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List of All Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World

Updated on May 9, 2014
Should you stay at a Disney Moderate Resort?
Should you stay at a Disney Moderate Resort? | Source

If you are comparing hotel prices, especially during the off-season at Walt Disney World, you may notice that sometimes, the Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World are just a little bit more than the Value Resorts.

If you are unsure but considering the Moderate Resort over the Value Resort, read on and discover why you might want to consider it and the pros and cons of the experience.

What Are Moderate Resorts?

The Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World are the mid-ranged price, on-property resorts and are scattered in several locations around the property. Sometimes, when there are promotions, they may only be a few dollars more than a value resort.

There are many reasons to choose a moderate resort over a value including room size, quietness and bus accessibility. Here is a list and overview of all the moderate resorts and a table listing the pros and cons of these hotels.

Port Orleans: Riverside

This is one of my favorite moderate resorts. If you're a Disney fan from way back you may remember it as Dixie Landings. It has an old deep south feel about it with replica faux plantation fronts as well as Louisiana bayou homes.

Going to this resort feels like you are in another place with large shade trees and winding paths.

The rooms are spacious with a nice pool, food court and gift shop area. There are activities on property including pole fishing for kids, water rentals and bike rentals. There is also a boat to take you to downtown Disney.

Port Orleans: French Quarter

The theme of Port Orleans French Quarter is superb. It feels like you have stepped into a Bourbon Street inspired venue. Smaller than its sister resort, it offers a year long Mardi Gras feel.

There is also a bar that sometimes has live jazz music on select nights.

Port Orleans:French Quarter is connected to it sister resort and you can participate in the other activities there such as the water recreation and bike riding. Or just take a nice stroll along the river.

Port Orleans Riverside offers everything from South Caroline Plantation style to Mississippi swamp.
Port Orleans Riverside offers everything from South Caroline Plantation style to Mississippi swamp. | Source

Caribbean Beach

Nearest to Disney's Hollywood Studios, this spacious resort pulls you into a tropical, island paradise.

The resorts and rooms have pastels with tropical themed plants.

Two big pluses for this resort are the pirate themed rooms (notice that availability is limited and you have to ask about these when you book) and the pirate/fort themed pool with water cannons and slides.

Coronado Springs even has faux ruins as decorations.
Coronado Springs even has faux ruins as decorations. | Source

Coronado Springs

This hotel feels like you've stepped off a cruise ship and into a Mexican paradise. This hotel, near the ramp to Animal Kingdom, really has the most to offer an adult couple on a getaway and even has a man made beach and cabana for relaxing while you sip a margarita.

It also has the largest hot tub of any hotel on Disney property so you can cozy up with 20 of your closest friends.

Fort Wilderness Cabins

Disney lists Fort Wilderness Cabins as under the moderate resorts. However, the cabins, located in the campground, are quite a bit more than a moderate room. They do come with their own kitchen and can sleep up to six so if you have a big party this might be a consideration.

But at the price you can usually get a deluxe resort room so consider your party's needs before booking a cabin.

The cabins are nice with patios, grills and living rooms.

The Pros and Cons of the Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World

Pros
Why
Cons
Why
Large Rooms
The rooms in all the moderate resorts are much more spacious and accommodating. Plenty of toiletries as well.
Rooms Open Up To The Outside
The hotel rooms still open up to the outside which makes them noiser and also a little warmer in the Florida summer.
Better Bus Routes
Unlike the Value Resorts, these resorts have several bus stops around the resort so there is less walking.
Crowded Bus
Despite having bus stops all around, you are still likely to face a crowded bus with standing room only.
Quieter
The walls seem thicker and there is usually less noise.
Check for High School Conventions
Sometimes, some of the resorts host groups there for dance, cheerleading or athletic competitions. This can make for a very loud experience.
Sit Down Dining Options
In addition to counter service, you usually get the option of a sit down restaurant as well.
Themes are Boring
If you have kids and enjoy strong themes these may not be the place for you. The Value Resorts are more whimsical and colorful. The exception is probably Port Orleans French Quarter.
Walt Disney World Moderate Resorts

The Low Down on the Moderate Resorts

If I'm staying at a Moderate Resort, I prefer one of the Port Orleans. They are very convenient to both Downtown Disney and Magic Kingdom/EPCOT Ticket and Transportation Center Parking.

Caribbean Beach is my least favorite as it seems to book groups such as dance teams and cheerleading competition teams which makes the hotel loud.

If you plan to stay at CB, try to find out if there are any competitions going on before booking.

I don't personally find Coronado to be anything extraordinary but the rooms are spacious and clean.

If you are trying to figure out whether to stay at a Value Resort or Moderate consider how much time you spend in the room. If it is very little, a value might be the way to go. If you tend to want to sleep in or have a off day where you hang out and go to the pool, moderate resorts offer more luxury.

How To Make Reservations

There are several ways you can book your vacation:

  1. Go to the website and book online: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/#/moderate
  2. Call 1-407-939-5277 between the hours of 7AM and 11PM Eastern Standard Time.
  3. Call your travel agent.

Which moderate resort have you stayed at?

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Another winner, L.C. Have you made that phone call yet? :-)

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      No, not yet. Have a busy week but will consider my approach. :-) Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Thanks for this information as my family will be needing to use this as the summer approaches. The Port Orleans Riverside will be one I'd like to try to the Fort Wilderness Cabins.

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      Port Orleans Riverside is like a mini vacation in itself. And if you stay at the campgrounds there is a walking trail that connects Fort Wilderness to Wilderness Lodge and we ALWAYS see deer when we are on it. The good thing about Fort Wilderness is that you can take the boat straight to the front gate of Magic Kingdom!

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