Traditional Spanish flare meets modern amenities at the Gran Destino Tower -- the newest addition to Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort, which opened Tuesday morning in Orlando.
The 16-story tower comprises 545 guest rooms (including 46 suites), a two-story lobby, meeting venues, and a rooftop restaurant and lounge, instantly becoming the stylish new gateway to the (total) 2,385-room resort and convention center complex.
Already home to 220,000 square feet of meeting space in the Coronado Convention Center, including the 60,214-square-foot Coronado Ballroom, 21,160-square-foot Fiesta Ballroom, 85,765-square-foot exhibit hall and adjacent meeting spaces, the resort brings new event space to the forefront in the Destino Tower.
The venue's meeting facilities include a 24-seat boardroom and the 2,859-square-foot Lantana meeting room, adjoined by 1,674 square feet of indoor and outdoor prefunction space. The events area of the tower also include an intimate show kitchen for F&B demonstrations and private function catering.
The rooftop Teledo is a 200-seat tapas, seafood and steak restaurant featuring panoramic views of the surrounding Disney property. The space, complete with three private dining rooms, offers a menu of pintxos (small plates) and cazuelas (soups) inspired by the flavors of Spain. Dishes include salt cod-stuffed piquillo peppers with goat cheese, olive oil-poached tuna, and charred octopus with romesco and chimichurri sauces.
Joining Toledo is the Dahlia Lounge, a cocktail and tapas spot with both indoor and outdoor dining options for up to 165 guests. Featuring its own unique menu, the bar offers an array of Spanish wines and unique spins on the classic gin and tonic, among other libations.
Also new to the already-existing Coronado Springs complex is the Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago, a full-service restaurant standing in the middle of the resort's Lago (Lake) Dorado. The place has seating for 60 guests, while additional group spaces accommodate 90 more. Three Bridges' menu features sharable plates like Szechuan peppercorn wings and entrées such as braised pork tacos.
Guests can enjoy streamlined, iPad-based check-in services, enabling convention attendees to access their hotel rooms and begin their stay at the Walt Disney Resort property without ever visiting the front desk.
Also new to Gran Destino, and a first for WDW properties as a whole, are interactive guest-room televisions, allowing guests to synch their mobile phones to the TV screens for big-picture views.
Gran Destino delivers a fresh take on traditional Spanish design, says Cinde Meade, interior design principal for Walt Disney Imagineering, building on the colors, mosaics and water elements of Barcelona.
"The tower's interior design is also poised to capitalize on 'connection points' -- providing multiple locations for conference attendees to mingle and grab coffee or a drink even after the meeting has commenced," notes Meade, referencing areas like the Barcelona Lounge on the lower level of the two-floor grand lobby.
To learn more about Disney's new Gran Destino Tower, and to submit an RFP, visit Northstar Meetings Group's Event Venue Finder.