6 Best Reasons To Stay At A Moderate Resort At Walt Disney World

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Guests who choose to stay at a Disney Resort while visiting Walt Disney World are faced with making a decision from dozens of choices. Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories: Deluxe which are the most expensive and include resorts like Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge; Value which are the least expensive and include resorts like Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort; and Moderate Resorts which fall in the middle of the spectrum price wise. Many guests love staying at Moderate Resorts as they provide a slightly more luxurious feel than the Values but without the hefty cost of the Deluxe. Guests who opt to stay at a Moderate Resort can choose from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each Moderate Resort features amazing themes, pools, amenities, and dining which make them fantastic places to stay while on a Walt Disney World vacation. Here are the six best reasons to stay at a Moderate Resort.

6. Doubloon Lagoon

Guests who stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort are treated to the ambiance and charm of New Orleans’ French Quarter complete with the Mardi Gras atmosphere and wrought iron balconies. One of the highlights of staying at Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is the main pool titled Doubloon Lagoon. Surrounding the pool are statues of alligators decked out in their finest and playing jazz instruments, some of which have water features. In addition to the alligators, there is a massive jester welcoming guests to the pool area and a water slide that is no joke. Scales the dragon winds his way around the pool and atop his head is the mighty Poseidon. Scales’ massive mouth is open to guests who can go for a thrilling water slide down his tongue into the waters below. On top of the atmosphere of Doubloon Lagoon, guests can grab a drink from nearby Mardi Grogs pool bar, relax on a lounge chair, and simply enjoy the sun and ambiance.

5. Fuentos del Morro Pool

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort brings the feel of the islands to guests where they can enjoy a stay in one of six villages surrounding Barefoot Bay. One of the highlights of the resort is the Fuentos del Morro Pool which is styled after a Spanish colonial fortress and brings fun for guests of all ages. All around the pool there are turrets, cannons, and lookouts making guests feel as though they are pirates in the middle of battle. The pool features two large waterfalls for guests to zip down as well as a kiddie area featuring water features, small slides, and a crow’s nest. Those who are looking to grab a drink and relax can also visit the nearby Banana Cabana pool bar, order something up, and kick back and relax while enjoying the Fuentes del Morro Pool.

4. Pepper Market

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort allows guests to enjoy the beauty of Spanish Colonial Mexico with several different areas themed around a massive central lake. This is one of the largest Moderate Resorts, and guests will love wandering the lush grounds and enjoying the atmosphere. Those staying at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort love dining at the quick service location Pepper Market. The colorful marketplace features string lights hanging above, brightly hued chairs and tables, and festive décor. Most importantly, the food served up at Pepper Market is delicious and features something for every guest to enjoy. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Pepper Market offers everything from pancakes and omelets to barbeque ribs and chicken tortilla soup. With so many different options, guests staying at the resort will be sure to love dining at the Pepper Market.

3. Boatwright’s Dining Hall

Guests who choose to stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort are treated to the charm of the south through bayous and antebellum mansions. Those who wander along the Sassagoula River are sure to love the peaceful ambiance, rich theme, and delicious dining options. Boatwright’s Dining Hall is a full service restaurant that is only open for dinner each day. The restaurant serves up classic southern fare including gumbo, catfish, jambalaya, and dirty rice and is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. While dining, guests can enjoy the feel of a rustic dock through nautical touches and props.

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2. Easy Boat Rides

Both Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort reside along the banks of the massive Sassagoula River. Not only do guests love the ambiance and quiet roar of the river but they are also treated to easy transportation to Disney Springs. Each resort features a dock that caters to small boats which run constantly throughout the day to and from Disney Springs. A serene boat ride down the Sassagoula is a great way to travel and many guests find the ride as relaxing as shopping in Disney Springs!

1. Beignets

One of the best parts of staying at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is dining at the quick service location Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court. The location is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but is most well-known for its famous snack. Guests can pretend that they are actually in the Big Easy and chow down on orders of three or six beignets. Beignets are a classic New Orleans snack and are comprised of pockets of fried dough which are smothered in powdered sugar. Guests who are staying at the resort can enjoy the perk of returning after a long day in the parks and enjoying a delicious late night snack of beignets!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.