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Moderate Resorts

Updated: May 8, 2023


Disney’s Moderate Resorts aim to hit that sweet spot between budget friendly and lavishly expensive, providing immersive theming, multiple dining options, larger rooms, and a slide at the main pool. Moderate Resorts are a great way to feel a little more upscale while still keeping budget in mind.





As you might expect, moderate resorts are those that fall between value and deluxe in pricing, room size, and amenities. The theming at Disney’s moderate resorts is a step up from their value resorts. Here you are immersed in the different locations represented. While not as grandiose at the deluxe resorts, Disney’s moderate resorts are an escape from reality transporting guests to the bayous of Louisiana, the beaches of the Caribbean, the great wood of the American northwest, or to the southwest to experience the spanish and mexican influences on the culture there. Each of them also has a food court, and while each offers a standard fair of burgers and chicken nuggets, you can also find some special dishes themed to the resorts. The moderate resorts also have sit down meals available. They also each have a main pool, but you will find slides available at these pools, an added perk you will not find at value resort pools.



Best for

  • Families of 5 (fifth sleeper is for kids only)

  • People who want more immersive, aesthetically pleasing resorts with more amenities but are still budget conscious.



Pricing

  • More expensive than value resorts, starting cost is a little below $300/night



Theming

  • Moderate Resorts have amore adult feel to them with some great theming.

  • Whether taking you down to the bayou, out to the southwest where Spanish and Mexican heritage is prevalent, the great woods in the northwest on the American frontier, or to the sunny beaches of the Caribbean, Disney’s moderate resorts transport their guests.



Rooms

  • Step up in room size compared to Value Resorts.

  • Mostly only exterior hallways/entrances to rooms. The exception is at Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

  • Most if not all the rooms at the Moderate Resorts have been updated. This includes an updated bathroom area, a more modern aesthetic, and lots and lots of outlets for charging your many electrical devices.

  • Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans Riverside have a standard room that sleeps 5, the 5th is a fold out sleeper that is intended for a child. Disney will not let 5 adults book these rooms.

  • You can get a special themed room at Caribbean Beach (themed to the Little Mermaid) and Port Orleans Riverside (princess themed).

  • Cabins at Fort Wilderness can sleep up to 6 adults and have a kitchenette.

  • Coronado Springs have casitas available (1 bedroom suite) that can sleep 6 adults.



Recreation

  • The main pools at each of the Moderate Resorts follow the theming of the resort and have a slide (while Value Resort pools do not have a slide). There are also multiple quiet pools available to guests.

  • Playground at each resort.

  • Arcade at each resort.

  • You can rent a bike or surrey bike at some of the resorts.

  • At Port Orleans and Fort Wilderness you can go on a carriage ride for a fee.

  • Activities throughout the day in or near the main pool area including Movie Under the Stars, bonfires, poolside games, and so much more.


Dining

  • Each Moderate Resort has a table service restaurant, though the one for Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter is over at Riverside.

  • Moderate Resorts each boast a lounge, where small bites can be bought alongside some fun alcoholic beverages.

  • Each resort also has a bar area near the pool.

  • Moderate Resorts also each have a food court, these locations offer standard fare and some themed dishes to each resort.



Transportation

  • Caribbean Beach has skyliner access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

  • Port Orleans, French Quarter and Riverside, have boat access which can take guests to Disney Springs.

  • Buses are available for all other transportation to parks or Disney Springs


Disney's Moderate Resorts:

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs Resort



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