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Why a Disney Moderate Resort is Right For You

We love the Walt Disney World Resorts and actually have a whole post HERE on why you should stay at one as well as questions to ask HERE before booking one.  We wanted to take a moment to break down why a Disney Moderate Resort might be the best option for you.

Before we dig into the moderate resorts at Walt Disney World, understand that Walt Disney World has three major categories when it comes to the Disney Resorts.  Value, Moderate and Deluxe/Deluxe Villa are the three main categories in Walt Disney World.  The moderates are those we find in the middle when it comes to cost and features.

There are four moderate resorts that we are going to focus on which are Disney’s Coronado Springs Resorts, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orlean Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter.  Oftentimes you will find the Fort Wilderness Cabins included in the moderate resorts, but as they are so unique we are going to leave them out for now.

Let’s look at why a moderate resort might be right for your Walt Disney World vacation.

Dig Site Pool Coronado Springs Resort
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Jumping right into the fun, if you have swimmers then a moderate resort might be the right spot for you.  At these resorts you will find not only amazingly theme pools but also slides that are super fun for the whole family.

The moderate resorts, except the French Quarter that shares with Riverside, have one main themed pool and then a variety of quiet pools scattered throughout the Resort.  This is a great feature as you will more than likely have a pool near your room even if it isn’t the main feature pool.

These quiet pools are great for those quick swims or late night swims where you might not want to hike it all the way to the main area.

The moderate pools offer not only an outstanding theme such as a pirate ship or an ancient pyramid, but they also are big enough to spread out and have fun slides to keep kids entertained.

Disney Skyliner
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All of the moderates expect Disney’s Coronado Springs offer more than just bus services.  At Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter, Guests can enjoy a quiet and peaceful boat ride to Disney’s Springs.

This boat ride down the Sassagoula River is an amazing way to see parts of Walt Disney World you normally don’t get to see such as the treehouses at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort on the way to Disney Springs.

At Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Guests will be able to enjoy the skyliner to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Being the hub for this transportation feature allows Guests easy access to a theme park.

Having this additional mode of transportation helps make these Resorts a step above the values.

Sebastians Caribbean Beach Resort
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More Dining

Those staying at a moderate Walt Disney World Resort will have access to more dining options than value resorts.  There are food courts; however, they also have other options as well.

Guests wanting a sit down meal can enjoy one at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort or Port Orleans Riverside.  They each offer at least one sit down option.

At Disney’s moderate Resort, you find a combination of both quick service and sit-down meals. The food court is offered if you are looking for something quick, but there are also sit-down dining options if you prefer to be waited on. Each of the moderate resorts offers unique and well themed sit-down meals.

Also, don’t overlook the lounges and pool bars either. Banana Cabana, Three Bridges, and Dahlia Lounge are some of the best views and experiences you can have at any Walt Disney World Resort.

_Caribbean Beach Resort Standard Room
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Bigger Rooms

We love that the majority of the moderate rooms have recently been updated giving Guests the best accommodations possible when it comes to their stays.

Moderate rooms are slightly larger than value resorts giving Guests just a little bit more room to spread out.  We also appreciate that the majority of the rooms have a separate shower and toilet area making it even easier for everyone to get ready in the mornings.

Overall the additional space and layout of the rooms at these moderate resorts are perfect for families to feel comfortable during their visits to Disney. When you aren’t a Disney Park, the moderate resorts are a nice place to relax.

Gran Destino Tower
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Deluxe Experience Without the Price

One of the main reasons we like the bump from value to moderate is we can get some deluxe amenities without paying the full price of a deluxe Resort.

We find this in the new Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs more than anywhere else. From the eloquent lobby with a lounge to the high-end dining high up in the tower, Grand Destino offers the feel of luxury without the price tag.

If you want to feel like an elite Guest, we highly recommend looking into a stay at Grand Destino at Disney’s Coronado Springs

Caribbean Beach

Beautiful Themes

If you have someone in your travel party that isn’t as in love with Disney as you are, then a moderate resort would be a good fit.  These resorts have amazing themes that aren’t over the top Disney but absolutely beautiful.

From the amazing entryways to the small details in the Resort rooms, each theme is brought to life throughout the Resort property, allowing Guests to be transported into the theme fully.

If you want to feel like you are in the Caribbean or relaxing in the southwest, these moderates are an outstanding option.  They have beautiful theming but not over the top Disney for those family members that might need a break.

We love the moderate resorts at Walt Disney World as they provide not only great rooms, theming and pools, but they also have so much character and magic to them.

Will you be staying at a Walt Disney World moderate resort during your next Disney vacation?






Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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