Disney World Moderate Resorts – The Best of Both Worlds

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When you are deciding where to call “home” on your Walt Disney World vacation, there are so many factors to consider.  For many travelers, the top two factors they are trying to consider are cost and location.  Disney’s Moderate Resorts really can give you the best of both worlds.  If you’ve never stayed at a Moderate tier resort at Walt Disney World, you are really missing out!  Today, I want to share with you how Disney’s Moderate Resorts can be great choices for your next trip.

Cost.  Disney has catered its resorts to almost every budget.  The moderate resorts at Walt Disney World fall right into the middle category.  They’re slightly more than Disney’s Value Resorts, and less than Disney’s Deluxe Resorts.  During most Disney promotions, the Moderate Resorts can be an excellent value for families.  If it’s a Free Dining promotion, Disney’s Basic Dining Plan is included, and they also often qualify for Room Only Discounts.

Theming.  The Moderate Resorts all seem to have a “locale” theme to them.  Caribbean Beach puts you right along the Caribbean, without going too far from home.  With the Port Orleans Resorts {Riverside and French Quarter}, you feel as if you are walking along the lively streets of New Orleans or along the quaint mansions of Louisiana.  With Coronado Springs, you can’t help but feel deep in the Southwest Mayan region of the world.  And, let’s not forget about the Fort Wilderness Campground and Cabins!    The theming of these is nice, because it’s not overly “cutesy” or too fancy.  The theming is right on.  Yet, they have themed rooms for guests who want that Disney theme feel to their stay.  The Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside are themed after Princess Tiana her self.  Do you have a pirate lover in your family?  Check out the Pirate Themed rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort.

Location to the Parks.  While the Moderate Resort guests rely upon Disney’s bus transportation service,  they are situated in the middle of Disney property.  It is a pretty quick bus ride to all the Disney parks from each of the Moderates.  You can’t walk to any parks, or take the monorail, from the moderate resorts.  However, the boat from Downtown Disney to the Port Orleans resorts is really awesome!

Overall, Disney’s Moderate Resorts are excellent!  Thankfully, Port Orleans Riverside has rooms that accommodate families of five, and the Fort Wilderness Cabins can sleep up to 6!  For many large families, the moderate resorts are excellent options.   They all have unique dining options. Some have both quick service and table service options {like Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs}.  Port Orleans, French Quarter, only has a counter service dining option.  The pools are all great, with Coronado Springs having the best pool of all of them, in my opinion.

Can I suggest a Moderate Disney Resort to you?  I’m sure there is one that is perfect for your family!  I’d love to help you plan your next Disney vacation.  Contact me for a free quote, planning questions, or anything you need.  You can reach me at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com or 937.209.9473.



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4 thoughts on “Disney World Moderate Resorts – The Best of Both Worlds

  1. I’ve stayed at Caribbean Beach twice and Ft. Wilderness Cabins once, for my 42nd birthday. Had a wonderful time at both places, as well as having my parents spend their last vacation together at Port Orleans-Riverside (when it was known as Dixie Landings). Since both of them grew up in Louisiana, this was like coming home for them.

  2. Port Orleans Riverside does have table service. It’s Boatwright’s. We ate there a couple weeks ago before our Carriage Ride.

  3. I haven’t stayed at any yet…and I stress yet. But I think I’d like a royal room or a pirate room. It’s too bad they don’t accommodate families of 6. 🙁 So hopefully one day, when my kids have flown the coop, I will get to experience those resorts.

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