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8 Fabulous Moderate Walt Disney World Resort Experiences Most People Miss

Caitlin C

Many guests who visit Walt Disney World want to make the most of each magical moment of their vacation by seeing as much as possible, exploring the four theme parks, enjoying attractions, and watching live entertainment. One of the best ways to be fully immersed in the magic at all times is to stay on property at a Walt Disney World Resort. There are over twenty Disney Resorts spanning three price categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best rates, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Many guests who visit Walt Disney World often have a favorite Disney Resort to stay at, but all guests are free to visit any of the resorts to enjoy the scenery, dining, and shopping. The Moderate Disney Resorts feature amazing themes, pools, dining locations, shopping opportunities, and scenery that all guests should enjoy on their next Disney vacation. Here are eight fabulous Moderate Walt Disney World Resort experiences most people miss.

8. YeHaa Bob

Disney’ Port Orleans Riverside Resort invites guests to splendor in the charm of the South with antebellum mansions, beautiful grounds, and a welcoming atmosphere. A great form of entertainment that many guests miss when visiting the resort is YeHaa Bob Jackson who performs on select nights at the River Roost Lounge. YeHaa Bob plays the piano, cracks jokes, leads sing-alongs, and keeps guests smiling and laughing throughout his entire performance.

7. Beignets

One of the most underrated and addictive snacks in all of Walt Disney World can be found at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. Welcoming guests into the Big Easy with wrought iron details, lively jazz music, a festive atmosphere, and charming grounds, this Moderate Resort brings guests directly into the French Quarter of New Orleans. The quick service food court Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory serves up traditional Cajun and Southern classics including a snack that guests are sure to love! Beignets are fluffy pockets of fried dough which are smothered in powdered sugar and sold in batches of three or six. Once guests try these delectable treats they are sure to return to Disney’s port Orleans French Quarter time and time again to enjoy them!

6. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Also found at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is a charming form of recreation which can be both fun and romantic. For a fee between $45-$79 your family can enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the beautiful grounds of both resorts. This unique form of recreation is a great way to enjoy a few quiet moments while on a Disney vacation.

5. Shutters At Old Port Royale

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort invites guests to enjoy the spirit of the islands with brightly colored buildings, lush scenery, and six villages named after the island of the Caribbean. Located in the main lobby area of the Disney Resort, dubbed Old Port Royale, is a restaurant which is open for dinner and serves up unique cuisine with an island flair. Shutters at Old Port Royale is a cheerful and brightly lit full service restaurant with delicious and unique menu options.

4. Pepper Market

Guests who are looking for a more informal and fast meal should head over to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort to enjoy a truly unique dining experience. The Disney Resort welcomes guests into Spanish Colonial Mexico with a beautiful lake and wonderful brightly colored architecture. Found inside the main building of the resort is the quick service Pepper Market which features brightly colored chairs, string lights, and festive decorations to make for a lively setting. The location is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves up flavorful and delicious options as festive as its decor.

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3. Three Caballeros Topiary

Also found at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is an often overlook topiary depicting some classic Disney characters. The Three Caballeros, Panchito, Jose, and Donald, can be found in topiary form at the resort and make for a wonderful photo opportunity on each Disney vacation.

2. Fuentes del Morro Pool

One of the highlights at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the main pool which is themed to look like a colonial Spanish fort. The Fuentes del Morro Pool features turrets with rounded tops, propped up cannons, two waterslides, water sprays, and a zero depth entry. Kids and kids at heart will love splashing and relaxing at this wonderfully themed pool.

1. The Sassagoula

One of the most beautiful and underrated features of any of the Moderate Disney Resorts is the mighty Sassagoula River. Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa are nestled along the banks of the river and offer splendid views of it. There is a walking path connecting the first two Disney Resorts along the Sassagoula which allows guests to enjoy wonderful views while exploring the resorts. Guests can also take advantage of continuously running small boats which travel back and forth from these Disney Resorts to Disney Springs and enjoy a scenic ride down the Sassagoula River.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane 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.