Disney’s Coronado Springs Dig Site Recreation Area

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Activities For the Entire Family

One of the attractions to staying at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is the recreation options.  In addition to the quiet pools located in each of the three sections of the resort there is a very large recreation in the center of the property.

This recreation area is called The Dig Site and themed to an archaeological dig site in Mexico that is searching for The Lost City of Cibola.

Coronado Springs Dig Site Sign and Map

The Dig Site Map




Pyramid of the Sun Pool

The main attraction of this area is the 120′ by 90′ pool that has a 50-foot Mayan pyramid, Pyramid of the Sun, looking over it and providing a waterfall into the pool.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - The Ruins Pool

The Dig Site Pool

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Ruins Pool

Pyramid of the Sun Water Feature

Behind the pyramid is the Jaguar Slide, a 123-foot long, 16.2 foot-high water slide that winds it way until it reaches the main pool.  Along the way beware of the Jaguar who spits water on those that dare to pass by.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Ruins Pool and Jaguar Slide

Exit of the Jaguar Slide into the Main Pool

The main pool is overseen by lifeguards (unlike the quiet pools).  Signs posted at the entrance will tell you the hours of operation.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Ruins Pool Sign

Pool Hours of Operation

Next to the pool is Siestas, the pool bar that does offer minimal food service.  Next door to Siestas is the Iguana Arcade and recreation equipment rental.

Disney's Coronado Springs - The Dig Site Volleyball Court

Volleyball Court (photo credit: Dave of YourFirstVisit.net)

Equipment can be rented for the sand volleyball court or you can rent bikes tour the rest of the resort grounds.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Siestas Pool Bar

Siesta’s Pool Bar



Explorers Playground

For the younger set there is the wonderful Explorer’s Playground.  This area is for those 12 and under (and their parent’s of course).

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Playground Sign

Explorer’s Playground Sign

At the entrance of the playground is a very well themed slide that resembles more aztec ruins. The front boasts a slide that any kid will want to slide down.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Ruins

Aztec Themed Slide

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Ruins

The entrance to the slide is one of a kind.  The kids have to climb stairs and enter a dark cave that even in full daylight has to be lit from within.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Ruins

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Ruins

Entering the Ruins

On the back side of these ruins there is a jungle gym themed after a spiders web.  (Quite creepy if you ask me.)

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Ruins

Spider Web Themed Climbing Element

Behind the ruins playground is an area for those that aren’t quite up for that much climbing. At the entrance is a large sand pit for the kids to play in.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Sand Box Area

Mayan Sand Box

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Sand Box Area

Sand box tools (buckets and shovels) are provided and I am amazed at how many kids tried to fill the head up with sand.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Sand Box Area

At the very back is a smaller play set for the littler kids.  What is nice is that there is also pretty good seating for the parents to sit and watch their kids from.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Small Jungle Gym

Small Playset

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Explorers Plaground Small Jungle Gym



Dig Site Actives and Special Events

In addition to playing and swimming there is also an activities board with a lot of other things to do.  On this day we could play bingo, play games and watch The Haunted Mansion movie that evening.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Activities Board

The Dig Site Activities Board

One of our favorite things to do is to head to the campfire and roast marshmallows.  This is a FREE activity that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Campfire Marchmallow Roasting

The Dig Site Campfire

Kids had to be 14 or accompanied by an adult (older siblings did not count).  When you arrive a cast member will give you the ruled.  Generally it is one marshmallow and a time and no making fire (I love my marshmallows burned so this was a rule that they let me pass on).

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Campfire Marchmallow Roasting

Getting the Rules of Roasting Marshmallows

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Campfire Marchmallow Roasting

Coronado Springs Dig Site - Campfire Marchmallow Roasting

Mr T Enjoying His First Roasted Marshmallow Ever

I just scratched the surface of everything you can do here.  I hope you take the time to explore The Dig Site next time you are at Walt Disney World.

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