2. Moderate Resorts:
Disney has 4 moderate resorts – Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. These rooms are a bit larger than the value ones, averaging about 325 square feet. These resorts are a little closer to the parks, they typically offer 2 Queen-size beds instead of the doubles at the value resorts, room access is through an interior hallway and they generally sleep up to 5. The Wilderness Cabins sleep up to 6 and offer a full kitchen for a slightly higher price-tag of around $330 per night. These resorts have restaurants as well as food courts and they have multiple pools throughout the property. Each of these resorts has a main pool that is much more imaginative than those at the value resorts and offers water-slides and other special features like the Mayan-themed pool at Coronado Springs, which features a 50-foot pyramid and a 123-foot water slide.
Moderate resorts also offer some unique rooms like the pirate-themed rooms at Caribbean Beach, where guests sleep in pirate-ship shaped beds, and the Royal Guest Rooms at Port Orleans – Riverside, which feature Disney murals with firework effects, as well as princess-themed decorations fit for royalty. Guests will also find lobby concierges and a much wider range of amenities, such as fishing, bike rentals, volleyball and even horseback riding and archery at the Fort Wilderness Resort. Coronado Springs also offers a health club and spa.
There is much more to do at the moderate resorts than at the value resorts. They are definitely more than just a place to rest. At the moment, the primary mode of transportation available here is bus service, but Disney is currently in the process of a constructing a system of ski-resort-like gondolas which will connect Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach with both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. These gondolas are expected to have very high capacity and will transport guests to and from the parks much more efficiently than the current bus system. Expect these resorts to become even more popular once the gondola system is completed! Boat transportation is available from Port Orleans to Disney Springs as well as between Fort Wilderness and Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center, where guests transfer to the Epcot monorail.