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Disney Moderate Resorts Overview

Among Disney fans, the argument can certainly be made that Deluxe resorts are the best way to experience Walt Disney World. While they certainly have a few good things going for them, don’t cross Disney moderate resorts off your list just yet.

Walt Disney World’s moderate hotels provide the perfect blend of the things you love with a reasonable price tag.

Disney’s moderate resorts are located in all the theme park areas other than the Magic Kingdom. All three of the hotels have multiple dining options including a food court-style dining area. Table service restaurants are also available, along with themed swimming pools, and access to bus stops to get to the Disney Parks.

Each location has themed rooms including special princess rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort and the pirate rooms at Caribbean Beach.

While each one has unique advantages and characteristics to explore, all of them provide a unique experience while staying within budget.

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Port Orleans

Originally, Port Orleans was two separate resorts but are now sister resorts that share the same name. What we know as Port Orleans Resort French Quarter today was previously known as Port Orleans.

Port Orleans Resort Riverside was previously known as the Dixie Landings Hotel. Both resorts are located on the Sassagoula River, just upstream from Disney Springs which is accessible by boat or on foot.

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This resort is set in the New Orleans rural country and bayou. Riverside’s Old Man Island has the feel of a rustic retreat Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn might have visited. The small complex includes a swimming pool and a fishing hole.

Dining at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside includes the Riverside Mill food court and the full-service Boatwright’s restaurant.

French Quarter

The vibrancy of New Orleans Bourbon Street and the spirit of Mardi Gras is present year-round at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. Home of the best beignets on the property, the decor (including some jazz playing alligators) bring more of a party atmosphere to this hopping resort.

Caribbean Beach

No one perfectly executes the concept of constructing themed “islands” around a central lagoon-like Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The tropical area includes five villages inspired by Aruba, Jamaica, Martinique, Barbados, and Trinidad. Argh ye ready to cool off? The main pool is pirate themed and inspired by a Spanish fort.

Disney Skyliner

The biggest advantage of Caribbean Beach over the other Disney moderate resorts is access to the Skyliner station. Caribbean Beach has routes to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios as well as nearby deluxe and Disney Vacation Club resorts.

Coronado Springs

The Coronado Springs Resort brings the influence and the traditions of 18th-century Spanish conquistadors of the new world. The spacious and open layout of this resort makes great use of Florida’s natural climate.

The hotel has a great pool below a towering pyramid and beautifully designed guest rooms. Although it is a fun resort for families, Coronado Springs also houses many business travelers who stay there during conventions.

Gran Destino Tower

The newly constructed Gran Destino Tower is impressive with its rich Spanish themed decor and state-of-the-art technology. It’s the only moderate resort with a tower and indoor access to the hotel.

No matter which of the Disney moderate resorts you choose, you can be sure they are top-quality resorts at reasonable prices. At Walt Disney World Resort, even the hotels are a part of the magical experience!

Not sure a moderate resort is for you? Get more details on Disney World’s deluxe and value resorts before you decide.

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