by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 17, 2017
The 1,910-room Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., will add 500 guest rooms and expand its meeting and event spaces over the next two years. As part of the expansion, a new 15-story tower is under construction. Plans for the tower include a rooftop restaurant and lounge with panoramic views of the nighttime fireworks at the theme parks. Two multipurpose meeting rooms and a boardroom also will be added to the property, which currently has 220,000 square feet of meeting space. 
 
The resort also plans to upgrade its current guest rooms and transform its landscape with the addition of floating gardens and an island oasis connected by a series of bridges to other areas of the resort.  
 
"Meeting planners and attendees will be thrilled with the exciting changes we're introducing at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort," said Terry Dola, vice president, group sales and marketing, Disney Destinations. "The resort has always offered exceptional value, but we're taking that to a completely new level with new accommodations, dining options and outdoor event spaces that will elevate the meetings experience at this popular Disney convention resort."
 
Walt Disney World Resort has announced several other enhancements for meetings. The convention center at the 1,190-room Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort will undergo a 28,000-square-foot expansion that, upon completion, will give the property a total of 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The new section will include a 16,000-square-foot ballroom, three prefunction areas and two gathering rotundas where attendees can network and relax. At press time, a completion date was not available.
 
Additionally, new WiFi and hard-wired services are now available for meetings at Walt Disney World's convention resorts (Disney's Boardwalk Inn, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Coronado Springs, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Yacht & Beach Club) at low or no cost, according to the company. The new high-capacity bandwidth provides WiFi that can accommodate groups of up to 5,000 attendees who use multiple devices. The new services are available throughout the ballrooms, meeting rooms, exhibit halls and convention foyers in the Disney convention resorts; they are in addition to the complimentary WiFi service currently available in guest rooms and common areas of Walt Disney World.