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The 5 Moderate Resorts Of Walt Disney World

There is no shortage of hotel accommodations when it comes to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. That’s because in addition to offering Guests a limitless number of attractions, rides, shows, restaurants and character encounters from which to choose, the magical vacation destination also offers Guests a long list of resort hotels from which to choose. Disney offers accommodations for every family, every taste and every budget. Disney’s Value Resorts offer exceptional value to Guests. Moderate Resorts are more moderately priced per night, and Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas offer more amenities and are often the higher-priced resort hotels on Disney property. Moderate Resorts can be a great choice for you if you’re traveling with your family because they can accommodate the number of Guests in your party, they are still reasonably priced for the amenities and services you receive, and they offer that special “Disney touch” to every moment of your stay. Choosing which Moderate Resort to book is the most difficult part because they are all wonderful! Here’s an overview of Disney’s 5 Moderate Resorts and what makes them great choices for Guests.

5. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

With more than 2,000 rooms (some of them pirate-themed) available at this Disney Resort hotel, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort holds the title of largest resort on Disney property. The resort spans over 200 acres at Disney and is brightly colored with 5 brilliant hues. But those colors are not merely decor. Each color represents a different country—Trinidad, Aruba, Jamaica, Martinique and Barbados. There are several options for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Snack stations can be found in the “villages” of Jamaica, Aruba and Martinique—with offerings like pastries, salads and sandwiches. The Centertown Pavilion offers a breakfast buffet complete with sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, fruit, Mickey waffles and more. Lunch at the Centertown Pavilion consists of a la carte choices and Kids’ meals, and dinner is a buffet of soups, salads, vegetables, fruits, carved meats, Caribbean seafood and desserts.

Go for a swim in the pool outfitted with water cannons near a Spanish fort. Or spend some time at Caribbean Cay—an island of serenity in the middle of Barefoot Bay that’s the perfect place to relax. There’s even a kids’ play area. If your vision of the perfect resort hotel includes white beaches and palm trees, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort might be the perfect choice for you and your family.

4. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

This resort near Animal Kingdom has a southwestern flair to it—from its décor to its cuisine. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort offers standard rooms that sleep two to four adults, junior suites and one-bedroom suites that sleep up to six adults and executive suites that sleep up to eight adults. If you’re looking for a great dining choice at Coronado Springs, look no further than the Maya Grill, where you’ll enjoy Mexican food, American food, seafood and steakhouse fare. If it’s recreation you’re looking for, head outside, discover the Lost City of Cibola Pool and let the kids enjoy the dig site. Ever been swimming near a Mayan pyramid? You will at Coronado Springs’s Mayan-inspired pool complex. But if pyramids and dig sites aren’t for you, there are also three leisure pools. The choice is yours!

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3. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside

This resort hotel in the Disney Springs area at Walt Disney World Resort has something for everyone! Princess Tiana had a hand in choosing décor for some of the guest rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside. And it’s no wonder; the décor in the guest rooms was inspired by rural Louisiana and the bayou. Choose from standard rooms that sleep three to five adults and Royal Guest rooms that sleep up to four adults. You’ll feel the southern hospitality at this resort—it’s around every corner. The beautiful and extravagantly decorated guest rooms are housed inside a building that resembles stately New Orleans mansions. Are you up for swimming in the bayou? Well, it might not be the bayou, but when you and your family head to ‘Ol Man Island—a 3.5-acre aquatic paradise complete with a pool and a waterslide that looks like an old saw mill—you’ll feel like you’re in Louisiana. And when you get hungry, the Riverside Mill Food Court has multiple offerings. Don’t forget to check out the 35-foot water wheel and real working cotton press when you visit the Food Court.

2. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter

The sister resort to Port Orleans Riverside is Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter. It was inspired by New Orleans’s historic French Quarter of earlier times. From the cobblestone streets and gas lamps to the beautiful magnolia blossoms, you’ll feel like you’re vacationing in the French Quarter. For a day at the resort—perhaps on a rest day from the parks—hit the Mardi Gras-themed pool that features a sea serpent waterslide with King Neptune atop it. Horse-drawn carriages are available to rent for a relaxing or romantic ride around the resort. Meet at Scat Cat’s Club Bar for drinks afterward. And if Creole and Cajun food appeal to you, your family can sample all their favorites at the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory.

1. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge near Magic Kingdom draws its inspiration from the look of U.S. National Park lodges. At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, you might not realize you’re in central Florida, thanks to the lush forests, creeks and wildlife that give Fort Wilderness a rustic feel. There’s something for every member of your family at this resort. The cabins at Fort Wilderness offer families the adventure and excitement of camping and the outdoors with all the comforts of home. There are 363 cabins that measure approximately 12 feet wide by 42 feet long. At 504 square feet, these cabins offer plenty of room to sleep up to 6 adults. They consist of a bedroom, full bath, kitchen and living/dining area. Disney offers a service that allows Guests to call ahead of their visit to the cabins and order items for their pantries, and upon their arrival, their pantries have already been stocked with the items they ordered. While at Wilderness Lodge, take part in activities such as pony rides, campfire sing-alongs with Chip ‘n’ Dale and more. You can even learn archery! Dine at Artist Point and take in breath-taking views of nature while you eat. Even the swimming areas have that rustic charm!

No matter which Disney World Moderate Resort you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the magic and excitement that comes with visiting the most magical place on earth. Since you can’t go wrong, make sure to book your resort hotel early—up to 499 days in advance of your arrival. Visit www.disneyworld.disney.go.com or call (407) W-DISNEY for more information or to book your stay.

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.