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Best Moderate Resorts at Disney World

Moderate resorts at Walt Disney World are amazing! They really do give you the best of both worlds. You get the benefits of additional amenities and service while paying half the price of a standard night at one of the deluxe resorts. With many of the renovations and additional room types, these stays are actually quite luxurious, and you would be happy to call any one of these your home away from home during your day. Here is an excellent overview of the best moderate resorts at Walt Disney World.

 Editor’s Note: Not all of the Disney resorts will be open during the phased reopening of Walt Disney World. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort does not have a reopening date at this time.  

5 – Port Orleans French Quarter

Editor’s Note: Not all of the Disney resorts will be open during the phased reopening of Walt Disney World. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort does not have a reopening date at this time.  

I love the instant feeling of New Orleans as soon as you enter the lobby. So much care was put into all of the little finishings and details that make this resort absolutely perfect. This resort is extremely popular and often not included or extremely limited in many of the discount promotions that Disney offers throughout the year. If you don’t like to do as much walking or like the feel of a less crowded resort, this is a fantastic option for you. This resort is much more compact and the smallest of all of the moderate resorts. The resorts shares amenities with its sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside, so you really get two resorts in one with this one. The resort still has its own pool with an impressive serpent water slide into the main pool! Be sure to take the boat transportation to Disney Springs, too, as this is definitely an advantage that this resort has over the others!

Port Orleans French Quarter

4 – The Cabins at Fort Wilderness

I think the Cabins at Fort Wilderness are a fantastic deal. If you love the beauty of nature and having a few extra amenities available to you, but don’t really like the idea of tent camping, then the cabins are perfect! With the cabins, you get a kitchen so you can actually do some cooking if you like, which may save you money on meals. (You can even complete a grocery order, and your groceries will be stocked for you at your cabin!) You also have a separate bedroom from the living space. The cabins usually sleep around 6 people, so they are great for families, too. Outside of the cabin, you have your own picnic table and a grill area so that you can whip burgers and other delicious items up on the grill. You still have access to all of the amenities at Fort Wilderness, including the pool and all other recreational activities that you can see and experience while you are there. There is so much to do while you enjoy the great outdoors, but still, maintain comfort and a little bit of privacy! The Magic Kingdom and many of the deluxe resorts are only a boat ride away, so you have so many options when it comes to getting around Walt Disney World.

3 – Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs is a Spanish-style lakeside resort. The resort boasts its own convention center, so it gets a lot of traffic for conventions and other events on the property. This location also has its own salon, so you can get salon and spa service from this resort. Be sure to check out these packages if you have girls in your group looking for “Princess” packages. There are often more options here, and the prices are likely less than Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. There are also more table-service food service options than any of the moderate resorts, which are all Spanish-inspired. So if you are a foodie, that could also be a selling point for you since you have more options to enjoy right from your resort. The rooms are very modern and beautiful and have recently updated. You’ll also fall in love with the new Gran Destino Tower, which feels like a deluxe resort with its design and amenities! The Mayan-inspired pool is gorgeous, and like you get to enjoy a trip to Mexico from the heart of Florida. You will love this one!

Coronado Springs Pool

2 – Port Orleans Riverside

Editor’s Note: Not all of the Disney resorts will be open during the phased reopening of Walt Disney World. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort does not have a reopening date at this time.  

This resort is the sister resort to Port Orleans French Quarter. These resorts used to be two resorts in one, called Dixie Landings. They were split into the two separate resorts that we know and love today. The theme of this resort is beautiful! The resort is on the “bayou” and has lots of pathways that make for a fantastic stroll around the grounds. The entire resort looks like a grand plantation that you would expect to see in the South. It has a rich, elegant beauty that you can’t get enough of. You will get the boat transportation to Disney Springs at this resort, too, which is a much more relaxing and enjoyable way to travel to the fabulous shopping and dining district than taking the buses. The table-service restaurant and most of the amenities for the Port Orleans resort live at this resort, which puts a world of fun and recreation at your fingertips. Be sure to try out one of the Royal Guest rooms at the resort. These rooms have been transformed into rooms fit for royalty and even have firework shows that go off on the headboards of the beds. It is definitely a fantastic stay for everyone!

1 – Caribbean Beach Resort

This resort is beautiful! From the moment you arrive, you definitely feel like you could be a swashbuckler from deep in the Caribbean. This is the oldest resort out of the moderate resorts, but it recently received a beautiful and modern update inside the guest rooms that put the finishing touches on paradise. You have access to a fantastic fortress pool, views of the gorgeous beach, dining and lounge options, and so much more. You also have the option to select one of the Pirate-themed rooms to stay in. These rooms have been completely transformed to all things pirates and so much fun for the pirate lovers in your family! The grounds here are absolutely stunning! Finally, one of the best reasons to stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach, and the main reason it earns the number one spot, is resort is that it has its own Disney Skyliner station, which offers quick, fun, and easy transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot! 

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Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!
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