Moderate Disney World Resorts

Selecting the right place to stay when visiting Disney World can be a tough decision because all of the Disney Resorts have something unique to offer. As your kids grow, Disney Resorts grow with you.

When you have little ones, your children love the larger than life Disney characters they will see at the Disney Value Resorts but as they get a little older, moving up to the Disney World Moderate Resorts might fit your style a little better. Of course, if money is no object, the cream of the crop that Disney World has to offer would be the Deluxe Resorts. Let’s take a look at what you get when you stay at one of the Moderate Resorts in Disney World.

Moderate Resorts at Disney World

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

 900 Cayman Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
| 3.5 Star Rating
Looking at Old Port Royale from the Beach at Disney Caribbean Beach Resort 960
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  • Best Pools
  • Best Pools for Kids
  • Disney Moderate Resort
  • Water Slides
  • Water Slide(s)
  • Near Epcot
  • Near Hollywood Studios
  • on the Beach
  • Kids Pool Area
  • Pool Open Year Round
  • Water Park
  • near Disney World
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Huge Property, Lake with Sand Beaches, Relaxed Vibe

Lifeguard keeping watch over the kids at the Fuentes del Morro Family Pool at the Disney Caribbean Beach Resort 960

Cool breezes and colorful Caribbean buildings surround a beautiful lake set right in the center of the Caribbean Beach Resort. Stay in a standard guestroom with two (2) queen beds or a single King or take the high seas adventure in one of the Themed Pirate Rooms. Watch your kids as they have the most wonderful time in the Fuentes del Morro Pool with 2 water slides and a kids splash park. The Carribean Beach Resort is a massive property so check out the Resort Map and see how the Shuttle Service works to get you around.

  • Date Opened: 1998
  • Rooms: 2,112
  • Suites: 0
  • Pools: 6
  • Water Slides: Yes
  • Lazy River: No
  • Zero Entry: Yes
  • Kid’s Splash: Yes
  • Counter Service: Yes
  • Table Service: Yes
  • Arcade: Yes
  • Disney Shuttle: Bus

Visit the islands

Walking around the Caribbean Beach Resort is a real treat in itself. As you walk, take time to look through the Five (5) different Caribbean Islands; Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad & Aruba.

Disney Coronado Springs Resort

 1000 Beuna Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
| 3.5 Star Rating
Over the Lago Dorado Lake at Disney Coronado Springs Resort 600
 You Should Know:
  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • Disney Moderate Resort
  • Water Slides
  • Family Suites
  • Water Slide(s)
  • Near Epcot
  • Near Hollywood Studios
  • Kids Pool Area
  • Pool Open Year Round
  • near Disney World
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Spanish themed with great Mayan Pyramid Pool

Mayan Temple at the Lost City of Cibola Pool in Disney Coronado Springs Resort 960

Vibrant colors of the Southwest with a Mayan Spanish theme throughout, the Disney Coronado Springs Resort is the only Moderate Disney World Resort to offer a convention center. Setup for business events, the Coronado Springs Resort does a great job of separating the Business and family sections of the property. In the middle of the Coronado Springs Resort you will be able to take in views of the Lago Dorado (lake) and take your pick at staying in any of the three (3) unique villages. Offering Rooms and Suites that can accommodate up to 8 guests, the Coronado Springs Resort is a good option with a large family or group. Each of the three villages has its own quiet pool but the most fun will be had at the Lost City of Cibola Pool with a 50-foot Mayan Pyramid and a 123-foot long water slide. Plenty of Dining options await with Table-service and Counter-service options. Take a look at the Resort Map and get an idea of the layout before you visit.

  • Date Opened: 1997
  • Rooms: 1,915
  • Suites: 192
  • Pools: 4
  • Water Slides: Yes
  • Lazy River: No
  • Zero Entry: Yes
  • Kid’s Splash: No, but there is a Children’s Shallow Pool with bubbling fountains
  • Counter Service: Yes
  • Table Service: Yes
  • Arcade: Yes
  • Disney Shuttle: Bus

Exclusive Stay in Three Villages

For a Mexican, metropolitan type of setting, stay in the Casitas, while the Ranchos have an outdoor mix of rock and lush grounds making it feel more like a southwest ranch. A large stretch of sandy white beach along the edge of the Lago Dorado gives you that waterfront, beach feel at the Cabanas.

