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10 Reasons to Stay at a Moderate Resort at Disney World

When deciding where to book your stay at Disney there are many things to take into consideration, like price and the amenities offered at each resort. The Moderate resorts are the mid-tier group of resorts at Disney, falling between the Value resorts and the Deluxe resorts, and they have a lot of fantastic things to offer guests. Here are ten reasons to stay at a Moderate resort.


10 – Pirate Rooms

At Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, there are pirate-themed rooms. The beds are shaped like pirate ships, there are skulls and crossbones on the curtains, and tables that are in the shape of crates and barrels. If you’re a fan of the movie or attraction Pirates of the Caribbean, consider staying in a pirate room. It will definitely bring some adventure to your stay.

9 – Activities

Editor’s Note: At this time, the pirate cruises are temporarily unavailable.

The Moderate resorts offer so many fun-filled activities that will appeal to kids, teens, and adults. At Port Orleans you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride, there are movies by the pool, there is the Pirate Adventure Cruise at the Caribbean Beach resort, there are volleyball, jogging trails, and bike rentals. There are a ton of activities available to guests at these resorts, and most of them can be enjoyed by the whole family.

8 – Port Orleans – French Quarter

This resort is one of the smaller resorts, but that’s a good thing, especially if you’re looking for a more laid-back experience at your resort. The French Quarter tends to have fewer families with young children, and with fewer rooms to fill the resort seems less busy than some of the larger resorts. The French Quarter also serves up a delicious treat that is only available here, beignets, and they are worth the trip and the stay at this resort. These deep-fried donut-like treats are a perfect mid-day or post-park evening snack.

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

7 – Lounges

One of the many perks of the Moderate resorts are the lounges. Coronado Springs has the Three Bridges Bar & Grill, a relaxing lakeside bar and lounge perfect for kicking back and catching the breeze on those hot Florida days. The lounges have great appetizers and snacks to share with your friends and family, as well as signature drinks.

6 – Royal Guest Rooms

At Port Orleans Riverside resort there are Royal Guest Rooms available that are fit for any prince or princess. It’s difficult to believe these rooms are available at a Moderate resort, they’re so lavishly decorated. The beds have ornate headboards, there are portraits of Disney princesses, and the sink faucets are shaped like magic lamps. These rooms can be on the pricier side of Moderate resorts, but if you’re looking for a bit more of an immersive and magical experience in your resort room, these are the rooms to book!


5 – Water Transportation

Buses are not the only form of transportation at Moderate resorts, you can also travel by boat. The boats don’t go too many places, but if you’re staying at Port Orleans, you can travel by boat to Disney Springs, Old Key West, or Saratoga Springs. Sometimes taking the boat just for the sake of it is a great relaxing way to enjoy the amenities of your resort.

4 – The Pools

The pools at the Moderate resorts are fantastic. They have slides for the young and adventurous and they have leisure and spa pools for those who are just looking to relax. The Lost City of Cibola pool at the Coronado has a Mayan ruins theme and features a pyramid as its centerpiece. Also, don’t miss the recent addition to Port Orleans French Quarter is a brand new aquatic play area for guests under 48 inches. The pools at the Moderate resorts offer great theming, and options for those who either want to burn off some energy, cool down or just relax and soak up the sun.

The Aquatic Play Area at Port Orleans French Quarter
The Aquatic Play Area at Port Orleans French Quarter

3 – Free Dining

Editor’s Note: At this time, dining plans are temporarily suspended, however, Disney has confirmed they will return.

In the fall, Disney usually has a promotion that offers guests a free dining plan if they book within particular dates. The free dining plan that comes with a stay at the Value resorts is the Quick Serving Dining Plan, but if you upgrade and spend a bit more by staying at a Moderate Resort, you will be able to get the Disney Dining Plan that includes one quick-service meal, one table service meal, and two snacks. This is a fantastic deal for the price of staying at a Moderate Resort. Book quickly when the deal is released, there are only a certain amount of rooms put aside for the Free Dining Plan promotion.

2 – The Price

Moderate resorts will cost you a bit more than staying at a Value resort, but not nearly as much as staying at a Deluxe resort like the Polynesian or the Grand Floridian. Moderate resorts are a great bang for your buck. You get more immersive theming than at the Value resorts, and more dining options and the lounges. They strike a perfect balance between giving you a great resort experience, at a great price. If you can budget a little more to spend on your resort, it will be well spent at a Moderate resort.

1 – The Theming

The theming at a Moderate resort is not to the degree that it is at a Deluxe resort, but it’s also a big step up from the Value resorts. The Value resorts give you larger-than-life icons and Disney characters, but the Moderate resorts have theming that really does transport you to another place, like New Orleans or the Caribbean. The theming extends from the lobby all the way into each room and to the pools. There are little details to take note of that to help you feel totally surrounded by the theme of each resort. If you want great theming at an affordable price, the Moderate resorts are the perfect choice!

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Lauren lives in Hamilton Ontario, but dreams of one day moving to Orlando to be closer to the Magic Kingdom. In the meantime, she spends her days working for the family business as a barista and baker, being active in the independent theatre scene in Hamilton and working part-time as a professional personal assistant to a writer. Lauren’s most memorable Disney moment is by far when she became engaged in front of Cinderella’s Castle making it her best Disney vacation to date.
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