10 Fantastic Experiences for Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World

Disney Skyliner
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Walt Disney World has five unique resorts in their moderate category.  Moderate resorts at Walt Disney World typically offer both a table service as well as quick service food option, a pool with a slide, and larger rooms than a value.  The moderate resorts at Walt Disney World are Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs Resort and the cabins at Fort Wilderness Lodge.  We have 10 fantastic moderate resort experiences for your next Walt Disney World vacation.

10. Ride the Disney Skyliner

Disney’s newest form of transportation is the Disney Skyliner.  This ride through the sky can take guests from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Pop Century and Art of Animation.  With the main hub being located at Caribbean Beach Resort, this is a fantastic experience for guests that choose to stay here.  The skyliner offers guests quick access to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios as well as the option of visiting Pop Century or Art of Animation for entertainment and food options.  Disney’s Skyliner is a ride through the sky guests won’t want to miss.

9. Dine at Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood

Located at the newly opened Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Toledo’s is an up-class meal with a view.  This restaurant is located at the top of the tower giving guests some of the best views of the Walt Disney World property.  Enjoy small plates as well as delicious steaks and seafood options while enjoying a beverage.  Guests won’t want to miss out on this fantastic dining experience.


8. Take a Carriage Ride

For a romantic night, or a fun family experience, guests can take a carriage ride together.  At Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, guests can catch a horse drawn carriage ride that will take them around the resort property.  This 25-minute ride is a wonderful way to see the stunning beauty of the resort at night.  This is a one of a kind experiences that many don’t get to do at Walt Disney World so make sure to take time on your next trip to take a ride.


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7. Have a Smore

While visiting Disney’s Fort Wilderness, guests will want to participate in the campfire.  On select nights, Chip and Dale lead guests in a sing-along fun while roasting marshmallows around the campfire.  Anyone can participate in the activity and although other resorts have campfires, Fort Wilderness is the only one with the two troublemakers leading the excitement.

6. Sing with Yee Haw Bob

Head on over to the Roost at Port Orleans Riverside and sing along with the legendary Yee Haw Bob. This comedy and music show all in one is sure to leave guests laughing and having a great time.  Bob plays a variety of favorite piano sing along songs while adding in his own spin and fun to the night.  Guests will want to grab a drink and a snack and then hang out for a fantastic night.

5. Relax at the Gran Destino Lounges

Located inside of the Gran Destino at Coronado Springs Resort are two new and amazing lounges. 

  • Barcelona Lounge is located on the lower level of the tower offering both an espresso bar all day and later a cocktail bar.  Guests will enjoy the relaxed and welcoming feel that Barcelona brings.
  • For another fantastic experience, guests should head to Dahlia Lounge located on the top floor of Gran Destino Tower.  Dahlias opens at 4pm each night and offers guests a variety of drink options.  Wine from Spain is the specialty here and the views are some of the best in Disney.

These two new lounges are fantastic reasons to visit Coronado Springs and the Gran Destino Tower.

4. Take a Boat Ride

When staying at Port Orleans Riverside or Port Orleans French Quarter, guests can experience a smooth and relaxing boat ride to Disney Springs.  This boat ride takes guests on an approximately 20 minutes ride down the river to Disney Springs.  Guests can take in the landscape as well as part of Saratoga Springs as they sit back and relax.  This is a wonderful way to see different parts of Disney while heading to shop or for a meal at Disney Springs.

3. Eat at Sebastian’s Bistro

One of the top table service restaurants to open in the last few months is Sebastian’s Bistro at Caribbean Beach Resort.  When this resort went through refurbishments, Sebastian’s is one of the major updates that came out of it and it is truly fantastic.  With the opening of the skyliner, guests can head over from Epcot or Hollywood Studios to try out delicious meals with a Latin and Caribbean flavor to them.  Not only are there fabulous entrees and desserts to try, the view is beautiful as well.

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2. Get at Mickey Beignets

Guests will want to head to Port Orleans French Quarter for this fantastic treat as it is the only place to find it at Walt Disney World.  Mickey beignets and all their powder sugar deliciousness can be found at the Scat Cat Club’s Cafe at Port Orleans French Quarter.  Not only can guests get the traditional powdered sugar beignets, but they also can choose from new specialty ones of chocolate, cinnamon sugar or raspberry.  If guests are super hungry they can share a Mickey beignet sundae and for adults there are boozy beignets where one can add Baileys, Kahlua, or Rum Chata.  This fantastic treat is worth a trip over to Port Orleans French Quarter.

1. Swim in the Pools

A fantastic experience guests can have at all the moderate resorts on Disney property is swimming.  The pools at each of the moderate resorts offer slides for kids, and grown-ups, to take a trip down.  From the Dig Site at Coronado Springs to the pirate theme fort at Caribbean Beach Resort, guests will find hours of fun at these well themed pools.  

Guests will have fantastic experiences at Walt Disney World’s moderate resorts.  From fun transportation and entertainment to delicious drinks and food, there is so much to see, do and experience while staying at one of Disney’s fantastic moderate resorts.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.