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