Cabins at Disney Fort Wilderness Resort

 4510 Fort Wilderness Trail, Orlando, FL 32830
| 3.5 Star Rating
Cabin with porch and driveway at the Disney Fort Wilderness Campground 600
 You Should Know:
  • Water Slides
  • Water Slide(s)
  • on the Beach
  • Kitchen
  • Kids Pool Area
  • Pool Open Year Round
  • Pet Friendly (Disney)
  • Pet Friendly
  • near Disney World
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Campground setting with Private Cabins for six

Meadows Family Pool with Water Slide in the background at the Disney Fort Wilderness Campground

Getting more than what you bargained for is a great feeling and many of the guests who stay in one of the Cabins at Fort Wilderness feel this way before they leave. It might be difficult to imagine but there is more to do at the Disney Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground than any of the other Disney Resorts, even the . The Cabins are spacious with separate bedrooms and a sleeper sofa to accommodate six guests with ease. Having 750-acres to explore, you will want to aquaint yourelf to the Disney Fort Wilderness Resort Map in order to know your way around. The Wilderness Campground is so large, it has its own interal Shuttle Service to get your from place to place and a water taxi service to take you to the Magic Kingdom. Great fun is waiting at the Family Pool with water slide and kids splash park but be sure to check out all of the other amazing things there are to do.

  • Date Opened: 1971
  • Rooms: 409
  • Suites: 0
  • Pools: 2
  • Water Slides: Yes
  • Lazy River: No
  • Zero Entry: Yes
  • Kid’s Splash: Yes
  • Counter Service: Yes
  • Table Service: Yes
  • Arcade: Yes
  • Disney Shuttle: Bus, Water Taxi

Walking path to the Wilderness Lodge

It is fun to check out other resorts when visiting Disney World. Did you know, there is a walking path between the Disney Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and the Wilderness Lodge?

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

 2201 Orleans Dr, Orlando, FL 32830
| 3.5 Star Rating
Courtyard with fountain at Disney Port Orleans French Quarter 600
 You Should Know:
  • Best Pools for Kids
  • Disney Moderate Resort
  • Water Slides
  • in Lake Buena Vista
  • Heated Pools
  • Water Slide(s)
  • Near Disney Springs
  • Near Epcot
  • Near Hollywood Studios
  • Kids Pool Area
  • Pool Open Year Round
  • Free Disney Shuttle
  • near Disney World
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Jazz tones and a Fun Serpent Slide for the Kids

Alligator Band at the Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

Walking down the cobblestone streets of the Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, you get a sense of elegance with incredible courtyards and water fountains but with a sense of playfulness with the crocodile band playing jazz in the streets. Known to be one of the smaller and quieter Disney World Resorts, the Port Orleans French Quarter does have a wonderful setting for the adults but also a fantastic Family Pool with Water Slide and Kids Splash Park for the kids. The Rooms are comfortable with two queen beds or a king and have veiws of the courtyards, pool or even the Sassagoula River.

  • Date Opened: 1991
  • Rooms: 1,008
  • Suites: 0
  • Pools: 1
  • Water Slides: Yes
  • Lazy River: No
  • Zero Entry: Yes
  • Kid’s Splash: Yes
  • Counter Service: Yes
  • Table Service: No
  • Arcade: Yes
  • Disney Shuttle: Bus, Water Taxi

Sister Resort – the Port Orleans Riverside

There is no shortage of fun at the Port Orleans French Quarter and did you know that when you stay at this Resort, you also have access to amenities at the Port Orleans Riverside? Just a short walk away, or take a water taxi on the Sassagoula River.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

