The Gran Destino has officially opened at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resorts. Walt Disney World executives and Mickey Mouse commemorated the occasion with an early morning ceremony.

The festivities began with a performance by Passion of Flamenco. After a musical opening the ceremony was led by former Walt Disney World Ambassador Vanessa Rosas. She was joined by Thomas Mazloum, Senior Vice President of Resorts, Premium Services, Disney Springs, Water Parks, and Sports. He discussed how Gran Destino Tower is the centerpiece of the completely reimagined Coronado Springs Resort which aims to not only serve guests on vacation, but conference attendees as well.

Mickey then took the stage accompanied by Coronado Springs Resort cast members who were sporting their new costumes. Speaking of costumes, some roles feature a “mix-and-match” option so each cast member can sport their own look.

And with the Disney-staple of a confetti burst, the Gran Destino Tower was officially opened.

Gran Destino Tower Fun Facts:

  • The new tower features 16 floors, 545 guest rooms (includes 50 suites, highlighted by two presidential suites)
  • There is now a new arrival and reception experience featuring a dramatic two-story lobby
  • New meeting venues include a 24-seat boardroom and  a 2,859-square-foot Lantana room that divides into three smaller rooms
  • The adjoining 1,674-square-foot pre-function space includes a show kitchen
  • Club-access guests can visit Chronos Club, a bright, comfortable lounge where they can relax and enjoy light refreshments throughout the day or take advantage of vacation-planning services
  • Destino Plaza off the lower lobby level is ideal for weddings and other special outdoor events
  • Gran Destino Tower takes its name from the surrealistic Disney animated short Destino
  • Dahlia Lounge is named after the Destino heroine, a mortal woman who enchants the Greek god Chronos; dandelion chandeliers, metal bell accents and ceiling coffers with swirling patterns all draw inspiration from the restaurant’s namesake
  • In Spanish, Coronado means “the crowned one.”

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