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5 Reasons We Love Walt Disney World’s Moderate Resorts

Walt Disney World is home to over twenty different Disney Resorts which each feature a unique theme, dining locations, amazing pools, amenities, entertainment, and guest services. With so many Disney Resorts to choose from, guests might be little overwhelmed when planning a vacation. Luckily, the Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories based upon price. The Deluxe Resorts are the most expensive, the Value Resorts feature the best deals, and the Moderate Resorts fall somewhere in the middle. Walt Disney World is home to several Moderates Resorts including four which are the favorite of many guests. Guests who want to enjoy a stay at a Moderate Walt Disney World Resort can choose from Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Each feature amazing experiences for guests to enjoy throughout their vacations. Here are five reasons why guests love Walt Disney World’s Moderate Resorts.

5. Boatwright’s Dining Hall

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort invites guests to bask in the charm and vibrancy of the south with buildings that look like old mansions. The quaint feel of the Moderate Resort is enhanced by the lobby and main area where charming wooden details, a constantly turning water wheel, and a wonderful restaurant which many guests love to dine in. Boatwright’s Dining Hall is a full service dining location that features vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and the hull of a ship looming above. Open only for dinner each day, guests who enjoy a meal at Boatwright’s Dining Hall can order options including Mardi Gras Fritters, Crescent City Gumbo, The Big Easy, General Fulton’s Prime Rib, Jackson Square Etouffee, Deep South Shrimp and Grits, and Turbodog Barbecued Ribs.

4. Doubloon Lagoon

The sister resort of Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort which can be found just a short walk down the Sassagoula River. The Moderate Resort brings the spirit of New Orleans to life through wrought iron details, jazz music, and lively touches like the wonderful pool area. The pool at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is called Doubloon Lagoon and it features whimsical statues of alligators playing jazz instruments all around. There is also a water slide that comes down the tongue of a massive sea serpent named Scales who is being ridden by Poseidon. Guests who spend time at Doubloon Lagoon can also splash in a kid friendly play area, relax in a hot tub, or order up a delicious beverage at Mardi Grog’s Pool Bar.

3. Beignets

Another reason why many guests love to stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is the quick service dining location found in the main lobby. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is themed with props that look as though they would be at home on floats in a Mardi Gras parade. Guests who dine at the location can enjoy delicious menu options, but there is one dessert that has a following of its own. Beignets are pockets of fried flaky dough which are then smothered in powdered sugar and many guests visit the Moderate Resort just to enjoy this amazing dessert!

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2. Pepper Market

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is themed to make guests feel as though they have traveled to Spanish Colonial Mexico with charming and vibrant buildings, a beautiful lake, and several wonderfully themed pools. In addition to the full service Maya Grill restaurant, there is a quick service location at the Moderate Resort which many guests love thanks to its bountiful options. The Pepper Market is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and feels like an open air market with colorful chairs and umbrellas and cheerful string lights hanging above. Guests who enjoy a meal at the location can order up options like Grande Fiesta, Signature Scramble, Mickey Waffles, Yucatan Roasted Chicken, Texan Bacon Burger, Market Nachos, Tuna Salad Pita, Crab Cake Sandwich, and Specialty Pizzas.

1. Fuentes del Morro Pool

The final Moderate Resort in Walt Disney World is Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort which brings the vibrant, casual, and relaxing vibe of the Caribbean to life. Guests who enjoy a stay at the Disney Resort can enjoy different areas named after Caribbean locales and relax at several different pools including one that is a favorite of many guests. The Fuentes del Morro Pool is the resort’s feature pool and was designed to look like a colonial fort. The pool features several structures which boast cannons and lookouts as well as two waterslides, water cannons, children’s play area, and hot tub. With so many amazing features, it is no wonder why guests love to spend so much time at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.