Disney Moderate Resorts 101 – What They Offer and How To Choose Between Them

Disney World’s Moderate Resort Hotels are prefect for guests who want a little extra pampering than what the Value Resorts offer, but don’t quite have the budget for a Deluxe Resort. With extra amenities and recreational activities, Moderate level resorts are available in a number of themes and accommodations.

5. Port Orleans Riverside

The Port Orleans Riverside is perfect for those looking for a Louisiana bayou feel. With a selection of pool, river, and garden views with both standard (queen beds) and king bed rooms available, you can have your pick. This resort also has preferred rooms, meaning they are located closer to the dining hall as the resort is on the larger side. Buses to and from the parks make multiple stops throughout Riverside and a boat takes guests to the Downtown Disney area. The resort is divided into two sections, Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend. One has a more rustic feel while the other offers mansions. Guests can book Royal Guest Rooms, located in Magnolia Bend, where Princess Tiana has hosted other Disney princesses who have left some of their belongings behind for guests to find.

Riverside also has Boatright’s Dining Hall restaurant in addition to the Riverside Mill food court. Entertainment includes lounges with a show by Ye Haa Bob Jackson, a pool with a waterslide, hot tub, bike and surrey bike rentals, fishing, campfires, and horse drawn carriage rides. Check out “10 Things You’ll Love About Port Orleans Resorts.”

4. Port Orleans French Quarter

Port Orleans French Quarter, connected to Riverside, offers similar amenities. There are also bike rentals, carriage rides, campfires, fishing, and lounges, but no formal restaurant. Instead, guests go to Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory food court which serves freshly made beignets. Guests can choose standard rooms with queen or king beds that have garden, pool or river views, but no preferred rooms as this resort is on the smaller side. French Quarter focuses more on Mardi Gras and incorporates the green, purple, and gold colors into its décor. A pool with a water slide and hot tub are located near the center of the resort and Scat Cat’s Club provides nighttime entertainment for adults. One bus stop brings guests to the Disney parks and a short boat ride takes them up the Sassagoula River to Downtown Disney. This resort tends to be on the quieter side due to its size. Check out “7 Reasons You’d Love Port Orleans French Quarter Resort WDW.”

3. Caribbean Beach

The Caribbean Beach Resort, located near Epcot, is one of the larger Moderate Resorts with six themed villages that offer standard, pool and water views along with king size beds and preferred rooms. Like Riverside, this hotel has an area designated as Pirate Rooms. From the carpet which looks like wood flooring to the pirate ship beds to the Pirates of the Caribbean wall art, these rooms are completely emerged in swashbuckling fun. However, these rooms are some of the furthest away from the Old Port Royale food court. As the resort is so large, it offers a designated bus that goes around the resort from the main building to each of the six villages. Buses to the parks also make the same stops. In addition to the food court, Caribbean Beach has a sit-down restaurant called Shutters at Old Porte Royale that offers a variety of Caribbean flavors. For entertainment, guests can rent bikes or surrey bikes, play volleyball in the sand or rest in one of the many hammocks around the resort. The pool, with a waterslide, is set to look like a fort and a pirate flag can often be seen flying above it. Hot tubs can also be found here along with a poolside bar.

2. Coronado Springs

This Moderate Resort is different than the previous three in that it is also a business and convention center. With over 220,000 square feet of meeting space, this is a great place for businesses to get together along with families on their Disney vacations. Standard rooms come with either two queen beds or one king bed and will have a standard view or a water view. Preferred rooms are also available. In addition, Coronado Springs offers Junior Suites, Executive Suites, and Casitas one-bedroom suites. The Junior Suites can fit up to six guests with two bedrooms and a living room area. The Carsitas offer similar accommodations in a larger space. The Executive Suite can hold up to six guests and includes an executive desk, conference table and bar area.

The main building also includes a health club and spa for guests to use along with fine dining at the Maya Grill or casual dining at Las Ventanas. One main pool with a Myan ruins theme and waterslide also features the largest hot tub on Disney property. Three smaller pools can be found around the resort. This Mexican themed resort offers the flavors of the South West and décor to match. Located near the Animal Kingdom park, four bus stops around the resort take guests to all the parks including Downtown Disney.

1. Cabins at Fort Wilderness

If you’re looking for a camping experience, but don’t want to “rough it,” cabins for up to six guests are available at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds. Each cabin comes with a double bed, a bunk bed, one double-size pull-down bed, a living room, kitchen, private patio and charcoal grill. Resort amenities like a pool with a waterslide, Trails End Restaurant, and Meadow Snack Bar keep guests pampered while still experiencing the wildlife at Fort Wilderness. Located a short boat ride from the Magic Kingdom, the resort offers entertainments like Hoop-De-Do Musical Revue, Mickey Backyard BBQ, an archery experience, pony rides and wagon rides, and Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long. Guests can also rent boats, canoes, kayaks, or bikes and go fishing, waterski or play basketball.

Whether you’re looking to experience New Orleans, the Caribbean, Mexico or the great outdoors, the Moderate Resorts have you covered.

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Kristina is a freelance writer and full-time marketer who is a loud and proud Disney fan. Besides Disney Fanatic and How To Disney, she has also written for, Disney Avenue, and XOJane. A frequent visitor to Disney World, she enjoys trying something new each trip and experiencing all Disney has to offer. She lives in New York with her cat, Lizzie.

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