 1251 Riverside Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 332830
| 3.5 Star Rating
Car Dropoff at the front entrance of Disney Port Orleans Riverside 600
 You Should Know:
  • Best Pools
  • Best Pools for Kids
  • Disney Moderate Resort
  • Water Slides
  • in Lake Buena Vista
  • Heated Pools
  • Water Slide(s)
  • Near Disney Springs
  • Near Epcot
  • Near Hollywood Studios
  • Kids Pool Area
  • Pool Open Year Round
  • Pet Friendly (Disney)
  • Pet Friendly
  • near Disney World
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3.5-Acre Water Fun for the Family

First View of Ol' Man Island at Disney Port Orleans Riverside Resort 960

The Sassagoula River runs through each section of the Disney Port Orleans Riverside with magnificent views of the Stately Mansions and the cottages deep in the Bayou. Kids love the massive Ol Man Island 3.5 Acre Water Park with Water Slide and the adults love the lush scenery and relaxation. Do something different and take a horse-drawn carriage ride down the streets of Port Orleans. This is only one of the many Fun Things to Do at the Port Orleans Riverside. If you have smaller children, be sure to take them to the Port Orleans French Quarter Family Pool with a Water Slide that looks like a serpent and the Kids Splash Park. The French Quarter is just a short distance away and is an easy walk or you can hop on the Water Taxi Shuttle Service to get you between the two resorts and also to Disney Springs.

  • Date Opened: 1992
  • Rooms: 2,048
  • Suites: 0
  • Pools: 6
  • Water Slides: Yes
  • Lazy River: No
  • Zero Entry: No
  • Kid’s Splash: No
  • Counter Service: Yes
  • Table Service: Yes
  • Arcade: Yes
  • Disney Shuttle: Bus, Water Taxi

Princess Rooms

Want to make your princess feel extra special on this Disney trip? Booking one of the Princess Rooms will make her feel like a real Princess.

Moderate Resorts at Disney World – Plenty for the Price

As you read through all of the descriptions of the Disney World Moderate Resorts, you see how different they are from the Disney Value Resorts. Not only do you get a Pool, but each of the Moderate Resorts also comes with additional fun like a Water Slide and/or Kiddie Splash Park. There is a lot to say about staying at one of the Value Resorts especially if you are on a tighter budget, but you definitely get a little more by moving up. The Imagineers really stepped up their game when designing these more elaborate places to stay. You will not see 35-foot plastic characters on any of these sites. Instead, you will see more progressive artwork and elaborate themed structures to make each place come to life. This is the start of where you really feel like Disney is taking you on your own personal adventure along the way.

Transportation

Some of the Disney World Moderate Resorts only offer Bus transportation but the Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness also provide Water Taxi service. The Water Taxi service gives you a different perspective of Disney World from the water and because not everyone has access to them, you also feel special when taking a trip on these water passages. In order to have water taxi service, you have to be staying on one of the Disney World Moderate Resorts or Disney World Deluxe Resorts that support this type of transportation. Since there are no lakes around the Value Resorts, you certainly will not be able to walk to a dock and grab one there. Still, most people opt for grabbing one of the Buses, I think just to keep feet on solid ground. Whichever one you are interested in, you have the option. It is completely up to you.

Rooms, Suites and Cabins

That is right, in the list of Moderate Resorts, you have one place that you can even enjoy staying in your very own cabin. At the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, you can pitch a tent, park your RV or rent a cabin that sleeps up to 6. Some might think this is roughing it but as comfortable as it is, I would hardly call it that. All of the others will offer standard rooms except for Coronado Springs which also has Suites for some extra space and the Port Orleans Riverside that offers the Princess Rooms.

Extras at the Disney Moderate Resorts

Moving up to the Disney Moderate Resorts, also gain a lot in the availability of things to do. If you love outdoor activities and you think that you will have the time, over and above the Theme Parks, Disney Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground has to be at the top of the list. All of these places have plenty to do so take a more detailed look and see which one works best for you.

All Moderate Disney World Resorts

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