After waiting for the bus to fill, we departed for Disney's Coronado Springs resort. Coronado Springs is considered a moderate resort and has a convention center attached. The grounds are beautiful and I was so excited to be in a warm place with spring blooming all around. The resort has a Southwestern theme and it is very large and spread out.
I settled into my nice room, checked in with my program coordinator and then headed off to the Magic Kingdom.
I was excited to see the new Fantasyland and I experienced both "Storytime with Belle" (so sweet) and "Under the Sea" (a lot like the Nemo ride at Epcot). The expansion is very pretty and well-done. I also tried out the Magic Bands (very neat) and Fast Pass+ (not so neat). The Magic Bands are bracelets that allow you to enter the park, enter fast pass+ rides, pay for items, etc., all with a swipe of the wrist. Fast Pass+ replaces the old Fast Pass system and allows you to choose fast passes for 3 attractions per day. If you are like me and used to getting fast passes for most rides, the 3 choice limit is disappointing. Anyway, after enjoying a couple other rides, the parade and the fireworks, I took the bus back to Coronado Springs and went straight to sleep.
After the morning of meetings at Coronado Springs, we left for resort site visits. We visited the Contemporary resort and Bay Lake Tower, Art of Animation family suites and Little Mermaid rooms, Port Orleans- Riverside (Alligator Bayou and Royal Rooms) and the Yacht and Beach Club. The Art of Animation rooms were new for me, so it was good to see just how they were laid out. I'll leave my opinions for another post, but as far as the Little Mermaid rooms go, I would recommend upgrading to a moderate resort if possible.