5. Moderate Resorts
Moderate Resorts turn up the notch on the experience you get at Value Resorts with a few added amenities and attributes to boot. One such extra you’ll no doubt notice instantly is that in addition to quick service dining via food court, the Moderate Resorts at Disney World also feature at least one onsite table service restaurant option as well. Also, while Value Resorts typically have one poolside bar, Moderate Resorts additionally feature an indoor bar or lounge.
The resorts making up the Moderate category include the Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans—French Quarter, and Port Orleans—Riverside. Each one presents its own whimsical themed setting to allow vacationers an authentic experience specific to their own unique personal interests. For instance, at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort you’ll be immersed in a tropical island paradise, serenaded by upbeat music and rhythms and surrounded by palm trees, sandy beaches, and the traditional early colonial architectural styles of the Caribbean Islands. Coronado Springs will take you back to the olden days of Spanish Colonial Mexico, with all the Southwestern charm, enchantment, architectural touches, and vibrant colors. The two sister Port Orleans Resorts represent two very versatile sides of the spirit of New Orleans, Louisiana. While Port Orleans—Riverside delights in the easygoing rural persona of the Bayou and woodland charm, Port Orleans celebrates the lively festive Mardi Gras side, with Antebellum-style architecture, design, and all that other jazz.
As is the case with all Disney Resorts, Moderate hotels dish up all the perks, amenities, and myriad recreations you’ve come to expect with any Walt Disney World stay. Some locations even boast their own unique niches, like the carriage rides at Port Orleans being one such example. But at each hotel you can expect themed swimming pools, onsite shopping, and delicious food options that categorize each resort’s overall theme.
Room sizes also tend to be larger at Moderate Resorts, with standard rooms averaging around 314 square feet and able to accommodate up to four or five at a time (excluding rooms with one king-size bed), plus an added crib. There are also select preferred rooms at some resorts that feature two queen-size beds (or two queen-size beds with one child-size pull-down bed) and a capacity to sleep up to five people, plus an additional crib.