Breaking down the Walt Disney World Resort moderate resorts—which hotel is right for you?

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Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. ©Disney.


One of the earliest key decisions guests are presented with when booking their dream vacation is selecting which Walt Disney® World Resort hotel is the perfect fit for their party. Disney divides its sprawling Florida resorts into three categories based on offerings and price: value, moderate and deluxe.


The moderate resorts are perfect for those who want to balance luxury with Disney's iconic family-fun theming.


What every moderate resort offers

On average, moderate resorts place squarely in the middle when it comes to room size, making them perfect for most families and those who may want to spend time relaxing in their room during the day. The standard rooms sleep four guests in addition to a baby and a crib (albeit some at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort can house up to five guys and a crib), averaging 314 square feet. Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort's cabins sleep up to six guests in addition to a baby and a crib, averaging 504 square feet.


Standard moderate resort bathrooms usually contain two sinks with open access (though separated from the rest of the room with a curtain or sliding door), while a toilet and shower/tub combo are often located in a separate area with a door. Family suites have two bathrooms.


Family suites include kitchenettes.


Guests staying in standard rooms have the option to have two queen-size beds or can have a single king-size bed. Some rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort have a Murphy bed as well.


Moderate resorts offer dining in the form of quick-service food courts, poolside bars a minimum of one table-service restaurant, a minimum of one indoor lounge/bar and in-room pizza delivery (typically offered exclusively in the evenings).


All value resorts also offer a handful of entertainment offerings that include themed pools, quiet pools, playgrounds and outdoor movie nights on inflatable screens. Disney's Coronado Springs Resort also offers a health club.


Guests staying at all Walt Disney World Resort hotels get 30-minute early entry into all four theme parks and get complimentary transportation to the parks and to Disney Springs®.


Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

No better moderate resort exists for those who intend to make frequent use of the Disney Skyliner, as it is the only resort of this level to make use of the transportation system.


A large resort with an enormous amount bus stops that can often see buses reach capacity, this resort is best serves those who intend to make EPCOT® or Disney's Hollywood Studios® a major part of their vacation itinerary. Though there are better choices for rope-droppers who want to be on the go and see every park, this resort is perfect for those who want to spend time relaxing poolside, surrounded by tropical pastels and flowing palms.


Disney's Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter

One of the best themed resorts throughout all of Disney property, holding New Orleans at its core in both design and in dining. With Disney Springs® boat service and a singular bus stop, French Quarter boasts some of the best transportation options of any resort at this level. Everything within the resort is just a five-minute walk from almost every single room, making it one of the easiest resorts to navigate throughout all of Walt Disney World Resort. Do note that this is the only moderate resort with a table service dining option, and it does have the fewest number of dining options of any Walt Disney World Resort moderate hotel.


French Quarter does have a dining selling point entirely unique to itself—it's got beignets.


Disney's Port Orleans Resort—Riverside

Romantic, serene and beautiful, Riverside is the perfect getaway destination. With some of the best food court selections at this price point, the atmosphere and dining help create a resort that truly feels worth living in. Rooms here can also hold an extra person, making it the perfect option for those who need extra sleeping space or have bigger parties.


Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

From its grand, brilliant tower to its sprawling, vibrant grounds, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort combines elegance with natural beauty to create one of Disney's most unique and feature-filled resorts. While the resort does have multiple bus stops on its grounds, its space is filled with entertainment, food and sights.


Gran Destino Tower, with its rooftop lounge and restaurant, might be the biggest draw, but those staying elsewhere on resort grounds can expect a quiet and spacious resort with plenty of variety.


The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

The cabins are one of the most unique resort locations in property, Nestled in rich nature, the cabins are a great value for bigger parties who intend to use a vehicle to get around. They are more spacious than most rooms in their price range, and the resort offers great table service and entertainment, and also gives guests the opportunity to cook in their rooms. The challenge comes for those who wish for typical resort transportation or dining, as the resort is spread out, and full transportation by foot is not entirely reasonable.


The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

The cabins are one of the most unique resort locations in property, Nestled in rich nature, the cabins are a great value for bigger parties who intend to use a vehicle to get around. They are more spacious than most rooms in their price range, and the resort offers great table service and entertainment, and also gives guests the opportunity to cook in their rooms. The challenge comes for those who wish for typical resort transportation or dining, as the resort is spread out, and full transportation by foot is not entirely reasonable.



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